The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

The Olde Mecklenburg BreweryThe Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
The Olde Mecklenburg BreweryThe Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4150 Yancey Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28217
United States

(704) 525-5644 | map
oldemeckbrew.com

Notes: Founded in 2009, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is Charlotte’s oldest 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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BEER STATS
Average:
4.01
Beers:
26
Reviews:
373
Ratings:
1,407
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.17
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
126
pDev:
11.99%
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biermark from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Vibe - The biergarten is very close to what is found in Germany - large area, lots of benches, outdoor cafeteria style serving area - this is about as close as it gets in the US
Quality - the bier is fresh and good
Service - 2 bars inside, cafeteria outside, food trailer outside
Selection - years ago I bashed OMB for no weiss bier - hornets nest was the answer but it's not quite the same as a Maisel or Paulaner - needs more banana & sweetness - pro tip-if you like white bier, go inside to get it in the right glass, outside is will be in a 1/2L mug
Food - good selection and good service even when slammed

Feb 12, 2019
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Deluu from North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -44.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1 | food: 2

Brewery for the masses. The facility is large, with great outdoor space. Modeled after traditional German beer hall. They are probably the largest brewery by volume in charlotte but don't expect anything interesting beer wise. Everything they make is for the masses. Charlotte has an excellent beer scene and this is like TGI fridays.

Nov 28, 2018
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OhioKevin4 from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Spent a Saturday afternoon here with my father drinking their traditional German style beers. The atmosphere was fun, band playing and customers brought their dogs to the outdoor beer garden. Very good and informative free brewery tour. Servers knowledgeable about the “Reinheitsgebot” brewing laws that this brewery follows. Overall a great experience and would/will return one day. We didnt eat so I know no nothing about the food but it looked good. If you want a solid tasting, fresh German style brew and can't make it to Germany, stop by this place.

Nov 15, 2018
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hottenot from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Really nice outfit. if you want the full menu, you have to sit inside. Curry wurst is not authentic. Service is pretty good. No problem getting a beer. Food is meh though.

Update. They have vastly improved the currywurst, so I take back the meh comment.
This place reminds me of Oktoberfest. On all the time. I lived in Germany for 30 months and rarely went to a place this large. Believe me when I say that this is as close to German beer you will find almost anywhere in the USA.
My kind of place was a hole in the wall called Im Fass. It's not called that anymore. Now it is called Soweiso. And has turned into a popular club. Still in the same hole.

Get the Salzkartoffeln for a real German twist.

Sep 28, 2018
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Billolick from New York

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Large place with more then ample out door seating......German theamed through and through, food, beer, ambiance....I sadly got a "Disney land" kinda feel from this place...as in...nothing was real, nothing I really could relate to....decent place to take the kids...other wise pass it up for the host of other real beer kinda places in town.

Aug 23, 2018
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I visited Olde Mecklenburg Brewery on 7/26/18, mostly to sample some local Charlotte beer, and to bring a couple six packs home. I was immediately impressed with the big the place is. Their beirgarten is huge. The taproom looks like a German beer hall. I think they had 6 beers on tap. I tried the helles lager, and thought it was fantastic. The bartenders were super friendly and helpful. As far as beer to go, they had 6 packs, 12 packs and what looked like pre-filled growlers. Everything seemed reasonably priced as well. I hope to get back some day.

Jul 27, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dec 2017 - outskirts of Charlotte but reachable by the light rail with small walk. German bier hall ambiance, large open space, bars, table and extensive outdoor area. About 6-8 brews on tap, but samples not available when the place is busy. Good mixture of the german brews you'd expect. Well organized menu of german fare, reasonable priced, everything we ordered was tasty. Recommend a visit/.

Jan 28, 2018
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Driver8rws from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place is amazingly authentic German! You can't get any more real feel than their massive biergarten. The beer is perfect spot on to the German styles. The food amazing as well. This was my favorite of the 7 breweries I visited in Charlotte. Cannot wait to go back. We have the 1st Hofbrauhaus in the U.S. close to where I live, and this place is BETTER!

Apr 14, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

My wife and I ate here on a Wednesday around noon, it was not very crowded and the service was very quick. I loved the outside beer garden and the picnic style seating. I had the Mecktoberfest and Copper and both were amazing, it was my first time having both. The food was excellent as well, my wife and I split the butcher block pizza and the soft pretzel. They had roughly 10 beers on draft and the food selection was great.

Sep 21, 2016
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

This is a great lunch spot. Has the feel of an old pub, darkly lit but still with plenty of space and several televisions. The quality of the beer is excellent, they adhere to German purity laws and it is an awesome change of pace from all the crazy breweries out there. The service was helpful and attentive. Selection was low. Only 4 beers to choose from and then a couple shandys. The food is honestly the best part, a lot of authentic german food. The wurst and sauerkraut is excellent!

Jul 06, 2016
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VTMikeO from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

The (fairly new) outdoor beer garden space is one of the best places in Charlotte to enjoy a sunny day. If you've ever been to a German biergarten, this place will feel very familiar. It's a wide-open outdoor space where families, kids, dogs are all welcome, which makes for a great relaxing vibe.

The beers are all German-style, so no IPAs, but their flagship brew, OMB Copper, is one of my favorites. The seasonal selection rotates as well, and the Fruh Bock and Dunkel are two I would recommend highly.

Mar 29, 2016
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aleman21 from North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'm a hop head so their beer selection is not the best for me but the traditional German beers they have are very good. They need a Gose. But this is the best beer garden I've been to (and been to several east coast to west coast and Colorado, Hawaii) with huge oak trees.

Feb 12, 2016
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ghowehattrick from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Sep 13, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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...

Aug 07, 2015
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srletend from Texas

2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Jun 19, 2015
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eaker from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Apr 25, 2015
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kjmass from North Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -24.7%
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?

Apr 13, 2015
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Terp96 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Mar 27, 2015
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ILMbrew from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Feb 08, 2015
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BeerBuzzGuy from North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Feb 03, 2015
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evan35 from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Jan 21, 2015
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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.

Nov 02, 2014
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Oct 29, 2014
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DrStPaul from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Oct 23, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Aug 10, 2014
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