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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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10 Beers
939 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 34
Visits: 85
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: 85
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 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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

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.

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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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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 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 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 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 joe1510
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Olde Meck is tucked away in an industrial park. Outside the front door sits a handful of picnic tables, umbrellas, and beanbags. Stepping inside you are greeted by a high-ceilinged, open, beer hall-esque seating area. The bar sits at the back left corner with a nice display of glassware and a tv opposite. On my recent visit there were only three beers available due to their packing up and moving.

Service was friendly though there wasn't much interaction, simply ordering a beer and pretzel. The pilsner was top notch, clean and delicious as most of Olde Meck's beers seem to be. The pretzel was hot, chewy, salty, and served with a delicious spicy mustard. Prices are very reasonable. I went during the day on a Saturday so there were a couple picnic tables full outside and a few tables full inside but it was quiet for the most part. A nice place with, from what I hear, a good selection. Seems I went at the wrong time considering the move. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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