Could it get any more “Charlotte” than a brewery opening inside of a former bank branch?
The brewery, which is located in the Echo Hills and Oakhurst neighborhoods near Bojangles Entertainment Complex, is called Vaulted Oak Brewing. (Vault, bank. Oak, Oakhurst. You get it.)
- The brewery is planning a late May opening.
Why it matters: Founder Kiel Arrington and partner Chuck Kistler say their goal with opening the brewery is to bring the surrounding Echo Hills and Oakhurst neighborhoods together and create a gathering place.
“I can’t wait to bring more fun and positive energy to this part of town,” he says. “I live here and I really want to further help shape our community in a positive way that brings all the surrounding neighborhoods together for some great fellowship, great events and even greater beer.”
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What to expect: The 4,000-square-foot brewery maintains certain elements of the bank, including the vault door, the drive-up teller window and even the pneumatic tubes (sorry, they won’t transport beer). Arrington say that while it’s not necessarily a bank-themed brewery, they “definitely still want to play to a lot of the nuances of the building’s past.”
- The drive-thru teller area has been enclosed and will serve as a patio and walk-up window where people can order drinks.
- The taproom has windows that look into the brewing area.
Beer: Vaulted Oak will focus on small-batch beers from an array of styles — like sessionable blondes, lagers, west coast IPAs, sours, saisons, and porters. There will be 14 beers on tap plus a curated selection of wine, cider, seltzer, kombucha, and non-alcoholic sodas.
- While there isn’t a food menu, the brewery has plans to partner with food trucks and fellow neighbor Sal’s Pizza.
Location: 3726 Monroe Road.
Timeline: An opening date hasn’t been confirmed, but the team is aiming to open in late May.
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Editor’s note: This article was last updated on April 29, 2021.