Friendships born in college don’t always last and they rarely result in productive things. Though they undoubtedly had many unproductive experiences while in one another’s company, Jeremy Knowles and Cory Smith were able to beat the odds. Jeremy and Cory are the founders and owners of Macon Beer Company, middle Georgia’s only brewery. Jeremy is a professional chemical engineer, giving impetus to the company tagline, ‘Engineering Great Beer,’ and picked up the home brewing hobby a few years after college. Cory completed graduate school, then became Jeremy’s most reliable consumer. Together, they visited most Georgia breweries and gained insight that eventually led them to develop their own craft brewery.
They are ready to start brewing their own recipes and sharing their beer with the masses. Macon Beer Company will initially offer two brands, ‘Macon History,’ a sweet brown ale, and ‘Macon Progress,’ a perfectly-balanced pale ale. These will start appearing this fall and will be followed by other, more adventurous recipes. They will also produce seasonal brands coinciding with local events. A cherry wheat ale premiere during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Macon Octoberfest will feature a new recipe each year with proceeds from sales of the brew going to the event’s preferred charities.
The brewery has a tap room that is currently being renovated in the historic, downtown Macon building at 345 Oglethorpe Street. Tours and tasting events will be scheduled, wherein participants can sample Macon Beer Company products, tour the facility, enjoy live music in the outdoor beer garden, and catch an interactive brewing demonstration.
Jeremy and Cory aim to have Macon Beer Company products in other parts of the state after they get comfortable with demand in the middle Georgia area. Keep an eye on their website and social media platforms for information about when their brews are headed to your town. In the meantime, hit the interstate and drive toward the Heart of Georgia to experience one of the state’s newest microbreweries.