The Lure of Your Local Craft Beer

7 Feb

Last week our world got a little brighter when Kristophers in Matthews started carrying NoDa Brewing Company on tap. The announcement came on NoDa’s Twitter feed mid-afternoon last Thursday. By 8 pm, we were sitting at the bar with Coco Loco in hand. Last night, we once again made the short drive to Matthews for some more beer.

I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but we’ve been to Kristophers twice in less than a week, all because they’re carrying great beer. Know how many times we’d been to Kristophers in the 7 years we’ve lived in Charlotte prior to that? I count two…maybe three times total. We’ll likely be regulars now, and look forward to more visits and a hopefully expanding local beer offering.

So we wonder how many businesses would benefit from supporting local first? It seems to be playing a larger part in what restaurants we support. Whether it be local food or local/regional beer, I’d rather support multiple businesses (restaurant/brewery/farm) when dining out than just the one business (restaurant). Not to mention, it’s a great way to build a better community. In a time where it’s tough for new businesses to succeed, those who work together and form relationships with each other and their patrons are more likely to flourish. We’ll certainly be working to let everyone know of the great businesses out there!

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