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Epic Quadruple Barrel Baptist is big, bold, and blew us away

Epic Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist

In the world of imperial stouts filled with various dessert-like additions, Epic Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist stands alone. This big bottle of ridiculous is how you make a decadent pastry stout.

Big Bad Baptist was supposed to be released under another name – Jack Mormon Imperial Stout, back in 2011. Epic Brewing made a barrel-aged imperial stout brewed with Jack Mormon roasters coffee. Unfortunately, the state of Utah rejected the “Mormon” name, even though it was a homage to their coffee roaster.

Brewery co-founder Dave Cole is a California Baptist and decided to integrate his real-life “Big Bad Baptist” roots into the name.

In that first year, Big Bad Baptist scored a 100 on RateBeer.com, and still maintains that high mark today.

Since the launch, variants of this coveted imperial stout have been released, including a Double Barrel, Triple Barrel, and Big Bad Baptista Imperial Stout. Each one takes a creative step forward. Now there’s Epic Quadruple Barrel Baptist and it really is the best Baptist we’ve ever had.

The brewers at Epic racked their imperial stout to both whiskey and rum barrels. Meanwhile, the team barrel-aged their own coffee beans, coconuts, and almonds. Basically, the only thing that’s not barrel-aged is the cocoa nibs. You might read all that and think, there’s just too much going on here.

You’re not wrong. There are some imperial stouts out there that are packed with chocolate, vanilla, strawberries, lactose, even cookies, and cereal. Some taste great. Some of these coveted imperial stouts are just muddled in flavor. That’s how Epic got this beer right. Scroll up and read everything the brewery put in the beer. Now read the next paragraph.

Every flavor is present in every sip. Your first taste starts with this rich, chocolaty imperial stout which gives way to a balance of subtle almond, coffee, and coconuts that finishes with a mix of vanilla oak and toasted rum sugar. That’s what blew us away. All these flavors are very much there in a beautiful balance, from start to finish. To us, that’s the crossroad of imagination and brewing talent. Epic didn’t just throw all the buzz-worthy additions to a barrel-aged imperial stout and expect a line outside. This is a symphony of barrel blending, and we were some morose tipsy folks when the bottle ran dry.

Epic Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist is available in 22-ounce bottles – an extremely limited release hitting distribution now.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate. Barrel Aged Coffee. Barrel Aged Coconut. Barrel Aged Almonds. Barrel Aged. Whiskey. Rum.)

Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Cascade.
Malts: Muntons Maris Otter Malt, Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt, Crystal Muntons, Weyermann Light Munich Malt I, 2-Row Chocolate Malt 2-Row Black Malt, Roasted Barley.

Availability: 22oz Bottles. Extremely Limited Release.
Debut: Late Oct/Nov 2018

12% ABV

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“The Brunch Bill” is what Georgians truly agree on. Earlier booze.

Georgia Brunch Bill

The United States may be divided on pretty much everything when it comes to politics. Well, except for one thing. Alcohol.

The State of Georgia finally passed the referendum allowing Sunday sales during the midterm elections of 2011. It wasn’t until September of 2017 that the state’s breweries gained the ability to sell beer directly to their customers. (Incidentally, the state was the last one in America to finally allow this.)

Today, Georgians overwhelmingly agree on something else. Earlier alcohol sales on Sunday.

It’s been called the “Mimosa Mandate” and the “Brunch Bill”. It’s real name is SB17, and it allows for statewide sales of alcohol at 11 am, instead of the current 12:30 pm. 45 metro Atlanta cities and counties approved the measure, allowing the cities and counties to enact it whenever they choose going forward.

Most metro Atlanta cities passed the measure by 70% or higher – in some places with an overwhelming 86% approval.

The city list can be found below, which Beer Street Journal is told is not fully complete. The passage of SB17 “The Brunch Bill” could bring in more than $30,000 extra dollars to on-premise businesses annually, which could mean more jobs and tax revenue.

Atlanta City List

Fayetteville
Peachtree City
Senoia

Cherokee County
Holly Springs
Kennesaw
Woodstock

Cobb County
Acworth
Austell
Kennesaw
Marietta
Powder Springs
Smyrna

DeKalb County
Avondale Estates
Brookhaven
Chamblee
Clarkston
Decatur
Doraville
Dunwoody
Tucker
Stone Mountain

Douglas County
Douglasville

 

Fulton County
Alpharetta
Atlanta
College Park
Hapeville
Johns Creek
Milton
Roswell
Sandy Springs
South Fulton
Union City

Gwinnett County
Braselton
Duluth
Peachtree Corners

Hall County
Braselton
Flowery Branch
Gainesville

 

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Sam Adams celebrates the Red Sox World Series with ‘Damage Done’

Sam Adams Damage Done

The Boston Red Sox have won the 2018 World Series and Boston Beer Company is celebrating true brewery style – with a beer.

This season marked the brewery’s first year as the official beer of the Red Sox. Now they have a new reason to celebrate, now they are champions once again.

Available this week only is Sam Adams Damage Done, an imperial IPA honoring the Red Sox achievement. The very appropriate New England IPA is aged on vanilla beans with guava, mango, and lactose.

Fans will only find this release at the Boston based brewery through the end of the week, available in commemorative crowlers seen above.

Style: Imperial Hazy IPA (w/ Guava, Vanilla Beans. Lactose.)
Availability: Draft/Crowlers. Brewery only.
Debut: 10/29/18

7.3% ABV

 

Posted in Creature Comforts, Don't Miss This

For the hardcore Tropicalia fans: Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze

Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze

A new riff on one of Georgia’s most popular India pale ales debuts on Friday – Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze.

Tropicalia, Creature Comfort’s year-round IPA has truly taken the southeast by storm. Building on that popularity, the Athens, Georgia based brewery has released Tropicalisma, and Double Dry Hop Trop into a small batch “Trop” inspired family. Friday brings Imperial Trop Haze, three words that are bound to make hopheads break a sweat.

CREATURE COMFORTS LAUNCHES YEAR-ROUND LAGER

The biggest Tropicalia fans will love this according to Creature, and between the name, and the hops (Citra, Centennial, and Galaxy), it’s hard to see this release go wrong.

Creature Comforts Imperial Trop Haze will be available in 16-ounce cans and draft when the brewery opens on October 12th. Pre-sales are live on CraftCellr starting October 11th.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Centennial, Galaxy
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Brewery Only.
Debut: 10/12/18

8% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Creature Comforts, Don't Miss This

Creature Comforts to debut Classic City Lager year-round in October

Creature Comforts Classic City Lager

Creature Comforts Classic City Lager is coming in October. Named for the brewery’s hometown of Athens, Georgia.

As expected of the style, Classic City Lager described as a “clean, crisp, and easy-drinking lager” by the brewery. The 4.2% alcohol by volume, easy-drinking beer should be pretty approachable by all beer drinkers. “There are so many options to choose from and we wanted to make a beer that is perfect for those who enjoy drinking a lower ABV pale lager. Classic City Lager is simply good cold beer,” says co-founder and head brewery David Stein.

The can’s typography was created by Athens artist Chris Collins.

Creature Comforts Classic City Lager will be available in 12-ounce can and draft at the brewery starting in October, entering distribution in November. Year-round.

Style: Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round.
Debut: 10/8/18

4.2% ABV

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If you drunkenly drop the new iPhones in beer, it will probably survive

iPhone Xs Beer Dunking

SquareTrade, an Allstate Insurance owned electronic device insurance company, recently put the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max to a series of rigorous tests.

Apple touts this series of iPhones as having the most durable glass (as usual) which the company puts to the test in the video. According to the test results, the Xs Max scored better on front and back drop tests than the smaller XS.

Perhaps even more interestingly, Apple touts these phones as having the highest water resistance when compared to previous phones. That would be good if you are walking to work and get caught in a surprise thunderstorm. But what if you accidentally drop your phone into a vat of beer? You’re all drinkers. We don’t know how you get down.

Using 138 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon, SquareTrade dropped both phones into 5 feet of the lager for 30 minutes. Both phones came out fine. You’ll be able to clean them off and send your endless stream of drunken selfies without issue.

The front and back glass still break pretty damn easy, but damn if they won’t repel beer.

The more you know 🌈.

Posted in Brewery Expansions, Don't Miss This, SweetWater Brewing

SweetWater’s taproom is undergoing a major renovation, adding onsite kitchen

SweetWater Taproom Interior

SweetWater Brewing Company’s main taproom has remained unchanged for years. Starting October 1st, that is about to change. Starting October 1st, the taproom is closing to undergo some pretty major renovations.

The bar is going to be shifted to a centerpiece of the room, with additions of large roll-up doors, and new communal seating. Taproom attendees have most likely seen the removals of a wall and stairwell near the back. That space will soon house SweetWater’s new kitchen. The kitchen will serve food during taproom hours, as well as catering services for private events.

In the meantime, tours will still be held during normal hours with bars set up on the tented patio. The Woodlands (sour and wild ale facility) will still be open on Saturdays.

The brewery has hired Rene Ferandel as architect and Catamount as the contractor. The brewery expects the new taproom to be open in January 2019.

SweetWater Renovation Exterior

Rendering of SweetWater’s renovated exterior