Think Charlotte already has too many breweries? Just you wait. According to a Charlotte Chamber pamphlet I picked up at a recent event, 21 breweries have been announced in the Charlotte area.
If those 21 opened — and that’s a big if — they would join the 27 already open, bringing the number of breweries in the Charlotte area up to 48. (To clarify: “Charlotte area” includes Charlotte, Huntersville, Cornelius, Mint Hill, Concord, Mooresville, Gastonia, Rock Hill, Belmont, Waxhaw, Dallas and Monroe.)
Here are the 21 from the Chamber list in alphabetical order, plus any information I could find about how far along they are:
3 Little Pigs Brewery, Waxhaw
Announced. (Couldn’t find any page or other information online.)
33 Brewing Co., Mooresville
Owned by former NASCAR fabricator and jackman Ray Nash, the brewery has secured a space and planned to open in January, according to the Huntersville Herald, but there’s no mention of an opening date on the Facebook page or website.
UPDATE: Owner Ray Nash emailed me to say the new opening date is in late spring/early summer.
Avenge Brewing, Charlotte
According to its Facebook page, the brewery hopes to open in 2016, “bringing true English flagships to Charlotte and serving quintessential American flavors in small-batch brews.” But the last post on the Facebook page was in September and the last tweet was in July.
— Avenge Brewing Co. (@AvengeBrewing) January 6, 2015
Bettler Brewing Co., Mooresville
Not so sure about this one. The website listed — www.bettlerbrewing.com — doesn’t exist and the Twitter account hasn’t been updated since December 2014.
Blue Blaze Brewing, Charlotte
This could be the next one that actually opens in Charlotte. Blue Blaze will be in the refurbished Savona Mill in West End and recently got its building permit. The brewery is shooting for a late spring/early summer opening, according to CharlotteBeer.com.
— Daniel (@CharlotteBeer) January 20, 2016
Cabarrus Brewing, Concord
Another brewery going in a mill (Gibson Mill in Concord) and another one that seems like it will actually open soon. Cabarrus Brewing is hiring, according to a post on its Facebook page, and there are plenty of construction photos on the various social media platforms. A Dec. 31 Facebook post mentioned a possible opening date in late February.
— Cabarrus Brewing Co. (@CabarrusBrewCo) January 29, 2016
Divine Barrel, Charlotte
The brewery will have a “strong focus on wood fermented/aged wild and sour beers,” according to a page on the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild website, but that’s just about all the information I could find about this one.
DukBone Brewing, Charlotte
It seems like DukBone has everything … except an actual place to brew the beer. There’s a full-blown website — with hours of operation, even — active social media accounts and a mission statement: “to push the limits of brewing.” According to a post on the website, DukBone has put in offers for five buildings but none worked out. North End could be an option, according to the post.
— DukBone Brewing (@DukBoneBrewing) November 27, 2015
Forty Two Brewing, Charlotte
Forty Two has provided beer for parties and weddings, according to its Twitter page, but no news on any location or actual progress toward opening. It also hasn’t tweeted since August.
Makeshift tap menu board for last night's party. pic.twitter.com/sDIDM2eAOk
— Forty Two Brewing Co (@fortytwobrewing) June 4, 2015
Ghostface Brewing, Mooresville
Another brewery that seems like it will legitimately open soon. A Mooresville Tribune story says the brewery eyeing a late-winter opening and social media accounts show construction at the brewery. The website mentions meads and gluten-free beers.
— Ghostface Brewing. (@GhostfaceBrew) December 31, 2015
GoodRoad CiderWorks, Charlotte
Charlotte’s second cidery is planned for an area that some people are calling LoSo, down near OMB, Sugar Creek and Great Wagon Road Distilling. According to Facebook, GoodRoad is shooting for a late spring/early summer opening.
Hatchet Head Brewing Co., Mooresville
Announced. A page on the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild website notes an Oct. 2016 opening, but the website associated with the listing is a broken link.
Hob Knob Brewing, Huntersville
The brewery is on hold indefinitely, according to a Feb. 3 post.
Ole Dallas Brewery
This brewery-in-planning is making progress on its taproom, according to various social media posts. Couldn’t find an opening date, but it looks like the beer has been served at a few bars and shops in the area.
— Ole Dallas Brewery (@ODB_1863) November 2, 2015
OMMI Brewing Co., Mooresville
Red Paw Brewing, Davidson
The social media accounts are still being updated, but not a whole lot of info on this one. Website says it hoped to open summer 2015 in a “top secret” location, but that “depends on how soon we are able to reach our funding goals.”
Southern Range Brewing, Monroe
The Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw
The Chamber list says it will be opening in early 2016, but there’s not a whole lot of activity on social or on the website. CharlotteBeer.com reported last April that the brewery signed a lease for the location in Waxhaw. Union County Weekly reported on the brewery in August and said it could open late fall of 2015.
UPDATE: Owner Neil Gimon reached out to me on Facebook and said Dreamchaser’s Brewery will be opening up March 17 in Waxhaw.
Thirsty Nomad Brewing, Charlotte
The owners live in Cabarrus County, but they weren’t able to find a location in that area. They signed a lease on their location — on the other side of I-77 from OMB and Sugar Creek, in November, according to a blog post. Lots of photos of the under-construction brewery have gone up on social media over the past month and the website says the brewery “should be open early 2016.”
— Thirsty Nomad (@thirstynomadco) January 21, 2016
Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Co., Concord
According to Facebook, this Concord brewery plans to open summer of 2016. Not a whole lot of other info on the website, but we do know that they have customized Panthers jerseys. #KeepPounding.
York Chester Brewing Co., Gastonia
The Gastonia brewery announced a Yorkies Founders Club program, which is a way for the brewery to raise money to start building the brewery. According to a post on the website, if it isn’t progressing to opening by January 2017, they’ll return money to the Founders Club.
UPDATE: Rusted Mill Artisan Ales, Gaston County
This one wasn’t initially included on the list because it’s listed with the already-opened breweries in the Chamber pamphlet. A reader emailed me to say that it hasn’t opened yet but the owners are finalizing a location and are “a year away from an opening.” Website confirms that, and social accounts haven’t been active for about a year (or more).
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