Greetings from sweltering hot North Carolina!
We’re in the Queen City for the next two weeks visiting family and such. (Oh, you didn’t know we grew up around the area?)
And of course when we left the Carolina’s to move to Alaska, the Carolina’s got their beer hats on and have come out with some pretty great breweries. So, while we’re in town visiting we are planning on sampling the goods as much as we can!
First up: a Sunday spent at Sycamore Brewing in the South End of Charlotte. Despite the fact that it was a 92* day (literally, my body forgot what that was like. and I wore pants. ugh…), the beer was nice and cold on a beautiful day.
Inside the taproom you can view the production area and see the tanks and barrels creating the next great beer, or you can just pull up a seat in the air conditioning to beat the heat. They’ve got 28 taps that are always rotating, so it seems that there should always be something new to try!
Outside, they’ve got a massive gravel patio with a stage for a band to come and jam.
We chose to sit outside because, hey why not melt? We got to sing along to a great cover band with a mandolin player while debating the pros and cons of different Charlotte neighborhoods. [Side Note: Settle a score for us. NoDa or South End? Which do you prefer?] We saw a few of Matt’s fraternity brothers, and enjoyed massive slices of pizza from a food cart stationed outside of the brewery.
One great thing about Charlotte is that it is getting a lot of food carts. On Fridays, there is a food truck carnival in South End, and many of the breweries we drove by seemed to have at least one stationed outside.
I really loved the vibe of the area – there were cornhole boards set up further on the patio, and so many tables with dogs. It reminds me to get Sasha & Moose shaved so they can start joining us in this heat. We could see bikes being ridden on a path behind the brewery along the Rail Trail – a multi-purpose trail that runs along the Light Rail line providing opportunity to ride from drinks to dinner to home safely.What we drank:
Emily savored the Peak Farm Double Pale Ale. Matt downed the Countryside IPA and the Temptress IPA. All 3 were good, but I think the Temptress was the best.
How to Visit:
Sycamore Brewing is located at 2161 Hawkins St, Charlotte, NC; and open every day. Check their website for hours.
Charlotte Friends: Settle the debate. South End or NoDa? Also, which brewery should we check out next while we’re in town?!