Atlantucky Brewing, the Atlanta brewery owned by the members of Southern rap quartet Nappy Roots, officially opens to the public Friday, February 4, in Castleberry Hill. And the grand opening includes a performance by the group that evening and kicks off a series of events in February celebrating Black History Month at the brewery.
The February 4 grand opening takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Located in the former Loft space at the Intown Loft Apartment complex on Northside Drive, the name Atlantucky nods to the group’s roots in Georgia and Kentucky. Nappy Roots members Fish Scales, Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, and Ron Clutch say they chose to open in Castleberry Hill because of its ties to music, art, and Atlanta’s creative community and for the neighborhood’s close proximity to Atlanta University Center (AUC), home to the historic Black colleges of Clark Atlanta University, Spelman, and Morehouse.
Look for a central bar offering a selection of pale ales, IPAs, hefeweizens, and stouts on tap from the brewery, a prep kitchen hosting weekly pop-ups from Amorous Tacos, Rollin Up Eggrolls, and ATL Seafood Bags, and a stage where people can expect occasional live performances by Nappy Roots and other musicians.
Throughout February in honor of Black History Month, Atlantucky Brewing plans to host a series of special events and live performances, including DJ Jelly on February 5 and a comedy night on February 10. An art gallery is also set up in the taproom displaying works from local and prominent African American artists.
“We are proud to be one of the few black-owned breweries in Atlanta, so it’s really meaningful for us to officially open our doors during Black History Month,” Deville says. “Now, we are ready for our friends and fans to come and share in our passion for craft beer.”
The group’s interest in craft beer began years ago with home brewing while on tour. In 2017, Nappy Roots partnered with Monday Night Brewing to create the pale ale Front Porch, later producing an Imperial rye stout called Humdinger with the Atlanta brewery, and then Kentucky Mud nitro chocolate milk stout with Arches Brewing in Hapeville.
Last year, the quartet documented the final leg of their journey to open Atlantucky Brewing in the TV series “40 Acres & A Brew”, which included visits to other craft breweries around the country.
170 Northside Drive SW. Atlanta. atlantucky.com. Open Wednesday - Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Public transit information: Accessible via the Vine City MARTA train station on Northside Drive and MARTA bus #94.
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