The Beer News

Here are this week’s news and events happening in the Charlotte, North Carolina area!

  • Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27th. OMB’S 12th Annual Mecktoberfest. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. 11 1m-11 pm.

It is bier season once more and Charlotte’s most popular Octoberfest celebration is back in all its glory with a festive atmosphere, live music, pretzels, lederhosen, sausages, dirndls, bier-filled steins & DAS BOOT!

A limited amount of our highly sought-after, gold-leaf logo’d 1 Liter glass boots will be made available each day during Mecktoberfest. Get it early and get it filled with your choice of Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager, Copper Altbier, 704 Hazy Wheat Ale, Captain Jack Pilsner, or Hornets Nest Hefeweizen.

Welcome to the largest Biergarten in the Southeast! Mecktoberfest will take place on OMB’s expansive 10.5-acre wooded grounds at 4150 Yancey Road in Charlotte’s Lower South End (LoSo) with plenty of well-spaced seating outdoors, on the covered patio, and in the Brauhaus.

The Holzhackern Tyrolean Band will be playing their high-energy arrangements of traditional Bavarian songs that include English and German vocals, audience participation, dancing and sing-alongs. We will also have some surprise guest bands playing a mix of bluegrass, rock, covers and country. Full list TBA shortly.

In addition to our multiple award-winning Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager, all of OMB’s year-round brews will be on tap throughout the celebration: Copper Altbier, Captain Jack Pilsner, Hornets Nest Hefeweizen, Fat Boy Baltic Porter, & OMB’s hottest new beer, 704 Hazy Wheat Ale.

Pretzels! Bier Cheese! Sausages! And all the German-fare you’ve come to love here at OMB will be served up fresh and festive through the Brauhaus and ‘Garten Grill. More festive food items to be announced shortly.

Shandies & More
Absolutely sparkling with fruit and citrus flavors, our Shandy menu has become extremely popular lately. 🍎 Cider Shandy: Hornets Nest Hefeweizen blended with blueberry cider. 🍋 Lemon Weizen: Lemonade blended with Hornets Nest Hefeweizen.☀️ Cider Sunrise: Lemonade and cherry cider blended with Hornets Nest Hefeweizen. Local ciders, wine, radlers, and Prosecco Pops will also be available.
–**As always, admission is free.–
We are in compliance with all current state-wide mandates for masks, indoor capacity, and social distancing.

  • Friday, September 25th. New Release DRBT Collaboration 2020. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-1o pm.

We teamed together with Fullsteam Brewing in Durham and Crank Arm Brewing in Raleigh to brew a collaboration beer for the virtual Denver Rare Beer Tasting (DRBT) held by Pints for Prostates! 💪DRBT Collaboration 2020 is: • New England IPA hopped heavily with Mosaic, Strata and Azacca hops• Fermented on papayas, which are rich in Lycopene, a compound that reduces Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and reduces risk of enlarged prostate/prostate cancer• Double dry-hopped with no hop additions in the kettle, making it very hop-forward and tropical with little bitterness• 6.80% ABVWe’re excited for you to try this special beer that we had so much fun brewing with our brew buds. DRBT Collaboration 2020 will be available on tap only at our NorthEnd taproom beginning on Friday, September 25th.

  • Friday, September 25th. New Release: Peach Sour Ale. NoDa Brewing Company. 3 pm-10 pm.

Fruited sour beer fans get ready…  🍑Our Peche Sour Ale is the first release of our new sour ale series. 🍻• Brewed as traditional as possible with malted wheat, unmalted wheat, torrified wheat, and flaked oats in a turbid mash with a 3.5 hour boil with 3 year old, whole leaf Hallertau Mittlefruh hops.• Barrel fermented in wine barrels with a variety of funky yeast and bacteria. Refermented with local pureed peaches to add peach flavor and additional microorganisms to increase the complexity of the funky, sour character.Peche Sour Ale will be available in bottles and on draft in our North End taproom on Friday, 9/25.

  • Saturday, September 26th. ‘Mango Mischief’ Mango & Habanero Hazy IPA Release. Town Brewing Company. 12 pm.

Mango Mischief”
Hazy IPA w/ Mango and Habanero
6.1%MANGO/HABANERO/JUICYBrewed in collaboration with the NC Beer Guys, we bumped up the volume on this Hazy IPA by adding a healthy dose of juicy mango and spicy habanero peppers. Hopped with Mosaic, El Dorado, Sabro, and Michigan Chinook, this IPA’s tropical and citrus hop aromas compliment the mango and habanero exceptionally. The NC Beer Guys have been amazing promoters of the North Carolina craft beer scene for years. Check out their website for more information on upcoming beer events and releases throughout the state, their comprehensive NC Beer map, and other beer news! As the NC Beer Guys like to say, remember to always “drink local, and spend your beer dollars in North Carolina!”

Oktoberfest like you’ve never seen it before! And honestly we’re hoping to never see it this way again. But that’s not about to stop us from throwing an epic party like it’s 1999, er, make that 2020. Yes, this one will have a decidedly 2020 feel — which is to say masks are required, dirndl and lederhosen optional.The inaugural MASKED Oktoberfest will be held at Catawba Brewing’s Charlotte tasting room on Sunday, September 27. Join us as we celebrate our favorite Bavarian beer holiday with an emphasis on safety. Competitions will be held from 2-4pm, but the festivities will go all day. When we say we’ve got it all, we mean we’ve got it ALL:
Catawba Festbier and Thirty Seconds to Marzen on tap 
Stein hoist from your own table (separate men’s & women’s games)
Keg rolling competition in the parking lot
Prizes including collectable steins (filled with beer!)
Oktoberfest costume contests
Grand prize for best costume is a gift certificate redeemable for a sixtel keg of a Catawba flagship beer!
German food specials from Blue Fork 
Vintage motorcycles courtesy of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
Dance demo courtesy of The JAM
Masks and social distancing
And more!Oktoberfest competitors MUST REGISTER for outdoor tables in the Festival area via EventBrite. There is no charge to enter. Attendees who are not participating in games may sit at tables spread safely throughout the tasting room and event space — no reservations required.A table reservation is good for ONE 6 or 8-top table in the Festival area. Tables are limited to no more than 8 guests.Grand prizes for best costume will be awarded at 4pm to one man and one woman.

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