Atlanta Business Chronicle | New Summerhill brewery aims to kick off construction in May

The redevelopment of Georgia Avenue, a collection of historic buildings in the Summerhill neighborhood, will include a brewery.

A building permit was just filed in Atlanta for Halfway Crooks Brewing and Blending at 60 Georgia Avenue, which is part of the major transformation of the former Turner Field area.

Shawn Bainbridge, one of the three founders of Halfway Crooks, told Atlanta Business Chronicle on Monday the goal is to kick off construction on the roughly 4,500-square-foot brewery in May.

The hope is to open in fall, he said.

Joran Van Ginderachter, formerly of Three Taverns brewery, and Tim Kilic are also partners in the project.

Halfway Crooks will feature a 1,700-square-foot production space, 1,500-square-foot bar and 1,500-square-foot enclosed rooftop terrace.

The brewery will earn the majority of its revenue from on-premise sales. That’s thanks to legislation that passed last year that allow breweries to sell directly to consumers for the first time.

“When the law changed, it was time to pull the trigger,” Bainbridge said. He had been looking to open a brewery for two years or more. “It really opened up a huge revenue stream.”

The team plans to focus on a variety of brews, from pilsners to farmhouse ales, Bainbridge said.

Old Fourth Ward’s Square Feet Studio is the architect for the brewery.

A joint venture of Carter, Oakwood Development and Healey Weatherholtz Properties owns the buildings along Georgia Avenue. It paid $3.2 million for the property.

It’s about 30,000 square feet. The plan is to add other new buildings along the avenue that blend in with the historic structures.

Coleman Morris with JLL is handling leasing for the project.

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By Amy Wenk, Staff Writer - Atlanta Business Chronicle

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