Nationally, breweries around the United States are either being ordered to close their taprooms or making the choice to temporarily close in the wake of the Covid-19 virus outbreak. Most of these breweries are keeping on a limited amount of staff to cover beer and food to-go options
In the southeast, very few breweries and brewpubs have announced closures due to Covid-19 spread.
Atlanta, the most densely populated city in Georgia with a strong list of breweries, restaurants, and bars is expected to announce widespread citywide mandated closures across the city and Dekalb County.
Jason Santamaria, co-owner of Second Self Beer has been weighing the options for his brewery for days now. “We are already closing the brewery for St. Paddy’s Day, so we don’t inadvertently draw a large crowd,” he says. As of today, the brewery has shifted production to one shift, and closed the taproom, only offering curbside beer to-go.
Nick Purdy of Wild Heaven, which has a taproom in Avondale Estates, Georgia and a brewery/taproom on Atlanta’s Westside has been taking precautions but knew a government announcement was coming. Ahead of the city’s formal announcement, Purdy tells Beer Street Journal, “While we’ve been open with careful protocols, it’s not surprising that a temporary closing of gathering places would make sense. Wild Heaven has been preparing a new pickup option for our West End location, with food, beer, and coffee available. In Avondale, we’ll offer Beer-To-Go.”
Bold Monk Brewing, a beautiful new brewpub on Atlanta’s Westside, along with sister brewpub Max Lager’s and White Oak Kitchen have closed their doors for the time being and furloughed 170 staff members. Owner John Roberts told us that he’s working on a beer and food take out plan.
Decatur, Georgia’s Three Taverns Brewery has shuttered their beer parlour only offering to-go beer, as well as Monday Night Brewing (both locations), and Atlanta Brewing. Northeast in Athens, Terrapin Beer Company and Creature Comforts have both closed their taprooms as well.
Famed beer bar Brick Store Pub has closed, evaluating a reopening day by day. The owners have set up GoFundMe account to help the staff that isn’t working right now: https://www.gofundme.com/f/brick-store-pub-staff.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has not issued a mandate that the state’s bars and restaurants should close, as of Monday evening.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has signed an executive order that limits occupancy of restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas, clubs, and other public gathering spots to no more than 50 people.
Atlanta is home to thousands of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops, and nearly 20 craft breweries.
Three Taverns Cream Weaver is back by popular demand this weekend.
Part of the Sour Asylum Series, silky cream weaver is big on tangerine and vanilla flavors. Pre-sales for this beer has typically sold out within a day.
Three Taverns Cream Weaver will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft when the brewery opens on Saturday, January 25th.
Three Taverns Quasimodo, a traditional Belgian-style quadrupel, is available again for a limited time.
Named for the lovable fictional character from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Three Taverns Quasimodo really packs a punch. The 10% alcohol by volume beer was one of the brewery’s earliest releases and boasts flavors of dark fruit and raisins with a boozy, sweet finish. Formerly found in 750ml bottles, Quasi is now available in easier to manage 12-ounce bottles.
Inspired by the best of Belgium, specifically the brothers of the cloth who have devoted their lives to the brewing arts, Quasimodo is a classic, full-bodied quadrupel ale—for us, the measure of brewing perfection. Dark, savory and fruity, yet with a dry, bittersweet finish enhanced by the addition of imported Belgian dark candy sugar, Quasimodo is dangerously drinkable. Re-fermented in the bottle for natural carbonation, it can ring your bells now… or years from now.
Three Taverns Quasimodo is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft for a limited time for winter 2020.
10% ABV, 30 IBUs
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Three Taverns Helm’s Deep returns to the Decatur, Georgia brewery again on November 2nd.
This imperial stout was initially a long time coming. Ahead of the original release in 2016, the crew at Three Taverns has been aging this monster in various bourbon barrels, looking for the perfect oaky compliment. In the years since the release, the brewing staff has been come obsessive over the barrels and aging process of this release.
The 2016 edition found a perfect pairing in 8-year-old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Helm’s Deep was their “thickest and chewiest beer to date” according to brewery founder Brian Purcell when it first debuted. This beer’s popularity has grown so much that Three Taverns has also released a German Chocolate variant.
𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗺’𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝗲𝗽 is a 13% bourbon barrel aged stout with a chewy mouthfeel and rich flavors of bourbon saturated oak, dark chocolate, and molasses.
750-milliliter bottles of Three Taverns Helm’s Deep when the brewery opens on Saturday, November 2nd.
Three Taverns Pometheus is being canned for the first time. The Decatur, Georgia based brewery will debut the new format this weekend.
Pometheus is a part of the brewery’s ongoing Sour Asylum Series, which features an array of various kettle-soured beers. This particular release has been a draft-only favorite in the taproom, prompting the brewery to finally can this superfruit delight.
Pomegranate and blueberries plus a touch of lactose milk sugar is the brewing combination that makes Pometheus so popular. The pomegranate is slightly tart, the blueberries slightly sweet, and each sip finishes with a smooth creaminess from the milk sugar.
Three Taverns Pometheus will be available on Saturday, September 21st when the brewery opens.
Three Taverns Phenom IPA will be available on July 26th.
Phenom, a 5.5% “summer” India pale ale leads with big citrus fruit flavors like pineapple, orange, and tangerine according to the brewery – dry-hopped with Cascade, Citra, Simcoe.
With a restrained bitterness, a subtle sweetness from Golden Naked Oats to balance the hops, and a flavorful, dry finish, Phenom is a crushable and thirst-quenching IPA that won’t survive long in your glass.
Three Taverns Phenom will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft at the brewery starting Friday. Distribution to followed shortly after.
Hops: Cascade, Citra, Simcoe
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Three Taverns Tropical Luxure joins the brewery’s Sour Asylum Series on June 8th.
This new release combines flavors of pineapple, passionfruit, and mango, with the creamy inspiration of another Sour Asylum Series – Cream Weaver. Together, they make a beer that the brewery says is the “perfect companion to help you battle that scorching Atlanta summer heat”.
Three Taverns Tropical Luxure is a brewery only release in 12-ounce cans and draft.