August 17, 2016
In recent years, Charlotte culture has pretty much become synonymous with breweries. With over 15 in Charlotte and more popping up every month, the local beer scene has grown tremendously.
This weekend, one of of the originals, Triple C Brewing Company will celebrate its 4th Anniversary. Owner, Chris Harker, reflected on how much the Charlotte and North Carolina beer scene has exploded. Not only have the numbers grown, but Harker also commented on how the local bars, bottle shops, grocery stores and restaurants are doing a great job supporting local breweries: “More options are always a good thing and we seem to have plenty more coming. As long as quality is the focus, there is still room. It’s a great time to be a beer lover in Charlotte!”
Always having wanted to work for himself, Harker saw a huge opportunity for local beer back in 2011.
In the beginning it was all about “making enough beer and having enough hours in the day to sell it and run the taproom,” he said. “We kept things pretty lean to start out and had to wear a lot of hats.”
Since those early days, the business has grown quite a bit. Triple C started with 120 barrels (bbls) of fermentation space and now, in their fourth year, have grown to 420 bbls of space. In their first year they brewed around 1,200 bbls and now are predicted to do about 6,500 bbl this year. A rough approximation puts that at about 1,638,000 pints of beer!
For local breweries it is much more than amount brewed, but the craft of beer making that makes the Charlotte scene so rich. In 2015, Triple C won the bronze in the Great American Beer festival for their 3C IPA. While Harker was not there himself this past year, as he was awaiting the arrival of his daughter (a prize in and of itself) he indicated that the team was over the moon and will continue to enter the competition.
While the prize-winning 3C IPA is the brewery’s best selling beer, Harker indicated that the Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout, even though it’s only released once a year, probably has the most hype. The brewery currently offers seven year-’round brews, a mix of seasonals, and four canned offerings with two more to be released this year.
From charity events to yearly 5Ks to live music, Triple C serves as a hub for a vibrant part of Charlotte culture and the anniversary party will be no exception. The party will feature live music from Mojo Ruckus and Yarn, food by Papi Queso Food Truck, Bleu Barn Bistro, New Wrap Order and King of Pops Charlotte, and will be complete with the release of a limited anniversary ale “Not Just N.E. IPA”.
Harker also indicated that the brewery is currently working hard on plans for their new speciality brewery and event space next door to their current location at 2832 Griffith. This will allow them more flexibility to host events that the current space does not allow for and provide them with the ability to make new beers while keeping up with year-round demand. While things are growing now, he mentioned that the brewery is not trying to get too much bigger.
With an expansion in the works, more beer being brewed than ever, and a killer anniversary party coming up the whole team at Triple C Brewing Co. is celebrating not only four years of success but many more to come! Harker did have one last thing to say to his loyal patrons: “THANK YOU! We are so lucky to make beer for a living and couldn’t do it without the amazing local community.”