Comedian Sam Harriman to open Sisyphus Brewing


The metro's brew scene is in for a laugh with start-up brewery Sisyphus Brewing. The brewery seeks a new niche in the ever-expanding craft beer industry -- as a taproom-only brewery that hosts comedy shows, live music, and podcasts. Owned by comedian Sam Harriman, Sisyphus will be located at 712 Ontario Ave W, between Dunwoody College of Technology and the Basilica.

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The brewery will open with 4 rotating taps, which they will soon expand up to 8. "We will be focusing on high gravity beers, with most being 7% alcohol and higher," says Harriman. "Expect something sour, something barrel-aged, something really boozy, something unique."

The introductory recipes include an American sour saison, an oatmeal pale ale (with Citra hops), an oak-aged Imperial brown ale, and a black IPA with coffee and oak. Harriman, a homebrewer for four years, will serve as brewmaster.

"I used to travel for work and I've been to many taprooms," Harriman explains of his concept. "I know what I'm trying to create is something that isn't out there yet." Beers will be available on-site only from his two-barrel system, with no distribution outside of the brewery and no growler sales.

In January 2013, Harriman stocked up on local beer, thanks in part to a generous donation from Surly, and headed cross country on a stand-up tour. He supplemented the comedy by trading Surly for hard-to-find beers during his travels. "That trip," he explains, "really helped shape and refine the idea." Check out his beer trade photos here.


The brewery is slated for a late April opening.

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