Nothing beats seasonal beer when the weather starts turning cold. It’s easy to get the usuals, but when it’s microbrew time, or when you’re looking for your favorite Oktoberfest on tap, that takes a little footwork. Brewpubs are the way to go, and these are the best options in town, offering every flavor you crave this season.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
401 N. Tryon St. Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28202
Rock Bottom is uptown Charlotte’s only brewery. With more than 125 awards for brew-making excellence, Rock Bottom definitely never disappoints, especially with its signature beers and unique seasonals. If you have not yet sampled all of Rock Bottom’s offerings, it’s time. Expect unique twists on classic flavors and delicious dishes for pairing. The must-try: a specialty dark, a just hot enough burger and a chocolate stout cupcake.
The Flying Saucer
9605 N. Tryon St. Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28262
The Flying Saucer, located in the university area of Charlotte, is a collegiate hot spot. With hundreds of beers on tap, sample and try as many as you want, and even earn a plate on the wall for the numbers of samples you taste. The place is covered wall to wall with people who have done this, but be prepared for competition as drinkers keep coming back to add to their records. Its a quaint place, with live music, pool tables and all, and it’s one of the top bars, and breweries, in Queen City.
Thomas Street Tavern
1218 Thomas Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Thomas Street Tavern is located in the Plaza Midwood area of Charlotte, and it’s a pretty laid back kind of place. Enjoy dancing and ping pong tables, but don’t miss out on sipping seasonal suds on the tavern’s large patio equipped with heaters in the winter months. It is a great neighborhood spot to meet up with friends, play games and enjoy live music while throwing back a few.
NoDa Brewing Company
2229 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
NoDa Brewing Company has only been open since 2011, making it one of the newest home-grown microbreweries in the Carolinas. It offers small-batch premium beers, providing something for every kind of drinker out there. This is a 15-barrel brewery, crafting beers for local restaurants and pubs. The knowledgeable staff is excellent to drink with, but expect each to be excited about a new concoction every time you visit.
Four Friends Brewing
10913 C Office Park Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
Four Friends Brewing serves restaurants and pubs in and around Charlotte. The owners are very proud of their brews, and they make an extra effort to connect with those they are serving to guarantee everyone gets just the right pint. The “four friends” welcome constructive feedback, so feel free to make suggestions for the next batch of brews. Known as a hidden gem, this is definitely worth checking out.