Swing by The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for a look at Charlotte’s only packaging microbrewery, serving up brews favored by locals and served at many area bars. A tap room reminiscent of a German beer hall invites leisurely sipping of the German-style lagers and ales created here. Free Saturday tours give groups an inside look at the workings of the brewery.
Charlotte’s most popular post-work gathering, Alive After Five brings free live music and a bevy of beverages, as well as a whole lot of people, to the EpiCentre each Thursday night from spring through early fall. Can’t make it on a Thursday? Not to worry, this hotspot is packed full of bars, restaurants and nightlife to entertain even the most avid partier on any night of the week.
Wind down the evening with a casual brewery crawl in the artsy NoDa neighborhood. Growlers Pourhouse serves up frosty drafts and piping hot pretzels and homemade sausages. NoDa Brewing, Birdsong Brewing and Heist Brewery offer their own craft beer specialties within a one mile radius. See (or taste!) for yourself which has more fun.
With over 30 breweries and distilleries in the Charlotte area there is a brew for every taste bud. Sip and sample on one of the many Beer Tours in the Queen City.
For the adventurous craft beer aficionado, head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for a Moonlight Micro Brews Cruise. An hour and a half flat-water paddle on the scenic Catawba River amps up your appetite for beer tastings and hors d'oeuvres around a campfire on Jones Island at the Center. An impressive selection of brews, including local beers, is always on tap at their River’s Edge Bar & Grill restaurant. For regular activities, pricing and scheduling is available for groups.
Tired of ordering your usual at the bar? Make your way to Wet Willie's at the NC Music Factory, a lively complex of music venues and nightlife, for a taste of something different. With slushie machines serving up frozen concoctions with names like “Call A Cab,” you’re sure to have a good time finding your new favorite drink. Also in the Music Factory, VBGB Beer Hall & Garden boasts brews as far as the eye can see. Stay for games of cornhole, a frost rail to keep your cold one cold and German-inspired dishes like soft pretzels and brats.