Rob Jacik has been a busy man. Over the past five months, he’s opened three craft beer bars, bringing his total to four. His latest, Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley, opened last week in Steele Creek.
And now, he’s going to take a little break.
“I’m done now, for a while,” he said last week.
“We’re kind of taking the best of all of them and bringing them here,” he said.
The Carolina Beer Temple in Ayrsley is most similar to the original one in Matthews, Jacik said, with a laid-back, coffee-shop-with-beer vibe. Just like with the original location, which opened back in 2013, the new Beer Temple definitely isn’t a sports bar (there are only two TVs).
“The focus is on the beer,” Jacik said, “encouraging conversation over staring at televisions.”
Jacik also brought in the community-style long tables from Seaboard and the new Beer Temple will fill growlers, like at Temple Mojo. And the Ayrsley location will also serve wine by the glass.
By the numbers:
- 26 taps, with at least one cider and four Belgian beers always on tap.
- 300+ bottles and cans available at any given time. Jacik said that number will likely climb to 400-450, comparable to what’s offered at Carolina Beer Temple in Matthews.
- 2,400 square feet of space in the new location, much larger than the 1,500-square-foot Matthews location, meaning more seating and a larger patio.
- More than 50 percent of the beers on tap and in bottles and cans will be from breweries in the Carolinas.
Why move into Ayrsley after turning downtown Matthews into a craft beer destination? Jacik said Ayrsley is basically Steele Creek’s downtown district, and he liked that the location would be near other local businesses, like Portofino’s and Piedmont Social House.
“I loved the location over there,” he said. “I’m pretty picky about where we want to open places.”
But don’t expect Jacik to open another another place any time soon. He’s done — at least for a little while.
Carolina Beer Temple Ayrsley: 2127 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Suite 101-B, Charlotte.
Hours: Noon-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Temporarily closed on Monday, but it plans to be open noon-11 p.m. on Mondays soon.
Photos: Courtesy of Rob Jacik and Carolina Beer Temple