Mitch Steele, former brewmaster at Escondido, California’s lauded Stone Brewing Co., is coming to Atlanta with a new project in Poncey-Highland. Steele will open what’s being described as “a new craft brewery and brewpub,” according to a Monday announcement.
The currently unnamed venture will offer “craft beer, great artisanal food, and an inviting atmosphere.” The space will feature a rooftop bar and a beer garden, and patrons can participate in tours of the facilities and brewing classes.
Steele left Stone in June after 10 years as brewmaster. He says he is “looking forward to the opportunity to become part of the growing craft beer movement in Atlanta and the Southeast.” In a farewell video posted on Stone’s YouTube page, Steele shared some background on the forthcoming brewpub.
“I had an opportunity that dropped into my lap,” he said. “These guys approached me. They’re industry vets — they’ve got 20, 30 years — they wanted me to be a partner with them in starting this new operation.
“It’s a bucket list thing. An opportunity like this may not ever come again, and it was something that — I thought if I didn’t give this a shot, I’d regret it the rest of my life.”
The announcement touts a BeltLine-adjacent address at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, next door to Concentrics Restaurants’s Two Urban Licks. An early timeline calls for a grand opening sometime next year.
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