Food. Hops. Caffeine and anything barrel-aged.


Word on the street... NC breweries are on the move. I had heard and since it's my old stomping grounds being a UNC Wilmington alumni and technically Eastern North Carolina my hometown I was curious to find out. Enduring the pains of travel delays due to the polar vortex, after an unplanned almost two day layover in Dallas, I finally arrived in Charlotte NC on a late Thursday night.

Once I woke up I hit up Mert's Heart and Soul in downtown Charlotte for some much needed breakfast and grabbed a Lyft to NoDa. This quaint little once run down area has now been turned into the 'East Village' of Charlotte. Upon searching Yelp! for a beer shop to stock up on NC brews to fly back with me to Southern California, I found Salud Beer Shop. These guys were super helpful and gave some great recommendations on the local brews. Being just blocks from   NoDa Brewing which these guys turned me onto, its a great spot to check out. The best part, other than the fact that they have an amazing craft beer selection, is that they have a few on tap for you to sip on while you browse. If it wasn't for these guys I wouldn't have thought to check out Hop Drop and Roll from NoDa Brewing which is a great West Coast Style IPA that I'm always in favor of. If you find yourself in the Charlotte NC area, be sure to head down to NoDa and check these guys out.


Stone Brewing 'Go To IPA'