Craft breweries are having a moment in Cobb County, and Acworth will soon be the latest city to welcome the trendy brewhouses.
In Marietta alone, Glover Park Brewery opened just off Marietta Square in September, joining Red Hare Brewing Company, Naughty Sodas and Ironmonger Brewing, as well as Treehorn Cider and the Viking Alchemist Meadery, all brewing up adult beverages in the city. Another business, Atlanta Hard Cider Company, is set to open near the Square sometime this year.
Small-scale alcohol operations are springing up around the county, with Kennesaw planning two breweries and a distillery in one mixed-use development.
Acworth is set to become the latest Cobb city to join the craft beer scene later this year, and in addition to a brewery, the city is expecting to host a “tasting emporium” with over 100 craft beers, wines, ciders and champagnes on tap.
Both beer businesses are near the city’s downtown, with Red Top Brewhouse coming in at 367 South Main St. and the TapTown tasting emporium going in at 4443 Cherokee St. Mayor Tommy Allegood said the city plans to expand its open container district to include the new beer joints.
Allegood said the new spots along with other developments such as the new Acworth Community Center and Logan Farm Park will serve to bring visitors to Acworth’s downtown.
“These venues are going to be located in the downtown historic district and next to Logan Farm Park,” Allegood said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to create a wonderful destination in downtown Acworth.”
Allegood said both Red Top Brewhouse and TapTown are scheduled to open by the end of the year.
Red Top Brewhouse
“This is our very first business that we will be opening that will actually be making craft beers,” Allegood said of Red Top. “We’re really, really excited. Rob Hankinson is the gentleman that will have the license in his name. We’re just really excited about the opportunity in this city to open our very first brewery.”
In plans posted to the Red Top website, brewer Hankinson said the final product will have a rustic, farm theme.
“We embrace the informal and rustic aspects of farm life while creating a high-end and polished finish,” he wrote. “We are family people who are committed to family. While adult beverages are for 21 and over, we encourage all to come and bring all well-behaved children and dogs.”
The 6,000-square-foot brewery will also feature space on the rooftop with both covered and open seating. There will be 6,500 square feet of outdoor area, including fire pits and gardens as well as a playground and outdoor games.
Hankinson said beer will be brewed in a separate 880-square-foot building capable of producing six barrels per day. He said the plan is to eventually produce canned versions of the beers for retail sales.
It’s hard to describe TapTown, but suffice it to say it will be a spot where one can sample a large selection of alcoholic beverages.
“TapTown, they’re closing on a piece of property right on the park,” Allegood said, “and the TapTown folks will be opening up a craft beer mall that will be able to feature 101 different craft beer options and be able to deliver those through a really unique setting. We’re really excited about these folks coming.”
Allegood first announced the new spot at his state of the city address
Concept art on the beer garden’s website shows drinkers selecting beverages from taps underneath electronic tablet devices in an indoor wild-west themed area complete with sheriff’s office and jail.