The craft beer scene in Queen City has exploded in the past few years, with nearly 50 breweries operating in the Charlotte area. As such, it has established a strong foothold in the country and is one of the best places to try beer.
Crown Town is home to many breweries that have garnered national attention from beer lovers and include names like Wooden Robot Brewery, Petty Thieves Brewing, Suffolk Punch, and Triple C Brewing Company.
If you’re interested in the city’s unofficial beer trail, here’s our list of the best breweries in Charlotte!
- Wooden Robot Brewery
- The Olde Mecklenburg
- Petty Thieves Brewing Company
- Heist Brewery
- NoDa Brewing Company
- Triple C Brewing Company
Wooden Robot Brewery
Wooden Robot is one of the most popular breweries in Charlotte and has branches in NoDa as well as South End. Both locations feature a patio and taproom, so fans have double the opportunity to enjoy the brewery’s famous experimental beers and funky options. Speaking of funky and experimental beers, they even feature the Farmer’s Daughter witbier, a drink brewed using cucumbers!
Try their popular coffee vanilla blond ale, Good Morning Vietnam. Its uniqueness lies in the locally sourced Ethiopian coffee beans used with Madagascar vanilla beans. The beer is also brewed using oats, and the trifecta results in complex yet light, malty, and sweet flavors to make a very easy-to-drink beer.
The Olde Mecklenburg
You can’t talk about the best breweries in Charlotte without mentioning the oldest and largest one. The Olde Mecklenburg, also called OMB Charlotte by the locals, is famous for producing world-class, award-winning beer. There’s even an 8-acre beer garden and delicious beer cheese to enjoy with the drinks.
Come for the award-winning Hornet’s Nest, a classic German wheat beer. This hazy, opaque, and unfiltered ale tastes subtly sweet, rich in body, and finishes with banana and clove notes from the yeast!
Petty Thieves Brewing Company
Try the Petty Thieves Brewing Company if you’re looking for a pet-friendly space to crack a couple of cold ones. It’s one of the new establishments in town but has quickly become one of the most popular breweries in Charlotte. Petty Thieves is just the place to visit if you love unique beer, good views, and aesthetically pleasing décor.
Try the flagship Andalusia, a tropical version of the classic American IPA. It’s brewed with Citra, Chinook, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Cascade hops, giving it a juicy hop character with mango, tangerine, pine, and bright lemon notes.
Heist is one of the original Charlotte breweries that, alongside OMB, jump-started the craft beer scene in the city. It has multiple locations in NoDa and Camp North End. It’s a famous “brunch n beer” spot, popular for dark beers, experimental brews, and cocktails! Tours of the brewery are also offered on Saturdays!
Try the extremely popular Citraquench’I, a New England IPA. It’s brewed using all Citra hops, which impart an unmistakable aroma and tropical flavor, ending on a smooth, dry finish.
NoDa Brewing Company
Located in the heart of NoDa, this brewing company is just across from Wooden Robot’s The Chamber. NoDa Brewing is one of the most popular breweries in Charlotte and has been in the craft beer scene since it opened in 2011. It’s basically growler heaven and even offers t-shirts and daily tours.
Try the beer they are most famous for, the Coco Loco. It’s a multi-award-winning – GABF Silver and Open Beer Championship Gold – American porter, brewed using a blend of brown malts and chocolates. The drink has a rich color, with ruby highlights, and has a bitterness to it that is balanced by the sweet, organic toasted coconut.
Triple C Brewing Company
Triple C is another OG in Charlotte’s craft beer scene and was opened in 2012. Since then, they’ve added an event space for people to host weddings or special events. Moreover, they also offer tours with tastings, and their taproom is your one-stop source for kegs, growlers, pints, and bottles. So, what’re you waiting for?
Triple C’s most famous drink is brewed using Citra, Centennial, and Chinook hops. The 3C IPA is named after these hops and has a juicy hop-forward flavor, full of citrus and grapefruit notes. The flaked oats provide a subtle malty backbone, resulting in a refreshing summer drink.
Best Breweries With Food in Charlotte
If you demand a tasty bite with your beer, here are some of our favorite Charlotte breweries with food:
Suffolk Punch Brewing
Although relatively new to town, Suffolk has quickly become one of the best breweries in Charlotte because of its English-style ales. The establishment also organizes tours on Saturdays that also include tastings. People who love spending time with friends at breweries can also play checkers and cornhole.
Suffolk has a complete food and breakfast menu to go along with its delicious beers. For the perfect combination, we suggest the infinitely drinkable Shuffle Flag, a Helles Lager, and ginger root beer pork wings. The Shuffle Flag is light and complex drink with subtle sweetness and a clean, crisp finish. The pork wings are heavenly, with braised and fried pork shanks served with heirloom carrots and wasabi crema – truly a meal to die for.
Brewers at 4001 Yancey
Brewers is a collaboration between several breweries, such as Victory Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewing Company, and offers a taproom perfect for French and Belgian-style ales. Like all the best breweries in Charlotte, Brewers at 4001 Yancey also offer tours and tastings and the chance to buy growlers, bottles, and kegs to go! The food is very delicious, and the locals love to indulge their cravings by using the beautiful outdoor patio.
Try Victory Brewing’s CLT Brew’d Dome Crusher, a dark lager with a roasty aroma and hints of coffee in the background. The taste is a collection of subtle earthy elements, a roasty taste from the malts, and a slightly bitter finish with a touch of sweetness. Pair it with the smoked wings, which come with a double IPA BBQ sauce and fries. You can also check with the staff for weekly specials, which offer deals on bites and brews!