Buzzed Viking to bring drinks, food and entertainment to Locust – The Stanly News & Press

It only takes a second to realize that the new business, which is moving into the 5,000-square-foot space that Outfitters Steaks and Seafood used to occupy in Locust, will be a unique place as a giant spray-painted image of a ferocious Viking with a battle-axe greets visitors. on the side of the building at 805 W. Main St.

People shouldn’t be tipped off – although we hope they’ll be hungry and thirsty. That’s because the business, Buzzed Viking Brewing Company, will feature food with a variety of beers and mead, an ancient alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey mixed with water.

After launching its first Concord location in the summer of 2020, Buzzed Viking plans to open the Locust location sometime in late September or early October. It will be the second brewery in the city after The Brew Room, which opened in May.

An image of a Viking ready for battle will greet people after Buzzed Viking opens later this year.

After scouting different communities, including Mooresville and Monroe, to create their second location, owners Jon Pokorny and Mike Moroe decided on Locust.

“We wanted to have something a little more local in a small town that’s still growing,” Pokorny said, adding that after he and Moroe came to Locust and talked to residents, “we realized, you know what, this is going to be great place.”

Buzzed Viking was the first brewery and mead combination ever created in Cabarrus County and one of only a handful in the country, according to its website.

The name, while interesting, has nothing to do with overindulgence, Pokorny said.

“I want people to bring their kids and their families,” Pokorny said of the environment he’d like to cultivate.

Part of the name comes from the fact that since mead is the oldest form of alcohol on the planet, it’s something the Vikings drank. And mead is made from honey that is made from buzzing bees. An alternative explanation for the name, Pokorny said, centers around Moroe’s wife Sherry, who comes from a Norwegian family that traces its ancestry back to the Vikings. Her grandfather was a beekeeper, and whenever he got stung, he said the bees “buzzed” him.

Compared to the Concord location, which offers basic bar food, Locust will feature an extensive, colorful menu, about 90 percent of which is finalized. Some of the offerings people can expect include honey chicken and waffles, a wagyu burger, moose and wild boar served with chili bacon jam, a sandwich called The Lonnie Little (Pokorny did not provide additional details), giant turkey legs and honey pork schnitzel with sweet potato gnocchi. More traditional bars include pretzels, honey chicken skins and hot carob fries.

“Basically, we’ve seen that you have Tailgators Sports Grill and you have fast food and you have Local Room, well we land right in the middle,” Pokorny said, noting that meals won’t cost more than about $15.

The Locust location will feature about 20 beers brewed on site, along with about four to six mead wines, which are quite different from traditional wine and typically contain more alcohol. The alcohol content of Buzzed Vikings mead is 12 percent.

Buzzed Viking in Concord rotates in about 70 flavors of mead wine, including blackberry, blueberry, apple, piña colada, mango and cheesecake. Pokorny said customers at Locust can expect a similar variety of offerings.

In addition to food and drink, Buzzed Viking at Locust will also be a place for entertainment. It will offer activities such as musical bingo, face painting, a game called brew bag (a combination of corn hole and beer pong), live music, comedy shows and more.

“We’re going to test a lot of things and see what’s popular with our customers,” he said.

The business aims to please customers in four ways: “We want to give you a good product, we want to give you a fun location somewhere to go, we want to give you good service, and we just want to make you have fun,” , Pokorny said.

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