Asheville’s Burial Beer Co., widely regarded as one of the top breweries in the country, is expanding to Charlotte and opening a taproom and bottle shop in the Boris & Natasha and Stash Pad spaces.
Why it matters: Burial is a favorite among beer drinkers in Asheville and across the country. Its expansion to a spot that’s a stone’s throw from Legion will make it a sort of brewery block.
- “I am literally shout-from-the-rooftops thrilled,” one person tweeted.
Quick Burial background: Burial Beer Co. started back in 2013 as a one-barrel nanobrewery in South Slope, Asheville. As their customer base grew, they realized they would need to expand in order to increase production and keep up with demand. “Charlotte was there on our radar since day one,” says Doug Reiser, co-owner and Burial COO. Reiser says Charlotte has Burial’s second-largest following in the country behind Asheville.
The big picture: Plaza Midwood’s identity is a constant source of conversation, as devotees hope to retain some small-business feel in an era when the land is worth more than most of the buildings.
- Owner Hope Nicholls moved B + N farther out on The Plaza a few months ago after growing disillusioned over how much Plaza Midwood is shifting — and pricing out smaller independent businesses like hers.
- The Stash Pad will likely move to an excess space attached to Lupie’s on Monroe Road, Charlotte magazine reports.
What to expect from Burial: The taproom will have an indoor bar area, outdoor beer garden and a rooftop deck. Beer enthusiasts can expect a wide selection on tap including barrel-aged sours, stouts, wild ales and rustic lagers. Reiser describes his vision of the bottle shop as being a “farmers’ market of beer.”
- For drinks, there will also be weekly beer releases, VISUALS wine, cider and vermouth, as well as Forestry Camp and Burial wares.
- Food-wise, guests can expect light-bites like sandwiches, charcuterie, and other locally purveyed goods.
Timeline: Reiser says opening the bottle shop is their top priority in order to establish a presence in the community before opening the brewery. “We’d rather use these 6-9 months to interact with the community and work with them in a more meaningful way.” He hopes to open the bottle shop in the summer of 2021 and the main taproom will open soon after.
Location: Burial Beer will be located at 1214-1216 Thomas Ave., formerly home to Boris and Natasha (now at 2910 The Plaza) and StashPad (which plans to close in April).