Friday, February 21, 2014

Beer Nerds Bond Over Kentucky Craft Writing Symposium

Comprised of about 48 hours of continual beer consumption (both in body and in academic spirit) the University-of-Kentucky-sponsored Craft Writing Symposium in Lexington was a lot to take in. It's been almost a week, and I'm still a little hungover drunk on the experience.

There've been no shortage of summative remarks already shared in the last few days (and I'm sure there are more to come). What follows are my lasting impressions, as frustratingly biased and lacking in journalistic ethos as they may or may not be (sorry, Stan).

Brevity's not my strong suit, so let me open with this:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Georgia Craft Beer Fest to support GCBG

First of its kind event will bring together all of Georgia’s breweries

ATLANTA- On March 22, 2014 Georgia’s craft brewers will convene under the banner of the “Georgia Craft Beer Fest” to celebrate the state’s flourishing craft beer community. From old guard breweries to brand new upstarts, over 25 GA breweries have been confirmed to take part in this all day event. There will informative tours, food trucks, live music, and the best craft beer the Georgia has to offer.

The GCBF will benefit the Georgia Craft Brewers’ Guild, a non-profit organization that works to support the brewing community, inform consumers, and encourage growth in up and coming craft beer-based businesses in our state.

The festival will be hosted by the state’s oldest craft brewery, Red Brick Brewing Co. President Bob Budd had to say about the event, “We are beyond thrilled to be hosting this event because, honestly, some folks thought it might never happen. As one of the founding members of the Georgia Craft Brewers’ Guild, one of our goals has been to mentor up and coming breweries. So to have over 25 Georgia breweries under one roof shows the progress that the community at large is making.”

The GCBF will be held from 1-6 pm on March 22, with VIP opening at noon. It will be held at Red Brick Brewing Co, 2323 Defoor Hills Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30318. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP. For more information, a complete list of breweries, and to purchase tickets, visit

For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Tyler Cates at 
(919)819-2398 or

Monday, February 10, 2014

Molly Gunn: A Lady Who Loves Beer

An Atlanta native and long-time resident, Molly Gunn made her dream of becoming a restaurant owner a reality in October of 2008 when, along with husband and co-owner Nick Rutherford (also executive chef, vintage list curator, and "ultimate handyman"), The Porter Beer Bar was born. 

There's almost nowhere I'd rather be for a weekend brunch and beer in Atlanta, and with an extensive menu of draft and bottled beers (over 44 beers on draft at last count) there's a good chance you'll find yourself right at home with a plate and a pint no matter where your hometown lies (I personally consider relocating at least once a week just so I can sit at the bar more often). 

With a cookbook in the works for Summer 2014 which promises to include items from their impressive specials menu, as well as bits of personal history, Molly and Nick have their future goals set on making The Porter an institution. If you ask me, they're already there. 

Read more about Molly Gunn and her plans for 2014 in this month's focus on women and beer in Atlanta.


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