Posted in Coming Soon, O'Dempsey's

O’Dempsey’s Cold One Pale Ale Honors Brewer’s Father

O’Dempsey’s (Atlanta, GA) fourth beer offering is a touching, sentimental tribute to brewery founder Randy Dempsey’s father. Randy wanted to brew a pale ale that his Dad would have wanted to take fishing. Randy notes:  He wouldn’t say “fetch me a brewskie” or “pass me a pint”, he just didn’t talk like that. However, he would ask for a COLD ONE when he felt like it so there’s where the name comes from.” The label image is Randy’s father fishing in the Arctic Ocean.

This American pale ale is brewed with Zythos hops, to give the beer some  tangerine, lemon grapefruit and pine notes. A nice warm weather drinker.

Style:Pale Ale
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: June, 2013

5.6% ABV

Posted in Beer News, Gordon Biersch, JailHouse Brewing, Moon River Brewing, O'Dempsey's, SweetWater Brewing, Terrapin Beer Company

Members Of The Georgia Brewers Guild Create Beer Collaborations

Unofficially, the members of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild are collaborating.  Late July/August should see the first in a series of collaborative brews by members of the guild.

Some initial information (still waiting on 100% confirmation, subject to change):

Jailhouse’s Glen Golden is brewing at Cannon Brewpub in Columbus, GA

Terrapin’s Spike & John Pinkerton are working on a brew at Moon River in Savannah, GA

O’Dempsey’s is collaborating at Max Lager’s in Atlanta, GA

There are more in the works, each set to debut later this summer.  The members of the Georgia Brewers Guild include – 

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Buckhead-Atlanta
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Midtown-Atlanta
Jail House Brewing Company, Hampton
Red Brick Brewing Company, Atlanta
Max Lagers Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, Atlanta
Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah
O’Dempsey’s, Atlanta
Sweet Water Brewing Company, Atlanta
Terrapin Beer Company, Athens
The Cannon Brewpub, Columbus
Twain’s Billiard and Tap, Decatur

More to follow… 

Posted in Distribution Expansion, O'Dempsey's

O’Dempsey’s Expanding Reach To Pennsylvania

Georgia based brewer Randy O’Dempsey is taking his brands north to Pennsylvania.  The O’Dempsey brand boasts three offerings currently – Inukshuk IPA, Big Red Ale, and most recently – Your Black Heart.

O’Dempsey’s contract brews at Thomas Creek in Greenville, South Carolina.


Hard times for the brewery website 🙁

Posted in Atlanta Beer Week, Burnt Hickory Brewery, JailHouse Brewing, O'Dempsey's, Red Brick Brewing, Red Hare Brewing, Terrapin Beer Company, Wild Heaven Craft Beers, Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Check Out Our Atlanta Beer Week ’12 Logo

Atlanta Beer Week 2012Atlanta Beer Week 2012 is coming, prep your livers.  October 20-27 will bring you the best beer, accented by some of the best food, and people in the industry.

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. 

Posted in O'Dempsey's

O’Dempsey’s Your Black Heart On Tap

O'Dempsey's Your Black HeartO’Dempsey’s (Atlanta, GA) just packaged Your Black Heart in kegs for the first time.

We just packaged Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout in 15.5 and 5.16 gal kegs as well as in lots of cases.  Savannah Distributing will pick it up next week and it should be abundantly available in package stores and on tap all around town and the entire state.  Preview batches were really well received.

In addition, the first O’Dempsey beers are headed to North Carolina for the first time.

Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft.

8% ABV 

Posted in Coming Soon, O'Dempsey's

O’Dempsey’s 3rd: Your Black Heart

O Dempseys Your Black HeartO’Dempsey’s 3rd release has started shipping – Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout. Currently, O’Dempsey’s is contract brewing – recently switching from Red Brick in Atlanta to Thomas Creek in Greenville, South Carolina.  O’D’s other releases include Big Red & Inukshuk IPA.

Originally brewed for Russian Royalty in the early 18th century, this style was born of necessity. The porter which was originally ordered spoiled en route. In order for the beer to survive the trip from England to the courts of Russia, the hops and alcohol were dramatically increased.

O’Dempsey’s Your Black Heart Russian Imperial Stout combines a silky mouth feel with a balance between sweet malts and bitter hops that pairs well with strong cheeses, dark chocolates and fine cigars. Truly a luxury befitting even your Royal Highnesss. Enjoy.

Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft.

Arrival: Late Oct, 2011

8% ABV, 90 IBUs

Posted in JailHouse Brewing, O'Dempsey's

Jailhouse & O’Dempsey’s Team Up In Rare Georgia Collab

2 of the younger Georgia breweries have teamed in a rare Georgia collaboration – Community Service.  Service features Jailhouse Brewing (Hampton, GA) and O’Dempsey’s (Atlanta).

The beer is “wee heavy” scotch ale, brewed in celebration of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.  I have some brew day pics on the way.

Availability: 22oz bottles.

Arrival: October, 2011 (tentative)

9% ABV

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