Serendipity brings Blue Blaze Brewing to Historic West End

A look inside the brewery, which is scheduled to open in the spring

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Imagine yourself on a bike ride or a walk on the Irwin-Stewart Creek Greenway and it’s one of those gorgeous days in Charlotte – blue skies and warm sun. The only thing to make the day more perfect would be to stop for a cold beverage.

Then you see something ahead, a large blue sign: Blue Blaze Brewing Company.

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Owners Craig Nunn and Sven Giersmann are trying their best to create that idyllic stop on the greenway for bikers, walkers and joggers, and a destination for the Charlotte community. They named their brewery after the blue markers on the Appalachian Trail. They want the community to see it as a place for music, relaxation and good beer.

Brewery Owners Craig Nunn, left, and Sven Giersmann.
Brewery Owners Craig Nunn, left, and Sven Giersmann.

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Blue Blaze Brewing will be located in the renovated Savona Mill in the Seversville neighborhood, minutes from uptown. According to Nunn, serendipity brought them there: “This was the right place for us. It just felt right.”

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[Related: Seversville is a hidden treasure in West Charlotte.]

The location met all of the functional elements like size and affordability, but it also offered the density they needed in a cool neighborhood. Since beginning construction, the response from the Seversville community has been overwhelmingly supportive with many people coming by to say hello (and for a sneak peek).

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Owners have plans for an outdoor patio with picnic tables, horseshoes pits, cornhole and other outdoor games. Live music, farmer’s market, pre-prepared finger foods and food trucks are also in the works. Blue Blaze will bring in activities and items based on what the community wants.

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Another reason the Savona Mill location is ideal: It gives Nunn and Giersmann the opportunity to use their two cargo bikes. The bikes are from Copenhagen and hold 700 pounds each. They modified them to deliver kegs to uptown and the immediate area around it.

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Photo 11 Credit Blue Blaze BrewingSteve Turner, their head brewer, worked in Fort Collins, Colo., ground zero for craft brewing. Turner was a natural choice to join their team because his approach to brewing beer was similar to the two owners.

“We take classic German, English and America beers and re-interpret them,” Nunn said.

Right now, they are all working long days to bring this family- and dog-friendly brewery to the Charlotte public by spring 2016.

“We put a lot of ourselves into this,” Nunn said. “We are all in.”

Blue Blaze Brewing: 528 S Turner Ave.

Photos: Blue Blaze Brewing

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