The people of Panacea Coffeehouse designed their cafe as a place that fosters a sense of community where patrons can sip a fresh brew on the back deck that overlooks Richland Creek or within the cool, restored industrial space. The staff of savvy baristas also serves up homemade desserts, cafe treats, and improvised haikus.
Before stepping onto the Charlotte Brewery Tours party bus, each tour-taker is handed a pint glass to hang on to, which they are sure to put to use throughout the day. Once on the bus, participants are ushered to some of the city's finest craft-beer producers. Sip samples of beers along the way, and enjoy one pint of complimentary beer to slake the unique thirst conjured only by drinking beer all day.
Railhouse Brewery founders Mike Ratkowski and Brian Evitts both did stints in the armed forces before they met while working the same job. The two shared an interest in the effervescent qualities of a good beer, and in 2009, they turned that passion into a business. Brian, a homebrewer for 20 years, oversees the production of the company's five main beers?oatmeal stout, brown ale, pale ale, honey wheat, and barley wine?and Mike handles operations, sales, and the number of bottles of beer on the wall. Together, they help bring Railhouse brews to 14 restaurants and bars in the Sandhills.
The Railhouse Brewery also frequently hosts concerts and festivals, and holds cornhole tournaments every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, check out the event page or send a pack of investigative hops to visit the brewery.