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:
4.04
Beers:
34
Ratings:
1,461
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.17
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
80
pDev:
11.99%
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Visited with Da Boss after visiting the Museum of the New South in Charlotte on 8-8-21.

Vibe inside was very good as the handsome bar face catches your eye as you walk in. No bar seating per se, but can hang out and imbibe as well as walk up ordering. There was a nice private side room for parties, etc. We sat outside in the massive court yard. Tons of seating available, probably capacity for 300-500.

Quality of their beers are very good, brewed to the German purity law, and executed flawlessly. Had the Hefe and the Alt Bier. Wish i had capacity to have the Pils but at $1.65 i only have so much room LOL!

Service was very good. I do not know if their bar scan menu and order process is Covid related but it is definitely the best i have experienced, Very easy to order your drinks and food AND keep the tab open. Easy to add your credit card info as well.

Selection of beers was pretty limited to maybe 8-10 on tap. They seemed to be seasonal driven so the Fest and Dunkel biers were not available.

Food was top notch as my Cherrywood smoked pastrami sandwich was spot on and Da Boss chicken sandwich was good.

Overall i am glad i picked Olde Meck as the first brewpub to visit in Charlotte. Can see a repeat visit in the future!
Aug 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by WesMantooth from Ohio

Aug 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jul 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by Jessandaaron2019 from North Carolina

Jul 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by hoppyCG from Georgia

Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by Gdog from Ohio

Apr 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by Griffith from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.89 by Lullaby from North Carolina

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by ManBearPat from Colorado

Nov 21, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Rated by CMGNC from North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Very large brewery, high quality beer
Aug 27, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.28 by Brian29 from Ohio

Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

Jun 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.01 by TLCII from North Carolina

May 09, 2018
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.48 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Rmgood99 from North Carolina

Dec 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by maccane from Texas

Dec 21, 2017
 
Rated: 2.89 by Deets from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.88 by JKG from Florida

Nov 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.48 by generallee from Virginia

Aug 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by jbarry3000 from North Carolina

Jul 10, 2017
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Rated by Pranksterbeer from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Great place to go with huge beer garden
Jul 03, 2017
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.29 by JohnBradSC from South Carolina

Feb 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by ha-sheem from North Carolina

Jan 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.64 by Oleyomoleyo from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.88 by metter98 from New York

Dec 27, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.34 by Jason_cs from Florida

Aug 14, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.9 by StoutSnob40 from California

Mar 30, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.09 by JWhat from North Carolina

Feb 21, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC
Brewery rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1461 ratings