Jan 5, 2022 - Food and Drink

Sneak Peek: Resident Culture’s new South End taproom now open

Resident Culture South End

Resident Culture South End. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Resident Culture, the popular brewery that quickly turned heads with its space and hazy beers after its 2017 opening in Plaza Midwood, now is taking its talents to South End. And it’s bringing a few friends along with it.

Inside a 17,000-square-foot space on Bland Street, the new Resident Culture will also be home to El Toro Bruto (formerly the popular Chilito Taco pop-up) and Mostra Coffee.

“This had always been a dream for us and this space was just so beautiful,” co-owner Amanda McLamb tells Axios Charlotte. “We really had hopes for the future here.”

What to expect: The taproom opens Friday. It has two main spaces, The Lightning Drops Bar and the Lagerfest dining area. Both use murals and design elements created by staff designer Maryssa Pickett to immerse guests into the artwork found on Resident Culture’s beer can labels.

  • “Every single one of these spaces is inspired as if you took a jump inside of one of their labels that she has created for us,” McLamb says.
  • There’s also a 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio, a DJ booth that overlooks the bar and, on the lower level, a 6,800-square-foot wedding and event space that will be called the Gilded Cellar at Resident Culture. (The Gilded Cellar is expected to be complete in February 2022).
Resident Culture Brewing South End
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Food & drink: El Toro Bruto will start off serving its All Day Tacos ($3.50) and eventually add its popular breakfast tacos and scratch-made pastries to the menu.

  • The Taco Bruto ($6.50+), which features crispy griddled cheese inside the tortilla with beans and protein, is a must-try.
  • As McLamb puts it: “There’s nothing that goes better with beer than tacos in so many ways.”

Location: Find Resident Culture at 332 West Bland St. sandwiched in between Slingshot and Ruby Sunshine. Hours are still being finalized but are currently Monday from 4-10pm, Tuesday through Thursday from 4-11pm, Friday and Saturday from noon to 2am, and Sunday from noon to 10pm.

Here’s a look around:

Resident Culture Brewing South End
This is the main taproom called The Lightning Drops Bar inspired by their Lightning Drops New England-style IPA. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
Resident Culture Brewing South End
At the center of the taproom is based on a label design by staff designer Maryssa Pickett. The sculpture itself was created and installed by Charlotte artist Jeff Hamrick.
Resident Culture Brewing South End
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
Resident Culture Brewing South End
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
Resident Culture Brewing South End
This DJ booth overlooks the entire taproom. Best seat in the house I.M.O. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
Resident Culture Brewing South End
Waiting booths/cozy conversation spaces. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
Resident Culture Brewing South End
In between the Lightning Drops taproom and the Lagerfest taproom sits El Toro Bruto. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
Resident Culture Brewing x El Toro Bruto South End
El Toro Bruto’s Chef Hector Gonzalez. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
Resident Culture Brewing x El Toro Bruto South End
El Toro Bruto’s breakfast tacos. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
Resident Culture Brewing South End
Lagerfest dining area. Mural by Maryssa Picket. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
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