This article was originally published in December 2015. It was last updated on August 4, 2022.
Charlotte’s brewery scene is a force to be reckoned with.
New breweries have been popping up left and right, even throughout the pandemic.
Still to come: Saucy Brew Works has plans of opening a brewery in Dilworth sometime in 2022, and local favorite Olde Mecklenburg Brewery announced it will be expanding to Cornelius in late 2022 or early 2023.
- Weathered Souls, a Texas-based brewery that’s co-owned by the founder of the Black is Beautiful initiative, will open this fall on Clanton Road.
- Hippin Hops, Georgia’s first Black-owned brewer, will open on North Davidson.
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Looking for where to grab your next craft beer? Here’s a quick guide to breweries in Charlotte.
Armored Cow’s 3,500-square-foot taproom has 18 taps offering up a mix of both regular beer and gluten-free beer.
Location: University City, 8821 JW Clay Blvd.
Fun fact: Andrew Kalinoski, former head brewer at Sycamore Brewing, is the brains behind Armored Cow.
Grab a pint of: Bang Bang, a hazy IPA made with El Dorado hops along with Mosaic and Citra hops (7.3% ABV)
The Asheville-based brewery opened its first Charlotte location in South End in the former Salty Parrot Brewery space, just down the street from Bank of America Stadium.
Location: South End, 1200 S Graham St.
The vibe: The inside has lounge areas and high-top seating, and the outside has a more casual seating area with picnic tables.
Grab a pint of: “Dropping Science,” a witbier made with toasted coriander, blood orange and tellicherry black peppercorn.
Birdsong’s 30-barrel brewhouse and taproom opened in 2011 and has since become a go-to for unfiltered, American-style ale.
Location: Belmont neighborhood, 1016 North Davidson St.
The vibe: Expect a laid-back neighborhood feel. They have a nice patio space for warm weather days.
Grab a pint of: Higher Ground IPA, a West Coast-inspired IPA made with grapefruit and honeysuckle flavors (7% ABV)
Follow the Stewart Creek Greenway and you’ll run right into Blue Blaze. It has a large selection of American, English, and German beer — all brewed with locally sourced ingredients.
Location: West End, 528 South Turner Ave.
The vibe: Everything from the nature-inspired taproom to the rocking chairs outside reminds you of being in a cozy cabin in the woods.
Fun fact: The name is inspired by paint stripes, called blazes, that mark the Appalachian Trail.
Grab a pint of: Yellow Blazer Kölsch, a German-style golden ale (5% ABV)
The 28,000-square-foot space houses four distinct brewing companies all under one roof. You’ll find Sixpoint, Victory Brewing Company, Southern Tier and Bold Rock Cider.
Location: Lower South End (LoSo), 4001 Yancey Rd.
The vibe: Lively without feeling overwhelming.
Grab a pint of: Golden Monkey, a Belgian-style Tripel with banana and cloves by Victory Brewing (9.5% ABV)
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The Asheville-based brewery is an established name in the beer community and is widely regarded as one of the top breweries in the country.
Location: Plaza Midwood, 1214-1216 Thomas Ave.
The vibe: The taproom and rooftop patio has a retro-yet-edgy feel with a display of old-school speakers lining the tap wall and a small selection of vinyl in the bottle shop.
Grab a pint of: The Heavenly Atmosphere of Unrelenting Nothingness, an imperial stout with flavors of hazelnut, cocoa nibs, toasted coconut, vanilla bean and sea salt (14% ABV).
Catawba’s easy-drinking beer and patio with a skyline view make the 10,000-square-foot taproom a weekend must. Looking for more than just beer? Keep up with events like trivia and run club here.
Location: Belmont neighborhood, 933 Louise Ave.
The vibe: Laidback with a great mix of indoor and outdoor space. And did we mention skyline views?
Grab a pint of: White Zombie, a Belgian Witbier with unmalted wheat, coriander, and orange peel (5.1% ABV)
The brewery with locations in Hendersonville, Lake Norman and Uptown specializes in experimental beer. The taproom in Uptown also has an outdoor pavilion with a brewing area, a screen for watching games and a stage for live music.
- Uptown, 650 Esat Stonewall St. Unit D
- Lake Norman, 11138 Treynorth Drive
- Hendersonville, 425 N Main St.
The vibe: The Uptown location has a nice urban neighborhood feel since it’s located underneath the Savoy Apartment complex.
Grab a pint of: Wormhole, a sour ale brewed with coffee, lime and spearmint (14% ABV)
In addition to its rotating beer selection, you’ll also find a wide selection of kombucha, cider and cold brew coffee. Devil’s Logic is a great spot for beer newbies and veterans alike.
Location: Midtown, 1426 E. 4th St.
The vibe: Formerly the American Billiards building, Devil’s Logic has an edgy, garage-style to it. There are two outdoor patios; one lower level and one elevated with a clear view of Uptown.
Fun fact: The name, Devil’s Logic, comes from co-owners Greg Grueneich and Brian Wallace’s love for debating and playing devil’s advocate by pointing out logical fallacies in conversations.
Grab a pint of: Grab the Devil By the Horns, a West Coast IPA hopped with Amarillo, Cascade and Idaho 7 (6.7% ABV).
Owner Ben Dolphens describes Divine Barrel’s beer as a “good mixture of different experiments” that take on classic styles.
Location: NoDa, 3701 North Davidson St.
The vibe: Rustic and industrial-style taproom.
Grab a pint of: Carolina Cobbler, it’s a peach cobbler pastry sour (6% ABV).
Choose from a rotating selection of New England IPAs, sours, pilsners, lagers, wheat beers, and stouts.
Location: 6209 Old Post Rd., Ste. 109
The vibe: The taproom is mid-century modern with a touch of bohemian. There are plenty of plants, tables made from live-edge wood and a dog-friendly patio.
Grab a pint of: Foggy Bottom Boi, a “juicy” New England-style IPA (6.5% ABV)
Fonta Flora has three locations – the flagship brewery in Morganton, its production facility/taproom in Nebo, a small town about 18 miles west of Morganton, and the taproom in Optimist Hall.
In addition to the 50 to 70 varieties of craft beer brewed each year, the Optimist Hall taproom has spiked seltzer, wine, hard cider and a few sodas for non-beer drinkers.
Location: Optimist Park, 1115 North Brevard St., Ste. D
The vibe: The Optimist Hall location has an industrial feel.
Fun fact: Fonta Flora gets its name from a small farming community in western North Carolina.
Grab a pint of: Triple Hop Beard, a West Coast style IPA hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe (10% ABV)
Find the cozy taproom across the parking lot from Amélie’s in Villa Heights. There are regular live music performances, an occasional market and a menu full of dynamic styles of beer.
Location: Villa Heights, 2320 North Davidson St.
The vibe: The taproom has a casual, farmhouse aesthetic.
Fun fact: Free Range is owned by brothers Jeff and Jason Alexander, who were raised in eastern North Carolina.
Grab a pint of: Cream of the Crop, a Carolina cream ale (5% ABV)
It’s one of Germany’s oldest brewers and German brewing master, Willi Wallstab, leads the on-site brewing to ensure that their signature beers are brewed according to German Purity Law.
Location: Lower South End, 3530 Dewitt Ln.
The vibe: Stepping inside feels like you’re stepping foot inside an authentic German beer hall. The design and woodwork is all reminiscent of what you would see in German architecture.
Grab a pint of: Gilde Pilsener – this traditional German lager is the flagship beer (4.8% ABV).
Heist, one of the city’s original breweries, has two locations: the first Heist Brewpub in NoDa and the Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts near Camp North End.
Their brunch buffet (usually accompanied by a donut tower) is a hangover must. Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts is a 26,000-square-foot brewery and taproom that has a covered beer garden, bakeshop, two event spaces and a separate area for their barrel-aging program. The brewery has a floor-to-ceiling Clint Eastwood mural when you walk in.
Locations: NoDa, 2909 North Davidson St.; and North End, 1064 Woodward Ave.
Brewpub vibe: Think industrial meets old pub. Heist is no-frills, just good food and beer.
Grab a pint of: Citraquench’l, a hazy IPA that’s brewed and double dry-hopped with all Citra hops. (7.1% ABV)
The Asheville-based brewery is one of the newest breweries on the list. It has an 8,743-square-foot taproom and 2,000-square-foot beer garden with a large roll-up garage door for indoor-outdoor access.
Location: South End, 330 W. Tremont Ave.
The vibe: Fun and approachable. The interior is covered in vibrant murals by local artist Ian The Painter.
Grab a pint of: Mountain Water, it’s one of the flagship ales made for easy drinking. It’s bright and citrusy with flavors of lemon and lime (4.5% ABV).
Hopfly occupies the former home of Unknown Brewing Co., which was acquired by the Rocky Mount-based brewery back in the early summer of 2021. After undergoing extensive renovations, Hopfly opened in February of 2022.
Location: South End, 1327 S Mint St.
The vibe: The space is vibrant and modern. If you knew the brewery when it was occupied by Unknown, you almost won’t recognize it. The main difference is there’s more open space and seating area in the taproom.
Grab a pint of: Crunchtime, a light lager with crisp and clean tasting notes (4.5% ABV).
Legion Brewing has established a network of breweries around the city with locations in Plaza Midwood, SouthPark and on West Morehead St.
- Plaza Midwood, 1906 Commonwealth Ave.
- SouthPark, 4350 Congress St.
- West Morehead, 2013 W Morehead St., Suite 200
The vibe: Legion’s OG location in Plaza has a cozy, neighborhood vibe while its SouthPark spot is much more open.
Grab a pint of: Juicy Jay, an East Coast IPA brewed with Mosaic, El Dorado and Cascade hops for a tropical taste (6.3% ABV).
A one-stop shop for not just traditional ales and lagers, but also organic kombucha, gluten-free wild ales, sours and more in a setting good for drinkers and non-drinkers alike.
Location: South End, 3000 South Tryon St.
The vibe: On weekends, the outdoor space feels like a backyard cookout with live music and food trucks.
Grab a pint of: Citraphelia, an IPA made with Citra hops (6.4% ABV).
Lower Left Brewing Co. is located in the brewery-filled district of LoSo. Lower Left has a seven-barrel, custom-made brewhouse and 900-square-foot taproom. The building has four garage doors, which open to an outdoor patio.
Location: LoSo, 4528 Nations Crossing Rd.
The beer: Expect four to six core beers available year-round including at least one New England IPA, tropical IPA, American pale ale, blonde ale, amber ale, and a porter or stout
Middle James Brewing occupies a building that used to be a golf clubhouse. The two-story space is located behind The Gold Village and features 24 taps, a food menu and a shaded deck overlooking the putting green.
Location: Pineville, 400 North Polk St.
Fun fact: Middle James is Pineville’s first brewery.
Grab a pint of: Hour Mask, the flagship IPA that’s brewed with El Dorado, Comet and Azacca hops (7% ABV)
The 10,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant has an expansive 3,000-square-foot patio with skyline views. The taproom serves a number of beers brewed in-house as well as a couple of spiked seltzers from neighbor Summit Seltzer.
Location: Wesley Heights, 2215 Thrift Rd., Unit A
Grab a pint of: Mully’s, it’s a West Coast-inspired American Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic, Idaho 7, Cascade and Zappa hops (6% ABV).
Bonus: Stop by on the weekend for brunch.
The brewery is known for its year-round staples like Jam Session and seasonal batches like Gordgeous and NoDajito. It’s also a go-to for weekend activities – keep up with events here.
Fun fact: In addition to beer, they also have craft spiked seltzer on tap.
Grab a pint of: Hop Drop ‘n Roll, a 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Award Winner made with English, American, Vienna and wheat malts (7.2% ABV).
This quintessential Charlotte brewery is home to a massive Biergarten that welcomes children and dogs alike. Olde Meck is unique in that they follow the German “Reinheitsgebot” (aka the oldest beer purity law in the world) when brewing their award-winning beer.
Location: Lower South End, 4150 Yancey Rd.
The vibe: The inside feels like a tavern-y, old German brewhaus, and outside is an expansive, airy Biergarten.
Grab a pint of: Copper, a Düsseldorf-style Altbier that’s known as the brewery’s flagship (4.9% ABV).
Petty Thieves is known for its experimentation and the smaller size of the brewhouse allows for new brews to be in constant rotation.
Location: 413 Dalton Ave., Ste. B
The vibe: Designed like an old cigar lounge, the space is filled with well-worn leather couches, and thrifted finds.
Grab a pint of: Mirrorform, an American pale ale with medium body (5.3% ABV).
- Navigate to their Instagram stories for the latest tap list.
They call themselves a nano-brewery due to their focus on small-batch and experimental nature.
Location: Plaza Midwood, 1331 Central Ave.
The vibe: Casual and cozy.
Grab a pint of: Island Hopper – Dr. Rudi Hops, a their rotating showcase IPA. This batch features Dr. Rudi Hops, bright aromas of pine, lime pith, and lemongrass, blended with tropical flavors of pineapple and grapefruit from the Kveik yeast strain.
The popular brewery has a presence in both Noda and LoSo. The NoDa location is the original and it’s more of an intimate nano-brewery with a selection of 20 beers on tap and light fare food. The Lower South End location has a wider beer selection and the added treat of pizza.
- NoDa, 3123 North Davidson St., Ste. #104
- LoSo, 227 Southside Drive, Unit A
The vibe: Both locations feature street-facing outdoor patios where you can enjoy a beer and people-watch.
Grab a pint of: Dolly, Protagonist’s original blond ale (5.2% ABV).
This popular brewery specializes in hop-forward IPAs and pale ales, lagers, barrel-aged beers and fermented ales.
- Plaza Midwood, 2101 Central Ave.
- South End, 332 W Bland St Suite C
The vibe: Fun neighborhood hang-out spot.
Grab a pint of: Lightning Drops, it’s one of their flagship, hazy IPAs made with tropical fruits as (6.5% ABV).
Wine deal: Resident Culture does half-priced bottles of wine on Thursdays.
Salud Beer Shop’s in-house brewery. Head upstairs to enjoy a pint in their 3,100-square-foot taproom. Or order one of their wood-fired pizza.
Location: NoDa, 3306 North Davidson St.
The vibe: Eclectic and artsy. Makes for a great pre-game or post-game spot.
Grab a pint of: Salud x Around the Horn Going Back To Cali, a West Coast IPA with Incognito Mosaic, HBC 586 and Mosaic (7% ABV).
The Concord-based brewery keeps a rotating selection of beers on tap.
- Plaza Midwood,1800 Central Ave., Ste. A1
- Concord, 165 Brumley Ave. NE, Suite 3001
The vibe: Casual and approachable. The brewery has indoor and outdoor seating and fits about 85 people.
Grab a pint of: Zuper Saazer, this Czech Pilsner is made with “Zuper Saazer” which are grown in Michigan. It has classic herbal and floral spicy aromas (5.6% ABV)
Suffolk Punch has become a Rail Trail destination with a gorgeous taproom and beer menu consisting of their own brews alongside some of the best in the country. Pro tip: Try their brunch.
Location: South End, 2911 Griffith St.
The vibe: A little more elevated than your typical brewery. The patio is usually packed on nice days.
Deal: $3 beers on Thursdays and Sundays
Grab a pint of: A Patchwork Orange, an IPA made with orange peel, grapefruit, and papaya (5.7% ABV).
Known for its Belgian-inspired beer, Sugar Creek uses multiple types of hops and combines them with award-winning malt varieties to create modern takes on classic tastes.
Location: LoSo, 215 Southside Drive
The vibe: It’s a smaller space with a casual feel.
Grab a pint of: Sugar Creek Pale Ale, with notes of fruit, citrus, pine, and grapefruit combined with caramel (5.2% ABV).
Everybody’s go-to brewery, thanks to its killer location and huge outdoor space that regularly hosts yoga, Food Truck Friday and Sunday brunch.
In the fall of 2022, Sycamore will be relocating from its current location at 2161 Hawkins St. to a new 16-story development, called The Line, directly across the street. Keep up with the latest here.
Location: South End, 2161 Hawkins St.
The vibe: Friendly and energetic. Expect lots of people and lots of dogs.
Grab a pint of: Mountain Candy IPA, a double dry-hopped IPA with flavor notes of stone fruit and rainbow candies (7.2% ABV).
Town Brewing has everything on tap from IPAs and kettle sours to English and Belgian styles. Plus, there’s a rotating selection of other crafts, plus ciders, kombuchas, housemade sodas, and other non-alcoholic options.
Location: Wesley Heights, 800 Grandin Rd.
The vibe: The 24-tap taproom feels casual like a living room with an old-school warehouse aesthetic.
Grab a pint of: Stakes Is High, a seasonal sour ale with mango, pineapple, strawberry, orange and vanilla releases (5.5% ABV).
Even if you haven’t ventured into the taproom of one South End’s first breweries, Triple C is home to beers you likely know, including Baby Maker and Golden Boy.
Location: South End, 2900 Griffith St.
The vibe: Approachable, chill atmosphere. Listen to live music or play a board game.
Grab a pint of: 3C, a West Coast IPA made with citrus, grapefruit, and passionfruit flavors (6.2% ABV).
A two-story, experimental brewery and food hall from the Legion Brewing team.
Location: South End, 2104 South Blvd.
Fun fact: The space that Trolley Barn occupies was a former storage barn for trolley cars — the original tracks were even maintained to prove it.
The vibe: Elevated and modern with a touch of rustic. It’s not your typical brewery experience given that it has a more upscale bar on the second floor.
Grab a pint of: Welcome to Trolley, a fruited south with a traditional Gose base and a touch of lemon puree, vanilla, and cassia bark (4.6% ABV).
This bank-turned-brewery focuses on small-batch beers in various styles — like sessionable blondes, lagers, west coast IPAs, sours, saisons and porters. There are currently nine beers on tap plus a curated selection of wine, cider, seltzer, kombucha and non-alcoholic sodas.
Location: East Charlotte, 3726 Monroe Rd.
The vibe: Casual and family/neighborhood friendly.
Grab a pint of: Delorean Fuel, it’s a pale ale with notes of melon, pear and lychee (6.1% ABV).
- Navigate to their Instagram for the latest on what’s on tap.
Wooden Robot has two locations. The original brewery in South End and the latest location in NoDa. The brewery, best known for its Good Morning Vietnam and What He’s Having brews, features some of Charlotte’s most innovative craft beers.
- NoDa, 416 E 36th St., Ste. 100
- South End, 1440 South Tryon St.
The vibe: A perfect mix of laid-back and lively.
Grab a pint of: Good Morning Vietnam, a blond ale made with Ethiopian coffee and vanilla beans from Madagascar (5% ABV).
Still thirsty? There are 20-plus breweries to visit right outside of Charlotte.
These breweries may not technically be in Queen City but are close by and worth a visit.
Sweet Union Brewing Company
Southern Range Brewing Co.
The Dreamchaser’s Brewery