If you are a fan of the iconic Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Firehouse Pub on Marietta Square; then you will be happy to know they are opening Etowah Brewery in Dallas, GA. The owner of MacCracken’s, Gary “Johnnie” Leake, has owned the Dallas building for 16 years and previously rented it to other businesses, but will now operate his own brewery there.
According to Beer Guys Radio, Etowah Brewery will be built in a unique, L-shaped building that was once the home of People’s Drug Store in downtown Dallas. They plan to open in Summer 2017 at 209 Main Street.
From their Facebook page:
ETOWAH BREWERY. A JOHNNIE MACCRACKEN SIDE JOB.
As we draw closer I want to say that it is so nice to finally get a chance to sell our customers fresh beer made locally. Then, what a pleasant surprise to have the law change so that we can sell package directly from the brewery.We submitted our Federal license, but we still have lots to do… eta is maybe May…
The name is derived from the Etowah River, a 164-mile-long (264 km) waterway that rises northwest of Dahlonega, Georgia, north of Atlanta. Its name is the Cherokee version of the original Muskogee word Etalwa, which means a “trail crossing.” The other reason for our name is the Oldest Brewery (1850”s) in Atlanta was named for the Etowah and it was in the town of Etowah, Georgia which was flooded for Allatoona Dam. Remnants of the brewery and town are just behind the Dam at its deepest point.