Pilot Brewing opening in Plaza Midwood

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Plaza Midwood, get ready for a new neighborhood brewery replete with small-batch, experimental beer — Pilot Brewing. It’ll officially open to the public on August 11.

Pilot Brewing’s 1,900 square foot space is located at 1331 Central Ave — near Midwood Smokehouse and in the same complex as the new Yafo.

Hours are Wednesday 4-9 p.m., Thursday and Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. The brewery is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Flights will run run $8 and glasses will range from $4-$6.

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Patio area at Pilot Brewing

Pilot Brewing is the brainchild of Rachel Hudson, 31, and a veteran of NoDa Brewing.

Rachel cut her teeth in the Richmond beer scene and later worked in Colorado. She’s been in Charlotte the last two years and is now setting out on her own. Rachel and husband Jeff Hudson signed the lease for the 1,900-square-foot space.

“We don’t offer a flagship or signature beer, for we’re all small batch, all experimental, all the time,” Rachel told the Agenda.

When I tried to get her to tell me her current favorite beer, she replied, “I’m really excited for our Island Hopper and Cafe Latte Stout. It’s hard to suggest just one beer, especially when there are a lot of offerings with just 10-15 gallons available. But my most favorite small batch, at the moment, is the Cinnamon Bun Brown Ale brewed by one of our Brewtenders, Raelle Childers.

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Rachel and Jeff Hudson via Facebook

Beers on draft this weekend at Pilot include:

  • Trappist Single
  • Smash IPA (azacca hops)
  • Irish red
  • ESB
  • Chocolate Coffee Milk Sout
  • Belgian Dubbel
  • Cinnamon Bun Brown
  • Island Hopper IPA
  • Cafe Latte Stout- Chocolate milk stout with locally roasted coffee from Smelly Cat
  • Dark Cheery Belgian Dubbel
  • Raspberry Wheat
  • Blackberry wheat
  • Oatmeal Pale Ale
  • Hoppy Blonde Ale
  • Grisette
  • Belgian Wit
  • Belgian IPA

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