Catawba Brewing introduces Queen City-inspired beer, CLT IPA

Catawba Brewing is releasing CLT IPA locally a month before it opens a Charlotte brewery and tasting room

When a new brewery opens in Charlotte, it’s usually a big deal. Never before though, has a brewery tapped the Queen City as an addition to other production facilities/taprooms in the state.

Until now, and Catawba Brewing is out to make friends in the best fashion – with beer.

In anticipation of the Catawba brewery and tasting room opening next month in Charlotte, Catawba’s brewers created a special beer for the occasion – the aptly-named CLT IPA.

This West Coast-style IPA features four hops (Amarillo, Centennial, Citra and Simcoe) and is described as also having “flavor notes of juicy citrus (grapefruit), ripe tropical fruit (papaya, pineapple, guava), pine and dank resin, with a dry finish and lingering hop bitterness,” according to a release.

CLT IPA will be rolled out exclusively around town in kegs and 4-packs beginning Saturday with events at several popular area craft beer bars and bottle shops, with Catawba staff onsite via the following schedule:


  • Carolina Beer Temple in Matthews (noon – 1:15 p.m.)

  • Growler USA (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

  • Brawley’s Beverage (2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

  • Kit’s Trackside Crafts in Pineville (2:45 – 3:45 p.m.)

  • Good Bottle Co. (3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

  • Salud Beer Shop (5 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

  • Common Market (6:30 p.m. – TBA)


    As for Catawba’s Charlotte brewery and tasting room located on Louise Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood, construction is still ongoing and I’m told to expect a grand opening sometime in March. This facility will be Catawba’s fourth, joining the original location in Morganton and two in Asheville.

    Expect announcements to be made in the coming weeks, and you can keep up by following @Catawbabeer_CLT on social media channels.

Categories: Agenda, Beer, By Matt McKenzie