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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Based on:
11 Beers
958 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 34
Visits: 86
Avg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4150 Yancey Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28217
United States
phone: (704) 525-5644

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @oldemeckbrew

Place added by: papat444 on 01-29-2009

Founded in 2009, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is Charlotte’s first local brewery, igniting the ultra-premium beer scene in the region and continuing to be at the forefront of the local market ever since. OMB adheres to the oldest purity guidelines in the world, the German “Reinheitsgebot.” This law states there can be only four ingredients in beer: barley or wheat malt, hops, yeast and pure water. OMB was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list, one of only nine breweries included and the only in North Carolina. The brewery’s tour was named best in the country by the readers of USA Today. Try OMB because it’s local, drink it because it’s fresh.

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Reviews: 34 | Visits: 86
Reviews by Onenote81:
Photo of Onenote81
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Tried to stop by here before earlier, and it was closed. Tried one more time on my way out of town and they were open. Weird location, sort of in a back industrial area. Off the beaten path for sure. Nice little "beer garden" out front with some patio tables. Inside is wide open. Everything is wood and it looks cool. No real decor noted. The bar is in the back area with a large-paned window showing the actual brewery behind. One girl was working the bar. Very friendly and helpful. They only had 3 beers on tap, Copper, Kolsch, and their Mecktoberfest, which is what I was there for. I've heard good things, so I wanted to try it. They are really an inexpensive brewpub for sure. You can order a 1/2 pint, pint, or large mug of their beers. All reasonably priced. Growlers come in 2 sizes and are pretty cheap as well. Not a bad place. Glad I stopped. Their Meck'fest was excellent!

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Photo of rhester14
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ghowehattrick
5/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

On a weekend getaway to Charlotte, I had the pleasure of discovering the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Before coming, all I knew of OMB was the six packs I have seen at Total Wine in Greensboro. Upon arriving there, I thought for sure I was at the wrong place; there were several hundred cars parked all up and down the streets circling the area. I had merely assumed it would be a smaller place. I didn't know that the brewery sits on 8 acres with an enormous courtyard(sorry, biergarten) in the back. Upon walking around the side, I was blown away at the gathering of people there; inside and outside it seemed like there were 1,500 people. The start of the college football season had something to do with that I'm sure, as there are several big screen tv's inside the beer hall. Yet it was clear to see that going to OMB on the weekends is a go-to for a lot of people in Charlotte, and why not, the setting is inviting. The huge trees hanging over the tables in the biergarten, the crunch of the pea gravel beneath your feet, the weight of a just-poured glass of beer in your hand, the sound of a live band in the far corner of the property, the smoky scent of the food truck on the edge of the crowd all combine to tell you that you have stumbled into a very unique place. Charlotte, don't take this brewery for granted. Outstanding, unexpected surprise for me.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Beautiful place with feel of being in a German beer hall. Great German style beer. Expansive outdoor area with taps set up for large weekend crowds.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Visited this place early lunch time, the beerhall is large & has many aspects of the classic German bierhall, likewise the garten is very nice

All 4 beers were in fine form, my favorite was the Copper. All were true to style

Service was good & friendly

Only 6 beers on tap was hoping for a little more variety, but they had all appropriate styles for the season

Food was tasty, but pricey. Wish they had a little more variety on the German food...

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Photo of mwaltz99
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of srletend
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Apparently the new place. Big commercial brewery feel. Not my style--better off trying the beer at the many outlets around town that serve it imhb. YMMV.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of eaker
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The new location opened in 2014 and is very expansive. Outdoor seating in the biergarten can accommodate ~1000 people (yes 1000). They have outdoor taps which help with getting a beer during peak times. There are also fire pits for colder nights and area set aside for dogs.

Inside is large and as others have mentioned very similar to German Bier Halls. The issue with this is that when the place is full, which happens evenings and especially on Friday/Saturday nights, that it gets so loud it becomes very hard to have a conversation.

The place is moderately kid friendly and you will see infants and toddlers on a regular basis.

With the new location came an expanded menu. It covers the standard German fare and includes sandwiches, apps and a pizza or two. The pretzel is amazing, but you have to get it fresh.

Service is average during off-peak hours. During peak times when the place is starting fill up, it is challenging. The bar area is nice. It is large, but can fill up quickly. There are a few bar tables, but no chairs.

On the beer front, you will usually have 2 to 3 of the year long beers and maybe 1 to 2 seasonals. They only serve OMB beers on tap. They also have growler and keg service available.

Overall, OMB is one of the core breweries in Charlotte and they have grown significantly since 2009. Right now, I think they are going through some growing pains in the new place with a lot of new staff, but the core of OMB is still there.

Note: The photo is from the older location which is now occupied by Sugar Creek Brewing.

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Photo of kjmass
3.14/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

While the outdoor and indoor spaces are amazing and in immaculate condition, the beer is underwhelming and food even more so. I am admittedly not a big fan of German beers which follow the purity law; however, they do serve some that are outside of the German laws (a porter for instance) that are just not up to standards. Additionally, while not a big fan of German beers, I am a huge fan of German food. Unfortunately, their food left me unsatisfied as well (i got the bratwurst and knockwurst as part of the "teller" menu option). The German pretzel appetizer was definitely the highlight of the meal.

Last thing to note, we did take the tour and while the tour guide was entertaining, he managed to throw in a "shot" at other local breweries any chance he got for serving IPAs and other beers... This seemed amateurish at best, downright insulting at worst. I thought the whole point of local craft breweries was to support one another and their efforts? The search for better quality and openness to new ideas?

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Photo of Terp96
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Great German style beer hall. Wonderful outdoor space. Beer is generally well done but selection is limited. Only four beers on tap. Service is spotty. You don't have one dedicated server. You get the same questions from multiple servers because they are all working all of the tables. Food is amazing however. Great mix of traditional German faire and American standards.

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Photo of Foomanchoo
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mbfolk
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Photo of Jamato14
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of ILMbrew
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

When you walk into OMB, you're greeted with a huge German-style fest hall with a few long communal fest tables and small standing room barrel-style table tops scattered throughout. The bar is long and luxurious with multiple towers set up for serving. While OMB lacks and a selection of brewery only choices (their entire lineup is kegged and bottled for sale), they swap quantity for quality without fail. Everything on tap is fresh and delicious. From the lightest Pilsner to theif Baltic porter, every beer I've had from OMB is incredible. The brewery tour was awesome as well. About 45 minutes long, we moved around in a group of 4 ( the weather was awesome outside so we probably lucked out on the intimate tour) and learned about the process from A-Z. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Such an awesome experience.

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Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

I expected to find more of a selection or beers that were sold only in the brewery only to find the beers in the brewery can easily be found elsewhere around town and in the grocery stores. Food was rather bland.

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Photo of evan35
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I frequented the old location and was unsure how they could improve the experience. However, the new location offers an expanded experience- whether that be the bar (for game days), biergarten (during warm weather) or for a quick bite and fresh beer. This place is lost on some craft beer drinkers since they follow the bavarian beer laws, but to me the Mecktoberfest and Copper are two of the highest quality and most drinkable beers out of Charlotte. Wish I could go more often!

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Photo of One1Asterisk
4.65/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NCBrewmaster
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of doboy
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC
91 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.