But by using both the main system and the pilot system, Farrell and his brewing team are producing many more seasonal, experimental and one-off beers, too.
Sitting down on the patio outside the taproom, I tried everything from a beautiful bourbon barrel-aged barley wine to a wacky Mardi Gras beer that was brewed to taste like a King Cake, with flavors of vanilla and cinnamon, and served with a multicolored sugar rim on the glass.
Among some of the other beers I tried, one of my favorites was Fightin’ 13, a red IPA that was brewed as a tribute to the firefighters who once called StillFire’s brick building home.
“Originally, they were Suwanee volunteer firefighters, and then it became Gwinnett station 13, so these guys were the Fighting 13,” Farrell told me. “But this is also kind of my tribute to Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale. It’s an all-Centennial hop beer, with 13 hop additions, and we just had a lot of fun with it.
“With that kind of marketing, we really want to be a local brewery in Town Center, and reflect the local community. There’s enough business here, and our whole plan is to be as profitable as we can be out of here by serving customers, and having a nice place to hang out.”
Of course, not long after my visit, the whole world changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and StillFire was forced to change with it.
“The big unknown is the heavy hand of government,” Farrell wrote me in a recent email message. “We closed our taproom ahead of the ban on gatherings. We have a to-go window, however the city ‘didn’t like the way it looked’ with the park across the street. We can sell cans, so we will be getting a crowler machine to package the tap beer we already have brewed.”
Current hours due to COVID-19: To-go window open noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays.
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