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Carolina Panthers fans aren't the only ones gearing up for the big game. Businesses in the area are also prepping for the influx of both Panthers and Seahawks fans.

Whether you're into beer or barbecue - or both - the QC's got you covered. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is cracking open a new ale just in time to raise a glass during the Panthers-Seahawks game.

"The brew coming out on Saturday is really special because it's a one-time brew. Every year, there's a U.S. Open for home brewers where they can come and compete with different recipes. The man who won it last year won for a Schwarz recipe. We use his recipe and we invited him to come down and to brew it with us," said Jocelyn Ruark, representative of OMB.

She says the brewery attracts both local and out of town fans. Many of them make a pit stop here before heading to the game.

"We do tours on the weekends so a lot of people come dressed up and they'll take pictures throughout the brewery in their Panthers gear. That's fun," said Ruark.

Closer to the stadium in uptown, the Queen City Q - barbecue joint - Is fully stocked and ready to go for a busy couple of days.

"We definitely added staff on as opposed to a normal weekend. We've got more beer. More food ready. We went through with our distributors and added a lot more in anticipation of having more people uptown this weekend," said Michelle Lyles, manager at Queen City Q.

Patients and staff at the Levine Children's Hospital are also getting their "dab" on.

"We wanted to give our Panthers players the best pep rally we knew how. They have been incredibly gracious to our patients and our team at the hospital. So it's our way to cheer them on for a win," said Callie Dobbins, representative of the Levine Children’s Hospital.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will put out another two brand new beers the next two Saturdays. Those will also be a limited supply.

If you're driving or using the light rail this weekend, beware. Not only will there be crowds for the Panthers-Seahawks game in town. Just a few blocks away - at the convention center - a national cheerleading championship will be adding even more visitors and traffic to the mix.