CHARLOTTE, N.C.--While Chris Campbell's Man Cave might be open for all ages, the reason everyone knows his name is right behind the bar. "It has become our own little Cheers in the neighborhood," he said.
The draft beer flows out of the two taps he had installed in his Matthews home. Craft beer connoisseurs like Chris Campbell are buying the systems to save money and stay off the roads.
"The experience of having neighbors coming over and being the local watering hole is what we see popping up all over Charlotte," said Geoff Goss of Custom Home Pubs.
Nearly seven years after the state increased the alcohol content of beer in North Carolina, the popularity of craft beer has exploded in Charlotte. Two new micro-breweries are expected by the end of the year. Charlotte's first brewery, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is expecting a 75-percent
increase in sales by the end of 2012."The flavor is fantastic and its refreshing too. A lot of Americans haven't experienced that in their life unless they've gone to Europe," said The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery's John Marrino.
That beer is just one of the many pleasures of Chris Campbell's house."It's just like owning a bar, much smaller crowd and only the people you like," he said.
In-Home Pubs begin at six hundred dollars. They include quarterly maintenance and installation.
For more information: http://customhomepubs.com/