Second ciderworks exploring South End location

Charlotte could soon see its second hard cider producer joining the city’s craft alcohol boom: GoodRoad Ciderworks filed preliminary plans Friday for a building in South End as the company explores a location in the area.

The building, at 117 Southside Drive, is off Old Pineville Road, just down the street from Sugar Creek Brewing Company.

GoodRoad Ciderworks is the product of Brian Beauchemin and Kevin Martin. The company aims to produce artisanal cider and small batch meads. Here’s an earlier story with some more detail about there plans.

Beauchemin said the plans are preliminary, and the company hasn’t decided on a location. The preliminary meeting with city planning staff is to explore the viability of such a site.

About a mile away on Clanton Road, Red Clay Ciderworks opened earlier this month.

Here’s the full scope of what GoodRoad Ciderworks is planning, from their preliminary plans filed with the city. The 0.7-acre site is owned by Stewart Fastener Corp., and is zoned for industrial use.

“Scope of work involves converting this existing building into a cidery for Goodroad CiderWorks (change of use). The interior will include a tasting room, potential private events room, and cider production area (similar to a brewery). The sitework will include new parking, landscaping and streetscape improvements as required.”

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo