By AUSTIN MCMILLAN
WOODSTOCK, Ga. – From taco trucks to bingeing books there are many ways to build a community at Reformation Brewery.
“There is always room for community,” said Merry Quarles, the keeping room manager at the Woodstock Brewery.
With recent changes in law, breweries are quickly beginning to change how they operate. New Georgia law allows for breweries to sell beer directly to customers from the brewery rather than having to give out free samples after a tour.
Reformation Brewery has taken advantage of the law and is now opening its doors to events that are safe for the whole family. Reformation is also focused on getting people in a community with one another and away from their cell phones.
Most community events are free to the public, and with the new laws, you can now pay for what you would like rather than a base rate for a tour.
“It’s a very laid-back place that you can bring your kids,” said Kim Kendrick, a Reformation customer. “My son can come and play.”
Once a month, Reformation Brewery hosts a book club known as Books and Brews. Community members are encouraged to come in and talk about the monthly book over a beer if they choose.
“The only thing they have in common is they like to read, and they have all connected because of that,” said Quarles.
For those not interested in reading, Reformation also hosts board game nights. On the first Tuesday of the month Reformation bring in game creators and companies to host board games nights. Panda Cult Games was the latest host and came with a few sets of their latest game The Cult of Barnacle Bay. Along with getting to meet with game developers, customers have the chance to win a free game with the monthly board game giveaway.
Reformation also hosts a taco and trivia night on Wednesdays. Quarles said the event was originally meant for teachers to come and have a free beer but eventually turned into any public service worker. Quarles said that they have created a community amongst themselves that meet on a weekly basis.
Along with opening their doors, Reformation also opens their wallets to the Woodstock community. Reformation gives to many different nonprofits in the Woodstock area through its Reformation Stands program.
“A lot of what we do for our nonprofits is raise awareness,” Quarles said. Reformation sponsors organizations like the Upper Cherokee Riverkeepers Alliance, who help to maintain clean water, and the Greenprints Trail System, who help maintain all the trails in the area.
Not only is giving to these nonprofits benefiting the community, but it also helps Reformation to create a better product. Quarles said sponsoring the Upper Cherokee Riverkeepers Alliance, in turn, provides fresher water for Reformation to brew with.
For anyone looking to find a community in the Woodstock area, Reformation has many different options for people to get involved.
Quarles said, “You make them not only feel like, but you make them part of a community,”