Wooden Robot, a new brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers, will open in South End around the end of June.
The dog-friendly concept run by childhood best friends Dan Wade and Josh Patton, the beer-making president and the financial-savvy CEO, respectively, Wooden Robot is in the space of a former nightclub at 1440 S. Tryon St., near the Summit Avenue intersection.
Patton said the bulk of construction on the site is finished, and that there’s still just a bit of plumbing and electrical work left to do. He said he’s planning to hire a taproom manager as well as three bartenders ahead of the opening.
The brewery will experiment with a variety of products, Patton said, from hoppy American ales to sours.
“We’re not just going to have a standard lineup of like five beers that we do year-round,” Patton said. “We are going to do a saison and a pale ale as our year-round offering, and the rest are rotational.”
Brewing will commence next week, assuming all permits and inspections go well, Patton said.
Starting a brewery has been a long-time dream for Floridians Wade and Patton, both 28. Wade, who has a master’s in brewing from Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University, moved to Charlotte last year after working in breweries in Oregon and Florida. Patton came here about six years ago for a job at Bank of America.
Wooden Robot will do some limited distribution to some local bars and bottle shops, Patton said, though the hope is to do much of the business also in the brewery’s tasting room, where customers can see where and how the beer is made and talk to the brewer.
In the first year, Patton says the pair is hoping to produce about 1,000 barrels of beer, though the space has the capacity to grow to between 5,000 and 6,000 a year.
“We’re just going to feel what the market looks like and how quickly it catches on and we’ll grow as we need to,” Patton said.