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On and hoppin' in Charlotte
Where to grab a homegrown beer in the Queen City
 
Published Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:00 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

PHOTO/MICHAELA L. DUCKETT
With so many styles of beer - from IPAs to pale ales, ambers and everything in between -  it can be hard to know which you like. Try them all with a $6 flight from Heist Brewery in NoDa.

From top taprooms and behind-the-scenes brewery tours to hoppy happenings all month long, Charlotte is overflowing with ways to explore craft beer during NC Beer Month and beyond.

For a taste of what’s on tap, head over to SouthEnd or the NoDa Arts District, both of which have thriving craft beer scenes.

In South End, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery specializes in German-style beers as Triple C. Brewing Co, which is just a few stops away on the Lynx Light Rail, serves up its aptly named Light Rail Ale and the Greenway IPA brews.

New to SouthEnd, The Unknown Brewing Co. encourages craft beer lovers to live without boundaries with signature brews Over the Edge USPA, Head First Pale Ale and No Shame Wheat.

Lenny Boy Brewing Company rounds out the visit to South End with the raw, fresh taste of kombucha beer. The kombucha and wild ale brewery is the one of the first in the Southeast and the only certified organic microbrewery in North Carolina.

In South End, you’ll also find other hoppy hotspots like World of Beer, Good Bottle Co. and The Common Market, named one of the world’s best places for beer by ratebeer.com.

Hop over to NoDa, where you’ll find some of the most notable breweries in Charlotte.

NoDa Brewing Company, a homegrown original with a 15-barrel brewery, debuts a new beer in their taproom every Tuesday as part of the NoDable Series.

Named one of “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars” by Draft magazine, Growlers Pourhouse in NoDa offers frosty drafts and beer food including an award-winning Reuben. You can even try a cask ale from their 1936 refurbished hand-pump beer engine.

Birdsong Brewing Co.’s eclectic flair and flavorful favorites like the Jalapeño Pale Ale are a good fit in the artsy neighborhood.

NoDa’s Heist Brewery, a contemporary brewpub, offers handcrafted beers along with unexpected culinary combinations like the chicken and waffle sushi or the fire roasted tofu steak.

The NC Music Factory is also going bottoms up. Venture over to VBGB Beer Hall & Garden, the city’s first beer hall and garden with a modern twist. VBGB features giant-sized games like chess and connect 4 as well as more than 30 craft beers and a “frost rail” to keep your beer extra cold.

For a more in-depth, behind-the-scenes view of beer in Charlotte, sign up for a guided tour of Charlotte’s top brew spots with Charlotte Brew Tours or Charlotte Brews Cruise. You can also customize your own pub crawl on the Party Pedaler, a 14-passenger, eco-friendly party bike, through neighborhoods like Uptown, NoDa, South End, Plaza Midwood or NC Music Factory. 

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