The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.87/5
Based on:
20 Beers
278 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 32
Visits: 80
rAvg: 4
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

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Place added by: papat444 on 01-29-2009

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) was founded so that people in the Charlotte region could finally enjoy world class beer fresh from the lager tanks. The way beer was meant to be enjoyed. We use only the highest quality ingredients and employ traditional, intensive brewing methods to transform these ingredients into beer that's full flavored yet light and very refreshing. In short, beer that will satisfy all of your senses. Though more costly to produce, we think you'll agree that the result is worth it. And because the brewery is located in south Charlotte we are able to deliver ultra-fresh draft beer weekly to your favorite local establishment.
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Reviews: 32 | Visits: 80
Reviews by Onenote81:
Photo of Onenote81
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
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! (886 characters)

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Photo of mwaltz99
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of srletend
2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
4.64/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of eaker
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,571 characters)

Photo of kjmass
3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
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? (1,017 characters)

Photo of Terp96
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of Foomanchoo
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mbfolk
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Photo of Jamato14
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of ILMbrew
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
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. (213 characters)

Photo of evan35
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
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! (483 characters)

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4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +11%

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

This place is literally on the other side of the tracks.

For what it's worth the interior is reminiscent of a German hunting lodge/beer hall. I believe the owner spent quite a bit of time in Germany and modeled the taproom on beer halls he visited. Massive dark wood wall panels (oak or walnut) rise up 10 + feet and have an aged look. Banquet hall chandeliers and flags of the German provinces add to the aura. You can definitely picture some antlers, a fireplace, or bear rugs here.
I did not try the food but everyone else seemed to, which might suggest that it is good. They have tours of the actual brewery which can be seen through the glass behind the bar. Very casual, you can hop on and jump out as needed to get a refill.
The beers only elevate the experience, and make this an outstanding establishment . Pils, dunkel, and christmas seasonals were amazing. Not too impressed with the weiss and underwhelming style to begin, this and underwhelming flavor. I didn't have much interactions with the service staff, but they flaunted their southern hospitality well. (1,074 characters)

Photo of deviantone
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

The new location is awesome!! Great bar, nice out door space, great staff and awesome food! (92 characters)

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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC
90 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.