Fonta Flora Brewery
The taproom just opened yesterday. Nice industrial vibe. Great beer. Except for one $4 lager, all beers are $6-$9.50. Fits what is expected at optimist Hall. Fairly sparse seating. 15 minutes after opening all 8 tables are occupied. Bring your coat, it's cold in here too.
I'm very happy that Fonta Flora opened a Charlotte location. This space is a bit small but really not much different in size than their Morganton location. A good variation in styles. I'm a sour beer lover so I tried all 4 sours they had available when I went. That ran me $37 plus tip. Of course sours are more time consuming and costly to make but they were a bit pricey for the pour size. Got to make the high tent of Optimist hall. The staff were efficient and kind. This is mainly a standing space with a few high top tables. No beers allowed outside which is unfortunate when it is a nice day. Would come again for their sours.
Tried their flagship IPA. It is NOT a lot of things... Not too bitter, not too hoppy, not overpowering, not yeast flavor driven, not bad at all.
This place is off da chain!