Some may argue that one of the greatest joys in life is being able to grab a cold beer with a friend over great conversation. Brewery owners, Chris Reeves and William Allen Moore, have plans to help you prioritize those simplicities with their startup, Down Home Brewing Company.
Down Home Brewing is a craft beer company based in Atlanta, Georgia and currently found in more than 130 locations across the state. Out of curiosity for home brewing, Reeves wanted to create something different than the big named brands that were always available to him. “It was just a beer thing,” Reeves recalls about his humble beginnings.
In 2010, he began bringing his beer samples to a racetrack he frequented for people to try. It wouldn’t be until 2014, with the support from his friends and family, that he would be inspired to take steps to make Down Home Brewing official and create plans to bring the product to market within a few years.
In 2013, Moore came into the picture via an introduction from a mutual friend. Moore described his encounter with Reeves as “love at first taste.” Reeves had been sampling his beer within his network for some time and eventually took Moore under his wing to share the beer-making process. Little did they know that they would later become the first African-American brewery to hit Georgia’s craft brew scene and one of the few in the country.
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Officially launched in 2017, Down Home Brewing began production in March of this year, sporting Reeve’s grandfather, Hershel Thompson, on the packaging. Although Thompson was not a drinker, he was a man of integrity who instilled the value of family into Reeves.
His legacy lives on with Down Home, a story that showcases the importance of remembering where we came from and honoring our roots. As each beer is released, you’ll find Thompson in a new look that tells the story of the flavor profiles within each sip. The beer company just celebrated its one-year anniversary at City Winery in Atlanta this month.
As a first-time beer drinker, you can purchase their Georgia Hooch IPA which is currently on the market, or try something new with their T-Pom Pomegranate Wheat Ale. Not sure if it’s available at your local bar? Moore encourages all beer drinkers to remember the power of their voice and request the product by name at their local hot spot.
As we work to diversify the industry, cultivating community through representation, everywhere is a sure-fire way to produce change and Down Home Brewing is undoubtedly one to watch when it comes to craft beer.
For more locations on where Down Home Brewing is available, visit https://downhomebrewingcompany.com/ and sign up for their newsletter to receive information about upcoming releases and events. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.