Tag Archives: craft beer

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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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.

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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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David Lynch Finally Releases Twin Peaks Beers

Source: Grub Street NY

David Lynch: iconic director, onetime milkshake connoisseur, and, now, craft-brew collaborator. Beer-geek darling Mikkeller announced that it joined forces with Lynch to brew not one but three different Twin Peaks–inspired beers: Log Lady Lager, Red Room Ale, and the excellently named Damn Good Coffee Stout. The beers will …

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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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Taste One of the World’s Rarest Beers in DC This Weekend

Source: Washingtonian Food

Not all beers are created equal, and an event at The Sovereign in Georgetown this Saturday is a testament to just that. Zwanze Day is like the Super Bowl for craft beer aficionados—an annual opportunity to gather with other fanatics and taste one of the rarest beers in the world. The Sovereign is a repeat host for Zwanze […]

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Beer Town: ‘Atlas of Beer’ gets globe-trotting start in Kennesaw

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

What does geography have to do with beer?

Everything, according to Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson, authors of “National Geographic Atlas of Beer” (National Geographic, $40), out this week in a deluxe hardcover edition that’s sure to be a beer nerd best-seller for the holiday season.

The book is subtitled “A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer.” And Hoalst-Pullen and Patterson are aided by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, who wrote the forward and offers notes and tasting tips throughout the chapters.

Both Ph.D. geography professors at Kennesaw State University, Hoalst-Pullen and Patterson are self-proclaimed “beer doctors” and ...

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First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bar Mercado crispy chicken legs with romesco and blanched almonds, and Churros with spiced sugar and hot chocolate. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Last week, Castellucci Hospitality Group — Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Iberian Pig, Sugo — officially opened Bar Mercado.

The Spanish tapas restaurant took over the Krog Street Market space formerly occupied by the Cockentrice.

The makeover by Atlanta’s Square Feet Studio features bold colors and geometric patterns in keeping with the theme of a lively Spanish market. Seating stretches through the bright sunken dining room adjacent to the open kitchen to a cozy-cool bar area with a ...

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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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First Look: Blaze Pizza opens first metro location in Decatur

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Blaze Pizza Veg Out signature pizza with zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and red sauce dallops. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

The first Blaze Pizza opened in 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and has since spread across the U.S., billed as the “fastest growing fast casual restaurant brand,” with over 200 locations in five years.

The first metro Atlanta location opened last week on North Decatur Road, with a free pizza giveaway that made for long lines outside the free-standing building that was previously home to longtime Decatur diner Evans Fine Foods.

The changes to the space include a contemporary ...

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First Look: Blaze Pizza opens first metro location in Decatur

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Blaze Pizza Veg Out signature pizza with zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and red sauce dallops. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

The first Blaze Pizza opened in 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and has since spread across the U.S., billed as the “fastest growing fast casual restaurant brand,” with over 200 locations in five years.

The first metro Atlanta location opened last week on North Decatur Road, with a free pizza giveaway that made for long lines outside the free-standing building that was previously home to longtime Decatur diner Evans Fine Foods.

The changes to the space include a contemporary ...

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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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Beer Town: A month of milestones for Georgia beer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

September marks some major milestones for Georgia beer drinkers.

Senate Bill 85, which for the first time allows breweries to sell beer directly to consumers, took effect on Sept. 1.

In response, you’ll find new and improved taprooms with extended hours and a host of special offerings at most breweries around the state. But stay tuned, because it’s likely to take several months to fully figure out what all the changes will mean for the bigger beer scene.

In Atlanta, two very different breweries, Red Brick and Scofflaw, will celebrate important anniversaries this month. And in many ways, they ...

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Beer Town: A month of milestones for Georgia beer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

September marks some major milestones for Georgia beer drinkers.

Senate Bill 85, which for the first time allows breweries to sell beer directly to consumers, took effect on Sept. 1.

In response, you’ll find new and improved taprooms with extended hours and a host of special offerings at most breweries around the state. But stay tuned, because it’s likely to take several months to fully figure out what all the changes will mean for the bigger beer scene.

In Atlanta, two very different breweries, Red Brick and Scofflaw, will celebrate important anniversaries this month. And in many ways, they ...

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Stock Up: Three Things That Are Worth a Drive to Woodstock

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Have you been to downtown Woodstock recently? There are charming restaurants, a great seasonal farmers market and several stops to tempt Atlanta foodies.

Pie Provisions Do-It-Yourself Crust Mix

Lauren and Cody Bolden and their team of bakers at Pie Bar on Woodstock’s Main Street sell fresh baked pies six days a week (Tuesday through Sunday). There are always at least six varieties of sweet and savory pies offered in six- and ten-inch sizes, available frozen or baked. We stopped in to meet Lauren and got a tour of the bakery where every pie is made by hand from crust to ...

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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

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

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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.

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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

Beer Town: Monday Night Brewing is making some bold new moves

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

The new Monday Night core line-up will be packaged in cans with a new design.

If all goes according to plan, in late September, Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing will open a second location along a recently completed section of the Atlanta BeltLine in the West End.

Dubbed The Garage, the ambitious 22,000-square-foot warehouse space at Lee and White streets is being transformed into new facility for sour and barrel-aged beers.

The buildout will feature a tasting room and private event space, the capacity for open fermentation with a coolship and multiple foeders, and a landscaped urban orchard that will ...

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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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An Insider’s Guide to the Best DC Beer Week Events

Source: Washingtonian Food

This Sunday, August 20th marks the start of the ninth annual DC Beer Week: eight days of tastings, educational seminars, beer-centric meals, tap takeovers, and more. With over 60 events, what shouldn’t you miss? We asked beer expert Sara Bondioli, president of the DC Homebrewers Club and eight-year veteran of DC Beer Week (she also works part-time at 3 Stars Brewing […]

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Wild Heaven Beer launches a coconut IPA to honor Atlanta brewer Dan Rosen

Source: Atlanta Magazine

“To Dan!” double coconut IPAPhotograph courtesy of Wild Heaven Beer On June 6, Atlanta’s craft beer community mourned the loss of one of their own when Dan Rosen, the cofounder of Mazurt Brewing Company, died in an apparent hit-and-run incident on Briarcliff Road. While Mazurt is a brewery-in-planning—it doesn’t yet have a brick-and-mortar location but distributes its products through the festival circuit—it’s already earned a name for itself. At the Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Day festival, Rosen and his business partner, Hamp Covington, won awards for two years straight for their vanilla Russian imperial stouts aged in hollowed coconuts. The beer was ...

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First Look: Same old brand new Big Tex open again in Decatur

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chicken Flautas with shredded chicken, cotija cheese, onion and poblano in a corn tortilla, topped with lettuce, pico and cilantro with sour cream and queso. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Big Tex in Decatur has an interesting history.

Back when the Texas-inspired comfort food restaurant and bar opened in the summer of 2011, it was another outlet for the vision of brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox of the widely popular Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.

But things didn’t go quite as planned, and in late 2014, Big Tex closed, though the kitchen continued to operate for a time as a commissary for the ...

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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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Pucker Up for Devil’s Den’s 8th Annual Sour Beer Fest

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

South Philly craft beer mecca Devil’s Den is celebrating tart, funky sour beers next week: in honor of this year’s Sour Beer Fest, they’re pouring more than 60 varieties from August 12th to August 20th.

On August 12th and 13th, all 17 taps at Devil’s Den will pour funky, fresh sours from local and domestic craft brewers exclusively. Think Impromptu Dance Party Vol. 1 from Perkasie’s Free Will Brewing Company, West Chester-based Levante Brewing’s Blueberry Brett Saison, Switchblade Bikini from Chicago’s Half Acre Brewing, and Dexter, Michigan-based Jolly Pumpkin’s Bamarillo.

From the 14th to the 20th, eight taps ...

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Beer Town: The Festival brings a world of rare beers to Atlanta

At a time when beer festivals have become ubiquitous, and sometimes even redundant, The Festival, presented by Shelton Brothers Importers Aug. 18-19 at Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree, promises to be among the most exciting beer events to land in Atlanta.

The Massachusetts-based Shelton Brothers, who are in fact three beer-loving siblings, debuted the laconically named “The Festival” in Worcester, Mass., in 2012.

By their reckoning, it was the first time so many international craft brewers had gathered together at one event in the U.S. to pour and talk about their beers.

Since then, The Festival has traveled to Portland, Maine, San Pedro, Calif., St. Petersburg, Fla., and Louisville, Ky., boasting a growing number of attendees and breweries each year.

The 2017 Atlanta edition will feature some 100 breweries from around the world, including Belgium, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and Brazil, as well as international artisan cider and mead makers.

That number also includes many American artisan breweries, such as Sante Adairius, Arizona Wilderness, Side Project, Fonta Flora and Jester King, offering beers rarely sold outside the communities where they’re brewed.

While most of the breweries have a relationship with Shelton Brothers as an importer, some of the scarcest and most sought-after offerings, such as Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen and Westvleteren Belgian ales, will be available in Georgia for the first time, and maybe the only time.

Jason Wiles, the owner of Liberator Distributing, which distributes Shelton Brothers beers in Atlanta, has attended the past three festivals, and counts it as one of the very best in the U.S.

“One of the goals of the festival is to highlight what the Shelton Brothers are doing with imports and the brands they’re representing in the market,” Wiles says. “But a lot of the beers are not going to be back in the States much, if at all.

“The first Shelton Brothers festival I went to absolutely blew me away. It’s an amazing number of beers in one room that you won’t see anywhere else. You can walk up to a table, and the brewer, Jean-Pierre Van Roy, is pouring your Cantillon, and you can say thank you and ask a question about it. That’s really what makes it special.”

Though not officially a part of The Festival, Liberator is helping out with a host of tasting events at beer bars and restaurants around Atlanta that will coincide with the main event.

“The Festival is the best of the best,” says Molly Gunn of the Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points. “Not only is it these amazing international beers, but it’s also amazing beers from around the U.S., and we’re going to be a little part of that, too.”

Beer Town: The Festival brings a world of rare beers to Atlanta

The Atlanta edition of The Festival will feature some 100 breweries from around the world and some of the most sought-after beers. CONTRIBUTED BY SHELTON BROTHERS IMPORTERS

EVENT PREVIEW

The Festival

5-9 p.m. Aug. 18; 3-7 p.m. Aug. 19. Single session, $75; weekend pass, $135, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the local nonprofit Friends of Refugees. Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree, 200 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. tickets.beerfests.com/event/TheFestivalSheltonBrothers.

Among the tasting events leading up to The Festival:

10 p.m. Aug. 16 at Staplehouse — ATHxATLxAUSxAVL with barbecue from B’s Cracklin’ and beer from Jester King, Burial, and Creature Comforts.
541 Edgewood Ave. SE., Atlanta. 404-524-5005, staplehouse.com.

11 a.m. Aug. 17 at Brick Store Pub — Brick Store Welcomes the World with Shelton Brothers beers and brewers.
125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990, brickstorepub.com.

All day Aug. 17 at the Porter Beer Bar — Farmhouse Takeover, with 50 saison and farmhouse ales on tap.
1156 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-223-0393, theporterbeerbar.com.

3 p.m. Aug. 17 at Kimball House — Oyster Party, with saisons from Burial, Oxbow, Sante Adairius, Fonta Flora and Creature Comforts.
303 E. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-378-3502, kimball-house.com.

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