March 24: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Turns 9!

OMB’s 9th Anniversary includes live music by Family And Friends and lots of fresh, pure beer

CHARLOTTE —  Prost! The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has been enriching the quality of life in the CLT region for nine years this March: from premium, award-winning beer to a unique, award-winning Brauhaus & Biergarten experience to partnerships with local charities, foundations, vendors, craftsmen, etc. to our team of passionate, service-minded Charlotteans.

“We’re proud to be Charlotte Born & Brewed,” says OMB’s founder, John Marrino. “Since OMB was the only brewery in Charlotte when we opened in 2009, the biggest challenge was overcoming skepticism that a small local brewery could produce world-class beer – and make it consistently week in and week out. The first two years were spent building a base of repeat customers who could vouch for our freshness and premium quality. Those fans got us to where we are today. Over the past nine years, we are most proud of the acceptance and support we’ve received from the citizens of Charlotte, as well as the local bar and restaurant community.”

As in previous years, the event will feature delicious OMB brews and great live music. For beer, year-round offerings Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, and Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen will be on tap, along with Früh Bock and Anniversary Alt. Früh Bock captures the promise of warmer days ahead, combining a slight malty sweetness with a refreshing touch of citrus aroma from its noble Bavarian hops. Anniversary Alt, or “Anni Alt,” is brewed each year in anticipation of OMB’s Anniversary celebration. It is like a bigger version of OMB’s flagship Copper: rich in flavor, but with more malty sweetness and a higher ABV.

OMB’s Director of Brewing Operations, Dave Martin: “All OMB beers are brewed using only four ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast in strict accordance with the world-famous German beer purity law of 1516, the Reinheitsgebot. We also naturally carbonate – an increasingly rare practice in the brewery industry – using the pure CO2 produced by the yeast during fermentation to give our beer its effervescence. We pull our brews from the lager tanks weekly, so you can always be sure it’s fresh. And, we insist on keeping it cold from production to delivery to store shelves to you, because all beer should be kept cold to maximize freshness. We hope you join us to celebrate 9 years of pure, fresh, cold beer this March 24th.”

For live music, Family And Friends (folk rock band from Athens, GA) will headline at 7pm.

As these things so often do, Family And Friends began as a lowly seedling of inspiration. “Good music, good people.” A stalk gave yield to branches. One became six, a collective of musicians by trade, lovers by spirit. Inspired by a life worth living, the Fam and Pals remained rooted with three ambitions in heart, mind, and soul: the people, the music, the memories. The reflection represented by blend of earnest folk rock and a communal spirit pouring a collective heart into something bigger than itself. An intangible force of an unfaltering love worth giving away. A Family And Friend tree ever-growing, ever-lasting. – Family And Friends

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This past year was a record-breaking year for OMB beer. Fat Boy Baltic Porter and Hornet’s Nest Hefeweizen both took home medals in 2017, setting an unprecedented bar in NC beer. With Fat Boy’s Gold medal win at European Beer Star 2017 and Hornet’s Nest’s Bronze medal win at Great American Beer Festival 2017, OMB is one of only three American breweries to medal at both global competitions last year.

Dave Martin: “To have our beer recognized as world class is validation of our dedication to quality and adherence to traditional brewing methods.”

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As OMB looks ahead, two milestones loom:

  • Craft Freedom lawsuit: The NCBWWA (Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association) waged a behind-the-scenes dirty tricks campaign in 2017, using political influence and campaign contributions to stymie the ability of our small homegrown breweries to grow, blocking the barrel cap increase bill from getting out of committee for a House vote, where it most likely would have passed. Due to the failure of our Representatives to do what’s best for our homegrown manufacturing businesses and the NC economy, OMB & NoDa Brewing Co., through Craft Freedom, filed a constitutional challenge to this state law that forces small brewers into unfair and unwanted contracts with politically connected private beer distributors. As with all suits, the process is long and we currently have no updates. However, updates should be coming this spring as the first steps of the trial occur in late March.
  • Cornelius (2nd location): OMB aims to open its Cornelius Brewery, Brauhaus and Biergarten in late 2019. As a business, OMB must look ahead and continue driving towards its core goal of enriching the quality of life in the Charlotte region despite the misguided barrel cap law. We are very excited to join the lake community.

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LIST OF MAJOR AWARDS SINCE OMB’S FOUNDING

European Beer Star: GOLD Mecktoberfest 2015 & Fat Boy 2017

Great American Beer Festival: SILVER Mecktoberfest 2012 & BRONZE Hornet’s Nest 2017

Wells Fargo Green Award for Sustainable Practices: 2016

USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards: Best Brewery Tour in America 2014

Charlotte Business Journal: Top Hospitality/Entertainment Development 2015

Charlotte Regional Visitors’ Authority: Best Nightlife/Entertainment Venue 2015

Charlotte Magazine: Best of the Best Awards 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America: 2015 & 2017

Charlotte Business Journal: 50 Fastest Growing Companies in CLT 2017

Creative Loafing: Best Brewery 2016

South Charlotte Weekly: Best Brewery 2016

Charlotte Observer: Best Brewery 2016

Charlotte Lifestyle Magazine: Best Brewery 2017

Charlotte Parent: Best Brewery 2016 & 2017

CharlotteFive Best of Show Awards 2017

 

MORE ABOUT THE OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY
Founded in 2009 in Charlotte, NC, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery believes in delivering fresh, local beer and adhering to Germany’s oldest beer purity guideline, known as the “Reinheitsgebot”. Four beers are available year-round and at least 9 others make seasonal and holiday appearances — always delivered in refrigerated trucks to preserve freshness and meet the demands of ultra-premium beer consumers. OMB is one of only nine craft breweries included on the Inc. 5000 list, and the only one in North Carolina. The Brewery has received numerous regional and international medals in North America and Europe. OMB was also named Best Brewery Tour in the country by the readers of USA Today, and receives many accolades for its multi-acre Munich-inspired Biergarten, which seats over 1,000. For more information, visit oldemeckbrew.com or @oldemeckbrew on social media.