Asheville’s Burial Beer Co., widely regarded as one of the top breweries in the country, will open a new Charlotte taproom and bottle shop called The House of Relics on June 4 in the former Boris & Natasha space.
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 after news broke that Burial was coming to Charlotte.
Quick 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.
- Boris & Natasha owner Hope Nicholls moved her clothing store farther out on The Plaza over a year ago after growing disillusioned over how much Plaza Midwood is shifting — and pricing out smaller independent businesses like hers.
What to expect: 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.
Grand opening: Burial’s grand opening party on June 4 will run from noon to midnight.
Location: Burial Beer will be located at 1214-1216 Thomas Ave.
Hours: The House of Relics will be open 3pm-12am on weekdays, 12pm-12am on Saturday, and 12-8pm on Sunday.
Editor’s note: This article was updated on May 19, 2022 with the latest information on Burial’s opening. It was first published in March 2021.