This past Saturday, I had a day with my boyfriend’s family at the Kennesaw Craft Beer festival. I hadn’t really been to that part of OTP except for the shops on Barrett parkway, so this was a completely new area to me. I also didn’t know that there was such a pretty historic area of Kennesaw, so that was a treat for me.
I arrived around 1:45pm after driving from Buckhead, I went to a luncheon for the Atlanta Area Panhellenic Association, which was fun but not the star of this show. The first thing I noticed is that there wasn’t much real parking, which was fine, I didn’t mind driving over to the nearest green space to park; my little Sentra is a trooper.
The festival itself was just in part of the Kennesaw Depot Park, right next to the train tracks. There weren’t that many breweries at show that day, definitely way less than what I’m used to in downtown Atlanta, but it was still probably one of the nicest venues I’ve been to for a beer festival.
There were lots of local brews, from big name Sweetwater to one tap of Orpheus, and there were some not local beers, with Abita representing Louisiana, Finch’s Beer Company representing Chicago, IL and Straight to Ale representing Alabama.
What I actually found really nice about this festival was the town camaraderie that came with it. Local groups like the Kennesaw Rotary Club, local shops and the police department all took part in making this whole festival possible. It gave the festival and character the charm that it so deserved.
I hope that Kennesaw does more things like this! But I might be back in this area for Shaky Boots, hope to see y’all there!