The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 631
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
3.56/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $
fought the pouring rain to find this place close to the train tracks. It doesn't look promising from the outside; less like a brewery and more like a meat packing plant where dreams go to die. I wasn't sure which door to go to, so I wrongly picked the one closest to my car. I found myself in a big empty space with what looked like some kind of class going on. Luckily, someone pointed me to the restaurant portion on the other side of the wall.
As much as this place is basically a warehouse, they do a good job on the interior. It is surprisingly welcoming with a ton of dark wood, long tables, German flags hanging from the rafters, and panels on the walls to deaden the noise. I've never been to Germany, but as far as German beer halls go, this one feels right.
The room is accentuated by two gigantic windows that gaze upon the brewing operation, which looks quite large from outside. It's probably the best option I've seen as far as giving visitors a glimpse of the brewing equipment without having it all up in their faces or in the way. And the restaurant didn't smell like brewery, so they must do a good job containing odors to the back.
The menu is a little limited; it features sausages imported from around the country and sides that can be prepared at the start of the day. I'm guessing they don't really have any cooking equipment in the back. I opted for two sausages - gyulai and knockwurst - and two sides. The sausages were excellent, and the sides were pretty on-point.
Fair warning - if you don't like vinegar, don't order the German sides.
As for the beer, it is clean and crisp and a damned good representation of the German style. If you don't like simple beers made with quality ingredients - if you must have 10 different malts and 60 plus IBUs - this is not your scene. There's beauty to be found in a well-done lager, though, as there's nothing to hide mistakes.
Everything is tasty, but my favorites were the dopplebocks. Then again, that's my favorite style to begin with. And taking it to the next level, they had one of their higher ABV bocks available aged in bourbon barrels. Also my favorite. The beer could have used a little less time in the barrels, as I thought the bourbon stole the show instead of adding a layer of complexity, but it was still damn good.
The one negative comment I have is the service, and it wasn't the servers fault. Somebody must have called in sick, because on a Saturday near lunch time they only had two servers and a busser working the giant room. As such, I had to flag people down whenever I wanted something. But once I did, they were friendly and quick.
Overall, I'd be back if I lived nearby, both for some sausage and some bock. Well done.
01-17-2014 19:27:07 | More by bigkingken
3.79/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Big building that is divided into the main beer hall and a reception hall that is available for rentals. Couple of fire pits out front, as well as some cornhole boards and plenty of seating. Inside, the place has a great vibe, with an open, beer hall feel. Long, L-shaped bar all the way towards the back of the main room, and you can see in to the brewing area behind the bar. 6 taps going, with a decent rotation of seasonal offerings. Swing top growlers are available of a few of the tap offerings, as well as some bottles of the other taps. Didn't get around to any of the food while we were there, but I did spot some of the pretzels, and they looked pretty damn good. The staff was fairly helpful behind the bar, and friendly. Looking forward to getting back there again for some more of their winter releases.
11-16-2013 02:32:58 | More by GarthDanielson
4.3/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went there on Saturday October 19 2013 Loved it! The atmosphere is great for drinking beer. the people working were very nice. the tour was very good worth going to. The beer is great the mectoberfest is one of the best octoberfest beers i've had. It is also very easy to get to its right off I77
10-20-2013 17:23:25 | More by danc50
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Friday night visit saw a somewhat sparse but happy crowd of all sorts of folks and families. I did not get immediate attention as to how things work here. It's a nice open atmosphere that's clean and relaxed with ails German theme evident. I requested help and received very friendly attention and prompt service. The beer is pretty much all German derived so if you're craving a hopped up American IPA prepare yourself for different pleasures. And the beer was very good based on the three varieties I had. They had 6 or 7 different styles available at the time and you could order a half pint or full pint at reasonable prices. The food includes some American sand which type faire as well as some nice wurst / weiner options. I opted for the wurst with several sides and it was very tasty. Served on paper plates at big picnic tables, or beer hall type tables. All in all, a very enjoyable dinner and beer experience which you need to make part of your Charlotte experience. It appears they will Beijing to a bigger and better location just down the street from their current site. Should be exciting. I think they should make the greeting of new guests a little more efficient and they need to work on their tee shirt inventory!
08-10-2013 16:03:02 | More by Durge
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is in the south end, a few blocks off of a very modern light rail line. Starting a few blocks north the area is very high end middle class and upper class trendy. Looking around the immediate area it was within the recent past downscale, with razor wire in many spots. I was told they are moving within the next little while, at least the tap room portion and most of the equipment. They are also going to silos, which is good because they have a huge area of grain bag pallets.
They have many large tanks, but only a 12 barrel tun and kettle. They are running long shifts to keep up with demand. They also take back growlers, and clean and fill them on the line and recirculate them that way, which I was told until recently was the law in NC, and now they prefer it due to QA issues with the customers.
The taproom is very sparse but nice indoors, think festhall, with outdoor tables for bikers and dog lovers and such. The food is German festhall, and very good. I was told they make it on site.
The Copper (Alt) is very good, as is the Pale Ale. Both could serve as style reference beers. The Dunkel is also good. I am sure the Wit is great, too many years of Oberon has spoiled my taste for normal, style correct, wits.
07-11-2013 15:04:57 | More by TheFunGuy
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Finally, after six years of living in South Carolina... A place to call home that is not in Asheville. I visited Olde Meck with a dear friend of mine on 03 November 2012.
Admittedly, I was apprehensive about visiting OMB. After all, it was a two hour drive from Upstate, SC. Upon entering the industrial park area on Southside where OMB is house, I was thinking bad thoughts. Upon hitting the parking lot, the traditional Biergarten bench style seating and mature trees made me think better. And then, we walked inside. Amazing. Deep and rich in its wooden base with exposed brick walls. A brilliant use of the space.
Ryan, one of the fine folks at OMB, was kind enough to arrange for a private tour for us. But first, a Bier. The Bier at OMB is, in brief, German. Their flagship brew is the Copper, a traditional Düsseldorf Altbier. Delicious. The Mecktoberfest was, arguably, one of my favorites made domestically. The malt lighter than many here or the exported Märzenbiers we get from Germany in August. Delicious, again.
The food menu, while brief, is spot on. Delicious brats, surprisingly good sausages and potato salad that while it is outside of my norm in terms of preparation was pleasing and offered a nice balance to the sausage and beers.
Having grabbed a few growlers to go, there is no hesitation when I say that OMB events will be firmly planted on my calendar, complete with the release of the Bauern Bock this coming week and the Dunkel lager in December... Both of which, well, are unofficially sublime.
While the German Bier styles are not necessarily en vogue in the NC/SC region, OMB is doing a damn fine job of keeping it wimple while making it damn delicious and entertaining in the process. I look forward to supporting them well into the future.
11-04-2012 21:11:04 | More by goindownsouth
4.72/5 rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
A great little piece of Germany transported into Charlotte, NC. Tables even imported from there. Only inhouse brews available and one of the seasonals had just run out, leaving three beers to sample (plus an extra from an archival bottle).
I met the owner and Mr. Self, who showed me around and explained the brewery's philosophy of making German style beer true to the 1516 purity laws. Also keeping seasonals actually seasonal.
The pils was great, reminding me a lot of my years in Germany. I would put it up against anything imported (and the plus is that it's fresher). The dunkle was also very nice and had exellent mouth feel. The amber (the flagship beer) was also nice, although alts are not my favorite.
The food was typical German fare (not the best thing for a vegetarian) and the service was friendly, knowledgeable and fast.
Worth a visit.
01-09-2012 22:06:32 | More by damjadi
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $
First off this brewery may appear poorly rated by me because the selection category is weak however this seems to be a brewery that specializes in certain genres and they do that well so though the selection is narrow, overall quality is very good. I did not try the food. The atmosphere seemed good but it was slow when I was there as they had just opened. The service was ok as we'll. They were out if their Christmas ale 5 days before Christmas which I was disappointed in. They had a lot of bochs but the quality of these was excellent. Prices were good and they allow it's order half pints which I liked as I wanted to try all of them. Overall this seems like a nice up and conning brewery.
12-22-2011 03:21:21 | More by kylehay2004
3.9/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
Nice place with an authentic German feel. They have now started serving a limited menu; mainly bratwurst, pretzels and the like.
The service is good, the waitresses are quite attentive on making sure you don't run out of beer.
They have tours on Saturdays, which are interesting and informative. Kind of a small brewery right now, but well laid out and kept in order.
Unfortunately, they only have two year round beers on tap, a Bavarian Lager and an Altbeer. And only one seasonal at a time. They haven't done any one offs or specialty beers to help fill out the tap list. On the upside the beers that they do have are terrific.
It really is a nice place that is comfortable to hang out with some friends and have a few beers. The only complaint that I would have is the fact that there are only three beers on thier tap list at any given time, it would be nice to see at least four or five.
11-21-2011 17:46:48 | More by CBlack85
4.04/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on a Thursday evening, October 2011:
Upon arriving at the brewery, I noticed the great bready aroma that was hanging over the outside of the building. This always gives me a great feeling when walking into an establishment. I visited while on a business trip to Charlotte and was planning on having dinner, but we ended up just having a few beers while were there once we looked over the menu. Not that the food looked bad, German fare, it was just not what we were looking for. Also note that they do not accept American Express.
We arrived at around 6pm and were promptly greeted and seated upon entering the establishment, but noticed that there were only about 8 or so others there. By the time that we left, which was probably around 7:30-8pm, there were only as many people if not fewer, so the atmosphere suffered a bit there. Although, while we were there, probably 10 or so people walked in for growler fills. The place had a good size to it; the bar probably had a dozen spots or more and plenty of tables. If the place was full, I could see the place really having a great atmosphere. I believe that night, they had maybe 8 beers on tap and I ordered the Olde Mecklenburg Mecktoberfest, which was excellent, possibly one of the best Marzens that I have tried.
This is probably a place that any BA needs to stop by and get some of the best beer in Charlotte. I just wish that we had a brewery like this in or around Atlanta. I will definitely be back the next time that I am in town.
11-08-2011 20:39:52 | More by PhillyStyle
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC
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