A note on whom and what are welcome at Charlotte’s breweries

Triple C and Sycamore are two dog-friendly breweries, to the point where they've collaborated on "Boozehound," a double IPA of which portions of the beer's sales have gone to a local dog rescue organization

Over the last few weeks, there have been a few things written on Twitter surrounding who and what should and shouldn’t be allowed at local breweries. Particularly, babies and dogs. It seems that these two groups bother some people or make them feel uncomfortable while they’re out enjoying craft beer.

It grew to the point where Charlotte Five wrote an article about the subject today. Author and friend Corey Inscoe did a good job in laying out the subject and presenting differing opinions.

(Side note: My favorite anti-opinion was from the person who said “depends … when the babies clearly don’t want to be there.” You know where babies clearly don’t want to be? Anywhere! They’re babies, for crying out loud).

The voice that wasn’t heard as much was from the breweries themselves – and likely for a good reason. Their opinion on the matter is understood. How do I know this? The next time you go to a brewery, simply open your eyes.

Most breweries have water bowls/dishes already laid out for dogs, while some such as Triple C provide dog treats. When Olde Mecklenburg constructed its new facility, plans were put in place for a playground. And when you walk into Free Range Brewing, there’s a small children’s’ area, complete with books and other materials.

The fact is, many of these new breweries in Charlotte were built to provide a family- and dog-friendly atmosphere. These places are big enough where everyone should feel welcome.

And if we’re going to talk about banning babies and dogs, can we talk about banning belligerent adults from breweries as well? Many breweries will be thankful for that.   

After all, it’s not babies or dogs that I’ve seen get into verbal (and even physical) arguments at breweries (yes, I have seen dogs bark at each other, but that usually is quickly controlled by the owners). Nor have I ever seen a baby or dog steal a pint glass rather than just fork over a measly $4 to support the brewery. And at the end of a long day and night, when brewery workers have to clean up shattered glasses inside and in the parking lot? Maybe you could say a dog bumped a table, but more often than not this is a result of irresponsibility and/or having one too many.

I’m not trying to draw a line in the sand between two groups, and really can’t stand the labeling of generations (furthering this point, I literally just had to Google “What generation am I?”). I know some millennials who are some of the most intelligent people in Charlotte and at the same time have seen some Generation Y (thanks Google!) folks who act like they’re still in college.

The point I’m trying to make is this: Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If something or someone is making you feel uncomfortable, you also are just as entitled to go somewhere else. There are several establishments serving your same favorite local beer that don’t allow pets or are 21 and up (usually after a certain time).

Also, the next time a baby or dog is cramping your style, you could always ask someone at the brewery to do something about it.

Just don’t be surprised when they say maybe it’s you who’d be better off somewhere else.

SEE ALSO: 5 Baby-Friendly Breweries in Charlotte