@notelonmusk I'm a native and Atlanta and you've do nailed it on the head. Shoya's ramen is awful. Umaido's the best but the hour drive makes me hesitant.
The argument against is the distributors see it as a slippery slope to losing control over the three tier system. As absurd as that seems to us, to the distributors, it is not.
Having lived in NYC and LA the last decade and moved here a few years back, I've searched long and hard for Ramen. The places mentioned here really are average at best and as Brad elodes too, these aren't great options just adaquent ones.
Umaido is the best of the bunch but not worth the one hour one way trek to Suwanee.
Agree about Raku. Too bad their ramen can't hold a candle to how good. I'm sure their midtown location will be flooded by cheap and hungry tech students who don't care about quality. ala Hankook Taqueria.
Nice try Taka but I still only like your sushi.
Gato tries too hard to be creative.
Mibo's bowl is a mess and I got cold soup too.
I'm looking forward to future possibilities hearing that a few chef driven in town options are headed our way.
Shoya's ramen is pedestrian at best. Thin and uninspired. In general a shop needs to specialize in Ramen to be good at it in that they have to dedicate a lot of time and space to it and make huge vats of broth. A place like Shoya that sells an occasional bowl could never make a good one.
Jinbei was sold or is currently being sold to a Chinese family and their shortcuts are already showing up. It has gone downhill in general since the old Japanese owner gentlemen passed away.
Well, yes, I guess I was being a tad deliberately obtuse. My bigger question could be better phrased like so: What's the argument against letting the brewpubs just sell a little bit of their beer directly? Just enough so folks like me, in the scenario above, could take home a growler now and then? The three-tier system could stay completely the same otherwise, distributors would still get their cut, and everybody wins! Including the Georgia beer drinker, for once. Yes, that's it. What's the argument against THAT? I'm honestly asking.
The only thing missing from your scenario is the distributor. They are the ones against brew pubs selling growlers on premise. They won't see any of the revenue, as small as it may be.
I love my chEMX but AEROPRESS is DA BOMB for super coffee in seconds. You can get at Amazon, Whole Foods, and local stores for 25 Bucks plus or minus……
Here's what kills me. I go to a place like 5 Seasons, Wrecking Bar, Twain's, etc. A brewpub that makes its own awesome beer in-house. I have a beer or two and really enjoy them. What's my option after that? I can't have another beer and drive home safely. If brewpubs were allowed to sell growlers, I'd buy one and take it with me. No drunk driving, a business makes money, the state gets tax revenue, jobs are created. So, what's the argument against it again?
Jeez. Another step backward for GA brewing. Lame.
How long do you have to stay at a bar in order to drink a couple beers?
this reminds me - i need to make the trip up to athens to sample terrapin's wares.
I think this is the work of the Distributors Lobby. Right now breweries and brewpubs are getting close to be able to sell a limited amount of their beer for off site consumption at their location. The Distributors are fighting like dogs to keep this from happening and throwing a little bad press on of the biggest breweries only helps them in their mind show they don't follow the rules they have now so why give them any breaks.
Let this be a lesson to you. Not only are you the only industry that's not allowed to sell your product directly to customers. You're ALSO not allowed to literally give it away to them for free unless you teach them something for a specified amount of time while they're your premises. Happy free market!
State of Georgia
Does Shoya not have tonkotsu ramen? I know they have several other kinds ...
It's obvious.....Brewery tours make baby Jesus cry.
What a coward and a piece of human garbage.
"But one Georgia beer-industry professional claims local restaurants encouraged the department's investigation. The industry insider, who wished to remain anonymous in his comments to CL, says the restaurants are frustrated that beer tours cut into their early evening dinner business, but he also clarifies that it's more of a regulation issue than a restaurant one:"
Possibly worth mentioning that Raku is opening up on Marietta St too, over on the Westside.
Chow Down Atlanta did a pho comparison this week which was very insightful, but
also did a more comprehensive ramen article almost three years ago. Anyway,
looking forward to hitting some of these joints up.
Thanks for the thorough and thoughtful reviews. I'm stunned about Yakitori Jinbei. I haven't been there in 4 months but the ramen certainly didn't have the sesame seeds and other items you mentioned. Seems like they've made a big change.
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