When army vet Steve Hamlet returned home from his third tour of duty, he vowed to get into a business that he not only felt passionate about, but that also allowed him to feel more involved with his family and community. To that end, he opened Peachtree Growler Co.?a place where he can educate people on craft beer?one of his passions?right in Peachtree Corners, his wife's hometown. With the help of their cicerone?"cicerone" is to craft-beer expert as "sommelier" is to wine expert?Steve and his wife hand select the beers and wines that flow through their 40 taps. The selection changes daily, but has included Cherry Street's coconut porter, Moletto Vineyards prosecco, and the espresso stout collaboration between Starr Hill and Terrapin Gava Joe.
That last brew speaks to the other part of PGC's business?Peachtree Coffee Co. The onsite cafe is run by a certified coffee master?who is also a sommelier-in-training?and features local beans from Jittery Joe's in Athens.
But those primarily interested in beer can pick up 32- or 64-ounce growlers, sampling up to 6 ounces before deciding which to take home. PGC also offers homebrew classes and equipment, as well as portable draft systems that can hold up to eight kegs of draft beer or tears shed because the beer has all been drunk.
After nearly 20 years in the restaurant business, Oswald Morgan gambled his career, finances, and reputation on Kozmo Gastro Pub. After years developing and working in swanky restaurants such as The Globe, Oswald had the notion that a restaurant with the right combination of creative cuisine and vivacious atmosphere could lure adventurous diners through its doors—even if it resided in the suburbs. The hopeful restaurateur worked to make Kozmo in the image of metropolitan eateries, outfitting the dining room with a slick and airy wall of windows and bar-height tables coupled with brushed-aluminum chairs. Perched at their seats, diners can sip from the extensive list of beer and cocktails or share small plates of immaculately presented duck confit or risotto balls as they people-watch and toast their reflections for their impeccable style.
There's nothing better than settling into the pub to enjoy your favorite beer on tap?except maybe enjoying that same tap beer in the comfort of your own home. The beer aficionados at Growler Time make it easy to do just that. With 30 beers, two ciders, three wines, four craft sodas, and 39 levers on tap, they'll readily fill up a new vessel with your pick or refill any dry growler brought to them for waste-free imbibing.
By day, Liquid Ultra Lounge is a cheery venue replete with hardwood floors, high-backed booths, and an artfully wood-paneled bar space. At night, however, the overhead lights dim and colorful neon panels behind the bar turn on, transforming the bartender into an ethereal silhouette as matching bursts of neon accent the entire club. For privacy, guests can stare into each other's eyes inside VIP sections and private rooms.
At Havana South Restaurant and Bar, a conga line of authentic Cuban entrees parades out of the kitchen, transporting diners to the Caribbean with dishes such as picadillo a la Cubana and ropa vieja in criolle sauce. The chef draws on his culinary experience to populate the menu with true Cuban cuisine.
Meanwhile, drink enthusiasts can marvel at servers using guava, mango, and passion fruit to brew up refreshing batches of house-made mojitos. The tropical flavor carries over to the eatery's decor as well. A life-size painting of palm trees and domino players on the beach may fool diners into thinking that they're dining on the coast, whereas crimson-hued walls compliment heated salsa nights that are speckled throughout the eatery?s event schedule. Spanish music constantly pours from the speakers, inspiring guests to get up and dance, a practice encouraged by the staff.
Diners take a whiff of grilled meats and slide into dark-wood booths upon entering Famous Joes, waiting to be greeted by the chilly handshake of a cold glass of beer and the calming glow of baseball games emanating from the 21 42-inch flat-screen TVs hung on terra-cotta-colored walls. As a karaoke singer croons on, chefs pull ribs and pork from a 12-hour marinade, toss glistening chicken wings in 16 varieties of sauce, and hand-sculpt ground beef into half-pound patties and busts of Woodrow Wilson. Behind a row of stools, bartenders pour from 10 drafts and 30 bottled beers hailing from domestic and overseas breweries.