Bottoms Up: New Bars & Breweries

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETER TAYLOR
Free Range Brewing in NoDa has welcoming, farmhouse feel.

NEW BARS, breweries, and everything in between have been opening up across Charlotte lately. We couldn’t include all of the newest spots, but here are five you should try. 

Wooden Robot Brewery
Founded by childhood friends, Dan Wade and Josh Patton, Wooden Robot brings a bit of Europe to South End with its Belgian ales. Head brewer and president Wade earned his master’s degree in brewing and distilling from Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University, so you know he’s the real deal. 1440 S. Tryon St., Ste. 110, 980-819-7875

The Brass Tap Craft Beer Bar
With more than 150 beers on tap, it’ll take you more than a few trips to taste the offerings here. Brass Tap also has a “Brew Crew” you can join, letting you earn points for every new beer you try. The more points you accrue, the more free beers, food, and swag you can get. 1440 S. Tryon St., Ste. 105, 704-817-7010

Red Clay Ciderworks is Charlotte’s first cidery.

Red Clay Ciderworks
Charlotte’s first and only cidery, Red Clay has become a haven for gluten-free Charlotteans. Along with its ciders, Red Clay also has blackberry and apple wines, both made from North Carolina fruit. 245 Clanton Rd., 980-498-0676

Free Range Brewing
This NoDa brewpub is proud to say it was started by two brothers who like to infuse their beers with flavors such as fig, thyme, or ginger. Free Range has made a point of including works by local artists on its walls. 2320 N. Davidson St., 980-201-9096

The Cellar at Duckworth’s
Tiny and tucked beneath Duckworth’s main bar in uptown, this new gastropub feels like a prohibition-era speakeasy. And with merit—the building it’s in was built in 1912. Come dressed in Roaring ’20s attire and have some fun. 330 N. Tryon St., 980-349- 4078

Categories: Beer, By Jared Misner, In Print