Every beer blog I read has already posted a two thousand and fourteen page talking about beer this year, etc. So here goes mine, but there’s really something to be excited about other than saying I’m going to write more (many of you would prefer me to write less or even none). You see what’s about to happen in Athens, Georgia is the local breweries are actually going to double. How many people can say that?
Currently Athens is home to, the now ever vastly expanding, regional brewery Terrapin Beer Company. It’s also home to Copper Creek Brewing Company, also known as the home of wing night. They have great wings on sale Thursday night and if I’m lucky Sarah lets me go twice a month, but normally only once a month because she loves me. In 2014 Athens will see doors open and beers pouring from two new breweries, Creature Comforts and The Southern Brewing Co.
is housed in the old Snow Tire Co. building on W. Hancock St. downtown. With Creature Beer being downtown, it’s a prime location which will certainly be at capacity during game weekends. They recently received their tanks and posted plenty of pictures over on their blog.
CCBC tanks arriving
From reading their site they will brew on a 30 barrel brew house and as you can see above, has a lot of fermentation capacity from the rip. They posted on Facebook that their Berliner will be in cans, so let’s hope all of their beers wind up in our favorite aluminum container.
The Southern Brewing Company
has acquired land along Collins Industrial Boulevard, which runs alongside highway 29, and is across from McLane Trucking. They are working on plans for clearing land and building right now. Brian Roth, a 10 year brewing veteran, is working diligently to make his dreams come true.
Concept 2 – phase 1 includes a 10k sq. ft. brewery with huge bier garden
He has the help of long time friend and co-founder Rick Goddard (you’ll soon realize he’s not American once you go to his bio page) and brewer Mark Mooney, so he’s surrounded by good help. I’ve never seen anyone as proficient as Rick clean not one, but two giant 15 gallon pumpkins in a single brew day. If you ever need a trust worthy bottle filler then call on Mark. I’ve never seen Mark pull a bottling bucket off the table while bottling and I can’t say that about Brian.
What’s great about SBC is their love for brewing, the community and the camaraderie that comes with it. We started out as a cleaner at Gratis Brewing, the home brew pilot system for SBC, and have moved up to collaborator. Remember the great things we said about Rick?
Rick fisting a gourd
It’s a very rough timeline because there are still a lot of hurdles to jump or knock down, but they are tentatively planning to brew on their system in July. I didn’t think I’d ever say this but summer can come soon enough.