Last Wednesday we hosted our fifth Double Tap the Keg networking event. This month’s theme was Forever I Love Atlanta. We had over 100 guests gather to hear a discussion from our amazing panelists, play some beer pong, and meet people who share our love for this city.
We were sponsored by Jekyll Brewing, which helped us kick the evening off by providing free beer to our guests. We were also so excited to serve some Atlanta-themed treats from our friends @kellymadecookies. Guests were also given a copy of Where magazine, Atlanta edition.
Our guests were in great company with our panel, who was a wealth of information on the city of Atlanta. We had Bob Dallas, the former Director for the Georgia Governor’s Office for Highway Safety and current board member of MARTA, who shared some great insights on the city’s infrastructure. We were also very lucky to be joined by Ryan Gravel, the original visionary for the Atlanta Beltline, who described what it’s like to now live amongst the Beltline culture. The panel was rounded out by Branden Lisi, an Engagement Strategist at Object 9, and Brandon Barr, the Executive Producer/Director at School of Humans and founder of #weloveatl hashtag.
The different professional backgrounds and opinions lead to an exciting discussion about our city. The panelists were asked a series of questions ranging from what’s their favorite part of living in Atlanta, to predicting what’s in store for the city’s future. We learned about the benefits of infrastructure like the Beltline, or just how much it takes to build a new highway and the consequences of these major city-planning decisions.
I was not born and raised in Atlanta and, from my perspective, it was refreshing to learn that so many others chose this city for the same reasons I did: we are a melting pot of different people, there’s room for creative growth, and it is a realistic and achievable dream if you want to have a lasting impact within our city. One of my favorite parts of the evening was listening to Ryan tell us about how his children are growing up on the Beltline, which was his senior thesis. I couldn’t get over how surreal it must be for this Georgia Tech graduate to see what he imagined become a reality. I thought this was a perfect example of the possibility that Atlanta has to offer.
Keep an eye out for our next Double Tap The Keg event on our Eventbrite page or social media channels. We hope to see you there!
Story By: Sophie Duncan