Monday, November 20, 2017

Don’t miss Creature Comforts’ triple bottle release on 11/24!

This stellar brewery is releasing Booger Hill, DaySpring, and Golden Door limited 750-mL bottles on the 24th!

Cheers Y’all!
As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Creature Comforts out of Athens, GA, because they are not only one of the best breweries in the state or even the South, but in the nation. It doesn’t hurt that they have some really good people working for them. Well for those who are also CC believers, I am happy to announce that they have a major bottle release to the third power on Friday, November 24th directly at the brewery’s Tasting Room along with the launch of their Bottle Service. It’s going to be their Booger Hill barrel-aged biere de garde at 7.8%; the DaySpring grisette (5.3%); and Golden Door oak barrel-aged, mixed fermentation saison at 6.7% in limited 750-mL bottles. This whole trio should be dope. Go pop ‘em and find out!
The official release and descriptions are here and below straight from Creature.
Peace.
Ale

Bottle Release Day 2017
We hope you will join us in our Tasting Room for our Bottle Release Day on November 24th, 2017. We will be releasing several bottles to-go as well as for onsite consumption. We are looking forward to sharing these special projects with you. For more information about the beers, check below.

Booger Hill is a barrel-aged biere de garde (7.8%) made with local honey from Booger Hill Bee Company. Booger Hill will serve as the second release from our Locally Grown Series, a series we use to showcase local ingredients sourced from farms in and surrounding Athens, GA. This beer was made over the course of 2.5 years and incorporated the disgorging process – a technique commonly used when making sparkling wine.


DaySpring is a grisette (5.3%) made with local wheat from DaySpring Farms. We first released DaySpring (2015) just a year after opening the brewery, and it was the first release from our Locally Grown Series. The 2015 release was the first time we sourced wheat from our friends at DaySpring Farms and we’ve now sourced their grains for several of our beers.



Golden Door is an oak barrel-aged, mixed fermentation saison (6.7%). Golden door is an expression of our house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria – the backbone of our barrel program – and time. The flavor of this beer is driven by its time aging in wood.
 These three limited offerings will be available at the brewery starting on November 24. In addition, we will also launch our bottle service on the 24th for onsite consumption of limited and vintage bottle offerings.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Belgium is coming hard for the cold months!


New Belgium is making sure the holidays are extra cozy with numerous new releases!


Whaddup!
I was blown away when I hit up New Belgium’s new Asheville headquarters last month thanks to the awesome tour and love they showed me while there. I honestly can’t wait to go back! Well to show how busy they have been, here are some dope releases they have coming out to combat the winter months including the Imperial Frambozen (right), the debut of the Blend Like a Brewer variety pack featuring a Cellar Blender Limited Release Sour Ale, the Belgian Reserve Honey Orange Tripel, and the latest Voodoo Ranger Special Release as a Red IPA!

The write up below is straight from the source.  Get your sippin’ on!
Your homie,
Ale


New Belgium has several releases out this month including the return of holiday favorite, Imperial Frambozen.

The brewery is also debuting a Blend Like a Brewer variety pack that encourages beer connoisseurs to get creative and mix beers together for a new take on old favorites like 1554. Plus, the pack includes a Cellar Blender Limited Release Sour Ale–something you can’t find anywhere else.

New Belgium Brewing’s Imperial Frambozen Returns with a Cocoa Twist
Additional releases out this month include a special Blend Like a Brewer Variety Pack, Honey Orange Tripel and Voodoo Ranger Red IPA

New Belgium Brewing’s Imperial Frambozen makes its return, just in time for the holidays. Also debuting this month is a Blend Like a Brewer variety pack that encourages beer connoisseurs to mix New Belgium favorites together in creative ways; Belgian Reserve Honey Orange Tripel, a Golden Strong Ale; and the latest Voodoo Ranger Special Release, Red IPA.

Imperial Frambozen with Cocoa
Frambozen, Flemish for “raspberry,” is the brewery’s celebration of the ruby red fruit found in Belgium’s Framboise ales. The raspberry ale is fermented with real northwestern berries and incorporates a touch of vanilla. This year, the seasonal favorite features an irresistible update – the addition of single origin, 70 percent pure dark Ghana cocoa husks, locally roasted and ground by Nuance Chocolate in Fort Collins. The beer is 8.5% ABV and available in 22oz. bottles in limited quantities.

Blend Like a Brewer Variety Pack 
This variety pack is ideal for adventurous beer drinkers looking for creative new takes on New Belgium favorites. Fat Tire Belgian White,1554Citradelic Tangerine IPAAbbeyTrippel and Cellar Blender – a dark, wood-aged sour ale fermented with fruit – are included in this mix, along with a recipe recommendations for blending the beers together from New Belgium brewers. For example, ½ Abbey blended with ½ 1554 will yield a Monk’s Pajamas, as dubbed by Brewer, Geoff Wenzel. The variety pack is on shelves now and would make a perfect gift for craft lovers (hint, hint).


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Second Self throws down for BDay #3!

ATL's Second Self Brewing turns three!
This is how far we go back. I took this when they were still building the brewery. 

Guest writer Alan Fowler shares his experience with Second Self’s third birthday.

(Okay, I have been all over the place and October was simply bananas! It's to the point where I didn't even notice this cool write up never got posted. Well fittingly, it's #ThrowbackThursday so why not make sure this gets love and recognize Second Self hitting year three? Well boom! Here ya go.)

Whaddup Y'all?!
I can’t cover everything and this time around I was unable to make Second Self’s birthday celebration at their brewery in Atlanta on October 7th. I am so happy for them and I go back to when I tasted co-founder Jason Samtaria’s homebrew four years prior. Well I am all about opportunities, so aspiring writer and photographer Alan Fowler was more than happy to cover this event. Show him some love! (Insert applause here.)
Anyway, happy birthday Second Self. I wish you many more! Take it away Alan!

Atlanta celebrates Second Self Brewing turning three!
Photo by Alan Fowler

Thanks Ale!
Second Self turned three years old over the weekend, adjusted into beer years that means they turned…well, three years old.
To mark the occasion, Second Self put out a specialty menu that was diverse and plentiful featuring all of the beers from the standard lineup as well as a handful of small batch beers only available for a limited time. Jovial beer drinkers were allowed to meander throughout the brewery where specialty bars were set up in addition to the main taproom. Of these specialty bars, “Barrel Island” was a beer lover’s paradise featuring an array of limited barrel aged releases that are as rare as seeing a Sasquatch riding a unicorn. Of these rarities, “Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1” was one that really stood out in terms of flavor and potency; it’s a Russian Imperial Stout with a well-hidden 13.9% ABV that was aged in “BLiS” bourbon barrels. This beer had a dynamic mocha flavor from start to finish and notes of maple and bourbon provided by the barrel tenure. The name suggests that another run of this beer may be on the horizon, and we can only hope so.
In addition to the specialty gems, the main lineup never disappoints and provides some stability in life. It wasn’t a bad idea to pick up a pint of the “ATale” and the clement weather was still warm enough to warrant the refreshment of “Maverick & Gose.” However, history tells us that it will get cold at some point, which means it will be porter season. Second Self has carved out a very impressive selection of porters that serve as wonderful companions to the crispness of fall and the approaching chill of winter. Their “Mole Porter” is a great place to start and the more adventurous will certainly find satisfaction with the “Funky Mole” or “Liquid Mexican Breakfast.”
Second Self has never been afraid to step out into the unknown in search of flavor—a testament to the bold spirit of their founders and team. The last three years have been marked by this spirit and the future is sure to continue in the same manner. Second Self’s taproom is always buzzing with fun events and specialty taps so be sure and check their events page for an overview of upcoming fun and beer releases. It is a great place to catch Atlanta United, or a football game, or to do some yoga; dogs are also welcome to tag along if they are of age (I kid).
Congrats to Second Self on a solid three years, and let’s raise a glass to many more to come! 


Cheers!

Alan


Monday, October 23, 2017

Jekyll launches new Southern Juicy Juice IPA!

This Alpharetta, GA brewery is coming hard with the hops!
Whaddup!
The team over at Jekyll Brewing and I go way back; I have had the privilege of visiting, hanging out and covering them a few times. It is amazing how they have grown since I wrote and shot this Lifestyle Publications piece on them a couple years ago. Well since then, they have expanded and now are getting extra serious about brewing dope IPAs. Representative Jason Dominy was gracious to bring a four-pack of their delicious, all-new 4HUNDY IPA before I hit the Blue Ridge Mountains for my birthday and now I hear the Southern Juicy Juice might be even better! Below is the Juice's official press release and description J.D. sent me. I can't wait to try it when it launches tomorrow! 
Congrats to Jekyll on their success and a special shout out to Lou, Josh, Michael, his lovely wife and the rest of the staff over there! 

Cheers!
Ale

Jekyll Brewing Launches Southern Juicy Juice, A New IPA
Jekyll Brewing is launching a new hazy, citrus-forward IPA called ‘Southern Juicy Juice.’

Jekyll Brewing announced today a new IPA, Southern Juicy Juice. In the same family as their wildly popular Southern Juice, Southern Juicy Juice has an eruption of pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine. Its body is dense and fluffy, similar to other popular “NE-Style” IPAs. And at only 6% ABV, it’s very drinkable and refreshing. Southern Juicy Juice is another beer that was birthed by the freedom that was given to craft breweries on September 1st, 2017, when breweries could sell beers on site in their taprooms, giving them the opportunity to brew more styles and varieties of beers that are smaller batch beers.
Southern Juicy Juice will be packaged in 16-ounce cans and available in 1/6 bbl. kegs. It will be available year-round, but only sold fresh.
Michael Lundmark, CEO and founder of Jekyll Brewing, says, “I am more excited about this product launch than I have been about any other product we have brought to market. It has over five pounds of hops per barrel to really bring the juicy notes forward. With the new law changes in Georgia, we have been able to really put our R&D to work in our tap room. Having 26 taps flowing in our tap room definitely differentiates us as a brewery in Georgia; it also forces us to ‘up’ our game with creativity and max flavor beer offerings. Juicy Juice is hands down among the best beers I have ever had and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. Our brewmaster Josh Rachel has set a new bar for Jekyll Brewing. The future for Georgia beer is bright.”
About Jekyll Brewing
Jekyll Brewing first brought products to market in August of 2013, and has been focused on producing the highest quality craft beer every day while keeping focus on building community.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Check out my Georgia 'Brews to Fall For' article on Creative Loafing!

This was shot at Monday Night's gangster Garage by Joef Davis. Here is the article.
I'm baaaaaack!
I know it has been a while but I don't do a birthday, I do a birthMONTH, and October has been one helluva ride so far! 
Check it out here
So when I got back from Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains after chilling in one of my favorite cabins owned by Mountaintop and leaving the technology behind as much as possible, this article called 5 new Georgia brews to 'fall' for welcomed me. You see, before bouncing, I put in a lot of work and hustle so that I can come back to surprises like this. What an honor it is to contribute to an awesome publication like Creative Loafing! When the super cool editor Hilary Cadigan said to write in my true voice as usual regarding cool beers coming out of Georgia for the fall, I didn't hesitate. I had a long list but was limited to five picks. No worries, there will be more I will cover like Jekyll's 4Hundy IPA and SweetWater's new Dank Tank called Fresh Sticky Nugs, but for now, I featured this quintet that really has me excited about what the season of changing colors has in store in the South. I hope you are too!
And like I said, I do the whole month big so look for more things coming your way including a new episode of Interviews With Brews and my Dare To Pair Art + Food event with Eric Nine and Delirium on October 27th at The Argosy in ATL. It will be dope! The flyer is up on the right.
Thanks to all for the birthday wishes too! I appreciate the love.
Peace!
Ale