The Johnson's Brown Ale (Charlotte) was a dark brown color with a medium body, well carbonated, malty sweet flavor and just a touch of hops, finishing dryly. The Old Raleigh Honey Ginger Wheat (Raleigh) was a hazy gold and led with an intense ginger aroma followed by a strong sweet ginger flavor. The Flagstone First Reserve Lager (Winston Salem) appeared a clear light brown, lightly carbonated, with subtle hops, malty flavor, and with a sweet aftertaste (molasses). The Highland Old Style Irish Ale was a copper color, well carbonated, with a medium body and malty flavor. The smooth mouthfeel was well matched to the mellow hops and the clean finish left a good impression. The Highland Oatmeal Porter appeared opaque with a malty aroma, dry, dark malt chocolaty flavor and aftertaste. The Highland Celtic Ale was a clear dark amber color with a creamy head, smooth medium body, even balance, malty/hoppy flavor, and dry finish. The Johnson's Amber was a light amber color, very carbonated, very light-bodied, with a medium hop flavor and aftertaste. The Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar was a very dark brown, lightly carbonated, with a sweet malty and Kahlúa-like nutty flavor. The Wild Goose Pale Ale (Cambridge, Maryland) was a dark amber color with a creamy white head, full-bodied and nice hop and malt flavors.
Although street parking is practically non-existent downtown, this was no impediment to the weekend crowds. Roughly 50/50 men and women, some came for the live jazz in the basement and some just for the $12 per hour upstairs pooltables. The $3.50 pints are served up by knowledgeable staff who even hide a supply of Coors Light, Buckler N/A, and Rolling Rock behind the bar. Opened November 1, 1995 by the owners of nearby Dilworth Brewing, the Atlantic Beer & Ice Company seems wildly popular due to its blend of music, beer and environment.
Atlantic Beer & Ice Co.
330 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July, 1996