Red Brick Journey Without Maps Double IPA is a gamechanger for Atlanta’s oldest brewery. Every drop in this can marks the start of the beginning of something new for the first brewery on Atlanta’s Westside.
The name might very well be an allusion to their decades of brewing in the Empire State of the South, and their every-so-often bumpy path that brings us to today. Red Brick Brewing’s (or, the artist formerly known as Atlanta Brewing Company) journey might have needed a map at times, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t exactly where they need to be now.
If you think of the city’s brew scene like a high school lunch table, you have the hipsters (Monday Night Brewing), the hippies (SweetWater), the artistic kids (Wild Heaven), band geeks (Orpheus), and the video game playing nerds of Red Brick. They’ve always done their own thing and we have a real soft spot for that. After this release, it might be hard to call these folks the “nerds” anymore.
California native and brewmaster Garett Lockhart was named President of the brewery back in 2015. Hailing from a state that not only boasts more than 500 breweries but sets the bar high for the rest of America’s breweries, there was no doubt he was going bring that flair to Atlanta’s oldest. In the beer industry, change is good. Really good.
Hitting the gas pedal on the future didn’t stop at Lockhart, but it was also the recent addition of Gavin McKenna as the Director of Brewing Operations. He spent years working with Neal Engleman at nearby Wrecking Bar. With McKenna at the kettle, the future is bright.
Red Brick Journey Without Maps Double IPA is a fantastic example of what’s coming from this brewery. It’s a massive departure from the India pale ales you’ve seen from Red Brick. This new kid features Citra, Eukanot, and Denali hops, with a touch of wheat a flaked oats; very embodiment of the “modern IPA” with a huge hoppy nose, a wave of tropical juicy hops, and soft but slightly bitter finish. Do you want haze? Red Brick literally has this marked on a map. Just find the tap room.
Redbrick Journey Without Maps Double IPA will be available in 16-ounce cans at the brewery starting December 7th (a day that still lives in infamy).
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Eukanot, Denali
Malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Flaked Oats
PIC: Beer Street Journal