(ATLANTA, Ga.) East Atlanta Villiage is known for its vast music scene, local pubs and restaurants. While some of its notable establishments have closed their doors (RIP Graveyard) the area continues to build community and allow new business owners to call the area home and thrive.
Recently, the first black brewery, Hippin Hops Brewery & Oyster Bar, opened in the area. The bar is also the first black-owned brewery in the state of Georgia.
In an interview with news outlet CBS46, co-owner Clarence Boston said he had no idea Hippin Hops was the only Black-owned brewery in the state brewing from its brick and mortar location when he began developing the business.
Boston, who owns the brewery with his wife Donnica said, "We were shocked.” "We didn't even know."
While there are two additional Black-owned breweries, Khonso Brewing and Down Home Brewing, they do not produce their beers onsite.
The brewery business came about due to Boston’s hobby of making homebrews for the past 20 years. "Back in the day we couldn't afford to buy beer, so we made our own," he said. The establishment features a three-barrel brewhouse with five-barrel uni tanks to produce multiple styles of beet for both on-site consumption as well as retail sales.
In addition to craft beers, the business features a seafood menu centered around oysters a few twists on traditional shellfish. A popular menu item, Oysters Collardfeller, includes baked oysters alongside collard greens and smoked turkey, topped with Hippin Hop's Homemade Rockefeller Cheese sauce.
Another menu item, Smoked Gouda Oysters are baked and topped with Smoked Gouda smothered in the signature cheese sauce.
If oysters aren’t your jam, other Cajun-inspired items include shrimp and grits, po'boys with either fried shrimp, fried oysters or fried alligator bites, lobster rolls and Cajun shrimp deviled eggs.
Craft beers on tap include a wheat beer, an IPA called "Baby Momma Drama," an oyster stout and a brew called Barely Legal.
Hippin Hop is located at 1308 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta — Boston plans to expand his location to the East Lake area soon.