The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s chief dining critic, John Kessler, recently wrote “An open letter to Atlanta chefs,” prompting an avalanche of lively discussions that spilled over to local and national blogs and websites.
Kessler’s provocative commentary asked chefs to consider 10 requests that could “make Atlanta a better place to chow down.”
Among the requests: “please work on your execution”; “show some wit”; “work toward the new fusion”; “make one thing really well”; “surprise us.”
I’m happy to report, there’s no need to write anything but a love letter to Georgia’s craft brewers.
They’re already doing all those things and more — making award-winning beers with plenty of wit, trying new stylistic fusions, producing signature best-sellers, and coming up with surprising one-off creations.
And compared with the competition in other dynamic beer regions, they’re doing it backwards, in high heels, while hog-tied by government regulations.
Brewers in nearby North Carolina