South End Suds

Craft brew­eries are boom­ing in the Q.C.’s his­toric South End neigh­bor­hood. In­no­va­tive ap­proaches to tra­di­tional pro­cesses leave lo­cals yearn­ing for the yeasty drink.

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LENNY BOY BREW­ING

The Lenny Boy tap­room is the only place in town to taste its very 21st-cen­tury ar­ray of or­ganic kom­bucha, gluten-free wild ales and gluten-re­duced beer, as well as more tra­di­tional sours, ales and lager. The tap­room also hosts a Satur­day morn­ing vinyasa flow yoga sesh, a Sun­day morn­ing fit­ness class. 3000 S. Tryon St., 980.585.1728.

THE OLDE MECKLEN BURG BREW­ERY

Head to LoSo for the big­gest and most fa­mous of Char­lotte brew­eries. Ger­man-style beers— that all ad­here to the Ger­man “Rein­heits­ge­bot” beer pu­rity law of 1516—are on tap, which nat­u­rally pair well with the Brauhaus kitchen’s tra­di­tional Ger­man dishes. Do: Take a be­hind-the-scenes brew­ery tour. 4150 Yancey Road, 704.525.5644.

SUGAR CREEK BREW­ING CO.

Spe­cial­iz­ing in Bel­gianstyle beers, Sugar Creek pro­duces well-bal­anced pale ales, Bel­gian dubbels and tripels, and even a tra­di­tional white ale brewed with a recipe dat­ing to the 14th-cen­tury. Tap­room is open af­ter­noons for tast­ing flights. 215 South­side Drive, 704.521.3333.

SY­CAMORE BREW­ING

Sy­camore is known for a cool, laid-back vibe, 28 taps pour­ing small­batch, all-nat­u­ral beer, and a pa­tio com­plete with corn­hole and yard games. Catch live mu­sic on week­end evenings and a dif­fer­ent food truck nightly. 2161 Hawkins St., 704.910.3821.

THIRSTY NO­MAD BREW­ING CO.

This den of adult bev­er­ages wel­comes kid­dos, too, with games like Zom­bie Dice and soda bev­er­ages. But for the hard stuff, im­bibers get to en­joy Blanche (fka Ta Wit Ta Woo) and the Femme Fa­tale brown ale. A laid­back vibe per­vades the space, which also hosts fre­quent trivia nights and live mu­sic. 4402 Stu­art An­drew Blvd., 704.940.0947 Wooden Ro­bot

TRIPLE C BREW­ING CO.

The Great Amer­i­can Beer Fes­ti­val awarded this lo­cal brew­ery a bronze medal for its 3C IPA. When hunger strikes, hit up the res­i­dent food truck, which changes nightly. 2900 Grif­fith St., 704.372.3212

THE UN­KNOWN BREW­ING CO.

Branch out from more tra­di­tional suds stylings and let taste buds ex­pe­ri­ence in­no­va­tive beers like the Gin­ger Wheat ale or the Su­pak­lean Kölsch in the in­dus­tri­al­style, open-con­cept tap­room. 1327 S. Mint St., 980.237.2628

WOODEN RO­BOT BREW­ERY

This place caters to eclec­tic beer buffs and is largely known for sours and funky farm­house ales. While other brew­eries bring in food trucks for sus­te­nance, this place has its own, which serves up craft beer-in­fused eats. 1440 S. Tryon St., 980.819.7875

Sy­camore Brew­ing

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