The Beer Lovers Guide to Charlotte Tastiest Breweries

Charlotte has seen an explosion of new microbreweries on our scene in the last couple of years, with more planned in the future. Here’s a quick recap on the Charlotte breweries drawing beer aficionados to our area.

NoDa Brewing Company – already an award winner, they keep pushing the envelope. On Tuesdays  they introduce “NoDables”, new small batch beer for your tasting pleasure.  Wednesdays at 630 pm features the NoDa Brewing Running Club with your choice of 1, 3 or 5 mile run that starts and ends at the taproom.  Be sure to try their award winners: Hop, Drop and Roll, 2014 World Beer Cup® Gold Award Winner, American-Style IPA, and Coco Loco, awarded the Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal in 2012.  These folks are having fun and making great beer.  What more could you ask for?  Located in NoDa Charlotte.  2229 N Davidson St.

The Old Mecklenburg Brewery, or affectionately known to locals as “Old Meck” (or “OMB”) opened a great Brauhaus restaurant and taproom, not to mention an outdoor Biergarten.  It’s the oldest and currently the largest of our breweries.  So if you are looking for the feel of a German beer hall, you’ve come to the right place. Also unique to OMB, they hold an annual German-style Christmas Market each December.  Located on Yancey St, between S. Tryon and South Blvd. Try the Dunkel beer. 4150 Yancey Rd.

Birdsong Brewing Co – currently located in the NoDa/Villa Heights area, they will be moving to a much larger location just a little further up N. Davidson St in the Belmont Charlotte neighborhood.  Word has it they will keep the original tap room, for at least another year or two.  Give the Jalapeno Pale Ale a try. 2315 North Davidson Street.

Triple C Brewing – go with the Bourbon Barrel Aged Up All Night Breakfast Porter.  Trust me.  Dog-friendly brewpub offering varied beers in cozy, industrial digs complete with games & a patio.  Located at 2009 Griffith St.

Heist Brewery – also located in the NoDa neighborhood, known for its creativity in food dishes and presentation, as well as its beers. Don’t miss the brunch on Sundays. 2909 North Davidson St.

The Unknown Brewing Co – their name and log reminds me of The Riddler from Batman.  This local brewery offers an industrial-style taproom, food truck eats & sporting events on TVs. Located between Uptown and Southend. 1327 South Mint St.

Sycamore Brewing -“Our aim for Sycamore Brewing is simple: use the freshest ingredients possible and brew all-natural, extraordinarily tasty craft beer.”  Local, family-run, all-natural and totally DIY craft brewery in the Southend area. Located at 2161 Hawkins St.

Lenny Boy Brewing Co –  They host a 1.5 and 3 mile run club, and yoga classes right in the tap room.  Their lineup of offerings includes kombucha, wild ales, and organic beer.  2224 Hawkins St.

Sugar Creek Brewing Co Bringing Belgian-inspired beer to the Carolinas.  215 Southside Drive

Free Range Brewing Free Range Brewing has signed a lease for a location at 2320 North Davidson Street.  Brewpub in-planning, opening soon in Charlotte, NC. For now you can follow their progress on their Facebook page.