What's being touted as Atlanta’s first distribution brewpub is currently under construction along the Beltline in the West End. The owners of Standing Pitch Brewing Co. are building out an industrial space on the south section of the Westside Trail, according to Tim Schiavone, founder and brewmaster.
And Historic West End Board President Stephanie Malinauskas says locals are all for it.
"This is exactly the type of adaptive-reuse project that many West End residents have been waiting for along the Beltline," Malinauskas told Curbed Atlanta.
She went on to say that the proposed brewery — with potential production, distribution, and tasting room facilities — "will not only provide a much sought after ‘third place’ for friends and neighbors to meet up and enjoy a beer along the Westside Trail … it will also help transform an underutilized warehouse into a space that engages the community and has the potential to bring quality, light industrial jobs to the West End."
Added Malinauskas: "Done right, this is an all-around win."
A video featuring Schiavone on the Kickstarter page for Standing Pitch Brewing Co. asks for support from those with a desire to see the business open its doors.
"With your support, we can move forward with signing our lease and getting our equipment ordered," Schiavone said in the video.
According to the Kickstarter page, in the state of Georgia a business can distribute up to 5,000 barrels of beer off premises — a law that came into play in 2012 when most of Atlanta’s brewpubs were already open.
"This will allow us to be the first brewpub designed with enough space to run a small distribution of the brewery as well as running a restaurant/taproom," the web page states. "Consider this a hybrid brewpub."
The business plans to focus on IPAs and sours as well as locally sourced ingredients for the restaurant component.
A tentative opening date is scheduled for 2017, with the south section of the Westside Trail slated for completion sometime later this year (per the brewers).
As of Wednesday morning, the campaign had reached $7,356 of its $35,000 goal with 20 days to go.