When you mention ‘Woodstock’, most people immediately think about the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival outside of White Lake, New York. There’s another Woodstock – in Georgia, and it’s the home of Reformation Brewery.
Nick Downs and Spencer Nix own the brewery. Years ago Nick was a pilot and would bring back unique beers from his travels. He shared the brews with his buddy Spencer, which started them on the road into home brewing. As time went on, they began to make more brew than they could drink, so they invited family and friends to enjoy their concoctions. Those people told their friends and their beer community grew – eventually attracting people from the southeast to join the conversation. In 2013 they turned this hobby turned into a microbrewery business and named it Reformation Brewery.
The brewery is named after Martin Luther, an iconic leader of Protestant Reformation. Martin was well known for inviting students to his home after class to discuss life, theology and culture while his wife served her home-brewed ale. In similar fashion, Reformation Brewery fosters that tradition of mixing conversation and community with a well-made craft beer – and takes it even further with their core values of acceptance, story, authenticity, moderation, humility and humor.
Today patrons can enjoy 4 popular anchor brands: Atlas, Cadence, Providence and Stark and soon will be able to appreciate a much anticipated seasonal line as well as bottled reserve offerings. If you’re in the area, they welcome the opportunity to give you a tour and offer complimentary beer tastings.
In 2014, craft brewing reached double digit growth. Much of that growth was from small and independent brewers like Reformation Brewery that are deepening their connection with local beer lovers and keeping the conversation going.
Reformation Brewery brings old world traditions to their beers – it makes perfect sense to match their beer-making style with the tradition of stoneware craftsmanship. We hope their story continues for generations.
Keeping watch. Pat