With 30 local breweries, Charlotte has a booming craft beer scene. One particular spot has decided to stand out by taking their brew skills to the next level. In addition to traditional ales and lager, Lenny Boy Brewing Co. has expanded their beverage menu to include sours, gluten-free wild ales, and organic kombucha. With a wild flavor list including Lost Rose, Lavenderade, and seasonal Sweet Potato Pie, Lenny Boy is actually the only certified organic kombucha in the entire Southeast. This wide variety of options mean that drinkers and non-drinkers alike are sure to find a new favorite brew.
Featuring a bright, spacious taproom adorned with greenery and views into the brew warehouse, Lenny Boy puts a strong emphasis on their slogan “Culture Matters.” How does a brewery build culture, one may ask. Aside from providing an opportunity for groups large and small to gather, Lenny Boy loves local. By partnering with local groups and organizations to host art shows, weekly fitness classes, non-profit events, trivia, and more, Lenny Boy connects people with culture. Real, local, culture that builds community.
Oh, and there’s always dogs.
What more could you want in a brewery?
Lenny Boy has it all.
On a month-long trip to Argentina, we took a weekend to explore San Carlos de Bariloche (commonly known as "Bariloche").
On the day we arrived we started to ask the front desk staff about a nearby brewery – we thought we would walk over and have some dinner. She asked if we meant the Patagonia brewery, which we quickly decided was indeed the brewery we wanted; I don’t even remember the name of the poor brewery we thought we wanted to visit, because Patagonia beer had become one of our favorite Argentine brews, and as soon as we realized it was an option, we dropped any thought of other breweries.
We took a cab the 17 miles and arrived at the most beautiful setting imaginable – an absolutely gorgeous panorama of trees, water and mountains – we could not get enough of it! Add delicious beer and great pub food and it just doesn’t get any better. We had a hightop table for two at the window looking out over the stunning vista; there are also massively long tables made from cypress.
Outside there is plenty of seating in the form of sofas and grouping of Adirondack chairs – there are no bad options. We ate indoors, then walked around the grounds for a while just taking in the views; we decided to take the bus back to our hotel, and hopped on the Number 10 for the ride back down the mountain.
Written by guest writer Laura Atkins
For more on how to spend a weekend in Bariloche, visit The Offbeat Traveler
Asheville is the mecca place of breweries in North Carolina, with popular beer bars ranging from local mom-and-pop shops to well-known nation-wide labels.
One of the more popular names comes from a beer you've see in stores and bars all over the country-- Fat Tire, by New Belgium Brewing Company. Originating in Colorado, New Belgium has since moved East, taking up residence in Asheville, North Carolina, where its food truck rotations, outdoor facilities, and live music fit right in. Throw in the abundance of bicycle decor and you'd think this company was born here.
While standard brewery activities are plentiful, New Belgium goes the extra mile by renting out the rooms in the brewhouse for events with up to 325 guests (standing room). The 5,100 sq ft space features an 8-tap bar, wifi, and the sounds of boiling kettles and grain raining through the pipes, making this fully functional production space perfect for your next large event (wedding ceremonies excluded due to the noise).
Another way this major beer name has gained strides in the Asheville community is through its sustainability initiatives and environmental transparency. New Belgium advocates for partnering with eco-conscious players and lists the qualities they look for when purchasing. In addition to sustainable values, they practice community positivity through donations, volunteering, and collaborations- just another way large companies can make positive impacts on local communities.
Next time you're in the area, be sure to stop by for some live music, local food truck goodness, and a couple pints- they've made a name for themselves for a reason.
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