VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A new craft beer brewery will soon call downtown Valdosta home.
The city council approved a permit for the Georgia Beer Company to use the old Waterworks building.
The company is currently operating out of a garage in Clyattville.
A dream can start many different ways but in this case, it started with a few friends sitting at a bar
"If you won the lottery what would you do? One of our friends said he'd buy a brewery and we could all work at the brewery and quit the jobs we hate," said co-owner, Chris Jones.
It didn't end with winning the lottery but their dream is now becoming a reality.
"An idea kinda sparked and that spark took off and we just kinda made it happen," said Jones.
The home grown beer company is now closing up shop to move into a new location, one that is a little more permanent.
"Valdosta is a great location, it's south Georgia's hub pretty much, it's right on I-75," said Jones.
As Jones looked at the 100 year old building that will soon be home to Georgia Beer Company, to him it's nothing short of perfect.
"It is what we eat, sleep, and breathe, and I think that's a sign that we are extremely passionate about it," said Jones.
The brewery will be the first of it's kind in South Georgia.
"To add different ingredients in different amounts, in the process, and eventually hopefully make somebody smile in the process is our ultimate goal," said Jones.
Making the purchase of craft beer a more personal experience
"While you can here in Valdosta go to the store and buy a beer that's brewed in Georgia. You cant go by the brewery and shake hands with the person who makes your beer," said Jones.
An art, a craft, and a passion that all started over a few laughs and a few friends at a bar.