Posted in Coming Soon, Funky Buddha

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter releases again in January

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter 2019

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter will return again in January, coinciding with the brewery’s Maple Bacon Festival.

The cult favorite in the Florida brewery’s lineup, Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is brewed with maple syrup, freshly roasted coffee, and bacon. It was an instant fan hit, has any beer with the word “bacon” in it, usually is.

The festival kicks off at 12 pm on January 12th, 2019.

VIP Tickets are $225 dollars and include VIP entry, as well as 12 bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Regular Tickets are $110 and include 4 bottles. No bottle tickets are $55 dollars.

Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is available in 22oz bottles and draft, only available at the brewery.

Style: Porter (w/ Maple Syrup, Coffee, Bacon)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft (Both limited)
Latest Return: January 2019

6.4% ABV, 35 IBUS

Posted in Headlines

Asheville’s Lexington Ave Brewery acquired by CANarchy, turning into “Collaboratory”

CANarchy LAB Acquisition

Asheville, North Carolina’s Lexington Avenue Brewery, aka “LAB” is changing hands. It is now a part of CANarchy, the craft beer collective that includes Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Perrin Brewing Company, Squatters Craft Beers, Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, and Three Weavers.

LAB has called Asheville home for more than 9 years now. Mike Healy, the owner of Lexington Avenue Brewery says it’s time for him to do something new. “After nine years at LAB and with a new baby at home, I’m looking for a change. I believe I’m leaving LAB in good hands with CANarchy – they have experience running successful brewpubs; plus, they’ll put time and resources into creating exciting new brews and experiences for craft beer drinkers in Asheville.”

CANarchy is going to do a full renovation of LAB, which includes expanding seating as well as brewing capacity, and renaming the brewpub to the “CANarchy Collaboratory”.

Wayne Wambles of Cigar City Brewing fame will lead the brewing operations the Collaboratory. He will be in charge of creating “cutting-edge flavors and brewing methods; as well as creating limited-edition, small-batch collab beers,” per Canarchy.

The CANarchy Collaboratory is expected to open in March 2019.

An email for more information was not immediately returned.

Posted in Monday Night Brewing, Seasonal Return

Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt cans return

Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt can

Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt, part of the brewery’s special Black Tie Series, is back in cans ahead of the holidays. 

It was 2013 when Atlanta, Georgia first saw Bourbon Barrel-Aged Drafty Kilt. The brewery took their year-round scotch ale Drafty Kilt and aged it in fresh Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. The result won Monday Night a gold at the Great American Beer Festival.

In 2017, Monday Night decided to can Black Tie Series BBA Drafty Kilt, of which series has seen new siblings like Cardigans of the Galaxy, Space Lettuce, Piranha Dealer and Don’t Call it Hotlanta. “It’s full-bodied, slightly smoky and sweet character lends itself perfectly to Kentucky bourbon barrels. Our first batch blew people away, so we decided to make it an annual holiday tradition,” says brewery co-founder Jonathan Baker.

Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt is available in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time starting November 19th.

Style: Scotch Ale (Barrel Aged, Bourbon)
Hops: Columbus, Willamette
Malts: Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, Crystal Malt, Cherrywood-smoked

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Can Debut: Late November 2017
Latest Release: 11/19/18

8.5% ABV

 

Posted in Don't Miss This, EPIC Brewing Company

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

Posted in Anheuser-Busch, Beer News

Bud Light will host a 3-night music festival in Atlanta during the Super Bowl

Bud Light Music Festival

The Super Bowl will be hosted in Atlanta this year at the city’s new $1 billion+ stadium and home of the Atlanta Falcons – Mercedes Benz Stadium

The area next door, previously known as Phillps Arena and past home to the Atlanta Thrashers and current Atlanta Hawks, has also just been renovated and renamed to State Farm Arena. In January, State Farm will host a three-day Bud Light music festival alongside the Super Bowl.

The initial lineup has been announced, which includes Bruno Mars, Ludacris, and Cardi B. Friday’s lineup includes Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Aerosmith. Bud Light is teasing a fourth major artist to be announced soon.

The fest runs from Thursday, January 31st to Saturday, February 2nd.

Posted in Don't Miss This

“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

 

Posted in Coming Soon