Author Archives: Bob Townsend

Beer Pick: SweetWater 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Credit: SweetWater Brewing Co.

Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Co. celebrates turning 21 on Saturday with rocking party at the brewery featuring live music from Dirty Heads, Twiddle, People’s Blues of Richmond, and Bird Dog Jubilee.

But for beer geeks, the big news is the release of 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin, which will be available for the first time on Saturday at the event, and on shelves next week.

And in honor of SweetWater turning 21, 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin is this week’s Beer Pick.

SweetWater 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin
SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA.
Available in cork-and-caged bottles for a limited time

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5 Atlanta pop-ups you need to try

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chef Jarrett Stieber’s Winter Vegetables with Rice Porridge, Scallion, Peanut and Korean Chili Flake. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Since chef Jarrett Stieber launched Eat Me Speak Me at Gato in Candler Park in 2014, the Atlanta pop-up scene has grown in fits and starts. But right now, there seems to be a new wave of energy on the rise. Here are some to explore right now. Check out how to throw your own pop-up party with recipes from Stieber

Eat Me Speak MeStieber’s move to SOS Tiki Bar has given new life and added hours to ...

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Beer Pick: New Realm Euphonia Pilsner

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

One of the most exciting developments on the burgeoning Atlanta beer scene is the recent arrival of New Realm Brewing.

The craft beer destination from former Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele and his veteran beer business partners Carey Falcone and Bob Powers includes a state-of-the-art production brewery, a pilot brewery and a restaurant, all housed in a stunning facility overlooking the Beltline.

Last week, I talked with Steele about the project, and part of our interview was published this week.

Steele’s opening beers include special releases such as Radegast Triple IPA, and “mainstays” such as Hoplandia IPA and Euphonia ...

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Beer Pick: Boulevard Flora Obscura Dry-Hopped Porter

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

At its best, winter in north Georgia brings with it chilly temperatures, sunny days, beautiful sunsets, and sometimes a spectacular full moon.

That kind weather makes me think of porter, a dark, malty, essentially English ale that isn’t as popular as it once was. But American brewers are still doing interesting things with the style, including adding lots of bright American hops.

And with porters on my mind, Boulevard Flora Obscura Dry-Hopped Porter is today’s Beer Pick.

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Flora Obscura Dry-Hopped Porter
Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
Available seasonally in 12-ounce bottles

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Beer Pick: Gate City Terminus Baltic Porter

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Credit: Gate City Brewing

Situated in the heart of Roswell’s bustling Canton Street dining district, Gate City Brewing has become a fixture of the area’s craft beer scene over the past few years.

And on Saturday, Gate City is one of the gathering spots for Georgia Beer Day, which falls on Jan. 27 this year, and helps benefit the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.

Among the signature beers that will be on tap, 1864 American IPA, Copperhead American amber, 20 Gram cream ale, and OTP double IPA also will be pouring on Feb. 9-10 for the Gate City third anniversary ...

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Beer Pick: Terrapin Beyond the Galaxy IPA

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Credit: Terrapin Beer Co.

On Saturday, the annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting convenes from 2:30-6 p.m. at Five Seasons Westside, with more than 50 rare, cask-conditioned ales from the USA and UK on tap.

Among the varied offerings this year, you’ll find everything from the sublime Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, to the boozy Scofflaw Barrel-Aged Absentium Imperial Stout, and the spacey Terrapin Beyond the Galaxy IPA spiked with Tang.

For more info and tickets: AtlantaCaskAle.com.

And in honor of ACAT 2018, Terrapin Beyond the Galaxy (without the Tang) is this week’s Beer Pick.

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Beer Pick: Second Self Triforce IPA

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Beer Pick: Second Self Triforce IPA

Inspired by the video game series, Second Self Beer Co. is releasing its new Triforce “slightly hazy” IPA on Saturday with a really geeky party at the brewery’s taproom in West Midtown

The fun and video games include a costume contest and Triforce tacos from Real Mexican Vittles. There’s also a Hyrule-inspired quest around Atlanta for fans of Second Self. Participants can search the city for missing items at participating bars, restaurants and stores to win free merchandise. The map and compass required to make the trek can be picked up at the brewery during the parrty.

In honor of all those shenanigans, ...

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Argosy team purchases former Oak Brewpub in Oakhurst

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The exterior of Oak Brewpub / Photo courtesy of Armando Celentano

This morning, Armando Celentano, Donald Durant and Benjamin Rhoades, the partners behind Argosy, a popular beer bar and restaurant in East Atlanta Village, announced that they had purchased the former Oak Brewpub in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur, which closed in November, not long after its grand opening celebration.

“This endeavor will be a culmination of our years of craft beer and hospitality experience,” Celentano said in a press release. “We are striving to establish a destination brewery that our neighbors and the entire Atlanta beer community ...

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Beer Pick: SweetWater Second Helping IPA

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

For the fifth year in a row, SweetWater Brewing has partnered with The Giving Kitchen to serve up the limited-edition Second Helping IPA, with all profits from SweetWater and United Distributors donated to the Atlanta non-profit that helps out restaurant workers in need.

And because I love the beer, and I love the cause, it’s this week’s Beer Pick. But there are a few more things you should know about.

First, in addition to being available on draft, again, it will available in new, 16-ounce cans this year.

Second, SweetWater debuts Second Helping with a celebration at the brewery tonight ...

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Beer Pick: Twain’s Purgatory to Paradise Belgian Dubble

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Twain’s Purgatory to Paradise. Photo by Tori-Allen PR.

Though it sometimes flies a bit under the radar, Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur has been a fixture of the Atlanta craft beer scene for many years.

Maybe most notably, before he left to found Creature Comforts in Athens, David Stein developed the recipe for the much beloved, and often elusive, Tropicalia IPA at Twain’s, while pioneering several more beers there.

In late 2016, Mike Castagno took over as Twain’s head brewer, bringing with him a wealth of experience as a research chemist, and a whole bunch of awards as a ...

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Beer Pick: Cherry Street Steppin’ Razor Double Dry-Hopped IPA


Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cherry Street Brewing in Cumming has been celebrating its fifth anniversary this week with a series of events at its brewpub in Vickery Village.

“In that five year period, we expanded about five different times,” says Cherry Street founder and brewer,” Nick Tanner. “We grew from a 3-barrel to 10-barrel brewhouse, added the Taproom and the Barrel Room expansion, added distribution to the entire state, and now started canning, none of which were in the original business plan.”

Now, Cherry Street is working on its latest project, set to open at the new Halcyon Development in late 2018 or early ...

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Beer Pick: Red Brick Sea Otter Stout

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sea Otter Stout. Red Brick Brewing Co.

Atlanta’s Red Brick Brick Brewing Co. has been partnering with the Georgia Aquarium to create limited edition offerings with the goal of bringing attention to the Aquarium and its mission.

The the third in the series is Sea Otter Stout, a roasty American stout brewed to celebrate one of the Aquarium’s most beloved animals, the Southern sea otter.

A portion of the sales will go towards Georgia Aquarium’s Southern sea otter research and preservation efforts.

And with that in mind, Sea Otter Stout is this week’s Beer Pick.

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Sea Otter Stout
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Partnership between Scofflaw Brewing and BrewDog USA announced

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Scofflaw Brewing Co. beer. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser.

Atlanta’s rapidly expanding Scofflaw Brewing Co. has announced a new partnership agreement with BrewDog, the international brewery and pub chain based in Scotland. The agreement will give Scofflaw access to the brewing and canning operation at BrewDog USA’s new state-of-the-art U.S. headquarters near Columbus, Ohio.

More details from the press release from Scofflaw:

Scofflaw will use exclusive access to the eco-friendly Ohio brewery to expand production of its canned beer for distribution in Georgia. The one-year agreement enables BrewDog to utilize excess brewing capacity while the company, which is celebrated for its ...

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STATS Brewpub launches house-brewed beers and new menu

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STATS Brewpub brewer Austin Edwards. Credit: Tori Allen.

STATS Brewpub is now officially serving its own beers, created by brewmaster Austin Edwards. The restaurant was converted to a brewpub earlier this summer by adding a full-scale brewery on the lower level, and revamping its menu to pair with the new beers.
Guests can now sample six house-brewed beers for $6 each in addition to other imported, local and craft beers. The new beers include:
Atlanta Brewnited Pale Ale – A copper colored, clean and crisp pale ale with moderate to high bitterness
Bushwood IPA –  An East Coast IPA with ...

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Beer Pick: Allagash Hoppy Table Beer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Founded by Rob Tod in 1995 in Portland, Maine, Allagash Brewing Co. is a craft pioneer in Belgian-style ale, and grown to become a true American success story .

Tod, who currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Brewers Asoociation, will be at Brick Store Pub from 6-8 a.m. this evening for a Q&A and meet up featuring at least seven Allagash beers on draft.

Among the rare and popular selections, you’ll find Avance, Hive 56 and Ganache American wild beers, St. Klippenstein imperial stout, and Curieux bourbon barrel-aged Belgian triple.

But, though it’s not ...

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Beer Town: Holiday gifts for beer lovers

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Beer Town: Holiday gifts for beer lovers

Spiegelau Craft Beer Glasses

The holidays are here again, and that means it’s time for the annual Beer Town Gifts for Beer Lovers.

As always, we like to point out that beer lovers love beer. And every year, we recommend giving the beer lover on your list something fresh and new from one of the fine Georgia craft breweries near you.

In 2017, that will be much easier and more fun than ever, because a new state law finally allows Georgia breweries to sell beer directly to consumers at tasting rooms. And you won’t even need to take a tour ...

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Beer Town: Sam Smith III talks Samuel Smith’s ales

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sam Smith III from Samuel Smith Brewery recently visited the U.S. for the first release of Oatmeal Stout in kegs. CONTRIBUTED BY: Samuel Smith Brewery.

Samuel Smith, otherwise known as the Old Brewery at Tadcaster, was founded in Yorkshire in 1758. It’s a truly historic institution, as well as one of the few remaining independent breweries in England.

Celebrated for draft ales at its pubs around England, and around the world for its distinctive bottled beers, such as Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Taddy Porter and Imperial Stout, the company has never been much for marketing in the modern sense.

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Beer Pick: Steady Hand Flower Business Double IPA

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

On Saturday from 4-7 p.m., Steady Hand Beer Co. is teaming up with the Chastain Park Conservancy for Goat Fest, an autumn beer festival featuring the likes of Georgia Farmhouse Ale, Imperial Coffee Stout, and Rye Saison. Tickets can be purchased here.

Steady Hand has acquired the space and equipment for a taproom and production facility set to open on the Westside in spring 2018.

In the meantime, though, brewmaster Brian Sullivan has been producing the company’s beers at Jailhouse Brewing Co. in Hampton, GA.

And last week, Steady Hand released its first batch of canned beers, including Paradise Waits ...

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First Look: Italian restaurant Allora debuts at Twelve Hotel Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Allora Carbonara Pizza with Pancetta, Cracked Pepper, Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, and a Farm Egg. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Among the current wave of Italian restaurants popping up around Atlanta, Allora is the newest concept from Concentrics Restaurants, the group behind One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, Tap and Parish.

Located inside Twelve Hotel Midtown at Atlantic Station, it replaces another Concentrics restaurant, Lobby Bar and Bistro, and moves executive chef Chris Maher, most recently the co-executive chef at One Midtown Kitchen, to a new starring role.

The remodeled space updates the dramatic circular bar, a leftover from Lobby, ...

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Manny’s Grant Park Pub will anchor Paces Properties Grant Park development

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Credit: Paces Properties

In early 2016, Paces Properties purchased the Grant Park property at 588 Woodward Ave., at the corner of Woodward Ave. and Boulevard, with long-term plans to add new restaurants and other amenities to the neighborhood.

Now comes word that Manny’s Grant Park Pub, a new bar and restaurant concept from longtime Atlanta barman Manuel Maloof, who is the grandson of the founder of Manuel’s Tavern, will anchor the development.

The project, which is taking over the former Stone Soup Kitchen and No Brakes bicycle shop spaces, is expected to open in late spring 2018.

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Three Taverns 2017 Inceptus Georgia Wild Ale

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

At Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur, Belgian-born brewmaster, Joran Van Ginderachter, has been experimenting with a beer called Inceptus (Latin for “beginning”).

It’s a spontaneously fermented wild ale with an unlikely back story.

During the December 2013 Atlanta “Snowpocalypse,” Van Ginderachter decided that the temperature was just right to wrangle some wild yeast from the air around the brewery for what he would call a “Georgia wild ale.”

Since then, he’s used that “mother beer” to infect wine barrels filled with a wort made with pilsner, wheat and spelt malt. Successive generations of Inceptus have taken on a variety ...

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Beer Town: Creature Comforts Table Beer for food and friends

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Creature Comforts Table Beer is chef-inspired seasonal brewed “for food and friends.” CONTRIBUTED BY: Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

The label on the can of Creature Comforts new Table Beer features the enticing words “for food and friends.”

But the limited edition ale will be available to fulfill that promise for only a very short time. And that’s a shame, because like the Athens brewery’s other recent seasonal offering, Automatic Pale Ale, it’s perfectly suited for year-round enjoyment.

If you’re wondering where the name comes from, table beer is a style that’s been around for a long time, originating in ...

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First Look: Barbecue, beer and more at Loyal Q in East Cobb

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Loyal Q Meats and Sides including (clockwise from top left) cornbread, St. Louis Ribs, Collard Greens, Pit Beans, Pulled Pork, Smoakhouse Sausage, and Brisket. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

The new Loyal Q and Brew in East Cobb is all about smoked meat and beer on draft.

Given that the owner is Bob Campbell, who spent years opening and operating multiple Taco Mac locations around Atlanta, that’s not exactly surprising.

In addition to barbecue, the menu from chef Dan Diersen features shared plates, sides and vegetables, such as salt-roasted beets, cauliflower salad and a hefty portobello sandwich.

Diersen grew up in ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Jude Belgian Style Tripel

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Named for the 16th-century religious upheaval that brought about Protestantism, Woodstock’s Reformation Brewery celebrates it’s fourth anniversary today with the limited edition bottle release of barrel-aged 500, a strong, dark Belgian-style quad.

The party kicks off at 5 p.m. featuring live music, a menu from the Oyster Co., and the full lineup of Reformation beers on tap, including Jude, its highly rated Belgian-style triple.

And in honor of all that, Jude is this week’s Beer Pick.

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Jude Belgian Style Tripel
Reformation Brewery, Woodstock
Available year-round on draft and in cans.

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Brewed as part of Reformation’s year-round portfolio ...

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First Look: Muchacho brings coffee and ‘California cuisine’ to Reynoldstown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Muchacho Tacos (from left to right) Breakfast, Short Rib Barbacoa, Al Pastor, and Mole Grilled Pineapple. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

When Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall owner Michael Lennox opened Muchacho on Oct. 16, it was already a hot topic on the Atlanta dining scene.

Serving up coffee and “California cuisine,” and sporting a sunny Los Angeles look that stirred up a bit of controversy among some Reynoldstown neighbors, the tidy counter service space on Memorial Drive occupies the front of a former railroad depot that was most recently home to H. Harper Station.

But Lennox’s master plan for ...

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