When news of the massacre at the Battles of Lexington and Concord reached “Charlottetowne” (Charlotte, NC), patriots and townsfolk met on May 20th, 1775 to draft the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. On May 31st, they met again to draft a set of Resolves that outlined how they would self-govern. These documents declared that the actions of King George III were intolerable and that Mecklenburg County was no longer under British rule.
A young tavern owner, Captain James Jack, volunteered to take these powerful documents to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Captain Jack risked his business, property, family and life to transport these important papers. Slipping past British regulars and spying Tories, Captain Jack arrived in Philadelphia and demanded Mecklenburg County's declaration of freedom be read into record. Just as Paul Revere's famous ride alerted patriots to the British landing in Boston, Captain James Jack's ride helped kindle the embers of revolution in the Continental Congress.
OMB created our crisp, smooth pilsner as a salute to the courage and vision of Captain James Jack and the members of the Mecklenburg Convention, who signed that first declaration of independence in America! This straw-colored lager captures their rebellious spirit with a subtly assertive hoppiness that complements the beer’s malty backbone. Enjoy the unmistakable taste of freedom in every fresh, delicious swig.
OMB also celebrates Captain Jack every May 20th (or Mec Dec Day). We wrap our bottles of Captain Jack in special edition labels, we have Captain Jack and colonial impersonators visit OMB, we team up with the May 20th Society for a Colonial Beer Dinner, we ride bikes around Charlotte to various historical locations relevant to Captain James Jack, and we drink lots and lots of steins filled to the brim with this delightful brew. Join us! It’s sure to be a great day as a percentage of all proceeds benefit the USO of North Carolina! This is a free event. Under 21 are welcome at OMB. Pets are welcome outside in our Biergarten.