Last Friday, I agreed to play DD for these crazy guys. Luckily, that meant going from brewery to brewery in Charlotte. Even if you don’t like craft beer (me, me, me,) it’s fun to visit the breweries. I like how they look, the food is usually out of this world, and it’s just a fun environment.
First stop? Rock Bottom in Uptown Charlotte.
I did treat myself to a glass of red wine! I wish I could have remembered the name of it, but I let the waitress chose for me. I had a huge test Friday morning, so after that I shut my brain off apparently.
We decided to get appetizers at a couple of the breweries instead of meals.
The chicken nachos at Rock Bottom were so good! Their guacamole was full of garlic; just the way I like it. The tray was giant and could feed a large group.
Next stop: Heist Brewery! “The best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had” – Mike.
Our waiter was so nice and helpful. He had no problem letting us know his favorite appetizers and his favorite brews.
The inside of the brewery was huge and very artsy. I highly recommend it if you’re into architecture and design.
We went with our waiter’s favorite appetizers.
First the duck flatbread and it consisted of mozzarella, sarsaparilla root beer bbq suace, seared duck and fried shallots.
I am not a bbq sauce person when it comes to pizza and I definitely side eyed the duck, but of course the flatbread was incredible. The duck tasted like fried chicken and the sauce paired well with the ingredients.
Next was the beer cheese. The guys loved it, but I thought it was extremely salty and the cheese was just “different.” I’m also not a beer cheese person, so I’m sure the next person would love it. The salty pretzels make sense if you’re drinking beer. Hey, Heist…I see what you’re trying to do here…
Plus, we got some pretty awesome stickers.
Next was the Noda Brewing Company, a little smaller, but a very fun atmosphere. There were a lot of families with children there surprisingly.
I ordered the blueberry pancake kombucha! Yum 🙂 It definitely didn’t resemble blueberry pancakes at all, more like a blueberry sour patch kid, but I still liked it. Where’s the pumpkin kombucha?!
All of the breweries are pretty artsy.
Next was birdsong, down the street from NBC.
This place was a little smaller and not a lot of room to sit, but that is because it was pouring down rain and the outside area couldn’t be utilized. I think we ran into some kind of happy hour or a meet up group was taking place.
If you like a very very strong pumpkin beer, apparently this is your place.
We picked up Tino and took him to our last stop, Sycamore in Southend. This is where I did yoga the other night.
I loved seeing all the dogs in there and I think Grumples would love it. I may bring him next weekend.
Which Charlotte Breweries should I visit next!?