From the outside looking in, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and NoDa Brewing don’t have much in common. One brews in strict accordance to the Reinheitsbegot, the other will brew with just about anything under the sun if it means good beer.
Yet the two breweries have enjoyed a good relationship ever since Todd and Suzie Ford opened NoDa Brewing in 2011, two years after John Marrino opened Olde Mecklenburg’s doors. Now, they’ll take it to the next level by actually collaborating on a beer together.
The process will start as a “brewer’s summit” this spring, where both breweries will sit down to hash out prospective styles, “while encouraging a style that is new to both brewers.” After the recipe is created, it will be brewed on NoDa’s pilot system. Once everyone’s happy with the beer, it will be brewed at Olde Mecklenburg’s new brewery (set to open this summer). A portion of the beer’s sales will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.
Look for the breweries to run a contest in which they’ll each send a non-employee to participate in the brewer’s summit this spring. Those lucky summit goers will have the chance to provide input on the recipe creation, and they’ll also be involved with the actual brewing process later on.
This marks the first collaboration between Charlotte breweries. NoDa Brewing is no stranger to collaborations, though, having brewed beers with Front Street Brewery (Mother Shucker), RJ Rockers (PIPA Long Hoppings), Mother Earth Brewing (Word to your Mother), Holy City Brewing (Shades of Grace) and Night Shift Brewing out of Everett, MA.
Here’s the full press release:
Charlotte, NC, March 3, 2014 – The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and NoDa Brewing Company are excited to announce their upcoming collaborative beer to be released in late summer 2014 with portions of its sale benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. This will be the first production collaboration amongst any Charlotte breweries.
“Olde Mecklenburg has been the trailblazing brewery that introduced traditionally-made craft beer to Charlotte nearly five years ago. Their consistency and attention to detail explains their success and rapid growth over the last few years,” said Todd Ford, Co-Owner of NoDa Brewing Company. “They have become the benchmark for quality and consistency for ourselves and fellow local brewers. Although NoDa Brewing’s production beer styles differ significantly from OMB’s, we are intrigued with the opportunity to put our heads together and collaborate on a beer that will excite fans of both breweries.”
The yet-to-be-named beer will be the creation of The Olde Mecklenburg and NoDa Brewing brewers and a true collaboration from the start. Both breweries will come together this spring for a “brewer’s summit” with no specific style guidelines given to them by their owners while encouraging a style that is new to both brewers.
They will create the recipe, brew on the pilot system and “tweak” the recipe together until the final mouth-watering brew is created. Once finalized, OMB and NoDa will brew the collaboration beer on Olde Mecklenburg’s brew system at their new facility, currently under construction in south Charlotte.
“Just five years ago, there were no breweries in Charlotte,” said Ryan Self, Director of Sales with Olde Mecklenburg. “Now we have a thriving scene of high quality, fresh beer from a handful of local breweries. This collaboration celebrates the sense of civic pride and community spirit throughout the Charlotte beer scene.”
In that spirit of collaboration, Charlotte beer fans will be involved from the start. A contest will be created whereby each brewery will select one lucky non-employee to participate in the “brewer’s summit.” These two individuals will have input on the recipe formulation and assist on-site during the actual brewing process.