August 29th, 2014
from the Atlanta Fed
The tasting room is packed at Orpheus Brewing. The heady aroma of hops and barley hangs in the warm evening air as casually dressed 20- and 30-somethings gather around highboy tables and spill out onto the wood-planked patio overlooking Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Already there’s a gentle buzz, although it’s hard to tell whether the buzz is a side effect of the artisanal brews on tap or simply the excitement surrounding the latest addition to the city’s burgeoning craft beer market. Scenes like this are becoming more common across the Southeast as craft beer takes hold in a region long dominated by national brands and light lagers.