Construction of Oakhurst brewpub starts within a month

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 20, 2016
Illustration. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Illustration. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The owner of the Oak Brewpub said the brewery and restaurant, while a little behind schedule, could be open by the end of the summer.

The owner, Daniel McKinney, said the business is in permitting now but construction should start within a month. He originally hoped it would be open before the start of summer. The brewpub will be located at the former Mulligans bar on East Lake Drive. He also said he is working through some issues related to the zoning of the property.

“The brewery is sitting gout back in shipping containers,” he said. “The equipment is all here.”

McKinney told Decaturish in December that he’s been in the restaurant business for 17 years and an owner for six years. He has worked primarily in San Francisco but moved back to the South in December of last year. He specializes in Southern food, and has a cooking background in French and Spanish food.

He says the restaurant will have 24 taps. Half will be in-house brews and the other half will be local craft beers. He says his business will brew mainstays like stouts, IPA’s and Kölsch-style beers.He’s hired Chuck Duffney, who worked at Orpheus Brewing, as his brew master. He’s also hired design firm ai3, the company behind restaurants like Gunshow and Holeman & Finch.

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