Step aside South End and NoDa — Plaza Midwood is finally getting its foot in the brewery-scene door. Legion Brewing founders Phil Buchy and Newton Craver are planning to open the brewery at 1906 Commonwealth Ave. (formerly Brodt Music Company) by Thanksgiving.

Excited for beer in Plaza Midwood?

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And it doesn’t take an urban planning genius to see that this brewery is going to be a hit. In a neighborhood where beer lovers flock to spots like The Common Market, Pizza Peel and Gallery Twenty-Two, a brewery is bound to be a fast favorite.

This week, I got a peek inside and discovered that Buchy has talents that go beyond brewing. He’s been brewing for nearly 20 years, but he also has a background in construction — something that shows inside the creative taproom and brewhouse.

The ceilings in the taproom are made from stained wood slats left over from the equipment packaging. This rustic twist, paired with features like exposed brick walls, a natural wood bar and simple bulb lights, gives the space a cozy vibe.

But make no mistake. Beer is the focus here — even if none is brewing yet. The bar will have 10 taps on each end, being pumped directly in from the brewhouse. The floor in the brewing area is made from a special non-porous tile specifically for brewing.

Barrels for aging beers are waiting in one room and the bottling line is being shipped there now.

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“We’re trying to come out with 15 beers,” says Buchy. “But as long as we’ve got one, we’re opening.”

After a decade of dreaming of opening a brewery, he’s ready.

“I’ve had this business plan together for so long and I’ve had swings and misses,” he says. “But I’ve had a legion of friends behind me. That’s where the name comes from and that’s what finally got us here.”


Sarah Crosland PhotoSarah Crosland is author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Charlotte” and “100 Things to Do In Charlotte Before You Die.”

 

 

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