The Best Breweries in Charlotte, North Carolina

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27 January 2018

Charlotte has the second-largest craft beer scene in North Carolina, with over 20 breweries calling the Queen City home. Two of those, NoDa Brewing and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, are some of the highest-producing breweries in the state. Enjoy your suds responsibly with this list of some of the best breweries in Charlotte.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Brewery, $$$

As Charlotte’s oldest brewery, OMB’s outstanding feature is its eight-acre, German-style Biergarten. The German influence extends to honoring Germany’s purity guidelines for their beers, sausage-heavy cuisine, and the name, derived from a region of Germany where Queen Charlotte was born. Tours of the state-of-the-art brewery have been dubbed some of the best in the nation.

NoDa Brewing Company

Brewery, $$$

Situated in Charlotte’s historic arts and entertainment district of North Davidson, or NoDa for short, this brewery focuses on small-batch brews and customer feedback to guide their creations. Every Tuesday, NoDa Brewing taps a new taproom-only release, coined their NoDable series, with the promise to never pour the same brew twice. Try a Hop Drop ‘N Roll (an IPA), their most popular beer.

Sugar Creek Brewing Company

Brewery, $$$

Another Belgian-focused brewery, Sugar Creek decided to focus on this beer style because Belgian brewers were rule-breakers. This approach has led to a raspberry white ale and potent Dubbels and Tripels. Taking over Olde Mecklenburg’s original taproom, Sugar Creek’s owners transformed the space with a striking ceiling of long shipping rope, reclaimed wood, and beautiful chandeliers to create what they describe as “maritime steampunk.” Its inspiration came from one of the founders’ time as a United States Merchant Marine.

Birdsong Brewing Company

Birdsong arguably serves as Charlotte’s most sustainably minded brewery, and it was the first to install solar panels on their 17,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse. They’ve also managed to cut a brewery’s typical water-to-beer ratio in half, give all of their spent grain to a local cattle farm, and have thus far kept distribution to North and South Carolina only, as to reduce their transportation impact.

Wooden Robot Brewery

Wooden Robot’s coffeehouse-like space is as adorable as its name and logo, which were inspired by the founders’ plan to create a 16-tap urban farmhouse. Guests can nibble on beer-infused items such as a Cuban made with beer-braised pork, IPA-infused beer cheese, and beer-boiled macaroni eggrolls while they lounge on leather couches or hang in the small outdoor patio that boasts great views of the Charlotte skyline.

Legion Brewing


The intricate wooden bar at this neighborhood brewery serves as its most striking feature, and the community has been so responsive to Legion’s beers and atmosphere that renovation of a second location in the South Park area has begun. Fans of honey-brewed beers should try the Graham Cracker Amber or Imperial Winnie the Brew, made with 120 pounds of raw clover honey. Free tours happen every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.

The Unknown Brewing Co.


One glance at Unknown Brewing’s website, and their commitment to being adventurous becomes apparent, especially considering they once brewed a beer with honest-to-goodness food-grade scorpions from Thailand. Quotes from Hunter S. Thompson and pictures of skydivers and streakers give a glimpse into their culture, and they encourage fans to become part of their Fearless Society to be in the know about events and releases. The stripped-down space has few chairs but does contain a ping pong table and arcade games, plus lots of neon green, their signature color.

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