Local Beer? Get it Here
By Laura Carson Miller
Atlanta beer enthusiasts, rejoice! Southern craft beer has met its match. This spring, Scofflaw Brewing Co. will introduce its long-awaited selection of craft beers to the public. Kicking off with a series of tap takeover events at local restaurants and bars, Scofflaw is expected to officially hit the market in June.
More than two years in the making, Scofflaw Brewing Co. is the brainchild of owner Matt Shirah, who enlisted the help of brewmaster and co-founder Travis Herman. Together, Shirah and Herman bring a wealth of experience in the craft beer and brewing industry and aim to deliver a quality product intended to change the perception of Southern craft beer.
“A couple of years ago, Travis and I came together – like east-meets-west – with the idea of creating our own brand and bringing something new to the region,” said Shirah. “In order to discover and define our brand, we locked ourselves into a basement with thousands of beers, a one barrel brewhouse and a microscope. After years of thinking, collaborating and arguing, Scofflaw was born and our brews will have plenty of stories to tell.”
Located in northwest Atlanta’s Bolton neighborhood, Scofflaw Brewing Co. boasts an 18,419 square-foot production facility and soon-to-open tasting room. Shirah and Herman have been working hard on research and development for the past 18 months, using a laboratory to cultivate several local yeast strains. These efforts have yielded several tropical and hop forward IPAs, a pale ale and an imperial barrel-aged stout.
Prior to Scofflaw, Shirah walked away from his role as a corporate turnaround executive to follow his passion for brewing. Similarly, Herman left behind a career in the pharmaceutical industry to attend brewing school at the University of California and has brewed for some of the country’s most pedigreed craft brewers, including Russian River and The Lost Abbey in California.