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A Brewery and Oyster Bar Is Headed to East Atlanta Village

Hippin’ Hops Brewery and Oyster Bar plans to open this fall next door to Holy Taco on Glenwood Avenue

Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Hippin’ Hops Brewery and Oyster Bar opens this fall next door to Holy Taco on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta Village, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. Owned by Clarence Boston and Donnica Boston, Hippin’ Hops will feature a three-barrel brewhouse with five-barrel unitanks producing several styles of beer for on premise consumption and retail sales and a restaurant centering around oysters.

The East Atlanta-area residents, lived for a time in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they run three other restaurants.

As for the restaurant’s menu, chef Jamarius “J.” Banks plans to offer dishes incorporating a variety of East Coast oysters, po’boys, and other seafood plates. Banks has appeared as a contestant on the Food Network competition show “Beat Bobby Flay.”

Hippin’ Hops should seat up to 60 people outside and at the S-shaped bar and other indoor seating areas throughout the space. The Bostons are also working on including a rooftop patio into the design. The brewing facility and kitchen are to be located toward the back of the building.

The outside of the former East Lake Pharmacy building, future home to Hippin’ Hops Brewery and Oyster Bar on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta Google Maps

Once open, Hippin’ Hops will become the state’s first Black-owned brewery with its own location. Atlanta-based Khonso Brewing and Down Home Brewing are both contract brewers in Georgia, which allows brewers to produce and package beers on equipment they do not own.

Part of the canning operations for Hippin’ Hops could eventually be run out of neighboring Sabbath Brewing. The owners of Sabbath Brewing hopes to open this fall in the former East Atlanta Barbell Club on Flat Shoals Road. Zoning issues, followed by the closing of the city’s permitting offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have caused ongoing delays for the brewery.

The liquor license review board for city of Atlanta is scheduled to hold its first meeting since March via Zoom on Thursday, July 30, at 5 p.m.

1308 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta.