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Beer garden a welcome addition to Peachtree Corners Festival

Addison Bennett tries to dunk lawyer Philip Catalano at the Cruser & Mitchell sponsored dunk tank at the 2014 Peachtree Corners Festival. (Photo: Katie Morris)

Addison Bennett tries to dunk lawyer Philip Catalano at the Cruser & Mitchell sponsored dunk tank at the 2014 Peachtree Corners Festival. (Photo: Katie Morris)

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Old college friends Daniel Nist, right, and Lee Lance catch up in front of the Peachtree Growler Company beer garden. (Photo: Katie Morris)

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Cheryl Pritchard gets some information about her craft beer at the Peachtree Corners Festival’s beer garden. (Photo: Katie Morris)

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Shoppers browse the booths at the 2014 Peachtree Corners Festival. (Photo: Katie Morris)

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Nine-year-old Reese Franklin plays stick ‘em up with the LifeSouth storm troopers. (Photo: Katie Morris)

PEACHTREE CORNERS — Cheryl Pritchard came to the Peachtree Corners Festival wanting to just hang out and enjoy a cold beverage, so she stopped by the Peachtree Growler Company’s beer garden.

“I told them I wanted something light and they helped me pick it out,” Pritchard said.

Steve Hamlet, owner of the Peachtree Growler Company, said the idea of a beer garden, which was a new addition to the festival this year, came to him about a month ago.

“It usually takes six months to put together a beer garden because of the licensing and liability issues,” Hamlet said. “We did it in a month, so it’s been like a full-time job.”

Robert Merrick teaches home brewing classes at Peachtree Growler Co. and believes the new beer garden will help the festival grow.

“I think offering adult beverages will make the attendance go up and keep adults at the festival longer,” Merrick said. “The staff is doing a good job of keeping it under control.”

Merrick brings his family to the festival every year and says, “It’s really a festival for everyone.”

The festival features art booths for shopping, concessions, live music and a car and bike show, which is held both days this year. There is also a “Kid’s Korner” complete with inflatables, a train, games and much more.

Nine-year-old Reese Franklin said his favorite activity was the Cruser & Mitchell-sponsored dunking tank because he dunked lawyer Philip Catalano twice.

The festival continues from noon until 5 p.m. today at the intersection of The Corners Parkway and Woodhill Drive.