Shaking the Tree at Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening

Sycamore Brewing’s Grand Opening

Sycamore Brewing- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

Sycamore Brewing- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

November 1st was All Saints Day by my calendar. I’m not sure what festivities everyone was enjoying but I know here in our beloved Queen City it was as if Saint Arnulf of Metz looked down upon us and blessed us with a lot more beer this weekend making it the most Cheers Worthy weekend in Charlotte so far. There were people waiting in lines at NoDa Brewing for Monstro release and bottle sharing. Birdsong Brewing released their Mexicali Stout. Triple C Brewing hosted an Oyster Roast. And over in South End the Sycamore Brewing was shaking with excitement. Saint Arnulf really blessed us with beer. But my assignment was Sycamore Brewing’s Grand Opening. So I donned my newly christened Cheers Worthy hat (I’m calling it Super-brero which is basically a sombrero with Viking horns and some other flair) got in the Hop Mobile and headed over to Hawkins Street in South End to see what was happening.

Three years ago Justin and Sarah had a vision to use the freshest ingredients possible and brew extraordinary beer for the masses. With a decade of home brewing experience they perfected some of their favorite recipes and began hard work in opening a fine brewery adding to so many we are privileged to have here in Charlotte. They found an available building along the light rail (within walking distance of the East/West stop) they began converting the old Dynamic Auto Works into a beautiful brewery. The interior reminds me of a warm mountain lodge and very inviting. Inviting to family and dogs I might add as well. Plenty of space outside with picnic tables and when it is warm space for the kids to run around (dogs must be leashed). Based on what I surveyed plenty of parking as well (if you can’t or don’t drive, take the light rail). Great views, cool building, fantastic staff as well. No complaints at all.

Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

This past Saturday Sycamore put up a huge tent, got some food trucks in, and set up some rocking bands for our entertainment while we imbibed at their grand opening. And the area responded. From my Twitter and Untapped feed there were several there I know but because so many showed up only ran into one John Sparre.  No long waits for beers either, offering pints inside and outside. The beer flowed quickly. Only challenge was navigating the multitudes to get my glass filled, not really a bad problem for a grand opening.

A nice inviting building and staff isn’t enough for the industry; we also need delicious, refreshing, beer to keep customers coming back. And Saints preserve us, Sycamore Brewery got the beer right. All those years of perfecting paid off. I started off with a glass of Opening Day IPA. Now full disclosure, I’m not an IPA fan finding too many IPA’s just hop bombs but this one had a fantastic balance of hops. Got just the flavor without being overly bitter. I followed it up with one I was more interested in the South Mountain Cream Stout and I was not disappointed. This was my official first stout of the upcoming Stout season so all others have something to compete with my tastes. Finally I had the Southerly OPA. What’s an OPA you ask? Well good question and one I was asking in my head. Luckily a guy named Doug in a fedora offered up unsolicited that it stands for Oatmeal Pale Ale. Never had an oatmeal pale ale before but I like it. I see some real radical recipe options in the near future for this OPA (raisins, cinnamon, pecans, etc.) Southerly will be offered year round and I’m glad. This one will make a great wheel house beer for Sycamore

 

Sycamore Brewing- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

Sycamore Brewing- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

John and I had the privilege of slipping into the brewery to see the equipment up close. Got to meet the contractors responsible for all the beautiful woodwork. I rejoin my two boys as Of Good Nature continued their set. Really loved the musical concept of a trombone as a main instrument and my sons loved that the drummer acted as their lead singer/front man. Met up with Justin and Sarah each of them a ping pong ball (with an eye on it) so they could hold it up while toasting and heading back to Matthews to soak in the evening.

It was a truly Cheers Worthy Grand Opening.

Raise Your Glass Eye, Cheers.

 

 

 

You can catch the full interview when Justin, Sarah and Jordy were in the Cheers Charlotte studio- HERE

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Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

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Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

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Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

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Sycamore Brewing Grand Opening- courtesy of Eric Gaddy

 

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