Happy National Beer Day: Charlotte Breweries Where You Can Raise A Pint
There are a thousand quotes about beer from poets, philosophers, statesmen and scoundrels, but the one that says it all is probably the words from the eternal rapscallion Jack Nicholson:
“Beer, it’s the best damn drink in the world.”
And who can argue with that.
National Beer Day is on April 7th, And what better way to honor that fine, golden-brown elixir born of wheat, hops and malt than to tour your local breweries.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Charlotte, NC you’ve got a ton of choices breweries in and around the metro area. We’re going to give you the list with links to their web page so you can formulate a plan of attack.
We’ll also give you a list of local brew tours if you want to sit back and let someone else do all the driving.
So grab your stein and get ready to dive head first into the nectar of the gods.
With a huge taproom (3,500-sq-ft.), 18 taps and a wide variety of offerings which include their speciality gluten-free beer, you’re going to have plenty of choices on your beer flights.
Address: University City, 8821 JW Clay Boulevard
More than 30 barrels of super-fresh, unfiltered, American-style ale. Grab you a pint and take it to their patio — don’t forget to load up a growler to take home.
Address: NoDa, 1016 North Davidson Street
Just off the Stewart Creek Greenway you’ll find Blue Blaze Brewing. Enjoy a wide selection of their German, American and English-style beers all created from locally sourced ingredients. Grab a pint and chill in one of their outside rocking chairs.
Address: West End, 528 South Turner Avenue
These ladies can brew. Bold Missy Brewery is a female-owned business creating delicious concoctions with names that pay homage to famous women in history.
Address: NoDa, 610 Anderson Street
Two-in-one. You get both Victory Brewing and Southern Tier under one room at this LoSo location – plus 120 taps. That’s right, 120. Take it slow and order flights. They’ve also got a great food menu so don’t forget the eats.
Address: LoSo, 4001 Yancey Road
Like drinking beer on a patio with a great view? Catawba Brewing has a chill atmosphere with a good mix of indoor seating and outdoor spaces. They also hold events like trivia night and music bingo.
Address: Belmont, 933 Louise Avenue
It’s all good in the wood. If you’re looking for some seriously interesting offerings, this is the place. With creations like The Universe Is A Donut Stout and It’s A Double Rainbow Sour, you’ve got some hard decisions to make.
Address: NoDa,3701 North Davidson Street
Let your tastebuds roam while enjoying some life music in their intimate taproom. Many of their brews feature locally-sourced ingredients.
Address: Villa Heights, 2320 North Davidson Street
You’ve got two locations to choose from, one in NoDa and the other in near Camp North End.
The NoDa spot is the original, with a weekend brunch not to be missed. The new Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts near Camp North End is a large area encompassing a beer garden, bakeshow and two event spaces – plus an awe-inspiring Clint Eastwood mural greeting you as you enter.
Addresses: NoDa, 2909 North Davidson Street and North End, 1064 Woodward Avenue
Legion Brewing also sports two locations with the original in Plaza Midwood and their new spot in SouthPark. The perfect spot with the perfect vibe to share a brew with your friends. Make sure you try their well-known Juicy Jay IPA.
Addresses: Plaza Midwood, 1906 Commonwealth Avenue and SouthPark, 4350 Congress Street
A great spot for lovers of the spirited beverages and non-drinkers to unite and raise a glass. Lots of choices from traditional lagers and wild ales to organic kombucha. Enjoy their outdoor area with food trucks and live music.
Address: South End, 3000 South Tryon Street
Beer is serious business at one of Charlotte’s newest local breweries – Lower Left Brewing Co. Enjoy a wide selection of IPA's, sour ales and mixed-fermentation styles, farmhouse and Belgian-inspired brews, historic and experimental beers, barrel-aged beers plus fruit and botanical infusions.
Location: LoSo, 4528 Nations Crossing Road
Located in Pineville, you’ve got 24 taps and a seriously tasty food menu. Chill on the deck overlooking the putting green while you enjoy a Holy Bananas Hefeweizen or a Dark Obsession Imperial Double Stout.
Address: Pineville, 400 N. Polk Street
A hands-down must go to. One of Charlotte’s most award-winning breweries with the Gold and Silver to prove it. Too many good beers to list, you’ll have to decide for yourself. Or you can try one of their craft spiked seltzers from the tap.
Keeping it old-school and kicking it German “Reinheitsgebot”-style. Old Meck is Charlotte’s oldest brewery and has a huge traditional biergarten with an old-world brewhaus feel and award-winning beer. Don’t forget your four-legged friends as they are dog-friendly.
Address: LoSo, 4150 Yancey Road
They create their beers with an eye for small-batch and experimental brews. Lots of interesting pints to try.
Address: Plaza Midwood, 1331 Central Avenue
Harness the social power of beer and get your pint poured with the perfect amount of C02 with their Flux Capacitor – mmm, perfect beer. 20+ taps and bites to eat, what’s not to like. The perfect place to come together over a drink.
Address: NoDa, 3123 N Davidson St #104
Located just off Plaza Midwood’s main drag, they offer tasty hoppy IPAs, lagers, ales and barrel-aged beers. Or if vino is your bag, try a vintage from their curated wine program with a half-priced bottle on Thursdays.
Address: Plaza Midwood, 2101 Central Avenue
Do you like good beer? Do you like wood-fired pizza? Well, Salud Brewing’s in-house brew pub has both. Enjoy $3.50 pints on Mondays.
Address: NoDa, 3306 North Davidson Street
Offering their own beer plus a wide selection of national choices, a beautiful taproom, patio and amazing brunch, Suffolk Punch is a Rail Trail destination not to miss. Get $3 pours on Sundays and Thursdays.
Address: South End, 2911 Griffith Street
Specializing Belgian-style beers, Sugar Creek infuses a variety of hops to create award-winning modern takes on classic beers.
Address: LoSo, 215 Southside Drive
An all-around go-to destination, Sycamore Brewing has (in addition to awesome beer) a giant outdoor space with food trucks, Sunday brunch, music and even yoga. Bring your dog.
Address: South End, 2161 Hawkins Street
With a funky little taproom and a menu including, spicy IPA, saisons, chocolate stouts and wine and cider, you’ve got choices. Great place to drink with friends with a laid-back atmosphere.
Address: 4402 Stuart Andrew Boulevard
Beer is a universal language, and Town Brewing Co. is fluent in delicious concoctions. Enjoy kettle sours, IPAs, porters and a rotating selection of brews.
Address: Wesley Heights, 800 Grandin Road
Head down to South End and hit Triple C’s taproom to enjoy their well-known suds including Baby Maker, Light Rail Pale Ale and Golden Boy. Enjoy some live music while you sip or head out to the patio.
Address: South End, 2900 Griffith Street
Another South End spot with a great rooftop bar with an amazing view – don’t forget to grab a slice of pizza at the food truck. Saturdays grab your bike and go for a Bike & Brew Ride.
Address: The Gold District, 1327 South Mint Street
Combining art and science to create brews to amaze your palate, Wooden Robot has an original location in South End with a new spot called The Chamber in NoDa. Drawing inspiration from Belgian farmhouse style breweries and traditional American craft brewing, they’ve got plenty to keep you coming back – especially with their addition of Kre8 Gastropub to the South End location.
Address: South End, 1440 South Tryon Street
If you want to take a tour (and have someone else do all the driving) you might want to try a Charlotte Brewery Tour. Load up all your friends on the bus and get drinkin’.
Well that’s it folks. If you can’t find a spot to drink some great beer, maybe you’re a wine drinker. But for those of you who love the brews, go get it.
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