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About- Jess Baker

Jess Baker

Jess Baker

Originally from Ohio, I've been in the South working as a tv and digital journalist since 2002. I love beer, running and Springsteen. The first two things I do when I'm traveling is scout breweries and running routes.

Posts By Jess Baker

Best Star Wars Themed Beers for The Rise of Skywalker

December 18, 2019 | 3

You’re probably the fanatic that clicked refresh 1977 times in order to be the first to purchase tickets for Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. You’ve concocted the wildest theories ranging from R2D2 actually being a Sith Lord, to the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda being Rey’s parents.

As one of the most iconic movies of all time, it’s clear to see how Star Wars has inspired countless numbers of brewers to pay homage to this epic saga that took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

The Force is strong with these Star Wars Themed Beers. In honor of tomorrow’s epic conclusion with the release of Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker, we’ve updated our roundup of Star Wars beers… just don’t try to drink them all at once. I have a bad feeling about this…


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8 Georgia Beers to Drink This Spring

April 28, 2016 |

Georgia in spring is both a blessing and a curse. The drenching humidity is still a few weeks away, so for now you can still enjoy your drinks on the patio — that is, if you can tolerate patios, window sills, cars, running shoes, and everything else being covered with a fuzzy blanket of yellow pollen.

Whether your spring drinking spot is outdoors or cozied up to a bar — safe from allergies and early spring sunburn — these are the eight Georgia beers to try right now.
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SweetWater 420 Fest | Mouthwatering Beer and Cheese Pairings

April 25, 2016 |

The 3-day long SweetWater 420 Festival in Atlanta has become a celebration of music, Mother Earth and Georgia’s largest brewery.

Tucked in between the two larger music stages, you’ll find the SweetWater Experience tent, where beer education — and special one-offs that you often won’t taste anywhere else – live. Home brew sessions, visits from hop farmers, and Q&As with SweetWater Co-Founder and Chairman Freddy Bensch are featured, but the most popular event each year is the beer and cheese pairing.

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Atlanta’s 16 Best Places to Drink Craft Beer

April 6, 2016 |

Georgia’s beer laws are undoubtedly among the worst in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean the beer scene is dead. Far from it.

While breweries continue to fight to legalize selling straight to consumers, local governments in Savannah and Alpharetta … Read More

Wicked Dolphin Artisan Rum | Cape Coral, Florida

March 18, 2016 |

You can smell the excitement when you walk into Wicked Dolphin Artisan Rum Distillery in Cape Coral, Florida, the community that borders Ft. Myers to the southwest. The four-year-old local business had a record year in 2015, and 2016 is already … Read More

Funky Buddha Brewery | Floridian Hefeweizen

March 4, 2016 |

ABV 5.2%

After a winter of bleak, blustery days with too few daylight hours, Funky Buddha’s Floridian Hefeweizen is the ray of sunshine you need right now.

Let’s be honest. Beach bars are great for sucking down oysters and porch … Read More

Brewery Showcase | Service Brewing Co. (Savannah, Georgia)

February 24, 2016 |

Here’s a little-known tidbit about veteran-founded Service Brewing Co. in Savannah, Georgia: They weren’t profitable their first year, but the brewery still managed to donate more than $20,000 to charities that support service. That’s because service is more than a name here — it’s a mission.

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Galentine’s Day at Wild Heaven Craft Beers Would Make Leslie Knope Proud

February 15, 2016 |

Forget the chocolates, flowers and stuffing ourselves into heels for fancy price fixed meals full of menu items we can’t pronounce. Galentine’s Day is about what us modern women really want for Valentine’s Day: damn good beer, time with … Read More

25 Super Bowl Beers | Colorado vs Carolina

February 5, 2016 | 1

Super Bowl 50 pits the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers in a historic matchup replete with many storylines. Will the grizzled veteran in Peyton Manning, back on the field after a foot injury that sidelined him, walk away with … Read More

2 Days, 2 Nights in Atlanta’s Craft Beer Scene

January 8, 2016 | 2

Atlanta probably doesn’t top your “must visit” cities for a beercation — but it should. The creativity, positivity and diversity of Georgia brewers is just as worthy of your hard-earned beer budget money as, say, a trip to Tampa/St. Pete or Chicago.

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Ultimate 6er | Beers for Twitter’s Emo Kylo Ren

January 6, 2016 |

Kylo Ren is the absolute worst. The short-tempered, Force-powered, hero-killing Generation Xer earned that ass kicking at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

While Kylo Ren is a tough guy to like, Twitter’s Emo Kylo Ren (@KyloR3n) is another story. The genius parody handle is a digital diary of the Dark Side knight. And you guys, life is soooo not easy for Emo Kylo Ren.

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Christmas Gifts for Celebrities Who Have Everything

December 22, 2015 |

It’s Christmas! Do you think the people on your list are impossible to shop for? Then imagine Santa’s tall task when he has to figure out what to deliver to the celebrities who already have everything.

Since Santa already has enough to worry about prepping for the big night, we figured offer some suggestions.

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Star Wars Themed Beer Names

December 14, 2015 |

You’re the fanatic that clicked refresh 1977 times in order to be the first to purchase tickets for Star Wars The Last Jedi. You’ve concocted the wildest theories ranging from R2D2 actually being a Sith Lord, to the return of IG88; theories so grandiose that even those internet blogger noobs haven’t even thought of yet. When you walk into a brewery and you see a beer name with a nod to Skywalker, Solo and company, you rate it five stars on Untappd based solely on creativity. The Force is strong with you, as it is with these Star Wars Themed Beer Names for both the most intense Star Wars and craft beer geek in the galaxy. I have a bad feeling about this…


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GrassLands Brewing Co. | Tallahassee, Florida

December 10, 2015 |

GrassLands Brewing Co. is among Tallahassee’s newer craft breweries. And though GrassLands may feel new to you, the brewery has been a long time coming for founders Saralyn and Gabe Grass.

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Three Taverns Craft Beers | 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Feest Noel Holiday Party Release

December 7, 2015 |

There’s nothing like a holiday party with good music, great company and fabulous beer.

On an oddly warm and sunny early December Georgia weekend, Three Taverns Craft Beers in Decatur put on a holiday party to warmly welcome the release of its bourbon barrel aged Feest Noel, a highlight of the season for Georgia beer lovers.

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22 Star Wars Things Beer Nerds Need

December 3, 2015 |

I was born in 1979. I was obsessed with Star Wars by the time I was 5. I remember watching Jedi over and over again at the Ritenours’ house. (Maybe that’s why I’m dating one of those Ritenours now. I banked on his Star Wars Blue Ray boxed set coming as part of the package.)

Over the last 30 years, I’ve fallen in love with other obsessions, but J.J. Abrams’ interpretation of the next chapter in our beloved Star Wars saga has me more excited than rumors of an upcoming Springsteen tour announcement. The trailers give me chills. (Don’t fuck it up, Abrams. Please, please, don’t fuck this up).
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Red Hare Brewing Co. Saison Rouge | The Team Behind the Beer

November 12, 2015 |

Beer geeks. We know lots about beer: style, ingredients, which temperatures are best to store lagers versus quads. We know beer laws in different states and the exact release days for Hunahpu and Hopslam and Dark Lord.

But when was the last time you actually (for real) knew the guy who came up with the recipe for the beer you ordered last night at the bar? Read More

Georgia’s SweetWater Brewing Plans West Coast Expansion

November 5, 2015 |

Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company is staking its claim on the West Coast, putting a twist on the whole craft breweries moving east trend.

SweetWater announced Thursday it had taken its first “tangible step” toward opening a second location in … Read More

‘Breasta Fiesta’ | Georgia’s Creature Comfort’s Brewing Co. Honors Artist Sara Papp

November 2, 2015 |

Front and center in the manifesto for Athens, Georgia’s Creature Comforts Brewing Co., the brewery says, “We take inspiration from those who crave curiosity and share its reward. The thinkers, the inventors, the artists, the explorers.”

You have to believe Sara Papp was one of those people.

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Southern Pines Brewing Company | North Carolina

October 8, 2015 |

When you talk to the owners of Southern Pines Brewing Company in North Carolina, you fall in love with craft brewing all over again. Their story is what craft beer in America is all about. Read More