This is a good problem to have, of course. As SweetWater CEO Freddy Bensch told me recently, for as long as he can remember, Georgia's been a "craft-brewing wasteland." As a co-founder of the state's most successful brewery, he's been hoping for - and making - better Georgia beers during the last 16 years and change. We're finally catching up with the rest of the country, too. "You see a completely different picture [today], with the Southeast as a top emerging and thriving craft-beer market," he said, finishing his thought optimistically.
All this without mentioning the unpredictable releases of exemplary beers from brewpubs and breweries. From seasonal releases to infrequent one-offs, craft beer is a world where something delicious shows up and then disappears in a week. It can be as hard to keep track of it all as it is to stand up if you have one too many. (Pro-tip: Do not drink the entire list below in one sitting.)
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Since finding her foamy inspiration, Pezzano has created lemon hefeweizen cupcakes, milk chocolate Belgian ale waffles, and peanut butter porter brownies, to name but a few. And her business has taken off quickly, too, going from something she daydreamed about in between taking care of her son to a full-time gig that requires an employee. Creative Loafing caught up with Pezzano to discuss her craft-beer conversion, some upcoming local brewery collaborations, and where she most often finds herself sipping a cold brew.
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There are any number of ways to get craft beer suggestions while you're visiting an unfamiliar locale (or even exploring your very own hometown). Regional publications often have some sort of coverage intended to point you in the right direction, be it columns with event listings like the one I write for this fine publication, best-bar lists like this one from St. Louis alt-weekly Riverfront Times, or statewide beer superlatives like this Portland Monthly write-up.
On a larger scale, websites like CraftBeer.com and Chow.com present various ways for readers to call attention to their favorite bars and brewpubs, respectively. (In the latter, you'll note that Atlanta's Wrecking Bar made it into the "elite eight" of the nationwide bracket.) The robust, mostly-forum-based website of monthly magazine BeerAdvocate, meanwhile, features a constantly updating Top 250 Beers list, which is rated by users and comes complete with a "Bayesian estimate" that pulls and sorts data with a statistical formula's help in the weighting process. BA and RateBeer.com, two of the most comprehensive places for beer ratings on the Internet, each have their own guides to specific regions, which can be customized in various ways. And then, of course, there's Yelp, which, while continually proving itself to be a less-than-reliable narrator in the world of food and drink ratings, well, it's still an option. Phew! All right. If you haven't already clicked away and are somehow not completely exhausted, let's take a quick breather and meet up after jump.
If passed, Georgia House Bill 314 would change that. The bill would:
...provide for limited exceptions to the three-tier system for the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages; to change the definition of the term 'brewpub'; to provide for limited retail sales by brewers of malt beverages manufactured on their premises for off-premises consumption; to provide for the collection of applicable taxes on such sales; to change certain provisions relating to the terms and conditions that exist for owners and operators of brewpubs to allow for retail sales of malt beverages manufactured on their premises for off-premises consumption; to change certain provisions relating to manufacturing limitations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
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