Resident Culture is all about beer and community – this weekend’s Lager Fest is no exception

Resident Culture is all about beer and community – this weekend’s Lager Fest is no exception
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This paid content was created in partnership with Resident Culture Brewing Company.


For Resident Culture owners Amanda and Phillip McLamb, and head brewer & partner Chris Tropeano, aka “Tropes,” what they’re building is about more than just beer – it’s about creating a community of beer nerds and non-beer nerds alike.

Accolades like being named a top 10 new brewer in the world by RateBeer is nice (okay, seriously cool), but for this team, the fact that they’re elevating Charlotte beer while also staying true to the funkiness of the Plaza Midwood neighborhood is the real accomplishment.

From left: Tropes, Phillip and Amanda.

“Brewing beer that’s true to the local area — literally the yeast cultures are ‘resident cultures’ because they’re from around here — helps us promote this unique company culture and a vibe we think is unique to Plaza Midwood,” says Tropes.

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One of Resident Culture’s primary hashtags is #DrinkFreshOrDie – and they take it seriously.

They’ve got five bright tanks. As Phillip explains, “That’s where the beer is carbonated … and typically, from there, it’s either tapped out or kegged down, but we had them custom made so they have a tap on the side of them.”

Basically, your beer goes directly from the source to your glass.

And the differences of fresh craft beer versus other options are pretty apparent when tasting side by side.

“It’s almost like the difference between buying cherry tomatoes at the grocery store where they might have been sitting, to plucking them from your backyard off the vine,” Amanda says. “It’s the optimal beer experience.”

And experiences are equally important at Resident Culture as flavors — they like both to be funky.

They host all kinds of events, from Nerdy Trivia to private parties to can releases. Phillip said they want to keep things hyperlocal but also do things that help establish Charlotte as a craft beer destination.

They go above and beyond the basics; they want to host experiences that actually draw the rest of the region (and dare we say – country?) all the way to the QC.

And the huge one on tap: Saturday’s inaugural Lager Fest: A Celebration of Lager Beer.

The event, co-hosted by Casita Cerveceria, will feature some of the best lager beers from 29 breweries across the nation. Expect food from Strudelteig and TIN Kitchen as well as beats from DJ Smitty. There’s also going to be a stein-holding competition with prizes.

VIP tickets offer early entry, access to 4 exclusive beers and the chance to listen to a VIP panel of head brewers from breweries like Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Crooked Stave and others.

The panel will be moderated by Bryan Roth of Good Beer Hunting.

At $100, a VIP ticket will also get you unlimited pours until 10:30 p.m. and a festival glass. General admission gets you entry at 6 p.m., 6 4-oz. pours ($2.50 per additional pour) and a festival glass.

Get in on the festival
• Lager Fest: A Celebration of Lager Beer
• Saturday, August 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$100

It’s events like these that are drawing more and more people to our city for the love of beer.

“There’s so much more Charlotte can be; it’s starting to be a place people are dying to move to,” Amanda says. “We’re seeing that firsthand. It’s a place people feel welcomed, but also enriched and inspired – and that’s what we’re dedicated to.”


Photos by Christina Hussey
This paid content was created in partnership with Resident Culture Brewing Company.

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