The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.05/5 rDev -25.1%
Location off of South Blvd., fairly easy to find. Patio & deck outside, but wasn't being used due to rain. Inside was like a great beer hall you'd find in Germany, high ceilings, one large room, lots of picnic tables lined up in rows, round chandeliers, some standing room by the bar. A flight was $2, but they only have 3 beers.
Overall the service was great & welcoming. Food was average, all they have is brat in a bun with saurkraut or a bratwurst platter. I know what they are doing here, keeping it simple and remeniscent of traditional German beer halls, but unless that beer hall is jamb packed full of people, it feels REALLY empty. I went on a Friday night between 8-10pm too. But taking a step back it's probably the biggest tap room I've been too and could see it being pretty vibrant with lots of groups.
With no bar stools it makes it impossible to sit and talk 'beer talk' to the servers and it just lacked the same passion other breweries have for craft beer. The servers know about the beer, but not lacked a bit of the technical explanations that you'd maybe get at other breweries.
Also they only serve/brew 2 beers year-round, plus 1 seasonal. And no other options. So 3 beer choices and 2 food choices. Just felt too limited to "keep people coming back". Again to be fair though this place is just getting started and relatively new.
I'm glad Charlotte finally has a real brewery, but their selection of only Altbier & Helles Lager is too limited. To some degree you need to brew a little wider variety or brew the best Altbier or Helles Lager in the world to keep people coming back to drink the beer. This place does neither. Glad I tried it though.
01-10-2011 22:03:35 | More by Prospero
3.31/5 rDev -18.7%
Great tap with an authentic german feel. Would be nice for oktoberfest I'm sure. They have different food parties but don't serve food reguarly. The brewery tour is avialable but infortunaltely when I was there they were present at a beer fetival and the tours were closed. They onlt had the two main beers their and no seasonals currently. Both lagered ales. Hmmmm, unsure about that. But, they were decent beers and good prices. This is worth going to but don't expect alot. Not bad.
I would work on more ideas about making some more BA freindly beers. German lagers work decently locally but if they ever want to expamd the business in America they might need to sidetrack the purity laws. Making intresting and new beers works better.
04-23-2010 01:11:10 | More by CampusCrew
3.56/5 rDev -12.5%
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
3.66/5 rDev -10.1%
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!
09-24-2010 19:21:22 | More by Onenote81
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
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
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.