Gate City Brewing Company and Variant Brewing have collaborated on a new beer called “Walking Distance.” It will be available on Aug. 22.
Photo: Instagram; Gate City Brewing, Variant Brewing
Photo: Instagram; Gate City Brewing, Variant Brewing

Two Roswell breweries team up for fruity collaboration

Two breweries in Roswell are teaming up for what they hope will be a tasty beverage.

Gate City Brewing Company and Variant Brewing have collaborated on a new beer called “Walking Distance” that will be unveiled on Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. It will be available in the tasting rooms of both breweries that day, in pints and crowlers, until 9 p.m.

Instead of seeing each other as rivals in the beer business, the two breweries partnered on this beer to celebrate brewing in Roswell. According to a Facebook page for the event, “Walking Distance” is “a special kettle-soured Bière de Garde brewed together and fruited separately.”

READ | Three Atlanta breweries named among ‘the hottest’ in America

READ | Where to stay for the Super Bowl in Atlanta? Airbnb already has options

READ | Former SNL star Rob Schneider to perform in Sandy Springs

Both Gate City and Variant’s versions of “Walking Distance” will be a little different. Both feature guava, but Gate City added passion fruit, while Variant brewed its with dragonfruit. An Instagram post for the beer says both feature “malty sweetness with a moderate tartness and tons of tropical fruit.”

Merchandise will be on sale for the special release, with glassware and shirts ranging from $5 to $20. There is a limited amount of beer and merchandise available.

Gate City is at 43 Magnolia Street, while Variant is at 66 Norcross Street. They are less than a half-mile from each other, making “Walking Distance” the perfect name for their collaboration.

Variant is one of the newer breweries in north Fulton County, first opening in November 2017. Gate City was Roswell’s first brewery, founded in 2014.

Like North Fulton County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitter


Cheap dates to take in Atlanta In love with a beer connoisseur? Take him or her on a tour of the Sweetwater Brewery for about $16. Like to laugh? You and your love can enjoy an evening at the Whole World Improv Theatre for $10 or less on Thursday nights. Enjoy a drive-in movie for two at Starlight for $18. Take your bae for tacos on Tuesdays at Mother Bar & Restaurant for less than $20. On selects dates, you and your date can enjoy the view at High Museum of Art for free.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.