Georgia breweries raise a glass to their resilience

Craft breweries across Georgia celebrated their resilience on Saturday with a statewide event designed to turn out public support for dozens of local businesses.

On Saturday, 50 breweries in Georgia celebrated with their original craft brews on Georgia Beer Day.

The event was organized by the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild and supports the guild's members by donating $1 for each glass.

The participating breweries offered a limited edition collector's pint glass to raise awareness and drive interest and excitement to the state's breweries. It featured a collage of Georgia symbols in including the Cherokee rose, the state flower, the Southern Live Oak, the state tree, the Honeybee, the state's official insect, and the Brown Thrasher, Georgia's state bird, in the center of the glass. Artist Larry Choskey designed the glass.

Georgia craft breweries celebrated Georgia Beer Day on March 6 with a comemorative glass. (Photo: Georgia Craft Brewers Guild)

"We've actually done pretty good, mostly from the standpoint that it's such a nice place to come have a few beers," Nathan Cowan, co-founder and co-owner of Eventide Brewing said. "We have a nice, big, beautiful patio at Eventide and we have socially-distanced interiors as well. It's a safe place to come and get a little bit of normalcy and get out of the house."

Coupled with that resilience is some creativity, which has also helped Georgia's craft breweries stay afloat in their own ways. 

"They're entrepreneurs, they're innovative, so we hope all of our small breweries make it through," Joseph Cortes, executive director of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, said.

A reported total of 50 Georgia breweries participated: 

  • Anderby Brewing (Peachtree Corners) 
  • Arches Brewing (Hapeville) 
  • Athentic Brewing (Athens) 
  • Atlanta Brewing Co. (Atlanta) 
  • Barrier Island Brewing (St. Simons Island)
  • Best End Brewing (Atlanta) 
  • Bold Monk Brewing (Atlanta) 
  • Cherry Street Brewing (Alpharetta)
  • Creature Comforts (Athens) 
  • Dry County Brewing (Kennesaw)
  • Eagle Creek Brewing (Statesboro)
  • Eventide (Atlanta) 
  • Fire Maker (Atlanta) 
  • From the Earth Brewing (Roswell) 
  • Gate City (Roswell)
  • Halfway Crooks (Atlanta) 
  • Horned Owl Brewing (Kennesaw) 
  • Indio Brewing (Sugar Hill) 
  • Kettlerock Brewing (Peachtree Corners) 
  • Left Nut (Gainesville)
  • Line Creek (Peachtree City) 
  • Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta) 
  • Monkey Wrench Brewing (Suwanee)
  • New Realm (Atlanta) 
  • NoFo Brew Co. (Cumming) 
  • Pendley Creek (Jasper) 
  • Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen (Macon) 
  • Pontoon Brewing (Sandy Springs) 
  • Pretoria Fields (Albany) 
  • Red Hare (Marietta) 
  • Reformation Brewing (Smyrna)
  • Round Trip (Atlanta) 
  • Sceptre Brewing Arts (Decatur)
  • Schoolhouse Brewing (Marietta) 
  • Second Self Beer Co. (Atlanta) 
  • Service Brewing (Savannah) 
  • Six Bridges Brewing (Johns Creek) 
  • Social Fox Brewing (Norcross)
  • Steady Hand Beer Co. (Atlanta) 
  • StillFire Brewing (Suwanee) 
  • SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta) 
  • Tantrum Brewing Co. (Cleveland)
  • The Dahlonega Brewery (Dahlonega)
  • The Georgia Beer Co. (Valdosta)
  • Three Taverns (Atlanta) 
  • Torched Hop Brewing (Atlanta)
  • Tucker Brewing Company (Tucker)
  • Two Tides Brewing (Savannah) 
  • Variant Brewing (Roswell) 
  • Wrecking Bar Brewpub (Atlanta) 

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