Charlotte’s historic South End was once the sight of the city’s first rail line and a booming manufacturing community. This area, just south of the city’s center known as “uptown”, is a thriving community filled with restaurants, shops, and designed related industries. The current craft beer explosion in Charlotte also has its roots in the historic South End area beginning with the opening of The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in March of 2009. Founded by John Marrino, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, or OMB as it is affectionately referred to by Queen City residents, is the oldest Charlotte brewery in operation today. John moved to Charlotte after spending several years in Germany, and his love for German beer followed right along with him. Each beer brewed by OMB adheres to an ancient German purity law (Reinheitsgebot) and is brewed using only four ingredients; barley, hops, yeast, and water. If you are in the mood for cold conditioned, traditional German style beers, then look no further than Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. This German influence extends well beyond just their beers. Their Brauhaus is reminiscent of a German beer hall and serves up a menu including German staples such as German pretzels, Wurste, and Brats. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery also boasts a large Biergarten where you can enjoy the Charlotte weather with the German-style beers. Their flagship beer, Copper is a staple in most local bars and restaurants around the Queen City. OMB just celebrated its 6th birthday as well as being voting the best brewery tour in the United States by USA today. They have live music on Wednesday and Friday nights.