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Cruisin’ for Brews

February 19, 2013

In Georgia, it is against the law for breweries to sell beer directly to customers. Instead, when you visit a brewery in the state, you can pay about $10 for a branded glass. In the glass are tickets or tokens that can be exchanged for fresh beer samples directly from the source.

For the last five weeks, Matt and I have visited four different up-and-coming breweries. Burnt Hickory in Kennesaw on Jan. 19; Monday Night in Atlanta on Jan. 24; Jailhouse in Hampton on Feb. 2; Triple C in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 9; and Burnt Hickory again on Feb. 16.

A glimpse of Monday Night's new facility

A glimpse of Monday Night’s new facility

Matt and me at Triple C

Matt and me at Triple C

My brother Andrew, his girlfriend Lee, me, and Matt at Burnt Hickory

My brother Andrew, Sonny the dog, Andrew’s girlfriend Lee, me, and Matt at Burnt Hickory

I love that we have the opportunity to support these local breweries in this way. It’s such fun to visit them every once in awhile to see their progress. Plus, at each of these Georgia breweries, one of the founders gives tours, so you get to hear their own perspectives.

However, our streak will end at five consecutive weeks for now — not so much because we have other plans, but because it’s exhausting to sample beer on Saturdays between the hours of noon and 5 p.m. (depending on the brewery’s hours).

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