Fall also brings seasonal beers to the Queen City’s dozens of breweries. This time of year, NoDa Brewing Co. boasts its award-winning Gordgeous ale, infused with pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and spices. And the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, the city’s oldest, celebrates Mecktoberfest (September 17–19, 24–26) in its sprawling beer garden with special beers, tasty German-style pretzels, and other bites. Birdsong Brewing Co., Legion Brewing, and Wooden Robot Brewery are also worth a visit, as is the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s Pump House Biergarten, which serves local brews like Triple C Brewing Co.’s Golden Boy, Sycamore Brewing’s Mountain Candy, and rotating seasonal options.


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