Did you know that in 1885 Atlanta had 118 saloons in the city doing $2 million of business annually? Ever heard of Rusty Row or Snake Nation? What local business is the oldest contemporary brewery? What role did the delicatessen play in Atlanta’s history?  These and many more questions are answered in Atlanta Beer

After a year-long labor of love, Mary and I are excited to announce the forthcoming release of our book. Atlanta Beer follows the journey of beer and brewing from colonial Georgia through present-day Atlanta with a historical perspective that is different from other writings to date. The American Civil War threatened Atlanta’s existence and Prohibition threatened access to alcoholic beverages. The ability of the city’s residents and breweries to adapt to these challenges is a crucial component in the city’s evolution. We hope that the stories told from our compilation of research and interviews are of interest to breweriana collectors and history buffs, aside from the obvious appeal to beer geeks. 

Not all of the information gathered from those involved in the local beer scene was able to be incorporated in the book, scheduled for release September 2013. We plan to share additional stories, interviews and photographs in this blog.

To keep up with the latest on Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South, please visit AtlantaBeerBook.com.


Brian Freeman
09/26/2013 13:01

Nice site. Didn't even know about it until I read the article in the AJC this morning. When I'm looking for a new beer venue, it's nice to have one place to go. One thing that is lacking in Atlanta is a comprehensive list of the beer festivals throughout the year. I would probably attend more if I knew about them beforehand. Thanks for what you do!


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