The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

BEER AVG
3.93/5
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:
16
Ratings:
1,135
Reviews:
297
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
7.82%
 
 
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Photo of srletend
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
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 BeerBuzzGuy
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
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 dailyminefield
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Prospero
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Location off of South Blvd., fairly easy to find. Patio & deck outside, but wasn't being used due to rain. Inside was like a great beer hall you'd find in Germany, high ceilings, one large room, lots of picnic tables lined up in rows, round chandeliers, some standing room by the bar. A flight was $2, but they only have 3 beers.

Overall the service was great & welcoming. Food was average, all they have is brat in a bun with saurkraut or a bratwurst platter. I know what they are doing here, keeping it simple and remeniscent of traditional German beer halls, but unless that beer hall is jamb packed full of people, it feels REALLY empty. I went on a Friday night between 8-10pm too. But taking a step back it's probably the biggest tap room I've been too and could see it being pretty vibrant with lots of groups.

With no bar stools it makes it impossible to sit and talk 'beer talk' to the servers and it just lacked the same passion other breweries have for craft beer. The servers know about the beer, but not lacked a bit of the technical explanations that you'd maybe get at other breweries.

Also they only serve/brew 2 beers year-round, plus 1 seasonal. And no other options. So 3 beer choices and 2 food choices. Just felt too limited to "keep people coming back". Again to be fair though this place is just getting started and relatively new.

I'm glad Charlotte finally has a real brewery, but their selection of only Altbier & Helles Lager is too limited. To some degree you need to brew a little wider variety or brew the best Altbier or Helles Lager in the world to keep people coming back to drink the beer. This place does neither. Glad I tried it though.

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Photo of kjmass
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
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 Bolivian22
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of CampusCrew
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
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 CrusinforaBrewsin
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Bcraft11
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Photo of bigkingken
3.56/5  rDev -13%
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 Onenote81
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
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 mbfolk
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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 NJB145
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
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 joe1510
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Durge
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Foomanchoo
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of CBlack85
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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 dwagner003
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Terp96
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,135 ratings.
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