You’re probably going to watch the presidential debate tonight. Let’s be honest: No matter where you are on the political spectrum, it’s going to be depressing, and you’re going to need gallons of booze to get through it. Unless you want to end up sobbing on the floor by yourself like Martin Sheen at the beginning of Apocalypse Now, maybe it’s best to go out in public. Here are some options:
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The Athens NAACP and Athens for Everyone will have a vigil for the two latest black men shot and killed by police, Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, tonight starting at 7 p.m. at the Arch.
An Oklahoma officer shot and killed Crutcher, who was unarmed and had his hands raised, after his car broke down in the middle of the road. Scott’s death sparked three days of protests and clashes with police in Charlotte.
Organizers will also be collected signatures on a petition in favor of a local civil rights committee.
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.
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.
The Oconee County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night voted unanimously to put two Sunday sales referendums on the November ballot.
One of those referenda, if approved by a majority of voters, will allow the sale of beer and wine in grocery, convenience and beverage stores in the county on Sundays.
The other will allow for the Sunday sale of beer, wine and alcoholic beverages by the drink in area restaurants.
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Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin Davis’ efforts to get alcohol referenda on the ballot in November got a slight push-back from two of his Commission colleagues Tuesday night.
Commissioner Jim Luke said the county needed to do more to warn the citizens that the referenda were under consideration by the board, and Commissioner Mark Saxon agreed.
The bigger setback for Davis came from County Attorney Daniel Haygood.
Haygood told the commissioners that getting separate referenda on the November ballot for Sunday sale of beer and wine in grocery and convenience stores and for Sunday sale of beer, wine and alcohol by the drink in restaurants is straightforward, requiring only a majority vote of the Commission.
Are Terrapin commercials coming soon to a Super Bowl near you?
Beer giant MillerCoors is buying a majority stake in the Athens brewery, the companies announced today. Terms were not disclosed.
Terrapin will become a unit of MillerCoors’ craft and import beer division, Tenth and Blake, the owner of brands like Blue Moon, Leinenkugel, St. Archer and Pilsner Urquell.
Creature Comforts is releasing a “Southern-style farmhouse lager” called Mutalism, a collaboration with Austin, TX-based Jester King Brewery.
The limited-edition beer is available in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery only starting today.
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Unhappy with the canned choices Creature Comforts regularly presents? Well, boo on you. You should be more grateful. But the local brewery wants to make you happy, so it's throwing a party all over Normaltown tomorrow (Thursday, June 16) to celebrate its release ofAutomatic, a seasonal pale ale that's a bit hoppier than its usual offerings.
Creature Comforts’ “Get Comfortable” campaign raised more than $65,000 for local nonprofits, the brewery announced last week.
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