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Mar 26, 2018

Despite the challenges brewers have faced post-Prohibition in Georgia, our state has a rich history of brewing.  The first brewery was started in Georgia in 1738 and Atlanta was home to one of the largest breweries in the country from 1858 until 1955.  Early craft breweries had varying levels of success in a world where most people were still content with their macro-brewed lagers.  However, in the past 5 years the number of breweries in Georgia has more than doubled, and there are more on the way.

Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle, authors of Atlanta Beer and Prohibition in Atlanta sit down with us at the 2018 Roswell Beer Festival to share some of the great stories behind Georgia's breweries.  From the very first brewery, whose early foundations were based on the necessity of having a drink that wasn't filled with bacteria (like water) through to the modern movement towards local and hyper-local breweries.

Credit to Michael Lundmark of Jekyll Brewing for the information on Georgia's first brewery, located on Jekyll Island.