Northeast breweries team up to open brewhouse/taproom facility in Charlotte
One of the worst-kept secrets in Charlotte is finally official, and will add to an already-popular local craft beer neighborhood.
On Wednesday it was announced Artisanal Brewing Ventures has signed a lease on a 28,000 square-foot facility at Old Pineville and Yancey Roads in SouthEnd, or what some refer to as the “LoSo” district. Artisanal Brewing Ventures, or ABV, is the result of Northeastern breweries Southern Tier (N.Y.) and Victory (Pa.) merging last year and choosing Charlotte as its new destination.
The facility ABV is leasing was previously the Bowers Fiber building. While a bit of transformative construction has already begun, look for the official groundbreaking of the site to be shortly after Labor Day, according to a source, with a late spring 2018 date eyed for completion.
Plans for the site are highlighted by a production brewery and taproom complete with an expansive patio, along with an outside beer garden and private event space. And while you’ll still be able to enjoy favorites such as Pumpking, Choklat, Dirtwolf and HopDevil from Southern Tier and Victory, the two breweries under the ABV umbrella will also brew beers exclusively for the local area. (It should also be noted this facility is scheduled to include a fermentation cellar and packaging lines as well).
This location will join a popular adjacent area that already includes breweries (Olde Mecklenburg and Sugar Creek), distilleries (Doc Porter’s and Great Wagon Road), bars (Queen Park Social and The Broken Spoke) and cideries (GoodRoad and Red Clay Ciderworks).
The arrival of ABV also continues a trend of breweries coming into Charlotte from other areas. Catawba Brewing, which originated in Morganton and has since added two locations in Asheville, opened a 10,000 square-foot brewhouse and taproom in the Belmont neighborhood this summer. And Ohio’ Fat Head’s already announced plans to bring a brewpub to the Queen City in 2018, with all signs also pointing to SouthEnd as its preferred locations.