Nov 9, 2015 - News

Briefing for Monday November 9: Food challenges to small college sports

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Hello Monday.

We’re entering a new era in Charlotte’s brewery scene. Sure, new breweries are continuing to open. But now the successful ones are starting to grow and expand. There’s NoDa Brewing, which just opened its second location on North Tryon. Sycamore Brewing is expanding, and so are Lenny Boy and Olde Mecklenburg.

The latest is Triple C Brewing, which just announced that it has leased the building across the street from its South End location, including all the parking that comes with it. That’s immediately going to make Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights more attractive. It also gives the brewery a ton of optionality for future growth. It’s an exciting time.

VITALS

Today’s Weather: 51. 100% chance of rain.
Today’s Stat: 8,061. Population of Pineville, according to the most recent census data.
Today’s Job: Coordinator – Social Media at The Ritz-Carlton. Apply.
Today’s Charlottean: Gena Morris, Mitchell Kelling, Will Medlin, Libby James, and Bree Laughrun — Horack Talley attorneys recently honored for their pro bono work representing children in custody disputes. 

ORIGINALS

13 Charlotte-area food challenges for gluttonous glory [Levans]
People will do just about anything for a T-shirt and a bit of glory. Maybe I could do the Sauceman’s barbecue challenge? Definitely count me out of the Insanity Wing Challenge at East Coast Wings. I value my taste buds too much.

NOW OPEN: Everything you need to know about Foxcroft Wine Co.’s new wine bar in Dilworth [Williams]
The official opening is tonight at 5 p.m. Wine by the glass and fresh small plates. Also a cool table made out of wine boxes.

Why the city of Charlotte is taking a loss on a prime piece of Eastover real estate [Dunn]
The city got caught up in the exuberance of the early 2000s housing bubble and figured it would make its money back easily. A decade later they got caught with the bag.

Canning: Not just for little old ladies anymore [Gross]
Yeah, canning vegetables is no longer necessary to survive through the winter, but it’s still an awesome way to preserve what you grow in your garden. Plus you can make pickles. I’m also very afraid of botulism so I’m glad there are specific steps they take to avoid it.

The joy of being a small college fan in a pro sports town [Yoho]
While most of us were watching the Panthers game, a smaller but equally passionate group of people were down in South Carolina cheering on Queens University of Charlotte’s soccer teams in a conference championship. Such a pure form of sports fandom.

Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Support local nonprofits on Giving Tuesday [Smith]
SHARE Charlotte has signed on Google Fiber as sponsor of this year’s Giving Tuesday events. Kickoff party is Tuesday night. Get details.

Why Charlotte’s losing bid for the college football championship game is like you in high school [@thetrolleywalk]
When faced with rejection, you have a choice. Desperately try to change yourself to please the one who spurned you, or reflect on your values. Charlotte should do the latter.

Here’s what it looks like inside BJ’s Wholesale Club in Midtown [Williams]
This just opened in the Metropolitan by the Target and Trader Joe’s. Membership is $50 per year. Get your giant salsa there.

TALKING POINTS 

Panthers move to 8-0 in another nail-biter [ESPN]. The team dominated the first half and looked like it was going to cruise to an easy victory, but the Packers came within a few yards of a potential tying score in the final minutes. Best new GIF from the game sums up how we all were feeling in the final minutes. But here’s how we’re feeling now.

Jamba Juice opens new location in Piper Glen. It’s owned by Harbor Management Company, which as three other locations in the Charlotte area. The new spot is at 6432 Rea Road.

The Christmas tree is coming back to SouthPark Mall [Smith/Twitter]. The mall decided to have Santa pose under a glacier instead of a tree this year, and people were super unhappy. Workers tore down the glacier Sunday and will be reinstating the traditional Christmas scene.

If you already can’t wait for the weekend, start planning a day trip to South Mountains State Park. Only 1.5 hours from Charlotte and great views. Get after it.

– Andrew

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