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Atlanta's own Second Self hits state #2 this Thursday!
Ahhhh! I love success stories for craft breweries, and it really hits close to home when I am one of the first to try their beer before they even hit mass production. That's the case with Atlanta-based Second Self Beer Company, who in their second year have not only dramatically expanded their West ATL production facilities, but is now crossing the Georgia border and heading to Alabama on December 1st.
It seemed like only yesterday when I sipped the Thai Wheat Second Self co-founder and brewmaster Jason Santamaria had on tap in the pantry of his loft almost four years ago for me to try. He was excited and said his dream would be for Atlanta to be sipping it soon. Well it has been realized and now Second Self has a variety of brews in cans, on tap everywhere, and by invading the South by demand one state at a time. Congrats Alabama, you have another Georgia brewery! The year-round joints include the Thai Wheat, Citrus IPA, and Red Hop Rye; Maverick & Gose and Molé Porter will be the seasonals.
Read the official release below along with beer descriptions and their food pairings.
Starting December 1st, craft beers from Atlanta’s Second Self Beer Company will be available outside Georgia for the first time in Alabama
Brewery’s Highly Acclaimed Year-Round & Seasonal Beers Offered on Draft and in Cans
Starting on December 1st and for the first time since launching in Atlanta in fall 2014, beers from Second Self Beer Company will be available outside Georgia, in Alabama. Year-round favorites and rotating seasonals will be sold on draft and in cans at bars, restaurants, and shops throughout Birmingham, Montgomery, Auburn and surrounding counties.
Represented in Alabama by Pinnacle Imports—a craft beer and fine wine distributor that has served the state for over two decades—Second Self will debut an initial lineup in Alabama that includes year-round favorites Thai Wheat, Citrus IPA, and Red Hop Rye, joined by seasonal releases, Maverick & Gose, and Molé Porter. Each of Second Self’s brews is crafted with fresh ingredients, and additional beers will roll out in future months.
Look for the following beers in Alabama:
· Thai Wheat (5.1% ABV, 18 IBU)—a year-round American Wheat. This spicy beer is as exotic as the country that inspired it, with fresh lemongrass & ginger for a refreshing aroma & taste.
Suggested pairings: fish, chicken, pork loin, grilled vegetables, sushi & Asian cuisine
· Citrus IPA (6.2% ABV, 50 IBU)—a year-round IPA that packs a citrus punch yet isn’t overly bitter. It’s made with citrusy hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Citra & just a touch of lemon, orange & grapefruit peel to enhance the citrus aroma without any bitterness. The beer is then dry-hopped with more Amarillo & Citra hops for the added hoppy, citrus punch. The aroma is sweet, yet the taste is dry with a robust IPA finish.
Suggested parings: pan-roasted trout, mussels, artichokes, potato soup & gruyere cheese
· Red Hop Rye (7.3% ABV, 69 IBU)—a Red IPA with an abundance of hoppy citrus aromas from dry-hopping. Spicy rye mixed with hops & balanced by a malty backbone from American caramel & honey malts.
Suggested pairings: BBQ, steak, burgers, brats, cheddar cheese & spicy foods
· Molé Porter (6.5% ABV, 27 IBU)—a chocolate porter with extra spices reminiscent of Second Self Co-founder Jason Santamaria’s family recipe for Oaxacan sauce. This robust porter is packed with flavor to warm you up this winter.
Suggested pairings: pork or beef tacos, stews & chilis, gruyere cheese & chocolate desserts
· Maverick & Gose (4.4% ABV, 8 IBU)—a fresh take on a traditional Gose with the addition of coriander. Dry-hopped with fruity Wakatu hops to balance out a slightly tart & salty nature.
Suggested pairings: grilled grouper, oysters, guacamole, pineapple & beach volleyball
Second Self Beer Company is a nationally recognized craft brewery that has been featured in Food & Wine, DRAFT Magazine, Beer Advocate, Fortune, Paste Magazine and many more.