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The 3,200-square-foot space, at 650 Langford Drive, will offer a taproom for tastings or full-pours on draft, and beer for purchase.
At least since former Governor Nathan Deal signed the brewery, brewpub and distillery gamechanger Senate Bill 85 into law in 2017, the brew techs behind Norx have been teasing their craft concoctions like small batches of IPA with Bravo and Calypso, dry-hopped with Equinox, XPA with Mosaic, dry-hopped with El Dorado and Multihead.
“We eventually want to expand to local distribution to share the recipes we perfected and practiced for so long in a smaller facility to a wider community,” Co-Owner Britt Lancaster shared on a phone call with What Now Atlanta (WNA), adding that the beer will be “good, high-quality and local.”
Norx’s hyper-local, place-based design motifs, including reclaimed railroad spikes for tap handles, nod to Norcross’ railroad narrative.
The present-day train depot in Norcross (now rezoned for food and beverage) was erected in 1906 to serve Southern Railways (now known as Norfolk Southern), which ran from Atlanta north through the city.
“Norx’s owners also previously ran a landscaping company in the space before deciding to go fulltime into the brewery, so we looked at the two different worlds that were colliding—the landscaping and the strong tie with the railroad,” Evonne Connally of BoggsVickers shared with WNA in a telephone interview, describing the design process.
“It has a very industrial feel, but the landscaping elements help soften the place quite a bit and we’ll incorporate nice wall coverings that simulate the land and forestry, a bar with reclaimed wood and a concrete countertop, and light fixtures that simulate a tree canopy and gears.”
An early summer 2020 opening for Norx is expected, but Lancaster is crossing fingers for April 2020.
[Disclosure: BoggsVickers is WNA’s Preferred Architecture Partner.]