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Restaurant, brewery join forces for event

Nothing is more satisfying than great-tasting local food, along with flavorful local beer, according to Chris Fives, co-owner of Maguire's Family and Friends Restaurant and Irish Pub.

The family-owned and founded pub, located in Olde Towne Morrow at 1063 Southlake Circle, is hosting a beer-dinner event, on Monday, July 19, according to Fives. The event, from 7 p.m., to 9 p.m., will feature Jailhouse Brewing Co., the Hampton-based beer, he said.

Maguire's is the first, and only eatery in Clayton County promoting, and selling, Jailhouse Brewing, he said.

Guests will enjoy four different courses from Maguire's, along with different types of Jailhouse Brewing's beer, to compliment the meals, said Fives. The cost of the event is $40 per person.

"The guys from the brewery are going to come down and talk about the brewing process, and how [to] pair it with the food," he said, in a phone interview.

Glenn Golden, founder of Jailhouse Brewery, Co., said his young company has three different types of beer available: Slammer Wheat, Mug Shot I.P.A (India Pale Ale), and Breakout Stout.

Maguire's provides such edibles as Shepherd's Pie, baked with a mix of ground beef and vegetable topped with seasoned mashed potatoes; fish and chips; New York cheesecake, and peach melba sundaes, to name a few.

"We have Irish heritage, and we grew up in New York going to Irish pubs, so it's sort of a family tradition for us, and a lot of the menu items are variations of our family recipes, that we have made available to our customers," said Fives.

Maguire's is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m., to 10 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m., to 8 p.m., he said. It is not open for business on Mondays, which is the reason the event is being held on July 19 (Monday), he explained.

"The restaurant is going to be opened specifically for this event," he said, adding that, depending of the success of the first beer-dinner offering, the restaurant might hold the event once a month.

Maguire's opened for business Nov. 23, 2009, the same day the Henry County brewery began to sell its beer, said Fives. Maguire's is housed in the General John B. Gordon Plantation House, which was built in 1850, and relocated from Reynolds, Ga., to Olde Towne Morrow, according to the pub's web site.

Fives said the 7-month-old Morrow restaurant develops close relationships with its customers, because it is family owned. He and his brother, Frank Maguire, Fives said, own Maguire's. The restaurant has a second location in Senoia, Ga., which opened in 2008.

Fives said it is important for small, local businesses, such as Maguire's and Jailhouse Brewery, to cross county boundaries to support and promote one another. "If I support Jailhouse ... they [Jailhouse] are going to mention our name," he said. "When we sell Jailhouse beer, we mention it's a local brewery."

Jailhouse-founder Golden said it is not uncommon for craft brewers to hold beer-dinners in locations that sell their products. "Well, I think it is all about promoting local businesses," said Golden. "And get people to purchase local products. It's [the beer] is a great draw for them."

Golden said Maguire's has been selling the American Wheat beer of Jailhouse Brewery for about six months. "We've had a lot of great response from people," he said. There are about 25 to 30 eateries in Henry County that carry his product, he said.

The success the brewery has had in its home county derives from the product it produces –– beer, he said. "We are growing every month and we are working hard to continue that growth ... [which] is purely based on local people supporting local products," Golden said.