Brew and Crew. We’ve got the Brew. You bring the crew!

Fact. Beer lovers love great beer paired with great food. The burgeoning craft beer industry throughout Georgia is producing some impressive beers. When an iconic farm to family style restaurant, The Dillard House in Dillard, Georgia, partners with a coastal craft beer pioneer, you know it is a great match for a beer dinner. As part of The Dillard House’s Centennial Anniversary, this special evening is designed for you and your friends to kick back, learn something new, experience great beer, awesome food and incredible music talent.

Southbound Brewing Company will have five brews featured during a five course specially designed menu that is spot on for matching food to the beer palate. The Brew & Crew dinner takes place on July 22nd at 6:30 pm and the $60 tickets are available through The price includes a souvenir pint glass, a program by Brewmaster and managing partner Smith Mathews of Southbound on the brewing process, styles, aromas and flavor. Guests will then enjoy entertainment by Justin Dukes and bandmates. Dukes is a Georgia native and rising country music star who has been named 2015 Georgia Music Awards Country Male Artist of the Year. After the dinner, there will be a cash bar available.

You might ask, who is Smith Mathews and what makes him a stand out in the beer business?

Mathews has been in the craft beer industry for ten years. As a Georgia Tech student, he started out in Aerospace Engineering. Realizing that was the wrong major for him, he switched to business management and began working for extra spending money at Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta. The job got him interested in home brewing, so he ordered a kit and got hooked. The more he brewed, the more passionate he became about creating his own brand of beer.

When he announced his intentions to go to “beer school” post-graduation, some thought he was passing up a potential lucrative career as a GT graduate. However, Mathews had a plan. He attended the prestigious Sielbel Institute of Technology in Chicago and the Doemens World Brewing Academy in Munich, Germany earning a diploma in Brewing Technology. The extensive class room and hands-on learning in some of the world’s greatest breweries landed him a brewing job back at Sweetwater. During this time, he began his MBA in business. Upon completion of graduate school and armed with experience, a business plan and a passionate partner, Carly Wiggins, he embarked on the creation of Southbound Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia. Facing major challenges, including winning over City Hall, Mathews and Wiggins successfully started the first production brewery there. Within three years, the company has experienced impressive growth, and Mathews has made a name for himself in Georgia’s craft beer craze. In fact, travelers will soon find a new Southbound Tap House open at the Savannah-Hilton Head Airport to greet coastal beer enthusiasts.

Mathews and Southbound beers have been featured in “Georgia Traveler” on PBS, “The Palate Magazine,” “The Beer Connoisseur Magazine,” “The Savannah Magazine,” “Southern Brewing News,” and most recently “Draft Magazine” to name a few. Mathews was the featured beer expert at the 2016 Sea Island Southern Grown Festival. He is an engaging and interactive speaker while talking about his love for craft beer.

The Dillard House is just as passionate about their food.

This mainstay for the last 100 years is a continual family-run business by the Dillards. While known for traditional southern cooking, Dillard House chefs delight guests with a variety of food samplings year-round. Generations have traveled to and through Dillard to partake in the delicious and seasonal fresh dishes over the last century. Celebrating this milestone anniversary, CEO Louise Dillard wanted to provide special events to showcase their restaurant and hotel.

Now that we are in the summer heat, a weekend getaway to the cooler north Georgia mountains sounds great, right? The Dillard House is offering a discounted rate for guests staying on the property and attending the dinner. You can call 800-541-0671 for reservations using the Promo Code: BREW. The price includes two free breakfasts per room from the renowned Dillard House restaurant. There is a lot to do on site and in the area, such as horseback riding, fly fishing, zip lining, river rafting, antiquing and more. Or better yet, take a good book and sit on a rocking chair overlooking the scenery and relax. Then come join the fun at dinner –  Brew and Crew. We provide the brew. You bring the crew. Call some friends, call The Dillard House and go online to purchase your tickets today. As Southbound Brewing Company says, “Life’s a Trip.”  See you there!

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How Drinking Establishments Support Their Neighborhoods

Drinking establishments can typically be found at the heart of any community across the United States. While they provide a place to socialize for local patrons, they also serve a much greater purpose. Drinking establishments are strong supporters of their neighborhoods, and many people may not realize just how much their local bar does for their area. We share a few of the ways drinking establishments support their neighborhoods below.

Bars Give Back to the Community via Fundraisers and Sponsorships

Bar owners understand they are an important piece of their community, and they often find ways to give back. Many drinking establishment owners give back year-round, rather than waiting for the holidays. One of the ways drinking establishments give back to the community is by hosting fundraisers for nonprofit organizations or other local charities and causes. Some fundraisers involve guest bartenders, raffles, darts or pool tournaments, themed quiz competitions, and special karaoke nights or band shows. By hosting the event, the bar provides a venue for the event and often does not charge the organization to hold the event.

Drinking establishments also give back by sponsoring local events or sports teams. Those who sponsor local events often donate liquor or sell it at cost; others donate bartenders to work free of charge. Sometimes they also chip in to cover the printing costs of T-shirts, flyers, or other promotional items. Similarly, bars often sponsor adult leagues in softball, baseball, bowling, and other sports. They cover costs to help participants form teams and attend games and tournaments.

Neighborhood bars also participate in pub crawls during certain times of the year. An organization plans the crawl and charges participants an entry fee; then, participants earn sponsorships for each bar they visit during the night. The bars get a boom of business by participating in the crawl, and a local organization benefits from the entry fees and sponsorship money collected.

Holding Food Drives

Some drinking establishments hold food drives throughout the year because they realize that many communities hold them only around the holidays. Local bars and pubs often discount drinks for each canned food donated by a patron, or they waive cover charges for patrons who donate canned goods. Drinking establishments may partner with a local food bank or non-profit organization to ensure the food goes to the people in the area who are most in need.

Food drives held by drinking establishments are often very successful because the bar can promote the drive via their social media pages. They reach their audience quickly and easily, and they also inform regular patrons a few weeks ahead of time to take advantage of word-of-mouth advertising.

Bars are Inclusive

Many neighborhood bars are inclusive and welcome everyone who comes through their doors. It’s not unusual to find people from various religious, financial, and educational backgrounds in a community bar because it provides a comfortable place to socialize. Many drinking establishments are taking their inclusivity one step further and welcoming dogs with their owners. Dog-friendly bars have been on the rise in major U.S. cities, and now many are popping up in the suburbs and rural areas of the country as owners realize patrons want to relax and socialize with their four-legged friends in tow.

People living near bars especially love being able to pop in for a drink as part of their nightly dog-walking ritual. When drinking establishments accept their pets, dog owners find a venue for socializing their dogs and getting them used to unfamiliar people and places. The dogs enjoy the extra attention, and their owners enjoy enhancing their evening stroll with some good spirits and company. The bar truly becomes part of the community when it fits into people’s daily routines.

Drinking establishment owners realize their place in the community, and they often show their appreciation by giving back via fundraisers and sponsorships, holding food drives, and being inclusive and welcoming all members of the community.

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The Atlanta Beer Boutique has enlisted the services of a few guest bloggers. Most posts will be about beer, but expect to also read some brew-less content over the next few months.  The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of The Atlanta Beer Boutique.

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Hello, Spring!

It’s a new season, y’all: The perfect time to check out what’s new in beer. And there’s plenty. In this blog I shine light on a new brew, a new spot, a new brewery, and a new project. I apologize in advance for the shameless plug you will encounter, soon. Let’s get to it!

A New Brew: Haddy Witbier [Reformation Brewing, Co.]

Reformation Brewery in Woodstock, Georgia welcomes Haddy to their year round portfolio. This sessionable beer offering is initially available at venues such as Variety Playhouse and Rome Braves Stadium, and the brewery’s Keeping Room in a 16 oz. canned format this month. CEO, Spencer Nix says, “We can always use more moments that bring us together. Haddy is made for that moment. Easy drinking, light-bodied, and low ABV means you can hold onto the experience a little longer.” Unchanged from their existing recipe, a 12 oz. canned format of Haddy (formerly Union) will be added later this year. So, this is a cheat since Haddy is really Union and isn’t really “new” but it kinda feels like it. The rebrand will culminate with Haddy joining Cadence and Jude in a Reformation Box Set (12 packs) this summer (that’s new). A witbier by style, this classic, refreshing take on the Belgian style is ideal for warmer months ahead. Learn more at

 A New Spot: The Georgia Beer Garden

I’m always in search of a new spot to enjoy a brew or two. The Georgia Beer Garden in Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood doesn’t disappoint. Located at 420 Edgewood Avenue, SE, the Beer Garden is “a southern take on a classic beer garden serving beers from the state of Georgia, regional spirits and (coming soon) good food.” I had the chance to pop my head in towards the end of 2016. The beer list was extensive. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. And the space is very, very cool. Even though it was an unseasonably warm night in Atlanta, it still was not warm enough for me to sit outside. Now that it’s spring, I need a do-over! The Georgia Beer Garden is at the top of my list of patios and porches to visit this season. I hope to see y’all out there at some point over the next few months!

A New Brewery: Scofflaw Brewing Co.

So, it’s not necessarily new but it is new to me because I’ve not yet made it down the street to Scofflaw Brewing. I first became acquainted with them at the 2016 Decatur Beer Festival. It was a beautiful day and I was a volunteer in the festival’s VIP beer garden. The brewers brought a cask version of their Basement IPA and if my memory serves me correctly, I believe they added fresh pineapples to the mash. Can you imagine? It was such a well-balanced brew and drank way too easily to be over 7% ABV! I’ve had it in cans several times since then, but I’ve yet to make it to the brewery. Shame on me! But that will soon change. I’m co-hosting a Mother’s Day tour with the good folks at Hop Spot Beer Tours. We’ll hop on a private tour bus to check out a cidery, a distillery and a brewery that just might be Scofflaw 🙂

A New Project: The Chick’s Guide to Beer


Here’s the shameless plug that I warned you about: I’ve written a beer book! The Chick’s Guide to Beer has been a personal project of mine for over a year. I’m beyond thrilled that it’s now available for pre-order! I wrote the book because I know how daunting and intimidating it can be to dive into something new. I feel the exact same way when I visit wine shops: a real deer in the headlights moment! I designed the guide to present a broad view of beer into seven rules punctuated with Beer Chick Tips that highlight key ideas. Colorful graphics help explain many of the concepts and the journal at the end of the guide provides users with a place to log the beers they try along their beer journey. Check it out, all legit on Amazon! Reserve your copy, today!


Photo credits, in order of appearance: Reformation Brewery, The Georgia Beer Garden, Scofflaw Brewing Co., The Chick’s Guide to Beer