If you didn’t know, I work Saturday nights, which severely hinders my ability to take in the local scene at times. I haven’t taken a Saturday off for a festival in Atlanta in more than a year, so when I bought my tickets for Hogs and Hops at the Sweetwater Brewery and got the green light to attend, I was pretty excited.
Until I saw the weather report earlier this week, of course.
Rain. Always rain.
The local brewery was lined with tents outside, temporarily hosting a handful of local barbecue joints for an evening of beers and pork. The event began at 6 p.m. sharp, and the rain wasn’t a second late for the festival. Seriously, it started pouring at 6:00 p.m.
Luckily, we brought an umbrella and ran inside as soon as we were admitted. It turned out to be a (mostly) rain-free evening after the first 30 minutes, which made for a pleasant night. The crowd stuck was great and most of the vendors ran out of pork after a few hours. There was live music and plenty of beer. In other words, I chose the right festival for my only Saturday leisure event in more than a year.
Below are a couple more images from the night after the inclement weather cleared and some friends of mine and my girlfriend showed up, as well as some of my Weather Channel colleagues.
Hogs and Hops vine.co/v/b0nwBq3QpiT
— Sean Breslin (@Sean_Breslin) May 12, 2013