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Birdsong’s 30-barrel brewhouse and taproom opened in Belmont in April 2015 and has since become a go-to for unfiltered, American-style ale.
You should drink a pint of: Higher Ground IPA, a West Coast-inspired IPA made with grapefruit and honeysuckle (7% ABV)
Find it: 1016 North Davidson Street
Follow the Stewart Creek Greenway and you’ll run right into Blue Blaze and its large selection of American, English and German beer, all brewed with locally-sourced ingredients. The taproom often hosts yoga, brewery tours and food trucks; keep up with events here.
You should drink a pint of: Yellow Blazer Kölsch, a German-style golden ale (5% ABV)
Find it: 528 South Turner Avenue
The brewery specializes in well-loved styles of beer whose clever names pay homage to “Bold Missys” that have shaped history, including Amelia Earhart and Annie Oakley.
You should drink a pint of: Find a Way, a tangerine wheat ale (4.9% ABV)
Find it: 610 Anderson Street
Hard name, easy beer. The joint venture between Southern Tier and Victory Brewing is LoSo’s newest staple and with a 28,000-square-foot taproom, 120 taps and an impressive food menu, it’ll be a go-to for years to come.
You should drink a pint of: Golden Monkey, a Belgian-style Tripel with banana and cloves by Victory Brewing (9.5% ABV)
Find it: 4001 Yancey Road
Catawba’s easy-drinking beer and patio with a skyline view makes the new 10,000 square foot taproom a weekend must. Looking for more than just beer? Keep up with events like trivia and run club here.
You should drink a pint of: White Zombie, a Belgian Witbier with unmalted wheat, coriander and orange peel (5.1% ABV)
Find it: 933 Louise Avenue
Owner Ben Dolphens describes Divine Barrel’s beer as a “good mixture of different experiments” that take on classic styles – think a saison refermented with Brettanomyces and Polish grodsizkies with aji limon peppers.
You should drink a pint of: Cadillac Rainbows, a German sour made with passionfruit, pink guava, mango and peach (4.6% ABV)
Find it: 3701 North Davidson Street
Find the cozy taproom, plus plenty of live music, an occasional market and a menu full of dynamic styles of beer, across the parking lot from Amélie’s in Villa Heights.
You should drink a pint of: Cream of the Crop, a Carolina cream ale (5% ABV)
Find it: 2320 North Davidson Street
One of the city’s original breweries, NoDa-based Heist quickly became a staple in the beer scene. Their brunch buffet (usually accompanied by a donut tower) is a hangover must.
You should drink a pint of: Hive Fives, a blonde ale (5% ABV)
Find it: 2909 North Davidson Street
A relatively new addition to the brewery scene, Hyde (the brewpub half of Suffolk Punch) has become a Rail Trail destination in just a year with a gorgeous taproom and beer menu consisting of their own brews alongside some of the best in the country.
You should drink a pint of: A Patchwork Orange, an IPA made with orange peel, grapefruit and papaya (5.7% ABV)
Find it: 2911 Griffith Street
After finding its footing in Plaza Midwood, the brewery known for Juicy Jay is expanding to SouthPark, where it will become the neighborhood’s first. Look for a fall 2018 opening.
You should drink a pint of: Juicy Jay, an East Coast IPA brewed with Mosaic, El Dorado and Cascade hops for a tropical taste (6.3% ABV)
Find it: 1906 Commonwealth Avenue, 4350 Congress Street
Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
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.
You should drink a pint of: Citraphelia, an IPA made with Citra hops (6.4% ABV)
Find it: 3000 South Tryon Street
The brewery, now in Optimist Park, is known for both its year-round staples like Jam Session and its seasonal batches like Gordgeous and NoDajito. It’s also a go-to for weekend activities – keep up with events here.
You should drink 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)
It’s almost impossible not to think of Olde Meck when thinking of Charlotte breweries. The brewery, home to a massive Biergarten that welcomes children and dogs alike, follows the German “Reinheitsgebot,” or the oldest beer purity law in the world, when making their famous, award-winning brews. Events like the German Christmas market and Lousiana Spring Fest may not happen every weekend, but you’ll want to keep up with the calendar nonetheless.
You should drink a pint of: Copper, a Düsseldorf-style Altbier that’s known as the brewery’s flagship (4.9% ABV)
Find it: 4150 Yancey Road
This small brewery steps from Plaza Midwood’s main drag is, like the neighborhood, unique, specializing in hop-forward IPAs and pale ales, lagers, barrel-aged beers and fermented ales.
You should drink a pint of: Whatever You Feel Just Dance It, a hazy IPA made with flaked oats (7% ABV)
Find it: 2101 Central Avenue
Salud Beer Shop’s own in-house brewery and 3,100-square-foot taproom.
You should drink a pint of: Banana Keys, a stout with hints of banana, vanilla and coconut (11.5% ABV)
Find it: 3306 North Davidson Street
Sugar Creek Brewing Company
Thirsty Nomad Brewing
Three Spirits Brewing
Triple C Brewing
Unknown Brewing Co
Wooden Robot Brewery