SCOFFLAW BREWING CO.
Owned by Matt Shirah and Travis Herman, Scofflaw Brewing first opened four years ago on MacArthur Boulevard near Crest Lawn Memorial Park in northwest Atlanta. In 2019, Shirah and Herman expanded their operation with the opening of beer bar Scofflaw Beer Barn at the newly renovated State Farm Arena. The “barn” referenced in the name refers to Scofflaw’s logo, which features a goat. “The goat represents us well. We like to push the limits and break boundaries,” Shirah said at the time of the beer bar’s opening.
Shirah, a former Wall Street executive, left a corporate career in NYC to pursue his passion for craft beer in Atlanta. Herman, whose background in microbiology initiallly led to a career in pharmaceuticals, ultimately did the same. Prior to writing his own recipes, Herman attended brewing school at the University of California-Davis and brewed at The Lost Abbey and Russian River Brewing – two of the most renown craft breweries on the west coast. The dream for growing a brewer originated in 2015 as a project in Shirah’s mother-in-law’s basement. Manned by Shirah and Herman, the basement brewery was nothing short of amateur, equipped with five one-barrel fermentation tanks, a glycol cooler, a home-built temperature monitoring system, a fully equipped lab and a yeast cultivation project. Beyond the back door stood a gas-fired, one-barrel mash tun and brew kettle mounted on a 12-foot tall, free-standing gravity system built by Herman himself.
Within two years, they moved into an 18,000-square foot brewery in the nearby Bolton neighborhood, on Atlanta’s Westside. Scofflaw’s original annual capacity of 6,500 barrels more than doubled, ranking it as one of the fastest first-year expansions in craft brewing history. Since its inception, Scofflaw Brewing Co. has been recognized by Beer Advocate, Craft Beer & Brewing, and USA Today as one of the “Best New Craft Breweries in America,” and continues to accumulate accolades such as “One of the Top 10 New Breweries in the World” by Rate Beer. Heading into another year, the brewery is working on yet another expansion, featuring a 50-barrel brewhouse, an assortment of high-gravity stouts, sours, and many new inventive beers – all while pouring their extensive assortment of IPAs, let by the crowd favorite Basement IPA.
FLIPPIN’ BIRD SPIRITS:
Some people shrivel away in the midst of adversity. We rise to the occasion. Flippin Bird Brands, from the makers of Scofflaw Beer, saw the chaos of 2020 as an opportunity. It’s time we bring some color back into this world, stick it to the man, and flip conformity on its head. Try something new and stand out from the flock! Flippin Bird – made in the city too busy to hate.
The finest barrel proof straight rye whiskey, straight from Kentucky. When we learned of the implausible but very real heritage of Garrard County, Kentucky, we knew we had found a home. Seated in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, Garrard County, which remains a dry county to this day, is the home of Carry A. Nation, a pro-prohibition pioneer and women’s rights leader. With the assistance of Dave Pickerell, an industry legend who passed in 2018, we began identifying the finest aged whiskeys from around the Country. The All Nations 11 Year Rye was one of the first stones unturned for us by Dave. This 129 proof Rye brings pleasant heat with notes of orchard fruits and vanilla, gathered from 11 years in the barrel. The name carries the moniker, “All Nations Welcome, Except Carry,” a phrase widely displayed by bars and saloons across the United States throughout American history.