Brewery bringing craft beer experience, multi-level patio to Wesley Heights

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What do you get when you mix a talented Michigan brewer, Scandinavian hops and a multi-level wrap-around patio? You get Traust Brewing Company, a new brewery coming to the Wesley Heights neighborhood this fall.

“Being in the foothills below Asheville, one of the greatest craft beer cities in the world, Charlotte craft beer enthusiasts have proven their thirst for beer,” founder Eric Stevens said.

“This city is a melting pot of people from all over who come together to create this vortex—a self-perpetuating need for innovation balanced with their own regional traditions. The Traust team is trying to seize the opportunity to help shape a beer culture diverse in taste and help people along their path to enjoyment of craft beer however we can. But in the end, Charlotte is home, and these are the people we want to make beer for.”

The team at Traust isn’t new to the brewing and food-service world. Ryan Walsh, the official brewer at Traust, has experience in the craft beer scene from his time in Michigan. Native Charlottean and longtime restauranteur Kevin Parker will take on the task of serving as director of hospitality.

Courtesy of Traust Brewing Company

The 10,600 square-foot brewery will feature a rustic yet refined Scandinavian aesthetic. The beer terrace will be a multi-level wrap-around patio that will offer plenty of seating for guests and even a place for their dogs. Inside, an event space will double as a barrel room for guests to enjoy when it’s not being occupied for private events.

Looking for a place to catch the game? The brewpub space will have TVs for guests to catch their favorite teams in action. Traust will also have a full kitchen serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch to go along with the seasonal beer selections.

The brewery plans to offer a plethora of beer styles, from the traditional ones we all know and love to new and emerging styles for us to grow to love.

“We hope to transport our customers out of their world, if for only a moment, to be immersed in our version of a craft beer experience,” Stevens said. 

Traust Brewing Company will open at 2215 Thrift St., across from Lucky Dog Bar and Brew.


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