Olde Mecklenburg Brewery grand opening delayed

07/09/2014 6:29 PM

07/09/2014 6:30 PM

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is postponing the grand opening of its new space from mid-July until Aug. 15 due to construction delays, according to the owner.

The brewery is moving one-tenth of a mile, from 215 Southside Drive to 4150 Yancey Road. That’s south of uptown, off Old Pineville Road.

“We want to make sure the place is really ready and finished,” said John Marrino, originally a Boston native who opened the local brewery, Charlotte’s first and largest, in March 2009.

The brewery’s new location will be 30,000-square-feet. That’s about the same size of the current building, but the restaurant and taproom space will double. The new location will provide additional food items and beer types. An outside patio will be 1,800-square-feet, surrounded by natural green space and trees.

“People will pull up to the new Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and think they are leaving the city,” said Marrino, who plans to make the park-like setting a beer garden.

The brewery’s sales grew 50 percent over last year, Marrino said. He said the expansion will help boost the brewery’s production capacity, and facilitate its long-term growth in North Carolina.

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