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 https://dillardhousebrewandcrew.eventbrite.com. 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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