The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Newsletter: May events & more

This Weekend! (5/19-20)
Celebrate Captain Jack on Sunday 5/20 at OMB!
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When news of the massacre at the Battles of Lexington and Concord reached “Charlottetowne” (Charlotte, NC), patriots and townsfolk met on May 20th, 1775 to draft the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. On May 31st, they met again to draft a set of Resolves that outlined how they would self-govern. These documents declared that the actions of King George III were intolerable and that Mecklenburg County was no longer under British rule.

A young tavern owner, Captain James Jack, volunteered to take these powerful documents to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Captain Jack risked his business, property, family and life to transport these important papers. Slipping past British regulars and spying Tories, Captain Jack arrived in Philadelphia and demanded Mecklenburg County’s declaration of freedom be read into record. Just as Paul Revere’s famous ride alerted patriots to the British landing in Boston, Captain James Jack’s ride helped kindle the embers of revolution in the Continental Congress.

OMB created our crisp, smooth pilsner as a salute to the courage and vision of Captain James Jack and the members of the Mecklenburg Convention, who signed that first declaration of independence in America! This straw-colored lager captures their rebellious spirit with a subtly assertive hoppiness that complements the beer’s malty backbone. Enjoy the unmistakable taste of freedom in every fresh, delicious swig.

OMB also celebrates Captain Jack every May 20th (or Mec Dec Day). We wrap our bottles of Captain Jack in special edition labels, we have Captain Jack and colonial impersonators visit OMB, we team up with the May 20th Society for a Colonial Beer Dinner, we ride bikes around Charlotte to various historical locations relevant to Captain James Jack, and we drink lots and lots of steins filled to the brim with this delightful brew. Join us! It’s sure to be a great day as a percentage of all proceeds benefit the USO of North Carolina!

This is a free event. Under 21 are welcome at OMB. Pets are welcome outside in our Biergarten.

This Weekend! (5/19-20)
Play cornhole for a great cause at OMB on 5/19!
Rain Date = Saturday, June 2nd!
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Join OMB for a great cornhole tournament for a great cause!

Register to play and enjoy live music, OMB beer, lunch, free t-shirt, chance to win a YETI cooler and more!

All proceeds from this cornhole tournament will benefit INREACH and their programs to help individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other disabilities secure and maintain gainful employment. OMB is proud to employ INREACH recipients.

All the details on this event and how to register can be found here:

During the tournament, OMB will be open for normal business. There will still be plenty of room to relax and enjoy a beautiful Saturday.

Under 21 are welcome at OMB. Pets are welcome outside in our Biergarten.

Craft Freedom
State’s Motion to Dismiss is Denied!

Raleigh, NC – On the heels of their first major court victory, Craft Freedom, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, and NoDa Brewing Company released the following statement through The Olde Mecklenburg’s founder, John Marrino: “We are grateful for the Court’s ruling today.  Today’s victory upholds the basic principle that the government cannot enrich one group of private parties at the expense of another.”

In its ruling, the Superior Court rejected the State’s arguments about why the case should be dismissed.  The Court ruled in favor of Craft Freedom, allowing the lawsuit to move closer to a trial, and allowing Craft Freedom’s attorneys to continue gathering evidence in the case.

Immediately following their court victory, Craft Freedom issued subpoenas to various distributors and other individuals.  These subpoenas seek information about distributors’ political contributions, as well as communications involving their lobbyists.  The subpoenas are available to the public at the following link ( ).

In a deposition of the State’s ABC Commission Administrator, Robert Hamilton, Craft Freedom’s attorneys exposed a violation of state law:  an illegal contract with Anheuser-Busch to suppress craft beer sales and push Anheuser-Busch sales by giving Anheuser-Busch beers “priority over all other products.”  Mr. Hamilton’s deposition underscores how the State is forcing small craft breweries into a system that is rigged, and how it maintains little state oversight of distributors (find Hamilton’s deposition at the above link).

Hamilton’s deposition is further underscored by the affidavit of Dustin Canestorp, founder of Beer Army, LLC and non-profit foundation.  The Canestorp affidavit is a written account of a recorded phone conversation and email exchange between Canestorp and Freedom Beverage Company and FBC handling of their distribution agreement (find Canestorp’s affidavit at the above link).

“We live in America, the land of the free.  Yet our small craft breweries are being punished because one small group of well-connected business owners have greased the skids for years.  Now it’s time to find out just how much grease has been applied,” stated Marrino.


Munzler’s Vienna Lager
OMB’s New Seasonal Release – Now on tap!

Martin Munzler founded the first brewery in Charlotte, and possibly North Carolina. A Bavarian immigrant, he produced the same traditional beer styles OMB is known for today. In tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of Martin Munzler, we created this crisp, satisfyingly smooth lager with a slight toastiness courtesy of darker malts typical in Munzler’s era. Just like Munzler promised in his first newspaper advertisement in 1860, OMB is always “prepared to furnish you with beer of first-rate quality.” Prost!

Cornhole Tournament
& Meck Dec Day 2017

Join us for this year’s events this weekend!

Events at OMB

June 16&17: Father Fest at OMB
July 2: Mecklenburger Release
July 4: Kolsch Release
July 28: Reinheitsgebot Party

Events around CLT

Thursday, May 17th – Sara’s YMCA Yoga Series – Brixham Tent – 5:45-7:30pm

Saturday, May 19th – Cheerwine Festival – Downtown Salisbury – 10am-8pm

Saturday, May 19th – Music, Dance, n’ Que Festival – The President James K Polk State Historic Site – 11am-3pm

Saturday, May 19th – South End Hops Fest – South End – 1-6pm

Sunday May 20th – Fern Beer Dinner

Thursday, May 24th – Omni Hotel Pool Opening with OMB as featured Brewery

Thursday, May 24th – Sara’s YMCA Yoga Series – Brixham Tent – 5:45-7:30pm

Thursday, May 31st – Sara’s YMCA Yoga Series – Brixham Tent – 5:45-7:30pm

Saturday, June 2nd – Latta Plantation Civil War Re-enactment – 10am-4pm

Sunday, June 3rd – Latta Plantation Civil War Re-enactment – 10am-4pm

Thursday, June 7th – Sara’s YMCA Yoga Series – Brixham Tent – 5:45-7:30pm

Friday, June 8th – Mt. Holly Food Truck Friday – Downtown Mt. Holly – 5-9pm

Friday, June 8th – Cornelius 2nd Friday Street Festival – Downtown Cornelius – 6-10pm

Thursday, June 14th – Sara’s YMCA Yoga Series – Brixham Tent – 5:45-7:30pm

Thanks for joining Louisiana Spring Fest. Prost!