New Breweries Planned for Sandy Springs and West End

April 19, 2017 Chris Fuhrmeister

Pontoon Brewing and Banyan Roots Brewing Co.

SANDY SPRINGS — The local beer boom continues with a new brewery inbound for a former Coca-Cola bottling facility. Partners Marcus Powers and Sean O’Keefe have been working with breweries across the Southeast to produce their suds, but now they have a home of their own. Pontoon Brewing is on track to open this September at 8601 Dunwoody Place.

“We love the relaxed lifestyle of enjoying beer with friends on a pontoon boat,” O’Keefe said in an announcement. “Our vision here is to appeal to the business community and offer a relaxing way to spend time after a day at work. A big portion of our clientele lives and works in the Sandy Springs area, so we will now be able to offer them not only our product, but a place to enjoy it. We want to be the happy hour spot.”

When Pontoon opens, the partners expect their brewery to be a destination for tours, tastings, growler sales, events, live music, and tailgates.

WEST END — Yet another beer venture is headed to the forthcoming Lee + White development that is rising adjacent to the BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Banyan Roots Brewing Co. will take up 18,000 square feet of the development, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Head brewer and director of brewery operations Tim Schiavone tells the ABC Banyan Roots will focus on sour beers and high-gravity, barrel-aged brews. There will also be food service with a private chef’s table and a patio overlooking the BeltLine. Banyan Roots should open in 2018.

Schiavone’s project is the third beer-related venture on board at Lee + White. The development will be anchored by a new facility and taproom for Westside-based Monday Night Brewing, and Decatur-based Wild Heaven Beer is opening a second location at the site too. Lee + White will also be home to Southern Aged Cheese, Doux South Pickles, and Honeysuckle Gelato.

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