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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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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 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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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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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 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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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.


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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Drink up this award-winning Georgia beer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Credit: SweetWater Brewing Co.

Atlanta breweries did very well at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, held Oct. 5-7 in Denver — with Monday Night bringing home two medals, and Max Lager’s, Torched Hop and SweetWater grabbing one medal apiece.

In honor of those accomplishments, the most readily available of the bunch, SweetWater TripleTail IPA, which recently went from a seasonal to a year-round offering, is this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick

TripleTail Tropical IPA
SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta
Available year-round in 12-ounce bottles, cans, and on draft.


Of course, fruit-juicy-forward beers are the thing right now. And at ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Red Brick Vanilla Gorilla Imperial Porter

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia’s oldest craft brewery, Red Brick Brewing Co. will mark its 24th anniversary on Saturday with a big party at its Westside brewery and newly remodeled tasting room.

Look for the 2017 release of Vanilla Gorilla Imperial Porter on draft, and for the first time it will be available in 16-ounce cans. Plus, there will be several variations of the popular fall seasonal on offer, along with more one-off special releases, and the full lineup of Red Brick beers, including the new Penguin Pale Ale.

Tickets are $25, $50 and $75 in advance, and include goodies at each price point.


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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Monday Night Han Brolo Pale Ale

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Monday Night Brewing is celebrating two major milestones this weekend.

This year’s annual “Tie One On” party will not only mark its sixth anniversary, but the grand opening of The Garage — its second location along a recently completed section of the Atlanta BeltLine in the West End.

The festivities run from noon-10 p.m. on Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday, with big lineup of special, one-off and new beers, live bluegrass each day, and Nappy Roots performing on Saturday evening.

More details and tickets are available at Freshtix.

Iin honor of Monday Night’s anniversary and the opening of ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat. Credit: Heidi Geldhauser.

Scofflaw Brewing celebrates its one year anniversary at noon on Saturday. And what a year it’s been.

The brewery that literally started in a basement, and birthed one of Atlanta’s biggest buzz beers, Basement IPA, grew by leaps and bounds in just 12 months.

Along the way, there were triumphs, trials and weird moments that appeared unprecedented for a brewery that seemed to suddenly surface out of nowhere.

I latched on to the story early, and probably wrote more about Scofflaw than many readers or rival breweries might consider cool. But I’m a ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Terrapin Hammer 58 Pale Ale

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Baseball season is heading toward playoff time, college and pro football are kicking off, and Atlanta is crazy for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, United FC and Major League Soccer.

For me, anyway, it’s the best time of year to be a sports fan. And it’s the best time to enjoy a well-made pale ale — a venerable British style that American craft brewers made their own with all-American ingredients, most notably the likes of Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hops.

Call it ingenuity or serendipity, but bright, citrusy American pale ales make a perfect match for all the foods we love ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep

Credit: Three Taverns Brewing

Sept. 1 is a big day for beer in Georgia. For the first time, breweries across the state can now sell beer directly to consumers.

That means most brewery tasting rooms are offering extended hours, you can buy a pint of beer or enjoy many other options, including taking home up to one case of 12-ounce bottles or cans.

And, to celebrate, there will many new packaged beers for sale, and many brewery-only releases today.

For example, Three Taverns in Decatur is releasing German Chocolate Helm’s Deep as a brewery-only treat. Priced at $25 per 750 mL bottle with a two bottle limit, it’s a collector’s treat.

And in honor of this new day for Georgia brewing, Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep imperial stout is today’s Beer Pick

Beer Pick

German Chocolate Helm’s Deep Imperial Stout
Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur
Available in 750 mL bottles at the brewery only.


The original version of Helm’s Deep was brewed in 2016, and aged in different types of barrels, including sherry and bourbon. The result was a high gravity black beer that displayed heady notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet chocolate.

The new German Chocolate version was aged in Sherry puncheon barrels for over a year. Then toasted coconut and espresso were added. With the sherry producing chocolate notes and the coconut adding distinctive toasted, sweet and creamy notes, it’s said to taste like German chocolate cake in liquid form.

Pair with

This is the kind big, robust beer that calls for sipping on a cool night, or cellaring to see how it develops new and different flavors. But it certainly would make an easy pairing with dark chocolate or, of course, German chocolate cake.

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep

Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Credit: Merchant du Vin

Ayinger Brewery, founded in 1878 in the Bavarian village of Aying, 30 minutes from Munich, makes my favorite German beers.

Among its style-defining offerings, Celebrator Doppelbock, Maibock, and its refreshing Bavarian Pils, which I made a Beer Pick in late April, as spring was turning into an early summer.

After a hot and rainy four months, I’m hoping summer will soon be turning into a mild and sunny fall. And with the official start of Oktoberfest a mere three weeks away, I’m thinking about the pleasures of flavorful German Oktoberfest/Märzen-style beers.

I’m not sure how many Oktoberfest ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Cantillon Classic Gueuze

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Located in the center of Brussels, Brasserie Cantillon proclaims itself “Brewers of Belgium’s Most Authentic Lambic.”

Classic Belgian lambic, known as the world’s oldest beer style, is brewed with unmalted wheat, malted barley and aged hops, and undergoes “spontaneous fermentation” with wild yeast and bacteria.

Gueuze is a blend of old and young lambic that goes together to create a tart, refreshing, singularly complex beer that connoisseurs covet.

This weekend, the Cantillion booth at The Festival in Atlanta has had the longest lines, as lambic devotees queue up for a rare taste of the likes of Citoyen du Monde or ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Wild Heaven To Dan! Coconut Double IPA

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

To Dan! Credit: Wild Heaven Beer.

It’s was a shock to the Georgia beer community when one of its most high-profile members, Dan Rosen, was struck down in early June in a fatal hit-and-run.

With his home-brewing partner, Hamp Covington, Dan was the co-founder of MAZURT, a brewery-in-planning best known for its award-winning iterations of MAZURT Russian Imperial Stout.

Rosen also was a serious beer aficionado and collector, well-traveled and well-acquainted with beers and brewers from around the world.

Though we weren’t close friends, we often saw each other at beer events, where Dan’s background and interest in the media ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: SweetWater Belgian Rose

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

SweetWater Belgian Rose. Sweetwater Brewing Co.

I’m guessing everyone had plenty of hops during IPA day celebrations on Thursday. And so maybe it’s time for something completely different this weekend?

If that’s your thought, you might want to seek out Belgian Rose, the latest sour beer from The Woodlands Project, the new barrel-aging facility at SweetWater Brewing Co.

The bottle release for Belgian Rose is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at The Woodlands. $20 admission at the door includes the tour, plus pours of special barrel aged beers available only at the brewery, a souvenir snifter, and the option to buy ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Torched Hop Brewing’s Hops-De-Leon

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Hops-De-Leon. Credit: Torched Hop Brewing Co.

Founded in 2011, and celebrated on the first Thursday in August, this year, August 3 is IPA Day.

It’s an opportunity for breweries, bars and restaurants, and beer lovers to pay homage to what has become the most popular style of American craft beer. And, indeed, it’s the style that continues to distinguish American brewing and American hops.

In April 2016, Torched Hop Brewing Co. took over the Old Spaghetti Factory space on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown with an expansive new brewery-restaurant that immediately made a splash with 20 rotating beers on ...

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Beer Town: Try a crisp, craft Mexican lager this summer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Oskar Blues Brewery Beerito Mexican Lager.

Mexican lagers run the gamut from ultra-light quenchers like Corona, and darker, more malty iterations like Negra Modelo.

Either way, these refreshing, lower alcohol, always food-friendly beers persist as both popular favorites at Mexican restaurants and de rigueur beverage accessories for beach vacations.

And truth be told, many craft beer lovers, who wouldn’t be caught drinking a light American lager, still sometimes gravitate toward the likes of a Bohemia Pilsner or a Dos Equis Ambar.

It’s not so surprising, then, that a growing number of craft brewers have decided to take a stab at ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Max Lager’s Pichard’s Excommunication

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Max Lager’s barrel-aged Pichard’s Excommunication. Credit: Max Lager’s.

On Saturday afternoon, Max Lager’s in downtown Atlanta, the oldest brewpub in Georgia, hosts its second annual Old 320 Beer Fest.

Billed as “celebrating the independent and innovative culture of craft brewing,” the event features more than 30 craft breweries from Georgia and around the country. Bites from Max Lager’s, live music, and raffle tickets to win a journey to Germany with Brewtopia Beer Trips, round out the festivities.

Among the beers on tap, I’m looking forward to Max Lager’s barrel-aged Pichard’s Excommunication, a Flanders-style red ale which recently won a ...

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Food and dining news of the week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sunday is National Ice Cream Day find out how to celebrate below./Photo by Chris Hunt.

4 Rivers Smokehouse is opening tomorrow. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on July 25 at 9 a.m. to celebrate the new location for the barbecue chain. AJC announced last fall that 4 Rivers would be opening its first Georgia location bringing some of the southeast’s best barbecue to Atlanta.

4 Rivers Smokehouse, 822 Marietta St NW, Atlanta. 844-474-8377. 4rsmokehouse.com.

Osteria Mattone is open on Mondays beginning July 17. The Italian restaurant in Roswell will now be open from 5 – 9:30 p.m. for dinner service.


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