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Spark notes: Wooden Robot Brewery and Free Range Brewing

Brewery hopping is in, haven’t you heard? Good thing Daniel Hartis has tracked down two new spots for you to try: Wooden Robot in South End and Free Range in NoDa.

We have a lot to learn from him and are so pumped we wish we could find our beer helmets from our less-sophisticated college days. No luck. So let’s study up on the new offerings and enjoy the suds.

Spark notes for Wooden Robot Brewery:

Location: 1440 S. Tryon St., Suite 100 in South End

Founders: Dan Wade and Josh Patton



Tap Room Hours: Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday from 4-10 p.m., Saturday from 2-10 p.m. , Sunday from 2-8 p.m.

What it stands for: “That artisanal, farmhouse, Belgian tradition,” Wade told Hartis. “And the robot represents the American innovative spirit.”


Brew style: Eight taps with hoppier American styles and eight taps with farmhouse or Belgian-influenced beers.

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What to find on tap during the grand opening July 11: 

– Overachiever Pale Ale and Willie Saison

– What He’s Having, an IPA

– What She’s Having, a double IPA

– Berliner Weisse

– a coffee vanilla blonde

More to find on tap:

– Paranoid Android, a farmhouse IPA

– Mango and Cash, a mango saison

 Spark notes for Free Range Brewing:

Location: 2320 N. Davidson St. in NoDa

Founders: Brothers Jason and Jeff Alexander

Hours: 5-10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

What it stands for: All things local. “We want to work with as much local, seasonal and relevant stuff as we can,” Jason said to Hartis.

Brew style: “As far as styles go, anything and everything,” Jason told Hartis. “Nothing is off limits.”

Sample of what they’re pouring: 
– Bob’s Pure Intentions, a brown ale brewed with Pure Intentions Coffee
– Caroliner Weiss, a “wild wheat” brewed with local green and red strawberries
– Cream of the Crop, a cream ale brewed with oats
– Art, Son of Pale
– Sea of Companions, an oyser stout
– My Fair Lady, an IPA
– Jenny Bought A Farm, a farmhouse-style ale
Nonalcoholic finds:
–  shrub soda brewed with blackberry and ginger
– Pure Intentions’ cold brew coffee on nitro
Photos courtesy of Charlotte Observer