Catawba Brewing Co.

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

212 S Green St
Morganton, North Carolina, 28655-3525
United States

(828) 430-6883 | map

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Reviews by VaterRoss:
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VaterRoss from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Catawba Valley Brewing Company (usually just "the Brewery to locals) is in the heart of downtown Morganton on the block adjacent to good ol' Sam Ervin's statue. The setup is warehouse like with about half consisting of the brewing operation. The remaining half is split into a bar area with picnic type seating and the other half a stage, pool tables, and some more seating. Atmosphere is usually pretty nice with an extremely laid back and mixed crowd with an average age somewhere in the mid 30s. They have a really cool food policy that greatly adds to the atmosphere allowing any outside food to be brought in even including a selection of nearby restaurant menus for delivery. On any given week at least one band will come through which really livens the place up.

I've been really impressed by the beer in this place (and this is why you are headed to a bar/brewery, right?). Their year-rounds aren't too special with an average rating of around 3.5-4 but their limiteds and seasonals can often surprise. Their fall pumpkin beer is the best of the style I've encountered and a recent batch of pumpernickel rye beer similarly impressed me. Number of taps are somewhere south of 10 with around 5 year round and a few limited batches and seasonals. As of late they've really started to do some interesting experiments including a red wine barrel aged barleywine.

Service is usually quick and friendly although bartenders knowledge can vary wildly. Depending on when you go in those involved in the brewing process may even be your bartender. Never had a problem with the service here and never had to wait more than a few minutes for a beer. Again, service has always been friendly.

Selection may not impress those used to megabars but what they have is solid and some of them are quite excellent with any given visit there being around 10 beers to try. They offer growlers and a limited amount of cans in addition to pints.

I sorta forgot to mention this but pints are $3 here. That's right, 3 dollars all the time no specials needed. This may be one of my favorite things about the Brewery. If you're used to "big city" prices then you will be amazed at how cheap the beer is here, especially considering the quality.

Negatives for me is that the crowd here is a bit old and a bit 'square' for me but this most likely represents the demographic realities of Morganton. I am told by my SO (a Morganton native) that this is one of the hotspots for Morganton Progressives. The year-rounds could be a little better and the bar tenders could know a bit more about the beer. Perhaps the thing that bothers me the most about this place are the extremely limited hours. I do not know of any other bar outside of England that has a last call at 10:30pm! Crazy city slickers like me don't even leave the house to go out until that time. It is usually only open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. That's right, no Saturday. This is perplexing to say the least.

All things said this place blows any other beer place in Morganton out of the water and is better and cheaper than a lot of the better known bars and breweries (esp in the Triangle). If you are in Morganton, or even going W on I-40, this place is a definite visit for a few pints. I really wish that Catawba Valley was in my town.

Mar 13, 2012
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BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Feb 10, 2019
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jbarry3000 from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Aug 07, 2018
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Coho11 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jul 05, 2018
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cafequaid from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jun 22, 2018
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Zekenyce from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Jun 11, 2017
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Nice beer. Lots of styles to choose from. Nothing really blew me away. The service was fine and I enjoyed the atmosphere. I probably wouldn't go back, but would visit one of the Asheville tasting rooms instead.

Jan 02, 2017
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Jason_cs from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Oct 22, 2016
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qcghost from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jul 24, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

I reserved judgement on Catawba, on my first visit, because it was late, they were busy and the tap board was so so. After a year I went back and saw some very nice changes; the huge selection of beer for one. The service was slow, just for me, as I was ignored and it was a touch loud. The vibe is good and everyone else seems to be having fun, and I guess that's all that matters.

Jul 03, 2016
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

May 23, 2016
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Brandon632 from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

May 22, 2016
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Mparker1975 from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Jan 10, 2016
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Nov 22, 2015
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rhester14 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Aug 28, 2015
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Aug 17, 2015
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italianstallion from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

May 23, 2015
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IPAchris from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Mar 31, 2015
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RochefortChris from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Jan 30, 2015
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Mantooth from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

They've really stepped their game up and they're cute smelt expanding. The new rap room and bar are sweet. Love the bar is indoors and out. Great service and damn good selection. With these guys and Fonta Flora just up the street, Morganton is definitely up and coming. Check them out. Cheers!

Jan 20, 2015
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petermethot from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Sep 02, 2014
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loverofthecraft from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Aug 20, 2014
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qcbrewer from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Aug 09, 2014
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MaseFace from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%

Aug 06, 2014
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dailyminefield from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Jul 20, 2014
Catawba Brewing Co. in Morganton, NC
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