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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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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 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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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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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

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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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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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

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

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.

Maloof is one ...

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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.

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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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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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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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First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bulla Paella with Valencia style rice, seafood, red sofrito, and saffron. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Bulla Gastrobar opened its first Atlanta location in late September in the 12th & Midtown mixed-use development in Midtown, serving dinner nightly and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Touting a “fun communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary takes on traditional Spanish tapas,” the menu features signature small plates and larger entrees meant for sharing.

Bulla (pronounced “boo-ya”) is owned by Centurion Restaurant Group, which operates four Florida locations, in Coral Gables, Doral, Winter Park and Tampa.

Managing partner Tony Ramirez, a Miami native who ...

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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.

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

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