There’s already tea and coffee, but two longtime Cobbers are bringing the beer to Marietta Square.
Glover Park Brewery is expected to open in summer at 65 Atlanta St. after a remodel of what was once a Sears, Roebuck and Company building.
It would be the first brewery on the Square, although it appears Wise Owl Brewing is gunning to come right after.
The structure for Glover Park Brewery was built in 1932 — by that time, the families of brewery owners Sam Rambo and Hank DuPre has already been in Marietta for decades.
Rambo is the fourth generation of his family in Marietta, and DuPre is a seventh-generation Mariettian.
Both men said in an interview Friday that they were raised on the Square and opening a business there means a lot to them.
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The name shows that: Glover Park is the green area at the heart of the Square. But there’s another layer.
DuPre said he is the great-great-great-great-grandson of John Glover, the park’s namesake and the city’s first mayor.
“It really speaks to our ties to this community and the Square,” said DuPre, who was an executive at McKesson, the health care company.
The brewery will be across from a Sherwin-Williams store and about 950 feet from the park.
The owners have known each other for years, growing up in the same Marietta social circle.
DuPre’s family owned a lighting/feed-and-seed store that was on the Square a century. It’s now an antique shop.
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Rambo started Rambo Nursery in 1983. It is now the exclusive vendor for more than 65 Home Depot stores in Georgia in addition to Alabama and Tennessee, according to the company's website.
DuPre said Rambo approached him with the idea of the brewery.
They both like beer, but they don’t know how to make the stuff.
Credit: Glover Park Brewery
Credit: Glover Park Brewery
“We’re smart enough to understand we needed some help,” Rambo said.
So they enlisted the help of Kevin McNerney, co-founder of SweetWater Brewery, a bedrock beer maker in Georgia.
Neither of the owners would get into specifics about what types of beers they’ll be serving, but they promised a wide spectrum to “catch the whole market.”
They mentioned everything from wheat beers to high-gravity stouts.
They’re still in the process of getting all the permits from the city.
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But plans filed with the city show the top floor being an event space of about 5,000 square feet and the bottom floor being where the brewing happens. A taproom at 6,000 square feet is also included in the plans.
They cut an 800-square-foot hole in the floor where a sliding glass window will let folks see down below or get a whiff of the beer being brewed.
Outside will be a beer garden with a fireplace.
The four walls are still original from a quarter-century ago, but the inside was gutted by a fire.
Those outside brick walls will be painted a Dorian gray.
As for the vibe they’re hoping to achieve, Rambo said: “Pretty much forget about your week’s stress and relax.”
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