Leon Farmer & Company


Is Leon Farmer and Company hiring?

Please call us to inquire about open positions:
Athens office 706-353-1166
Gainesville office 770-534-1200
We do not accept resumes, emailed applications, or faxed applications. Floating applications may be filled out in person at our Athens or Gainesville office between 8am and 3pm Monday through Friday. If a job opening posts during the 30 days that your application is on file, we will review it for consideration. Thank you for your interest in working with us!

Can you sponsor or donate to my event?

Sponsorships and donations are handled on a case-by-case basis through our marketing department. Please email us at info@leonfarmer.com with the following information, as well as any related forms or documents, in order for us to review your request:
Organization Name
Organization Purpose
Organization Location
Website link if available
Event Name
Date and time
Location
Number of people expected to attend
Contact Person
Phone & Email
Details of request – monetary contribution, item donation, sponsorship, etc.
Please understand that due to the large number of requests we receive each year, we cannot satisfy all requests. If your request is time-sensitive, please contact us at least one month in advance. We do not donate alcoholic products.

What counties do you service?

Leon Farmer & Company has two warehouses that provide beverage products to licensed retailers in 27 counties of Northeast Georgia.

Our Athens location services Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Stephens, Walton, and Wilkes counties.

Our Gainesville facility services Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union, and White counties.

Do you frequently pick up any new products?

Yes, we are always picking up new products from our brewing partners; we also gain several new brewing partners each year. We will post updates about new brewing partners and new products on our website as well as our related social media outlets, Facebook and Twitter.

Do you only distribute Anheuser-Busch beer?

We distribute a variety of products in addition to Anheuser-Busch beer: craft beers, waters, and other non-alcoholic products like teas and lemonades. You can view a complete list of domestics, imports, crafts, and non-alcoholic products here.

How can I get you to add a new beer I like to your products?

Tell us! Please send an email and let us know what beer you like, where you live and where you prefer to buy the beer. We are happy to look into anything our customers request.

What are your hours?

Our Athens and Gainesville offices are open from 8am until 5pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8am until 3pm on Fridays.

For warehouse and delivery hours, please contact us.

Corporate & Social Responsibility


Can you sponsor or donate to my organization or event?

Sponsorships and donations are handled on a case-by-case basis through our marketing department. Please email us at info@leonfarmer.com with the following information, as well as any related forms or documents, in order for us to review your request:
Organization Name
Organization Purpose
Organization Location
Website link if available
Event Name
Date and time
Location
Number of people expected to attend
Contact Person
Phone & Email
Details of request – monetary contribution, item donation, sponsorship, etc.
Please understand that due to the large number of requests we receive each year, we cannot satisfy all requests. If your request is time-sensitive, please email us at least one month in advance. We do not donate alcoholic products.

What do you do to prevent underage drinking?

Leon Farmer and Company is very dedicated to the responsible and legal consumption of its products. We work closely with our brewing partners, retailers, local stakeholders and community leaders to deliver programs and solutions that address a wide range of alcohol issues including but certainly not limited to underage drinking. You can learn more about the efforts we support on our Reponsibility Page.

How do you promote responsible alcohol consumption?

Leon Farmer and Company actively promotes the responsible use of alcohol through a multitude of outlets. These include billboards, print advertisements, participation in community organizations like CPAW and Designated Dawgs, and sponsoring guest speakers in schools. Please visit our Responsibility Page for additional details about these and other organizations.

Is beer distributing an environmentally friendly business?

We try to make it that way! As with any other business, beer distributors have the ability to alter their operation to decrease their impact on the environment.

The use of electricity and lighting as well as vehicles and gasoline make up a big part of how Leon Farmer and Company operates. Since 2008, Leon Farmer and Company has invested a lot of time and effort to reduce our carbon footprint and take steps to become energy self-sufficient in our warehouses.

We also work with the community and sponsor “green” events like the Green Life Expo in Athens to promote awareness about the cause. Our environment is important to us as individuals and as a company, and we’re doing whatever we can to help.

Beer – From The Field to the Glass


What are the ingredients used to make beer?

The basic ingredients of any beer are water, barley malt, hops and yeast. Brewers add special grains, herbs, spices, fruit, vegetables and even chocolate to provide unique tastes to their beers.
Water makes up the majority of a beer’s content.
Barley is a basic cereal grain that isn’t used much in baking, but is perfect for beer. Barley consists of enzymes which convert the starch in the grain into sugar and other fermentables. The barley must go through a process called “malting” before it can be used in brewing.
Hops are a flower from a vine. They provide the majority of the bitterness and aroma found in beer and are boiled to release the oils providing these flavors into the brew. There are many varieties of hops produced all over the world.
Yeast are unicellular fungi. Yeast is the most important part of brewing beer. Yeast converts sugars into alcohol through a fermentation process. Yeast has a faint flavor but can still affect the taste of a beer.

How is beer made?

Beer takes several weeks to brew from start to finish, depending on the style.
Malted barley is first boiled in water to release the malt sugars. This malt sugar solution is boiled with the chosen variety of hops to provide the bittering. The solution is cooled and yeast is added to begin fermentation.The yeast ferments the sugars, releasing carbon dioxide and ethyl alcohol.When the main fermentation is complete, the beer is bottled with a little bit of added sugar to provide the carbonation.

How many types of beer are available?

Ales ferment quickly at the top of the wort in warmer temperatures. Lagers ferment slowly at the bottom of the wort in cooler temperatures.

Most Common Ales:

Belgian Ale: Abbey, Amber, Blond, Dubbel, Tripel, Trappist, and Quadrupel

Brown Ale

Dark Ale – Stouts (with even more subcategories) and Porters

Kolsch

Mild

Pale Ale – Althier, American, Bitter, IPA, Saison, and Scotch

Wheat beer – Berliner, Dunkel, Hefeweizen, Kristallweizen, Weizenbock, and White

Most Common Lagers:

Bock – Doppelbock, Eisbock, Maibock, and Weizenbock

Dunkel Lager

Marzen, also called Oktoberfest

Pale Lager – Dortmander, Dry, Helles, Pilsner, and Spezial

Schwarzbier

Vienna Lager

Kellerbier

How does organic beer differ from regular beer?

Organic beer is made using USDA certified organic hops, barley, and other ingredients. This means that all the ingredients used in the brewing process were grown without the use of pesticides, fertilizers, or any other chemical or toxin. Many brewers believe that the use of organic ingredients leads to a fresher and more flavorful beer as well as a healthier beer.

What is the difference between an ale and a lager?

Ales ferment at the top of the tank, while lagers ferment on the bottom. For this reason, ales are often called “top-fermenters” while lagers are called “bottom-fermenters.”

What makes a beer a "light" beer?

Light beer is beer that has been reduced in alcohol content or in calories. It is usually chosen by a beer drinker who wants to limit their calorie intake.

What is the difference between draft, bottled and canned beer?

Draft, bottles, and cans are ways of storing beer for drinking.

Draft beer is the most popular when available. It is poured from a tap to serve, and this gives it a unique “mouthfeel” because of the carbon dioxide. Draft beer has a shorter shelf life than bottled or canned beer because it has not undergone pasteurization before being packaged into metal kegs. Draft beer is usually sold in bars, restaurants, and other establishments where beer is a regular staple for on-premise refreshment.

Bottled beer usually, but not always, undergoes pasteurization before glass bottling and has a shelf life of around three months. Brown bottled beer keeps longer than green or clear bottle beer. This is because sunlight or fluorescent light causes oxidation faster inside green or clear bottles than in brown bottles. If you buy beer in any color bottle that’s not brown, be sure to keep it in a dark place until you’re ready to drink it.

Canned beer is filtered before it goes into an aluminum can. Once canned it goes through the pasteurization process. Brewers generally tweak their recipes to make up for any flavor lost in the filtering and pasteurizing processes. Canned beers can be spoiled by exposure to extreme temperatures.

How should a beer be served?

Beer should be served in a glass to give it proper carbonation. Beer in bottles has a much higher carbonation. The aroma and color of the beer are also better experienced through a clean glass.

Beer in general should be served at “cellar temperature.” This means warmer than a fridge, but colder than the room you’re in. Taking a beer out of the fridge and waiting a few minutes should let it settle to a good temperature for you to better experience the taste and aroma. With that said, drink your lagers at a lower temperature than your ales. Lagers brew in cooler temperatures and taste best in environment in which they were brewed.

In 2000, Realbeer.com ran this helpful guide:

A beer served too cold will withhold most of its flavor. But while serving beer at room temperature brings out the flavors and aromas and is appropriate when judging beer, most drinkers prefer something cooler. Some general guidelines:

- Serve fruit beers at 40-50° F.

- Serve wheat beers and pale lagers at 45-50° F.

- Serve pale ales and amber or dark lagers at 50-55° F.

- Serve strong ales, such as Belgian ales, at 50-55° F.

- Serve dark ales, including porters and stouts, at 55-60° F.

Are there different types of glasses from which to serve beer?

Yes, there are many shapes and sizes of glass that can be used to enjoy beer. The most common are listed below along with the beer they serve best.

Flute – the preferred serving glass for Belgian lambics and fruit beers. The narrow shape maintains carbonation, while providing a strong aromatic front.

Goblet or Chalice – Large, stemmed bowl shaped glasses for serving heavy Belgian ales, German doppelbocks and other big sipping beers. The distinction between goblet and chalice is typically in the glass thickness. Goblets tend to be more delicate and thin, while the chalice is heavy and thick. Goblets are often scored on the bottom to attract carbon dioxide and provide a stream of bubbles for maintaining a nice head.

Mug – Always with a handle, the mug is usually thick and holds a lot of volume. They are great for any German lager.

Pilsner – This tapered glass is used to serve many types of light beers but especially the pilsner. Smaller then a pint glass, they are tall and slender. They are made to showcase the color and clarity of the Pilsner style, as well as maintain a nice head.

Pint – A pint glass is the most common glass. Good for serving stouts, porters and English ales, the pint glass is easy to make, and easy to store, making it a favorite in bars and restaurants.

Snifter – Most often used for brandy and cognac, snifters are also great for aromatic beers like Belgian ales, India pale ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps trap the volatiles, while allowing swirling to agitate them and produce a strong aroma.

Tulip – These beautiful glasses trap the aroma and maintain large heads for the Scottish ales, barleywines, and Belgian ales they serve. The body is round like a tulip bulb, but the top flares out to form a lip which helps head retention.

Tumbler – A short thick glass, the tumbler is used for lambic and Belgian ales.

What is the proper way to pour a beer?

Start with a clean glass. Hold the glass at a 45 degree angle and pour slowly, targeting the middle of the slope. When you get about half-way, bring the glass to a 90 degree angle and continue to pour to create a foam “head” at the top. Head releases aroma and adds to the presentation of the beer when poured in the right amount, between 1 and 1.5 inches.