Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Olde Meck wins 'best tour' from USA Today readers

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery was named No. 1 in the country for its brewery tour, topping Budweiser in St. Louis, Sam Adams in Boston and more, in a USA Today/10Best poll: A panel of experts nominated 20 breweries across the country (including Yuengling, New Belgium, Abita, Rogue, Stone and more), then readers voted over a four-week span. Magic Hat (Vermont) and OMB were neck-and-neck for much of that time.

With more than 3,000 U.S. breweries currently operating, according to the national craft beer trade group the Brewers Association -- which is probably the most since the 1870s, says the BA -- founder John Marrino said in a press release he was honored just to be nominated in the top 20.

“What makes this selection ultra-special is that OMB was one of only three truly local craft breweries on the list, which means we are not that well known outside of North Carolina. Score one for fresh, local beer,” Marrino said in a press release. “We’re thankful for this honor and will celebrate with our friends over a beer or two. Prost!” OMB's complex is at 4150 Yancey Road in south Charlotte; tours are free and run at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.