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Town Board to consider Royal Bliss Brewery this evening

March 4. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board will consider approving a rezoning at this evenings Monday March 4 meeting, which would permit the construction and operation of Royal Bliss Brewery on three acres of vacant land at 19149 W. Catawba Avenue. The combination restaurant and beer garden could be completed by late 2025 […]

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Royal Bliss, with 1 micro-brewery in Denver, plans a second location, this one on W. Catawba

July 25. By Dave Vieser. If all goes well, Royal Bliss Brewery will be opening a new location in Cornelius by early 2025. Officials from Royal Bliss, which currently operates a brewery in Denver, unveiled their expansion plans at the town’s July 24 pre-development committee meeting and every member expressed support for the project. Plans call for […]

Lost Worlds Putin is a Dick

Brewery taps into global opinion to raise money for Ukraine

March 22. Lost Worlds Brewing has already sold out of its first 500 “Putin is a Dick” crowlers to benefit the National Bank of Ukraine’s Fund for Refugees.  The West Catawba brewery launched the campaign March 18 to raise money for Ukrainian refugees by selling 32-ounce take-home crowlers that come with a new label featuring […]

OMB rendering: Brewery, beer garden and residences

OMB hearing delayed

April 15. By Dave Vieser. A public hearing before the Cornelius Planning Board concerning a major mixed-use project on the north end of Zion Avenue known as Greenway Gartens has been delayed to May 10 at the earliest according to town officials. “The applicant requested that we move the project from the April 12 meeting […]

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Olde Meck Brewery postpones hearing to April 12

March 8. By Dave Vieser. The Planning Board public hearing on the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) mixed-use project, originally scheduled for Monday March 8, has been postponed to Monday April 12 at the request of the applicant. “We just needed a little more time to update our plan in response to the town’s comments,” said […]


Living the lager life

Oct. 9. Story and photos by Jason Benavides. Breweries have been thriving in the Lake Norman region since 2011 when Ass Clown Brewery poured their first pint. Even during the global pandemic the comfort of a cold brew can’t be denied. Since March recycle bins have been overflowing with cans from the casual drinker forced […]

International competitions tap local brewer for honors

Nov. 11. Three brews from Cornelius-based D9 Brewing Co. scored big in a couple of blind tasting competitions. D9 Brewing landed second and third place for two of its beers at the Great International Beer & Cider Competition. A D9 pumpkin brew was ranked sixth on Paste Magazine’s list of best pumpkin beers. Their Viking Fraoch Scottish Sour […]