The Best Of Charlotte: Breweries

The Best Of Charlotte: Breweries

Guest post by Hannah Goodman of Trulia


Charlotte’s craft beer culture may be a young one, but it is vibrant, successful and growing every year. Due in part to a large influx of millennials relocating to the Charlotte metropolitan area, attracted to the city’s low cost of living, job opportunities and variety of amenities. Two areas that have been heavily impacted by that influx are the neighborhoods of NODA and South End, which, not surprisingly, are home to some of the area’s best ale houses. Thanks to Olde Mecklenburg Brewery that, in just over six short years, single-handedly kick started the craft brewery movement in Charlotte. Today, the Queen City is home to 19 other breweries.


Want to sample some of the best drafts that Charlotte has to offer? Check out these six local hotspots sprinkled throughout the city.



Olde Mecklenburg Brewery


South End
, the historic and trendy neighborhood located just south of Uptown, is known for its walkability, multiple dining and shopping options and of course, its craft breweries. The first to the brewing scene in 2009, was Olde Mecklenburg Brewery or Olde Meck as it is known by the locals. In the years since, Olde Meck has built a large following of adoring Charlotteans and in 2014 was even recognized by USA Today for having one of the best brewery tours in the US. Today, Olde Meck prides itself on its fresh, authentic, four ingredient recipes, crafted in traditional German style. For those warmer months, Olde Meck features an eight-acre outdoor area modeled after the biergartens of Munich.



Sugar Creek Brewery

In 2013, Olde Meck outgrew its original location and moved to an old warehouse just a few blocks away. In 2014, Sugar Creek Brewing took over the vacated facilities and has quickly grown into one of Charlotte’s powerhouse breweries. Many of Sugar Creek’s concoctions are made in the Belgian style, differentiating them from their predecessors. This allows for more variety in their recipes, some of which include, Saison, traditional farmhouse ale as well as their Belgian Dubbel, the 2015 U.S Open Beer Championship Silver Medal Beer.



Triple C Brewing Company

In 2012, Triple C Brewery was one of the first Charlotte Breweries to open in South End. The taproom has a smaller menu than most of its neighbors, but offers a dog friendly outdoor patio, and although they don’t serve food, one can always find a few food trucks parked outside. Like the taste of a Porter? Try Triple C’s Up All Night Breakfast Porter, or if IPAs are more your thing, try the delicious Baby Maker Double IPA.




Sycamore Brewing

One of the newer establishments in South End, Sycamore Brewery, is known for their unique recipes and flavors. With a large amount of outdoor space, Sycamore is a popular weekend destination. Stop in and try their unusually flavored (but still tasty) Salty Coconut Red Ale, or Serendipity Vanilla Session IPA. They also serve wine and Prosecco on tap for non-beer drinkers.



NODA Brewing Company

Head to the historic arts district to taste the delicious offerings at NODA Brewing Company. NODA Brewing, established in 2011, enjoyed some excess popularity and demand in 2014 after their IPA, Hop Drop ‘N Roll won a gold medal in the American IPA category at the World Beer Cup. Since then, they have expanded their facilities to include two breweries and a canning machine to aid in the mass-production of their celebrated recipes. While you are there, be sure to try their Coco Loco Porter, or their Jam Session Pale Ale, then head down the Street to taste nearby Birdsong Brewing’s uniquely flavored Jalapeño Pale Ale.



Legion Brewing

The newest to the brewing scene is Legion Brewing in the hip Plaza Midwood neighborhood. Located on Commonwealth Avenue, this brewery prides itself on sustainability and minimizing their environmental impact where they can. Many of the materials from the original Brodt Music Company were repurposed in the design and spent grains are distributed to local farmers for organic foodstuff opposed to the landfill.

These are just a few of the many options that Charlotte offers the beer enthusiast, and at the rate that the “Queen City” and the craft movement is growing, there will surely be more soon.
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  1. I would place Wooden Robot as one of the top 5 breweries in Charlotte. Their beer is that good. NODA’s new brewery is disappointing at best. It has no character.

  2. I like the new NODA brewery. It just opened so give them some time on exactly what they are going to do with the tap room.

  3. NODA has the best beer but Olde Meck has the coolest tap room.

  4. What about Free Range? Go try that brewery!

  5. Sycamore Brewery is about to have a better tap room than Old Meck. Have you seen the plans they have for a 2nd level with a roof top bar? Will be a great view of the city. Will be nowhere near as large as Old Meck but will have a much better feel and vibe. I would also agree on the new tap room at NODA on North Tryon being a huge dissapointment. They had a blank canvas and they put in a tap room that you don’t even fell like you are at a brewery. Shame.

  6. Thanks for including Triple C! We currently have 16 different beers on tap that we brew in house. Didn’t understand the small menu comment.


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