Local brewery owner strives to make Macon a ‘beer destination’ with new taproom

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — A local brewery is moving its operations into a space in downtown Macon and the owner believes it’s another way to put Macon on the map.

There’s a new brewery on the block coming to downtown soon.

“We’re moving to 458 Second Street. What we want to do there is drive in more foot traffic and add to the downtown scene that’s really surging right now,” said owner Yash Patel.

It’s a scene the city is quickly becoming well-recognized for, Visit Macon’s Valerie Bradley says.

“We are so excited to promote our beer scene in Macon. We have such a variety of restaurants that people can go to experience our local beer,” she explained.

Macon Beer Company owners are now in the process of opening a new taproom.

“The purpose of us trying to get downtown is to make Macon a beer destination. We have towns that are similar size, similar populations, similar medium income ranges where they are beer towns. People do come there to drink beer and we want to become a part of that,” Patel told 41NBC.

They’ll even be debuting some new beer flavors in addition to their favorite classics.

“We’re gonna have those one-off beers, we’re going to experiment much more because we’re going to have a smaller scale system so we can experiment and have different types of beer, different styles of beer that we can push out,” he continued.

It’s all a part of an effort to make Macon the city to stop by and grab a beer.

“We have so much to choose from–all the different restaurants–and people being able to experience all the different locally crafted beers here,” Bradley said.

Patel says the 2nd Street taproom will still have the same laid back atmosphere so customers can have a cold one and test some of the new flavors they have to offer.

Macon Beer Company just closed on the property last month. They expect the new taproom to be open for business around March of 2019. The old facility will be used primarily for brewing their classic beer flavors.

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