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Terrapin ATL Brew Lab & a look at the Atlanta Braves new Suntrust Park

The city of Atlanta has a big baseball season ahead of them. In April, fans will pour into their brand new $652 million dollar Suntrust Field. The new home of the Braves is quite fancy.

Beer is as much of a national pastime is baseball, and a fixture in every park in America. Every ballpark has beer, but not every ballpark has a brewery. Athens based Terrapin Beer Co. has officially built their first Atlanta brewery as part of Suntrust Park.

Since expanding into a 100 barrel brew house a few years ago, Terrapin has been lacking pilot system. Most of their recipe development has come from home brewed test batches and even a PICO Brew home system. From there the recipes are upscaled and tweaked on the fly. A brewery that likes to get weird like the Terrapin Tribe, a pilot system has always needed to be in the cards. When the opportunity came to build it in a Major League Baseball field, the brewery couldn’t say no.

The Terrapin ATL Brew Lab boasts a copper jacketed 5 barrel brew house that will be supplying the thirsty park goers directly. Styles will fluctuate as the season dictates. Just as Terrapin has become ubiquitous with Georgia beer, the brewery has partnered with Atlanta famous Fox Brothers BBQ. The ATL Brew Lab will be open to the public year-round.

While many Atlanta Braves fans have been torn about moving on from Turner Field, they won’t be disappointed on opening day or this high-tech new home of the Braves, Suntrust Park. Especially with fresh beer brewed just feet from home plate.

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Want to drink a cookie? Southern Tier Thick Mint can make that happen

Southern Tier Thick Mint bottle

Southern Tier Thick Mint, a new imperial stout by the New York based brewery, has shipped for the first time.

The brewery’s Blackwater Series is home to some of the most well known beers in the industry. Creme Brûlée, Choklat, & Mokah imperial stouts are just a few examples. Spring brings Girl Scout cookies, and Southern Tier has a perfect beer pairing.

Southern Tier Thick Mint mimics one of the most popular Girl Scout cookies out there, Thin Mints. (For some reason we always find them in people’s freezers.) The 10% alcohol by volume imperial stout is brewed with cocoa nibs and mint. Another dessert beer cometh.

If the past has taught us anything, it’s this. When Southern Tier makes a flavored imperial stout, flavor is what you are going to get. While Thick Mints is truly like drinking a cookie, the brewery showed enough restraint to where it pairs well with its inspiration, while being very drinkable on on its own.

We made big ways when we introduced Choklat in 2007. Since then, our affection for decadent, flavorful, dessert-like beers and a zeal to venture into the far corners of the flavor world, have been the drivers in our endless quest to brew the perfect indulgence.

Southern Tier Thick Mint is now available in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate, Mint.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017

10% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal 

Posted in Headlines, New Realm Brewing

Mitch Steele’s new brewpub in Atlanta has a name

Mitch Steele, one of the most well known members of Escondido, California based Stone Brewing, departed the company in June. Many thought Steele would start a new project on the west coast. In an interesting twist, his next stop will be Atlanta, Georgia.

Steele, along with partners Carey Falone, and Bob Powers, have signed a lease for a property on Atlanta’s Beltine. The Poncey- Highland based brewpub, recently dubbed New Realm Brewing, will feature house brewed beer, artisanal food, and a fun atmosphere. The new location will feature a rooftop bar, beer garden, and home brewing classes.

“I had an amazing time at Stone and I am very thankful for my experiences there. Now, I am looking forward to the opportunity to become part of the growing craft beer movement in Atlanta and the Southeast.” – Mitch Steele

Breaking ground on the 20,000 square foot space soon, New Realm Brewing is expected to be operational in 2017. Located at 820 Ralph McGill Avenue, in Atlanta.

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Lost Abbey Veritas 019 goes on sale March 28th

Lost Abbey Veritas 019

Lost Abbey Veritas 019, the 19th edition in the brewery’s “Veritas” line of beers, goes on sale this month.

The California based brewery calls this ongoing experiment a “relationship between fruit, barrel-aging, and the wild yeast Brettanomyces. Each release is unique, small-batch, and unforgettable.

Lost Abbey Veritas 019 is a blonde sour ale that has been aging in French oak for over a year, before being introduced to fresh raspberries. Per Tomme Arthur, Lost Abbey’s co-founder, “The last time we did a fruited sour this intense was Cable Car Kriek back in 2011.”

Pouring shockingly pink, Veritas 019 begins with sweet aromas of rich berries and notably peppery Brett. Intense, Vibrant Raspberry character leading to a refreshingly sour middle with notes of funk on the finish.

Lost Abbey is planning a preview weekend starting March 24th where Veritas 019 will be available on draft. Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase bottles for pickup in April.

The general sale will occur online on Tuesday, March 28th at 12 Noon. No proxies. Sales are limited to 6 bottles per person, $41 dollars per bottle.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Raspberries. Oak Aged.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Extremely limited. No distro.
Presale: 3/24/17
Pickup: 4/23-4/25

?? ABV

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The Hop Concept IPA Galaxy & Comet is back for another citrusy spring

The Hop Concept Galaxy & Comet bottle

The Hop Concept IPA Galaxy & Comet is back for a second time in March, 2017.

California’s Port/Lost Abbey launched a new line extension in 2015 dubbed, The Hop Concept. The Hop Freshener series featured some of the THC’s first beers, focusing on how hops change IPAs.

The Hop Concept India pale ales focus on the dry-hopping process, focusing on how the brewing technique changes smell and aroma. In this case, Galaxy and Comet hops.

This edition is all about the tropical fruit, and dank pine flavors. Galaxy boasts peach and passionfruit flavors, and Comet – even more citrus. If you love a bright IPAs with just a bit of bitterness, don’t sleep on this release. The brewery touched up the recipe a bit for this second release.

“We really liked the way Galaxy and Comet turned out last year, but we felt we could do better this year. Tweaking the recipe this year gave us a chance to really let these two hops shine much more in this years batch.”  Steve Burchill, Lead Brewer for The Hop Concept

The Hop Concept IPA Galaxy & Comet is a draft and 22 ounce bottle release.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Galaxy, Comet

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: March, 2017

8% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal 

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The results are in. Meet the U.S. Top 50 breweries in sales in 2016

The Brewer’s Association, the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, have released their “Top 50” list for 2016.

The list breaks down into two categories. The first – the Top 50 for small/independent breweries in sales volume. The second Top 50 includes all American brewers, including MillerCoors and AB-InBev.

In the small/craft segment, D.G. Yuengling & Son still holds the #1 spot, followed by Boston Beer (Sam Adams), Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Gambrinus. As for the small/independent definition, per the Brewer’s Association: 

  • Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships.
  • Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.
  • Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

The Top 50 overall reveals no surprise. Anheuser-Busch holds the commanding lead in the #1 spot, followed by MillerCoors and hipster friend Pabst.

“Embracing their experience and ability to thrive and overcome challenges, the top producing craft brewers will continue to inspire, innovate and influence the future of beer.” Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association

Below, a list of the Top 50 (Click here for full size). Any surprises?

 

Posted in Don't Miss This, Karl Strauss Brewing, New Releases, Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada & Karl Strauss “NXS” Red IPA debuts, California only

Sierra Nevada Karl Strauss NXS 2017

Late in 2015 the brewing world saw Sierra Nevada and Stone Brewing team up in a hoppy collaboration known as NXS.  The all California creation was split down the middle, with 50% of the IPA batch aged in gin barrels, and 50% in rye whiskey barrels. NXS rises once again this week, this time, with another California based brewery, Karl Strauss.

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One thing is certain, hops definitely unite brewers. Which ones chosen, and how you brew with them is just one of the things setting you apart. Sierra Nevada and Karl Strauss collective have 65 years of craft brewing under their belt. It is the experience that will bring you what the duo calls “unabashedly hoppy”, an IPA with tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors. Sierra Nevada touts this beer as a “red IPA” and by the looks of it, the moniker fits.

Craft beer was born in California and it was here that brewers created the “west coast” style of hop forward brewing. California is a big state, and NorCal and SoCal often have different approaches to beer – yet remain united through hops.

Sierra Nevada Karl Strauss NXS will be available in 22 ounce bottles, limited to California.

Style: IPA
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: Mid-March, 2017

6.5% ABV