I’m not going to turn down the opportunity to visit a brewery at 10 a.m. on a Friday.
I stopped by Three Spirits Brewery last week to meet owner and brewmaster Tabu Terrell, who will open Charlotte’s newest brewery Saturday, Nov. 21.
Other than needing a few finishing touches — like putting tables and chairs out and installing a TV or two — the location on Old Pineville Road near Tyvola looked ready to go when I visited.
Here’s what you need to know, with some photos sprinkled in:
– Terrell, a emergency medicine physician who moved to Charlotte in 2002, started home brewing as a way to relax during his residency in Indiana. In 2012, he decided to quit his job at the hospital to open the brewery, which sounds equal parts exciting and terrifying.
– The name Three Spirits comes from “A Christmas Carol.” At the beginning of the story, Scrooge had money but no close relationships, and he wasn’t happy. Terrell saw himself going down a similar path, with his work as an emergency medicine physician keeping him away from his family.
He hopes opening the brewery will allow him to do something he loves while spending more time with his wife and two young children.
– Terrell’s beer philosophy: easy-drinking “comfort beers.” The core beers will be an amber lager, a golden ale with apricot, an IPA, a brown ale, and a honey porter, with seasonal brews mixed in.
He’s mostly self-taught — a background in science helps — but he did take classes through the Siebel Institute, a technical institute in Chicago focused on brewing.
– The dividers in the taproom mark what Terrell calls the “curmudgeon corners” — little nooks that will have a chair or two for people to sit away from the main crowd in the tap room for the anti-social beer drinkers among us.
He wants the family- and dog-friendly taproom to have a relaxed vibe.
“I’m getting to that age where I don’t want to be at the loudest bar in the world,” said Terrell, 43. “So I don’t want to run the loudest bar in the world.”
Photos: Corey Inscoe