ROSWELL, Ga. — Founders, Brian Borngesser and Pat Rains of Gate City Brewing and Matthew Curling, Owner of Variant Brewing got together in July and decided it was time to create a unique brew for the growing craft beer community in Georgia. Many people ask whether the two breweries see each other as “competition” for the other, but that is definitely not how the guys feel.
“This collab gave us the opportunity break any misconceptions that are out there. We hope that this release will show that it is okay to visit our friends who happen to be within walking distance,” said Borngesser.
Craft beer has become such an integral part of social culture in Georgia, with Gate City and Variant playing a huge role in the Roswell community. Canton Street has been a long standing destination for residents looking to shop, eat great food, take in a little history and now to enjoy a good local brew. Out of their mutual love for the tasty beverage, Borngesser, Rains, and Curling have all developed a friendship where they not only help each other out occasionally, but also encourage everyone to try both brands.
For a few days in July, both teams of brewers gathered at each location to work on getting the recipe together and start the brewing process. In an effort to make each beer slightly different, the guys decided to use a different fruit combination. Gate City opted for passion fruit and guava, while Variant chose dragon fruit and guava.
“Walking Distance is a celebration of Roswell Beer,” said Curling
Walking Distance is a kettle sour biere de garde which is a malt accentuated farmhouse ale with sweet caramel and toffee-like finish. The idea of the name, Walking Distance, is a play on the fact that both breweries are not only within walking distance of each other, but also have a shared passion for the Roswell community, and the love of craft beer. On August 22, Gate City and Variant will open their doors and release the collaboration to the public at 2pm. Each location will offer pints along with a commemorative package which includes limited edition t-shirts, crowlers, and glassware.
About Gate City Brewing Company
Gate City Brewing Company was founded in 2013 in Roswell, Georgia. The name is rooted in Atlanta’s historical moniker as the “Gate City of the New South” due to its reputation as a hub for culture, commerce and transportation. The logo—the phoenix rising—is a testament to the grit, perseverance and sheer will of the city and region alike. General William Sherman burned Atlanta to the ground before setting off on his infamous March to the Sea in 1864. Over time, a new kind of city began to emerge from the ashes thanks to community undeterred by the unspeakable blow. At Gate City we strive to brew beers that embody the very same independent spirit that inspired us to chase our dreams of opening Roswell’s first craft brewery. Now operating in Roswell’s historic center, Gate City brews five flagship beers distributed in north metro Atlanta as well as unique, small batch ales exclusive to the taproom. In addition to private event availability upon request, Gate City is open to the public every Sunday through Saturday.
To learn more about Gate City Brewing Co. visit www.gatecitybrewing.com
About Variant Brewing
Variant Brewing Co. is an independent Roswell brewery founded by native Matthew Curling that handcrafts small batch brews with unique ingredients and alternative flavors. Through a collaborative process and passion for alternative blends of grains, hops, yeast, spices and fruits, our vision is to create a unique beer-drinking experience for everyone.
To learn more about Variant Brewing visit www.variantbrewing.com