A beer fits for any situation – relaxing at happy hour after work, welcoming the first hint of summer, autumn or winter, cheering on your favorite football team or just celebrating life with friends. Whether you’re visiting the Bank of America building for business, cheering on the Carolina Panthers or visiting your favorite culinary arts student at Johnson and Wales University, kick back with a beer that was locally brewed in Charlotte. Here’s a list of the best local breweries in the Queen City.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
What: Known for its flagship OMB Copper, a full-flavored, smooth, refreshingly hoppy beer, and the lighter, paler OMB Mecklenburger lager, the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has a brewpub interior and and an outdoor Biergarten. Visit the brewery in October for Mecktober Fest, a beer, barbeque and live music festival that kicks off the sale of the Mecktoberfest Maerzen style amber lager, and stop by year-round for seasonal ales, including a crisp summer pilsner and a Thanksgiving German-style doppelbock lager. Check out the brewery’s Find Our Beers page to discover restaurant, bar and retail establishments that carry Olde Mecklenburg brews.
Where: 217 Southside Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
Four Friends Brewery
What: Located in an office park, Four Friends Brewery is the new kid on the block. But locals love the $5 36-ounce cups of malty, English-style beers and 22-ounce bottles for sale. With four to five beers on tap, including the Queen City Blonde ale, Queen City Red Irish ale and a few seasonal selections, such as the Misty Mountain Hop harvest ale, Uptown Brown ale and spicy Belgian Dubbel D., Four Friends is an up-and-coming brewery that’s all Charlotte. Visit the Where to Find Us page on the Four Friends’ site to find where you can sip their tasty beer.
Where: 10913 C Office Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28273
Rock Bottom Brewery
What: If you work in the downtown area or are just passing through for business, you’re right around the corner from Rock Bottom Brewery, where you can grab a wood-fired pizza and a selection of award-winning lagers and ales, and then walk to the civic attractions and sports venues in the area. Sip on a tasty Southern Flyer Light Lager, a low-calorie, low-carb light beer; the Prospector’s Pilsner, a golden European-style pilsner with a hoppy kick; the award-winning, rich Sweet Magnolia Brown Ale; or award-winning Iron Horse Stout, a London-style bold brew with a roasted barley and malt flavor.
Where: 401 N. Tryon Street, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28202
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