Things are Brewing in Gaston

Microbreweries not only create high-quality, one-of-a-kind beer, but they also provide inviting taprooms and beer gardens where visitors and locals gather together. At Cavendish, Gastonia’s first brewery, Old World beers are the focus. A full-service kitchen serves sandwiches and snacks. A group of friends and Dallas natives came together to start Ole Dallas Brewery, which they’re now proud to call their hometown spot.


Muddy River Distillery opened in 2011 as North Carolina’s first rum distillery. Located in a former textile mill, the husband-and-wife-run company produces six kinds of rum. They use hand-built stills to turn premium ingredients into top-notch labels, such as Spiced Carolina Rum and Queen Charlotte’s Reserve.

The Ridgeline Craft Beverage Trail

The Ridgeline Craft Beverage Trail features six of Gaston and Cleveland County’s breweries, distilleries and wineries. Each has its own unique feel and culture, which was our favorite part of this trail. It’s a great representation of what makes Gaston and Cleveland Counties so special.  Starting in Belmont, we’ve put together a guide and itinerary to help you experience these diverse place and people. Along the way, we’ve layered in a few activities to make for a full day of fun and exploration.

Hop on the Trail

Here is our list of the locations on the Ridgeline Craft Beverage Trail to help you map out your day. We’ve listed them in the order of our itinerary. Make sure to check operating hours as well as the schedule of events at each location when planning your itinerary.

The Video Series

We created a video of our day exploring the Ridgeline Craft Beverage Trail, including the stories of owners for each location, so be sure to check it out for some more inspiration! 


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