The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

BEER AVG
3.91/5
The Olde Mecklenburg BreweryThe Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: 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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Added by papat444 on 01-29-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
15
Ratings:
1,120
Reviews:
291
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
7.82%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +22.2%
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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4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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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4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
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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4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
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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4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Loverly place, terrific beer. Inside looks like a German beer house, outside like a beer garden. Folks are friendly and it has long tables...(like a Bier Garden). I usually meet up with some Bavarian friends there (as Charlotte has an undue number of German businesses...). There are handmade benches on the wall (German style, of course) as well as German state flags hanging from the ceiling. Special hours were reserved for World Cup action....all in German tradition. John Marino, the CEO has a particular nack for choosing beautiful servers as well... and of course they are always fun.

Olde Meck is family friendly....I see people bring kids all the time, as it is no smoking inside (and outside there are plenty of breezes...) as well as dog friendly (outside).

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vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
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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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC
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