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‘Laissez les bons temps rouler’ at OMB’s 6th Annual Louisiana Spring Fest

Temps are up, the sun is out and it’s most certainly time to get outdoors and celebrate with beer, food, friends and music: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Sixth Annual Louisiana Spring Fest is back April 23-24.

The family (and pet) friendly event is free and begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Biergarten. There will be Cajun and Bluegrass music all day, served up alongside authentic Louisiana cooking. Guest chef Brett Harris is back and will be boiling crawdads flown in overnight direct from the bayous. Other staples include jambalaya, red beans and rice, and boiled shrimp. “There are few places in the world with such a unique culture, from food to music to the way its residents approach life,” OMB’s founder John Marrino says. “New Orleans is a special place and Louisiana Spring Fest is the best way to celebrate the spirit of NoLa’s ‘bons temps’ culture.”

Spring Fest coincides with the release of OMB’s wildly popular summer seasonal — Hornet’s Nest. “It’s one of the best Hefeweizens you’ll ever taste,” says OMB brewer Chase Petrovic. “Every sip has a subtle sweetness and a slight hint of banana and bubble gum.” The opaque Hefeweizen is OMB’s tribute to Charlotte history: Hornet’s Nest is the nickname England’s General Cornwallis gave Charlotte when he met more resistance here than anticipated during the Revolutionary War.

In 2014, OMB moved just a tenth of a mile to its current location and explosive growth ensued. The renovated American Crankshaft factory at 4150 Yancey Road is situated on 10.5 acres of rolling tree cover and features a Biergarten with seating for more than 600 people, as well as a 60-barrel state of the art Brewhouse, Brauhaus restaurant and taproom, and two private event rooms (Festhalle).

The brewery has been named best brewery tour in America by the readers of USA Today and OMB recently won a Gold medal at the international European Beer Star competition in Germany. The brewery was also named entertainment/nightlife venue of the year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

MORE ABOUT OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY

Founded in 2009, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery ignited the ultra-premium beer scene in Charlotte and has been at the forefront of the local market ever since. OMB adheres to the oldest purity guidelines in the world, the German “Reinheitsgebot.” This law states there can be only four ingredients in beer: barley or wheat malt, hops, yeast and pure water. OMB is one of only nine craft breweries included on the Inc. 5000 list, and the only in North Carolina. OMB’s fall seasonal Mecktoberfest recently won a gold medal at Germany’s European Beer Star competition, and the brewery’s tour was named best in the country by the readers of USA Today. Try OMB because it’s local, drink it because it’s fresh. For more information, visit oldemeckbrew.com.

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