Red Brick Order of the Nine Gems
Breakout those tacky-ass beach shirts. Red Brick Airbrush Daydream is coming this month.
The Atlanta based brewery jokingly subtitles this release a “Myrtle Beach Style IPA”. Funny now, but watch it become an actual beer style. After all, you can pretty much thank social media turning New England IPA into a hoppy juggernaut.
While New England is home to haze, the “Myrtle Beach Style” IPA is a tart one. Red Brick brews this release with Citra, Mosaic, and Topaz hops. If a surf shop t-shirt could be a beer, this is probably it.
Red Brick Airbrush Daydream will be available when the brewery opens on March 15th, in 16-ounce 4-packs.
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Topaz
Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited Release.
PIC: Beer Street Journal
In honor of Valentine’s Day, (or in this case the day after Valentines), meet Red Brick Table For One.
This limited run of 22-ounce bottles features an imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels with both chocolate and cherries. Bottles are $15 dollars each.
Red Brick Table For One is a brewery release only.
Red Brick No New Friends, an imperial IPA collaboration with The Wrecking Bar has debuted.
Before taking on the role as Red Brick’s Director of Brewing Operations, Gavin McKenna worked and brewed for years with Neal Engleman at nearby Wrecking Bar. They’ve been friends for a while now, nothing new there – which we’re pretty sure is the inspiration behind the name – No New Friends.
“We used a few thousand dollars worth of hops,” Engleman jokes. “Folks better like it.”
No New Friends is everything about hop heavy, dank imperial IPAs that are in high demand. The near instant line at the bar when the brewery opened is all the validation you need. Beer fans that might have slept on Red Brick before aren’t anymore.
The 8% alcohol by volume hop bomb is hopped during primary fermentation with Citra and Mosaic hops, then dry hopped with Azacca, Vic Secret, plus a heavy dose Citra and Mosaic cryo powder. Basically, this IPA is hoppy AF.
That expensive hop bill is built on a malt bill of 2-Row, flaked oats, malted oats, spelt malt and lactose. Hoppy AF, hazy, and with a smooth, almost creamy finish. Simply put, a fantastic collaboration.
Red Brick No New Friends is available in 16-ounce cans in the brewery’s tap room.
Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Lactose)
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Azacca, Vic Secret
Malts: 2-Row, Flaked Oats, Malted Oats, Spelt
Red Brick Journey Without Maps Double IPA is a gamechanger for Atlanta’s oldest brewery. Every drop in this can marks the start of the beginning of something new for the first brewery on Atlanta’s Westside.
The name might very well be an allusion to their decades of brewing in the Empire State of the South, and their every-so-often bumpy path that brings us to today. Red Brick Brewing’s (or, the artist formerly known as Atlanta Brewing Company) journey might have needed a map at times, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t exactly where they need to be now.
If you think of the city’s brew scene like a high school lunch table, you have the hipsters (Monday Night Brewing), the hippies (SweetWater), the artistic kids (Wild Heaven), band geeks (Orpheus), and the video game playing nerds of Red Brick. They’ve always done their own thing and we have a real soft spot for that. After this release, it might be hard to call these folks the “nerds” anymore.
California native and brewmaster Garett Lockhart was named President of the brewery back in 2015. Hailing from a state that not only boasts more than 500 breweries but sets the bar high for the rest of America’s breweries, there was no doubt he was going bring that flair to Atlanta’s oldest. In the beer industry, change is good. Really good.
Hitting the gas pedal on the future didn’t stop at Lockhart, but it was also the recent addition of Gavin McKenna as the Director of Brewing Operations. He spent years working with Neal Engleman at nearby Wrecking Bar. With McKenna at the kettle, the future is bright.
Red Brick Journey Without Maps Double IPA is a fantastic example of what’s coming from this brewery. It’s a massive departure from the India pale ales you’ve seen from Red Brick. This new kid features Citra, Eukanot, and Denali hops, with a touch of wheat a flaked oats; very embodiment of the “modern IPA” with a huge hoppy nose, a wave of tropical juicy hops, and soft but slightly bitter finish. Do you want haze? Red Brick literally has this marked on a map. Just find the tap room.
Redbrick Journey Without Maps Double IPA will be available in 16-ounce cans at the brewery starting December 7th (a day that still lives in infamy).
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Eukanot, Denali
Malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Flaked Oats
PIC: Beer Street Journal
The “Laughing Skull” brand is a bit of Atlanta brewing history. When the city first saw the beer, a collaboration with Red Brick Brewing and “The Vortex” (home to one of Atlanta’s best burgers), it was a bohemian pilsner. Honestly, a craft pilsner was a bit ahead of it’s time near 15 years ago, and slumping sales killed it off.
A few years ago, Red Brick resurrected the brand, reinventing it as an amber ale, bring success back to the “Laughing Skull” lineup. So much so, a second beer, Laughing Skull Craft Lager was added shortly after.
This week a third release, Laughing Skull White Ale joins Skull lineup.
The brewery’s hometown isn’t the first to taste this white ale. The country of South Korea has had it for a while, as Red Brick originally brewed this for their South Korean distributor.
White Ale was originally made specifically for our South Korean distributor, but it was so well received both overseas and at the brewery that we knew we needed to release it domestically. We first started pouring it at the brewery in June of 2016 and it has quickly become a crowd favorite.” – Garett Lockhart, President & Brewmaster
Red Brick White Ale is available in 12 ounce cans and draft.
Style: White Ale
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: Week of February 20th, 2017
Red Brick Laughing Skull Craft Lager will expand the “Skull” lineup this spring.
The Laughing Skull line many years ago as a Bohemian pilsner. The beer’s namesake is Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Lounge, a comedy club. At the time, the beer was a little ahead of it’s time for the city. Year’s later, Laughing Skull returned as the current amber lager. The beer is one of the most popular in the brewery’s portfolio.
This April, Red Brick Laughing Skull Craft Lager will the second entry in the “Skull” lineup. This release is a lager – lighter than the amber, to create an easy drinking beer for the coming warmer weather.
“The lager style is something that’s been missing from our offerings, and we’ve come up with a great recipe. Its an easy drinking beer and is very approachable for craft beer consumers of all levels.”
Red Brick Laughing Skull Craft Lager will be a draft, bottle and can offering.
Availability: 12oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-Round
Debut: April, 2016