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Charlotte Brewery Tour: Anything, But Pint-Sized

With warmer weather, comes a prime opportunity to enjoy Charlotte’s growing brewery scene. Home to more than 30 different breweries and new ones popping up every month, you could fill multiple weekends with a Charlotte brewery tour of the Queen City. However, we have narrowed the list down to 10 must-try breweries. From new to old, big to small, and everything in between, there is something for everyone. So, grab your friends and your best pint-glass – Cheers!

Charlotte Brewery Tour – LoSo

Starting off our list is none other than the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Home to an expansive Biergarten and award-winning beer, this location welcomes adults, children, and dogs. Come one, come all and enjoy a Copper in the airy Biergarten or their delicious food menu in the main brewhaus.

This unique space encompasses two breweries in one location. Taste delicious creations from Southern Tier and Victory Brewing in the 28,000-square-foot taproom, while also taking advantage of the impressive food options. We recommend trying any of the wide variety of ciders, seltzers, and drafts as there is something for everyone.

Charlotte Brewery Tour – South End

Located right off South Tryon in the popular South End area, Lenny Boy Brewing Co. offers traditional brews, as well as unique options like kombucha, sours, and more. It is very popular on the weekends and you can usually expect live music and food trucks when visiting.

One of the first breweries in South End, Triple C is home to some of Charlotte’s most well-known brews like Baby Maker, Golden Boy and Light Rail Pale Ale. There is an overall chill atmosphere where one can enjoy live music from time to time or just play a board game.

Affectionately known as “everybody’s go-to brewery,” Sycamore is located right in the middle of South End and has a massive outdoor area where they often host Food Truck Fridays, yoga and more. A perfect place to hang out with friends and enjoy a nice Mountain Candy IPA or the variety of seasonal options.

Steps away from Uptown, at the top of South End, Unknown Brewing Company is anything but unknown in the Charlotte community as it offers the city’s first light craft beer, Feather Light. In addition to the main taproom, enjoy any of their brews at the rooftop bar that has a view of the skyline.

Charlotte Brewery Tour – Belmont Neighborhood

This 30-barrel brewhouse and taproom opened in 2011, and features a relaxed neighborhood feel. Enjoy a nice Higher Ground IPA, Lazy Bird Brown Ale, or any of the seasonal options on the patio area that’s perfect for the warmer weather ahead.

Charlotte Brewery Tour – Multiple Locations

With locations all across the state of North Carolina, Catawba Brewing is a household name. When visiting the Charlotte location, one can expect an ideal balance of outdoor and indoor space. Bonus: there is a view of the Charlotte skyline. Take advantage of the weekly events like trivia while enjoying a White Zombie or a Brown Bear brew.

Another well-known brewery that has staked its claim in the North Davidson neighborhood is NoDa Brewing Company. When visiting the OG location, you can expect an intimate, relaxed vibe that is perfect for those looking for good beer and a low-key weekend. However, the NorthEnd location offers more hustle and bustle as it serves as the main production facility. There is also a beer garden with corn hole, live music, and disc golf for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you visit the Plaza Midwood or SouthPark location, you can expect to enjoy well-crafted brews. Most popular are the Juicy Jay and Penguin Pils. The Plaza location offers a comfortable, cozy vibe, while the SouthPark location is a little more open and upscale.

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