Someone at Hawks headquarters must be paying attention to the stats we’re seeing at CBC this week. The Southeast is the fastest growing craft beer community right now with no signs of stopping. To embrace and celebrate the surge of craft beer in the city of Atlanta, the Hawks will be hosting Hawktoberfest featuring 8 of the city’s breweries. Here’s the deal: before the game you can sample beers and meet the brewers who make it all possible as well as get your grub on with German food and rock out with live music. The best part – attendees can vote for their favorite brewery and the winner will have a brew of their choice carried at the arena throughout the playoffs. Breweries participating include Monday Night Brewing, Jail House Brewing, O’Dempseys, Wild Heaven, Red Brick, Terrapin, Sweetwater, and Blue Tarp.
If you go:
Atlanta Hawks Hawktoberfest
Phillips Arena, Atlanta GA
$16 for passport + cost of game ticket ($22-$200)
Ticket includes 4 tastings, live music, Hawks branded stein.
This month, SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, GA) turned 16 years old. (The Sweet 16 party was rockin!) Attendees got the first taste of SweetWater’s 16th Anniversary Ale. The beer is a red wheatwine, that approaches 11% ABV. A wheatwine is like a barleywine, just brewed with lots of wheat. In this case, red wheat. This smooth, boozy beer smells has a banana/bubblegum nose, with a nice floral taste. Drink now, or cellar a few for special occasions.
The beer was bottled today and ships out tomorrow. Look for it on shelves early next week.
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
SweetWater’s (Atlanta, GA) 16th Anniversary made it’s debut at the party over a week ago. The beer is being bottled this week. Look for the red wheatwine on shelves the first week of March. This the second “Anniversary” release by the brewery.
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft. Limited offering
Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) has three offerings in their current arsenal. Eyepatch IPA, Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, and Fu ManBrew. Two more brews are in development I’m told by the brewery.
First – a coffee based IPA, initially dubbed Blind Pirate using Batdorf Coffee. Casks of this beer can be found around Atlanta now. Also, be on the lookout for an imperial IPA release too. No dates on these releases yet.
Read more: Monday Night Brewing
The donger need food. And beer. SweetWater Brewing (Atlanta, GA) will through down with a hella radical Sweet 16 Party this Sunday. 16 years to the date this heady folks opened. Above is your official reveal of the 16th Anniversary Ale. Ask your parents if you can stay out past curfew. The style this year is a red wheat wine. Draft debuts on Sunday, bottles after your hangover subsides.
All growns up for now, or at least in our minds we are. Hair in new spots, lawn jobs at school, proficient in poaching 2nd story windows, and most importantly, we got a license to ride. Speaking of the ride – the last sixteen years have been a blur, but a very good blur – like driving 140 mph and trying to focus on a single tree in the forest. Yap – blumrr. All along not forgetting who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going! The speedometer ain’t pegged, cause it says 180!
For our super heady 16 year anni beer we stepped on the gas and headed down the road less traveled! Our B-day present to ourselves is a Racy Red Wheat Wine Ale Racy Red Wheat Wine Ale Racy Red Wheat Wine Ale Racy Red Wheat Wine Ale. Sucked The SSAB “not a SAAB” rips down the road at Alc.11% by Vol., fueled by a 45% wheat bomb with an afterburner hop shot of Amarillo, Willamette, Nelson Sauvin, and US Goldings that pushes this baby to the limit of sensory overload.
Get in. Sit down. Hold on. Shut up. A little older and a little less wise, even better looking (after 10 beers) and yes, still acting like 16 year olds.
Your parents out of town?
Availability: Draft, 22oz bottles