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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What are the Brauhaus hours?

Monday–Thursday 11:00am – 10:00pm

Friday–Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm

Sunday 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Where is the brewery located?

The brewery is located on Yancey Road, which is off of Old Pineville Road between Woodlawn and South Blvd. The address is 4150 Yancey Road Charlotte, NC 28217.

Is the brewery located near a light rail stop?

Yes. We are located 800 yards from the Scaleybark light rail stop, which is about a five-minute walk from the brewery. Walk south from Scaleybark stop and take a right on Old Pineville Road. Continue to Yancey Road and take a right.  We’re just down on the right side at 4150 Yancey Road.

When are your tours and what are the details?

We have FREE tours every Saturday 2p, 230p, 3p, 330p, 4p, and 430p. Plus, Sunday at 2p, 3p, and 4p. You do not need to register. The tour guide will come around the Brauhaus before tours and invite everyone to join. Because our tours are free, we encourage you to enjoy a flight of beer before the tour so you can decide on which pint or mug you would like to bring on the tour with you.

What if I want to plan a private tour?

We are happy to offer private tours. Please schedule your private tour in advance. Private tours are $10 per person with a $100 minimum, and subject to the availability of a tour guide. A flight of beer is included in the price for each person.

Do you sell growlers?

We do. We have 74 oz growlers and 37 oz growlers. Initially you buy the growler bottle and the beer. When you return with your empty growler we swap it for a full one and you only pay for the beer (similar to how propane tank programs work). We don’t refill your dirty (er, rinsed) growler at the bar (ick!). We take all returned growlers and thoroughly clean them in the brewery using our $70,000 professional growler cleaning machine (the only one in the country). This way a dirty growler won’t taint the taste of the beer. We then refill it professionally on our bottling line, with fresh beer of course.

Do you sell kegs?

We do sell kegs out of the Brauhaus. The kegs come in two sizes. **All deposits are refunded when the equipment is returned!

  • 20L Keg – holds approximately 42 pints
    • $100 keg deposit
    • $60 tap deposit (if you need a tap)
    • $20 tub deposit (if you need a tub)
    • $75 permanent brew
    • $80 seasonal brew
    • $110 Fat Boy Baltic Porter (high-gravity brew)
  • 50L Keg – holds approximately 105 pints
    • $100 keg deposit
    • $60 tap deposit (if you need a tap)
    • $20 tub deposit (if you need a tub)
    • $150 permanent brew
    • $155 seasonal brew
    • $180 Fat Boy Baltic Porter (high-gravity brew)

 

Is the brewery family friendly? Also, can people under 21 attend the tours?

Yes and yes. The brewery is very family friendly!  People of all ages may attend the tours.  Those under 21 must be accompanied by an adult and, of course, will not be allowed to purchase beer.

Do you serve food? Are there gluten-free or vegetarian options?

We do serve food. See the Brauhaus section for the menu.

Gluten-Free options include: Bratwurst, Nuremberger, and Gyulai Sausages as well as Cucumber Salad, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Cucumber Dill Salad, Salmon (minus the Pita Pocket). Note: Sorry, we do not make gluten-free beer.

Vegetarian: Grilled Cheese, Smoked Salmon, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Cucumber Dill Salad, Apple Sauce.

Do you take reservations?

At this time, we do not take reservations. We also do not have a hostess; please seat yourself.

Can we bring decorations or outside food to OMB?

We do not allow decorations inside our Brauhaus out of respect for our other guests. We do allow decorations inside our Private Event rooms and limited decorations (like balloons) outside in our Biergarten. Please visit the Festhalle page for more information about Private Events. We allow outside cakes/small desserts only. However, we charge a cake cutting fee of $25 inside the Brauhaus.

Can I bring my friendly dog?

Definitely, but dogs are only permitted in the Biergarten area outdoors and must be leashed. Since we strive to provide an environment that is fun and relaxing for everyone, we can’t allow unleashed dogs on our property or dogs that are barking, aggressive or in any way annoying or frightening to our other customers. If we need to ask you to bring your dog home, please don’t be offended and understand that we are a business and need to set consistent rules that apply to everyone.

Is OMB hiring?

Please visit the Employment page for employment inquiries.

Where can I find OMB outside of the brewery?

Fresh OMB beer is sold in hundreds of retail and restaurant/bar locations throughout the Charlotte region and is now expanding into the Piedmont Triad region. See the Beer Finder page for draft and retail locations.

Is there a private event space at the brewery?

Yes! Our two Festhalle (party halls) are perfect for all types of occasions. Please email events@oldemeckbrew.com or visit the Festhalle page for more information.

Does the brewery donate to charities?

OMB receives numerous requests for donations every month. While we like to support as many causes as possible, due to limited resources we cannot support every request. Please visit the Donations page for more information on how to request a donation.

I live outside of your distribution area. Can you ship your beer to me?

At this time we do not ship beer. See the Beer Finder page for draft and retail locations.

Are there other beverages at the brewery besides beer?

We generally have two excellent red and white wine choices available in the Brauhaus. Non-alcoholic choices include Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, water, tea, and coffee.

How many barrels does OMB brew per year?
How many beers is that?

We’re growing. Here’s our history:

  • 2009 – 1,045 barrels (bbls)
  • 2010 – 2,407 bbls
  • 2011 – 4,010 bbls
  • 2012 – 7,032 bbls
  • 2013 – 9,450 bbls
  • 2014 – 14,500 bbls
  • 2015 – 19,100 bbls

Why don’t you put your beer in cans?

OMB produces its beer in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot beer purity law, which means our beers are all natural, with no chemical additives or preservatives. We also strive to ensure that our beer is always cold, fresh and unaltered in any way. Aluminum cans do possess some advantages in certain venues (stadiums, boats, beach, golf courses) due to concerns over broken glass associated with bottles.

Unfortunately, cans are lined with an epoxy resin to prevent the aluminum from reacting with the beer. This liner contains a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA), a known endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) (see this link for more information on EDC’s – http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/endocrine/).

A Canadian Government Study* regarding BPA in beer and soft drinks, published in 2010, detected BPA in 100% of the canned beer they sampled. The study found no BPA in any of the bottled beer it analyzed. The science on whether or not this exposure to BPA has any significant health effect is unsettled. This is beside the point however since it is OMB’s goal to produce all natural beer without chemical additives.

To us, we see no reason to put our beer in a package which we know will leach chemicals into the beer, when there is an alternative package available that will not adulterate the beer at all. Bottles made of glass are totally inert, and therefore do not affect the taste or chemical makeup of our beer. They are also natural and fully recyclable.

And since the vast majority of beer purchased in packages is consumed at home, concerns over broken glass are not significant. OMB is willing to forgo beer sales at the above mentioned venues if it means preventing our beer from being adulterated by its package.

* “Survey of Bisphenol A in Soft Drink and Beer Products from Canadian Markets,” Bureau of Chemical Safety Food Directorate – Health Products and Food Branch.