Cumming, GA

Home-brewed spirits to be served soon at The Cumming City Center

John Thompson

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Simple Man Distillery will open soon at the Cumming City Center.(Photo/City of Cumming)

(Cumming, GA) Lovers of farm-to-glass distilled spirits will soon be making a beeline to the Cumming City Center.

City officials announced Friday that Simple Man Distillery is the latest business to locate on Cumming’s new Main Street.

Simple Man Distillery is a business owned by Justin Douglas that creates unique spirits featuring raw ingredients from family-owned farms throughout Georgia.

Douglas had used other distilleries across the state to create his unique spirits but will now focus his business in The Cumming City Center.

“The Cumming City Center is a natural fit for a mission-driven company to put roots down in the heart of one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia,” said Douglas at the announcement.

Douglas said Simple Man Distillery will be a fully-operational distillery, with a barrel room and a tasting room resembling a speakeasy.

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Simple Man Distillery brings its unique concept to Cumming.(Photo/City of Cumming)

He describes himself as a member of the ‘New South’ and celebrates farmers in the state by using their products.

One of the products Douglas produces is Smoked Apple Brandy, featuring apples grown in Ellijay.

He describes the brandy as “a kiss of smoke pairing well with the sweetness of Ellijay apples.”

The distillery will have a pop-up kitchen and a to-go bar for patrons at the Lou Sobh Amphitheater.

“Control of our own production will allow us to create incredible regular and special releases showcasing what Georgia farmers can do,” Douglas said. “Amazing flavors are captured using fresh produce that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. We want to show that liquor can have as much terroir as wine!”

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Justin Douglas looks over his new space.(Photo/City of Cumming)

Douglas added the job is nothing like the corporate world.

“It doesn’t feel like work because of the joy and satisfaction that we get celebrating farmers and educating consumers at the same time,” he said. “We’re overjoyed to be able to bring all of this to the Cumming City Center!”

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