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Best Local Breweries and Bottle Shops in Lake Norman, NC

Two women toasting local craft beer on the sand next to a warm fire at their StayLakeNorman waterfront vacation rental.

When you’re a guest with StayLakeNorman, the lake is the star, but you’ll also find an abundance of fun to be had in our community. While the activities change with the seasons, it’s always a good time of year to explore Lake Norman’s local breweries and bottle shops. Breweries are plentiful here, and each offers something unique. Whether you are looking for a place to hang for a casual night out or a curated selection of drinks to take home, you will find every opportunity to sip in style (whatever your style may be) at these local establishments.


D9 Brewing Company
9815 Sam Furr Rd, Suite J #313

With a community-oriented taproom and peaceful outdoor space, D9 is an ideal place to gather with a group and sample some of Lake Norman’s award-winning brews. Don’t forget to check out the events calendar – they always have a number of things going on! On weekends, you can typically find a food truck parked outside, or you can always order Mexican food from a local Lake Norman restaurant to be delivered to the taproom.

Primal Brewery
16432 Old Statesville Rd

Primal Brewery craft beer glass being filled at the tap.

Inside, Primal Brewery has “low ceilings, warm finishes, and no TVs” to promote a sense of community and conversation. Outside, the beer garden is extensive with picnic tables, fire pits, and a steady rotation of some of the area’s most popular food trucks. You will have no problem finding a spot to relax, unwind, and drink like a local here.

Ass Clown Brewing
10620 Bailey Rd E

Ass Clown Brewing specializes in bold and unique flavors and has one of the largest selections of beer of any local brewery. The taproom is tucked away in an industrial park, but it is cozy and welcoming once you’re inside. Food is not available on site, but there are many restaurants on Lake Norman from which to order, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Lost Worlds Brewing
19700-D One Norman Blvd

At Lost Worlds Brewing the vibe is all about adventure. An impressive taproom leads to an expansive (and dog friendly) beer garden. From live music to yoga classes to pop-up markets and a rotating selection of food trucks, there’s always something happening at Lost Worlds!

Hoptown Brewing Co
107 Plantation Ridge Dr

Hoptown is known for serving a wide variety of beers with different tasting profiles that appeal to different tastes. Among the most popular is their “Sip it Forward” blonde ale, which allows you to give back to a charity of your choice by voting with a token that comes with your beer. Pizza and Mexican food are available to order from one of the nearby Lake Norman restaurants, along with bar snacks and charcuterie boards in house.

People drinking Hoptown Brewing craft beer on a busy outdoor patio at dusk.

King Canary Brewing Co
562 Williamson Rd

King Canary Brewing Company craft beer brewing equipment

King Canary Brewing was built on “love of family” and the homey vibe inside conveys this immediately. The outside provides a peaceful place to sit awhile and enjoy the water views of Lake Norman cove. Here you’ll find a space that appeals to everyone in your crew, including a gaming nook for the kids! Check the calendar online to be in the know about fun food truck appearances, special events like trivia and workshops and even the occasional pop-up market!

Ghostface Brewing
427 East Statesville Ave

Ghostface Brewing is your place for both great beer and an extensive menu – the highlight being their wood-fired pizzas. Everything is made from scratch using high-end, local ingredients. Live music and trivia nights add to the friendly and welcoming vibe you’ll notice right when you walk in the door.

Bottle Shops

Barley Market
20052 Zion Ave

Barley Market is a tucked-away neighborhood bottle shop and tasting room with a rotating list of favorite beers on tap. You can also create your own 6-pack of craft beer or pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy at home! It’s a casual and comfortable place to chill out and enjoy the ones you’re with!

Side Bar Bottle Company
208 S Main St

This new spot in downtown Davidson boasts a chic and intimate atmosphere for a drink or two before heading out to dinner or maybe on your way home from one of the awesome Lake Norman restaurants in the area. While you can certainly stop in and find a curated wine and beer selection to go, the spot is so adorable you’ll be tempted to stay awhile.

B Squared Bottle Shop and Tasting Room
13812 Cinnabar Place

The tasting room at B Squared is large yet cozy with exposed brick walls and string lights. They serve high-end small plates to accompany your selections from among the varied, rotating brews on tap. Of course, the retail space offers plenty of enticing options to take home with you as well!

Beer, Wine, and Food Delivered

And if you’re a guest at a StayLakeNorman waterfront vacation rental and just aren’t up for going out, keep in mind that Carolina Gourmet offers gourmet meal delivery accompanied by local beer and wine if you choose.

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