We worked with Monday Night Brewing to design and build the 1-acre outdoor space and organic orchard of their new BeltLine-adjacent site, the Monday Night Garage. Unique to Atlanta and the craft beer scene, the organic orchard of seasonal fruits and useful plants will produce ambient yeast which then will be passively harvested during the cool season through louvered vents on the side of the building leading to the brewing facility, known as the “Crunkship”. Sour beers brewed on-site will exhibit the distinct flavor profile of the orchard’s diverse species. The ecologically-minded gathering/event space is rounded out by native and drought-resistant pollinator meadows and raingardens, as an approach to the repair the post-industrial soils and support pollinator populations for fruit production.
The site of the new Garage was a post-industrial landscape, with deep asphalt, compact clay and seemingly endless gravel subbase. In order to achieve ADA access and connect with the BeltLine, the grade needed to be dropped, and reworked to create a gradual incline toward the building. The soils were in need of extensive repair, and we began this process using native hardy meadow species.
Featured images: orchard gardens and seating, upon approach (photo courtesy of Bruce Dennill); repairing soil with buckwheat; aerial of garden in winter, year 1; a packed gathering space; The Green Team at the opening party, 2017; pineapple sage and Asian pear; Asian persimmon; muscadines on locust trellis; rosa rugosa in raingarden; rudbekia in native pollinator meadow; gaillardia in pollinator meadow; beebalm in native pollinator meadow; fig in urban orchard; Echinacea in native pollinator meadow; yarrow accumulating nutrients in native pollinator meadow; hardy kiwi on locust post trellis; crimson clover building soil as cover crop.