Court Shoes Only – Curtain Call

Court Shoes Only – Curtain Call

As we close out April and Autism Acceptance Month, we would like to extend a final round of thanks to our tremendous local brewery community and to you; the incredibly responsive, engaged and genuine supporters of local craft beer. Together, we saw the debut of Court Shoes Only stretch across 43 Charlotte-area breweries, cideries and its selztery, and the response was a major win for ACEing Autism. Contributions totaled nearly $22,000 from sales of Court Shoes Only, and so importantly, provided invaluable exposure for both our local breweries and ACEing Autism programs locally, regionally and nationally. 

We had humble expectations going into this concept in lieu of a traditional Queen City Brewers Festival that brings us together to celebrate Charlotte’s breweries and their positive impact in our community. It turned out that Court Shoes Only did bring us together – through the pursuit, comparison and enjoyment of dozens of interpretations of exceptionally crafted Double IPAs, west coast IPAs, fruited, kettle-soured and expertly hopped offerings. Our goal from the outset was to “capture the spirit of the Charlotte area brewery community” through a collaborative beer initiative and channel that positivity toward a program that touches so many through ACEing Autism.

You aced the call to support our local brewery community and helped bring a ton of attention to the ACEing Autism programs that benefit those affected by autism from Mooresville to Rock Hill, Monroe to Gastonia – and beyond. Thank you to our local craft breweries and thank you local craft beer lovers!

The Court Shoes Only base recipe creators: Chris Tropeano and Chad Henderson. Photo: Richard Groves, WCCB Charlotte
Birdsong Brewing’s Patrick Conway (far “court”) and Head Brewer Conor Robinson (near) enjoy a volley exchange on their Court Shoes Only brew day. Photo: Lybbi Roth.
Impressive haul of freshly canned Court Shoes Only. Photo: Aaron Gore.
Percent Tap House matched the color of their Court Shoes Only can label to the color of Harrisburg’s public tennis courts. Photo: Alexis Dickie, Adventures & Ales.
A full roster of participants and volunteers at the Spring 2021 south Charlotte ACEing Autism program launch. Photo: Mel Fox, Work For Your Beer.