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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Day 73 Drink: Olde Mecklenburg Fruh Bock

The tiny Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, N.C., has two year round beers, Kolsner (a pilsner-kolsch hybrid) and Copper (an altbier). They also make seasonal brews that adhere to the Reinheitsgebot.

Olde Mecklenburg offers tours on Saturdays at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The brewery is also taking part in the inaugural Charlotte Craft Beer Week, hosting a German Bier Fest on March 24th starting at 5 p.m.

For the Spring, Olde Mecklenburg has released Fruh Bock, which means early bock. The beer is 6 percent alcohol by volume. Fruh Bock is a nice golden color with a very full creamy white head. The beer has a good amount of malt that has a hint of fruit sweetness in the finish. The hops come in late to crisply balance off the brew.

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