Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History


What do a jousting match, exotic singing birds and the sun god Ra have in common? Why, everyone’s favorite malt beverage, beer, of course! Find out how the sudsy beverage connects these fascinating topics, and delve into Atlanta’s long and vivid history of brewing during Historic Oakland Cemetery’s new guided walking tour, Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History, debuting June 6 at 7 p.m. and June 7 at 5 p.m. The tour adds to Oakland’s existing repertoire of 14 specialty tours and the additional Sights, Symbols and Stories tour.

Authors Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle of “Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub in the South” will be onsite during the tours. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 65 and older, and free for Friends of Oakland. Buy tickets here. As with all of Oakland’s guided tours, a ticket grants $5 off any purchase at neighboring restaurant Six Feet Under. With this tour, guests will also be granted $1 off a purchase at the nearby My Friend’s Growler Shop.

2The Historic Oakland Foundation offers several types of tours to entertain, educate, and enlighten the community throughout the year.  The Sights, Symbols and Stories guided overview tour is offered every weekend and special topic tours are offered every weekend mid-March through mid-October. Additionally, guided tours are offered for private groups and schools. Several options are available for self-guided tours.

Reservations are required for Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History. Buy tickets here. Stay up-to-date with event details on Twitter and Facebook.

About Oakland│ Spanning 48 acres east of the city, Oakland Cemetery is an arboretum, an outdoor sculpture museum with monuments recognized by the Smithsonian, and an Audubon wildlife sanctuary. Oakland is the final resting place of 70,000 people from all walks of life, including author Margaret Mitchell, 27 Atlanta mayors including Maynard Jackson, 6 former governors, thousands of unmarked graves, and Civil War soldiers. Oakland Cemetery offers critical green space for recreation and serves as a cultural resource for lifelong learners who come to study history, art, architecture, archaeology, horticulture, photography, and more. Founded in 1850 when the City purchased 6 acres of farmland just outside of Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery was created as a Victorian garden cemetery. All lots were sold by the end of the 1800s, but gradually many of the descendants moved away or abandoned their family lots and the cemetery fell into disrepair. In 1976 a group of citizens concerned about the state of the cemetery launched the Historic Oakland Foundation to assist the City of Atlanta in its preservation of this special place. Also in 1976, the cemetery was named to the National Register of Historic Places and soon thereafter declared a Historic Landmark District by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.  The Foundation partners with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and an island of tranquility in the heart of the

11 Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day in Georgia

Roswell Remembers Ceremony

Roswell Remembers Ceremony

Remember our fallen heroes at these Memorial Day events:

May 24th: Augusta Choral Society Memorial Day Concert at Sacred Heart Cultural Center in Augusta

May 24th: Memorial Day Commemoration at Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill

May 24th-25th: Memorial Day Mayhem at Little Ocmulgee State Park in Helena

May 24th-25th: Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at Florence Marina State Park in Omaha

May 24th-26th: Memorial Day Observance at Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville

May 25th-26th: Memorial Day Celebration at Reed Bingham State Park in Adel

May 26th: Madison’s Memorial Day Ceremony & Ride For America in downtown Madison

May 26th: Memorial Day Celebration in downtown Senoia

May 26th: Roswell Remembers Ceremony in downtown Roswell

May 26th: Miles of Hope Memorial Day Ride in Cedartown

May 26th: Memorial Day Ceremony in Woodstock

Favorite Food Finds in Atlanta

As I quickly learned upon my relocation to Atlanta, the food scene in Atlanta is outstanding. There is no shortage of restaurants to try at all price points. Before, during and after my recent move, the one thing I kept asking for was restaurant recommendations. I shouldn’t have been surprised that so many people were willing to share their favorites!

As with every list of this nature, it’s all subjective. Here are a few that have become instant favorites.



Billed as a restaurant, market, deli and community haven, it’s a perfect description. There’s a deli vibe with community tables downstairs and upstairs is a cool lofty place. The prices are reasonable and Parish offers two outside patio areas to enjoy the Atlanta weather with your meal.

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Fat Matt’s

Seating is first come, first served so be prepared to wait a few minutes if you arrive at a peak time. The space is small but the taste is big. I highly recommend the pulled pork sandwich. Make sure to leave room for a side of Rum baked beans or macaroni salad.


Antico Pizza Napoletana

When people say you are sitting in the kitchen, they aren’t kidding. Seating is communal, at benches and it can get packed, so be prepared for people to eye your table while you are eating. Antico allows you to bring your own alcohol making the price of a “beer and pizza” night relatively inexpensive.

lorisusslebonanniLori Sussle Bonanni spent her career in New York City and relocated to Atlanta in December 2013. Lori loves immersing herself in local culture and going off the beaten path. She is excited to explore all that Atlanta and Georgia have to offer. Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Specialization in Advertising and Public Relations from Rowan University. Say hi to Lori @smplythreecents on Twitter or visit her blog,


We Asked, You Answered: State Parks

Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, Georgia. Photo by John Creek.

Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, Georgia. Photo by John Creek.

Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are the perfect for a picnic lunch,  frisbee match, first date, birthday party and, well, just about anything else you can think of! We asked our Explore Georgia Facebook fans which Georgia State Park was their favorite – here are their top 5 answers!

  1. Vogel State Park in Blairsville
  2. Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn
  3. Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville
  4. Unicoi State Park in Helen
  5. Black Rock Mountain State Park in Mountain City

See all of our fan responses here.

Featured Answers:

5 4 3 2 1


All Aboard the Whitewater Express

On May 25, 2013, Whitewater Express opened its whitewater rafting location in Columbus, Georgia, on the Chattahoochee River. Not only is it the longest urban whitewater-rafting course in the world, but it also contains the largest rapid in the Southeast: Cutbait.

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Whitewater Express, Columbus, Georgia

  The course consists of approximately 10 rapids, ranging from Class I-IV+.  Whitewater Express offers two trips. The Classic Trip is the smoother of the two. The trip has Class I-III rapids, and rafters get to experience the “Habitat Pool,” similar to a lazy river. This is for those 7 years old and up.

 The High Water trip is for adventure seekers! The trip has Class II-IV+ rapids, and rafters must be at least 12 years old. This trip allows two runs down the river: One run being down the Georgia side and one down the Alabama side. To experience the notorious Cutbait, rafters must be at least 14 years old.


Columbus Whitewater

Whitewater Express, Columbus, Georgia

Many elements make this rafting location and experience more unique than any other. One is the urban setting as you raft down river. As your raft is guided downstream, you move through the heart of Uptown Columbus. Uptown Columbus not only offers a gorgeous backdrop, but when you finish your rafting trip, you can walk into Uptown to dine, shop and play more.

Another great element of rafting in Columbus, Georgia, is its rich history filled with tales from the Civil War and beyond. Rafters will be guided under the very bridge that held the last major battle in the Civil War.

After an adrenaline rush with whitewater, families can bike a 20-mile stretch on Columbus’ Riverwalk. Along the Riverwalk, you can stop at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, National Infantry Museum, the Civil War Naval Museum and many more fascinating places.


Whitewater Express is open seven days a week. Weekday trips run at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (5:30 is the High Water run.) On weekends, trips run at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (5:30 is the only High Water run.) To find more information, book trips or learn about Whitewater Express’ other locations in Georgia, visit or call 334-298-9521.  To discover more about Columbus, visit

photo-2-150x150Katie Bishop was born and raised in Columbus,GA. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2012. She now works as the Marketing Coordinator at Whitewater Express, Chattahoochee.

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