N.C’s Cabarrus County offers Local breweries to explore and enjoy

Cabarrus County, about 20 minutes north of Uptown Charlotte, N.C., is more than just the home where “Racing Lives,” it’s a hub of local wineries, independent craft breweries and a whiskey distillery inside a former prison.

Here are a few of the places to imbibe and enjoy the beautiful sensory of the Piedmont region.
Southern Grace Distilleries – Tour the storied grounds and taste award-winning small-batch whiskey and bourbon at this prison-turned distillery in Mt. Pleasant. Opt for the Convicted Spirits Tour during spooky season or the behind-the-scenes “Behind Bars” tour anytime.

Rocky River Vineyards – Plan a mid-week road trip to sip an apple cider slushy on “Wine Slushy Wednesday” at this scenic vineyard located in Midland next door to the site of America’s first gold discovery, Reed Gold Mine.  

High Branch Brewing Co.– The first tenant of Gibson Mill Market, a developing community gathering hub featuring a one-of-a-kind food hall-style dining and shopping experience. 

Tipsy Hare Ciderworks – Coming soon to revitalized Downtown Kannapolis, Cabarrus County’s first cidery sits alongside veteran-owned and operated Old Armor Beer Company in the City’s newly designated West Avenue District across from Atrium Health Ballpark. 

Mary Welch


Editor, award-winning journalist and author

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