The brewery scene in Charlotte is gaining steam with new breweries opening regularly and old favorites kicking up production and hospitality.
Having many breweries can make it hard to choose just a few to visit, so use this guide to plan an ultimate beer-drinking day in Charlotte, whether your visit is a pit stop or a theme for your next weekend getaway in the Queen City. (At the very least, check out these top breweries for a truncated Charlotte breweries tour.)
Charlotte Breweries Map
Breweries in Charlotte's NoDa Neighborhood
NoDa Brewing Company: NoDa Brewing has two taprooms in this esteemed, artsy-cool neighborhood. The flagship NoDa taproom is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoon with enough space to stretch out with the locals and enjoy any of the 16 beers—one non-alcoholic, gluten-free—on tap. The N. Tryon St. taproom is where you can tour NoDa Brewing’s brew process in a 45-minute brewery tour to get a (literal) hand on aspects of the brewing process. The taproom is open from 4-9 pm on weekdays and noon to late night on the weekends. Hang out after the tour in the decked out taproom and outdoor area, complete with Adirondack chairs, fire pit and cornhole boards. Find food trucks within walking distance and a pop-up market on Sundays. 2921 N. Tryon St., Charlotte; 2229 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704.900.6851.
Free Range Brewing: Open Wednesday through Sunday, this funky-fresh brewery offers micro batches of handcrafted beers. The arts-centric space is covered with local art, and the spirit of Charlotte is nearly palpable in the cozy taproom. Stop by for free events hosted periodically like yoga and swing dance parties. 2320 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 980.201.9096.
Birdsong Brewing Company: Enjoy the 12 brews on tap at this family-friendly brewery open daily, sans Monday hours. Brewery tours are only offered on Thursdays starting at 6:30 pm. The large, outdoor seating area serves as home base for food truck eats and events like beer tastings, live music and more. 1016 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704.332.1810.
Heist Brewery: Known for flavorful IPAs, this Charlotte brewery offers beers and cocktails in the taproom daily with a Sunday brunch from 10 am to 2 pm on Sundays. The copper brew kettle lends a nice environment for the cutting-edge brew techniques at this shop. 2909 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704.375.8260.
Breweries in Charlotte's South End Neighborhood
Wooden Robot Brewery: Known for fun sour beers and farmhouse ales, Wooden Robot is a place for eclectic beer lovers–and beer lovers of all kinds–to congregate. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Robot has a cool wood-clad interior complete with dark leather seating and a spacious outdoor area for sipping in the sun. Twisted Eats, the food truck parked outside of Wooden Robot, offers up bites made with beers from the brewery. On the last Sunday of every month, the Twisted Eats offers brunch as well. 1440 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 980.819.7875.
The Unknown Brewing Company: The taproom at this fun-loving brewery is open on Wednesdays through Sundays and brewery tours are hosted on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 pm. Check in for events like the Bike and Brew on Saturday mornings or the First Friday Festivals on the first Friday of the month. Take a sip of a half a dozen beers that are always around or try a limited release concoction in the industrial-style, open-concept taproom. 1327 S. Mint St., Charlotte. 980.237.2628.
Sycamore Brewing: Enjoy beer and wine on tap at this sleek watering hole. The taproom is open every day of the week, open at 4 pm on weekdays and noon on the weekend. Sycamore is known for a cool, laid-back vibe in its taproom and a beer garden that supports sipping, cornhole and other yard games. A popular spot for live music, this brewery is crowded on the weekend and its seasonal festivals. 2161 Hawkins St., Charlotte. 704.910.3821.
Triple C Brewing Company: From an award-wining IPA to amber ales and saisons, the beer at Triple C Brewing is a hit. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the brewery hosts regular events and food trucks. The quaint taproom is intimate and the gated, outdoor seating is ample. 2900 Griffith St., Charlotte. 704.372.3212.
Lenny Boy Brewing: Though traditional ale and IPAs are on tap at this local brewery, Lenny Boy prides itself on its gluten-reduced and gluten-free drink options. Try out kombucha ales, inventive sours, organic beers and more. 2224 Hawkins St., Charlotte. 980.585.1728.
Breweries in Charlotte's LoSo Neighborhood
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: The mac-daddy of Charlotte breweries, this traditional brewery is known for an award-winning brewery tour and great ambiance at its massive biergarten and tasting room. Old Meck is open every day from 11 am to 10 pm with ample outdoor seating and an indoor tasting room that points to a traditional German the bier haus. 4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte. 704.525.5644.
Sugar Creek Brewing Company: Specializing in Belgian ales and beers, Sugar Creek produces delicious beers for taproom tastings every day of the week. Stroll into the European-inspired space for brews and, Monday through Wednesday, food truck fare. Thursday through Sunday the taproom kitchen takes over to produce dishes that seem to pair perfectly with the beer. 215 Southside Drive, Charlotte. 704.521.3333.
Breweries in Charlotte's Plaza Midwood Neighborhood
Legion Brewing: Open daily and late on weekends, this trendy brew house in Plaza Midwood is known for Belgian-style beers with other goodies on tap. Relax with a beer any day of the week among the taproom murals. 1906 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte. 844.467.5683.
Breweries North of Charlotte
Ass Clown Brewery: Less than 30 minutes north of Charlotte, this quirky brewery and tap room product beers with interesting flavor combinations. Coffee coconut pale ale, ghost chili IPA and tequila oaked coffee stout are just a few of the inventive combinations. The taproom, open daily, is cozy with wooden stools and tables serving as a majority of the seating. 10620 Bailey Road, Cornelius, North Carolina. 704.955.7767.
D9 Brewing Company: This 10-barrel brewery experiments with beers like international IPAs, sour ales and more. Enjoy the taproom’s lively brew-centric murals every day of the week, weekdays from 2 pm and weekends from noon and 1 pm. Enjoy special events like live music, concert series and yoga sessions. 11138-C Treynorth Drive, Cornelius, North Carolina. 704.457.9368.
Primal Brewery: A major party site in Huntersville, Primal Brewery offers homemade brews, live music in the beer garden and more each day of the week. On Thursdays, the brewery hosts Huntersville’s only food truck rally. 16432 Old Stateville Road, Huntersville, North Carolina. 704.947.2920.
Bayne Brewing Company: Just minutes from Lake Norman, this brewery is open Thursday through Sunday. The taproom boasts darts, foosball and music. The outdoor beer garden offers seating for drinking in the sunshine. Try brews like jalapeno IPA, coconut ale and hefeweizens at Bayne Brewing’s slew of family-friendly events and festivals. 19507 W. Catawaba Ave., Cornelius, North Carolina. 704.897.6426.
Breweries Near Charlotte
Three Spirits Brewery: Choose from half a dozen beers—which are also at various restaurants and markts in Charlotte—on tap at this local establishment. The taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours during the weekend. If the park is full in front, park in the back lot off of Scholz Road. 5046 Old Pineville Road, Charlotte. 980.207.4881.
The Dreamchaser’s Brewery: Only 20 miles outside of Charlotte, The Dreamchaser’s Brewery was founded by Neil and Anita Gimon after 20 years of home brewing success. The brewery’s location on Main Street is open Thursday through Sunday afternoons with a rotation of beers on tap. Look for Dreamchaser’s Brewery at local festivals and events. 115 E. North Main St., Waxhaw, North Carolina. 70.843.7326.
#InstaBeerUpCLT is the creation of Corri Smith and Amy Herman. Think of it as a business networking event, driven by social media and centered around beers rather than martinis. Even if you're not there to network for business, it's a good time socially. Follow the #InstaBeerUpCLT hashtag on Twitter for details, on Instagram to capture the moment or look for Facebook event pages if you aren't on Twitter or Instagram; it's always held the last Thursday of the month.
The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild maintains a map of NC breweries, and that's useful if you're ready to explore beyond metro Charlotte.