A new brewery called Midnight Mulligan will open in late October or early November in Wesley Heights.
The big picture: The once-industrial strip of Thrift Road is now a booming food and drink district with the East Coast’s first spiked seltzer brewery, a dog bar, a popular high-end restaurant, a ghost kitchen collective, and now a new brewery and restaurant.
- Also on the street: Wray Ward’s hip new office with over 100 employees. Noble Smoke is just around the bend, and Lulu’s Maryland-Style Chicken and Seafood is there, too.
What to expect: The 10,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant will have an expansive 3,000-square-foot patio with skyline views and string lights. The taproom will connect directly to next-door neighbor Summit Seltzer so you can bring your seltzer into Midnight Mulligan and vice versa with your beer.
- The best seat in the house is in front of the fireplace in Midnight Mulligan’s private event space, which also has direct access to the patio (and views).
Yes, but: Another brewery?! We knew you were thinking it. Head brewer Jeff Bowman knows it too. “We’re different,” he tells me. “We’re going to be a modern brewpub.”
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The beer: Midnight Mulligan will launch this fall with six beers brewed in-house, plus some collaborations. An Oregon native and Birdsong Brewing veteran, Bowman will focus on West Coast-style beers. In addition to IPAs, it’ll offer lagers, sours, stouts and a variety of seasonal beers.
- “Go big or go home,” is the West Coast spirit Bowman hopes to emulate at Midnight Mulligan, he says. That means, “jam as much hop flavor and aroma into the beers as we can, while still being as balanced and clean and session-able.”
Food: The brewery will also have a simple, but elevated food menu, restaurateur Kevin Parker tells me. The menu is in development, but some early highlights include the Southern Pines burger with pimento cheese, a prime rib sandwich with a French dip, a salmon BLT, and fig and prosciutto flatbread. Midnight Mulligan will offer brunch, too.
- Parker has been a fixture in Charlotte’s dining scene for decades and most recently served as executive chef at The Hotel Tavern in West Jefferson, N.C.
- Parker was also involved in the now-canceled Traust Brewing project in the same Thrift Road space. (Traust still brews and distributes beer, just without a brick-and-mortar location.)
Location: Midnight Mulligan’s exact address is 2215 Thrift Rd., Unit A.
Here’s a look around the construction site: