Updated Post: Georgia Beer is (almost) Free, Y’all!

Georgia beer drinkers: The day we’ve all been waiting for is fast approaching!

Thanks to a shift in statewide brewery laws, September 1st marks the beginning of a new era in Georgia. Starting then, beer lovers will be able to walk into their favorite Georgia brewery, pull right on up to the counter, and order a beer without a tour, just like it’s done at most other breweries in the world. Sure, we’re decades late to the party, but who’s counting?! Brewery tours will still be available and most places will offer some sort of flight option, allowing folks to taste a few brews at a decent price. Beer-to-go will still be a thing and you’ll be able to take home (yet, another) branded pint glass if your heart desires and your kitchen cabinets allow. And while there are still some minor details to be worked out, these recent developments are definitely a reason to celebrate.

Let’s toast to beer’s independence!

Breweries across the Peach State will be celebrating in a major way. If your favorite neighborhood brewery isn’t listed below, be sure to check in with them directly for details on how they plan to toast beer’s independence in Georgia*.

Athens

Terrapin’s Beer Law Change Celebration and Beer Release
Friday, September 1 from 1 PM to 9 PM

We’re getting set up for the new laws that start September 1st. Stay tuned for event details, how things are going to work, and get ready to celebrate breweries in Georgia being allowed to sell you beer by the pint!

The Southern Brewing Co.: Goodbye Tours, Hello Pours
Thursday, August 31 from 5 PM to 9 PM

Southern Barrel Brewing Co. celebrates the end of an era with one last tour. This is meant to be the tour of all tours as the usher in the new beer laws. The final $12 tour and tasting event will feature Scott Brantley, Studio Gold Nashville Country Artist.

Atlanta Metro Area

Arches Brewing’s End of Prohibition Party
Friday, September 1 at 4 PM to 8 PM

WE ARE FINALLY FREE! Come join the celebration on September 1st as the new brewery laws in Georgia take effect! The new state laws will allow us to offer you the flexibility to enjoy a beer, or two, without the tokens, tours, and prohibition law explanations that you’ve become used to. We will be tapping a handful of specialty limited release beers, food, and live music for the momentous occasion!

FREE* BEER Weekend at Reformation Brewery
Friday, September 1 at 
12 PM to Sunday, September 3 at 10 PM

FREE* BEER (for real). Complimentary short pour with the purchase of your first pint! On September 1st, we #setbeerfree on a new adventure. New laws go into effect that will allow us to sell you beer direct – by the flight, by the pint, and up to a case of beer to go. And with the purchase of your first pint, get a free 4oz pour all weekend! Plus get 25% off all FREE* BEER t-shirts.

Dry County Brewing: 1 Year Anniversary (and SB 85 Celebration)
Saturday, September 9 from 2 PM to 12 AM & September 10 from 2 to 9 PM

Dry County has twice as much to celebrate as most breweries in Georgia this Saturday. They’ve decided to hold off on celebrating until the next weekend. This two-day celebration will include 13 beers on tap, 5 of which are limited anniversary releases, special cask ales, live music all day. Saturday will have a large lunch/dinner menu available comprised of grilled to order plates. Sunday features much of the same with the addition of beer mimosas and breakfast stouts. Brunch and lunch options will also be prepared onsite.

Eventide Brewing: Happy New Beer Party 
Thursday, August 31 at 10 PM to Friday, September 1 at 2 AM

Like New Years, Eventide Brewing views September first as a time of new beginnings. It’s of no surprize then that they would hold a “New Beers” party the eve of Georgia’s greatest advancement in brewing law since 1935. Enjoy midnight snacks Super Tot while dancing to live music by We Were Here or just chill with your favorite Eventide beer in the VIP Lounge. The brewery will have several special release beers tapped for this event only.

Gate City: Buy Beer Not Tours
Friday, September 1 at 11 AM to Monday, September 4 at 12 AM

Y’all. The time has come. Celebrate with us as we say goodbye to the tasting model and hello to beer by-the-glass. We have so much in store for your Labor Day Weekend. Save the dates and breathe a deep “Finally!” sigh with Gate City Brewing Company and the rest of #GAbeer.

Wild Heaven: Late > Never (AKA Georgia Beer Independence Day)
Friday, September 1 at 4 PM to 11 PM

Help us cheers to the next era of #gabeer on Friday, September 1 from 4-11pm. We’ll be saying goodbye to our “brewery tour” pricing option and start selling beer by the glass! We’re busy working on more fun details like pour sizes and glassware options, making sure you can still get beer quickly, and training up staff– but expect live music (TBA) and food from South of Heaven BBQ, also lots of fun stuff on the limited beer menu, and maybe a canned one-off. Entry is free, all ages and dogs are welcome. Hope to see you on the first!

Red Brick Brewing Co: GA Beer Independence Celebration
Friday, September 1 at 4 PM to 10 PM

It’s Beer Independence Day for Georgia! Starting September 1st we will no longer have to sell you a “tour” (but will still offer them on the house!). Now we can actually sell you beer! Come and help us celebrate with 3 awesome bands – Bluegrass Flashmob, the Howling Tongues, and Kick the Robot. Catering by Das BBQ…. free entry and free music. Pay for beer by the pint or flight and take home up to a case to go.

Macon

Macon Beer Company: Goodwill ‘First Pint Pour’
Friday, September 1 from 3 PM to 8 PM

We are thrilled to be partnering with Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA (Macon & Augusta) for the celebration of the new beer laws in Georgia. Join us for a ribbon cutting at 3:00 PM and ceremonial first pour at 3:30 PM on Friday September 1st at Macon Beer Company. You can purchase raffle tickets for $10 every Saturday in August 1PM-6PM at the brewery during our regular Saturday Tours & Tastings.

Savannah

Service Brewing’s Indian Street Block Party
Friday, September 1 at 5 PM – 10 PM

Say goodbye to tour tickets and raise a glass at the Indian Street Block Party, on Sept 1st from 5-10 pm, in celebration of the new Georgia Brewery and Distillery Law passing! There’s no cover charge, so come down and raise a glass with us! Join us as we celebrate with our neighbors, Ghost Coast Distillery, and enjoy buying a pint of beer in our tap room or a specialty cocktail next door at GCD.

Savannah River Brewing Company’s Re-Grand Opening : No Tour Required!
September 1 at 4 PM to September 3 at 5 PM

The No Tour Required will be unlike any event we have hosted before. There will be new beers on tap, possibly the return of some fan favorites, extended hours, and much more. Keep an eye on this event as we will be posting weekly updates to bring you more details to get all of the CSRA and Georgia pumped!

Know of other September 1st brewery celebrations happening in Georgia? Have plans to attend?

Then tell us about them! Be sure to share a link in the comment section below. Cheers!

*This post reflects information made available on brewery social media events pages/websites at the time of posting. Be sure to check with each individual establishment to ensure information is still accurate at event time. 

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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