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Crafting the Perfect Beer For You in Kennesaw, Ga.

Brittany Thompson – For the AJC

Two Georgia natives and long time friends from Sequoyah High School followed their dream and passion for brewing great craft beer by opening up their own brewing company.

Trey Sinclair and Jordan Cooper, both Co-Founders of Dry County Brewing Company, share the same love for brewing craft beer. Sinclair, a graduate of UGA and Cooper, a graduate of GSU both cultivated their love for craft beer during their college years.

We both fell in love with craft beer and started home brewing in college when we could get together over the summers,” Cooper said.

Sinclair gives the credit to Athens Local Terrapin Beer Company for his obsessive love of beer, “Someone handed me a Terrapin Rye one night in downtown Athens and I was hooked,” Sinclair said. “I wanted to get as much of it as I could, so I began making my own recipes and brewed inside my college apartment.”  

After graduating from college in 2010 and Cooper in 2011, both long time friends moved back to the Atlanta area, making Kennesaw their home.

“When we graduated and moved back here to Kennesaw, we used home brewing as a way to keep all of our high school friends together,” Cooper said. “The brewery idea came about from us having some solid recipes crafted over the years coupled with us getting bored of the regular 9-5.”

“After much deliberation, we decided to make our run and go all in for the brewery dream,” Cooper said.

History

Founded in 2015, DCBC was in the works for opening up to the public and in September of 2016, the brewery was open up to the public for tours and tasting.

DCBC is a local brewery in Kennesaw, Ga that is partially named after Bullock County.

“Our name, Dry County, partially stems from my attendance at Georgia Southern where Bulloch County is, which is a dry county and then from discovering brewing before we could legally buy a pint,” Cooper said.

Open to Everyone

DCBC is family and pet-friendly. DCBC host’s different events that accommodate different niches and interest allowing people to enjoy each other’s company while sharing a common interest in beer.

Some of the fun events they hold are Poses and Pours, trivia nights, special gatherings for friends and family, and special dates to acknowledge public servants on their acts of service with discounted beer. Also, DCBC hires food trucks that are present every Saturday and for special gatherings.

Crafting Beer

DCBC Brewmaster, Steve Anderson, has been on the team since January of this year, previously working as a head brewer at Red Brick Brewing in Atlanta. “Anderson has improved all of our beer and continues to make the customers well pleased by making good beer,” Sinclair said.

“Coming from Red Brick, Steve brings years of brewing world-class, award-winning beers to Dry County and we couldn’t be happier to have him,” Cooper said.

The four beers that DCBC is known for are: Dry County IPA, Old 41, NoonDay Extra Pale Ale, and Namesake.  

DCBC just added a fourth beer which is in the larger family called, Lechuza.

“Lechuza is a Mexican style lager that will be taking the place of Namesake in our core brand lineup,” Cooper said.

Unique Naming Process

Each beer receives its name based on the local community.

Dry County IPA is their flagship beer, which allows the company to get their name out to the community.

NoonDay beer is named from Noonday Creek and Noonday Trail. “NoonDay XPA is a really refreshing beer to have if you were out at Noonday Creek and Noonday Trail,” Sinclair said.

“Old 41, is named after Highway Old 41 that runs through downtown Kennesaw,” Sinclair said.

Namesake is an old throwback beer that DCBC wanted to pay homage too. “Namesakes were the first beers brewed in America and were named after the brewery that brewed them or the cities in which they were brewed,” Cooper said.

Lechuza in English translates to ‘Owl,’ so it is our tongue-in-cheek nod to our neighbors at Kennesaw State University,” Cooper said.

Different Offerings.

“Cleverly called Dry County IPA, we noticed a trend of ‘How bitter can I make this’ or ‘what crazy flavors can I come up with’ going on throughout the industry,” Cooper said.Putting out a solid, truer to style India pale ale, DCBC IPA has a nice pine and citrus notes with a quick dry finish.”

“Roasty and dark are two great descriptors of Old 41,” Cooper said. “For a dark beer, Old 41 has a nice creamy profile that is lightened up with an oat body.”

“Noonday has the same approachability light color people have come to know from American Pale Ales but with a slightly higher hop profile of all citrus flavor,” Cooper said.

Namesake is a lighter beer. “It’s light enough for normal domestic drinkers and has enough hops and a malt profile for the established craft drinkers,” Cooper said.

“Lechuza is an excellent day drinker sitting at 4.8 percent that is really complimented with a lime on the rim,” Cooper said.

DCBC beer can be commonly found in Kennesaw restaurants that offer a quality craft beer lineup. The beer is currently offered exclusively on draft. Locals can enjoy a Dry County Beer at Taco Mac, World of Beer, The Nest, Marlow’s Tavern, Mellow Mushroom, Johnny’s Pizza in Downtown Kennesaw, Trackside and BurgerFi.

“People always like new tap beer, but the hard part is staying on tap,” Sinclair said.


Putting together the best brewery team and the best sells team remains a must. “The people in the brewery are second only to the quality of the beer itself,” Sinclair said.
Dry County Brewing Company: Current hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Located at 1500 Lockhart Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA. Find their page at http://www.drycountybrewco.com/home

Insider Tips:

At Dry County Brewery, anyone that is military or is a student will receive 2 dollars off for the tastings, however, in order to receive 2 dollars off, you must show proof.

DCBC has remained on tap well over a year now at the local restaurants that promote their beer.

 

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Journey of Love

Every girl dreams about “the one.” The one to share laughs, worries, and cries with, one to grow old with. It’s the Prince Charming on the Disney movies that we watched when we were kids… “Still do!” We all want love, right? And maybe some fall in love with the wrong ones and quickly come to terms of knowing what they deserve and maybe, there are some who say they “love” and have somewhat of a desire to be with that person fully however, they are hesitant to put a label on themselves as “one” maybe because they are guarding themselves against past experiences, or simply struggling with the action of “love” and what it all entails. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Love is freely given, it’s not a golden gift or earned! We Love because He first loved us! It all goes back to God’s love for us! That precious love that He had shed on that cross!

Prior to meeting my one, I was working on myself. I was working on myself so I can be whole when I meet the right one. I was working on my relationship with my main man, God. I prayed for my future husband, that he may be strong and faithful in his walk with the Lord and also, that he will be a man who will take my hand and pray with me, who will encourage me when I get discouraged, who is not afraid to speak truth and correct me when I am wrong. ALL IN HIS TIMING, His love is forever faithful!

It’s so easy to feel discouraged when everyone else around you has found love, and yet, you have not. I’ve been there. I know it’s not fun… But in those times, that’s when God is working. Molding and growing you to be that spouse for your “one.”

I finally gave it to God. Laid it in His hands and trusted that His timing is ALWAYS perfect. Not anyone else’s, His alone!

I use to always get,  “You’re way too picky!” You darn right I was picky…. because I knew what I deserved and I was not backing down from that… and I see now why patience is the true virtue.

I sit here now writing this to say, wait for His timing! In His timing, He has blessed me with my one and only and that one and only is truly remarkable and get’s me the way no one else will!

I met Alex back in early September 2016 and we started dating on October 17, 2016. Since then, I fall more in love with him and have learned more about him every day. It’s a pure joy!  His heart, his gentle words, his intelligence, his witty jokes, his corny flirts, and overall his love for the Lord and his enduring love that he constantly shows towards me is something I am so blessed to call MINE!

I knew from the moment I met him that I was going to marry him! No way I was going to let him go.

These sweet eight months have been absolutely fabulous. No, it hasn’t been all glitz and glamor. Every relationship is a work in progress. It takes patience, prayer, and forgiveness. No one is perfect, we all are sinners and we all make mistakes. It’s been fabulous because I see God through our relationship, I see a pure love from my man and it’s not only through the words, it’s the actions. It’s the sweet moments when we connect on a deeper level, it’s the moments when we share laughs and cries and just hold each other in that moment. It’s the feeling of feeling at home in his embrace. It’s the act of knowing “everything is going to be OK.” It’s looking at him and knowing exactly what he is thinking. It’s the feeling of the anticipation to be back in his arms. It’s the look in his eyes when he sees me! It’s the kind of love every girl deserves to have and to feel! It’s the kind of love that was definitely worth the wait.

From the beginning of our relationship, we both have grown together with our walk with the Lord, because if it wasn’t for him, we would all squander. Stronger love for God, stronger love for each other!

Not only is he my one and only, he is my best friend, my person, and my heart.

As of June 10, 2017, I am now a fiance to my man. I am so utterly blessed for him and his constant love he has for me! Gosh, I love being loved by you baby!

I know everyone is different, but why wait when you know you have found the one?? I mean I can marry him tomorrow, that’s how sure I am of knowing he is the perfectly made one for me.

Alex,

Besides of the excitement that comes with the wedding night, I look forward to coming home to you, I look forward to being a home with you, I look forward to hearing your voice every day, I look forward to spending every day with you, I look forward to a “good morning” or a “goodnight” in person, I look forward to praying with you, I look forward to going to church with you and coming back home with you, I look forward to growing with you, I look forward to movie nights, I look forward to sleepless nights, I look forward to acting like little kids with you,  I also look forward to the struggles that we will face with marriage.. that might sound a bit absurd, but I say that because it will only strengthen us as one.

I am so excited to share so many memories with you. I am so excited to laugh with you, to cry with you, to be mad, to explore, and to love you even more than I already do. I am excited to grow as a person and a couple together and to find new ways to be a better wife in your eyes.

With you Alex,

I am at home! I am safe! I can’t wait to make you mine forever!

When I feel my lowest, you bring out the best in me. When I am sad I can look to you and this big smile can suddenly appear on my face. You are the reason my bad days become beautiful.

I love the way I can be myself around you, my crazy, stupid, silly, emotional, hard-headed self. I love that you appreciate everything I have to give and love me for being me. I love that I can look at you and not want to look at any other man.

Thank you for sticking by my side when I freak out over little tiny things and telling me “calm down, it’s Ok.”

Thank you for making me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world and a princess in your eyes.

I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with you and sing horribly to you and know that you will look at me like I am the cutest person in the world. You say, “You can hit some notes..” HAHA! I love you.

I can’t promise you that I will be the perfect wife, but what I can promise you is to love you fully and be with you always through the good and bad. Always encourage, lead, and motivate you to be your better self. I promise to build faith. To trust. To hope and dream the craziest dreams with you.
Thank you for making me feel like your top priority Alex. It’s important to me. 🙂
I love you,
Your Fiance
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Molding Myself to Be More Like Him {Spiritual Rawness}

Valuable (Real Talk)

Isaiah 1:17

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”

How do you spend your time in the word? 

Do you receive the spiritual high from a bible study and feel as if that’s enough?
Do you spend time here and there in the word when things are crazy in life?
Do you spend time whenever you feel like it? Whenever it’s convenient?
Do you spend time at all?
The sad part is… most of us have all the intentions to spend quality time in His word, and some of us create habit to do just that but some never do. We set aside time out of our schedule to purposely dig into the word. That high may last weeks or months. It’s like a spiritual high. You are on fire to learn more.

For some, the “digging in His word” becomes an involuntary thing, your priority is set to uphold the readings of His word. However, for others, it may be a struggle to find that time. If that is so, we are basically saying, “God, we have no time for you.”

However, relaying back to “having all the intentions to spend quality time with Him,” some never do. Is it because we are too lazy or do we put other matters before Him? I know for me, I can say both. Life gets in the way and the more and more I put it off it becomes easier to do. Sad!

How can we be a better advocate for Christ and not put our own time into studying His word? In order for us to grow in His footsteps we must take action in learning more about Him and His love.

Hypocrite, that’s what we are. We say we are infatuated with his Love

We say “I love you Lord”

We say “Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins”

We say “Amen”

We say all these things, but yet, how can we grow as Christian’s when we aren’t doing anything in order for us to grow?

Most of us are at a standstill in our relationship with Him. Some are struggling with trusting. Actually,  a majority of us are. That’s where control comes into play. Control is the thief of allowing our burdens, cares, and worries at His feet.

We have our own self desires that come into play with our: Relationships, Work, School, Play, Etc. but what if our desires allow a Godly take on what we say and what we do within those desires.

For Us

His love is rich

His love is strong

His love is free

His love is never-ending

Why is it we shield away from what we know is good for us? Is it a voluntary action that we do or do we allow Satan and other worldly matters stand in the way of what truly matters?

Spiritually naked, that’s how God sees us.

Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

He sees everything:

He sees our heart and the reasons why we do what we do.

He sees our worry

He sees our wadded up insecurities

He knows when we second guess our actions

What are the opportunities that we have in front of us that we constantly look away from?

To be a strong Christian, we must live wisely

As christians, are we constantly surrounded by non believers? YES. Constantly we come in contact.

Do we tell them the good news about Jesus, the news that allowed us to be forgiven and redeemed?

Seeking God and Speak Faithfully

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” – Genesis 2:18

I want to grow stronger to be the woman of God that I need to be.

For my boyfriend, future husband, better half. 

Grow stronger in:

Praying for him. Praying with him. Grow and prosper with him. Learn with him. Be a leader. Be a listener. Be understanding. Pray for Godly words. Be a team. Love. Be a Woman after Gods own heart.

For my Family.

Grow stronger in:

Faith. Choosing words wisely. Words that inspire. Praying for them. Encourage them. Grow. Being a stronger Christian daughter. Understanding.

We should all aim to be that strong advocate that displays Christ.

Be Christ-Centered
Be confident in Christ
Showing strength in standing up for what’s right and wrong
Be encouraging
Be nice
Be independent
Invest in that which last. Invest in those who you love.

Out of love rebuke those who are wrong. Encourage. Stay humble. Be aware of when pride sneaks in.  “Don’t think less of yourself but thank of yourself less.”

“Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These arc the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” – Isaiah 66:2

Live to please Him only. Serve the Lord and the works of His goodness.

Love God first and foremost!

His love is greater – our love for Him needs to be greater too.

Xoxo,

Brittany

 

 

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The Problem With Pulling The Kind Card

Have you ever met or been around someone who you find so hard to appease, maybe they’re attitude/ personality is cringingly painful to be around…  OK that may sound harsh but I am being serious right now.

I am here to tell you. We all are surrounded by negativity and mean people – it’s hard to run from. However, it’s how we go about handling the negative that’s around us and the people that we associate with.

You are better off without that! We all are!

As much as we should desire to be kind and giving, sometimes it can be difficult to do just that in our time of day that we live in. We want to be good stewards but we don’t want to be taken advantage of. Like many times in life, this requires a delicate balance of assertiveness and servitude.

If you are heavy on that assertiveness maybe try being a little less sub servant today by allowing others to express themselves more.

I have been told how nice I am my entire life and I love receiving this sweet comment because I am nice. In fact, throughout my life, I’ve tried my best to be kind, caring, empathetic and helpful to just about everyone I come in contact with. My character is very important to be to uphold. These qualities are the bedrock on which much of my identity is based.

But when is being “nice” become “too nice?

“nice” is always good – “too nice” is not

No one want’s to be taken advantage of and maybe being “too nice” can lead to just that and also, heartache, disappointment, and confusion.

The problem with being too nice is that it gives room for others to find you as an easy pushover or someone who is easy to be slick with.

Some may do kind gestures for kind gestures in return… although that is OK, don’t waste your time expecting the same in return with some. If you find yourself as a giving, giving, and giving person but we don’t really get nothing in return, we can easily grow bitter toward the people we constantly are nice toward. Because we don’t see the appreciation, we may feel like we’ve been wronged.

Ways to avoid falling into the “too nice” category

  1. Know when you are taking advantage of
  2. Kindness should be rooted. Be kind in general, not just when it’s being expected
  3. Speak your mind
  4. Have strong self-esteem

Be good toward others without being self-sacrificial. 
 

 

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Things We Should Do More Often

We only live one life, right? So if we know that why don’t we always strive to live our life to the very fullest?

Live outside the norm, engage outside of your comfort zones, jump into your car and drive somewhere without your GPS. Get lost in this beautiful world that we live in. It’s only our temporary home but why not enjoy the fun of it while we have it. Make the best of memories. Enjoy the thrill and rush of the unknown.

There are many things that we should do more often. Some may be the littlest thing but can mean a lot to you. We should be less concerned with the little bubble we dwell in every day and more concerned with being more in touch with the world around us. There is so much to be offered and so much to explore in this beautiful world.

Just changing something so little during your daily routine could make for something great! You will never know until you put action to it.

  1. Tell a friend about Jesus
  2. Get up early and watch the sunset
  3. Ask a random person for lunch
  4. Call your parents just to simply talk
  5. Pay for a random stranger’s coffee at the Starbuck’s drive-thru
  6. Have a conversation with a stranger
  7. Put the phone down. There is life outside of your technology device… Trust me
  8. Go see a movie by yourself. Embrace independence
  9. Say yes to something. Go. Stop worrying about everything else before life passes you by
  10. Take a random road trip without using a GPS
  11. Read a book
  12. Write a song, blog or story
  13. Buy flowers for someone
  14. Tell someone how much they mean to you
  15. Challenge yourself
  16. Run a 5K
  17. Avoid gossip by speaking highly of others
  18. Make a new friend
  19. Stop living in fear of the thinking of what others think of you
  20. Eat that cookie and ice cream. You deserve it!
  21. Go to a restaurant you’ve never been before
  22. Be optimistic
  23. Be open to others thoughts and ideas
  24. Go to a spa. Treat yourself
  25. Stop settling less than what you deserve
  26. Be comfortable in comforting others when they’re wrong or hurt you
  27. Share a smile
  28. Kiss your loved one more
  29. Worship the Lord our God and lay your burdens and struggles at His feet
  30. Release yourself from the baggage that keeps you from moving forward
  31. Forgive others who have hurt you in the past
  32. Use your social media for something good not just posting and looking
  33. Be more outgoing and full of life
  34. Pay your bills on time
  35. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  36. Volunteer for community service
  37. Let that person who’s trying to merge into your lane over. I know it’s hard. Just smile and wave
  38. Tell your professor thank you for teaching you. It means a lot to them, I’m sure
  39. Do something unexpected for a loved one
  40. Call that family member you haven’t talked to in awhile
  41. Have a picnic
  42. Dance in the rain
  43. Take more pictures. They are worth more than anything
  44. Cook a fine and dine meal
  45. Invite friends over for dinner
  46. Relax and be thankful for the ones around you
  47. Be a helping hand for one that is in need. Ex: Taking someone’s groceries to their car.
  48. Sing at the top of your lungs and laugh
  49. Go to a random free concert in your area
  50. Go to the zoo
  51. Go to a drive-in movie
  52.  Go night swimming
  53. Live every minute of your life and never take any second for granite. For these are the best days of our life.

Many others can be added but I am going to leave it there.

Whoever is reading this, I pray that you at least take action to do a few of these or maybe all of them. I pray that you continue to thank God for His many blessings that He has for us and appreciate Him in His doings. Maybe God will use you through one of these 52 ideas to be a light to others and build a better community around you.

Take a chance and go run with it!

Xoxo,

Brittany

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Overcome and Becoming 

As Christians, we face many struggles and bumps in the road every day.

So what should we do when we are faced with these trials and tests? The scripture tells us, all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).”

However, when we are faced with these trials, we may ask “Why” me Lord, why am I always faced with these testing situations?

God will never give you more than you can handle. I too have to remind myself that!

The Bible says;
“And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

God strengthens our patience and matures us as Christians in character and He forever leads us into an enhanced assurance of His love.

Through faithfulness in times of trial men become “approved” in God’s sight.

The honest truth!

Those who seek Jesus will not be without challenges. In fact, we may be faced with even MORE challenges. However, with these challenges let it all lead you to the cross, and know that He is there for you.

Sometimes it’s hard for us to do because we like that control. It’s our human instinct to want some sort of control – right? We like to handle our own problems and solve/figure out the mess that we are drowning in. Gosh if you really take a look at just that, that’s stress that we are putting on ourselves. If when we trust in His doings – we are letting go of that control.
God says, “My beloved, your fight is not against flesh and blood, but against evil forces in the spiritual realm. When you find yourself in the midst of a war, do not be afraid. Call on Me in prayer and allow Me to deliver you. In My timing, I will give you victory and bring justice to the afflicted.”

He says, here me my child, I’ve whispered in your ear a million times, here me, I’ve died for you. I love you and I will never leave you.

“I will shelter you. Trust me. Stay close to Me,” He says to me.

Xoxo,

Brittany