We checked “Meeting The Mayor” off of our Brewery Bucket List. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently joined us for the groundbreaking of our new location, “The Garage”. One of our founders, Joel Iverson, opened with a few words about the new project. He hearkened back to our homebrewing days in the garage.
“Monday Night Brewing was a gathering place and facilitator for discourse and relationships.”
The message of creating both community and economic development in the West End defined the morning. The Garage is projected to create more than new 30 jobs and $43 million in economic development.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed highlighted our decision to build within City limits again, investing in Atlanta and a part of the city that has tremendous potential.
“When Monday Night Brewing’s expansion opens in September, it will become the first manufacturing brewery with two locations in the State of Georgia – both in the city of Atlanta. There is no question it will be a popular destination for all our residents and tourists.”
He also focused on the economic impact that this project will have on Southwest Atlanta, as well as the influence that we have in bringing other commercial development to the area.
The Garage is located in an area of the West End classified as a Community Improvement District (CID). This CID uses locally generated funds to improve infrastructure, improve security, and provide more public areas. We have also created our own incentive to help the neighborhood called “100k in 100 Days.” This incentive hopes to raise $100,000 for non-profit organizations who are actively helping the local community by hosting approved fundraisers for free at the new location.
Finally, in a gesture of goodwill, one of our co-founders Jonathan Baker presented the Mayor with a bottle of Tears of My Enemies, a Monday Night scotch barrel milk stout, which was recently named Best-in-Show at the Alltech Craft Beer and Food Festival.
Our expansion to the West End has been received with much love, gratitude, and support from the residents, local businesses, and the mayor. It’s been a humbling experience overall, and we hope to continue to pour into the City of Atlanta (pun intended).