Atlanta, Georgia’s Monday Night Brewing will have some whiskey bragging rights in March. The brewery has teamed up with local American Spirit Works.
This story starts 5 years ago, with Monday Night co-founder Joel Iverson living next door to American Spirit co-founder Charlie Thompson. The businesses were born literally next door to each other. From a fermentation standpoint, brewing and distilling have a lot in common, so Monday NIght’s head brewer Adam Bishop and ASW’s distiller Justin Manglitz had a lot to talk about.
Monday Night Scottish-style Single Malt Whiskey starts with a mash full of cherrywood smoked malt, the same used in their flagship Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. The mash was transferred 5 miles down the road using the highly scientific “renting a Penske truck” method. ASW distilled the mash and transferred it to white oak quarter casks.
Fortunately, our patience has paid off. Like the mighty Scottish badger, this Scotch-style Whiskey has a pleasant bite and will burrow into your belly with a smooth, slightly sweet, and delightfully smoky finish. – Monday Night Brewing
Monday Night Scottish-style Single Malt Whiskey will be available in 750 milliliter bottles at Atlanta area liquor stores in March.
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Monday Night Friend Zone is coming the the brewery’s Clip-On Series.
When your brewery your is riddled with neckties and you have a one-off/experimental series, what do you call it? The Clip-On Series. Back in September of 2015, the first Clip-On beer appeared – Serrano Eye Patch Ale. The series has grown to include beers like Blood Orange Blind Pirate, Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt.
Soon you are about to be put in the “friend zone”. (Don’t act like you haven’t been there before.) At least this one has beer in it.
Monday Night Friend Zone is a “SMASH” pale ale, meaning Single Malt and Single Hop beer. In this case, the citrusy Mandarina Bavaria hop, and Pilsner malt.
Once she tells you that she “loves you like a brother,” you know you’ve been relegated to the Friend Zone. If that ever happens, and we hope it doesn’t, this is your beer.
A single light malt gives hints of honey to sweeten your day. Mandarina Bavaria hops lend an aroma of sweet orange peel to remind you that one day someone else will find you a-peel-ing.
Monday Night Friend Zone will a 12 ounce bottle and draft release. Perfect for drinking while you figure out the next target for your affections.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing is about to grow. We aren’t talking about distribution either. The brewery is adding a nearly $2 million dollar sour and wild ale facility on a massive urban redevelopment project known as the BeltLine. Honestly, it took the brewery’s fans a bit by surprise.
Monday Night co-founder Jonathan Baker tells Beer Street Journal that it was an idea that pretty much happened all at once. It’s no secret that sour and wild ales are on fire in the states (it’s about time). The downside for a brewer wanting to brew more of the style is the danger wild beer poses to your clean brewhouse. Plus, you need a lot of extra space for barrels to sit for months and years. Throw in the desire to spontaneously ferment, and you’ve solidified the need for a new facility.
We took a trip out to see where Monday Night is building the largest sour facility in the state. The location lies just four miles from downtown Atlanta right off of I-20, where the new sections of the Beltline are currently being constructed. Baker mentions the hunt for a sour facility yielded the warehouse space faster than they expected. When Monday Night found this place, it was hard to say no.
Below is a gallery of the space, pre-construction. Baker mentions dinosaur murals on the walls, big patio space, and a spot for a small orchard that will farm the wild yeast they need to do spontaneous fermentation in the brewery’s future coolship. The space is directly on the [future] Beltine, and will house a new brewhouse, indoor and outdoor tasting rooms, private event space, foudres, puncheons, and an expanded barrel aging.
Due to the time it takes to make quality sour/wild ales, expect a strong battery of kettle soured beers when the facility comes online. There will be a few “clean” beers on tap to cover all tastes.
Apart from being excited for the big expansion to the beer scene in Atlanta, Georgians have to take some action of their own in the meantime. The state’s laws surrounding breweries and beer sales are extremely restrictive. It’s time to fight for your ability to buy a pint at a brewery in Georgia. Reach out to the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild for more information on ways to change these restrictive laws.
The yet to be named facility (Baker is pushing for “The Crunkatorium”) should be pouring beers by summer, 2017.
Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing is building a second location inside the city limits. This new location will focus on sour/wild and barrel-aged beers.
The idea of this project is built on the success of the muti-medal winning, Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt. The barrel-aged scotch ale has won gold in the past at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, recent release Laissez-Faire, a wine barrel-aged wheat wine, has won silver at the World Beer Cup. Both are fantastic beers, but limited due to space limitations at their first location.
The second location will be built on Atlanta’s massive urban redevelopment project know as the BeltLine, and will be the primary location for Monday Night’s expanding sour and barrel-aged program. The space is on the southwest corridor of the Beltline currently under construction, part of the Lee + White Development. The new space will have:
- Wild and open fermentation capability
- Tasting room
- Patio for drinking
- Urban orchard to aid wild fementation
- Large barrel room
- Very bike friendly
The new space will be 22,000 square feet, a full 2,000 feet more than their current Atlanta location. Monday Night expects the space to be open in summer, 2017
Monday Night Dad Bod Black Saison will join the brewery’s “Clip-On” Series in October.
In September of 2015, The Atlanta, Georgia based brewery debuted a one-off series they call the “Clip-On Series.” Beers featuring in the lineup are fun reinventions of core Monday Night releases. Examples include: Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt, and Blood Orange Blind Pirate.
Monday Night Dad Bod is a black saison, and incidentally, not a spin on a core beer like the releases mentioned above. The brewery touts this release as “Dark, herbal, and super smooth,” thanks to Keemun black tea used in the brewing process.
Dad Bod isn’t just a beer, it’s a state of mind. Dad Bod means working out just enough not to have to buy new pants, and spending the rest of the time working on your drinking muscles. Our dark saison has a mind nose with hints of espresso and citrus. A peppery flavor gives this down-to-earth beer the edge needed to attract a mate and nothing more.
Monday Night Dad Bod Black Saison will be a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. One-off release.
Debut: October, 2016
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Monday Night Mom Jeans has officially joined the brewery’s Black Tie Series.
The Black Tie Series is the brewery’s more “formal & fancy” line of beers. The Black Tie family features the likes of Great American Beer Festival medal winning Barrel Aged Drafty Kilt, and most recently, Georgian Imperial Stout.
This beer is built for function, not fashion. Effervescent with toasty malt overtones and a delicate hop finish, this dry Belgian-style pale ale was aged in the barrels of the mother of all suburban beverages. Fresh chardonnay barrels lend light vanilla notes and a pleasant tartness to the flavor.
Fill your social calendar with playdates and your shopping cart with Lunchables, so at the end for the day, you deserve a Mom Jeans. Heck, split it with your neighbor so that you can get some conversation with an adult.
Monday Night Mom Jeans will be a 22 ounce bottle offering. Now on shelves.
Debut: May, 2016
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Monday Night Slap Fight is officially being canned this morning (March 21st). This is the Atlanta, Georgia based brewery’s first canned beer.
Instead of canning one of the brewery’s flagship offerings, co-founder Jonathan Baker tells Beer Street Journal that he saw it as an opportunity to go a different way by launching something new – Monday Night Slap Fight.
Slap Fight is an India pale ale, brewed with Comet, Equinox, Mosaic, and Bravo hops. Different from the brewery’s Eye Patch IPA, which leans a bit more English-style IPA. This newbie is all American West Coast IPA you’ve come to know and love.
Slap Fight will woo you in with West Coast-style malt bill. but slaps you across the face with its tropical hop profile. Light in body, heavy in character, this IPA features Munich and Crystal pole malts for a clean, rich rnouthfeel.
Monday Night Slap Fight will be a 12 ounce can offering only.
Hops: Comet, Equinox, Mosaic, Bravo
Availability: 12oz Cans
Release: Late March, 2016