There was a time when Charlotte was known as “The City of Churches.” It might be time to update that to “The City of Breweries.” Another one is coming, it traveled a long way to get here, and it’s going to be big.
In 2019, American Craft Beer reported that Gilde, one of Germany’s oldest brewers, was coming to the U.S. and setting up shop in Charlotte. Founded in 1546, the company is in the process of building its first production facility outside of Germany. It will have the capacity to brew up to 500,000 barrels per year, making it North Carolina’s biggest brewery to date. That’s almost 25 times the capacity of Olde Mecklenburg, which is currently Charlotte’s largest brewery.
Gilde plans to open its new flagship facility in time for Oktoberfest. CEO Karsten Uhlmann revealed that it will be called The Embassy. According to Axios Charlotte, it will be located at 3530 Dewitt Lane in LoSo, not far from the Scaleybark LYNX stop. You can see some renderings HERE.
In addition to a wide range of beers, The Embassy will offer traditional German foods. Think pretzels and sausages. And did I mention it would be big? The Embassy will be able to accommodate 350 customers at its contemporary bier haus and outdoor biergarten. Prosit!