Macon Beer Company now in bottles

Macon Progress and Macon Love bottles
Macon Beer Company now offers two popular brews, Macon Love and Macon Progress in amber bottles at Kroger. Photo by Doug Deal

Macon Progress and Macon Love are now available at your local Kroger and other locations in the state. The large sized bottles are sold at prices set by your local vendor. Congratulations to Jeremy Knowles and the Macon Beer Company for this major step into the marketplace.

The Macon Beer Company will always have a special place with us because they were the first front page story the Macon Community News had ever run. Founded close to the same time, we were tentative and unsure and somewhat overwhelmed with the daunting task of publishing a 12 page broadsheet newspaper as a two person team. As we toured the facility, that would be their brewery which was very much under construction, our tasks seemed much less challenging.

It has been exciting to see the success of the Macon Beer Company, and we look forward to kicking back and enjoying these two bottles.


Hudson’s Barbecue is a delicious choice in Byron

Hudson's Barbecue in Byron outside
Hudson’s Barbecue resembles and old Waffle House or Huddle House. Photo by Doug Deal.

Recently, my wife and I had a couple of chances to stop into Hudson’s Barbecue right off the interstate on the Byron exit at 252 GA-49. The place reminds you of the familiar comfort food giants like the Waffle House or Huddle House, but with a cafeteria style layout in the middle offering various choices of country and southern classics.

Inside Hudson's Barbecue
Inside of Hudson’s Barbecue and Homecooking in Byron. Photo by Doug Deal.

On our first visit, my wife had the fried chicken and she was impressed by the portions, the price and the quality. Her meal came with two sides, as I believe come standards with all plates and she chose the Brunswick stew and macaroni and cheese. The stew was precisely what you’d expect and the mac and cheese was the kind you crave on holidays like thanksgiving or a family pot-luck. It was not too dry, loaded with cheese and was baked just enough. Her chicken was a huge filling portion and the golden brown skin was flavorful and the meat was moist and delicious.

Hudson's Barbecue pulled pork plate
Barbecue pulled pork plate with Brunswick stew and banana pudding. Photo by Doug Deal.

On both visits, I stuck with the signature pulled pork barbecue. My sides were the banana pudding and the stew and with bbq, you have a choice of bread or a bun. The barbecue was well smoked and perfectly sauced to bring out the flavor. I am partial to spicy food, so I loaded it up with some hot sauce, but the flavor is good on its own. The restaurant is obviously not fine dining fair, but for barbecue, I prefer a more rustic feel and definitely like the small individual stores to large mass produced places.

I cannot award a favorite part of the meal, as I enjoyed all of it.  In fact I have developed a bit of a craving and look forward to my next visit. However, I wanted to give special mention of the banana pudding. It is as close to the pudding I remember from holidays of my youth as one could hope for. Nothing fancy, just a simple pleasure.

For the kids, they got hamburgers and they were too large for them to eat, so they made two meals. It is hard to beat Hudson’s on value and they have something for everyone.

They are open 11 AM to 8 PM every day and have another location in Roberta at 86 E Agency St. If you want to support local restaurateurs and have a decent casual meal, give them a try. They also offer bulk products for catering, picnics and events.

Hudson's Barbecue Menu Page 1
Front side of the Hudson’s Barbecue menu. Photo by Doug Deal
Hudsons Barbecue Menu Page 1
Back side of the Hudson’s Barbecue menu. Photo by Doug Deal

Macon Community News is back as an online news source

Macon Community News first printing in color
Macon Community News being printed in color for the first time as the second issue comes off the press. Photo by Doug Deal

It was three years ago this July, when the print edition of Macon Community News was mailed to 12,000 households and businesses in Macon-Bibb County. The run lasted 6 months and our last issue was published in December 2013.

Our intent has always been to bring the paper back in some form and now 30 months after the last print issue went to press, this online only edition is born.

At first, content will not grow quickly, so bear with us as we renew our partnerships with content generators and form new ones. If you are interested in contributing, we will be posting a contact form soon for that purpose.

Our stories will follow the model of the print edition, which will focus on positive stories that highlight the people, businesses and events in the Macon community. This will include the following:

  1. Profiles on locally owned businesses
  2. Profiles on local people or those who have impacted the local area
  3. Coverage of local governments, town halls and forums
  4. Features about local service, social, and charitable organizations
  5. Stories about local schools, including sports
  6. Information about local crime and safety
  7. Announcements about local happenings and events
  8. Menus and reviews about local restaurants
  9. Local commentary of interest to people in the Macon community
  10. Anything we see fit to publish
First color issue of Macon Community News
Closeup of the first color issue of the Macon Community News. Photo by Doug Deal.