AJC.com | Beer Town: Halfway Crooks set to open soon in Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood

Any day now, Halfway Crooks Beer will open in Atlanta’s historic Summerhill neighborhood, joining Little Tart Bakeshop, Big Softie Ice Cream, and Wood’s Chapel BBQ in the burgeoning Carter development on Georgia Avenue.

The co-founders, homebrewer Shawn Bainbridge and professional brewer Joran Van Ginderachter, took the name from a Mobb Deep lyric. And the duo’s “own premise” brewery with investor Tim Kilic promises to shake things up a bit by showing there are (quoting Mobb Deep, again) “numerous ways you can choose to earn funds.”

Halfway Crooks’ small footprint contains a tight but innovative 10-barrel brewhouse and a vintage-meets-modern storefront taproom designed by Atlanta architect Holden Spaht of Square Feet Studio.

Look for a combination of fresh lagers and Belgian-style ales on draft, plus barrel-aged beers, and a food menu that features savory New Zealand pies and fries from Jake Harvey of Heaps ATL, in a cozy space with nerdy hi-fi gear and techie video screens.

Maybe most impressive from an architectural point of view, there’s a second bar on the rooftop with views of the Atlanta skyline and a sophisticated louvered roof that can be opened and closed according to the season and the weather.

As to the kind of beer they intend to brew, Bainbridge and Van Ginderachter said lager was what they easily agreed on as a mainstay, and other styles would follow in turn.“We like drinking lagers,” Bainbridge declared, wearing a Halfway Crooks signature ball cap that reflected that sentiment. “Our palates have gotten fatigued on IPAs, and seeing the same things over and over. I think the consumer is starting to see that, too.”

“Right now, we have an American pale ale, a Belgian pale ale, a lager, a saison and a table beer,” Van Ginderachter said. “We actually have two brewing systems. We have our 10-barrel system that we brew all of our bigger batches on. Then we have Shawn’s homebrew system that we brew some smaller batches on. We also have four lagering tanks behind the bar that are also serving tanks.”

Written By: Bob Townsend - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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