Just Down the Road Yet Worlds Apart


CavendishLocated just west of Charlotte, Gaston County is a very accessible destination to visit. For breweries reside in Gaston County. Each is only about a ten minute drive, yet they are worlds apart. 

Ole Dallas Brewery is in, well Dallas and is the most rustic of the four. Located on the site of an old scrap yard. What sets this brewery apart from others is the emphasis on live music. With the large stage and a great sound system Ole Dallas is becoming a regular stop for some of the finest musicians in the area. Even though the brewery is huge it's easy to drive right by it. So look for the tiny water tower or the water cooler on steroids (I don't know which it is) and turn down that dirt road, you won't miss it.

Next up was Cavendish Brewing Company in the gateway to Gastonia in an old Dodge dealership. Cavendish steps outside the box and brings with it quirky events and old world beers. Would you not call an event for the release of the latest Star Wars movie "Brew Wars: The Thirst Awakens” or a Game of Thrones event called "Winter is coming" a little quirky? The majority of beers available are uncommon beers here in the "New World." German, Czech and English recipes rule the taps here.

Down the road in Belmont is Rivermen Brewing Company, the only pub brewery in Belmont. It's housed in an old mill with a big emphasis on conversation. Anything that could be used from the old millsite was. Large indoor and outdoor eating area and 20 rotating taps. Rivermen brings the feel of a big city brewery to historic Belmont.

Around the bend and down by the Catawba River in Belmont is York Chester Brewing Company. A true nano brewery open to the public since October 2016. It's in a former dye mill with tons of nooks for hosting events music indoors. Outside is a deck and fire pit to enjoy a pint of a truly handcrafted beer and enjoy the river.