Roswell CVB | Spring Cocktails Abound at GCBC's Artillery Room

Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser are certainly no strangers to Roswell, as the duo's put a remarkable stamp on the community with the businesses they've developed and the support they've given.

Their latest venture, The Artillery Room, buids upon the success of Gate City Brewing Co. but lives with a spirit of its own, in that the focus is on their recent addition of vodka, gin and bourbon.

Anchored in the heart of Historic Roswell, the Brewery, Taproom, Backhouse, and Artillery Room at Gate City are situated at the corner of Canton and Magnolia Streets. What used to be two Roswell mechanic shops is now a 30bbl brewhouse with up to twenty house-brewed beers and cocktails on draft. The Artillery Room is part of the Gate City Compound with an entrance on Canton Street, as well as a terraced entrance that connects it to the Taproom at Gate City.

Photo by Taryn Shultz

Perhaps the most interesting part about this expansion is the historical relevance of the building. Owner Pat Rains said about the history, "The Artillery Room at Gate City pays respect to the history of the building and to those who came before us. 932 Canton Street was initially part of the Ford Dealership compound. Then in the ‘70s, Ed Mertimer opened the space as Ed’s Gun & Tackle, which operated until the great fire of 1984. One of the worst in Roswell history, the fire posed a unique threat to first responders due to the ammunition inside at the time — a Roswell fireman took a bullet during the incident and thankfully survived.”

The Artillery Room pays tribute to the history of the space both in name and in structure. During renovations, the history behind the walls was discovered. The original exposed brick and design elements are where local history, art, and spirits merge to create a rustic, inviting, and down-to-earth space that focuses on community and craft cocktails. In short, this historic landmark embodies the spirit of the city and will be leaving a local legacy for all patrons to enjoy.

With all that interesting info shared, let's focus on where we are present-day. With March arriving, The Artillery Room has a brand new seasonal menu that recently dropped. It's our pleasure to present these tasty concoctions that you'll soon be sipping on during a warm spring day.

Photo by Taryn Shultz

Transfusion | $11
Gate City Vodka, Grape Juice, Lime Juice, Ginger Ale & Lime Wedge

The Stubborn Mule | $11
Gate City Vodka, Pineapple Juice, Serrano Pepper Simple Syrup, Ginger Beer & Lime Wedge

Georgia Spritz | $9
Gate City Vodka, Peach Puree, Soda Water & Lime Wedge

Barrington Collins | $11
Gate City Gin, Lemon Juice, Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup, Club Soda, Lavender Bitters & Lemon Wedge

Banana Me Coconut
| $11
Gate City Vodka, Banana, Crème of Coconut, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup & Cherry Juice

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Cucumber Fresca | $12
Gate City Gin, Cucumber Shrub, Lime Juice, Elderflower Syrup, Tonic Water & Lime Wedge

Strawberry Smash
| $12
Gate City Bourbon, Strawberry Puree, Lemon Juice, Balsamic & Lemon Wedge

Bee's Knees
| $10
Gate City Gin, Lemon Juice & Honey Simple Syrup

GC Gold Rush
| $10
Gate City Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Honey Simple Syrup, Orange Slice & Cherry

Smoked Old Fashioned
| $13
Gate City Bourbon, Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters & Orange Bitters in Smoked Glass

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But wait! There's more! The Artillery Room also offers a variety of mocktails. Mocktails can fill in for a number of things, including those nights when you just don't feel like sipping alcohol. They're also fantastic for pacing yourself throughout a long social gathering or event. The mocktails at The Artillery Room enjoy the same mixology prep and passion as their everyday cocktails do.

Defused: $5
Ginger Ale, Grape Juice, & Lime

The Non-Collins
: $ 5
Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, & Soda Water.
*Ask your bartender for the flavor of the season

The Lazy Mule
: $ 5
Ginger Beer & Lime Juice
* Ask your bartender for the flavor of the season

The Summer Breeze
: $ 7
Cranberry Juice, Elderflower, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, & Grapefruit Soda

Designated Driver
: $7
Cold Brew Coffee, Date Simple Syrup & Chicory Pecan Bitters

The Fool-Ada
: $ 7
Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Lime Juice, Creme of Coconut & Blue Curacao

To plan your visit to The Artillery Room, click here and head on over to 932 Canton St. The entire compound is linked to a unified POS system, so customers can venture from place to place without having to close a tab. The Artillery Room is open Monday through Thursday from 3:00PM to 10:00PM; Friday through Saturday from 12:00PM to 12:00AM and Sunday from 12:00PM to 9:00PM. Pull up a barstool for us - we'll see you there.


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