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Great Spaces: Anderby Brewing



One of Fourteen included in Our Great Spaces for Your Corporate & Holiday Events

Anderby Brewing
110 Technology Pkwy #200
Peachtree Corners 30092

I tapped into a little bit of Michell Smelt’s knowledge about all things beer during my visit to Anderby Brewing. She’s the Owner, Operations Manager, and Director of Sales and Marketing of the new cat and dog-friendly brewery in town. Her husband, Preston, is the passionate Brewmaster. He can be found climbing large metal ladders in the Brew House, checking-in on his meticulously planned and prepared concoctions flavored with real, fresh fruits, and spices, dark chocolate cacao nibs, and coconut—not all in one beer of course—as they ferment in giant, shiny, silver fermenters.

Their beers were borne out of a home brewing hobby that organically grew into an exacting labor of love. They had just recently cored, peeled and chopped 27 pounds each of mangoes, and pineapples, and 2 pounds each of habanero and jalapeño peppers when I last spoke to Michell. There are no artificial flavors or powders in these fruity, spicy craft beers!

Preston talked to me about wanting to get into oak barrel aging some beer, to give it a unique quality that only the flavor left behind in containers from the spirits that once filled them could. This is a man on a mission to brew some pretty fantastic beers in Peachtree Corners.

Have Yourself a Hoppy Little Christmas

This rustic, industrial, modern space is wide open. Light pours in through large windows and the hard surface floors gleam.

The Event Space with floor-to-ceiling windows can hold 45-50 people comfortably, more if you host a reception-style event in which case some of the tables can be moved out. Your party can be completely self-contained and private if desired, by closing off the large, sliding barn doors. The space comes complete with a 19-tap bar and a restroom dedicated to your party guests. A flat-screen TV allows for presentations or slide shows to take place during your event.

Alternatively, the doors can remain ajar, and guests who reserve the Event Space are free to also roam into the Tap Room and mingle with other brewery “fans,” as the owners like to call them or spill out onto the patio if they wish.

“Throughout the space, we have flat-screen TVs… We have DJ ports so if you have a DJ coming to host your event you can have your music playing in the event space. The great thing is we have zones. We can play whatever we’re playing in the entire space, or we can shut off the zone to the event so you can play whatever music you want, or give a presentation. We can work with you on the audio/visual component,” pledged Smelt.

For sports fans, Smelt shared, “If you want to rent out the space for a football party or something like that, we have that 85-inch screen. We do have Sunday Ticket. My husband purchased the whole sports package. We get baseball, all the football games, and if it’s an Atlanta United game, we’ll have that on as well.”

The Tap Room can seat about 200 people. Large glass windows provide a clear view into the Brew House where you are likely to catch the master at work. I understand Preston can easily be persuaded into giving Tours because it’s clear that he truly loves what he does.

The Patio offers a cozy, outdoor spot facing Technology Parkway and a portion of the 1.5 mile, 5G-enabled test track—so there’s no telling what you’ll see driving by! You may not have had one too many, just in case you find yourself wondering, if you should suddenly see a driverless vehicle or drone zooming by on Curiosity Lab’s innovative Test Track!

The building capacity is 299 if one were interested in a total buyout for a private event.

How About a Holiday Party at Anderby Brewing?

It really is all about the “brewery experience” here. Anderby provides complimentary snacks like pretzels, peanuts, and trail mix. There is no kitchen facility so any food at your party would have to be catered from outside. They’re happy to give you suggestions if you need ideas, but you are free to work with whomever you choose for your party’s catering needs.

The options are endless, any kind of corporate or family party can take place at Anderby: stag parties, bridal showers, birthdays, holiday parties, each event is customized by your choice of caterer and décor.

Bringing in other alcohol is not really an option if you also want to have their beer. Smelt explained, “Because of the way the laws are written, you can’t bring in outside alcohol because we’d have to shut our taps down. I have had groups inquire about that. If you bring in outside alcohol, then the space is rented at a higher premium because we can’t sell our beer, so you’re just strictly renting the space.”

Book it!

Whether you’re curious about the 19 beers they have on tap at any given time, their beer-making process, or the super cool vibe of a large, industrial space for your holiday event, call Michell Smelt to discuss your vision and start planning your party. If you reserve this space, you have it for as long as you wish on that day, and they’re also OK with you coming in an hour early to set up for your party, even if that’s before they’re officially open.

Sunday: 12:30-7 p.m. or Thursday: 4-10 p.m.—$300
Friday:  4-10 p.m. or Saturday: 12-10 p.m.—$600

Booking the space outside of business hours is an option and they were also talking about expanding their hours by opening on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well.

For your bubbly Christmas event, call Owner, Michell Smelt at 770-559-7550.

Disclaimer: Pricing is meant as a guide and is subject to change, please check with the individual facilities directly.

Patrizia hails from Toronto, Canada where she earned an Honors B.A. in French and Italian studies at York University, and a B.Ed. at the University of Toronto. This trilingual former French teacher has called Georgia home since 1998. She and her family have enjoyed living, working and playing in Peachtree Corners since 2013.

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Henri’s Bakery and Deli Celebrated its Grand Opening this Weekend [Photos]



This past weekend, Henri’s Bakery and Deli celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Peachtree Corners, marking a new chapter in the story of this Atlanta-based institution. Since 1929, Henri’s has been synonymous with indulgent pastries, savory sandwiches, and scrumptious baked goods.

The addition of the Peachtree Corners location brings their irresistible offerings to an even wider audience. The event saw a great turnout, with customers eagerly lining up to taste Henri’s famous Po’ Boy sandwiches and European-style pastries, as shared on their Instagram page.


The grand opening featured an array of festivities, including live music, free samples, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the new location officially. Patrons savored Henri’s mouthwatering creations and were reminded of this family-owned bakery’s rich history and enduring legacy.

The launch of Henri’s Bakery in Peachtree Corners is a testament to the brand’s continued growth and popularity among generations of Atlantans. As they expand their footprint, they maintain their commitment to serving delectable, high-quality culinary delights that have made them a cherished part of Atlanta’s food scene for nearly a century.

Steve Vastakis (Manager) with daughter Ashlyn Greco.

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What’s for Dinner?



Union Brothers
Photos by George Hunter

New-style butcher shop aims to help make family mealtime a fun bonding experience.

With his business just past the six-month-old milestone, Jared McFadden hopes the concept of sharing good food that’s locally sourced will resonate with Peachtree Corners residents.

Union Brothers Meat Market opened in September 2022 and along with his staff and family, McFadden is looking to bring a new culinary experience to the area. The philosophy behind the butcher shop stems from getting away from the divisiveness that’s been driving people apart.

“The goal to bring people together. And we think food is a great vehicle to do that,” McFadden said. “The goal isn’t to change people’s opinion, but I feel like, if you understand where somebody is coming from, I think it just makes you more aware, more sensitive, and could hopefully bring unity.

“So that’s where the name ‘Union Brothers’ came from — a way to hopefully unify people, family, friends, whatever, together around an amazing meal,” he explained.

When you think about it, sharing food is a great equalizer, he added, because everybody is around a table with no hierarchy. 

“It’s just great food and a great bottle of wine and being able to share fellowship together,” said McFadden.

The ‘make it better’ guarantee

Even though his background isn’t in culinary arts or food management, McFadden believes his experience in Human Resources (HR) is a natural foundation. 

“I’m in the people business,” he said. “So if you come to the shop, one of the first things we say is, ‘I want you to have an amazing customer experience.’”

The store is set up to make shopping and choosing the components of a meal convenient. Even though there is an entire wall of spices, rubs and flavorings, there is always someone who can help suggest the right cut of meat for each occasion — and include everything that should go with it.

“We have a ‘make it better’ guarantee — not even just to make it right, but to make it better,” said McFadden. “We want people to have a better experience through our shop.”

To ensure the experience lives up to the shop’s guarantee, McFadden surrounds himself with people who know the meat industry well. 

“Our lead butcher, Carey Wise, has 25-plus years of experience. Chris Baler [the butcher apprentice] also has a ton of experience as well,” McFadden said. “I handle the customer experience side, and I have folks who really understand the meat side of the business.”

McFadden, father of three girls and member of Perimeter Baptist Church, said, “I’ve always been very passionate about community. That’s why …I ended up back in Gwinnett County.” 

Well before the pandemic hit, he’d had the idea of combining his “foodie” passion with his people-pleasing persona. “I love going to different shops in the city and wanted to bring something a little different to Peachtree Corners,” he said. “There are some great shops around here who do similar things, but I wanted to have a little bit of a different twist.”

Bonding over meals

One example of his innovations is Union Brothers concept of providing all the ingredients for an amazing family meal. It’s an idea that came to him during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We just spent [time making] a lot of meals at home. Then we began to think of trying to cook something different,” he said. “One of the downfalls of our culture over the last 40 years is getting away from the family dinner, …microwaving something and then everybody sits around the TV.”

McFadden is adamant about getting family time back. It is important to not just eat together. He said that preparing meals together is one of the most satisfying bonding experiences. 

In addition to locally sourced meats, Union Brothers carries produce, charcuterie, desserts, seasonings, wines and cooking utensils from nearby and/or small businesses. “As much as we can, we try to work with vendors who were either from Georgia or minority business owners,” he said.

With all the great foods and items the shop offers, McFadden doesn’t want customers to feel intimidated by high-quality products. A weekly newsletter offers cooking tips and advice on meal planning and wine pairings.

This summer he plans to add cooking demonstrations, he said.

“Mealtime should be enjoyable, and we want customers to know that now you have someone who can help you make the most of it,” said McFadden. “We even give out our phone number so you can text us with questions.”

Union Brothers Meat Market

5275 Peachtree Pkwy. NW, Ste. 105, Peachtree Corners

unionbrosmeatmarket.com, 770-601-3696

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Gwinnett Burger Week Set for March 19-25



The Mexican Burger at B&W Burgers, Buns & Brews

Eighth annual celebration will feature limited-time, chef-created burgers at 25 locally-owned restaurants.

Explore Gwinnett has announced the return of its eighth annual Gwinnett Burger Week will take place from March 19 to 25. The weeklong celebration will feature limited-time burger creations for just $10 at restaurants across the county.

“We can’t wait to celebrate the return of Gwinnett Burger Week and look forward to trying new and unique recipes while supporting our locally owned eateries,” said Explore Gwinnett Executive Director Lisa Anders.

“This highly anticipated event is an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience delectable chef-crafted burgers from some of the best restaurants in the area, at an affordable price.”

This year, 25 restaurants are participating in Gwinnett Burger Week, each featuring an exclusive off-menu burger throughout the week. A sampling of this year’s offerings from some Peachtree Corners area participating restaurants include:

  • The Pepper Ranch Burger at Marlow’s Tavern: a hearty hamburger topped with Pepper Jack cheese, fried jalapeños, and smoked chili cream, served on a wheat bun.
  • The Jack Jack Burger at Uncle Jack’s Meat House: two three-ounce smash wagyu beef patties, each with double-stacked cheese and with secret sauce on the bottom bun, topped with onion, pickle, bacon, and tomato relish purée, all on a buttered potato bun.
  • The Mexican Burger at B&W Burgers, Buns & Brews: a half-pound ground beef and pork patty with ham, bacon, cheese, avocado, onions, lettuce, and a grilled jalapeño.

Participating restaurants include:
o Cosmo’s Pizza + Social
o Local Republic
o McCray’s Tavern
o Parkside District
o Scrum-did-dly-ump-tious
o The Boujee Southerner Eatery
o Uncle Jack’s Tavern
o Universal Joint
o Village Burger
o Diesel Tap House
o Over The Top Burger Bar
o Parma Tavern
o Tannery Row Ale House
o The Dawg House
o Local on North
o Marlow’s Tavern
o Uncle Jack’s Meat House
Peachtree Corners
o Marlow’s Tavern
o Uncle Jack’s Meat House
Suwanee – Craft Burger by Shane
Loganville – Philanthropy Grill and Ale House
Sugar Hill – The Diner at Sugar Hill
Norcross – B&W Burgers, Buns & Brews
Dacula – Old Fountain Tavern
Lilburn – 1910 Public House

For additional information on the limited-time burger offerings, visit ExploreGwinnett.org/Gwinnett-Burger-Week.

All participating restaurants will have the chance to win the “People’s Choice” award for Gwinnett’s best burger, which will be selected by participating diners. There will also be an optional “Judge’s Choice” award; restaurants choosing to participate will bring their burger to the Explore Gwinnett office for the judges to taste and score. 

Get details about this year’s competition at ExploreGwinnett.org/Gwinnett-Burger-Week/voting.

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