North Carolina People, Places, and Things-January 21
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.
In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.
This past week a group of our friends from Lumberton, NC all decided to go to Charlotte to take in the city the day before most of us would attend the Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers NFL Play-Off game. For the record Carolina won 31-24.
I was asked by the group to put together an itinerary for our trip. What we discovered is something we want to pass on to others. At the current time Charlotte is the only North Carolina city with light rail as a mass transportation option. Other cities have trolleys but Charlotte has a fantastic yet limited light rail called Lynx.
Our group decided to get a hotel south of Uptown Charlotte and use the Lynx to tour some of Charlotte’s South End breweries before having dinner in Uptown Charlotte.
We drove to the Arrowood Lynx Station which was a little difficult to find headed from I-485 towards South Blvd. due to the lack of signs. There was nearly 300 parking spaces and it was free. For the record just turn right on England Rd which is the light before you hit South Blvd-go past Compare Foods Supermarket and entrance will be on left with a clearly marked sign.
Map of Lynx Blue Line-plans call for expansion in 2017 all the way to UNC Charlotte with stops in the NoDa section of Charlotte.
We purchased a day pass at the station from an ATM type of vending machine. A day pass cost $6.60 each and would let us ride Lynx or a bus (we didn’t use) all day long.
We decided we were going to visit Triple C Brewing-Sycamore Brewing-and The Unknown Brewing Company. We did all of this by riding the Lynx getting off and walking a short distance to the breweries. The shortest walk was to Triple C Brewing .2 of a mile and the longest was to The Unknown Brewing Company which was about .7 of a mile. The most scenic walk was to Sycamore Brewing Company utilizing the Charlotte Rail Trail.
Here was our itinerary if you want to follow it.
TRIPLE C Brewing-2900 Griffith Street
Hop on the LYNX Light Rail at Arrowood Station and stop at the New Bern station for quick access to Triple C Brewing Co., where you can taste the refreshing flavors of the Light Rail Pale Ale or the Greenway IPA in the taproom Tuesday through Sunday. When you get off the rail walk to New Bern Ave and make a right go up two blocks and make a right on Griffith Avenue-Triple C is up on left.
Our group sat outside on a 60 degree day in January and we recommend the beers listed below
Triple C Beers- Baby Maker–Up All Night a Breakfast Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels-and The Force a Tripel
Our Second Stop was
2151 Hawkins Drive
Our group of eight left Triple C Brewing after sharing 4-5 flight of beers and got back on Lynx at New Bern Ave. There are some great apartment complexes all around New Bern Station.
We went one more stop on the Lynx towards Uptown Charlotte-We get off at East West Blvd Station. Sycamore Brewery was just .3 of mile from East West station.
When you get off train walk down Camden and you will pass Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop on right. Cross over Tremont St and make an immediate left go about 20 feet and make an immediate right onto the Charlotte Rail Trail. Sycamore Brewing will be on your right. Check out the yarn bombing on the trees during your walk.
Photo of Sycamore Brewing exterior
We got to Sycamore around 6:oo PM on Saturday night and the place was packed. They had a large white hospitality tent with heaters and a live band. The bar was very crowded and they do not do flights on Saturday night so we didn’t get to sample as many beers. The ones are group liked were Admiral Murray IPA–Scarlet Harlot Irish Red-Countryside IPA.
Photo Collage below from Sycamore
Our last brewery stop before dinner was The Unknown Brewing Company on South Mint Street.
The Unknown Brewing Company
1327 South Mint Street
To get to Unknown Brewing we left Sycamore and walked back up Carolina Rail Trail to Camden Rd and got back on the Lynx headed towards Uptown. We rode the Lynx to the Carson Street station. We walked up Carson Blvd five blocks going past the Midnight Diner. We made a left on Mint and walked down three blocks to Mint and Lincoln where we came to The Unknown Brewing Company. This is a great place if you want to engage in foosball, cornhole, or ping pong. The night we got there they had a great band playing.
Our group recommended several beers from The Unkown Brewing Company including:
Tele Porter-which was a seasonal-Krash the Kremlin – and a session ale called Pre-Game.
We have to confess we opted for Uber from The Unknown Brewing Company to the Ri-Ra Irish Pub on 208 N. Tryon St. for dinner. We left Ri-Ra and walked down to Charlotte Transportation Center and took the Lynx back to Arrowood. We left at 4:00 PM Arrowood and were back to the hotel by 10:00 PM
We have NoDa breweries on our bucket list next.