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.
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 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