New owner takes over Macon Beer Co., starts canning brew

Young entrepreneur takes over Macon Beer Co.

The Macon Beer Company shifted to new ownership effective in August and soon, the brewery will offer 12 ounce cans of beer. 

The new owner, Yash Patel, is a Macon native and fell into the idea of buying the brewery because he was always acquainted with the previous owner. 

"He found an opportunity to get out and with that opportunity, I found a way to get in," he said about taking over the brewery. 

At just 23 years old, Patel is juggling his business with his books. He's a second year law school student at Mercer's Walter F. George School of Law. 

"Juggling the work load as a law student and a brewer, it's difficult," he said. "But you just have to make time to manage the activities well. I'll come here, crack open my book and read for a couple of hours, do all my brewery stuff, and then head to my next class."

Since taking ownership of the brewery, Patel decided to begin canning the brewery's beer. 

The first Georgia-based mobile canning company, MaCan Mobile Canning, is canning the beer for the brewery on site.

"I'm trying to give back to the community that raised me," says Patel. 

The Macon native says not much else has changed since he took over shop in August, except he's taking a "step" to make sure Macon Beer has more of a "local footprint." Patel says their grain and fruit all comes from local vendors.

The cans of beer will be available at the Macon Beer Company, grocery and liquor stores and various restaurants who do not offer draft beer. 

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