Gearing up for FallFest – Craft Beer Crawl & Cornhole Tournament

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Matthews FallFest

The first annual Matthews Chamber FallFest | Craft Beer Crawl & Cornhole Tournament is coming up on Saturday October 22nd and will be hosted at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte on Independence Blvd. The FallFest will include a craft beer crawl where you can get unlimited samples of craft beer from many local and regional craft breweries, a cornhole tournament where participants can win cash prizes, plus there will be vendors, food and live music! It is bound to be a fantastic day and a wonderfully fun event!

The Inspiration

The fine folks at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte approached me with the idea first. They had seen successful partnerships between local craft brewers and Harley-Davidson shops in other parts of the country. With the craft beer scene growing like it is in the Charlotte area, why not host an event at the Matthews store!

falltasterI liked the idea and I had been dreaming of a Matthews Craft Beer Festival ever since Carolina Beer Temple opened its doors! Here was an opportunity that walked in my door and landed in my lap. I was a little skeptical at first. I’d never been to the Harley-Davidson shop and had only seen it from the road. When they gave me my first tour of the space I was floored! They have a large empty paved lot in the back that they use almost exclusively for motorcycle driving training. Its fenced in, it has two gates, it’s perfect!!!

I took the idea to the Matthews Chamber Board of Directors meeting and pitched that we add a new event to our calendar. The Board was already pondering dropping the existing Fall Golf Tournament (we already have a Spring Golf Tournament and we wondered if the 2nd one was just too much) and was thinking that perhaps we needed something new, something different! As fate would have it, the Board unanimously approved the idea of adding the FallFest Craft Beer Crawl and Cornhole Tournament to the calendar!

Focus on Craft & Local

We targeted a lot of local brewers to attend the event! New breweries are arriving on the scene frequently and keeping up with all these great breweries is challenging for even the die-hard craft beer drinkers. The FallFest will be a great opportunity to meet the brewers and try unlimited samples of great local beers.

Who Will it Benefit?


This event is a fundraiser! Harley-Davidson of Charlotte has chosen the Matthews Free Medical Clinic to be the recipient of the funds raised for this event. Matthews Free Medical Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corp. that provides free, quality healthcare to low income, uninsured patients of Matthews, NC and surrounding areas, including Mecklenburg and Union Counties.

MFMC primarily relies on volunteers to carry out their They currently have multiple volunteer providers, in addition to the medical director. The clinic provides acute and chronic primary care, women’s clinics, psychiatry clinics, orthopedic clinics and pharmacy clinics. MFMC is a nonprofit organization funded by grants, private donations and two annual fundraisers.

What to Expect

Every craft beer festival has unlimited samples of beer! With your admission price you will get a taster glass with which you will get to sample dozens of different beers from local area breweries. Participants can also sign up in advance to compete in the cornhole tournament – cash prizes will be awarded! We will have live music all day provided by the Mountain Island Lake Funk band, a variety of vendors will be on site and there will be food available from Queen City Pretzel, the Bavarian Chef, Mario’s Pizza and more!

Free Trolley Rides

freetrolleyridesWhile there will be parking on-site, how about arriving at the FallFest on a Trolley? FREE trolley rides will be available with pick-up points at:

  • CATS (Charlotte Area Transit) lot on Independence Point Parkway behind Red Lobster and near Sam Newell Rd.
  • Downtown Matthews Public parking lot beside the railroad tracks and next to Seaboard Taproom & Wine Bar
  • Matthews Commons shopping center – home of Ollie’s Hobby Lobby, Jersey Mikes, Marshall’s and Burger King

The trolley is FREE and runs before the event, during the event and after the event!


Tickets are available at Just search for “Matthews Fall Fest.”

Will There Be Food?

Of course! We will have craft beer festival favorite The Bavarian Chef on-site selling bratwurst and more! Also, Queen City Pretzel will be selling giant pretzels made with local beer! You will also be able to find Mario’s Pizza and more!

Who will be there?

As of today there will about twenty breweries in attendance! And there may be a few stragglers that sign up during the last week of the event.

A couple of the breweries that will be in attendance just recently won medals at the Great American Beer Festival including D9 Brewing out of Cornelius for the Systema Naturae and White Street Brewing for their Scottish Ale!

Below are a few of the breweries and beer vendors you can expect to see there and we hope to see you at the Matthews FallFest on October 22nd!:


Carolina Beer Temple




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We look forward to seeing you at our festival and we hope everyone has a fantastic time!


Rob Jacik

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