By a strange coincidence, none at all is exactly as much suspicion I had that I would visit this brewery

The side trip that Mrs. UsedHair and I took to Atlanta resulted in us taking an odd route to our normal travel destination.  Hence, we wound up on Interstate 20 traveling through an unknown (to us anyway) area of South Carolina somewhere around dinner time.  The area didn’t look like it was going to offer us much in the way of non-fast-food dining options so my hopes weren’t that high.  But, I’m very much a “just in case” kind of guy.  So, I pulled out my phone and did a search on Google Maps for food options. To my surprise one of the places that seemed to be right in our line of fire was the Old Mill Brewpub.  A quick look at their website checked off two important criteria.  They would have food that Mrs. UsedHair (notoriously picky eater) would like, and they did serve their own beer.  That was enough for us.

Walking up to the place, the entrance certainly had a standard appearance.

Old Mill Brewpub entrance

But, it always pays to look a little more closely to find the oddball stuff that gives each place it’s own personality.

Old Mill Brewpub Spock flyer

After walking down a nicely decorated hallway, you get to the main tap room area.

Found Old Mill Brewpub almost by accident off a highway in South Carolina. Made my day. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Old Mill Brewpub tap room area

I, and I know this will come as a complete shock, really like collections.  So, I was definitely drooling over their tap handle collection.

Old Mill Brewpub tap handle collection

I have a tendency to get food with a local flair, so I had to got the most southern US burger I could find.  It has pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, and pepper gravy.  The only thing that would have made it more southern would have been to put grits on it.  I also, of course, got a flight with 5 out of their 6 current beers.

Old Mill Brewpub flight

This was no cut and dry selection of beer.  Between the Cookies & Cream Milk Stout and the Hoptimize Strong Ale, I had a hard time figuring out which beer I wanted to walk out of there with.  In the long run, the Cookies & Cream Milk Stout won out.  I did find it interesting that their growlers and pint glasses have stickers for labels rather than something printed.  But, the growler is a very unique style, so I’m still very happy to have it in the collection.

Old Mill Brewpub unique growler with sticker for a label

Sometimes I find myself struggling to get to great new places.  Then again, sometimes they almost find me.  This trip was an extremely happy accident.

Made in Georgia

Most of the time, I travel for work and slip my own activities in where I can.  But, once in a while I get to travel for myself.  On our way to somewhere else, Mrs. UsedHair and I decided to make a stop for a day in Atlanta.  First up for the day was just a bit to the south of Atlanta in Senoia, GA.  We are huge Walking Dead fans and we decided to take a tour of the town that people will recognize from the show as “Woodbury”.

Senoia, GA – Woodbury from the Walking Dead

On the tour, we found out a number of interesting facts.  For one, the town of Senoia, GA is very much an East Coast version of Hollywood and has been used is a much larger range of film and TV shows than just The Walking Dead.  There is also an area of the town just around the corner from the picture above where many Walking Dead shots that take place in neighborhoods (such as the pudding house) are shot.  I think the one that took us most by surprise is that if you turn your body 180 degrees from where the picture above was taken, you see…

Senoia, GA – Alexandria from the Walking Dead

Yup.  That’s Alexandria from the Walking Dead.  Giant rusty wall and all.  We had no idea both locations were so close together.  We learned a lot, had a great time, then moved a little north for our next phase of the day’s adventure.  We don’t really watch the news and soft drinks are fun to consume, but hold no super thrill for us.  So we had no interest in visiting CNN the World of Coca-Cola that seem to be such touristy draws for so many others.  We prefer the odder things in life.

Fortunately, someone pointed out to us that there is a nature trail just south of Atlanta called the Doll’s Head Trail.  The trail was made on land that used to be highly littered and, apparently, there was still a lot of debris around the trail for some time after it’s construction.  People started taking the debris and making super creepy decorations out of whatever they can find on the trail.  It’s super critical to the culture of the trail that the decorations are made only from things that are found on the trail and there are signs everywhere asking that people not import their own decorations.

Doll’s Head Trail – doll head with lamp shade
Dolls Head Trail – drunk rockin’ Elmo decor
Doll’s Head Trail – doll in the sunset

But, the Doll’s Head Trail closes at dusk.  And, as the last picture shows, we were really pushing it and were worried that we were going to get locked in for the night.  It was time to head on down the road into Atlanta proper and move on to my choice of places for the day. Nice and close to the highway we would have to hit in the morning (and the hotel where we would spend the night) is Torched Hop Brewing Company.

At Torched Hop brewing in Atlanta, GA. Love the hops decor hanging from the ceiling. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

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The first thing that struck me as we walked in was the hop decorations hanging from the ceiling in the lobby (and how much I would like for the ceiling in my bottle collection display to look the same way).

Hop decor on ceiling at Torched Hop Brewing
Hop decor

In fact, most of the decor at Torched hop seemed to be well made and pretty intricate.

Intricate decor abounds at Torched Hop Brewing
Interesting lighting decor at Torched Hop Brewing

I got myself a flight of beer with the Nightmare on Penn Street, Steve Enkel, Dubbel Maple, and Miss Scarlett’s Guilty Pleasure. Of course, they were all excellent.  While I was enjoying the flight, I noticed some interesting containers behind the bar.

Alcohol infusions at Torched Hop Brewing

Turns out someone there likes to make their own alcohol infusions.  I only wish I was going to be there longer so I could have tried one.  As it was, Mrs. UsedHair and I were getting tired from the long and adventurous day.  Fortunately, they had growlers, so I was able to abscond with a 32 oz of It’s 8 O’clock Somewhere Milk Stout, so the collection did not suffer this day.