The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and NoDa Brewing Company both received silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo. on October 13, 2012. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery won silver in the “German-Style Märzen” category for their fall seasonal Mecktoberfest. NoDa Brewing Company’s Coco Loco, one of that brewery’s staples since opening in October of last year, took silver in the “Robust Porter” category. There were 69 entries in the Märzen category and 62 entries in the Robust Porter category.
A panel of industry experts judged the beers blindly, with the main goal being to “identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival.” According to the Great American Beer Festival’s website, the awards “are among the most coveted in the industry.”
A silver-medal winning beer is described as “An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.”
This marks the first time those two breweries have won medals at the festival, but it’s not the first time a Charlotte brewery has come away with a medal. In 1992, the Dilworth Micro Brewery won bronze in the “American Pale/Amber Ale” category for their Albemarle Ale. Three years later, Carolina Mill, Bakery and Brewery — which was a chain with a location in Charlotte — received a silver medal in the “German-Style Brown Ale / Dusseldorf-Style Altbier” category for their Hornet Tail Ale (for some reason this isn’t shown on the GABF site, but is listed on many older websites, like this one).
Two other breweries in North Carolina received medals at the festival. Carolina Brewery of Chapel Hill received a bronze medal in the “German-Style Kölsch” category for their Sky Blue Golden Ale, and Mother Earth Brewing received a bronze medal in the “European-Style Dunkel” category for their Dark Cloud Dunkel.