From The Earth’s mission is to provide some of the best craft beers and food
in Atlanta and the South in a unique brewpub setting.
Stevens and his wife Lisa (Meyers) decided it was time for him to revisit his empire-building aspirations and open a brewpub unlike any other both inside and outside Atlanta's perimeter. Sharing his ambitions with longtime peers, friends and renowned influencers in the industry, most notably celebrity restauranteur Kevin Rathbun and brewing icon Kevin McNerney (Co-Founder of SweetWater Brewing), From the Earth Brewing Company was born.
“The cuisine and the well-balanced beers at the brewpub is a vision I’ve had for quite some time,” Stevens says. “I want it to come full circle: sourcing our product as fresh and as local as we can. We want to give back to our local food partners. One of our many goals includes giving our spent grain from brewing to local farmers to feed their cattle and animals. We will also incorporate the same spent grain in our house made breads and even plan to partner with local dog treat company for our four-legged patrons to have culinary indulgences too. We want to become a part of this community in every way possible."
Paulk joins From the Earth with more than two decades of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry and is a passionate, driven individual.
While relocating to Atlanta from Fitzgerald, GA, Paulk began his career in 1996, with his first taste of the industry working as a server at a Mellow Mushroom. From there, Paulk made his way and joined the Buckhead Life Group, where he met and worked for Stevens at Nava. After a number of years at Nava, Paulk transitioned over to Blue Pointe, another infamous Buckhead Life restaurant. Always having an admiration for Stevens and his work ethic, the two maintained contact over the years. When the idea for From the Earth was born, it only seemed natural for Paulk to come on board as GM. Most recently, he was Manager at Seed Kitchen & Bar in Marietta.
BRIAN LEE Manager/Brewer
Brian started his restaurant career over ten years ago, working his way from dishwasher to management at Taco Mac Roswell. He made his way over to Dunwoody Tavern and then to Local Three, where he found a new love for whiskey, good food, cocktails and wine at one of America’s top bourbon bars.
When State Bill 85 passed in 2017, authorizing beer and liquor manufacturers to sell their products directly to consumers from the manufacturing plant, Brian hung up his hat to restaurants and bartending and found his place in the business that stole his heart from day one: Beer. He worked on the production line at Reformation Brewery before seeing a great opportunity at From the Earth Brewing Company.
Since joining the FTE family, Brian has proven himself as Assistant Brewer to the one and only brewing icon Kevin McNerney (Co-Founder of SweetWater Brewing) as well as managing the staff and restaurant.