Well, it was Crown Town's first visit with Yelp Drinks, but Charlotte Yelpers took it to the streets and made this week-long festivity shine forth with great food, entertainment, libations of all kinds, and memories that will surely never die.
Charlotte kicked off the week with Wilson from FOX News Rising and our yelpy friend, Jon Reep. We got a VIP tour of Heist Brewery's fanciful kitchen, the brewhouse, a taste of a few of their Yelp Drinks menu, and even got some laughs from our comedic friend Jon!
Later that night, Charlotte Elites and Yelpers from around town gathered for an evening of great food, live music from Stacey Leazer and Mike Waters, Shutterbooth fun, and tons of Yelp Drinks pint glasses. Lauryn C notes, "My beer was good and then I decided to switch to the Tito's Cosmos why not they were only $4 thanks to Yelp Drinks!"
Bar Time was a special time. We had the pleasure of hearing from Rich, head bartender, describe the finer notes of how they create the Loose Goose Pineapple-Infused Cocktail. A wonderful and powerful libation packed with tons of flavor. Chef Tommy also laid out a smattering of delectables for Yelpers to enjoy as they imbibed.
Beer :30 housed a relaxed atmosphere on the warm patio of The Pizza Peel. Triple C Brewing made an appearance as we enjoyed three of their local brews (All Yelp Drinks specials, by the by) and several tasty morsels from the kitchen.
BBQ, Moonshine, and Bowling blew everyone's socks off. 4 courses of BBQ items paired with a different Junior Johnson's Moonshine or Moonshine Cocktail. Throw in a little bowling and you've got yourself a Yelp Drinks send-off like no other! And that, ladies and gents, is exactly what the Charlotte Yelp crew did. We saw many strikes, spares, high-fives, and celebratory dances performed. A wonderful, final event for Yelp Drinks Week.
So, we bid Yelp Drinks 2013 bon voyage as we reminisce over the many cocktails imbibed, glasses raised, high-fives given, photos taken, warm welcomes received, and great memories. It only speaks in anticipation for what is to come for the rest of 2013 and for Yelp Drinks 2014!
Check out the photos from our Kick-Off here!
Read the reviews here!
Until next time, SYOY.
Ben G (pictured with wife, JJ)
Yelp Charlotte Community Manager