Charlotte’s overflowing with ways to explore craft beer in April
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 4, 2014) – From top taprooms and behind-the-scenes brewery tours to hoppy happenings all month long, Charlotte’s overflowing with ways to explore craft beer during NC Beer Month and beyond. North Carolina boasts more craft breweries than any other state in the South, and Charlotte’s hops are among the top with nearly a dozen craft breweries in operation or on the way and even more just outside the city. Here are a few ways to explore what Charlotte’s got on tap.
Throughout April, Charlotte will be hoppin’ with collaborative events that showcase the city’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Charlotte’s official NC Beer Month Kickoff Party will take place at Growlers Pourhouse on Tuesday, April 8 from 7-10 p.m. A collaboration with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), the NoDa beer bar will be showcasing craft beer from Charlotte’s breweries as well as other North Carolina brews. Admission is free and there will be live music along with raffle prizes.
Release parties, beer dinners, festivals, tastings and more will take place throughout the month such as Beer Me BrewFest on Sunday, April 6 and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Louisiana Spring Fest on Saturday, April 26. The CRVA is also partnering with VBGB Beer Hall & Garden for the Meet the Brewers Charlotte Tap Takeover event on Tuesday, April 22 from 7-10 p.m. Brewers, owners or representatives from Charlotte’s breweries will be on hand to talk all things beer. All guests will receive free admission and a raffle ticket for prizes such as growler vouchers, gift cards, beer tours and more.
Charlotte’s craft beer scene is hoppin’ especially in neighborhoods like South End and the NoDa Arts District. In South End, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) specializes in German-style beers. Just a few stops away on the LYNX Light Rail, Triple C Brewing Co. serves up the refreshing flavors of the Light Rail Pale Ale and the Greenway IPA. The Unknown Brewing Co. encourages craft beer lovers to live without boundaries with their aptly named signature brews Over the Edge USPA, Head First Pale Ale and No Shame Wheat. And 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 historic NoDa, you’ll find three of the most notable breweries in Charlotte. NoDa Brewing Company, a home-grown original with a 15-barrel brewery, debuts a new beer in their taproom every Tuesday as part of the NoDable Series. Birdsong Brewing Co.’s eclectic flair and flavorful favorites like the Jalapeño Pale Ale are a good fit in the artsy neighborhood. And 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.
In 2014, Sycamore Brewing and Sugar Creek Brewing Company will also join the ranks in South End. And Free Range Brewing will be a new addition to “Brewer’s Ally” in NoDa later this year. You'll also find additional breweries just outside the city including Ass Clown Brewing Company, D9 Brewing Co. and Lake Norman Brewing Company just north of Charlotte.
Beer Bars & Bottle Shops
Don’t forget to stop at some of the hoppiest hotspots in Charlotte during your craft beer adventure. 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. After sampling some brews, head to Salud Beer Shop to get a growler or create your own six-pack made up of your favorite Charlotte beers.
Venture to the NC Music Factory where you’ll find 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. In South End, you’ll 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.
For a 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. Or you can 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 the NC Music Factory.
Brewmaster Experience Sweepstakes
The state Division of Tourism, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and NoDa Brewing Company have partnered together to present the Brewmaster Experience sweepstakes, which features a two-night stay in Charlotte and an opportunity to create a beer recipe for production at NoDa Brewing Company.
The sweepstakes entry form can be found at ncbeermonth.com. The sweepstakes is open from until April 30, when NC Beer Month ends. One winner will be selected at random to receive a prize that includes:
- Two nights at Aloft Charlotte Uptown in the EpiCentre
- Two days working with the NoDa Brewing Company staff to create a 10-gallon batch of beer for the brewery’s NoDable series
- Chance to name the beer and create a video to be posted with its release
- Interview on Cheers Charlotte podcast during a recording session to discuss their experience
- Two Charlotte Brews Cruise vouchers, a $75 gift card from BlackFinn Ameripub, a $50 gift card from Growlers Pourhouse and a $500 Visa gift card to help get the winner to Charlotte
Double Tap Instagram Takeover
As part of NC Beer Month, four Charlotte breweries will take over the ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ Instagram account each weekend throughout the month giving ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ followers an insider’s view of each brewery and their events. Be sure to follow @charlottesgotalot on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at the following breweries:
- April 4-6 : Heist Brewery @heistbrewery
- April 11-13 : NoDa Brewing Company @nodabrewing
- April 18-20 : Triple C Brewing Co. @triplecbrewing
- April 25-27 : The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery @oldemeckbrew
With so much to do, see and sip, there is no better time to explore Charlotte. For more information on events, attractions, hotels, dining and more, visit charlottesgotalot.com or call the Visitor Info Center at (800) 231-4636.
About the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA)
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of our visitors and residents. Through leadership in destination development, marketing and venue management expertise, the CRVA leads efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community. Brands supported by the CRVA include the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, NASCAR Hall of Fame and Visit Charlotte in conjunction with the region’s destination marketing brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot.’ For more information about Charlotte, visit charlottesgotalot.com.