DOWN HOME BREWS: Meet Georgia’s first African-American craft brewing company

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a black-owned brewery.

Out of the 66 breweries in Georgia, only one is black-owned: Down Home Brewing. Chris Reeves and William Allen Moore, the two men behind the brewery, started canning beer in March 2018 at BlueTarp, Georgia’s smallest production brewery, east of downtown Decatur.

The two spoke with 11 Alive and expressed that starting this business was a challenge and they haven’t quit their day jobs quite yet.

“It was fun seeing people’s reactions to it, saying, ‘Oh OK, this is cool.’ Then you see the backstory behind it and we tell our story with our families and how this comes from a place of family,” Moore, a Morehouse College of Medicine alum said.

Apparently, the only investors in the company are members of their families.

Down Home’s graphic icon is of Herschel Thompson, Reeves late grandfather, church deacon, and Walton County sharecropper. Reeves explained that his grandfather wasn’t a drinker but he was, “A good God-fearing man. Loved God. And I learned a lot through him.”

The two hope to eventually open a stand-alone shop and to leave their day jobs.

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