Food & Drink

Burial Beer Co. Announces First Charlotte Location

Popular Asheville-based brewery to open in Plaza Midwood

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Burial Beer Co. will move its new taproom and bottle shop into the former homes of Boris & Natasha and Stash Pad. (Photo by Justin LaFrancois)

Burial Beer Co., one of North Carolina’s most popular breweries, announced Wednesday that it will open its first Charlotte location, a taproom and bottle shop in Plaza Midwood on Thomas Avenue in the former homes of two clothing boutiques, Boris & Natasha and Stash Pad. 

The taproom will include an indoor bar area, secluded outdoor beer garden, and rooftop deck, and will also serve a curated variety of items from a select menu of sandwiches, charcuterie, and other locally purveyed goods, according to the release. 

“We selected the property because it enriched Burial’s commitment to preservation and keeping unique and historic buildings alive in developing areas where they may otherwise be torn down and replaced,” said Doug Reiser, cofounder and COO of Burial, in a press release on Wednesday. 

Burial Beer’s flagship location is in the South Slope neighborhood of Asheville, and in 2016, they opened a second location in the city’s Biltmore Village that includes their Forestry Camp restaurant and VISUALS winery. In 2018, the team opened a third location in Raleigh called The Exhibit. The brewery currently distributes to North Carolina and Georgia. 

Burial’s beer ranges in styles, including hoppy ales, dessert stouts, barrel-aged sours, wild ales, and rustic lagers. 

“It all feels so surreal,” Jess Reiser, co-founder and CEO of Burial stated in the release. “To think we started as a one-barrel brewery and we now are expanding into the biggest metropolitan city in North Carolina, well, it makes me take a step back and really soak it all in. Our growth wouldn’t be possible without all of the support from our community, craft beer lovers and our fellow brewers. We are beyond excited to connect to the Charlotte community over a pint of beer at the new taproom.”

Boris & Natasha moved out of its space between the popular Plaza Midwood hangouts Thomas Street Tavern and Common Market after 22 years there in January. They’ve since reopened in their new location between Hattie’s Tap & Tavern and Tip Top Daily Market at 2910 The Plaza. Stash Pad will reportedly close its space by the end of April and reopen on Monroe Road in partnership with Lupie’s Café. 

When we reached out to her on Wednesday, Boris & Natasha co-owner Hope Nicholls said she was happy to glad to hear about Burial’s arrival in the space where she launched her business because “that’s better than a bar,” before letting us know how she’s settling in at the new space. 

“We are loving our new spot,” Nicholls wrote. “It’s how the ‘hood used to be: plenty of parking, diverse businesses as neighbors, a bit off the beaten path. Plaza Midwood has not just been discovered by the people, it’s been carpet-bagged by the money men. I plan to work actively to keep this stretch of the Q.C. more affordable and accessible to small businesses.” 

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