Posted in New Releases, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns 3 Day IPA finds cans for the first time

Three Taverns 3 Day IPA

Three Taverns 3 Day IPA is back again this weekend, in cans for the first time.

Brewed as the official beer of the brewery’s hometown Decatur Arts Festival, the session India pale ale was a huge hit in 2016.

This year’s release is stlll heavily dry-hopped with Amarillo and Mosaic hops, plus a 2017 addition of Lemondrop.

Beginning with the explosive tropical aromas of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and subtle piney undertones, this year’s version has the same smooth and quaffable finish suited for 3 days in the Decatur sun.

Three Taverns 3 Day IPA is available at the taproom starting May 25th, and select establishments that carry Three Taverns.

Style: IPA
Hops: Amarillo, Mosaic, Lemondrop
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 5/25/17

4.5% ABV

Image: Three Taverns

Posted in Distribution Expansion, Hi Wire Brewing

Hi-Wire Brewing launches Atlanta distribution

Asheville, North Carolina’s Hi-Wire Brewing its expanding their Georgia coverage with the addition of Atlanta. The brewery is distributing through Georgia Crown.

Hi-Wire has already been shipping their lineup to Athens, Augusta and Savannah. As the heat rolls in, Hi-Wire has decided it’s time to head for the ATL.

“the opportunity to roll out into a major metropolitan area like Atlanta doesn’t come along too often. Hi-Wire will certainly see an incredible boost in its overall sales, but I believe the increased exposure from having a larger and more targeted audience, is the bigger piece of the puzzle.” – Chris Lutkowski, Director of Hi-Wire Sales

The brewery’s entire portfolio including year-round offerings, seasonals and wild and sour beers will be available starting in June.

Hi-Wire Brewing currently distributes to North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.

If you go:

Monday, June 5, 6pm | Launch Party – Argosy (Argosy (470 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta)
Tuesday, June 6. 6:30pm | Beer Geek Tuesday – Cypress Street Pint & Plate (817 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta)
Wednesday, June 7

4pm | Tap Takeover – My Friend’s Growler Shop (415 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta)
5pm | Tap Takeover – My Parent’s Basement (22 N. Avondale Rd. Avondale Estates)

Thursday, June 8

4pm | Tap Takeover – Ale Yeah! (906 W. College Ave, Decatur)
6pm | Tap Takeover – Republic Social House (437-C Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta)

Saturday, June 10, 11am | Tap Takeover – The Beer Growler (38A N. Avondale Rd. Avondale Estates)

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, The Veil Brewing

The Veil Brewing French Vanilla Hornswoggler debuts this weeks

The Veil Brewing French Vanilla Hornswoggler

There’s a new dessert beer in Richmond, Virginia this week. The Veil Brewing French Vanilla Hornswoggler joins the lineup of the brewery’s most decadent.

This journey starts with Hornswoggler, the brewery’s chocolate milk stout. This variant is conditioned on a house blend of coffee, plus vanilla beans and a touch of hazelnut. The brewery explains this beer is a blend of each of the flavors, without one dominating.

The goal for French Vanilla Horns was to be a harmonious blend of all of the adjuncts. It was not the intent for it to be a coffee, Vanilla, or hazelnut bomb. It turned out awesome! Super aromatic. Very complex flavor profile.

The “Hornswoggler” series has featured a Coconut, Oreos, and Peanut Butter Oreos edition.

The Veil Brewing French Vanilla Hornswoggler debuts on May 23rd in limited 16 ounce cans and draft.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs. Coffee. Vanilla Beans. Hazelnut. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 5/23/17

7% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This

10 Barrel to match funds raised for ‘anti 10 Barrel banner’

Sometimes the best way get back at your enemies is kill them with kindness. 10 Barrel Brewing looks like they are taking they are going to take the high road when it comes to their objectors.

A San Diego beer fan (going by the same name on GoFundMe) has raised over $2,000 dollars to fly a banner of the 10 Barrel San Diego Brewpub grand opening party this weekend. The banner is slated to read ’10 Barrel is Not Craft Beer’.

A few of our readers have noted across social media that $2K sounds like a waste of money. That’s cash that could be spent on something more worthwhile.

Within an hour of publishing our piece about the banner, 10 Barrel reached out in about an effort of their own. For each dollar raised from the GoFundMe campaign, 10 Barrel will match it, and donate it to local charities.

10 Barrel co-founder sent over this statement:

“While we really appreciate these efforts increasing the awareness of the opening of the pub, it’s a shame these folks aren’t putting their time and money into more important civil causes and helping those truly in need.  With that, we’ll be pouring some great beers on May 27th and hope many new friends come join us,” – Garrett Wales, 10 Barrel Brewing co-founder.

Posted in Headlines

’10 Barrel is Not Craft Beer’ banner to fly over San Diego this weekend

In November of 2014, Anheuser Busch purchased Oregon based 10 Barrel Brewing. Since then, the production facility has undergone an expansion, as well as adding brewpub concepts in Denver, Colorado, and this weekend – San Diego, California.

Craft beer fans in San Diego, one of America’s prominent beer cities, have been vocal about opposing 10 Barrel’s build. Breweries, fans as well as the San Diego Brewer’s Guild’s opposition is a fairly simple one. There are more than 100 homegrown craft breweries located in the city. The line between craft and big beer is becoming blurred day by day, especially when massive breweries like Anheuser Busch buy 10 Barrel Brewing. One of the direct issues, is their practice of opening up a new location and operate like a craft brewery, not mentioning their Anheuser ownership.

It is important to note that the “craft brewer” definition is not a legal term, but one outlined by the not-for-profit Brewer’s Association. (As well as a massive source of pride for those considered craft.)

Despite oppostion, the 10 Barrel Brewpub has been built in San Diego. This weekend a block party is planned to celebrate its grand opening. That won’t stop some folks from getting the last word.

A ’10 Barrel is Not Craft Beer’ banner attached to a plane will circle overhead for at least three hours this weekend during the party.

It all started with a GoFundMe page started by ‘San Diego Beer Fan’ now known as Richard Esparza, asking for $900 dollars in donations to rent the plane and fly the banner for three hours. Any extra funds will go to flying the banner longer, or again on a different day.

Not going to explain why I’m doing this. You either get it, or you don’t.

To date, the campaign is up to $2,200 dollars with some supporters giving as much as $200 a piece. Now that the goal has been exceed, Esparza has posted another update:

I do have another ace up my sleeve and if the funds continue to come in, we will have another show of power.

What that “show of power” is remains to be seen.

Image: By FlugKerl2 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Posted in New Releases, Offshoot Beer Co.

Offshoot Beer Cart IPA debuts

Offshoot Beer Cart IPA

Offshoot Beer Cart IPA is one of two IPAs joining Offshoot Beer Co.’s (aka The Bruery’s) hop focused lineup.

In sneaky fashion, The Bruery launched what most thought was an April’s Fool’s Joke – Offshoot Beer Co. As it turns out, they weren’t joking. The Bruery has said for years they were not going to make an IPA. Never say never.

The first two releases were Fashionably Late IPA, and Better Late Than Never. The names were definitely on point.

May brings Offshoot Beer Cart IPA, described as a hazy, juicy India pale ale featuring African Queen, Simcoe, and El Dorado hops and a touch of naked oats.

Those on Offshoot Beer Co.’s email least can purchase up to one 6-pack, for pick up at The Bruery’s fulfillment center.

Style: IPA
Hops: African Queen, El Dorado, Simcoe.
Malts: 2 Row, Vienna, Wheat, Golden Naked Oats

Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited
Debut: 5/24/17

6.7% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Headlines, SweetWater Brewing

Foudre aged SweetWater Cherry Pit & The Pendulum coming to Woodlands

SweetWater Cherry Pit & The Pendulum

Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company’s first full production foray in to American wild ales happened a few years before their new Woodlands Facility. In 2015 to be precise, with the release of a Brettanomyces yeast heavy Pit & The Pendulum. That beer, brewed with fresh peach puree from South Carolina was so well received that it was made intermittently year-round. This year, a new Pit is coming – SweetWater Cherry Pit & The Pendulum.

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Patiently waiting in the brewery’s new foudres is SweetWater Cherry Pit & The Pendulum, that has been sitting for over six months on a blend of Montmorency & Balaton cherries. Chris Meadows and Nick Burgoyne, brewers currently overseeing the Woodlands, started fermentation on Rainy Day Acid Trip (the unofficial name for the base) in stainless steel in July, 2016. It was transferred to oak foudres in December, where a blend of Montmorency & Balaton cherries were added to the oak.

It has been quietly maturing ever since.

A golden ale soured with lactobacillus and fermented with three brettanomyces strains, then aged for 6 months in American and French oak with 3,000 pounds of Montmorency & Balaton cherries. Freshly harvested house brettanomyces was added for bottle conditioning, ensuring evolution in the cellar.

SweetWater Cherry Pit & The Pendulum will be a 750 milliliter bottle corked & caged release. The brewery has not announced a release date.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Cherries. Oak Aged)
Availability: 750ml Bottles

Debut: TBA

6.1% ABV