Tag Archives: Beer and breweries

Beer Pick: Second Self Triforce IPA

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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: 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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An Atlanta drinker’s guide to the holidays: Where and what to drink

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

It’s cold out there, but there are plenty of ways to warm up with a drink this season.

The hot milk punch Bad Santa at the Miracle pop-up mixes with overproof rum with Batavia Arrack. Photo: Rachel Harrison

Where to get into the holiday spirit

Meet legendary bartender Jim Meehan and try drinks from his new book

Celebrate the season at two Christmas-themed Miracle bars

Curl up by the fire with a drink at Yebo Ski Haus

 

An Atlanta drinker’s guide to the holidays: Where and what to drink

Cocktails to make

Raise a cup of cheer with these 3 holiday cocktail recipes

Make these 8 low-calorie holiday cocktails that serve ...

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Beer Town: A winter and holiday beer sampler

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

By Bob Townsend

December and January mark a joyous time for beer lovers, with an abundance of winter seasonals and special holiday offerings available at package stores, growler shops and beer bars.

Here’s a sampling of classic craft, international and local beers to brighten your celebrations.

Classic craft

Anchor Christmas Ale — Brewed every year since 1975, this is the granddaddy of American craft Christmas beers. The secret recipe changes every year, along with the artful label. But it’s always offered as a celebration of the season, exhibiting earthy flavors and subtle spiced aromas that linger in a creamy body ...

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You’ll be able to check out Sandy Springs’ newest brewery this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pontoon Brewing partners Chris Irby, Marcus Powers, Sean O’Keefe, Wesley Budd.
Credit: Pontoon Brewing Co.

Pontoon Brewing, which has been producing beer for awhile, now has a facility to call its own, and starting this week it’ll be open to the public.

Located at 8601 Dunwoody Place in Sandy Springs, the 11,000-square-foot space provides a place for Pontoon to brew its beers, as well as host tastings, brewery tours, growler and crowler sales and live music. Pontoon had been brewing beers such as its No Pants Pilsner under contract at Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, SC, and Coastal ...

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New brewpub restaurants coming to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Metro Atlanta beer lovers will soon have a couple of new spots to quench their thirst (and curb their hunger).

Allen Porter — a real estate entrepreneur whose father, Winston, is an owner of STATS Brewpub in downtown Atlanta — is set to open Porter Pizza & Brewery in Sandy Springs next month and PorterQ & Brewery in March, What Now Atlanta reports.

Porter Pizza — which will take the place of D’Vine Winebar & Shop at 6370 Powers Ferry Road NW — will serve up New York-style pizza and bar food staples, while Porter Q, to be located at ...

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First Look: Good Word Brewing & Public House debuts in Duluth

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Good Word Brewing Americano Hamburgesa with two beef patties, mustard, American cheese, sauteed onions, LTP, burger sauce, with fries. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

By Bob Townsend

Since opening in 1997, beloved Decatur Square beer mecca Brick Store Pub has spawned two successful sister destinations in the immediate neighborhood, Leon’s Full Service and Kimball House.

But the new venture from partners Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher and Tom Moore, Good Word Brewing and Public House in Duluth, is much further removed, both in mileage and concept.

Blanchard, Gallagher and Moore joined two former Brick Store employees, longtime general manager Todd DiMatteo ...

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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.

Beer Pick

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

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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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Brewpub from Brick Store Pub team now open in Duluth’s Parsons Alley

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A long-awaited brewpub from the team behind Decatur’s popular Brick Store Pub opened its doors in Duluth this week.

Good Word Brewing and Public House opened in the Parsons Alley development at 3085 Main St.

Partner Todd DiMatteo and the rest of the Brick Store team announced their intention to open Good Word more than a year ago. The brewpub will focus on “approachable beers and mixed fermentations such as sours and IPAs,” Di Matteo told the Atlanta Business Chronicle last year.

The spot’s current beers include selections such as the Donna Maria, a dry saison named after Di Matteo ...

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Beer Town: Holiday gifts for beer lovers

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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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Georgia’s first-ever ‘own premise’ brewery planned for Summerhill

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A rendering of the Summerhill development.

The Summerhill neighborhood is getting a new brewery.

Halfway Crooks Brewing and Blending is set to open next summer in the Georgia Avenue development, the Good Beer Hunting blog reports. The mixed-use development is currently under construction near Georgia State Stadium, formerly Turner Field.

Halfway Crooks will likely be the first “own premise” brewery in the state, meaning that a majority of the company’s revenue will come from sales at the brewery itself. Prior to recent changes in Georgia’s beer laws, breweries were required to sell their product only through highly-regulated distributors.

Founded ...

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Atlanta brewery set to expand for the third time

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Scofflaw Brewing Company is set to expand. Photo courtesy of Scofflaw Brewing Co.

Third time might just be the charm for a fast-growing Atlanta brewery.

Plans are in place for a third expansion at Scofflaw Brewing Company, known for its IPAs and barrel-aged stouts. A 50-barrel, four-vessel brewhouse is scheduled to be installed by March 1 at the current brewing facility at 1738 MacArthur Blvd. NW in West Midtown.

The expansion in the first 18 months of operation will double the brewery’s current capacity to 30,000 barrels per year. A second expansion earlier this year increased the brewery’s capacity ...

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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.

But ...

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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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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.

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

Profile

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

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Terrapin So Fresh & So Green, Green IPA

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

On Saturday, Terrapin Beer Co. will once again host its annual Hop Harvest Festival at the brewery in Athens.

As always, the festivities will feature the release of this year’s limited edition So Fresh & So Green, Green IPA, made with fresh-picked, whole leaf “wet hops” from the recent harvest.

In addition, there will be live music, food vendors, and a big selection of Terrapin beers, including new offerings from ATL Brew Lab, Terrapin’s small batch brewery at SunTrust Park.

The festival is a benefit for long-time partner, Dogwood Alliance, a non-profit focused on defending Southern Forests. 265 Newton Bridge ...

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Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A flight of beer at Cherry Street Taproom.

The Cumming brewery that won the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship is opening a second space in Forsyth County.

Cherry Street Brewing will open a nearly 8,000-square-foot brewpub and beer garden in mixed-use development Halcyon.

The spot will serve a menu of seasonal, upscale pub food. The beer selection will include 16 existing Cherry Street beers, as well as a brew specifically made for the Halcyon location.  The open-air beer garden will feature communal tables, bar space and a stage for special events.

Founded by siblings Nick and Alisa Tanner — whose ...

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Beer Town: Taste Jing-A Chinese craft beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Honey Walnut Shrimp and Wok Fried Long Beans paired with Jing-A Brewing beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst. Photo credit: Fred Crudder.

One of the side benefits of The Festival — the expansive international beer tasting presented in Atlanta in August by Shelton Brothers Importers — is the number of rarities that made it to the city for the first time, and even stuck around for a while after the event.

Certainly, the Chinese beers from Jing-A Brewing Co. are a prime example of that.

Somewhat shrouded in mystery, the brewery was founded by two expat friends living in Beijing. ...

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