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Craft Beer Column


May/June 2018:  New(-ish) Beginnings

In honor of springtime melting away the thaw of a rather long winter and the introduction of this new craft beer column to Epicurean Charlotte, I thought it would be fun to focus on new(-ish) beginnings in Charlotte’s craft beer scene.

Charlotte’s newest brewery—Divine Barrel Brewing —recently opened on the edge of NoDa. Don’t let the brewery’s industrial digs frighten you away. Inside is a handsomely outfitted space with exposed brick walls, splashes of colorful artwork from local artists, and plenty of greenery hanging from the ceiling.

The real star of the show, though, is the beer. Divine Barrel specializes in lighter farmhouse ales and evocative sours with a few traditional styles tossed in. Order a quaffable Petite Amie Petite Saison—a refreshing farmhouse with effervescent citrus and black pepper notes—and grab a seat on the patio overlooking the LYNX Blue Line extension.

Not to be outdone, two of the Buzz City’s well-loved breweries spruced things up for the spring. Unknown Brewing completely remodeled their space, replacing the frat house basement bar look with a sleek, modern design complete with an inviting wraparound bar, a rooftop patio with views of Uptown’s skyline, and a pizza kitchen baking up some of the most creative pizzas in town.

Wooden Robot Brewery partnered with Kre-8 to open the much-anticipated Kre-8 Gastropub. Think tacos made with Chinese steamed buns, sharable plates like mussels simmered with white wine, roasted garlic, and blistered tomatoes, and entrées like baked seafood gnocchi. Prost!