Olde Mecklenburg Brewery wins international award

Published: Nov. 11, 2015 at 9:28 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2015 at 9:28 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A huge reason to celebrate for Charlotte's Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. OMB's Mecktoberfest brew won top honors at one of the world's largest beer competitions in Nuremburg, Germany.

The local brewery won a gold medal in the German-style Märzen category.

This is the first time a Charlotte-based brewery has won the prestigious honor. Only German breweries have been presented medals in this category since 2011. Mecktoberfest brew impressed judges at the European Beer Star competition in Germany.

It was a crowded competition of nearly two thousand brews from forty-five countries.

"This is the highest recognition of our dedication to quality and traditional brewing methods – an outstanding confirmation for our entire team," according to OMB founder John Marrino. "We're an American brewery with German inspirations, so to compete in Germany for the first time and win Gold is the absolute highest honor we could achieve."

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery was founded in 2009. OMB says it prides itself on following the oldest purity guidelines in the world, the German "Reinheitsgebot." That German law requires there can be only four ingredients in beer: water, malt, hops, and yeast.

OMB will be offering discounts on this 'world-class' brew to celebrate the big honor. To learn more go to

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