Old Mecklenberg Brewery

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My latest visit to Charlotte allowed a visit to probably their most successful brewery, Old Mecklenberg.  Opening in 2009, the brewery features German styled beers.

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From the street, it looks like most other breweries, but as you enter, you get a sense of the Biergarten, both indoors and out.

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The brewery has 8 acres, which aside from ample tables, seems to welcome dogs and kids.  There’s certainly room to play.

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They also offer a limited menu, mostly of a German bent.  I opted for a spicy sausage (Stiglmeier Gyulai) and Kielbasa, along with Bratkartoffeln (potatoes and bacon mixture) and German Potato Salad.   Service was swift and excellent.

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To the left is their Captain James Jack Pilsner, which was…nicely ordinary, a break from the hop bombs that I’m more frequently tasting.  Better yet was the Fat Boy Baltic Porter.   Sadly, though a fairly heavy  hitter and a beer enjoyed over time, it escaped proper photographic capture. 

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The brewery doesn’t appear to do much experimentation.  They’re purists – malt, hops, yeast, water only – and offer the following five beers as their mainstays:

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I’ve also had their Oktoberfest beer, which also quite good.  Their summer options… not so impressive.  Regardless of claims of legitimacy, I don’t get excited about mixing beers with Coke or Sprite.

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I caught this brewery on a fine Autumn day, which soon neared evening.  Tours are offered on weekends, and… oh, well, they’re all the same anyway.  Stainless steel tanks.

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Not my favorite styles of beer, but these are solid accompaniment for fun and good times, both of which can be had on site.

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  1. I have enjoyed their beers at local restaurants from time-to-time. I need to see the brewery one of these days. Glad they can serve food. A major PIA when touring breweries in Georgia.

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