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Olde Meck scores gold in European contest

Olde Mecklenberg will give away half-pints of Mecktoberfest on Friday.
Olde Mecklenberg will give away half-pints of Mecktoberfest on Friday. Olde Mecklenberg Brewery

Charlotte’s fast-growing Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, which specializes in German-style fresh beers, got a big boost Wednesday at the 12th annual European Beer Star competition in Germany.

Mecktoberfest, one of the brewery’s seasonal creations, got a gold medal at the contest, which drew 1,957 beers from 45 countries. The medal was in the German-style Marzen category, a traditional style for Oktoberfest. Marzen, which means March, actually are beers that were brewed in summer and then aged for serving in the fall.

The gold medal was particularly sweet for Olde Meck because only German breweries have won medals in that category since 2011. At the competition in Nuremberg, 115 judges blind-taste beers in 55 categories of European styles.

“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,” said OMB owner John Marrino, who was in Nuremberg for the event.

To celebrate, Olde Meck, 4150 Yancey Road, will pour half-pint samples of Mecktoberfest starting at noon Friday and continuing until it runs out.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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