Local brewery’s nomination a great sign for community

Published 3:44 pm Thursday, February 28, 2019

Wild Leap Brew Co., the brainchild and successful local business of Rob Goldstein and Anthony Rodriguez, has recently been nominated as one of the top 10 best new breweries in the United States by 10best.com, a website that is underneath the umbrella of USA Today. Voting is currently underway for the top position and will run through March 25, while winners will be announced on April 5, per the website.

Wild Leap, which opened in September 2017, is competing against breweries from cities all over the United States, including some in large markets. Eagle Park Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Masthead Brewing Company in Cleveland, Cinderlands Beer Company in Pittsburgh, Brink Brewing Company in Cincinnati and Level Beer in Portland, Oregon are among the 10 nominees.

For LaGrange to have a local business included in a nationwide list such as this is a positive economic and cultural signifier. The representation among the best of the best in any industry, particularly one as saturated and competitive as the craft beer landscape, speaks to the talent and ability of local entrepreneurs. Wild Leap is one example of a smart, forward-thinking and intuitive investment into the LaGrange community that has paid dividends and will continue to do so for years to come.

The Wild Leap owners recognize the support they have received from the local community has been key to their success as well.

“The support that we’ve received from this city from day one has been tremendous, and thankfully that has spread throughout the state of Georgia and beyond,” Goldstein said.

The nomination itself is a monumental achievement, but if the local brewery is able to win the award, it will be a great representation of this community support Goldstein mentioned.

“If we do win, we hope it’ll elevate LaGrange that much more,” he said. “Not only is it a great place to drink beer, but as a tourist destination in general. Wild Leap is located in LaGrange, but there are a lot of amazing things in this city.”

Voters can cast a ballot every 12 hours, and we encourage you to vote to ensure Wild Leap, and as an extension the city, receive the top honors. Cast a ballot at 10best.com.