Charlotte’s overflowing with new ways to explore craft beer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 2, 2015) – From breweries and beer gardens to bottle shops and behind-the-scenes tours, Charlotte’s overflowing with new ways to explore craft beer during NC Beer Month and beyond. North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the South with more than 120 breweries and brewpubs, and the Charlotte region is becoming a major player in the national craft beer scene with 15 craft breweries in operation and approximately 19 more slated to open or that are currently in planning. Here are a few ways to start exploring craft beer in Charlotte.
Throughout April, Charlotte will be hoppin’ with events that showcase the city’s burgeoning craft beer scene. The NC Beer Month festivities kick off with the grand opening of the new Birdsong Brewing Co. location in NoDa on Saturday, April 4.Triple C Brewing Co.’s Know Your Craft 5K and Sycamore Brewing’s first Spring Beer Garden Concert of the month will also take place on April 4.
Release parties, tap takeovers, beer cooking classes, festivals, beer tours, beer collaborations and more will take place throughout the month including exciting events such as:
- Charlotte Brews Cruise every Saturday in April
- Lake Norman Brew Ha-Ha Weekend Tour Package every weekend in April
- Moo and Brew Craft Beer and Burger Festival at NC Music Factory on Saturday, April 11
- Local Flavors of NoDa Food Tour with Feast Food Tours on Saturday, April 11
- Tuck Fest at the U.S. National Whitewater Center from Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19
- Battle of the Brews in South End on Saturday, April 18
- Beer Me Brewfest in South End on Sunday, April 19 (National Beer Day)
- White Elephant Party at NoDa Brewing Company on Monday, April 20
- Cooking with Beer Featuring Sycamore Brewing at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen on Thursday, April 23 & Friday, April 24
- D9 Brewing LLS BASH & The Fussy Pumpkin and Peach CRAFT Brew Off on Saturday, April 25
- Ales for Autism at NoDa Brewing Company on Saturday, April 25
- Spring Beak Party at Birdsong Brewing Co. on Sunday, April 26
Ultimate Charlotte Craft Beer Weekend Sweepstakes
In celebration of NC Beer Month throughout the month of April, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority is giving away an ultimate craft beer weekend for one lucky winner and their guest.
The sweepstakes entry form can be found on charlottesgotalot.com/clt-beer-weekend. The sweepstakes is open through April 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET, when NC Beer Month ends. One winner will be selected at random via the Rafflecopter program to receive the prize that includes:
- Two (2) night stay including breakfast at the Residence Inn Charlotte Uptown
- Two (2) Charlotte Brew Cruise passes by Copperline Tours
- $150 coupon for transportation from Yellow Cab Co. Charlotte
- A meal for two (2) at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
- A meal for two (2) at Queen City Q
- Horse and carriage ride for two (2) by Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours
- Personalized welcome gift from NoDa Brewing Company
NC Beer Month Instagram Takeovers
As part of NC Beer Month, four Charlotte breweries will take over the ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ Instagram account 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 multiple breweries including:
- April 3-5 : Birdsong Brewing Co. @birdsongbrewing
- April 9-12 : Sycamore Brewing @sycamorebrewing
- April 16-19: Lenny Boy Brewing Co. @lennyboybrewingco
- April 20 : NoDa Brewing Company @nodabrewing
- April 23-26 : Heist Brewery @heistbrewery
Charlotte’s Craft Beer History
In the 1990s, Charlotte was home to a few craft breweries with the last brewery, Southend Brewery, closing in the early 2000s. For a couple of years, craft beer in Charlotte was nonexistent; but in 2009, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery opened, marking the beginning of the craft beer renaissance in Charlotte. Now, the brewery’s German-style Copper is ubiquitous in Charlotte and the brewery, which expanded to a new building last year just a block away from the original, has been named the “Best Brewery Tour in America” by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.
NoDa Brewing Company opened next in 2011. NoDa Brewing recently beat out 223 other American IPAs with their popular Hop Drop ‘N Roll to take the gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup. Birdsong Brewing Co. also opened in NoDa just a few months after their neighbors. About a mile and a half down the road is Heist Brewery, the city’s only independent brewpub. Free Range Brewing is also slated to open in NoDa this year.
The South End neighborhood is also home to many Charlotte craft breweries. In 2012, Triple C Brewing Co. opened their modern taproom right near the LYNX Light Rail. In 2013, Lenny Boy Brewing Company expanded from creating just kombucha to brewing certified organic beer and The Unknown Brewing Co. opened. And in 2014, Sugar Creek Brewing Company moved into OMB’s former home and Sycamore Brewing opened just across the street from Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
In the Huntersville/Lake Norman area, five breweries are thriving including Ass Clown Brewing Company, Bayne Brewing Company, D9 Brewing Company, Primal Brewery and Lake Norman Brewing Company. Barking Duck Brewing Company also opened a small taproom in Mint Hill.
In the coming year, Wooden Robot Brewery will open not far from The Unknown Brewing Co. in South End. Three Spirits Brewery is building just down the road from Sugar Creek Brewing Company and OMB. And lastly, Legion Brewing will give Plaza Midwood a brewery to call its own.
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. For all things craft beer in Charlotte, visit charlottesgotalot.com/craftbeer.
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, Charlotte Regional Film Commission 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.