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Lots of talk about beers in Decatur

6/6/2014, 6 a.m.

Beer aficionados can delve into the metro area’s rich brewing culture at a June 11 talk with “Atlanta Beer” authors Mary O. Boyle and Ron Smith at the Decatur Library.

The talk, part of the June Festival of Writers, starts at 7:15 p.m.

“Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South” follows brewing history from the city’s first brewery in the 1850s to its Saloon Row and the parched days of local and national Prohibition, to the present-day popularity of craft brews.

Boyle, co-host of beer dinners and a craft beer enthusiast, is webmaster for BeerGuruATL and AtlantaBeerBook. She produces a local pub’s newsletter and is adding beer-focused jewelry line to her handcrafted jewelry business.

Smith, an obsessive researcher, has been dubbed “the beer guru.” He has studied artisanal beer for two decades and has sampled brews across the United States and Europe.

The library is at 215 Sycamore St. For more information, call 404-370-3070.