Connecting in Charlotte just got a lot less stressful. OK, that’s not true, but you can have a lot more fun when you miss your connection sipping beers from Sycamore Brewing. Charlotte’s top beer producer officially turned the taps on at its new location in Concourse E at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. This is the brewery’s first venture outside of its original South End taproom!
“Since we first opened for business eight years ago, we have grown an exponential amount with 2022 on pace to nearly double 2020 retail distribution sales,” says Sycamore Brewing’s co-owner, Sarah Taylor Brigham. “With this earned success, we decided it was the right time to take on a new endeavor at the airport and we look forward to seeing how this fun concept will further serve our Charlotte community and travelers, too, with good times, great beer, and now great food.”
For the design of the space, the Sycamore team took a Carolina Bohemian approach with a fresh, natural and fun vibe that feels approachable and relaxed. A spacious bar with wrap-around seating serves as the center point and is accompanied by pops of light green and pink hues, plus neon signage and cheerful murals that read “life is brewtiful” and “I’m leaving on a jet plane, but first, beer!”
To complement the beverages on tap and in cans, the 1,828-square-foot casual concept serves wine and a variety of appetizers, pizza, salads, handhelds and entrée selections. The concept will also offer breakfast daily until 10 a.m.
Several menu items are named in tribute to the Queen City, like the Uptown Burger with an impossible burger patty, veggie mozzarella and kale slaw, and the CLT Chop Salad with bacon, fresh avocado, roasted corn and hard cooked egg, while others like the Southern Girl and Mountain Candy breakfast plates are named in honor Sycamore’s popular beer mainstays.
In addition to Sycamore’s new airport location, the brewery has said goodbye to its 2161 Hawkins Street taproom and is moving into a significantly bigger space next door in early 2023. More information will be announced in the coming months.