Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Cornelius, NC
Olde Mecklenburg is expanding into the Suburbs of Lake Norman
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Charlotte’s biggest craft beer maker, is moving forward with their massive new facility next to Lake Norman. They’ve now confirmed a construction start time of early 2019, with a grand opening expected by the end of the year.
The brewery’s new 51,000 square-foot facility will be located at 20401 Zion Ave., in Cornelius, NC, the location of the old MacLean Curtis facility, which moved up to Mooresville last year.
Their second Lake Norman Real Estate area location will feature a full restaurant, biergarten, and a 17-barrel brewery.
Total cost projections of the new facility are around $10 million, with $3 million already spent on purchasing the 24-acre site.
The brewery will be located in the 51,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by MacLean Curtis, which moved its manufacturing facilities to Mooresville, NC Real Estate last year.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is one of dozens of brew houses that are pushing to change a state law that limits the amount of beer a brewer can produce each year before they must hire an outside distribution company. Breweries that make more than 25,000 barrels of beer annually are required to sign a contract with a distributor, who serves as a middleman handling delivery and sales.
Last year, OMB brewed 21,000 barrels, pushing it closer to the 25,000-barrel cap.
OMB, based in Charlotte, NC Real Estate South End, said it has purchased the building and will build a new brewery in Cornelius, NC Homes for Sale Area, while preserving the existing building. OMB co-founder John Marrino said the new property will allow them to expand production. A timetable for the new brewery’s opening wasn’t available Monday.
“We are extremely excited about this property,” said Marrino, in a statement. “We have a long-term commitment to the Charlotte region and we believe that this site will allow more Charlotteans to experience OMB and our beers first hand.”
Real estate records show OMB paid $3.1 million for the property, which totals nearly 25 acres and includes the wooded area across from the industrial building, in a deal that closed Jan. 31.
If the legislature lifts the cap during its 2017 session, OMB will spend $7 million on the Cornelius expansion, including more brewing and wholesale options. The company would hire more than 100 people, Marrino said in a statement, in addition to the 133 currently employed in Charlotte, North Carolina.
If the law doesn’t change, however, the brewery will build only a smaller facility with a beer garden.
Local officials in Cornelius praised the expansion.
“We are excited that Olde Mecklenburg Brewery chose downtown Cornelius for an expansion,” said Chuck Travis, Cornelius Town Mayor. “I think it is going to be a great re-use of the former MacLean Curtis building, that will add to the downtown culture of our town.”
OMB has been expanding its South End brewery and beer garden, on Yancey Road, which has seating for over 1,000 people in its indoor and outdoor areas. The company won approval in September from Charlotte City Council to build another addition, expanding its buildings and outdoor gathering areas.
“This is a great amenity to the growing old town Cornelius area,” said Ryan McDaniels, executive director of Lake Norman Economic Development, in a statement.