Queen City Bakery & Brewery

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Open only since March 1st of 1996, Queen City Bakery & Brewery was previously one the many "Mill" bakery/brewpub combinations throughout the U.S. southeast. Not far from the Charlotte, North Carolina airport, the brewpub is situated but a few miles south of Charlotte's other two brewpubs. A small bakery counter and the aroma of baked goods greet customers with the dining area lying in the left half of the building and the bar area with a half-dozen tall tables lying to the right. Both areas are well-lit with a high pitched roof providing plenty of room to accumulate rising smoke from the bar area. The small-looking ~15 bbl J.V. Northwest stainless steel brewhouse at the front of the building is visible from the road as well as the interior areas. Ample light enters the numerous windows to illuminate the interior brick and light wood tongue & groove walls for the abundant green plants. The small light wood bar features two 4-tap towers and a full liquor selection along with an extensive 18 wine by-the-glass offering.

The Harvest Gold Light was a pale gold color, medium-bodied, with a clean slightly hoppy flavor and aftertaste. The Red October was a dark gold color, medium-bodied, with both malt and hops coming through in the flavor before it finished on the dry side. The Hornet Tail Ale was a clear dark copper color, light-bodied but with a dry chocolately flavor. The McKnight's Stout appeared opaque, with a fine head, medium body, dry chocolately flavor, evenly balanced without any roasted character.

An "off-premises" permit is in the works. Meanwhile customers can find three meals a day offered along with daily specials. Prices are reasonable with $2.75 pints, $3.25 4 by 4 samplers and $14/$11 1/2 gallon jugs (coming soon). Queen City bested the other brewpubs in the city to win its category in the '96 Charlotte's Best competition and the Hornet's Tale Ale is a previous GABF winner. Whether for the Sunday brunch buffet or just for drinks, Queen City Bakery & Brewery offers plenty of reasons for a visit.

The Queen City Bakery & Brewery
122 W. Woodlawn Road.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
(704)521-8684 - FAX

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July, 1996

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