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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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11 Beers
959 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
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 orcrist_cleaver
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Stop # 447 on my world brewery tour.

Very well done German-style establishment. Classy with tons of cash behind it. Lots of beer hall tables, no stools at the bar to watch the world series on on the three big screens.

Did all four beers in a flight and went back for the Alt (copper) and Pilsner. Very well done and as enjoyable as a place with no IPA's can be.

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Photo of damjadi
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Outstanding!! Great beer, excellent service, cool atmosphere. Has the feel of a true German beer hall. The servers are friendly and quick to make sure your glass never runs dry.

The beer is reasonable at $3.50 a pint or $1.75 a 1/2 pint. The growlers are quite reasonable also at $13.50 for 37 ounces and only $4.50 for a refill.

They have three offerings: the Copper is an alt beer, the Kolshner is a kolsh, and then a rotating seasonal offering. The current seasonal is a light Bavarian ale. Having tried the alt and kolsh I can say the beer is very high quality.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Loverly place, terrific beer. Inside looks like a German beer house, outside like a beer garden. Folks are friendly and it has long tables...(like a Bier Garden). I usually meet up with some Bavarian friends there (as Charlotte has an undue number of German businesses...). There are handmade benches on the wall (German style, of course) as well as German state flags hanging from the ceiling. Special hours were reserved for World Cup action....all in German tradition. John Marino, the CEO has a particular nack for choosing beautiful servers as well... and of course they are always fun.

Olde Meck is family friendly....I see people bring kids all the time, as it is no smoking inside (and outside there are plenty of breezes...) as well as dog friendly (outside).

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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 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 goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of SouthernBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is a place that every beer geek in Charlotte needs to visit. Following the Germany Purity Law with every brew they recreate German classics like Helles Lager, Altbier, Munich Dunkel, and Bocks. They have recently opened up the kitchen inside serving hot pretzels, hot dogs, and brats the German way. The brat is the way to go, perfectly cooked and full of flavor especially when covered in the spicy mustard.

This past weekend I stopped by there and exchanged three growlers and it seemed like there was a party being held there at the time ... we should have a BA party there !

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Photo of danc50
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of TheFunGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ncbeerdood
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Finally stopped into this place. Definitely off the beaten path, a buddy finally showed me exactly where they are located.

Very cool space...a true "beer hall" feel, fairly spartan decorations, no neon signs or anything obnoxious like that. Nice solid wood everything, and only one TV that doesn't dominate the space...definitely my style of drinking atmosphere. Servers seem to be all pretty girls, although thankfully not in any sort of cheesy outfits, and they don't treat you like a Hooters patron - just friendly and helpful.

I wish they'd so some "taproom exclusive" beers; pretty much every other brewery I've visited had something special while these guys had the three they offer all over the area. Damn fine beers still, but a cask or something different would have made it feel more like a destination.

Apparently they do tours on Saturdays, I can't comment on those as I went on a Thursday but I'll definitely be back to see the operations and meet the owners.

One complaint: REALLY wish they had food...I'd have stayed longer if I could eat. Didn't want to leave, but can't drink pint after pint without something in my belly! I recommend eating first if you're popping in.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been up to Olde Meck probably 8-10 times over the past few years, primarily to fill growlers full of lagers and bocks, and to enjoy a few pints while in the area.

they really did a nice job with the taproom on-site at the production facility - it's nice with ample seating and a standing-room bar - not sure why they didn't opt for barstools, but whatever.

the beer is always quite nice, and i've come to really appreciate the olde meck niche of rocking authentic german lagers and bocks. You won't find an IPA here, or a stout, or a shitty faux belgian, and that's OK.

beer is served in 1/2 pints, pints, and mugs with 37oz and 74oz growlers available to go. Prices are fair, service is strong, and there are some snacks on the premises.

this is really the only brewery in the area - they've got a great business model and should have continued success.

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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 TheKingofWichita
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Recently went there with a few friends for an Oktoberfest party (called Mecktoberfest.) All the staff were very nice and attentive. The selection was of their brews which are all very nice. The quality of the establishment is mostly unparalleled in the Charlotte area. The atmosphere was very fun and energetic. Everyone in the place seemed to be having a good time. The food was very good. I am not sure if it was contracted out for the event or if it was from the brewery itself, but either way it was really great. I will be going back again soon. It is rather inexpensive and I feel it would be a great place for anyone who enjoys good beer and good times.

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Photo of Dave021385
4.08/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I have been going to Olde Meck almost since it has been opened in Charlotte. The atmosphere is great ( like a German beer house ), the food is delicious, and the beer is spectacular. Olde Meck has German style brews like Copper and Mecklenburger which are amazingly refreshing on a hot summer day but can be easily enjoyed any time of the year.

Keep checking on Olde meck because they are always brewing something new. Every month or so they come over with a seasonal that is appropriate for the current season. I recently had a pilsner they will be starting to brew in mass quantities on 5/11 which was delicious. Most of the time though they seem to have run out of a type of beer so you never know quite what will be in stock.

They recently opened up the kitchen which serves up brats and preztels which happen to go wonderfully with their beer.

If you live in Charlotte or are just passing through, be sure to stop into olde meck. It has become one of my favorite places to relax and have a brew.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of DrStPaul
4/5  rDev -2%

Great new place they have here (they recently moved into a larger location and are still renovating some areas). Very spacious. Great place to have a large gathering (you can reserve large rooms for private parties) and they have a huge outdoor space for eating and playing games as well as a large bar and dining hall. German roots, authentic, 4 beer types on tap and 4 wines on hand at a time. Limited food options. They have stuck to their German roots and have a wonderful product.

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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 jpro
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I've been to OMB several times since they opened to hang out and have a few beers, take a tour of the brewery and/or just pop in for a growler fill. Its been interesting to see the place evolve over the last year and a half or so - from the plywood bar to the beer hall-esque feel it has today. My only gripe is the TV - probably not necessary in my opinion, but I'm sure the staff appreciates it on slow days. I really enjoy stopping by and having a beer or two and chatting with the owners and staff. Everyone there is helpful and friendly. On the weekends they usually have a guy in the parking lot slinging brats, which is a nice touch. They also have a couple of events a year, like the upcoming "Mecktoberfest." I always try to stop by when I'm in town. Very good, fresh, high quality beer here - I prefer the Copper altbier, myself.

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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 CBlack85
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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