475-Year-Old German Brewer Selects Charlotte for First US Bier Haus
The Embassy at Gilde Brewery Projected to Open in Fall 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News Release) – Gilde, one of the oldest breweries in Germany, announces it will open its first location outside of Hannover, Germany in Fall 2021. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, The Embassy at Gilde Brewery will offer its six staple German beers, brewed on site according to German Purity Law, and plans to experiment with American craft beer styles.
“We carefully selected Charlotte as our first brewery site outside of Hannover based on the community’s level of interest in high quality beer and the connection between our two cities through Queen Charlotte, who was Queen of Hannover,” says Mike Gaertner, President of Gilde.
“We’ve been watching Charlotte’s beer scene grow and thrive for almost a decade now, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t introduce an authentic German beer to Charlotte’s lineup,” says Karsten Uhlmann, CEO of Gilde. “As the original craft beer innovators, we will immerse guests in centuries of German brewing heritage combined with the creativity of the American beer movement.”
Located at 3530 Dewitt Lane in Charlotte’s Lower South End community, the 9,000 square foot brewery will allow seating for 350 guests in both an interior bier haus and outdoor bier garten.
Gilde has tapped Willi Wallstab, a renowned German brewing master, to be Brewmaster of Gilde Brewery. Wallstab will relocate from Germany to Charlotte in Summer 2021 to become immersed in the Charlotte beer community, oversee the installation of the brewery equipment, and begin brewing operations. Guests will be able to view the brew haus from the taproom and participate in interactive brewing experiences with Wallstab and his brewing team. The brewing team will make and serve Gilde’s six staple beers–Pilsener, Kellerbier, Urbock, Red Rooster, Lemon Radler, and Pale Wheat–in addition to new beers created under Wallstab’s direction.
Two Michelin Star chef Stefan Hermann will lead the creation of Gilde Brewery’s culinary program, which will feature German cuisine amplified by regional and seasonal flavors. Gilde has an executive chef who will also relocate from Germany to Charlotte and will lead daily culinary operations.
Gilde expects The Embassy at Gilde Brewery to open before Oktoberfest 2021. Gilde partnered with Gensler to design the space. During construction, Gilde invites Charlotteans to taste its beers, available at area markets and grocery stores. For more information on Gilde’s history, heritage, and where to find it in Charlotte, visit Gilde1546.com and follow @gilde1546 on Instagram.