A viking buzzed to bring Sarana drinks, food and entertainment
Posted at 11:49 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2022
It only takes a second to realize that the new business, which will move into the 5,000-square-foot space that previously housed Outfitters Steaks and Seafood in Locust, will be a unique place, as a huge painted image of a vicious Viking with a battle-axe greets visitors along the building at 805 W. Main St.
People should not be hinted at – although I hope they will 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 location in Concord in the summer of 2020, Buzzed Viking plans to open a Locust location sometime in late September or early October. It will be the city’s second brewery, following The Brew Room, which opened in May.
After scouting various communities, including Mooresville and Monroe, for a second location, owners John Pokorny and Mike Moreau decided on Locust.
“We wanted to have something a little more local in a small town that’s still growing,” Pokorny said, adding that once he and Moreau got to Locust and talked to the residents, “we knew, you know what, it’s going to be a great place. “
According to the website, Buzzed Viking was the first combination brewery and brewery in Cabarrus County and one of only a few in the country.
The title, while interesting, has nothing to do with overindulgence, Pokorny said.
“I want people to bring their kids and families,” Pokorny said of the environment he’d like to develop.
Part of the name comes from the fact that mead is the oldest form of alcohol on the planet, and was drunk by the Vikings. And mead is made from honey, which is made by the buzzing of bees. An alternative explanation for the name, according to Pokorny, centers around Moroe’s wife Sheri, who comes from a Norwegian family that traces its roots back to the Vikings. Her grandfather was a beekeeper and every time he was stung, he said the bees “buzzed” him.
Compared to the Concord location, which offers basic bar food, Locust will have an expanded, colorful menu, about 90 percent of which is already complete. Some of the offerings people can expect include honey chicken and waffles, a wagyu, elk and wild boar burger served with chili bacon jam, a sandwich called The Lonnie Little (Pokorny did not provide additional details), giant turkey legs and pork with honey. schnitzel with sweet potato gnocchi. More traditional bar fare includes pretzels, honey-battered chicken skins and hot locust fries.
“Basically, we’ve seen you have Tailgators Sports Grill, you’ve got fast food and you’ve got Local Room, well, we land right in the middle,” Pokorny said, noting that meals will cost no more than $15 .
The Locust location will have about 20 beers brewed on site, as well as about four to six mead wines, which are quite different from traditional wines and tend to be higher in alcohol. The alcohol content of Buzzed Vikings mead is 12 percent.
Buzzed Viking in Concord rotates between about 70 mead flavors, 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 in Locust will be a place of entertainment. It will offer activities such as musical bingo, face painting, a game called brew bag (a combination of corn pit and beer pong), live music, comedy shows and more.
“We’ll test a lot of things and see what’s popular with our customers,” he said.
The business strives to satisfy customers in four ways: “We want to give you a good product, we want to give you an interesting location to go, we want to give you good service, and we just want you to have a good time,” Pokorny said.