Friday’s going to be a good day. Hip hop maestros Nappy Roots are grand opening a craft brewery and taproom, and it has the greatest name — Atlantucky. The rap group is a collective of Georgia natives like Fish Scales and Kentucky natives like Skinny DeVille and Ron Clutch. The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., located at 170 Northside Drive, Atlanta, Ga.
Even cooler, the super group will actually perform at the opening this Friday and will be onsite to speak and take photos with the public in attendance. Additionally, the opening will include a month-long celebration of activities in conjunction with Black History Month. Perhaps you don’t realize the awesomeness of this situation. This is one of the best hip hop collectives of the 2000s. Their debut, Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, can be set to infinite listen. Their hit “Po’ Folks” was nominated for a Grammy. Just listen to the skillage of Skinny DeVille on 2015’s “Window.”
You can enjoy all of this while sipping quality craft beer. From the press release:
“We are proud to be one of the few black-owned breweries in Atlanta, so it’s really meaningful for us to officially open our doors during Black History Month,” Nappy Roots Founding Member Skinny Deville said. “Now, we are ready for our friends and fans to come and share in our passion for craft beer.”
The band began experimenting with their home brewery, Atlantucky, which fermented their passion for micro brewing. In 2017, the group introduced two craft beers at Atlanta-based Monday Night Brewing. The limited-edition brews were so successful; they were inspired to expand on the opportunity. In May, the band is launching two new craft beers:
•Watermelon, Chiquen & Gritz at Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, Ky. (May 2) — A golden ale with watermelon and will be packaged and sold in 16-oz can format.
•The Humdinger at Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta, Ga. (May 18) — Simply put, it is a mashup of the best of Atlanta and the best of Kentucky. This Imperial Rye Stout is aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels and steeped Ugandan vanilla beans in the mix. The result is a 12 percent roasty, dark beer with spicy and earthy undertones, but with a classic sweetness thanks to the vanilla and Bourbon.
Last year, Nappy Roots even created a docu-style reality-based television series called 40 Acres & A Brew. The show follows Nappy Roots on a road trip to craft breweries across the country where they trade ideas and stories with fellow brewers as the hip-hop legends begin to build their own brewery from the ground up. The show recently won the award for Best Episodic Short at the Rome International Film Festival on Nov. 11.
I’m excited to enjoy all these things. It’s going to feel a lot like this: