Breweries & Distilleries
GREAT WAGON ROAD DISTILLING COMPANY—
Irish distilling in Charlotte’s South End, courtesy of County Kildare native Ollie Mulligan. Handcrafted spirits include Rua American single malt whiskey, Ban vodka and Drumlish poteen. Stay awhile and have a beverage or a bite at on-site bar and pub The Broken Spoke. Tours depart on the hour Sa 1-4 pm. Open M-F 10 am-8 pm, Sa 11 am-11 pm. gwrdistilling.com. 227 Southside Drive, 704.469.9330.
Operating from the belief that beer brings people together, Legion Brewing is an ideal spot to gather friends or make new ones. Local ingredients are used to create innovative flavor profiles like the Carolina Sparkle with Brettanomyces to add tartness or the Path to the Dark Side with chocolate and roasted-coffee notes. Open M-W 2-10 pm, Th-F 2-11 pm, Sa noon-11 pm, Su noon-8 pm. www.legionbrewing.com. 1906 Commonwealth Ave., 844.467.5683.
SUGAR CREEK BREWING—
Belgian-style beers are on tap and feature a variety of yeast cultures, fruits and spices for a tasting experience that’s a step above. Look for the Belgian Dubble with plum, raisin, spice and chocolate flavors, or try a Biere de Garde with hints of caramel and candied apple. Open M-W 4-9 pm, Th 4-10 pm, F 2-11 pm, Sa 11 am-11 pm, Su noon-8 pm. www. sugarcreekbrewing.com. 215 Southside Drive, 704.521.3333.
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.