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Old Fourth Ward Distillery is Gunning for Bold Design

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Plans call for a rooftop patio to elevate spirits

Atlanta's first legal distillery since Prohibition is aiming for an eye-catching contemporary design with its new digs on Decatur Street in the Old Fourth Ward.

Jeff Moore, head distiller with Old Fourth Distillery, shared the vision for a 536 Decatur St. property the company bought last year and has since succeeded in getting rezoned. A final variance hearing is set for early August; meanwhile, design plans are being finalized with O4W-based firm The Epsten Group, Moore said.

When the distillery expands upon its Edgewood Avenue home by adding this, the former Walter Aaron Construction building, highlights will include: a rooftop observation deck, an outdoor lounge and patio, private parking, a tasting room (2,000 square feet), event space (up to 4,000 square feet), and a cutting-edge distilling facility (6,000 square feet, with room to grow).

"Like our original facility, we’ll incorporate local materials recycled from surrounding buildings," Moore told Curbed Atlanta.

According to LoopNet, the vacant, graffiti-strewn Decatur Street structure dates to 1940.

Plans call for breaking ground on the new concept in September, Moore said.