I know, I know breweries are perhaps the most basic Charlotte thing ever. But they are popular for a reason. If beer isn't your thing Kings Mountain is home to a good winery and the Yadkin Valley is just a short drive away.

Cheers! One Charlotte brewery is in the top 10 breweries at the U.S. Open Beer Championship. Charlotte-based brewery, Pilot Brewing, took home the No. 5 spot at the championship. Following the pandemic schedule changes, the event took place in Oxford, Ohio.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the U.S. Open is a blind competition where judges determine the best beer based on the categories being given. Breweries send over 9,000 brews representing over 150 styles of beer. Pilot Brewing is the No. 5 top brewery in the competition. The brewery is in Plaza Midwood and is a local favorite. The brewery’s co-owners, Rachel Hudson and her husband, Jeff, took home the No. 5 overall in the competition.

“Ever since we’ve opened the brewery we’ve always been very big on brewing high-quality beers with the finest ingredients and putting out the best beers possible,” Hudson said to the Charlotte Observer. Pilot Brewing is known for brewing original recipes representing traditional and experimental styles. Their famous pilot beers include menu favorites like Layover In Hanover, Raspberry Sol, Kölsch Me If You Can, and more. Check out the full list of their beers, ciders, and seltzers here.

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