Breweries & Distilleries
BLUE BLAZE BREWING
Part of the Savona Mill redevelopment project, Blue Blaze is pouring beers made from pesticide-free, locally sourced ingredients in a hip space. Free tours are available with tastes of such flagship flavors as Double Blaze Black IPA, Black Blaze Milk Stout and Blue Blaze Altbier. Taproom open W 4-9 pm, Th-F 4-10 pm, Sa noon-10 pm, Su noon-7 pm. www.blueblazebrewing.com 528 South Turner Ave., 980.859.2586.
Complete with oodles of brews, a laid-back atmosphere and a refreshingly great food menu, this brewpub is a new favorite in NoDa among Charlotte’s foodies and beer lovers alike. be sure to stop by for brunch and have a Man-Mosa (vodka, orange juice and Heist Succession) with your meal or the Brunch Junkie beer brewed with Sumatra coffee. Open M-W 11 am-midnight, Th-Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 10 am-midnight. www.heistbrewery.com 2909 N. Davidson St., 704.375.8260. Map 1, D5
RED CLAY CIDERWORKS
Charlotte’s first cidery churns out naturally gluten-free libations that rival the craft beer scene. Added flavors like blackberry and cherry sweeten the deal and punch up the traditional apple profile. Open W-Th 5-10 pm, F 4-11 pm, Sa noon-11 pm, Su noon-7 pm. www.redclayhardcider.com 245 Clanton Road, 980.498.0676.
Twenty-eight taps mean you’ll never get bored with the same-old brew. Each batch is created with fresh ingredients and there is an ever-changing assortment of beers to be had. Open M-Th 4-10 pm, F-Sa noon-11 pm, Su noon-7 pm. www.sycamorebrew.com 2161 Hawkins St., 704.910.3821.
THIRSTY NOMAD BREWING
The cozy taproom here offers 10 beers on tap as well as a selection of wines and sodas; plus, there’s a tranquil patio for nice-weather days. Try a Saison aged with cranberries, chocolate stout from a bourbon aging barrel or a light and fizzy Berlin Weisse. Open M and Th 4-9 pm, F 4-10 pm, Sa 1-10 pm, Su 1-6 pm. www.thirstynomadbrewing.com 4402 Stuart Andrew Blvd., 704.940.0947.
UNKNOWN BREWING CO.
More than just a brewery, this place embodies a lifestyle of adventure, mystery and the eponymous “unknown” of life. Oh, and it also creates incredible brews to be enjoyed with friends while swapping your latest epic tales. Open W and Th-F 4-10 pm, Sa noon-10 pm, Su noon8 pm. www.unknownbrewing.com 1327 South Mint St., 980.237.2628.