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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. gwrdis­till­ 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.le­gion­brew­ 1906 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 844.467.5683.


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. sug­ar­creek­brew­ 215 South­side Drive, 704.521.3333.


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.thirstyno­mad­brew­ 4402 Stuart An­drew Blvd., 704.940.0947.

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