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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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The Olde Mecklenburg BreweryThe Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 836
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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

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.

(Place added by: papat444 on 01-29-2009)
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OMBeer, Jan 24, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

bigkingken, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

dvmin98, Jan 13, 2014
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qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Soto, Nov 24, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

GarthDanielson, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

dailyminefield, Nov 12, 2013
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garuda, Oct 29, 2013
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Kegatron, Oct 22, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

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

danc50, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Bung, Oct 14, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

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!

Durge, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

TheFunGuy, Jul 11, 2013
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.