Pics from the carnival-themed kickoff party for Atlanta Beer Week 2012, held at SweetWater Brewing Company on October 19, 2012.
Special sponsors- Savannah Distributing, United Distributing, Beer Street Journal, Taco Mac, Porter Beer Bar, & more.
I am sure that you have noticed that there is a growing ideological division between big brewers and small craft breweries. (See Craft vs. Crafty, Yankee Beer Stand Debacle & more). Budweiser’s newest spot seems to try to blur the line even more. Budweiser – “America’s Largest Local Brewer.” The tv ad ties in with the “Track your Bud” campaign, where can see where your beer was brewed.
Atlanta Beer Week’s newest landing page is now active. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you can be first with all the badass info it will contain. Sponsor logos to be added soon.
It all kicks off October 20, 2012.
If you ask me, Atlanta is one of the fastest growing beer markets in the United States. With over 6 million people in and around the city, a great beer literally a few feet away. In the past few weeks alone, Mother Earth Brewing, Anderson Valley, Clown Shoes, and Blue Point have entered the state. Boulevard Brewing, Green Flash & Goose Island are on their way to the A.
Let’s not forget some of the best beers are brewed in our own backyard. Terrapin is growing, just passing the 10 year mark. Red Brick shows us barrel aging is artform. Wild Heaven brews up new beers while on the path to a home of their own in Avondale Estates. 2012 will be a big year for the Monday Night folks. Georgia will have some hometown can beer soon when Red Hare kicks up the line this summer. Every time Jailhouse makes the 20 minute drive into the big city, it’s with a truck full of tasty that doesn’t last very long. O’Dempsey’s been hitting some stout laden homeruns. Oh, and Burnt Hickory? We’re ready for you. Bring the heat.. SweetWater? Where to begin. You don’t get ranked #23 craft brewery in the country for nothing. They are the period at the long sentence that is the Atlanta beer scene.
Brewpubs? We’ve got ’em. 5 Seasons West has been rocking out lately with some of the best new creations since opening a couple of years ago. 5 Seasons Prado under Kevin McNearney is hop solid. Wrecking Bar was recently nominated as one of the best in the U.S. On the subject of the best in the U.S. – let’s talk beer bars. Some of the best on planet earth. Porter Beer Bar, Brick Store Pub, Trappeze Pub (Athens) all break RateBeer.com’s Top 20. Don’t even get me started on beer stores. You’ve guessed it. More of the best in America.
Here in Atlanta we’re thirsty, and that’s just fine with us. Forget what you thought you knew. It’s the south. It’s beer. It’s Southern Beer Culture.
Thanks to Bart Sasso and Esperanza-ATL for the absolutely badass logo. It will look good tattooed on something.
Here it is. Atlanta Beer Week 2011. Let’s start by clearing up any confusion there might be. Clear your calendars October 8th – 16th, 2011. Set it stone. ICal it, IGoogle it, Iremember it, or for those medieval people, write it down.
All you good beer drinkers of Atlanta know that this is a booming beer town. What it needs (and has needed for a while) is a beer week. Finally, it is happening. And coming together quite nicely I might add. We have breweries from coast to coast getting ready to wow your tastebuds. Dozens and dozens of on and off premise establishments are working together around the ATL to make this week what it should be – a badass beer week that Atlanta can be proud of. Thirsty yet? I am.
We need YOUR help. Not just drinking the beer, but telling everyone you know that Atlanta Beer Week is coming, and the time is now to get involved. Have a favorite drinking spot? Tell them about ABW. Have a Facebook, Google + or heck even a MySpace page? Tell your friends. Tell the person sitting next to you at the bar. Tell strangers. But most of all, get excited. The wheels are in motion. The tap handles are ready. The beer is fermenting.
Atlanta needs this. Atlanta wants this. Do you? Thought so.
Bigger. Better. Bolder. Announcing Atlanta Beer Week 2011. Atlanta’s beer scene is rapidly growing into one of the largest in the United States. It’s time to have a beer week that reflects that. The 2011 Beer Week will have more breweries, more taps, more casks & more events, & more places than last year. We’re growing, so should our beer week right?
The dates for this year’s Atlanta Beer Week is October 1st -8th, 2011. Plenty of time to get psyched up. The landing page is up and ready to go, so get on the email list to hear about everything going on as it unfolds.
Get Thirsty. This year will change things. <AtlantaBeerWeek>
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