Sorry to hear you don't like the area. I just saw your post and would have tried to meet up with you. Unfortunately I'm in the middle of building a house so no brewing right now. I'm about 45 min north of the greater Charlotte area, but get down there a couple times a month.
Have you tried visiting some of the local breweries? Triple C, NoDa, and Birdsong are a few good ones in Charlotte. There's always Olde Mecklengburg as well. I'd also recommend going to the new BB&T Baseball park to catch a game, visit EpiCenter in downtown, and hit a few of the bars down there.