Orpheus Brewing’s founder and brewmaster Jason Pellett announced today on social media that the brewery will close their current facility on Dutch Valley Road in Atlanta on April 23rd.
As the brewery closes down its current taproom and brewery, brewing operations will shift into the hands of Bevana, a third-party beverage company based in North Carolina. Bevana has already partnered with notable breweries like Unknown Brewing, D9, and Fatty’s Beer Works. Orpheus Brewing’s beers will continue to be available in-market with no disruptions.
Additionally, Pellett stated it is his intention to eventually find a smaller space for a brewery/taproom in the future.
Orpheus Brewing opened its doors in May 2014.
Atlanta, Georgia-based Orpheus Brewing has appointed Abby McLocklin Cheng as the brewery’s new Chief Executive Officer. She will assume the role immediately.
We’ve been in the unique position to have seen Cheng’s career flourish, first meeting her at Total Wine more than 10 years ago. At that time she had recently finished multiple degrees at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. She was a heavy foodie and I mistakenly took her as someone that was just into French reds, and hated on new world wine. There was so much more there than that. She also had a desire to work in beer and explore the craft beer industry. As with everything she does, it didn’t take long for her to fit into the industry successfully, many if not all of your favorite Founders beers on tap in the Atlanta area are thanks to her.
On both personal and professional levels we are happy to announce that after only a few months at Orpheus Brewing they have realized the value of having Cheng run more integral parts of the Brewery as CEO. Her aims are to bring additional leadership and focus to a brewery that she feels passionate about.
Additionally, this gives brewery founder Jason Pellett the opportunity to step back into his much more familiar creative role,
She’s already assumed the CEO role, and we’re looking forward to seeing the direction she takes Orpheus in the future.
Orpheus Brewing The Inevitable End, a new West Coast style IPA debuts in cans in April.
The Atlanta, Georgia-based brewery has had test batches of this beer available in the taproom since Labor Day weekend, coinciding with their 7th anniversary. The final recipe has been determined – using Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, Columbus, and Bravo hops.
As evidenced by the taproom batches, this is the least hazy India pale ale Orpheus has released to date.
Orpheus Brewing The Inevitable End on draft hits distribution in late February. 12-ounce cans arrive in April 2022.
Hops: Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, Columbus, Bravo
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): TBD
Orpheus Brewing Do or Die Oatmeal Cream Stout debuts at the Atlanta-based brewery this week.
Coming down from the brewery’s “Year 7” anniversary that featured nearly a dozen imperial stouts, is an Orpheus beer a little smoother and far less boozy. The brewing team was inspired by a simple English milk stout, heavy on oats, chocolate, and wheat malts. “We love making stouts and wanted to brew one you can have pints of, instead of tasters,” per the brewery.
The oatmeal cream stout (thanks to a dosing of lactose milk sugar) has chocolate and coffee aromas and finishes with hints of caramel and toffee.
Orpheus Brewing Do or Die Oatmeal Cream Stout is available starting this week in 12-ounce cans and draft year-round, everywhere the brewery distributes.
Style: Oatmeal Stout (w/ Lactose)
Malts: 2-Row Malt, Simpsons Golden Naked Oats, Crisp Pale Chocolate Malt, Simpsons Crystal Extra Dark, Crisp Crystal Extra Dark 120, Simpsons Black Malt, Crisp Torrified Wheat, Flaked Oats
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
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Orpheus Brewing Stouts All the Way Down Vol 16 debuts on September 3rd, a part of the brewery’s “Year 7” Anniversary.
This is the 16th iteration of the brewery’s ongoing Stouts All the Way Down Series started an imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. Which as odd as it sounds now, was very unique upon release (around the brewery’s 5th anniversary. Why? No vanilla, lactose, cereal, or other food. Just a barrel-aged imperial stout -something we basically forgot about.
The series name draws from the mythological idea of a world turtle that supports a flat earth on its back. That turtle rests on a larger turtle, and that turtle on a… you get the idea. The stack of turtles continues indefinitely. It’s a popular example of the regress argument in epistemology. If you want to deep dive into a logical wormhole, read up on the term “infinite regress.”
This particular [Turtle] in the series is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with honey roasted peanuts and strawberries.
Stouts All the Way Down Volume 16 will Bev available in 12.7oz bottles at the brewery starting September 3rd.
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We missed Orpheus Brewing’s Year Six celebration. The pandemic took care of that.
The anniversaries before this virus mess, I sat down with brewery founder Jason Pellet and we chatted about the previous year of running a brewery, beer trends, greek mythology, and music. We both play instruments so it’s easy to geek out, especially when it comes to classical music.
Maybe this year we can sit down again to do a little day drinking and do it all again. In the meantime, Orpheus Brewing celebrates their 7th year this weekend. In true Orpheus fashion they aren’t releasing just one anniversary beer. They are dropping 7 (or more.) Crazy long names intact.
Here is the full list of release we got Orpheus to divulge. Cliff notes version – look out for a barrel-aged dopplebock, barrel-aged barleywine, a few wild ales, plus some barrel-aged imperial stouts. Fall is coming. It’s time to put the seltzers down.
An 8-bottle set is available now to purchase on Oznr. We are assuming individual bottles will be available at the party day-of.
That said – here’s the release lineup. The beers are all pretty big… Each link opens in a new window.
Zephyr Punch – Native Wild Ale. 75% spontaneous beer, & 25% native culture saison. A blend with Brick Store Pub.
Barrel-Aged City in the Trees – Long boil Dopplebock, aged in bourbon barrels. 11% ABV
Room a Thousand Years Wide – Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine. 13% ABV
Stillness Feels the Air and Shudders – Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, aged 2-3 years. 13.2%
Darkness has no Alibi – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with oats, molasses, spices. 12.9% ABV
Constructing Eternity out of Discount Ruins – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout w/ coffee & vanilla. 13%
The Brief Infinity We Built – Spontaneous wild ale with Georgia Peaches. 5%
Extant Riches Burning So We Venerate the Ashes – Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with bananas, cinnamon, vanilla. 13%
Stouts All the Way Down, Vol 16. – Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with honey roasted peanuts & strawberries. 13%
Orpheus Year Seven festivities run September 3rd – 6th.
Orpheus Brewing – Zephyr Punch, a native wild ale releasing as a part of Orpheus Brewing’s Year 7 Anniversary on September 3rd.
Blended with our friends at Brick Store Pub from 78% traditional spontaneous beer and 25% native culture saison for a beer that’s bright, vinous, funky, and inspired by great times “upstairs and to the left.”
Orpheus – Zephyr Punch will be available at the brewery in 12.7 ounce bottles.
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