Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South

Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South


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Atlanta is a unique southern city known for its vast diversity and fast-paced lifestyle. Rarely is it associated with a rich beer and brewing culture, but not for a lack of one. From Atlanta's first brewery in the 1850s to the city's Saloon Row and the parched days of local and national Prohibition, the earliest days of Atlanta's beer history are laced with scandal and excitement. Follow the journey of beer through Atlanta's development, starting with colonial Georgia and the budding wilderness settlement of Terminus and eventually evolving into the ever-growing metropolis known as Atlanta. Authors Ron Smith and Mary Boyle celebrate the resurgence of craft beer in a town that once burned to the ground. As Atlanta rose from the ashes of the Civil War, so also has artisanal beer made a comeback in this enigmatic but resilient city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609498412
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: American Palate
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 759,265
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ron Smith has studied artisanal beer for two decades, and has sampled a wide range of local brews across the United States and Europe. He runs the Beer Guru Atlanta blog. Co-host of several beer dinners and a craft beer enthusiast since 2003, Mary Boyle is currently webmaster at, produces a local pub's newsletter, and is adding a line of beer-focused jewelry to her handcrafted jewelry business. Crawford Moran is the brewmaster at 5 Seasons Brewery, which has three locations in Atlanta. He was awarded the 2012 Atlanta Rising Star Brewer Award.

Table of Contents

Foreword Crawford Moran 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 Frontier Beer and Taverns 13

2 Adanta's First Beer Boom 19

3 Prohibition Comes to Atlanta 34

4 Full of Good Cheer: The Atlantic Brewery Story 51

5 Carling, Cold Cuts and Pseudo-Saloons 65

6 Beer from around Here 76

7 Beer Meets Cuisine: A Tale of the Brewpub 87

8 Atlanta's Brewery Explosion 98

9 A Beer Geek Walks into an Atlanta Beer Bar 109

10 Beer Stores, Growlers and Beer Fests-Oh My! 120

Bibliography 129

Index 139

About the Authors 143

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