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Breweries pair up in downtown Tucker

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Breweries pair up in downtown Tucker

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Tucker is about to get hoppy.

Two breweries — High Card and BlueTarp Brewing — will open on Saturday, Nov. 16. The grand opening celebration, Best Little Brewhouses in Tucker, begins at 11 a.m.

A joint venture, the tap room at High Card Brewing and BlueTarp Brewing is located at 2316 Main Street in downtown Tucker.

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High Card, founded by Alan Pugh, Derek Needham, and Ron Neeman, earned local popularity with White Queen, a Russian blond. Pugh said High Card brewed White Queen at Burnt Hickory Brewery in Kennesaw and Atlanta Brewing Company (aka Red Brick) before joining BlueTarp.

White Queen, a Russian enlightened stout, “was the beer people asked about the most,” said Pugh.

Tucker IPA, R2Wheat2, PB&J Sandwich Ale, and Dragon’s Breath are a few popular beers from the two brewers.

When High Card brewed at BlueTarp in Decatur last summer, the idea of a joint venture was born out of friendship and convenience. BlueTarp was displaced from Decatur when its lease was limited due to redevelopment.

Pugh, who lives three miles from downtown Tucker, said he found a place that was bigger than what he needed. Because BlueTarp founder Tom Stahl lives in nearby Avondale Estates, the location worked.

“We are excited to be in downtown. It’s a growing area. Tucker has big plans for downtown and we are excited to be a part of it,” said Pugh.

Since October 2019, 18 new commercial business applications were submitted to the city of Tucker, Mayor Frank Auman announced at the Nov. 12 City Council meeting.

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Peachtree Immediate Care, part of the Emory Healthcare Network, opened on Nov. 12 at Hugh Howell and Lawrenceville Highway. Emory Healthcare plans to bring 1,600 jobs to the corporate administrative services location in Northlake.

“That’s a good thing for all of us,” said Mayor Auman.

Peachtree Immediate Care is a non-emergency medical clinic providing urgent care, medical care, and occupational medicine in more than 30 cities across Georgia.

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