Meet the newest member of Akademia Brewing Company’s circle — Eric Jackson.
If you follow the Georgia beer scene, Jackson’s face is probably familiar. He’s the man behind craft beer blog Uncap Everything, and he’s joining Akademia as its brewpub consultant.
“[Akademia owner and co-founder] Matt Casey has been a great supporter of Uncap Everything and has opened his brewery to my passion for learning about beer. When you’re pursuing something in a new industry and you have someone like [Casey], who is extremely smart and ambitious about the industry, his support is important,” Jackson said.
Jackson was introduced to Akademia shortly before it opened in October 2017. He was one of the first writers to cover the brewpub, and has since attended its events in both Athens and Atlanta, plus reviewed some of its beers for the blog. His favorite Akademia brew is The Dom kölsch-style ale, and he’s partial to the beer-battered Fish ‘N’ Chips on the brewpub menu.
“I’d also recommend the hand-cut fries with any of the Ale Sauces, my favorite being the Ale Cheese,” he said. “If I had my way, there’d be a flight board of Ale Sauces.”
When Jackson isn’t uncapping the latest brews for the blog, he’s working full-time in the restaurant and hospitality industry, most recently with Marriott International, the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Oconee and W Hotels. His expertise with guest engagement and luxury service will add to and further energize Akademia’s culture and identity.
“I’m most excited about creating an elevated beer experience for the guest,” Jackson said. “If you think about hospitality, it’s about engaging with guests and creating an atmosphere that is comfortable and fulfilling. The same is with beer. I find a lot of similarities in their foundations and purpose.”
He looks forward to meeting many of Akademia’s Night Owls while partnering with the brewpub, and hopes some of his Uncap Everything friends take the time to jaunt to the Classic City for a visit.
“I think Akademia is a place to learn, and the variety of beer that’s served tells that story. You have your classics like the kölsch, ESB, gose and tripels, but also brew hazy IPAs, DIPAs and variations on stouts and sours. There’s something for everyone,” Jackson said.