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Excitement Brews for Piedmont! The Brewery & Kitchen to open this fall.

What: Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen Where: 450 Third Street, downtown Opening: Fall 2016

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Richie Jones, Brian & Trish Whitley and a small group of local entrepreneurs and professionals are working together to bring a new venue to downtown Macon: Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen. I got to chat with Richie & Brian about their new project.

First things first, what exactly is Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen? What type of concept are you going for?
Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen will be middle Georgia’s finest brewpub offering handcrafted beer and honest food.  Because we have kids ourselves it was very important to us that we create a family/kid friendly venue.  As such, we will also feature a one of a kind urban arcade which will be located in our basement next to the brewery.  Piedmont will be a full-service, casual dining spot that will feature above-average pub fare.  We are keeping our menu under wraps for the time being but rest assured you will be blown away by its uniqueness!

Let’s talk beer. What do you plan to serve?
The brewery will produce high quality beers in an ever-changing variety of styles.  With seven of our own beers on tap at any given time you are sure to find a few things that please your palate.  And as a small brewery we have the flexibility to brew a lot of different styles over the course of the year.  This ensures that middle Georgians will always have a fresh and unique beer choice at Piedmont.  And with the soon-to-pass brewpub growler ordinance for Macon-Bibb County, our patrons will have the opportunity to take home a growler of their favorite beer, fresh from our serving tanks.

You mentioned an Urban Arcade. What can folks expect? Our urban arcade will feature loads of old-school games like Skeeball, pinball machines, Golden Tee, shuffle board, darts, classic arcade games like Galaga, Pac-Man, Defender, Joust and many, many more.  And if space permits we’d love to throw in an indoor Bocci ball court.  This place is going to be really rad because it will be really different from any other establishment in middle Georgia.

Why Downtown Macon? Josh Rogers at New Town Macon knew that the developers of the old Silvers 5 & 10 building were looking for a unique and attractive business to put into this space.  Instead of going outside of middle Georgia to find the right fit, Josh suggested that the developers contact Richie and I because they knew that we had conceived the idea for and had been business planning phase for Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen since August of 2014 (hence the date on our logo).  It’s literally one of those things that was meant to happen.  We met in early January with New Town and the developers.  From there we were able to gain traction and form a group of solid entrepreneurs and professionals in middle Georgia that saw our vision and believed in our concept as a successful business.  They became our partners in the business and here we are today.

Planning any special events or loyalty programs? Yes!  We will host a VIP event for the Macon Beer Festival, Yoga Hoppy Hour, arcade game tournaments, brewery tours, special events focused on women and craft beer (not sure what that looks like yet but are committed to introducing more women to the awesomeness of craft beer; brushes and brew or art and ale, something like that where ladies can come in, make a painting, learn about beer and ultimately drink beer).  Our basement is also available for private rentals for both the young and young at heart.  We do plan to have a mug club and are still mulling through the ideas to ensure the right fit for our patrons.

When do you expect to open? Fall of 2016. Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen will be open seven days per week for lunch and dinner; probably open until 10pm Sun-Thurs and 12am Fri and Sat.

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