Quick list of 8 breweries that’ll open in Charlotte in 2021

Quick list of 8 breweries that’ll open in Charlotte in 2021
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Charlotte has more than 30 breweries — and more continue to open despite a pandemic. Here’s a list of 8 breweries that plan to open this year, with a bonus one for 2022.

Recently opened: In 2020, we saw notable openings from Protagonist Beer in lower South End and Petty Thieves just north of Uptown. [Catch up: Complete list and map of Charlotte’s 30+ local breweries, plus the most popular beer at each]

This guide was last updated on March 24, 2021.


(1) Vaulted Oak Brewing

Opening: April 2021 in east Charlotte on 3726 Monroe Rd.

What to expect: The 4,000-square-foot brewery will repurpose certain elements of the old bank, including the vault door, and the drive-up teller area, which will turn into a patio area with a walk-up window.

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Beer: Vaulted Oak will focus on small-batch beers from an array of styles — such as sessionable blondes, lagers, west coast IPAs, sours, saisons, and porters. The brewery will also have a selection of wine and cider.

Read more: A new brewery is under construction in an old bank on Monroe Road

Vaulted Oak Exterior


(2) D9 The Pavilion

Opening: Spring 2021 in Uptown, near Savoy apartments (650 E. Stonewall St).

Quick background: Two engineers and a doctor opened D9 Brewing Company near Lake Norman in 2014, and it quickly gained a reputation for its sour beers. 

New concept: The new outdoor brewery with a beer garden and concert pavilion will be next to Savoy apartments in Uptown. D9 Uptown will also have a 900-square-foot “indoor craft lounge” serving specialty beers, pastries, and tasty coffee through a partnership with Summit Coffee, an award-winning coffee roaster with cafes in Davidson and Asheville.


(3) Legion Brewing – West Morehead

Opening: Spring 2021 at 2001 W. Morehead St.

What to expect: This will be Legion’s third and largest location so far after opening its original Plaza Midwood location in 2015 and a second at Capitol Towers in SouthPark. The space will include expanded production space, a taproom, a biergarten, courtyard and full food menu.

Legion Brewing’s planned location on West Morehead


(4) Trolley Barn Fermentory

Opening: Spring 2021 in South End’s Atherton near Indaco

Overview: The concept along the rail trail comes from the team behind Legion Brewing. Expect indoor and outdoor seating, a second-floor mezzanine, and patio with unobstructed views of Uptown.

“I love South End, and to be able to bring the Trolley Barn Fermentory to this hip vibrant area of Charlotte is so exciting,” said Legion Brewing owner Phil Buchy.

Name: The name comes from our city’s electric trolleys that began operating in 1891 and ran to neighborhoods like Dilworth, Myers Park, and Elizabeth.

legion fermentory

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Interior rendering courtesy of Legion Brewing


(5) Gilde Brewery

Opening: Late 2021 in lower South End.

Concept: The idea is to provide an authentic German brewery experience to Charlotte’s extensive beer scene. Gilde will be bringing a brewmaster and chef from Germany to build the most authentic German brewery experience for the Charlotte community.

On tap: Pilsener is Gilde’s flagship beer, but the selection includes wheat beers, a lemon radler, and other authentic German beers.


(6) Resident Culture Brewing Co. – South End

Opening: Late 2021 at 332 W. Bland St. near Lost & Found, Ruby Sunshine and Slingshot.

What to expect: This new location will have multiple levels, a patio and event space. In this new venture, Resident Culture will be partnering with the popular breakfast taco pop-up Chilito Taco and Mostra Coffee.

Resident Culture’s taproom in Plaza Midwood.


(7) Sycamore Brewing – South End

Opening: Late 2021 at 2151 Hawkins St.

What to expect: Sycamore Brewing has plans to relocate from its current location at 2161 Hawkins St. to a new 16-story development, called The Line, directly across the street. While Sycamore is the only tenant to sign to the project, the complex will also be occupied by restaurants and retail, office spaces, and multiple rooftop terraces.

[Read more: The 16-story South End tower that’ll house Sycamore Brewing has a new name: The Line]

Sycamore Brewing new building in South End

Rendering of the new mixed-use office tower in South End that will house Sycamore Brewing (courtesy of Portman Holdings)


(8) Burial Beer Co. – Plaza Midwood

Opening: Summer 2021 at 1214-1216 Thomas Ave.

What to expect: The taproom will have an indoor bar area, outdoor beer garden and a rooftop deck. Beer enthusiasts can expect a wide selection on tap including barrel-aged sours, stouts, wild ales and rustic lagers. Co-owner and Burial COO Doug Reiser describes his vision of the bottle shop as being a “farmer’s market of beer.”

  • For drinks, there will also be weekly beer releases, VISUALS wine, cider and vermouth, as well as Forestry Camp and Burial wares.
  • Food-wise,  guests can expect light-bites like sandwiches and charcuterie.

Bonus: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Cornelius

Opening: Late 2022, early 2023. It’s not 2021, but this one will be big.

What to expect: It’s a brewery community. Since OMB owner John Marrino purchased the land three years ago, he’s partnered with Northwood Ravin to include a mixed-use community that will surround the brewery and biergarten.

[Related story: OMB’s plans for Cornelius just got much bigger]

OMB Cornelius

Rendering by Risden McElroy.


Related: Looking for upcoming restaurant openings? Here’s a list of the top restaurants opening soon in Charlotte. Here are the 25 best new restaurants in Charlotte, right now and  14 best new bars in Charlotte. View all Agenda food and drink guides here

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