Three Taverns Sour Asylum 2 is back in action for the season, and for the first time – cans. This sour is basically Thanksgiving dinner in your mouth.
The Decatur, Georgia based brewery kicked off the Sour Asylum Series with Sour Asylum 1, a Lactobacillus kettle soured beer fermented with the brewery’s house lager yeast.
The second edition took that beer a step further with the addition of cranberry juice, cinnamon and clove. A perfect Thanksgiving sour beer. They call it “Cranberry Sauced” for a reason.
At this point, Three Taverns is at capacity. This is preventing them from putting another release into full production right now. With what little time they have to spare, the brewery is launching a taproom only series of can releases.
Cranberry Sauced is the second in our new series of lacto-fermented sour ales. Spiced with cranberry juice, cinnamon, and clove in the fermenter, and balanced by a pleasing acidity from the lactobacillus strain added to the kettle, this unique beer is your perfect companion to the Thanksgiving season.
Three Taverns Sour Asylum 2 is on tap the brewery starting today, September 1st. You’ll find it on tap in market in October.
Latest Return: November, 2016
Three Taverns Feest Noel, the Decatur, Georgia based brewery’s Christmas offering, returns this week.
Brewery founder Brian Purcell always had a vision for this beer – family. Something that echoed the flavor of this (coming) time of the year, meant to be drank with family and friends. After a few dozen bottles of this big seasonal, we think Purcell and his team have done it.
This Belgian-style quadrupel uses dark roasted malts, imported Belgian dark candy sugar, and spiced accents of cardamom, allspice and cloves. Make this rich ale a part of your holiday celebration.
Three Taverns Feest Noel is available in 750 milliliter bottles, and draft.
10% ABV, 30 IBUs
Three Taverns Hoplicity was canned this week by the Decatur, Georgia brewery. Not only is the beer one of the hoppiest in their arsenal, it is also one of the most expensive to brew.
Three Taverns Hoplicity debuted last fall. The recipe is anything but a whim. Brewery founder Brian Purcell has been saving up and trading hops in preparation of this monster. Last fall the stars (or hops in this case) aligned. 3T had enough El Dorado, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Galaxy to brew Hoplicity.
Logically, our next question asked how the brewery arrived at this recipe. Surprisingly, Hoplicity was a shot in the dark. Their Belgian brewmaster Joran Van Ginderachter, didn’t create many aggressive, American, hoppy beers while brewing abroad. Night on Ponce IPA was his first, and a homerun at that.
Hoplicity is a blgger, bolder beer, based loosely on Ponce. At nearly 10%, it is indeed aggressive. Besides beer, music is a big love and inspiration for founder Brian Purcell. Miles Davis classic album Boplicity inspired not only the name of this dank offering, but the feeling of improvisation that brought this beer to light.
Hoplicity carefully crafts a steady backbeat of alpha acids and transitioning layers of resinous, citrus, and tropical hops into a rich textured ensemble. This is our hoppiest beer and promises to leave your palate stunned, erratic, and eager for more.
Three Taverns Hoplicity is a seasonal 12 ounce can and draft release, through winter 2016.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: October, 2016
9% ABV, 85 IBUs
Three Taverns Inceptus, will make a second appearance this month. This beer was the Decatur, Georgia based brewery’s first ever sour ale release last year.
Three Taverns Inceptus has a story, as every beer does, but this one is a little different. On the rare occasion Atlanta gets snow, it grinds the city to a complete halt. Joran Van Ginderachter, Three Tavern’s brewmaster, went to work. He’s Belgian. He loves beer. That’s what he does.
As it happened, Joran walked into the brewery that day with an ear-to-ear grin. The crisp, frigid air, he announced, was clean and healthy. In sum, perfect conditions for open fermentation, a process by which wild yeast is “caught” from the air instead of cultivated.
So the brewers transferred wort into a mini-fermenter and placed it outside, exposed to the air. Over the next few days they observed the signs of spontaneous fermentation and were rewarded with a wild yeast strain that literally arrived with the wind.
In 2016, a second edition has arisen, born from the snowy day and oak aging that is now apart of both the brewery and Atlanta’s beer history.
Three Taverns Inceptus is aged in North Georgian wine barrels. Available in 12.7 ounce bottles at the brewery on Sunday, September 18th.
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Three Taverns A Night On Ponce, the brewery’s extremely popular American IPA, will be available in cans for the first time in August. The beer is an American spin on the brewery’s Belgian-style IPA, A Night in Brussels.
Three Taverns opened their brewery with A Night in Brussels in their lineup. Inspired by just that – an evening in one of the world’s most well known beer cities. To create Three Taverns A Night on Ponce, the brewery used the same recipe for Brussels, and swapped out the Belgian yeast to an American yeast.
The name and artwork depict one of Atlanta’s famous streets, Ponce de Leon Avenue.
A Night on Ponce IPA grafts an American ale yeast onto the same malts and hops used in A Night in Brussels IPA. The result is an entirely different beer, which announces its presence with lush notes of citrus fruit before tapering to a clean, dry finish.
Beer Street Journal spoke with the brewery’s founder Brian Purcell ahead of this release. By now you’ve heard all the reasons why a brewery made the move to cans – recyclability, cans can go places glass can’t, etc. The thing is, Purcell said years ago that he’d never release cans. As you CAN see now, you can’t accuse him of being inflexible.
This IPA has gone from debut to runaway flavor success almost overnight. The primarily Belgian-style brewery (with a true Belgian at the brewing helm) created one of the southeast’s best IPAs by just changing the yeast in a beer they were already producing. Today it finds a dual life in aluminum. The success, we hope continues.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): 8/12/16
Three Taverns Rapturous, an early entry in the brewery’s Sour Asylum Series, is being canned for the first time today.
Rapturous is a fruited variation of Three Taverns Sour Asylum #4, the fourth edition of the brewery’s lactobacillus kettle soured beers. The 100% pilsner malt beer was finished with California ale yeast.
Three Taverns Rapturous is aged on fresh raspberry puree, for a fruit forward finish (personally, one of our favorite beers made by the Decatur, Georgia based brewery).
Rapturous will be available in 12 ounce cans, and is already available on draft. Later this month, the brewery debuts A Night on Ponce as their second can release.
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Decatur, Georgia based Three Taverns Brewery has packed their first canned offering, hitting shelves by mid-July.
First up – Three Taverns Prince of Pilsen, the brewery’s traditional pilsner first released in the fall of 2014.
Prince of Pilsen tributes the most popular beer style in the world. Originally brewed in the bohemian City of Pilsen in 1842, the new sensation was widely imitated and now makes up 90% of beer consumed around the globe. This Euro-style version is refreshingly crisp and dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight 7Cs for a distinct citrus aroma and bite.
Three Taverns Prince of Pilsen is already available in 12 ounce bottles and draft. 12 ounce cans of Pilsen start hitting shelves the week of July 11th. A kick of tour party is planned for Monday, July 11th. Attendees can take home one of the first Prince of Pilsen 6-packs.
More canned offering are currently in planning, but not announced.
If you go:
Three Taverns Craft Brewery
121 New Street, Decatur, GA 30030
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