The city of Suwanee announced Monday that its first brewery is headed to the town this fall. According to a press release from the city, StillFire Brewing, a 20-barrel brewery and taproom, will begin construction in May near Town Center Park.
The city’s Downtown Development Authority said the brewery will be located at the soon-to-be-vacant Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 13 — across the street from the park. According to the city, the facility will be turned into a “high-end industrial-style taproom that will feature an always-changing selection of 18 original craft beers on tap.”
The conversion will be done by the co-founders of the brewery, which include the owners of Suwanee Magazine, Suwanee Beer Fest, Gwinnett Beer Fest and Suwanee Wine Fest
“Every year at the beer fest, people tell me that it is their favorite day of the year, and it became obvious to us that the community with the largest craft beer fest in Georgia needed a year-round craft brewing experience,” co-founder Randall Veugeler said. “StillFire will be owned and operated by people who genuinely love the Suwanee area. We live here. Our friends live here. Our kids go to school here. We want to build a place Suwanee can be proud of. This is our ‘Thank you’ to the community we love and are proud to call home.”
An outdoor patio and an adjoining city-owned green space will allow customers to bring their children and dogs to play cornhole and other games and enjoy live music, the press release said. StillFire also plans to offer space for events and brewery tours.
According to the city, the lease agreement for Fire Station 13 between Gwinnett County and the Downtown Development Authority is set to expire mid-April 2019. Gwinnett County plans to relocate the fire station to recently acquired property on Buford Highway near Westbrook Road. Fire Station 13 personnel will continue serving the Suwanee area out of existing surrounding stations until the new facility is completed.
“The Stillfire Brewing team is making a significant investment in our community to provide for a high-quality patron experience built around an appreciation for homegrown craft brews,” commented City of Suwanee Downtown and Business Development Manager Adam Edge. “This project will add to the energy and vibrancy that currently exists in our downtown. It’s been especially great working with a team of locals who know and understand our community and vision.”