MONROE – Southern Range Brewing in Monroe has video games, board games, a graffiti mural and a variety of beers on tap. But unlike other breweries in Union County, they don’t have a production facility directly inside of the establishment.
Rather, the brewers produce and can the beer in a large 30-barrel warehouse just minutes away from the brewery’s downtown Monroe location.
Brewery owner Dustin Gatliff said many do not know about the warehouse location, but he thinks it’s a great space for making beer.
Opening a brewery and using a production facility in Monroe was a “no-brainer” for Gatliff.
“We chose Monroe because we live in Monroe,” Gatliff said. “There’s a really cool downtown, historic, a lot going on, plenty of things that could go on and we found a really good location downtown, a great taproom that had parking.”
Three and a half years later, the brewery has many regulars and new customers, according to Gatliff.
Southern Range features indoor and outdoor seating, a stage and televisions that broadcast sports games for guests to enjoy. They also host events like “ugly sweater” parties and live music.
Gatliff enjoys all aspects of running the brewery. He enjoys experimenting with the beer. He also gets to express his creative side through Southern Range’s beer cans, which he designs himself.
“I originally went to school for graphic design,” Gatliff said. “I’ve always been a huge fan of it. It’s also very expensive to hire a graphic designer, so I tried it myself and learned a lot in the process.”
Southern Range works with distributors in the Carolinas. Visitors can also buy cans at the brewery.
Charlotte resident Christina Funk said while the brewery is far from where she lives, the beer’s quality and taste would definitely make her want to go back, or buy the beer where it is distributed.
Southern Range has a wide variety of beers, but their most popular is “Hopsequences,” which Gatliff described as a New England-style IPA with hints of citrus.
Other popular beers include the “Now That’s What I Call Juice” guava IPA, “Neapolitan Stout” and “Ice Cube’s A Pimp” IPA. Gatliff and the bartenders at Southern Range also enjoy naming the beers, as it gives them a chance to showcase their personalities. They try to include something for everyone.