May 30, 2023 - Food and Drink

See inside Sycamore Brewing’s new two-story South End location

Sycamore Brewing's new South End home in The Line.

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Light bulbs spell out “Sycamore” on the second-floor patio of a new mixed-use development in South End, a neighborhood that looks drastically different compared to when Sycamore Brewing first opened.

Driving the news: Sycamore’s new location opens on May 31.

State of play: The brewery closed its original location on Hawkins Street last fall to prepare to move into a new 21,000-square-foot space next door at 2151 Hawkins St.

Why it matters: Sycamore is among the top beer producers in North Carolina, according to data from the Brewers Association. Over the years, its original taproom became one of South End’s most popular hangouts.

Flashback: Sycamore has evolved just like South End.

  • The brewery opened in 2014 in a renovated auto garage, in a part of South End that was full of old industrial buildings and long-empty factories.
  • In 2019, owners Sarah and Justin Brigham sold their 1.6-acre property for $9 million to developer Portman Holdings.
  • Today, high-tech office towers, luxury apartments and trendy shops fill South End.
Sycamore owner, Sarah Brigham in the new space. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore owner, Sarah Brigham in the new space. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Details: The brewery’s new two-story taproom includes a 6,000-square-foot second-floor patio and bar with rail trail and skyline views and the brewery’s Airstream food truck from the original location. The truck will serve classic burgers, plus vegan options.

  • Sycamore’s 11,000 square feet of biergarten space will be dog-friendly.
  • The property will include Sycamore’s new coffee shop on the first floor.
  • Sycamore is in a new mixed-use development called The Line. It will be open daily from 7am until midnight.
  • Parking onsite costs $5 for the first 90 minutes, which you will need to get validated at Sycamore. After 90 minutes, parking fees cost the standard garage rates.

Menu: The taproom’s menu includes a tart flambé pizza ($16), cheese pizza ($13), whipped goat cheese ($11) and an Italian sandwich ($12.50).

  • Drinks include frosé, boozy popsicles, beer floats, cider, wine and cocktails on tap. There’s also grab-n-go breakfast, lunch and dinner in the biergarten and coffee shop daily, plus brunch on the weekends. Beers on draft start at $7. Wines start at $12.
  • Cocktails on tap include a frozen margarita ($12), Bermuda rum swizzle ($13), frozen espresso martini ($14) and Aperol spritz ($14).

Of note: Sycamore started roasting its own coffee for coffee beers, like the coffee vanilla blonde ale, at its production facility in the Lockwood neighborhood near Camp North End.

Italian sandwich ($12.50). Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Italian sandwich ($12.50). Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore's tart flambé pizza ($16) in the upstairs biergarten. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Tart flambé pizza ($16). Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore's cheese pizza ($13) overlooking the rail trail. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Cheese pizza ($13) with a view of the rail trail. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Whipped goat cheese ($11). Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Whipped goat cheese ($11). Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
  • The coffee shop will also serve in-house cookies, plus pastries from local bakers. Drinks in the coffee shop start at $3.

Bonus: Sycamore’s run club meets every Wednesday at 6pm.

Sycamore chai latte ($4.50). Photo:Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Chai latte ($4.50). Photo:Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Zoom out: Sycamore has a seven-state footprint. You can buy their beer at retailers in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia, co-owner Sarah Brigham tells Axios.

What’s next: They’re looking at distributing in more states and into adding taprooms. Charleston and Wilmington are at the top of Brigham’s list, Brigham tells Axios.

  • There isn’t a timeline for expansion, she adds, but they’ll pursue it more once the new space opens.

Take a look around. 

Go deeper: Check out more anticipated openings.

Sycamore sign on the second-floor biergarten.
Sycamore sign on the second-floor biergarten. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore's second-floor biergarten. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore’s second-floor biergarten. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore Brewing's second-floor biergarten.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
First-floor of Sycamore Brewing's new South End location.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore Cafe. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore Cafe. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore Brewing's new South End space in The Line.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore's Mountain Candy, India pale ale. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Mountain Candy, India pale ale. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore's Mountain Candy beer in front of the new mural.
Sycamore owner Sarah Brigham describes the space as “Carolina casual.” Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore's second floor looking out onto the rail trail.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on March 28 and updated on May 30.

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