Business is good at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery near South Boulevard, where for years they have made their own beer and sold it at hundreds of restaurants around the city.
John Marrino is the founder and his brewery is one of several that have come to town recently and done very well.
So well, some of the businesses would like the city's zoning rules changed so they can be closer to apartments and other businesses.
Right now, the rules keep microbreweries in more remote, industrial parts of the city.
"It doesn't give a lot of options in terms of where you can locate a microbrewery in the city," said Marrino.
And that's exactly what Brad Shell is trying to do.
He's managed breweries in Atlanta, Oregon and Washington and wants to bring a microbrewery to South End, but with the current zoning rules he can't.
"We're not big aggressive empire builders, we're just normal guys who want to make a really great product and be part of our community and be supported locally," said Shell.
But city leaders said they're concerned with what type of impact these businesses would have on their surroundings -- including the traffic, noise, and odors -- to make sure they don't disrupt neighborhoods.
Marrino said changing the rules would mean more breweries and more local businesses for Charlotte.
"I think new microbreweries are good for the city. Beer is a perishable product. It's liquid bread and it's meant to be drank fresh," said Marrino.
That zoning meeting is goes on until 8:00 p.m.
It's open to the community and at the Government Center.
It's not clear when city council could decide on any possible changes.