INDIAN TRAIL – For the past two and a half years, staff at Sweet Union Brewing have collected knick-knacks and funky items from thrift stores and yard sales to display on their walls. They say it adds to their personality.
Individuality is an important part of Sweet Union’s brand, according to taproom manager Rachel Pound.
“We’re quirky,” Pound said. “I feel like we’re all just a bunch of goofballs and you can see that on the walls, in the decorations and the names of the beers. We’re like a little family. I went and hired all of my friends.”
Pound said the owners of Sweet Union opened the brewery after formerly owning a store that sold home brewing supplies. She said they originally wanted to open a brewery in Monroe, but Indian Trail ended up being a perfect spot for them.
They brew beer frequently. Pound said it can take up to two weeks for the beer to be done.
As taproom manager, Pound manages the day-to-day operations of the brewery. She runs Sweet Union’s social media accounts, books food trucks and bands for the weekends, ensures the happiness of all staff and gets to interact with customers.
Meeting people from the community is her favorite part of the job.
“I’ve lived here for 17 years, but I never really felt part of the community until I started working here because I get to meet everyone who lives around me,” Pound said.
The brewery holds different events each month, from “painting and pints” to karaoke nights.
“We’ve always got a lot of fun stuff going on around here,” employee Erica Pope said. “It’s always a good time.”
Each beer has a unique story. One of the beers, Little Lucille Kolsch, is named after Pope’s daughter. The Indian Trailen coffee-bourbon brown ale combines the best of the town’s local brewing, distilling and coffee roasting. Other beers include the Astro Pterodactyl IPA, the No Cream No Sugar Coffee Blonde, and the Mammoth Tracks Imperial Stout. Pound said some beers are on tap more frequently than others, but all are enjoyable.
Charlotte resident Amanda Shankwiler said though she does not live near Indian Trail, she thinks the beers and the atmosphere at Sweet Union make her inclined to return in the future.
“It’s a brewery with a story,” Shankwiler said. “I love the things on the walls and the personality.”
The brewery also serves popcorn, cider, soda and other non-alcoholic drinks. Board and arcade games can be found inside, making it a family-friendly and dog-friendly environment.
“We’re very people-oriented,” Pound said. “We really love people. That’s our thing, besides making amazing beer. We want this to be a place where people can feel comfortable and welcomed and loved.”