Georgia Beer Co. is the southernmost brewery in the state. We brew most of our beers true to traditional style, but with as many Georgia-grown ingredients as we can get our hands on. Our founders, Chris Jones and Jack "J. Ryce" Martin, met while attending college at Valdosta State University.
After graduating, they both started careers and families, and their friendship grew stronger. But in 2014, the duo hatched a plan to become Valdosta, Georgia's first brewery, and began brewing beer in J. Ryce's garage. "You could say it was the beer that introduced us in college, and now it' the beer that keeps us together," said co-founder Jack "J. Ryce" Martin.
"Instead of the beer we drank years ago, this time we are sipping on beer crafted with the finest local ingredients, with our own hands, to pay homage to Georgia."
Founder, Director of Business Development
Chris tried out several careers before making the plunge into small business ownership. He's been a private investigator, restaurant manager, property manager and 7th Grade Civics teacher. He's also served in the United States Coast Guard Reserves since 2002, with several active duty periods mixed in over the years. Chris likes to travel, with destinations including Japan, Belize, Costa Rica and Mexico.
You can catch up with Chris in the taproom, managing the brewery's social media accounts or out in the field selling beer. He's also the guy to holler at if you want to have an event or throw a party in the taproom.
Founder, Director of Brewery Operations
Jack, or "J. Ryce" as his friends call him, developed his attention to detail and scientific approach to brewing beer while working as a Forensic Biologist at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab in Moultrie. One of J. Ryce's most important functions at the brewery is to oversee the quality control and quality assurance processes, ensuring every beer is made with the finest ingredients and held to Georgia Beer Company's high standards.
His background in construction was instrumental to building out the 100-year old building that the brewery occupies.
J. Ryce likes to hunt, fish, drink IPAs, and rock out to his favorite band, Metallica.
Before Mike started cranking out delicious, Georgia-inspired beers in Valdosta, he lived and worked in Panama City Beach, Florida where he was refining his brewing skills at Nivol Brewing Co. Along with some old-school levelheadedness and charm, Mike brings over 20 years of brewing experience to the table.
You can catch Mike in the brewery most weekdays, maybe even behind the bar in the evenings slinging a few beers (he'll probably try to get you to order his favorite style IPA). When Mike isn't working, he's likely at home sipping a dirty martini with his awesome wife Oleita, cruising on his Suzuki motorcycle, or spending quality time with his grand kids.
How to get here:
Georgia Beer Company is located just 2 miles off of Interstate 75; a quick and easy drive east on Highway 84. Bring on the edge of Downtown Valdosta, many restaurants and amazing local shopping spots are just a few blocks away. Best of all, the brewery is surrounded on three sides by unrestricted, public use parking.
Being a production brewery (basically a beer factory) means that we do not make or serve food. However, we know that beer and food is a match made in heaven, so you are welcome to bring something with you, have something local delivered, or from time to time, eat from one of several local food trucks parked outside.
Our brewery is family friendly! We maintain a relaxed environment that families enjoy and we even have a few high-chairs for the little ones. There are several board and card games that all are welcome to use. Feel free to bring your four-legged children to the outdoor beer garden too; just dont forget a plastic bag or two.