New brewery with covered patio and biergarten coming to Plaza Midwood

New brewery with covered patio and biergarten coming to Plaza Midwood
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Two native Charlotteans have come back home to launch a new brewery: Resident Culture.

Phillip McLamb and Slates Snider are the driving force behind the brewery. They grew up together and had separate careers in business before teaming up on the project.

They describe what they’re trying to create as a neighborhood hangout that’s focused on the taproom experience.

They’re targeting a May opening.

Location is a block from the Harris Teeter in the heart of Plaza Midwood.

The building is an old warehouse that’s been in McLamb’s family since the 1980s. They had been approached several times about selling the land for new apartments, but declined.

It’s also steps from the former Tommy’s Pub, a dive bar that’s been shut down to make way for development. The two want their new place to recreate the neighborhood hangout, in a way.

“We want to be something that Plaza Midwood can walk to and have a beer and get together,” Snider said.

They’ve brought in Chris Tropeano from Russian River Brewing to be the head brewer.

Russian River is known for the coveted Pliny the Elder beer.

Chris is going to focus on two things in Resident Culture’s beer: Freshness in hoppy beers, and a robust barrel aging program. Look for beer aged in wine, bourbon and other spirits barrels.

But the real star will be the atmosphere.

Look for a large taproom that puts the stainless steel of the brewing equipment front and center. Beer will actually be served out of the tanks instead of kegs.

The taproom will be roughly 2,500 square feet, or slightly larger than of Birdsong Brewing’s new taproom. There will also be a 1,500-square-foot covered patio separated from the inside by garage doors, and a roughly 4,000-square-foot outdoor biergarten.

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