The Atlanta Hawks will celebrate local craft beer and basketball on March 21st, 2014 Last year’s inaugural event was quite successful, prompting a bigger party this year.
Here is how it works. Grab a ticket to the Atlanta Hawks vs. Pelicans. Use promo code (CraftBeer). Next, grab a $20 passport to the festival. The passport gets you 18, 20oz samples if Georgia’s best craft beer.
Couple of notes on this party:
- Fans of all ages are welcome, but they will be carding for 21+ for drinking purposes
- No beer can leave the area after the 4th Quarter starts
- Purchase tickets to the game today at HAWKS.COM/HAWKTOBERFEST (Use promo code CRAFTBEER)
- Purchase your passport at the game
Participating breweries and beer list:
- Sweetwater – IPA, LowRYEder, Road Trip
- Terrapin – Hopsecutioner, Recreation Ale, Mosaic
- Wild Heaven – Ode to Mercy, Invocation, Let There Be Light
- Monday Night Brewing – Fu Man Brew, Eye Patch Ale, Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale
- Three Taverns – Single Intent, A Night in Brussels IPA, White Hops
- O’Dempsey’s – Cold One Pale Ale, Inukshuk IPA, Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout
- Blue Tarp – Last Place Imperial Stout, Hopsided IPA
- Red Brick
Hop Circle India Session Ale, Hoplanta IPA, Laughing Skull Ale
- Red Hare – Long Day Lager, Gangway IPA, Watership Brown
- Jekyll – Hop Dang Diggity IPA, Cooter Brown, Big River Kolsch
- Jailhouse – Breakout Stout, Mugshot IPA, Misdemeanor
Post game, expect a show from local band favorite Yacht Rock Revue. Go Box will play during the festival. While you’re there, don’t miss pics with the Hawks cheerleaders, beer pastries from Happy Hour Confections, and join up with the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.
Starr Hill Brewing Company (Charlottesville, VA) promoted Grateful Pale Ale to year round status.
Grateful creates a fresh spin on the American Pale Ale tradition. A strong citrusy, resinous aroma from the hops leads into a light body with subtle malt flavor. Grateful is a sessionable brew at 4.7% abv.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Topaz & Cascade
Malts: Two Row, Wheat & Caramel
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
4.7% ABV, 16 IBUs
Pic via Starr Hill
There’s a new can in Mother Earth Brewing’s portfolio - Park Day Bohemian Style Pilsner.
The pilsner wine bronze last year the Great American Beer Festival. The brewery had been waiting for the beginning of warmer weather to unleash this new year round offering. Brew Master, Josh D. Brewer:
“Our traditional Bohemian style Pilsner is brewed with Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner malt and tettnang hops. Straw in color, this light-bodied, 4.8% session beer, offers a floral malty nose and a clean, crisp, malty hop taste. Enjoy Park Day for a day in the park or all year long.”
Look for distribution begins in early March, 2014.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Distribution: NC, GA, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia
Shmaltz Brewing Company separated and sold off the Coney Island brand in 2013. The brand was reformulated into a brewing company, by Alchemy and Science, a Boston Beer division. Distribution scaled back to the state of New York and the nearby area. In addition, the artwork has been overhauled, and new beers promised.
One of the first new offerings under the new Coney Island Brewing Co brand name will be Tunnel of Love Watermelon Wheat. The distribution will not be as wide as 21st Amendment’s Watermelon Wheat. That summer offering is still king.
Like a gentle summer breeze, the scent of watermelon cools your senses before a sweet first sip opens to a rich, full-bodied beer. A crisp, slightly fruity finish rounds out this lovely ride.
Look for this summer seasonal in 12oz bottles.
As far as the southeast goes, this explains a little bit as to why some states see the likes of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (15% ABV) and Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (18.5%).
Not sure of the origin of this graphic, but the data on state ABV (alcohol by volume) or ABW (alcohol by weight).
Some states, such as Georgia, have legally sold heavyweight beers like Brewdog’s Sink the Bismark (41%) or Tactical Nuclear Penguin (32%), but these were brought in as a “spirit” instead of malted beverage/beer. That move also limited sales of those beers to beer stores that also were licensed to sell liquor.
Atlanta lost a great chef last week, Ryan Hidinger. This story starts with Ryan, who worked at local restaurant Muss & Turners, and his wife, Jen. The two shared aspirations of opening a restaurant of their own. The duo would hold weekend supper clubs to raise money for that dream.
A few years ago, Ryan was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic cancer and given just six months to live. Most people probably wouldn’t have blamed him for giving up. That’s not even close to what Ryan and his wife, Jen, did. The first step was getting the most aggressive treatment available. The next was to continue working towards make their restaurant, The Staplehouse, a reality.
The outpouring of support for Ryan led them (in part) to create The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that offers financial assistance to restaurant and hospitality workers with similar hardships.
When SweetWater Brewery learned of the cause, there was no question of their desire to help. Working with Ryan, the SweetWater brewers designed a beer based on Hidinger’s favorite style- the imperial IPA. 100% of the profits from the sale of this beer goes to The Giving Kitchen. Not only is SweetWater donating, but also United Distributors, and the many Atlanta establishments selling Second Helping IPA.
Whether or not you had the honor of meeting Ryan Hidinger, it is impossible not to be inspired by this desire to achieve his dream, and help others along with way. The world needs more people like him.
SweetWater Second Helping IPA is available on draft & 22oz bombers for a limited time. Your purchase will help give someone a second chance. Grab a few bottles. Share it with friends. Sometimes it’s not just a beer – it’s hope.
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