FIRST DRAFT: Sixteen Georgia brewpubs collaborate on one beer

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BAND OF BREWERS: Brewpubs all over Georgia worked together with Cherry Street Brewing to produce On My Mind American Red IPA.

It’s a sad truth that brewpubs in Georgia are often overlooked in the larger craft beer market, since most choose to invest in chef-driven food menus rather than canning and distribution of their house-brewed beer. One exception is Cumming’s Cherry Street Brewing, an indisputable frontrunner in Georgia beer with upscale pub food as well as a well-respected line of distributed brews. At the start of the new year, Cherry Street sought to use its influence to support its fellow brewpubs by inviting 16 of them to brew one collaborative beer, which will be available at brewpubs all over Georgia this weekend.

“Since the state defines breweries and brewpubs differently, we thought it was great to get our small group together, many of which sell most their product on site and don’t distribute beer,” says Cherry Street co-founder and brewmaster Nick Tanner. “The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild has used the last weekend of January as a promotion weekend for the kick-off of the Georgia State legislative session, when we typically like to propose new and improved laws for breweries and brewpubs.”

Over the course of a few days, representatives from 16 different Georgia brewpubs came together at Cherry Street to brew a collaborative beer with Georgia Grown wheat malt and a blend of Citra and Cascade hops. The final product is an aromatic and juicy American Red IPA called On My Mind, finished at 7.2 percent ABV. “We at Cherry Street are a community and collaborative group. We love getting people together,” says Tanner. “It’s all about bringing like-minded people together to better achieve common goals.”

Cherry Street shipped more than 250 cases and kegs of On My Mind to brewpubs all over the state, which will be tapped simultaneously this weekend. The number of brewpubs in Georgia is steadily increasing, and Tanner says that some new ones have even opened since the beer was brewed. Cherry Street will update its social media with brewpub locations carrying On My Mind, but here is the list of brewpubs who participated in brewing and will carry the beer at its initial release:

Cherry Street Taproom
5810 Bond St, Cumming, GA 30040

Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery
320 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Wrecking Bar Brewpub 292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Torched Hop Brewing Company
249 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards
211 E Trinity Pl, Decatur, GA 30030

Porter Pizza & Brewery
6370 Powers Ferry Rd NW STE 101, Sandy Springs, GA 30339

Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen
3359, 450 3rd St, Macon, GA 31201

From the Earth Brewing Company
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

Akademia Brewing Company
150 Crane Dr, Athens, GA 30606

Eagle Creek Brewing Company
106 Savannah Ave B, Statesboro, GA 30458

2444, 3404 Pierce Dr, Chamblee, GA 30341

Good Word Brewing & Public House
3085 Main St, Duluth, GA 30096

The Cannon Brew Pub  
1041 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901

Best End Brewpub
1036 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 (Opening 2019)

STATS Brewpub
300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Sceptre Brewing Arts
Oakhurst, GA (Opening 2019)

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