By Tara Gary
I won’t say which city or state I was in, but recently, I requested a recommendation, from one of the hotel employees where I was staying, for a local restaurant that had a good selection of draft beers. Her response was, and I kid you not, “They have both kinds at… ” I was puzzled, tilted my head, squinted my eyes, and questioned, “Both kinds? I don’t understand?” She replied, “Both kinds of beer, Bud and Miller Lite.” True story, not kidding. I will say this, we were driving from Atlanta to San Diego, so take your pick as to which state you think that occurred.
After a long day, I choose a restaurant which offers a nice menu, great service, and a good selection of draft beer. I love seeing a variety of well-selected craft beer. It reminds me of when I was twelve and received one of those boxes of chocolates with a wide variety of flavors, where each one is listed underneath the lid of the box, but even better. Living in Roswell, I am spoiled by the plethora of fantastic restaurants featuring the characteristics I admire the most. I fall into a natural cycle of revisiting my “go-to places,” making life more comfortable by eliminating the decision-making process at the end of the day, when my brain seems less useful.
Sometimes you fall into bliss in the most unlikely places… like down the street from where you live. I went hiking at Roswell Mill with my friend Kara. We had a wonderful hike, and once we reached the parking lot, we realized we were starving and thirsty. She suggested going to Moxie Burger, whose parking lot is directly next to the Roswell Mill parking lot. What? Less than two miles from my residence. Absurd! How was this not on my list of “go-to places?”
I was instantly impressed. When we walked in the door, we were immediately greeted by Brian who provided us with menus, offered us outdoor seating (when he realized we had a dog waiting outside), provided the dog with a bowl of water, and pointed out the draft beer list—that’s when I realized this was meant to be. Granted, the list mainly consisted of IPAs, but a seriously nice variety of them. I had the Wild Leap (LaGrange) Truck Chaser, and I sampled Steady Hand (Atlanta) Tangerine Flower Business, as well as Schoolhouse (Marietta) The Sour Before Christmas. I loved all three beers, however, I was most surprised by the Schoolhouse sour. I am not typically fond of sours but this fruity, blackberry sour has changed my outlook. It was simply delicious. Brian, from Moxie Burger, mentioned his intentions to add some porters and stouts to the menu, which I look forward to.
Aside from the fabulous beers, the food was fantastic, as well. I had a delicious, fresh salad topped with grilled chicken, blue cheese, and fried onions. So, if you’re one of those people looking for another good spot to add to your “go-to places” for a nice beer selection to complement your meal, I highly suggest a visit to Moxie Burger in Roswell.
While hiking with my friend, Kara, that day, I reminded her about purchasing tickets to some of the more popular festivals around town. Spring will be here before you know it, and many tickets to spring festivals sell out. What does this have to do with beer? Everything. There are so many great beer festivals—including Roswell Beer Festival; Kennesaw Beer & Wine Festival; Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival; No Water. No Beer. Festival; SweetWater 420 Fest; Atlanta German Bierfest; and East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival, just to name a few. Not only am I getting excited about the festivals on the horizon, but I also welcome Alive in Roswell, every third Thursday beginning in April.
Speaking of festivals, there’s a new product I am thrilled about—Stack-Cup! It’s had huge success overseas and made its way to our doorstep just in time for festival season. Stack-Cup is a new way to consume your favorite beverage in a guilt free and fun way, that doesn’t destroy our planet. This recyclable cup will present a new way festivals, arenas, and large event venues offer consumers the ability to safely and reliably carry multiple beverages, with one hand, eliminating the need for cup carriers and trays.
These durable cups are not only unique in design, but they are reusable—sustaining over 200 washes. What’s truly exceptional is, should a venue have an event lasting more than one day, the company will attend the event, assist in collecting the used cups, and wash them overnight in a portable wash facility specifically made to wash the cups in an efficient, low energy, and environmentally-friendly way. I look forward to seeing this product in use, as disposable plastics will be fading fast in our near future. Not only do I love them for eco-friendly reasons, I love that I can carry more than one beverage in my hand without spilling, and as clumsy as I can be sometimes, I will have my left hand free to hold onto stair railings should I need to.
So, cheers to beers, great local restaurants offering great beer selections, beer festivals on the horizon, and my favorite new way to consume them, Stack-Cup.
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When not writing, Roswell resident Tara Gary is busy making industrial furniture, charcuterie boards, and local art. Most nights she can be found with her friends at local breweries and pubs drinking craft beer.