alcohol in georgia

Isabeth Mendoza, GPB News

More than 700 people visited Monday Night Garage on Friday, March 9 for a special live broadcast of NPR All Things Considered with host Rickey Bevington.

The show was all about the state's alcohol culture: From Georgia's founding as a dry colony to the modern-day discussions of cocktails at brunch, we've got you covered.

Georgia laws haven't always been as friendly to brewers and distillers, even after Prohibition ended. 

During our special live show focusing on Georgia's alcohol history and culture, I talked with Monday Night Brewing's Chief Operating Officer Joel Iverson about recent changes to laws that have allowed breweries across the state to take off.

Brewing beer is a lot like cooking food. There's ingredients, a recipe, and if things aren't cleaned right ahead of time, you might not like the way it turns out. 

During our special live show focusing on Georgia's alcohol history and culture, I talked with Monday Night Brewing's Head Brewer Peter Kiley about his career pathway, and why beer tastes the way it does.

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Brunch is a time where you can eat breakfast or lunch, get something sweet or savory, and after a certain time – an alcoholic beverage.

 

Atlanta has quite the brunch scene, so I decided to drop by a busy Midtown restaurant one Sunday morning and dig into the culture of brunch.

 

 

 

 

It’s nearly 1:30 PM, and Lindsay Grubbs is thankful for two things – her friends, and the cocktail in front of her.

 

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Walk around the University of Georgia campus today and you’ll find plenty of students who don’t drink or do drugs. 

As of two years ago, UGA is no longer among the top 20 “Best Party Schools” ranked by the Princeton Review. 

I sat down with UGA students Chelsea, Miranda, Jake, Tyler and Mikala. 

We are not revealing their last names because several asked to use first names only, so we made the choice to do that for all of the students we interviewed.  

They asked each other questions about what college is like when you don’t drink.

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At Kennesaw State University, the Center for Young Adult Addiction Recovery helps students navigate college life while recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.

 

Kyra, Gabriel, Morgan, James and Harrison share their struggles and successes with sobriety in college. We are not revealing their last names because several asked to use first names only, so we made the choice to do that for all of the students we interviewed.  

Kyra:

Health & Alcohol: The Facts

Mar 9, 2018
Centers for Disease Control

Harmful use of alcohol is a major public health problem in the United States, and Georgia is no exception.

The Underappreciated Morning Cocktail – The Mimosa

Mar 9, 2018
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The mimosa is an uncomplicated cocktail, equal parts fresh-squeezed orange juice and dry, sparkling wine or champagne. While no mixing or serious bartending skill is involved in its creation, the mimosa is recognized as an official cocktail by the International Bartenders Association. The drink’s simple yet courtly qualities lend themselves well to morning consumption--acting as a sort of mood-lifting, waking concoction full of fizz and bright, citrusy acid with a natural sugary undertone. It’s almost as if you’re sipping the sunrise.  

A Brief History Of Alcohol (And The Lack Thereof) In Georgia

Mar 8, 2018
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We’ve come a long way from 1733, when Georgia was founded as a dry colony. Views on drinking have ebbed and flowed over time and so have the laws that govern alcohol.

GPB interns Kevin Kilgour and Isabeth Mendoza bring us this history of alcohol in the state, starting with General James Ogelthorpe.