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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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The Olde Mecklenburg BreweryThe Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4150 Yancey Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28217
United States

(704) 525-5644 | map

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: 38 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by damjadi:
Photo of damjadi
4.72/5  rDev +16%
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 Dragginballs76
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of dwagner003
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of VTMikeO
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of JWhat
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of aleman21
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Bcraft11
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of rhester14
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ghowehattrick
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Beautiful place with feel of being in a German beer hall. Great German style beer. Expansive outdoor area with taps set up for large weekend crowds.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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 mwaltz99
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
4.15/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of srletend
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
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 NCMatt
4.64/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of eaker
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 kjmass
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
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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Photo of Terp96
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Foomanchoo
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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