Summer is here, and we couldn’t be more excited for the return of long days, warm nights, and patio season. Whether you prefer a trendy downtown brewery or a small-town taproom, North Carolina delivers when it comes to sharing a beer outdoors.
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In these three cities, you can enjoy great craft brews and equally satisfying views.
Highland Brewing Company • Asheville
With its string lights and mountain vistas, Highland’s rooftop lounge captures visitors’ attention; it also helped the brewery nab the public’s vote for Impressive Outdoor Space in the 2018 Our State Readers’ Choice Brewery Awards.
12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200, Asheville, NC 28803 • (828) 299-3370
The Unknown Brewing Company • Charlotte
This brand-new rooftop patio atop the renovated taproom is just as shiny as the view it offers of Charlotte’s skyline at night.
1327 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC 28203 • (980) 237-2628
Trophy Brewing Tap + Table • Raleigh
Reserve your seat online to take in the sights of our capital city from above.
225 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 • (919) 424-7817
Whether you’re looking to toss a Frisbee, play cornhole, or just lounge in the sun, these down-to-earth breweries welcome visitors for an afternoon of fun in the yard.
Andrews Brewing Company • Andrews
Wander the vineyards or stop to smell the flowers as you walk the grounds of this winery-meets-brewery.
565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901 • (828) 321-2006
Ponysaurus Brewing Company • Durham
This expansive yard is good for running around or sunbathing. You can even grill here, too.
219 Hood Street, Durham, NC 27701 • (844) 369-7669
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery • Farmville
Run your feet through the cool grass while sitting at the picnic tables in this front yard.
4519 West Pine Street, Farmville, NC 27828 • (252) 753-7745
These western North Carolina breweries have found that serving their beers by the water is a particularly pleasant pairing.
Currahee Brewing Company • Franklin
Sitting on the banks of the Little Tennessee River, this brewery features a German-inspired biergarten, with scenic mountain views in the distance.
100 Lakeside Drive, Franklin, NC 28734 • (828) 634-0078
Frog Level Brewing Company • Waynesville
This oasis of picnic tables and Adirondack chairs beside Richland Creek makes for a relaxing afternoon on the water.
56 Commerce Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 • (828) 454-5664
Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery • Chimney Rock
Find a seat on one of the four decks facing the Broad River, or just plop down on a warm rock and dip your feet in the water.
461 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720 • (828) 436-7047
Plenty of Patio
No need to save seats: These breweries offer plenty of outdoor space.
Deep River Brewing Company • Clayton
Grass or patio, upper level or lower, sun or shade — take your pick from a variety of spaces to relax outside at this brewery.
700 West Main Street, Suite 102, Clayton, NC 27520 • (919) 585-2296
Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe • Manteo
Located downtown, this patio is ready to face the throngs of summer visitors looking for a pint.
208 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954 • (252) 473-6666
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery • Charlotte
This brewery’s biergarten is well-known for its eight acres of outdoor space, offering plenty of elbow room on a warm day.
4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 • (704) 525-5644
Cozy and Homey
You’ll feel right at home on these breweries’ patios — probably because they remind you so much of your own backyard.
Brown Truck Brewery • High Point
If your trendy, HGTV-loving friend designed an outdoor patio, it would look a lot like this homey spot, featuring comfortable couches, interesting wall art, a fire pit, and more.
1234 North Main Street, High Point, NC 27262 • (336) 886-1234
Ghost Harbor Brewing Company • Elizabeth City
Located in a narrow alley adorned with string lights, this patio exudes whimsy and charm.
606 B East Colonial Avenue, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 • (252) 599-1030
Mill Whistle Brewing • Beaufort
Spend an afternoon sipping brews in this casual backyard.
1354 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC 28516 • (252) 342-6929