Cheers to Alpharetta, Georgia

JEKYLL BREWING COMPANY CELEBRATES TWO YEARS THIS AUGUST

Jekyll Brewing line

With names like “Hop Dan Diggity,” the brews at Jekyll showcase the laidback company’s culture where beer reigns supreme. | Photo courtesy of Jekyll Brewing Company

Just north of Atlanta and easily accessed from Georgia 400, the State’s Hospitality Highway, lies a destination worth toasting: Alpharetta. This Southern city is home to the popular Jekyll Brewing Company, established in August 2013, through a Kickstarter campaign where tours, special events and, of course, production of sudsy sips, keep visitors and residents alike returning for a refill.

Historically, the purpose of a local brewery was to provide quality beer and a gathering location for community members. Founder Mike Lundmark, and co-owner, Josh Rachel, heard the community loud and clear: residents and visitors to Alpharetta represented craft beer drinkers and overwhelmingly supported local, quality beer. So, the home brewers got to work and Jekyll opened its tap room to the public in August 2013.

“The community’s response to having its own craft brewery outside the perimeter was overwhelmingly positive,” said Lacey Pyle, whose official title at Jekyll Brewing Company is “Head Cheerleader,” which means she manages all tap room team members and operations, coordinates private events, manages social media and more, including building boxes or mopping the floors, if needed.

Jekyll Brewing process

Brewer Bryan Johnson lifts the lid of Jekyll Brewing’s mash tun to show Cooter Brown American Brown Ale’s grain during the mashing process. | Photo courtesy of Lacey Pyle

Jekyll produces five year-round brews and several seasonal brews. The Tap Room is open to the public (21 and over, even for special events) Tuesday-Thursday 5 to 9 p.m., Friday 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays 1-9 p.m. Tour packages start at $12 per person and include six sample tickets. Each ticket can be used for a six-ounce pour of one of the beers featured in the Tap Room. Tours through the facility are given about once per hour depending on the number of participants and how long the previous tour lasted. The atmosphere at Jekyll Brewing Company is decidedly casual, so no tour reservations are necessary.

Thanks to the recent passage of Georgia’s SB 63, if a guest likes a certain style, he or she can take home a souvenir from the tap room: beer straight from the source. Guests can choose between one six-pack or up to two crowlers of beer.

Don’t miss
Jekyll throws a party just about every quarter—you know how social Southerners are. Coming up: The brewing company celebrates their two-year anniversary party on August 15. Guests may choose among 15 beers to sample, live music, food trucks, cake and all the Jekyll games like corn hole and giant Jenga. In addition to regular parties, the first Wednesday of each month is First Responders night, where the Brewery honors those who serve the community, offering $2 off to police, fire, EMS, military and veterans.

T-Bone & Earl toast Jekyll Brewing

Musician duo “T-Bone & Earl” (Phil Frontal, left, “T-Bone”; Rich Lebo, right, “Earl”) pause from their rocking and rolling to toast Jekyll Brewing. | Photo courtesy of Lacey Pyle

If you go
Plan to visit during one of Alpharetta Don’t Miss Special Events and add a tour of Jekyll Brewing Company to the experience. Find Jekyll at 2855 Marconi Drive, STE 350, Alpharetta, GA  30005 and check them out socially on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram and Untappd.

Take home a souvenir: Jekyll fans can purchase beer on draft at many local restaurants, including Taco Mac, Mellow Mushroom and Rosati’s. Guests can also buy Jekyll brews in area big box stores like Kroger, Publix, Costco, Wal-Mart on Windward, and any bottle shop.

For more about Alpharetta click here, visit the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.AwesomeAlpharetta.com or call  678-297-2811.

katieMom-on-the-go and Laurie Rowe Communications PR pro Katie Reeder graduated at the top of her class from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University with a degree in Communication Studies. Katie resides in Cumming, Georgia – between the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the lights and action of nearby Atlanta.

Georgia Grown: Eagle Creek Brewing Company

1072161_692982684062218_1200291403_oName: Eagle Creek Brewing Company

Where: Statesboro, Georgia

Story: Owners Daniel Long and Franklin Dismuke are new to the Brewery business. Just a couple years ago, Long was given a home brew kit for Christmas and started tinkering with his own brew.  After much success at brewing five gallon batches, Long invited his friend, Franklin Dismuke to go tour a brewery in Athens.  Long describes the experience as basically the moment the idea of their brewery, Eagle Creek, was born.  The two looked at each other and said “we could do this.”  Today, Eagle Creek is doing it!  They have their facility just off of the downtown square open and fermenting hops.  They credit their young brewer Cole Brown, perhaps the youngest in the country at just 22 years old, as following through with their vision and tastes.  “He was a perfect fit” says Long.  The trio of Long, Dismuke and Brown are now touring Statesboro and Savannah to unveil their inaugural brew, the Low Country Pale Ale.  New varieties will be introduced later this year.

EC Low Country Pale AleWhere to Buy: Currently you’ll have to make the drive to Statesboro or Savannah to try the Low Country Pale Ale.  Statesboro is conveniently located off of Interstate 16 and has a lot to offer for foodies and brew lovers.  Try the beer on tap at local restaurants including 40 East Grill, South and Vine, the Millhouse and Gnats Landing.  Want to take some home?  Eagle Creek isn’t brewing yet, but you can get a growler or two at Clyde’s Minit Mart and Tom’s Beverage Center, both in Statesboro.  In the words of the guys at Eagle Creek, “Don’t Fear the Foam!”