We started with a conversation and notes on the back of a napkin. Founders Rick Goddard and Brian Roth met in Washington, DC. while lobbying for the beer industry. They shared a passion for unique beers with local flavor and wanted to bring something new to Athens. After five years of research and planning, we broke ground in August of 2014 then rolled up the garage doors to the public in May 2015.

Since the first batch came out of the tank three years ago, we've grown from less than ten employees to more than thirty. We've created over fifty unique beers with a variety of local ingredients. We've done dozens of collaborations with wonderful folks from around the southeast and a few from even farther away. Through all of this, we've grown and learned. Most importantly, we've enjoyed every minute we've shared with Athens.

Hospitality is the cornerstone of the Southern Brewing Company. We are and always will be focused on relationships within the brewing industry and our community. Our door is open, the beer is cold, and you're always welcome. Join us.

What We're About

We're passionate about crafting traditional and wild beers with local character while fostering collaborative learning and celebrating our families, our community, and our Southern culture.