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Charlotte’s brewery scene continues to boom.
Put together, Charlotte’s craft breweries occupy nearly 400,000 square feet, according to research from JLL Carolinas. That’s roughly the size of the NASCAR Plaza tower Uptown.
Here’s a guide to all 24 local breweries in our city.
Birdsong’s 30-barrel brewhouse and taproom opened in Belmont in April 2011 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 flavors (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 Missies” 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. 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 has expanded to SouthPark, where it’s the neighborhood’s first.
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 and 4350 Congress Street
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
Plaza Midwood’s newest brewery can be found in the same complex as the new Yafo location. There’s no flagship or signature beer, as all batches are small and experimental.
You should drink a pint of: Island Hopper IPA
Find it: 1331 Central Avenue
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
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.
You should drink a pint of: Sugar Creek Pale Ale, with notes of fruit, citrus, pine and grapefruit combined with caramel (5.2% ABV)
Find it: 215 Southside Drive
Everybody’s go-to brewery, thanks to its killer location and huge outdoor space, often home to yoga, Food Truck Friday and Sunday brunch. Keep up with events here.
You should drink a pint of: Mountain Candy IPA, a double dry hopped IPA with flavor notes of stone fruit and rainbow candies (7.2% ABV)
Find it: 2161 Hawkins Street
Thirsty Nomad’s cozy taproom is home to saisons, pale ales and chocolate stouts, plus wine and cider for your picky, non-beer drinking friends.
You should drink a pint of: Companion, a light blonde ale (4.5% ABV)
Find it: 4402 Stuart Andrew Boulevard
The brewery, from the mind of a physician-turned-professional-brewer, is named after Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but that’s about the only thing Christmas-related you’ll find in this coffee shop-esque taproom.
You should drink a pint of: Southern Bliss, a light golden ale that drinks like a light pilsner with apricot notes (5% ABV)
Find it: 5046 Old Pineville Road
Wesley Heights’ first brewery will open next door to Rhino Market this October and aims to make its 24-tap taproom feel like a living room with an environment like you’d see on Cheers. Expect IPAs, kettle sours, porters, English and Belgian styles and a rotating selection of other crafts, plus ciders, kombuchas, housemade sodas and other non-alcoholic options.
You should drink a pint of: Escape Plan — an American IPA (6.6%).
Find it: 800 Grandin Road
Even if you haven’t ventured into the taproom of South End’s first breweries, Triple C is home to beers you likely know, including Baby Maker, Golden Boy and Light Rail Pale Ale.
You should drink a pint of: 3C IPA, made with citrus, grapefruit and passionfruit flavors (6.2% ABV)
Find it: 2900 Griffith Street
Having just wrapped up a renovation worth half a million dollars, the brewery is now home to a new rooftop bar with a skyline view, a remodeled taproom and permanent pizza food truck in partnership with Seoul Food Meat Co. and a menu that complements your Feather Light perfectly.
You should drink a pint of: Over the Edge, with a citrusy orange flavor and pine-like aroma (6.4% ABV)
Find it: 1327 South Mint Street
The brewery best known for its Good Morning Vietnam and What He’s Having brews is expanding in more ways than one: it’s recently added Kre8 Gastropub to the South End location and is eyeing a 2019 opening for its new NoDa location.
You should drink a pint of: Good Morning Vietnam, a blond ale made with Ethiopian coffee and vanilla beans from Madagascar (5% ABV)
Find it: 1440 South Tryon Street