Monday Night Beyond The Clouds, a new Brettanomyces heavy IPA debuts on January 27th.
Everything you love about tropical hops and the funkiness of Brettanomyces comes together beautifully in Monday Night Beyond the Clouds. Especially if you are a fan of both.
This release has been fermenting for months at brewery’s new location “The Garage”, fermenting with six different strains of Brettanomyces. According to head brewer Peter Kiley, about half were Monday Night’s strains, and the other half are commercially bought.
The result is a hazy, funky, tropical IPA that leaves you wanting more than one glass. The balance of hops to Brett character can only be described as “perfect”.
Bottles of Monday Night Beyond the Clouds can be reserved now online (mobile only) for the brewery release on January 27th. Limited market distribution to follow.
Style: American Wild Ale (Brett IPA)
Hops: Citra, Huell Melon, Mosaic, Simcoe
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Monday Night Whirling Dervish is the newest seasonal release by the Atlanta, Georgia based brewery.
A dry Irish stout serves as the canvas for the Batdorf & Bronson coffee roasted especially for this release. Monday Night’s creative brewer Josh Johnson had cold winter nights in mind with designing this recipe. “We packed a lot of roasty and toasty flavor into this beer. It’s an everyday drinker on cold winter nights – or anytime you need a little coffee kick,” he says.
Ren Doughty with Batdorf & Bronson roasted the coffee beans darker in order to bring out notes of chocolate, molasses, toasted almond and orange zest. The resulting stout that will help you forget the almost single digit temperatures so many people are drinking through this winter.
This isn’t the first time the brewery has worked with Batdorf & Bronson. Bed Head (a coffee IPA), as well as award-winning milk stout Tears of My Enemies, make use of the talents of the local roaster.
Monday Night Whirling Dervish will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft starting January 20th.
Monday Night I’m On A Boat, a new golden ale will release in the near future.
We’d bet 9 out of 10 of you reading this right now has the Saturday Night Live sketch/song in your head, featuring Lonely Island and T-Pain. For the 1% that don’t know, we’ll drop the video at the bottom of the article.
It may not seem like it now, but it will indeed be warm outside again. Georgia will get warm, then really freaking hot, and soon you be sipping Monday Night I’m On A Boat, most likely on an actual boat.
This slightly hoppy yet very sessionable golden ale is just shy of 5% alcohol by volume, to be found in 12-ounce cans. Basically, it can and will go everywhere. If our understanding of the brewery’s timetable is correct, you’ll see this in early spring.
Style: Golden Ale
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
For years now we’ve tried various attempts at brewers recreating the famed “chocolate orange” dessert in fermented form. Quite a few came close. Monday Night Entente Cordiale gets it right.
First of all, throw out everything you know about a barleywine. You won’t need that info here. Sure, Monday Night Entente Cordiale is a barleywine, or at least was – at one point in time. What is it now? A symphony of nuanced flavors that hide the 13% alcohol by volume perfectly.
“Every bit of this beer is intentional,” says Peter Kiley, Monday Night’s Head Brewer. “We didn’t just have some empty barrels and decide to throw something into them.”
As a kid, Kiley loved the Chocolate Orange candy, especially around Christmas. They are pretty big in England, plus the base beer being an English-style barleywine, the idea was already taking shape. Monday Night’s first barleywine appeared back in 2014, at the hands of the brewery’s creative (experimental) brewer, Josh Johnson. “It came out great,” Kiley says, but like everything else we are doing, it about finding the time to scale up the recipe and do it right.
Kiley stuck with thoughts of Chocolate Orange dancing in his head, and Johnson with his English-style barleywine, Monday Night Entente Cordiale was born.
Every addition to Entente plays into the stylistic weakness. Barleywines are big and boozy and hard to approach for some. Cognac barrels plus some fresh orange zest add a citrusy flavor to the big caramel notes of the base beer. The almost creamy, dessert-like flavor is thanks to whole cocoa nibs and vanilla beans Entente Cordiale was laid to rest for months on.
Kiley and Johnson absolutely nailed it. For years we’ve drank various beers inspired by the Chocolate Orange candy. Many come close. Monday Night achieved it in the most unlikely way, with the most unlikely style. No imperial stout or even English-style porter here. A barleywine that is high on the alcohol by volume but you wouldn’t know it, that tastes like a creamy, subtle mix of the chocolate orange candy or dare we say it – Grand Marnier.
All in all, that what you can expect from Monday Night’s new Garage facility. Creative, deliberate beers. “The Garage will be innately polarizing,” says Kiley. “People will most likely love it or hate it.”
Monday Night Entente Cordiale has limited availability in market now, on draft and 750-milliliter bottles.
About the name: Entente Cordiale was a series of agreements signed on April 8, 1904 between the United Kingdom. Ireland and the French Third Republic which saw a significant improvement in Anglo-French relations.
The Atlanta, Georgia brewery took their year-round scotch ale, Drafty Kilt, and aged it in fresh Heaven Hill bourbon barrels to create this medal-winning release. Check out the Beer Street Journal video below, with brewery co-founder Jonathan Baker.
What do Scotland and the American South have in common? An appreciation for good booze. But that doesn’t mean they always get along. We put our award-winning Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale in Kentucky bourbon barrels and let them duke it out in the cellar. Who won? You did. Oh, also we did. Again. A GABF Gold Meal. No big deal.
Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt is no available in 12-ounce cans for a limited time
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Can Debut: Late November 2017
Monday Night Space Lettuce
‘Van Ginderachter studied Chemistry at the University of Ghent before interning with his uncle Peter Bouckaert, a legend at U.S. based New Belgium, and now Purpose Brewing and Cellars in Fort Collins, Colorado. At the close of his internship, Joran returned to Belgium, ultimately co-founding Brouwers Verzet in 2011. The creativity and passion in the American industry brought Joran to Three Taverns, where he has been overseeing the day to day operations, as well as creating the brewery’s wild ale program.
Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned. For reasons not immediately disclosed, Joran Van Ginderachter has departed Three Taverns. Just a few miles away, Monday Night Brewing has stepped in to help.
Peter Kiley, head brewer at Monday Night tells Beer Street Journal that this move is intended to keep extraordinary talent in Georgia. “We know business can be complicated sometimes. Joran is a good friend to us, and an integral part of the brewing community in Georgia,” Kiley said.
This move over to Monday Night is a temporary one. Joran and close friends Shawn Bainbridge and Tim Kilic
will open Halfway Crooks Brewing and Blending in Atlanta in 2018. Expect everything from pilsners to saisons and wild ales from the trio.
In the meantime, don’t be surprised if you see Van Ginderachter brewing at Monday Night or running around the brewery’s new “Garage” location.
“Thanks to a must needed change in Georgia beer laws, the state is poised for growth. We want to keep talent like Joran’s here with us, and we are extremely excited. Even if it’s just for a little while,” said Kiley.
In an interesting, and unrelated twist, brewer Adam Bishop has parted ways with Monday Night. Co-founder Jonathan Baker tells Beer Street Journal that his departure is unrelated to the arrival of Joran.
“It’s just really weird timing,” said Baker.