Roswell’s first microbrewery, Gate City Brewing, opened just six years ago following the establishment of the city’s microbrewery ordinance, which Roswell Inc helped to bring about. Since then, the city’s craft beverage scene has grown to include nine craft beverage destinations—including breweries, craft beer and wine markets as well as the city’s first meadery and distillery.
In Summer 2020, 5/4 Meadery kicked off production at its 1,800-square-foot facility located off of Oak Street in Historic Roswell, and in November, they opened their taproom to the public for tastings as well as direct-to-consumer sales. They currently brew and serve both still and sparkling, traditional and experimental meads. 5/4 Meadery is just one of two meaderies in the metro area and only one of eight in the entire state. In addition to helping 5/4 Meadery through the permitting and licensing process, Roswell Inc also helped to connect them with local breweries in hopes of future collaborations.
Roswell’s first distillery also opened in 2020, following a 2019 ordinance change. Blended Family Liqueurs officially moved into its Oak Street location and began production in March 2020. In addition to helping facilitate the 2019 ordinance change, Roswell Inc also helped Blended Family Liqueurs through the licensing and permitting process. The distillery currently offers three flavors of liqueur— peach, raspberry and blueberry—as well as triple sec, all of which are currently available at local bottle shops.
The city’s second distillery, The Artillery Room, just opened in July of this year. The newly renovated 3,700-square-foot space boasts upstairs loft seating and an outdoor terrace for the community to enjoy. The expansive roll-up garage door opening on Canton Street becomes the ‘gateway’ to the brewery’s compound and Gate City Taproom. Customers can enjoy 8 house-crafted cocktails on draft as well as Gate City packaged beer offerings.
Additional craft beverage markets and breweries in Roswell include:
- Deep Roots Wine Market
- From the Earth Brewing Company
- Pinkies Up Beer & Wine
- The Stout Brothers
- Variant Brewing
This story was originally featured in Roswell Inc’s 2020 Annual Report.