A tucked-away Avondale Estates warehouse district dotted with art studios, auto shops, and local restaurants is also quietly becoming another ITP mecca for fans of craft beer.
The latest entrant to the DeKalb County city’s slate of brewhouses is Little Cottage Brewery, which has claimed a 2,100-square-foot industrial space a few blocks west of Avondale’s distinctive, English Tudor-style commercial core.
The 120 Olive Street brewery venture has finished construction that includes outdoor seating and will operate within two blocks of Wild Heaven and Lost Druid breweries.
It’s a passion project for longtime homebrewer Jon Shari, who named the business after the wee Sandy Springs abode he shared with his wife for a decade—and where his first craft batches were created. He was eyeing a different space for the operation until a broker pointed him to Avondale Estates, where tightknit communal vibes quickly won him over, as Shari told the AJC last year.
Shari, who’s long sold his beers at events, signed a lease on the brick-and-mortar space in August and began buildout on the public taproom. Expect a rotating roster of food trucks on site and drinking options ranging from dark, complex beers to saisons.
In early April the brewery relayed on its Facebook page its opening was “impending” and coming soon. (We emailed asking for a more firm ribbon-cutting date but have yet to hear back.) In the meantime, the business is hiring for a number of full and part-time bartending positions.
The website Southern Beer Tours, which has described Shari as “one of the most talented brewers in Georgia, and arguably the entire country,” reported April 20 that Little Cottage has finished construction and is awaiting final permit approvals, with an opening date expected to be announced in May.
If a flurry of large-scale multifamily construction in the area is any indication, the breweries’ customer bases within walking distance should continue to swell. And like Lee + White in West End, the Beacon in Grant Park, and industrial zones west of Atlantic Station, Avondale Estates will have a cluster of breweries as part of its identity.
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