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Allen Porter—Son of STATS Owner—Launching Two New Brewpubs in 2018

Sandy Springs is getting Porter Pizza & Brewery in January; Dunwoody is getting PorterQ & Brewery in March.

Allen Porter, the real estate entrepreneur, and beer-enthusiast who is responsible for the addition of a brewery in STATS is launching two new Brewpubs in 2018.

Allen convinced his father Winston Porter—an owner of the sports bar—to let him design and create the now-opened microbrewery Downtown.

With the momentum of STATS Brewpub and his passion for brewing, Porter will bring Porter Pizza & Brewery to Sandy Springs in January and PorterQ & Brewery to Dunwoody in March (replacing the now-shuttered D’Vine Winebar & Shop.)

Both breweries will offer six housemade brews (twelve across both locations) using a 5-barrel system and Brite Tanks: a combination of New England IPAs (which are less bitter than regular IPAs, according to Porter), pale ales, and pilsners.

The beers are yet-to-be-named.

At Porter Pizza & Brewery a “rotating” pizza oven will serve up New-York-style pies. Also on the menu will be other “trendy bar food” like “quesadillas with a twist.”

PorterQ & Brewery will share a similar concept but will serve up barbecue instead of pizza.

“I’m a real estate developer with a brewing passion,” Porter Friday told What Now Atlanta in a telephone interview.

“I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a restauranteur by trade.”

Porter and his father co-own Canterfield Holdings, a real estate company specializing in senior housing and healthcare.

That’s why Porter is bringing in Anthony McKeithen to serve as general manager for both concepts. McKeithen’s resume includes national pizza and barbecue restaurants, Porter said.

Gary Deems, an apprentice at STATS, will be the head brewer at Porter Pizza and PorterQ.

“Gary is a walking encyclopedia of brew knowledge. You don’t have to have experience, just a love, and passion for beer.”

Porter Pizza is currently under construction, at 6370 Powers Ferry Road NW. PoterQ and Brewery, at 5486 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, will soon begin the permitting process.

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Interior drawing of Porter Pizza & Brewery

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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