Both breweries were born in the garage and grew significantly over the past few years. Melvin Brewing and Roadhouse Brewing combined brew 55,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) of beer annually. This acquisition and investment will push both to 80,000 barrels in the coming years while presumably expanding Roadhouse Brewing’s distribution footprint. A “state of the art” Melvin brewpub is planned for Alpine, Wyoming.
“The Melvin Brand is audacious and bold and aligns with our values of independence and innovation. Both breweries have a similar origin story, which began with the love of craft beer, homebrewing, and the mountain lifestyle. We are carving out a space where psychedelic rockers and hip-hop revolutionaries come to party together.” – Colby Cox, co-founder of Roadhouse Brewery Group.
Melvin Brewing is distributed to 27 states and won Small Brewpub and Brewery Group of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and 2017.
The deal closed on December 22, 2022.
Atlanta-based New Realm Brewing has closed their Savannah, Georgia location after a year of operation.
Carey Falcone, CEO of New Realm Brewing has offering Beer Street Journal this simple statement:
After careful consideration, we have decided to cease operations at our location in Savannah, Georgia. This was a difficult decision, but the many unforeseen disruptions to local traffic began soon after we opened – and are likely to continue for many more months to come – have simply made our business untenable.
This closure will not impact our distilling operations which are taking place at our Atlanta location and soon at our Virginia Beach location.
We appreciate the efforts of our Savannah team and the support from guests we were able to serve. Despite the closure, New Realm products will still be available in Savannah at grocery stores, package stores and other retail locations.
The opening of the Savannah location -which included a restaurant, brewery and distillery, coincided with the launch of New Realms’ ready-to-drink cocktail line. The brewery will continue distilling at their main Atlanta and Virginia facilities.
This closure does not affect New Realm’s beer and spirit presence in Savannah, Georgia or any other current markets.
Wild Heaven Beer and Bulliet Bourbon release 5 Points Doppelbock, the fifth installment of their ongoing barrel-aged series.
Recapping the project, Bulliet Bourbon was always stingy with their barrels in the past. As Tom Bulleit told Beer Street Journal during an Atlanta launch event more than a decade ago, all the distillery’s barrels were sent to Scotland for whisky aging. At the time he seemed almost confused at the notion that America’s breweries would want empty bourbon barrels. That would all change in 2020.
Bulliet did a little quiet research, looking for breweries with not just a robust barrel program, but breweries that really cared about barrel aging. Georgia-based Wild Heaven stood out to the Bulliet team and ultimately the Beer and Bourbon Series was born.
The idea behind this project is simple. Wild Heaven creates a beer and Bulliet overnights freshly emptied (wet) barrels from the distillery 437 Miles South to Avondale Estates, Georgia. Fill the barrels, and wait for the magic to happen. During one of the worst years in human existence, 2020, 95 Shilling Scotch ale kicked off the series. The alcohol by volume in that beer could never have been high enough for us considering the times.
As fall descends upon Atlanta, the latest emergence is 5 Points – a German-style Dopplebock, aged in Bulleit Rye barrels. Let’s get straight to the point, this beer- much like this series- just keeps getting better and better. A Doppelbock may be a rarer style in the craft brewing world, but Wild Heaven’s head brewer Josh Franks has created a perfect reminder of how damn good they are. “I think it really turned out quite well,” Franks tells us. You’ll never hear the guy brag, but the smile on his face after a few sips of 5 Points tells us everything.
The fresh barrels from Bulleit really make all the difference world here. Vanilla flavors from the rye bourbon-soaked oak in 5 Points are fresh and bold, almost to the point of decadence. The creamy toffee and raisin flavors notes the dopplebock round out this cool weather sipper. More proof that this duo knows what they are doing.
Wild Heaven 5 Points Dopplebock debuts this week in 16-ounce cans and draft. Wild Heaven and Bulleit are already working on their next project.
Debut: October 2022
Thanks to Atlanta’s New Realm Brewing, Georgia Tech Athletics has its first official beer. The beer launches today ahead of Tech’s first football game against Clemson.
New Realm Helluvienna Lager debuts today, an amber lager suitable for mass consumption at tailgates, at home or bars during any and all of Georgia Tech’s sports programs. The launch of this beer on the first day of Tech’s football season was intentional, according to New Realm’s co-founder and CEO Carey Falcone. “We have enjoyed the support of the Georgia Tech community since we opened in 2018. “We are looking forward to being on-campus and a part of Tech history,” Falcone says. “From our first meeting with Angel Cabrera (GT President), Todd Stansbury (GT Athletic Director), and the leadership team at GT, it was clear that this was much more than a sponsorship, it was a partnership,” Falcone adds.
“The style of beer that comes to mind when we think sports is a lager,” Jeff Chassner, the brewery’s Chief Sales Officer tells Beer Street Journal. “We’ve brewed a lot of German-style beers over the last two years, so an amber lager similar to our Bavarian Prince festbier was pretty much where we wanted to be,” he adds. ” New Realm sent a few beers over to their friends at Tech to try, and the Vienna lager won hands down.
Helluvienna Lager features pilsner, Vienna, German Munich, and Carared Malts, along with German Hersbrucker hops making it about much of a European -style beer as possible, minus the location. As for the name? Helluvienna Lager is a play on the (I’m a) Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech” fight song. Interestingly, that fight song started as a Scottish drinking song in the late 1800s. Naturally.
Here in the 21st Century, this New Realm/Georgia Tech collaboration hits shelves this week in 16-ounce cans and draft. It’s already on tap at Atlanta-area Taco Macs, and on shelves at Total Wine, Tower, and Mac’s Beer and Wine. Over the next few weeks – metro Atlanta QT, Kroger, and Publix locations.
Tonight the #4 ranked Clemson Tigers travel to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech for a rare Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Clemson is favored by 22.5 points. This beer might go from “fun” to “medicinal” quickly. Let’s hope New Realm brewed enough of it.
Style: Vienna Lager
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, German Munich, Carared Malts
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
The fate of Modern Times has been up in the air for months now. In February 2022, the brewery announced the closing of four of its 8 taprooms, citing financial fallout from the global pandemic. Then in March, Modern Times was placed in receivership by lead lender California Bank and Trust.
Maui Brewing was favored as the potential buyer in June, until “Brewery X,” an Anaheim-based brewery entered the bidding. 70 bids and 3 hours later, Brewery X won the auction, agreeing to pay $20 million for Modern Times. Additionally, Brewery X stated they would have the deal fully funded and close within two weeks.
Except, that didn’t happen. Brewery X missed the closure and funding deadline, losing a $500,000 dollar deposit on the transaction. Maui acquired Modern Times for $15.3 million.
Co-Founder Garrett Marrero was surprised when Mauil Brewing was back in play for Modern Times.”Given the surprising outcome of the auction, Maui Brewing Company was prudent in its decision to move forward, taking appropriate measures to evaluate and solidify details prior to the announcement for the sake of both the Modern Times and Maui Brewing teams,” says Marrero in his brewery’s official announcement.
Currently, Maui Brewing produces 90,000 barrels (2.7 million gallons) of beer annually. Combined with Modern Times, that output increases to 125,000 barrels of beer annually – a production capacity that still will not allow Maui to be sold in all 50 states.
The deal is expected to close in late October 2022.
Atlanta-based Monday Night Brewing has announced their fifth taproom location, slated for Charlotte, North Carolina in 2023.
The new taproom, located at 2217 S. Tryon Street, is already under construction. Providence Group Capital (PGC) acquired the location – a former auto shop, in February 2021. The 8,500 square foot building on 1.13 acres is being overhauled into a food hall, with Monday Night being one of the first tenant announcements.
“The South End is an incredibly exciting locale to debut our broad beer portfolio in the great state of North Carolina. Not only is Charlotte our fifth taproom, but North Carolina is also the fourth state we’ll be expanding our distribution to. We are thrilled to join the beer scene and community in North Carolina, which we have long admired. ” – Jeff Heck, Monday Night CEO
The burgeoning South End of Charlotte is already home to Wooden Robot, Hopfly Brewing, Resident Culture, Triple C, Sycamore Brewing, The Suffolk Punch, and Trolley Barn Fermentory & Food Hall.
Monday Night opened their production facility in Atlanta’s Westside area in 2011. Since then, the brewery has built a wild ale facility in Atlanta’s West End, as well as the Monday Night Social Club in Birmingham, AL, and Monday Night Preservation Co. in Nashville, TN.