Athentic Brewing Company was born out of a small group at a local church. 

In 2011, congregants of Oconee Presbyterian Church gathered at a member’s house to discuss theological issues and enjoy home brewed beer.  The group, called “Grain Offerings,” was the brainchild of Sue and Marshall Jacobson. Their son, Brian Jacobson, was the home brewer.

“I remember being totally amazed at the quality and flavor of the beer that was coming from these small batches of milled grains, hops, yeast and water,” said Oconee resident Paul Skinner, who co-founded Athentic Brewing Company with friend Mark Johnson.

Some of the more memorable beers included a beer recipe mimicking the style of beer that would have been available in early Egypt. 

“Well, that was terrible but memorable,” Skinner joked, noting that a recipe that incorporated roasted Georgia pecans was much more delicious.

The motto of Athentic Brewing Company is “Crafting Good Times.” 

“This comes from our desire to bring people together,” said Skinner. “We like to describe the brewery as home, where we respect and love you for who you are.”

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