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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Guest Blogger: Henry Moore for fitwelltraveler.com

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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 reformationbrewery.com/haddy.

 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!

Cheers!

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

“Why Beer?” with Eric from Uncap

Recently, I made a post on Uncap Brew’s Instagram page about a Coffee Imperial Stout from Lagunitas and a follower of mine posed this question to me, “Beer coffee, why”. I think the question was more sarcastic, with a little bit of shade, rather than an authentic question, but it led me to this current series you will read, “Why Beer”. So over the next couple of posts, I will uncap the several styles of beers, the trends, the history, the basics and even the experimental side of beer, but before we tackle the branches of beer let’s start at the root.

What is beer? I’m going to assume you know nothing about beer or how it’s made, but I’ll keep it completely simple. Beer is made with 4 main ingredients; water, hops (or some type of spice), yeast and grains. That’s it, nothing more and absolutely nothing less. Beer has been a novelty for centuries; from the ancient gruel-beer to George Washington’s beer recipe to the new West Coast hazy IPA. In coveted circles, great beer is intensely sought after.

Below, I will point out 3 reasons to the question, “Why Beer.” Now, these reasons are subjective to my personal opinion, so if you have other reasons, please comment and let me know.

First, beer is good.

Beer is creative. Beer has character. No beer tastes the same. You could take a bottle of wine and yes, it will taste different based on the attention to detail and the finesse in which it is produced but the closest you’ll get to “creative” with wine is maybe aging them in bourbon barrels. Beer on the other hand is closely relatable to food. There are not only many styles, but within that one style there could be endless options for ingredients. From coffee beans to waffles or maple syrup to oysters; the possibilities are infinite. Beer is the ultimate canvas for creativity.

Second, beer is the ultimate drink to pair with breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Yes, I said breakfast. Look at almost any brewery and you’ll find a breakfast beer. From Wicked Weed’s French Toast Imperial Stout to the Founder’s Breakfast Stout or the Burial Skillet Doughnut Stout to even Dogfish Head’s Beer for Breakfast (it’s actually brewed with my favorite and often hated breakfast meat, scrapple). Again, beer is probably the most creative beverage in the world that leaves you wanting more. I don’t care how many beers I’ve been able to uncap; there will always be a beer that changes my preconceived thoughts about it.

Again this is subjective and victim to my own personal vendetta to have every human in the world not only drinking beer, but enjoying the journey to uncap every beer!!

Third, beer is just as precious, elegant and refined as wine.

Over the years, beer has developed a less sophisticated impression for itself. From the advertisements and marketing; beer has been the drink for men who ride horses, blue-collar men and southern belles who enjoy a cold one at a football game. Beer is more than football. Beer is more than men. Beer is for everyone.

So, why beer?

Because beer is for the hard working parent, the middle-class professor or the person that doesn’t like football. But the real reason, the real answer to the question why beer: because it’s for you.

Uncap! Everything.


Guest Blogger: Eric from Uncap Brews

A Little Info: I’m just a guy who loves to write and enjoys the consistent occasional beer. I’m from Nashville, but currently live an hour outside Atlanta.

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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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