Owner Says Smyrna Growler Store Set for Mid-October Opening
Smyrna Beer Market will set up shop in Market Village in the old gelato shop.
A growler store is coming to Market Village just a few short weeks after Smyrna City Council passed an amendment to the alcohol ordinance that clears the way for these establishments.
Owner Brandon King said Smyrna Beer Market will open in the space formerly home to Italio’s Gelato and Café as early as mid-October. The store will carry about 45 different varieties of draught beer that customers can buy in half-gallon growlers, large glass bottles used for holding craft beer.
“We’re trying to maintain local and regional focus on those,” King said. “All the bottles and beer we’ll carry will be the harder to find stuff for beer connoisseurs.”
He added that Smyrna Beer Market will also partner with local chefs to carry gourmet items like rubs, sauces and pickles.
“What we want to be able to do is supply really is any place that you would take a growler to; a cookout, a barbecue, the pool, the beach we want to try to have those ancillary items,” he said.
King has years of experience in the alcoholic beverage industry. He said he’s been a bartender for the past 20 years and served as bar manager at the Golden Room Nightclub and the St. Regis in Buckhead. He was also the mixologist at Chicken and the Egg in Marietta, but now he’s decided to set up shop in Smyrna.
“I’ve moved out of the city,” he said. “I realized I liked the slowed down pace a little bit. As much as I wanted to own my own restaurant the cost and expense—the risk was way too high. I saw this as a way to focus in on one of my passions and not have a huge overhead and all that stuff. So it will be fun and hopefully still make money and give the community something it doesn’t have yet.”
King said Smyrna is the perfect location for a growler business because of the large number of young professionals who want the unique craft beers that are usually only served in Atlanta bars. Eventually King said he’d like to open more growler shops throughout the northwest metro region.
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