Red Brick toasts 20th anniversary with party

Atlanta’s Red Brick Brewing, the oldest operating craft brewery in the state of Georgia, celebrates its 20th anniversary on July 27. But rather than looking to the past, sales manager Jason Topping wants to use the occasion to get the word out that Red Brick has been busy building for the future.

“Red Brick’s big transition right now is that youth is taking over the key parts of the brewery,” Topping says. “Both of our brewers, Garret Lockhart and Steve Anderson, are under 35, and our sales staff is young and going after it.

“The last five years have been a big transformation as we switched the name from Atlanta Brewing to Red Brick. We haven’t gotten away from our roots, it’s just that the ownership has given us the helm and said take it in a new direction.”

Red Brick Brewing, originally known as Atlanta Brewing, was founded in 1993. Its first location was a red brick building on Williams Street in Midtown Atlanta. In 2007, the brewery moved to its current Atlanta location on Defoor Hills Road.

Since then, its beer portfolio has expanded to include more seasonal and specialty offerings, such as the current Brick Mason series 20th Anniversary Imperial Stout, aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

Dubbed “20 Beers for 20 Years,” the anniversary party will feature at least nine more new creations, including Sacred Cow Chai Milk Stout.

In addition, there will be live music, food trucks, a special ice cream from Frozen Pints made with 20th Anniversary Stout, and a whole hog brined in 20th Anniversary Stout and roasted by Pine Street Market.

“Our anniversary is a showcase for our brewers and how far we’ve come,” Topping says, “and we’re trying to showcase our new vision, which is more community-driven in partnering with businesses like Frozen Pints and Pine Street.”

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