A few weeks ago I went to a cookout in Atlanta, and a friend of a friend who works at a package store told me that they sell out of their weekly allotment of Tropicalia within hours, even though they limit purchases to one six-pack per customer.
He wasn't lying. The AJC recently ran an article about the city's shortage of Athens-based Creature Comforts' flagship IPA. Just another reason to be glad you live in Athens.
The article also includes some interesting insights into the limitations on production that small craft breweries face. As international beer conglomerates buy up crafts, they're able to negotiate better deals with hop growers.
If you're all fired up about canning after reading this week's Locavore, you should know that one-time Athenian Liana Krissoff will be signing the new (and expanded) edition of her book"Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry" today at 6:30 p.m. at Avid Bookshop, along with photographer Rinne Allen.
Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file
After a little more than two years, Brixx, the franchise pizza place at the base of the West Washington Street mixed-use parking deck downtown, has closed. Should you have a gift card, other locations will honor it, and there are two in Atlanta. The Athens location has been for sale for a while now, through the Shumacher Group in Atlanta.
The Broad Street Dairy Queen has also closed and will apparently not be renovated into one of those fancy new DQs.
Just weeks after selling the Athens brewery he founded to an international conglomerate and leaving the company, ex-Terrapin CEO John Cochran has bought an Asheville, NC brewery, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Cochran is taking over Altamont Brewing and changing its name to UpCountry Brewing. The purchase also includes a restaurant Altamont owns called Nona Mia, which will now be UpCountry Eatery.
Photo Credit: Hungry Howie's
Pizza chain Hungry Howie's opens for business today on Baxter Street, right by the UGA dorms, with a ribbon-cutting by the Chamber of Commerce and large one-topping pies on sale for $7.99. Its owners, Tisha and Chad Cepuran, will also be making a donation to local 501(c)(3) Children First, Inc. Hungry Howie's will be open from 10 a.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.–1 a.m. Sunday.
Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, out in the Epps Bridge area next to McDonald's, is offering single-scoop cones and dishes of its vanilla and chocolate "custard" (i.e. ice cream) today. Half of that dollar will go to benefit either Kids in Need Foundation (which distributes school supplies to kids who need them) or Playworks (which provides full-time recess coaches to schools). You can vote for the charity you prefer by texting the word "kids" for Kids in Need or the word "recess" for Playworks to 72727.
This Sunday, Jul. 31 at 6 p.m., Little City Diner in Winterville will host a three-course farm-to-table dinner with ingredients by Collective Harvest and Community Meat Co. Tickets are $35. Reservations at 706-742-7590.
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The Pine, in Five Points, is adding a downstairs bar called The Root, which will open in August. Co-owner Scott Parrish said it will be open seven days a week, until midnight Sunday–Wednesday and until 1 a.m. Thursday–Saturday. Unlike the upstairs, it won't serve food, but it will have "a tap and can list, a handful of wines and craft cocktails and a sizable whiskey selection," said Parrish.
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