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Mecklenburg County Banning Dogs From Brewery Tap Rooms

01/04/2017 at 11:42 | Posted by Brenda Matthews
Christmas market at OMB via Brenda Matthews
Photo Credit: Christmas market at OMB via Brenda Matthews

Yup – they’re everywhere.  Micro-breweries – and dogs.  Love ’em both!

I speak from experience, too.  We’ve been to several breweries in the area, and have been (pleasantly) surprised at all of the furry, fluffy friends that are also along for ‘the ride.’  I try to pet them all, I must confess.

Early in December, we hit up the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Christmas market and were happily stunned at the man/woman/dog ratio! People and their fuzzy charges were all enjoying the day, imbibing, shopping, stopping to be petted and praised, and taking in the festivities.


Photo: Annette Shaff/Shutterstock

Photo: Annette Shaff/Shutterstock


Now, “The Mecklenburg County Health Department says a state code rule forbids dogs from being in taprooms,” per   

Yup, now you can still enjoy the music and the scene on the patios, but “dogs are not allowed inside. The one exception: service animals.”

The article continues, “Lynn Lathan, an environmental health supervisor at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, confirmed that any brewery with a food establishment permit is not allowed to have animals inside.

Though many of our local breweries rely on food trucks, “they are still permitted as food establishments because they must wash, rinse and sanitize multi-use glassware.”

Just for fun, I found this on YouTube – the ‘Beer Guard Dog.’

‘Does not play well – or share with others!’




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