New brewery signs lease on South Mint Street

A new Charlotte brewery has signed a lease for 22,500 square feet at the former South End Fieldhouse building on South Mint Street and expects to be fully operational at the site in October.

The Unknown Brewing Co., headed by Brad Shell, plans to start renovating the space at 1327 S. Mint St. next week and is shooting for a soft opening at its taproom in time for the Carolina Panthers’ second preseason game. The grand opening for the 30-barrel brewery is planned for mid to late October, Shell says. (Unknown Brewing’s building is only a couple of blocks from the Charlotte Business Journal, so you may notice a slight dip in production at Real Estate Roundup in mid to late October.)

Shell, a native of Atlanta, has 10 years of experience working for well-known craft breweries such as SweetWater Brewing Co., Terrapin Beer Co. and Rogue Ales. At Unknown, he expects the menu to include a West Coast-style IPA, a Pale Ale, a Hefeweizen, seasonals, “and a bunch of crazy beers and collaborations.”

“Our brewery is called The Unknown Brewing Co., so we’re going to do a lot of crazy stuff coming out of the gate,” he says.

Charlotte City Council members approved new rules last week that clear the way for breweries to set up shop in urban neighborhoods and in larger spaces. Read more on the impact here. Last week, the owner of the Unknown Brewing building gained a rezoning for the property to a light industrial district, with a transit-supportive overlay as well.

A company managed by Kal Kardous, retired founder of Charlotte Copy Data, purchased the 32,500-square-foot Fieldhouse facility at the intersection of South Mint and Lincoln Streets in March for $2.18 million. Kardous bought an adjoining property at the corner of Lincoln and South Church totaling approximately 6,000 square feet this month for $300,000.

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