UPDATE (February 12, 2018): Wild Heaven Beer Is Moving Forward With Lee + White Brewery
With the Georgia General Assembly’s passage of SB85 allowing direct sale of beer by Georgia breweries, Wild Heaven Beer Thursday announced plans for a second brewery and taproom location at the Lee + White development adjacent to the Beltline’s Westside Trail.
The freestanding building, including over 21,000 square feet of space with room for expansion, includes an area overlooking the Atlanta Beltline.
“We plan to create an incredible beer and food destination in an area of Atlanta whose time has come,” Nick Purdy,says Wild Heaven’s founder and president, said in the announcement.
“Beyond that, this facility provides space for our ongoing growth and expansion.”
The new Wild Heaven, which would be situated in the same development as Monday Night Brewing, would open with a 15-barrel brewhouse allowing production of new beers plus smaller run beers from our lineup, followed by a 60-barrel system that will take over production of our mainline beers.
The original Avondale Estates facility would become focused on sour and barrel-aged beer production, according to the announcement.
Wild Heaven’s readiness to make what will ultimately be a $5 million-plus investment is facilitated by a change in Georgia’s beer laws allowing for direct sale to consumers onsite.
“Thanks to the leadership and vision of Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Senator Rick Jeffares, Representative Howard Maxwell and the efforts of our wholesale partners and persistence of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, it makes sense to double down on on our home state,” Purdy said.
Wild Heaven, makers of the Emergency Drinking Beer along with a portfolio of beers, intends to open “Wild Heaven Westside” in the first half of 2018, offering at least 10,000 square feet of outdoor patios and decks along the Beltline’s Westside Trail, which is scheduled to open later in 2017.
The facility will be alongside other local producers like Monday Night Brewing, Honeysuckle Gelato, Doux South Pickles and Southern Aged Cheese.
“I’ve long been inspired by Atlanta’s energy and diversity and am thrilled to see a beautiful, historic part of the city get some needed new amenities. Eric and I can’t wait to get to know our new neighbors and find ways to serve the West End, Adair Park and surrounding communities,” Purdy said.
“There is a lot of effort ahead of us, including working with the neighboring communities and the city to ensure our vision is helpful and appropriate.”