In Charlotte, we know good beer and have the breweries to prove it. With stellar brewmasters bent on creativity and new facilities opening at just about every turn, we are set to rival our western, beer-brewing neighbor (yes, we’re looking at you, Asheville). The following collection of local breweries features spots we couldn’t imagine the Queen City without.
4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 • (704) 525-5644
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This is the staple and trailblazer. In 2007, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery burst onto an empty brewery scene with a vision of brewing “world-class, fresh, German-style beer.” Brew they have. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery now sits pretty with an eight-acre biergarten and 60 barrels brewing fresh ambers, weiss, lager and porter. Aside from hosting a beer tour that will captivate even the most well-versed beer enthusiasts, the brewery has a grand brauhaus with a menu starring Germanic pretzels, traditional sausages, thick burgers and addictive servings of bratkartoffeln (pan-fried sliced potatoes with bacon, sautéed onion, caraway and fresh herbs).
1327 South Mint St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (980) 237-2628
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Built on a culture of adventure, independence, creativity and finely crafted beer, Unknown Brewery has made a name for itself without really needing, well, a name. “Our beer is one thing we take serious; everything else in life we don’t,” an Unknown representative proclaims about their culture. This dedication to all things wild and fun plays out in quality pours, such as the popular Over the Edge American IPA characterized by West Coast hops, a citrusy, full-bodied flavor and a blood orange color. Order a flight and hang in the laid-back taproom, complete with community games and a bonfire pit out front.
2921 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2229 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC 28205
Hours: Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
From NoDa Brewing Company’s quirky labeling to its energetic community of brewers and beer-slingers, it’s no surprise they named themselves for the artistic community of North Davidson Street. The leadership team has deep home-brewing roots in the Charlotte community and, naturally, likes to show them off with impeccable brews. A favorite is the award-winning Hop Drop ‘N Roll beer described by NoDa as crisp and mouthwatering, with American citrus hops dominating to create an ideal IPA character. Enjoy a flight or any staple or seasonal beers at NoDa’s inviting taproom characterized by exposed brick and bright artwork. When hankering for food to pair, we consult Noda’s event calendar to see what food truck will be parked out front.
2900 Griffith St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 372-3212
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Closed Monday
Since 2012, the tight-knit crew at Triple C Brewing Company has been bottling a wide range of both seasonal and year-round beers at an ever-expanding facility in Dilworth. Just last year, they fancied up with over $600,000 in upgrades and, as a result, increased their brewing capacity by 50 percent. On warm evenings we suggest picking up a pint of the award-winning Triple C IPA, an extra-hoppy light beer, from Triple C’s taproom and lingering in the string-lit beer garden.
1440 S. Tryon St., Ste. 110, Charlotte, NC 28203 • (980) 819-7875
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wooden Robot Brewery jumped onto the brew scene last summer with a selection of thoughtfully crafted beers inspired by Belgian farmhouse brewing traditions. Brewmaster Dan Wade earned his Master of Science in Brewing and Distilling from Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University and honed his palate by touring and tasting beers across Europe. Wade then partnered up with his childhood best friend, Josh Patton, to “combine preservation and innovation … [and] bring the best of both worlds to the South End beer drinking community.” The taproom’s vibe is welcoming but decidedly sleek, with glass paneling exposing the inner workings of the 15-barrel brewhouse. Settle in with a pint of Overachiever, a gold, citrusy and highly drinkable IPA.
2161 Hawkins St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 910-3821
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sycamore Brewing takes great pride in its experimental, fresher-than-fresh craft beer selection. In fact, Sycamore’s offerings are so diverse and ever-changing that owners Justin and Sarah Brigham decided not to post their “What’s On Tap” list online — the beers simply rotate too often! In the taproom, clad in homey, reclaimed wood paneling, there are all sorts of food options to pair with a fresh pour. Enjoy housemade, freshly pressed sandwiches during the week and local food truck fare Friday through Sunday.
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