Updated Feb 2, 2024 - Food and Drink

Atlanta's Hippin' Hops Brewery opens in former D9 Brewing in Uptown

Hippin Hops Brewery

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Hippin' Hops Brewery's grand opening is this Saturday, Feb. 3.

Catch up quick: The Atlanta-based brewery has been in the soft opening phase for its Uptown space since mid-January.

Why it matters: Hippin' Hops made history when it opened as Georgia's first Black-owned brewery. In Charlotte, it’s become the first Black-owned distillery.

Context: Hippin' Hops originally planned to open in NoDa, but owner Clarence Boston decided to open a brewery called Another Brewery there instead.

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Context: Hippin' Hops is located in the former D9 Brewing location, at 650 E Brooklyn Village Ave., which closed last year due to nearby construction.

  • Boston tells us he's not worried about the construction. Instead, he says this spot will be great for the vibes he's known for bringing to an area. 
  • "This location for Hippin' Hops will be a destination spot for great brews, spirits and live music," Boston says. "I'm from the area so I think people will be happy to see that I'm back."  

Details: The taproom is about 900 square feet, and the 3,000-square-foot outside area will be used for live music. 

  • Hippon' Hops will distill vodka, rum, gin and moonshine. Some of its spirits — like its Boston Thomas Whiskey and Noir Cognac — can also be found in ABC stores in Charlotte. 
  • As for craft beer, Hippin' Hops specializes in wheat beers, sours, IPAs and stouts.

Editor's note: This story was originally published on Oct. 24, 2023, and was updated on Feb. 2, 2024, to reflect the brewery's grand opening date.

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