New Neighbors

by London's Lofts

London's Lofts would like to welcome The Atlantic Ale House to Downtown!  Located directly across Commerce Street from London's Lofts, Atlantic will offer residents a place to unwind and enjoy fine craft beer. 

A happy coincidence, they plan to open the week before our resident move-in date of November 23rd.  So, put your friends on notice - after they help you move in to the hippest spot in downtown, you'll be happy to buy them a beer(s) at the tastiest watering hole in downtown.  


 We're digging the retro signage!

We're digging the retro signage!

Special thanks to Nathan Baker for the great article below on The Atlantic Ale House:


The Atlantic Ale House: Not your father's beer joint

Jenny Lockmiller, president of the Friends of Olde Downtowne organization, is one member of a foursome — also including husband David Lockmiller and Jacob and Kelly Grieb — that aims to make The Atlantic Ale House a new chill spot in the city’s core.

Hoping to open by early November in the former Sevier Cafe at the dead end McClure Street, a tucked away offshoot of West Market, Lockmiller said the business’ principals wanted to bring a playground for beer enthusiasts downtown.

“We all love craft beer, and we wanted a place like this close by, within walking distance,” she said. “So we decided to create it ourselves.”

The outside of the squat, oddly shaped building now boasts a large, stylized painted sign proclaiming it “The Atlantic Ale House” in red, cream and navy.

Lockmiller said the name was pulled from the past and re-purposed, much like the off-kilter building. According to local lore and two 9-foot tin beer signs found in a storage building behind the bar, the property behind what will become the Ale House was once used to store Atlantic Beer and Ale, a beverage produced by an Atlanta company that became the largest regional brewer in the South in the 40s.

The Atlantic Ale House will focus on sourcing regional and local craft beers for its 16 taps and pouring those brews for customers taking advantage of the indoor space with a “40s vibe with an industrial feeling” according to Lockmiller, or participating in available outdoor activities near the covered patio area, like corn hole, bocce or horse shoes.

“We want to have a place where you could bring the family, maybe have your dog outside, and just enjoy some great regional beer,” Lockmiller said.

The downtown Ale House will also employ the use of a beer engine, a tap system that relies on a vacuum to draw beer, rather than the conventional carbonation system. Lockmiller said the beer engine, when used for some of the bar’s offerings, will produce a less fizzy beer in-glass that should allow the subtle flavors of the brews come through.

The traditional pump system requires suppliers to produce special batches of “cask-conditioned beer,” or real ale, which is commonly unfiltered and unpasteurized and allows natural carbonation to develop as opposed to “brewery-conditioned,” or keg beers, which are sterile filtered and pasteurized, killing the active yeast in the mix and requiring the use of extraneous gas pressurization to move the liquid.

With the exterior nearly squared away and demolition finished inside, Lockmiller said the final steps to prepare for the Ale House’s opening are installing a garage door, completing work on the actual bar and concentrating on aesthetics.

If all goes according to plan, opening day will be in early November, probably the second week.

“We’d just like to introduce everyone to craft beer,” Lockmiller said. “It’s something we’re all proud of, and something we think will be a good fit for downtown.”

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