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UrbanTree FC Fan Cider | Earlier this year, Urban Tree Cidery was named the official local Cider partner of Atlanta United 2. In honor of the partnership, this medium dry cider with light and refreshing apple flavor was specifically crafted for outdoor gameday enjoyment.

Barrel-Aged Craft Cider | Urban Tree cider fermented with champagne yeast and aged in Nicaraguan rum barrels for a complex, oaky vanilla finish, sweetened with brown sugar.

Free entry. 4:40-10 p.m. Fri., March 22; 12:30-6:30 p.m., Sat., March 23; 12:30-6:30 p.m., Sun., March 24. Urban Tree Cidery, 1465 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta. 404-855-5546. www.urbantreecidery.com 

Other Beer News

The third-annual Fermentation Fest will take place this Sunday, March 24, at Cultured South Fermentation Co.. Attendees can sample, purchase, and barter fermented products from dozens of local and regional artisans, while learning about the process and benefits of fermentation through live demonstrations and educational talks. There will also be a Libations Lounge with craft beer selections curated by Dames and Dregs Beer Festival, which returns for its second year this August. General admission is free, but a $15 Libations Glass Pass includes a souvenir taster glass plus five tasting tickets for 2-3-oz. pours of fermented alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. To learn more, read First Draft’s full feature on the festival.

Wild Leap Brew Co. has released the sixth edition of its beloved Alpha Abstraction Double IPA. The LaGrange brewery began the Alpha Abstraction series as an ongoing experiment in the use of abstract and unusual hops, meeting an increasingly positive reception from fans with the release of each beer. Volume six utilizes the Lotus hop, an experimental cross-bred hop which introduces orange, vanilla and berry flavors to the hazey double IPA at 8 percent ABV.

Atlanta Brewing Company is supporting the research and conservation efforts by the Georgia Aquarium with the proceeds of an ongoing series of aquatic-themed beers. The sixth seasonal release in the partnership is Whale Shark IPA, which was previously released as a wheat beer, but has evolved into a hoppy IPA with tropical fruit, berry, and melon flavor. The beer will release with a party at the brewery with a Tex’s Tacos food truck, giveaways, and live music.

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UrbanTree FC Fan Cider | Earlier this year, Urban Tree Cidery was named the official local Cider partner of [https://urbantreecidery.com/2019/03/06/urbantree-atlanta-united-2/|Atlanta United 2]. In honor of the partnership, this medium dry cider with light and refreshing apple flavor was specifically crafted for outdoor gameday enjoyment.

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Barrel-Aged Craft Cider | Urban Tree cider fermented with champagne yeast and aged in Nicaraguan rum barrels for a complex, oaky vanilla finish, sweetened with brown sugar.

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Wild Leap Brew Co. has released the sixth edition of its beloved Alpha Abstraction Double IPA. The LaGrange brewery began the Alpha Abstraction series as an ongoing experiment in the use of abstract and unusual hops, meeting an increasingly positive reception from fans with the release of each beer. Volume six utilizes the Lotus hop, an experimental cross-bred hop which introduces orange, vanilla and berry flavors to the hazey double IPA at 8 percent ABV.

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Pontoon Brewing (Sandy Springs): Mezcal Margarita in Gose | Pontoon aged Second Self’s Margarita in Gose with smoked salt on tequila-infused barrel staves for a more pronounced and boozy margarita flavor.

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Dry County Brewing Company (Kennesaw) | Dry County balanced the Asian spice profile of ginger, lemongrass, chilis and kafir leaves in Second Self’s Thai Wheat with a crisp and hoppy Lager, finished at 4.5 percent ABV.

Other beer news

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Friends in the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or new beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton at creativeloafing.com"
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The anniversary offered a sneak peek of SweetWater’s recent renovations, which include a brand new bar and roll-up doors that open the taproom up to the fresh outdoor air, and a full in-house kitchen. Helmed by former City Winery head chef Nick Anderson, the new kitchen offers a menu of small plates specifically designed to pair with SweetWater beers, as well as more robust catering services for private events. The kitchen had new menu offerings at the party, and several different food trucks available.

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New Orleans-based Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue headlined the entertainment, testing the structural integrity of the new renovations with the group’s raucous fusion of jazzy funk and R&B performing with a full band and brass section. They’ll be supported by Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, and Grassland String band, playing sets throughout the day.

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Peach Love and Happiness | SweetWater’s new spring seasonal, a tart and fruity Berliner Weisse flavored with Georgia peaches at a light 4.7 percent ABV. The trippy bottle art was designed by renowned concert poster artist Matt Leunig, known for his work for heady jambands like String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic.

420 Strain: G13 IPA | A cannabis-inspired IPA that took Atlanta by storm in late-2018, the G13 IPA is SweetWater’s second-highest selling year-round draft item after the original 420 Extra Pale Ale. Hoppy and dank, the beer should be poured into a glass to achieve maximum aromatic potential.

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General admission tickets are $34, or $40 at the door, and you still have to buy beer and food at the party. For $74 VIP tickets, you get four beers plus access to a primo viewing area for the music, VIP restrooms and bar, and re-entry. There’s very limited parking at SweetWater, so use of alternative transport like ridesharing or MARTA is recommended. There is also a shuttle running from the Sip Coffee at Lindbergh Center MARTA station. Unlike some other brewery events, SweetWater’s anniversary is 21+ only and no pets allowed, so leave the kids at home for this one.

$34-$74. 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Saturday, 195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta. www.sweetwaterbrew.com

Friends in the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or new beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com ​​​"
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''$34-$74. 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Saturday, 195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta. [https://sweetwaterbrew.com/|www.sweetwaterbrew.com]''

''Friends in the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or new beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at [mailto:alex.patton@creativeloafing.com|alex.patton@creativeloafing.com] ''===​​​==="
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The anniversary offered a sneak peek of SweetWater’s recent renovations, which include a brand new bar and roll-up doors that open the taproom up to the fresh outdoor air, and a full in-house kitchen. Helmed by former City Winery head chef Nick Anderson, the new kitchen offers a menu of small plates specifically designed to pair with SweetWater beers, as well as more robust catering services for private events. The kitchen had new menu offerings at the party, and several different food trucks available.

Of course, SweetWater’s full lineup of craft beer was on draft, including a stash of rare and seasonal beer from the cellar. Some of the brewery’s wildest sour ales from the Woodlands barrel aging facility were available to taste and purchase to-go, along with the debut of spring seasonals and an anniversary beer.

New Orleans-based Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue headlined the entertainment, testing the structural integrity of the new renovations with the group’s raucous fusion of jazzy funk and R&B performing with a full band and brass section. They’ll be supported by Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish, and Grassland String band, playing sets throughout the day.

Featured SweetWater Beers
22nd Anniversary Ale | The anniversary beer is a fruity and funky Flanders Red style ale, with an acidic and dry finish at 6.9 percent ABV. The SweetWater barrel-aging program really planned ahead with this one, aging the anniversary beer for more than 18 months in oak barrels blended with a Cabernet Sauvignon barrel-aged Belgian Ale.



Peach Love and Happiness | SweetWater’s new spring seasonal, a tart and fruity Berliner Weisse flavored with Georgia peaches at a light 4.7 percent ABV. The trippy bottle art was designed by renowned concert poster artist Matt Leunig, known for his work for heady jambands like String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic.

420 Strain: G13 IPA | A cannabis-inspired IPA that took Atlanta by storm in late-2018, the G13 IPA is SweetWater’s second-highest selling year-round draft item after the original 420 Extra Pale Ale. Hoppy and dank, the beer should be poured into a glass to achieve maximum aromatic potential.

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General admission tickets are $34, or $40 at the door, and you still have to buy beer and food at the party. For $74 VIP tickets, you get four beers plus access to a primo viewing area for the music, VIP restrooms and bar, and re-entry. There’s very limited parking at SweetWater, so use of alternative transport like ridesharing or MARTA is recommended. There is also a shuttle running from the Sip Coffee at Lindbergh Center MARTA station. Unlike some other brewery events, SweetWater’s anniversary is 21+ only and no pets allowed, so leave the kids at home for this one.

$34-$74. 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Saturday, 195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta. www.sweetwaterbrew.com

Friends in the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or new beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com ​​​    Courtesy of SweetWater Brewing Company DON’T FLOAT THE MAINSTREAM: SweetWater Brewing Company celebrates its 22nd birthday on Feb. 16.                                   FIRST DRAFT: SweetWater floats through 22 years  "
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The 10,000 square-foot restaurant space includes a covered patio and two floors of seating, with multiple full bars, a miniature fireside lounge, and space available for both large and small events. The extensive menu is designed to pair with the available beer selection, and will include small bites like the signature ten-spice wings and crab hushpuppies, as well as large plates like the rabbit pot pie with bacon and vegetable stew. The menu is overseen by Executive Chef Greg Gettles, a nationally-acclaimed chef and advocate for locally-sourced ingredients, who most recently worked as General Manager of Atlanta’s Root Baking Co.

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Address: 848 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta.

Other Beer News

The team behind Hop City Beer, one of Atlanta’s most beloved craft beer stores, recently announced plans to open a new project in the Lee + White food and beverage development in Atlanta’s West End. The business will be a gastropub called Boxcar, which will feature a rotating draft of 80 different beers curated from local and national selection, as well as wine and and cocktails. Boxcar’s farm-to-table menu of appetizers and full entrees is driven by Executive Chef Matt Hutchins, who previously worked in the kitchen of Hop City’s first restaurant, Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar.

Boxcar joins Monday Night Garage, Cultured South Fermentation Co. and a future Wild Heaven Beer location in Lee + White’s little fermentation family. The building is decorated with the industrial aesthetic and graffiti of a freight train car, finished lovingly with a giant mural of famous twentieth-century hobo and author Ray Leon Livingston. The space will also include a retail side, with an expansive and rotating selection of about 1,000 craft beer and wine options.

Roswell’s Gate City Brewing Co. celebrates its fourth birthday on the weekend of February 8, 9 and 10, with a huge anniversary blowout. The brewery is a powerhouse of the Roswell brewing community, known for its friendly collaborative nature and the wide array of beer styles on tap. Gate City’s birthday beer is Black Forest Birthday Cake Milk Stout, flavored with chocolate and cherry, thickened with lactose and vanilla, and finished at a comparatively light for a stout 7 percent ABV. General admission is free every day but paid packages at $25 and $50 ensure access to special release take-home beers, and come with Gate City swag. The party also includes live music, and various food trucks every day.

On February 8, Monday Night Brewing will release Slam Dunk, a milkshake IPA flavored with vanilla and orange like an orange creamsicle. Citrusy hops round out the sweet and smooth ice cream flavors with a more classically beer body and aroma, finished a 7.2 percent ABV. It will be available in cans and on draft from the Hop Hut.

Friends in the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or new beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton at creativeloafing.com    Krys Alex BREWS AND BITES: City Tap House is now open in Midtown, home to a rotating menu of craft beer and chef-driven plates                                   FIRST DRAFT: City Tap House opens in Midtown, Gate City anniversary, and other news "
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FEATURED BREWS AT STEADY HAND

Georgia Farmhouse Ale | Steady Hand’s culinary-driven style lends well to the Farmhouse Ale/ Saison, with a rich and hoppy character complimenting sweet flavors of honey and southern corn grits, wheat and oats, finished at 6.25 percent ABV. The Farmhouse Ale will be an ongoing project for the Steady Hand brewhouse, which will release variations like the sweet potato Fall Farmhouse Ale as different fresh ingredients go in and out of season.

Flower Business Double IPA | Juicy citrus hop flavor balanced with pine aromas and a subtle but heady 9 percent ABV.

Imperial Coffee Stout | A collaborative brew with Atlanta-based Brash Coffee Roasters, with dark and strong coffee flavors and a warming 9 percent ABV.

Friends in the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or new beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton at creativeloafing.com"
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“Since the state defines breweries and brewpubs differently, we thought it was great to get our small group together, many of which sell most their product on site and don't distribute beer,” says Cherry Street co-founder and brewmaster Nick Tanner. “The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild has used the last weekend of January as a promotion weekend for the kick-off of the Georgia State legislative session, when we typically like to propose new and improved laws for breweries and brewpubs.”

Over the course of a few days, representatives from 16 different Georgia brewpubs came together at Cherry Street to brew a collaborative beer with Georgia Grown wheat malt and a blend of Citra and Cascade hops. The final product is an aromatic and juicy American Red IPA called On My Mind, finished at 7.2 percent ABV. “We at Cherry Street are a community and collaborative group. We love getting people together,” says Tanner. “It's all about bringing like-minded people together to better achieve common goals.”

Cherry Street shipped more than 250 cases and kegs of On My Mind to brewpubs all over the state, which will be tapped simultaneously this weekend. The number of brewpubs in Georgia is steadily increasing, and Tanner says that some new ones have even opened since the beer was brewed. Cherry Street will update its social media with brewpub locations carrying On My Mind, but here is the list of brewpubs who participated in brewing and will carry the beer at its initial release:

Cherry Street Taproom
5810 Bond St, Cumming, GA 30040

Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery
320 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
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Torched Hop Brewing Company
249 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards
211 E Trinity Pl, Decatur, GA 30030

Porter Pizza & Brewery
6370 Powers Ferry Rd NW STE 101, Sandy Springs, GA 30339

Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen
3359, 450 3rd St, Macon, GA 31201

From the Earth Brewing Company
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

Akademia Brewing Company
150 Crane Dr, Athens, GA 30606

Eagle Creek Brewing Company
106 Savannah Ave B, Statesboro, GA 30458

Hopstix
2444, 3404 Pierce Dr, Chamblee, GA 30341

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The Cannon Brew Pub  
1041 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901

Best End Brewpub
1036 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 (Opening 2019)

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150 Crane Dr, Athens, GA 30606

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106 Savannah Ave B, Statesboro, GA 30458

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1041 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901

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300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

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For now, Dry County is acquiring spirits in bulk from local distilleries like Lazy Guy Distillery, a little over a mile away from the brewery, and then barrel-aging them further to add desired flavors and characteristics. Bourbon, gin, rum, and vodka cocktails are available on draft at the bar, along with Dry County's usual roster of beer. The brewery is also producing its own sodas, bitters, and other mixers, and is fully licensed to distill spirits in-house once they acquire the proper equipment. When that happens, co-owner Trey Sinclair hopes to develop a symbiotic relationship between the brewery’s house-made spirits and beer, bourbon-barrel aging future brew projects with Dry County’s own bourbon. “We’re running the gamut just as much if not more than anyone else in the state, and we want to appeal to people inside and outside the Atlanta perimeter,” Sinclair says. “We always have at least 12 distinct beers on tap, and now we have four or more spirits on tap as well. The most important thing to us is that we keep all of our products clean, consistent, and true to style.”

Dry County is conveniently located right down the street from Kennesaw State University, making the taproom a popular watering hole for students and faculty alike. Sinclair even briefly taught a beer-related course in the Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality department. Culinary and biology students often visit Dry County to study the science of brewing, which Sinclair says has provided valuable insight into nuances that can improve the brewery’s experimentation and output. “We’re doing styles that a lot of people are getting into but we’re doing them true to form, not chasing crazy trends and adjuncts,” Sinclair says. “Most beer drinkers, even most brewers, don’t only drink beer. We also like liquor and cocktails, and experimenting with new things, so we want to incorporate all of that into our taproom experience too.”

Dry County’s first commercial spirit release is ready-made Old Fashioned cocktail, aged in a lightly charred barrel with house-made Orange Cardamom bitters and sweetened with raw sugar syrup. It’s available to drink at the brewery along with a flight of other house-made cocktails.

Dry County is throwing an official release party for its spirit line this Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m.- midnight. Admission is free, and bottles of Dry County Spirits Old Fashioned can be reserved on CraftCellr now for $25. There’s plenty in the works for the future of Dry County this year, including in-house spirit distilling, coffee and cold brew, and plenty of new beer styles and regular releases.

FEATURED BREWS AT DRY COUNTY

Double County | Dry County’s new Double IPA is intensely hoppy yet smooth, with piney citrus flavor and a heady 9.5 percent ABV.

Kennesaw Bourbon Ale | A strong Amber Ale aged on bourbon spirals to imbue notes of vanilla and oak, while maintaining a smooth amber base at 7.5 percent ABV.

Blasé Blasé | A rosé-inspired fruit beer, tart with light grape notes and deceptively boozy at 8.2 percent ABV.

Lechuza | Honoring the Spanish word for “owl,” this Mexican Style Lager is light and sessionable at 4.8 percent ABV. It’s extremely popular in the taproom, especially among the Kennesaw State students it was named for.

MORE BEER NEWS 

5 Seasons Westside will host the 15th annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2:30-6 p.m. The festival includes more than 55 rare, cask-conditioned ales from around the United States and the United Kingdom, which will be judged by a panel of beer connoisseurs for medals and highly-regarded bragging rights. Attendees also get a free souvenir glass and a vote for the “People’s Choice” cask. Tickets are $43.50.

Scofflaw Brewing Co. announced plans to open a new facility within the The Works, an 80-acre mixed use development project in Atlanta’s Upper Westside. Scofflaw’s new brewery will host a large taproom and outdoor entertainment area, and will also be the brand’s main research and development facility, featuring exclusive releases and behind-the-scenes tours of the brewing process. The Works is currently under construction, with scheduled openings in early 2020, but plans include extensive options for dining, retail, entertainment, offices, green space, residences, and hotel rooms. The centerpiece of dining at The Works is a 16,000-square foot, chef-driven food hall called Chattahoochee Food Works.

Second Self Beer Company released Strawberry Bleeding Heart, a revamp of of the brewery’s seasonal red velvet cake-inspired red ale. The new version incorporates fresh strawberries with cocoa and vanilla for a sweet and fruity finish at 6.9 percent ABV.

Monday Night Brewing Will debut a new tropical unfiltered IPA, 404 Page Not Found, at the West Midtown taproom on Monday, Jan. 18. It’ll also be available in cans at the brewery and in stores on Thursday, Jan. 21. From the new French oak foeders at Monday Night Garage comes Pervasive Species, a mixed-culture ale fermented with lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and a saison yeast strain. It’ll be a light sour ale, finished at only 4.5 percent ABV, and will be available in bottles at the Garage on Monday, Jan. 21."
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Dry County is conveniently located right down the street from Kennesaw State University, making the taproom a popular watering hole for students and faculty alike. Sinclair even briefly taught a beer-related course in the Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality department. Culinary and biology students often visit Dry County to study the science of brewing, which Sinclair says has provided valuable insight into nuances that can improve the brewery’s experimentation and output. “We’re doing styles that a lot of people are getting into but we’re doing them true to form, not chasing crazy trends and adjuncts,” Sinclair says. “Most beer drinkers, even most brewers, don’t only drink beer. We also like liquor and cocktails, and experimenting with new things, so we want to incorporate all of that into our taproom experience too.”

Dry County’s first commercial spirit release is ready-made Old Fashioned cocktail, aged in a lightly charred barrel with house-made Orange Cardamom bitters and sweetened with raw sugar syrup. It’s available to drink at the brewery along with a flight of other house-made cocktails.

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__Scofflaw Brewing Co.__ announced plans to open a new facility within the [http://theworksatl.com/|The Works], an 80-acre mixed use development project in Atlanta’s Upper Westside. Scofflaw’s new brewery will host a large taproom and outdoor entertainment area, and will also be the brand’s main research and development facility, featuring exclusive releases and behind-the-scenes tours of the brewing process. The Works is currently under construction, with scheduled openings in early 2020, but plans include extensive options for dining, retail, entertainment, offices, green space, residences, and hotel rooms. The centerpiece of dining at The Works is a 16,000-square foot, chef-driven food hall called Chattahoochee Food Works.

__Second Self Beer Company__ released Strawberry Bleeding Heart, a revamp of of the brewery’s seasonal red velvet cake-inspired red ale. The new version incorporates fresh strawberries with cocoa and vanilla for a sweet and fruity finish at 6.9 percent ABV.

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For now, Dry County is acquiring spirits in bulk from local distilleries like Lazy Guy Distillery, a little over a mile away from the brewery, and then barrel-aging them further to add desired flavors and characteristics. Bourbon, gin, rum, and vodka cocktails are available on draft at the bar, along with Dry County's usual roster of beer. The brewery is also producing its own sodas, bitters, and other mixers, and is fully licensed to distill spirits in-house once they acquire the proper equipment. When that happens, co-owner Trey Sinclair hopes to develop a symbiotic relationship between the brewery’s house-made spirits and beer, bourbon-barrel aging future brew projects with Dry County’s own bourbon. “We’re running the gamut just as much if not more than anyone else in the state, and we want to appeal to people inside and outside the Atlanta perimeter,” Sinclair says. “We always have at least 12 distinct beers on tap, and now we have four or more spirits on tap as well. The most important thing to us is that we keep all of our products clean, consistent, and true to style.”

Dry County is conveniently located right down the street from Kennesaw State University, making the taproom a popular watering hole for students and faculty alike. Sinclair even briefly taught a beer-related course in the Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality department. Culinary and biology students often visit Dry County to study the science of brewing, which Sinclair says has provided valuable insight into nuances that can improve the brewery’s experimentation and output. “We’re doing styles that a lot of people are getting into but we’re doing them true to form, not chasing crazy trends and adjuncts,” Sinclair says. “Most beer drinkers, even most brewers, don’t only drink beer. We also like liquor and cocktails, and experimenting with new things, so we want to incorporate all of that into our taproom experience too.”

Dry County’s first commercial spirit release is ready-made Old Fashioned cocktail, aged in a lightly charred barrel with house-made Orange Cardamom bitters and sweetened with raw sugar syrup. It’s available to drink at the brewery along with a flight of other house-made cocktails.

Dry County is throwing an official release party for its spirit line this Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m.- midnight. Admission is free, and bottles of Dry County Spirits Old Fashioned can be reserved on CraftCellr now for $25. There’s plenty in the works for the future of Dry County this year, including in-house spirit distilling, coffee and cold brew, and plenty of new beer styles and regular releases.

FEATURED BREWS AT DRY COUNTY

Double County | Dry County’s new Double IPA is intensely hoppy yet smooth, with piney citrus flavor and a heady 9.5 percent ABV.

Kennesaw Bourbon Ale | A strong Amber Ale aged on bourbon spirals to imbue notes of vanilla and oak, while maintaining a smooth amber base at 7.5 percent ABV.

Blasé Blasé | A rosé-inspired fruit beer, tart with light grape notes and deceptively boozy at 8.2 percent ABV.

Lechuza | Honoring the Spanish word for “owl,” this Mexican Style Lager is light and sessionable at 4.8 percent ABV. It’s extremely popular in the taproom, especially among the Kennesaw State students it was named for.

MORE BEER NEWS 

5 Seasons Westside will host the 15th annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2:30-6 p.m. The festival includes more than 55 rare, cask-conditioned ales from around the United States and the United Kingdom, which will be judged by a panel of beer connoisseurs for medals and highly-regarded bragging rights. Attendees also get a free souvenir glass and a vote for the “People’s Choice” cask. Tickets are $43.50.

Scofflaw Brewing Co. announced plans to open a new facility within the The Works, an 80-acre mixed use development project in Atlanta’s Upper Westside. Scofflaw’s new brewery will host a large taproom and outdoor entertainment area, and will also be the brand’s main research and development facility, featuring exclusive releases and behind-the-scenes tours of the brewing process. The Works is currently under construction, with scheduled openings in early 2020, but plans include extensive options for dining, retail, entertainment, offices, green space, residences, and hotel rooms. The centerpiece of dining at The Works is a 16,000-square foot, chef-driven food hall called Chattahoochee Food Works.

Second Self Beer Company released Strawberry Bleeding Heart, a revamp of of the brewery’s seasonal red velvet cake-inspired red ale. The new version incorporates fresh strawberries with cocoa and vanilla for a sweet and fruity finish at 6.9 percent ABV.

Monday Night Brewing Will debut a new tropical unfiltered IPA, 404 Page Not Found, at the West Midtown taproom on Monday, Jan. 18. It’ll also be available in cans at the brewery and in stores on Thursday, Jan. 21. From the new French oak foeders at Monday Night Garage comes Pervasive Species, a mixed-culture ale fermented with lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and a saison yeast strain. It’ll be a light sour ale, finished at only 4.5 percent ABV, and will be available in bottles at the Garage on Monday, Jan. 21.    Alex Patton MAKE YOUR RUN: Kennesaw’s Dry County Brewing Company now serves house-made spirits and liquor as well as reliable craft beer.                                   FIRST DRAFT: Dry County becomes Georgia’s first “brewstillery,” and other news "
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Golda’s CBD-infused kombucha comes in the wake of December’s Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill.” The Food and Drug Administration officially reclassified CBD to an agricultural commodity, but warned against medicinal usage of the plant. To Cultured South founder and Golda Kombucha brewmaster Melanie Wade, CBD and kombucha fermentation are both important parts of traditional herbal medicine. “For thousands of years, our ancestors all over the world used medicinal plants to treat the same ailments we suffer from today, and it’s now coming back into popularity,” Wade says. “Hibiscus lowers blood pressure, ginger helps stomach issues, lavender is calming, elderberry boosts your immune and respiratory system — these are all commonly used in kombucha already. The FDA may or may not validate herbal medicine, but CBD is known to benefit anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, seizures, and general body wellness.”

Since the bill passed, local advocates and retailers like The Georgia Hemp Company have pushed CBD-infused products, including vapor pens, patches, bath bombs, and even treats for hyperactive pets. “CBD is already a household name in West Coast states and Colorado, so kombucha companies on that side of the country are already infusing with it,” Wade says. “As far as we know, we’re the first actual CBD-infused beverage in Georgia.”

Wade herself uses CBD at home to treat insomnia, a common affliction for business owners running an operation with as many moving parts as Cultured South. The facility houses Georgia’s first commercial kombucha brewery and taproom, as well as a collection of other fermentation projects, including vegan cashew cheese, kefir (grain-like bacteria culture fermented from dairy or nut milk), sauerkraut, and kimchi. The kombucha and many of the other fermentation projects are cultured with a live probiotic recipe passed down from Wade's grandmother Golda, a practitioner of Appalaichan folk medicine.The taproom also serves pickles and gelato from Cultured South’s neighbors, Doux South Pickles and Honeysuckle Gelato.

The FDA law still restricts market distribution of cannabis products, so Golda’s CBD-kombucha is only available on draft at the Cultured South taproom. It can be enjoyed in a pint for $6.50, as part of a flight of kombucha variants, or you can take it home in a growler. They’ll even drop a scoop of Honeysuckle Gelato into it, or any other kombucha flavor, to make a kombucha float. Wade says that the grapefruit and rosemary flavor was crafted for winter, but she plans to keep serving CBD-infused kombucha year-round, adapting different flavors for each season. “Kombucha and CBD are both still new to a lot of people, but we work hard to educate people here about their health benefits,” Wade says. “It might be whimsical plant magic, not validated by the FDA — but we believe in it and we want to share it with people who are willing to try.”    Courtesy of Cultured South IT’S ALIVE: Grapefruit and rosemary Golda Kombucha is available on draft now at Cultured South                                    FIRST DRAFT: Golda Kombucha releases Georgia’s first CBD-infused beverage "
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The weekend of January 18-20, Pontoon is celebrating its birthday with a massive party at it’s headquarters, 8601 Dunwoody Place, Sandy Springs. Some of the brewery’s most popular beers will be on tap from 3-11 p.m. on “Flashback Friday,” including The Floor is Lava strawberry milkshake IPA, Moscow Mule Flotation Device Berliner Weisse, and many more. That day is free admission, but you’ll need a ticket ($20-$60) for Saturday and Sunday (noon-midnight and noon-8 p.m.), which will be full-on parties with live music, food trucks, and exclusive beer tastings. Sunday will be a little more family-friendly, with face painting and an appearance from Noah, an otter from Zoo to You.

Pontoon’s first anniversary beer is Dawn Moon, a funky cherry-flavored mixed-culture Flanders Red Belgian Sour that O’Keefe says will be an ongoing pet project of the brewery for years to come. “Because of our fans and friends in the industry, we’ve grown more than I ever thought we would,” he says. “We still have a million things we want to work on improving, but we can’t wait for 2019.”

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Release 1: Grisette aged in gin barrels and fermented with a mix of French Saison yeast and house Brettanomyces. Paired with Tillamook pimento cheese and 420 dilly beans pretzels.

Release 2: Barrel-aged imperial stout aged in both bourbon and rum barrels with coconut and lime, finished at 12.3 percent ABV. Paired with double barrel porter float with toasted coconut.

Second Self Beer Company is starting its own VIP experience, with monthly beer and food pairing nights with full-service beer pours, cheese boards, and local charcuterie from Pine Street Market. The first pairing events will be Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now on Second Self’s website priced at $40 each, two for $70, or four for $100. “We are so excited to start these tasting events for our loyal guests,” says Second Self President Jason Santamaria. “We owe our success to the people who come in here to drink our beer, and we want to keep doing cool events for them.”

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ATaLe | Young gruyere
Triforce IPA | Sharp cheddar
Junipa IPA | Aged manchego
Olde Oyl Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Unpasteurized Roquefort bleu cheese
Two-year aged Saison Champenoise | Two-year aged Pine Street Market prosciutto

Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur is pouring a special flight of high-volume Quadrupel ales. The flight will be served in 4oz pours and will include:

2018 Hell for Society Belgian Quad
2017 Vintage Quad
Serpentine Solitude Barrel Aged Quad
In the Air Tonight Barrel Aged Sour Quad
2017 Winter Ale Chocolate Quad

Looking to early 2019, a new gastropub called City Tap Restaurant & Bar will soon open in Midtown, the seventh location of the East-coast chain founded in 2010. The gastropub will feature over 60 beers on tap, curated from a national and international list of craft beer breweries, and a special consideration for local brewers. Beers can be paired with small and meal-sized plates from a menu specifically designed for locally-sourced ingredients from the Atlanta area. City Tap will move into 10,000 square foot former Gordon Biersch building on Peachtree Street, with two stories of restaurant seats, a brick patio with a fire pit, and a covered patio that shares a double-sided bar with the dining room.

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ATaLe | Young gruyere
Triforce IPA | Sharp cheddar
Junipa IPA | Aged manchego
Olde Oyl Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Unpasteurized Roquefort bleu cheese
Two-year aged Saison Champenoise | Two-year aged Pine Street Market prosciutto

__Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards____ __in Decatur is pouring a special flight of high-volume Quadrupel ales. The flight will be served in 4oz pours and will include:

2018 Hell for Society Belgian Quad
2017 Vintage Quad
Serpentine Solitude Barrel Aged Quad
In the Air Tonight Barrel Aged Sour Quad
2017 Winter Ale Chocolate Quad

Looking to early 2019, a new gastropub called__ ____City Tap Restaurant & Bar __will soon open in Midtown, the seventh location of the East-coast chain founded in 2010. The gastropub will feature over 60 beers on tap, curated from a national and international list of craft beer breweries, and a special consideration for local brewers. Beers can be paired with small and meal-sized plates from a menu specifically designed for locally-sourced ingredients from the Atlanta area. City Tap will move into 10,000 square foot former Gordon Biersch building on Peachtree Street, with two stories of restaurant seats, a brick patio with a fire pit, and a covered patio that shares a double-sided bar with the dining room.

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Second Self Beer Company is starting its own VIP experience, with monthly beer and food pairing nights with full-service beer pours, cheese boards, and local charcuterie from Pine Street Market. The first pairing events will be Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now on Second Self’s website priced at $40 each, two for $70, or four for $100. “We are so excited to start these tasting events for our loyal guests,” says Second Self President Jason Santamaria. “We owe our success to the people who come in here to drink our beer, and we want to keep doing cool events for them.”

PAIRING

ATaLe | Young gruyere
Triforce IPA | Sharp cheddar
Junipa IPA | Aged manchego
Olde Oyl Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Unpasteurized Roquefort bleu cheese
Two-year aged Saison Champenoise | Two-year aged Pine Street Market prosciutto

Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur is pouring a special flight of high-volume Quadrupel ales. The flight will be served in 4oz pours and will include:

2018 Hell for Society Belgian Quad
2017 Vintage Quad
Serpentine Solitude Barrel Aged Quad
In the Air Tonight Barrel Aged Sour Quad
2017 Winter Ale Chocolate Quad

Looking to early 2019, a new gastropub called City Tap Restaurant & Bar will soon open in Midtown, the seventh location of the East-coast chain founded in 2010. The gastropub will feature over 60 beers on tap, curated from a national and international list of craft beer breweries, and a special consideration for local brewers. Beers can be paired with small and meal-sized plates from a menu specifically designed for locally-sourced ingredients from the Atlanta area. City Tap will move into 10,000 square foot former Gordon Biersch building on Peachtree Street, with two stories of restaurant seats, a brick patio with a fire pit, and a covered patio that shares a double-sided bar with the dining room.

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  string(4422) "Many of Atlanta’s local breweries are tapping in to their winter spirit. Over the next week, several local breweries are releasing weather appropriate heavy stouts, wintery ales, and throwing holiday parties to keep us warm and buzzed through the cold nights to come.
 

In order to traverse the River Styx into Hades, the dead must pay a toll to Charon, ferryman of the underworld. As Atlanta crosses from a reasonable chill into the Hades-esque nose-dripping cold of Winter, Charon returns to carry to safety with The Ferryman Imperial Stout from Orpheus Brewing. The Ferryman is a re-released favorite from last winter, brewed with the roasty flavors of local coffee and cocoa nibs, bumped up to 11.8 percent ABV. It’s available for pickup in four-pack cans at the brewery, where additional unbarreled variations will be offered on draft, incorporating the flavors of hazelnut, coconut, chile, and vanilla.

Eventide Brewing collaborated with Atlanta’s iconic burger chain, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, to brew a Barrel-Aged Killer Rye IPA. The beer is now exclusively available at GKB’s Memorial, Decatur and Piedmont locations, and is served in a commemorative Eventide pint glass while supplies last. Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for details on Eventide’s anniversary party, which will be held at the brewery on January 5.

Remember the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, the beer that California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. asked breweries all over the country to join them in brewing to benefit the Camp Fire Relief Fund? We talked about it in First Draft last month if you want to jog your memory. Despite the brewing process being a lengthy one, some of Georgia Breweries’ takes on the recipe are almost ready to try. Scofflaw Brewing Company is releasing its version on draft Thursday, Dec. 13, and will be accepting additional donations for the relief effort.

SweetWater Brewing Company is tapping a batch of Resilience this Friday, Dec. 14, and they’ll be hosting a bonus raffle at the brewery to raise even more money for the cuase. Prizes include brewery merchandise and beer, but the grand prize is a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, a Mecca of American craft beer. The getaway also includes a tour, dinner, and gift card to Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Taproom in North Carolina.

Also on Friday, Atlanta Brewing Co. will release Post-bel-lum, a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels. For the occasion, the brewery is hosting a tacky sweater release party, with music from local DJ David McPherson, at 7:30 p.m. The beer is now available to reserve in four-packs of 16oz cans from CraftCellr.

Monday Night Brewing has a jam-packed weekend in the works. On Friday, Dec. 14, the West Midtown taproom will launch its new seasonal Big Softy Pale Ale. The beer is a low-ABV, lightly-hoppy, and hazy wheat ale with an easy-drinking malt flavor, ideal for pairing with meals. The next day, Monday Night Garage is bringing back its popular Situational Ethics Imperial Stout, with variants including Gingerbread Spiced aged in Bissell Maple Farm rum barrels, Chocolate Cherry Vanilla aged in Oloroso Sherry Barrels, and Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla aged in 10-year Tawny Port barrels.

The following Monday, Dec. 17, Monday Night Garage will host a “Christmas in Space” party at 7 p.m. The brewery will be decking out the space in sci-fi holiday decorations and tapping more than 20 rare and seasonal beers, including four specialty casks of Space Lettuce Double IPA variants (Orange peel with Azacca hops, grapefruit with Simcoe hops, intergalactic herb, and coffee with lactose). Tickets include three beers and a limited-edition tipsy Santa glass with original art from A.J. DeWitt, whose cartoonishly spooky personal style can be recognized from several of the brewery’s special release bottles. There will also be individual and group costume contests, a live DJ set from Amp’d Entertainment, and fresh empanadas prepared on-site by Frita Kale-O. Tickets are $30 for general admission, and include discounted options for groups and designated drivers. Tickets and a full beer list, including can be found here.

Members of the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com"
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In order to traverse the River Styx into Hades, the dead must pay a toll to Charon, ferryman of the underworld. As Atlanta crosses from a reasonable chill into the Hades-esque nose-dripping cold of Winter, Charon returns to carry to safety with The Ferryman Imperial Stout from __Orpheus Brewing__. The Ferryman is a re-released favorite from last winter, brewed with the roasty flavors of local coffee and cocoa nibs, bumped up to 11.8 percent ABV. It’s available for pickup in four-pack cans at the brewery, where additional unbarreled variations will be offered on draft, incorporating the flavors of hazelnut, coconut, chile, and vanilla.

__Eventide Brewing__ collaborated with Atlanta’s iconic burger chain, __Grindhouse Killer Burgers__, to brew a Barrel-Aged Killer Rye IPA. The beer is now exclusively available at GKB’s Memorial, Decatur and Piedmont locations, and is served in a commemorative Eventide pint glass while supplies last. Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for details on Eventide’s anniversary party, which will be held at the brewery on January 5.

Remember the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, the beer that California’s __Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.__ asked breweries all over the country to join them in brewing to benefit the Camp Fire Relief Fund? We talked about it in [https://creativeloafing.com/content-417811-FIRST-DRAFT:-Georgia-breweries-join-national-wildfire-relief-effort-|''First Draft''] last month if you want to jog your memory. Despite the brewing process being a lengthy one, some of Georgia Breweries’ takes on the recipe are almost ready to try. __Scofflaw Brewing Company__ is releasing its version on draft Thursday, Dec. 13, and will be accepting additional donations for the relief effort.

__SweetWater Brewing Company____ __is tapping a batch of Resilience this Friday, Dec. 14, and they’ll be hosting a bonus raffle at the brewery to raise even more money for the cuase. Prizes include brewery merchandise and beer, but the grand prize is a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, a Mecca of American craft beer. The getaway also includes a tour, dinner, and gift card to Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Taproom in North Carolina.

Also on Friday, __Atlanta Brewing Co__. will release Post-bel-lum, a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels. For the occasion, the brewery is hosting a tacky sweater release party, with music from local DJ David McPherson, at 7:30 p.m. The beer is now available to reserve in four-packs of 16oz cans from [https://atlantabrewing.craftcellr.com/offers/33785|CraftCellr].

__Monday Night Brewing__ has a jam-packed weekend in the works. On Friday, Dec. 14, the West Midtown taproom will launch its new seasonal Big Softy Pale Ale. The beer is a low-ABV, lightly-hoppy, and hazy wheat ale with an easy-drinking malt flavor, ideal for pairing with meals. The next day, __Monday Night Garage__ is bringing back its popular Situational Ethics Imperial Stout, with variants including Gingerbread Spiced aged in Bissell Maple Farm rum barrels, Chocolate Cherry Vanilla aged in Oloroso Sherry Barrels, and Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla aged in 10-year Tawny Port barrels.

The following Monday, Dec. 17, __Monday Night Garage__ will host a “Christmas in Space” party at 7 p.m. The brewery will be decking out the space in sci-fi holiday decorations and tapping more than 20 rare and seasonal beers, including four specialty casks of Space Lettuce Double IPA variants (Orange peel with Azacca hops, grapefruit with Simcoe hops, intergalactic herb, and coffee with lactose). Tickets include three beers and a limited-edition tipsy Santa glass with original art from [https://www.instagram.com/a.dewitt.art/?hl=en|A.J. DeWitt], whose cartoonishly spooky personal style can be recognized from several of the brewery’s special release bottles. There will also be individual and group costume contests, a live DJ set from Amp’d Entertainment, and fresh empanadas prepared on-site by Frita Kale-O. Tickets are $30 for general admission, and include discounted options for groups and designated drivers. Tickets and a full beer list, including can be found [https://www.freshtix.com/events/christmas-in-space?fbclid=IwAR0Dd5CIXaUSn1j1ksMFzkRId-9k-36pMF3lGwgr40fpvQkLxAotJSomWlU|here].

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In order to traverse the River Styx into Hades, the dead must pay a toll to Charon, ferryman of the underworld. As Atlanta crosses from a reasonable chill into the Hades-esque nose-dripping cold of Winter, Charon returns to carry to safety with The Ferryman Imperial Stout from Orpheus Brewing. The Ferryman is a re-released favorite from last winter, brewed with the roasty flavors of local coffee and cocoa nibs, bumped up to 11.8 percent ABV. It’s available for pickup in four-pack cans at the brewery, where additional unbarreled variations will be offered on draft, incorporating the flavors of hazelnut, coconut, chile, and vanilla.

Eventide Brewing collaborated with Atlanta’s iconic burger chain, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, to brew a Barrel-Aged Killer Rye IPA. The beer is now exclusively available at GKB’s Memorial, Decatur and Piedmont locations, and is served in a commemorative Eventide pint glass while supplies last. Keep an eye out in the next couple of weeks for details on Eventide’s anniversary party, which will be held at the brewery on January 5.

Remember the Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, the beer that California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. asked breweries all over the country to join them in brewing to benefit the Camp Fire Relief Fund? We talked about it in First Draft last month if you want to jog your memory. Despite the brewing process being a lengthy one, some of Georgia Breweries’ takes on the recipe are almost ready to try. Scofflaw Brewing Company is releasing its version on draft Thursday, Dec. 13, and will be accepting additional donations for the relief effort.

SweetWater Brewing Company is tapping a batch of Resilience this Friday, Dec. 14, and they’ll be hosting a bonus raffle at the brewery to raise even more money for the cuase. Prizes include brewery merchandise and beer, but the grand prize is a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, a Mecca of American craft beer. The getaway also includes a tour, dinner, and gift card to Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Taproom in North Carolina.

Also on Friday, Atlanta Brewing Co. will release Post-bel-lum, a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels. For the occasion, the brewery is hosting a tacky sweater release party, with music from local DJ David McPherson, at 7:30 p.m. The beer is now available to reserve in four-packs of 16oz cans from CraftCellr.

Monday Night Brewing has a jam-packed weekend in the works. On Friday, Dec. 14, the West Midtown taproom will launch its new seasonal Big Softy Pale Ale. The beer is a low-ABV, lightly-hoppy, and hazy wheat ale with an easy-drinking malt flavor, ideal for pairing with meals. The next day, Monday Night Garage is bringing back its popular Situational Ethics Imperial Stout, with variants including Gingerbread Spiced aged in Bissell Maple Farm rum barrels, Chocolate Cherry Vanilla aged in Oloroso Sherry Barrels, and Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla aged in 10-year Tawny Port barrels.

The following Monday, Dec. 17, Monday Night Garage will host a “Christmas in Space” party at 7 p.m. The brewery will be decking out the space in sci-fi holiday decorations and tapping more than 20 rare and seasonal beers, including four specialty casks of Space Lettuce Double IPA variants (Orange peel with Azacca hops, grapefruit with Simcoe hops, intergalactic herb, and coffee with lactose). Tickets include three beers and a limited-edition tipsy Santa glass with original art from A.J. DeWitt, whose cartoonishly spooky personal style can be recognized from several of the brewery’s special release bottles. There will also be individual and group costume contests, a live DJ set from Amp’d Entertainment, and fresh empanadas prepared on-site by Frita Kale-O. Tickets are $30 for general admission, and include discounted options for groups and designated drivers. Tickets and a full beer list, including can be found here.

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  string(5757) "Come, ye common drunkards and bougie aristocracy alike, and celebrate the two-year anniversary of Shakespeare on Draught, Atlanta’s resident under-prepared and booze-powered Shakespearean theater troupe.

This Monday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., Orpheus Brewing will host a raucous birthday party for the troupe, who will be performing live scenes from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Per the troupe’s usual fare, the scenes will be performed on-the-fly with minimal rehearsal, fueled by a pint or two of liquid courage. The troupe has gained a ravenous cult following in its short time, and earned Creative Loafing’s critic award for Best Local Play earlier this year.

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Early performances of Shakespeare on Draught were established at Cabbagetown’s 97 Estoria, a dive bar with the kind of intimate and inebriated audience that Shakespeare himself was originally writing for. After growing a larger cult of loyal attendees, the troupe found a second home at Orpheus Brewing and began performing at the panhellenic-themed brewery near Piedmont Park. “Shakespeare on Draught represents what we've always tried to do at Orpheus — bring people together with beer and stories,” says Orpheus brewmaster and president Jason Pellett. “They need each other, and that's rarely as evident as when hundreds of people come together in a brewery parking lot to experience a raucous, slightly drunk, Shakespeare play in the kind of loose setting they were written for.”

In addition to Orpheus’s year-round and seasonal beers on draft, there will also be food available for purchase on-site and a raffle with prizes including iconic props from past shows and a set of commemorative beer glasses. The troupe will be announcing its 2019 season, including a special show that will be decided by those in attendance at the anniversary that very night.

A range of ticket levels include $10 (entry), $20 (entry, one beer, ten raffle tickets), or $30 (entry one beer, one commemorative pint glass, twenty raffle tickets).

Great Southern Beer Fest

The Great Southern Beer Fest isn’t until April 27, 2019, so it’s a little early to be talking about it... but we don’t want you to miss the first round of $25 cheapo tickets, which go on sale this Friday, Dec. 7. You know the beer festival drill by now — more than 75 breweries from all over Georgia and other Southern states will be pouring samples of their finest craft beers from booths scattered around Virginia-Highlands’ John Howell Park. This beer fest is hootnannified with live country rock music, commemorative full-size mason jars, and Southern soul food. Early tickets are available here.

NEW BEER RELEASES 

Monday Night Brewing is bringing back the beloved Space Lettuce double IPA, available at the Hop Hut and in 16 oz tall boys Dec. 7. Originally brewed for the brewery’s sixth anniversary, Space Lettuce is packed with six different hop varieties (Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot, Simcoe, Mandarina Bavaria, and Columbus) and clocks in at 8.1 percent ABV.

The very next day, Monday Night Garage will release Como Te Llamas, an homage to the sweet, rice-based Latin American beverage, horchata. This tequila barrel-aged imperial stout is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, thickened with lactose and vanilla for a deep and filling stout body at a warming 12.5 percent ABV. It’ll be available at the Garage in bottles, and can be reserved on CraftCellr.

New Realm Brewing collaborated with ASW Distillery to brew Sticky Beans, an English Strong Ale with maple syrup and Firelight Coffee Roasters coffee beans, aged in ASW bourbon barrels to finish at 8.8 percent ABV. It’ll be available exclusively at Taco Mac locations all over Georgia starting Dec. 10 and continuing through the holidays.

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__Monday Night Brewing____ __is bringing back the beloved Space Lettuce double IPA, available at the Hop Hut and in 16 oz tall boys Dec. 7. Originally brewed for the brewery’s sixth anniversary, Space Lettuce is packed with six different hop varieties (Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot, Simcoe, Mandarina Bavaria, and Columbus) and clocks in at 8.1 percent ABV.

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__New Realm Brewing__ collaborated with __ASW Distillery__ to brew Sticky Beans, an English Strong Ale with maple syrup and __Firelight Coffee Roasters__ coffee beans, aged in ASW bourbon barrels to finish at 8.8 percent ABV. It’ll be available exclusively at __Taco Mac__ locations all over Georgia starting Dec. 10 and continuing through the holidays.

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This Monday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., Orpheus Brewing will host a raucous birthday party for the troupe, who will be performing live scenes from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Per the troupe’s usual fare, the scenes will be performed on-the-fly with minimal rehearsal, fueled by a pint or two of liquid courage. The troupe has gained a ravenous cult following in its short time, and earned Creative Loafing’s critic award for Best Local Play earlier this year.

Tipsy blunders are common in Shakespeare on Draught, but always played up for laughs and entertainment, encouraging common “groundlings” in the audience to heckle and take a drink when the actors are forced to call for a line or creatively adlib their way through a scene. It’s a unifying experience that shatters the high-brow and stuffy perception of live theater, taking glory in its own imperfection. “There are zero boundaries between the actors and our groundlings who are watching,” says Elizabeth Miller, the troupe’s artistic director and founder. “We give them props. We talk to them and they talk back. They boo and cheer and whistle and heckle and hiss and are as much a part of creating the evening as we are.”

Even when mistakes are made, it’s far from amateur-hour. Miller and company are experienced stage performers, and it takes skill to perform complex and tongue-twisting Shakespeare plays from memory — especially a hazy one. Actors who are used to a lengthy rehearsal processes and multiple performances only get one or two brief run-throughs of the script, and each performance is one night only. “On one level, I think our audiences really dig that about us. It's pretty fun to watch actors messing up and not taking themselves too seriously, especially when we've made it into a bit of a drinking game,” Miller says. “On a deeper level though, our actors start making bigger, bolder, more exciting choices. It's almost a ‘fight or flight’ response, and it's so much fun to work like that as an actor. A lot of the acting choices we've made on the fly during our shows live in legend amongst the company.”

Early performances of Shakespeare on Draught were established at Cabbagetown’s 97 Estoria, a dive bar with the kind of intimate and inebriated audience that Shakespeare himself was originally writing for. After growing a larger cult of loyal attendees, the troupe found a second home at Orpheus Brewing and began performing at the panhellenic-themed brewery near Piedmont Park. “Shakespeare on Draught represents what we've always tried to do at Orpheus — bring people together with beer and stories,” says Orpheus brewmaster and president Jason Pellett. “They need each other, and that's rarely as evident as when hundreds of people come together in a brewery parking lot to experience a raucous, slightly drunk, Shakespeare play in the kind of loose setting they were written for.”

In addition to Orpheus’s year-round and seasonal beers on draft, there will also be food available for purchase on-site and a raffle with prizes including iconic props from past shows and a set of commemorative beer glasses. The troupe will be announcing its 2019 season, including a special show that will be decided by those in attendance at the anniversary that very night.

A range of ticket levels include $10 (entry), $20 (entry, one beer, ten raffle tickets), or $30 (entry one beer, one commemorative pint glass, twenty raffle tickets).

Great Southern Beer Fest

The Great Southern Beer Fest isn’t until April 27, 2019, so it’s a little early to be talking about it... but we don’t want you to miss the first round of $25 cheapo tickets, which go on sale this Friday, Dec. 7. You know the beer festival drill by now — more than 75 breweries from all over Georgia and other Southern states will be pouring samples of their finest craft beers from booths scattered around Virginia-Highlands’ John Howell Park. This beer fest is hootnannified with live country rock music, commemorative full-size mason jars, and Southern soul food. Early tickets are available here.

NEW BEER RELEASES 

Monday Night Brewing is bringing back the beloved Space Lettuce double IPA, available at the Hop Hut and in 16 oz tall boys Dec. 7. Originally brewed for the brewery’s sixth anniversary, Space Lettuce is packed with six different hop varieties (Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot, Simcoe, Mandarina Bavaria, and Columbus) and clocks in at 8.1 percent ABV.

The very next day, Monday Night Garage will release Como Te Llamas, an homage to the sweet, rice-based Latin American beverage, horchata. This tequila barrel-aged imperial stout is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, thickened with lactose and vanilla for a deep and filling stout body at a warming 12.5 percent ABV. It’ll be available at the Garage in bottles, and can be reserved on CraftCellr.

New Realm Brewing collaborated with ASW Distillery to brew Sticky Beans, an English Strong Ale with maple syrup and Firelight Coffee Roasters coffee beans, aged in ASW bourbon barrels to finish at 8.8 percent ABV. It’ll be available exclusively at Taco Mac locations all over Georgia starting Dec. 10 and continuing through the holidays.

Members of the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com     Johns Creek Photography TAMING OF THE BREW: Orpheus Brewing host tipsy theater troupe Shakespeare on Drought’s two-year anniversary party this Monday, Dec. 10.                                   FIRST DRAFT: Groundlings, gentry and royalty toast Shakespeare on Draught "
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Both companies, and many other local breweries including New Realm Brewing Company, Terrapin ATL Brew Lab, and Variant Brewing Company, joined Sierra Nevada in brewing Resilience. Interestingly, brewing techniques, equipment and philosophy vary from brewery to brewery, even when working from the same recipe. This means that differences in brewing practice will produce subtle variations of Sierra Nevada’s beer, imbuing each one with the personality of its manufacturer. A perfect metaphor to illustrate a diverse group of breweries uniting under one cause.

This year alone, Scofflaw contributed roughly $60,000 to benefit charitable causes, including juvenile arthritis and cancer research. Proceeds from various Scofflaw beers and events have benefitted Camp Twin Lakes, a summer camp supporting children with disabilities which Shirah’s own daughter frequently attends. “We are in a unique position as the craft beer industry is still young and offers some opportunity, though we still face significant headwinds with the current system we have in place,” Shirah says. “As far as the moral issues, folks with negative positions tend to maintain those positions regardless of the information available.”

The Resilience Butte County Proud IPA is brewed with chinook, centennial and cascade hops with two-row pale and caramel malts, finished at 6.8 percent ABV. Sierra Nevada’s can art depicts California’s lush forest landscape with mountains and setting sun in the background, but it’s worth noting that other breweries cannot actually distribute their version in cans. It’ll take a few weeks for the beer to be available in taprooms, so keep an eye on each breweries’ social media, and Scofflaw’s fancy new website, for official release dates.

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Atlanta Brewing Company will release the next two volumes of their mixed fermentation series. Conjuring Cultures Vol. 3 is a Brettanomyces beer fermented in oak barrels and finished with basil and strawberries, and Vol. 4 is a mixed fermentation farmhouse ale aged with blood oranges and figs. Both beers will be available from the brewery on Nov. 30 in 500mL bottles at $10 apiece.

The sixth annual Wrecking Bar Strong Beer festival on Dec. 1 will positively destroy attendees with more than 40 high-gravity beers from about 20 breweries, all of which are at least 8 percent ABV. As they do every year, tickets sold out very quickly. But don’t worry if you didn’t get one — nobody will remember this festival anyway.

Arches Brewing will release Lagerdoodle Vol. 2, a blackberry milkshake India Pale Lager on Dec. 6. The India Pale Lager style is a new experimental trend in the industry, with a dry-hopped flavor crossed with creamy milkshake berries and vanilla.

The number one best-selling alcoholic drink in Finland is now available in Georgia stores, and we’re only the second state in country to get to try it. The amazingly named beverage, The Long Drink (“Lonkero” in Finnish), is a carbonated gin cocktail mixed with citrusy grapefruit soda and added fruity flavors. It is available in cans all over Atlanta right now.

Members of the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com "
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Camp Fire claimed at least 88 lives and 7,600 residences, including the homes of several Sierra Nevada employees. The company reached out to every brewery in the country to join their campaign, which donates 100 percent of the profits to support victims of the wildfire. Westside ATL’s resident gold-hearted punks at Scofflaw Brewing Co. were among of the first in Georgia to announce their intention to brew Resilience. “We were asked and we can do. I am sure that anyone with the capacity to get involved would help out,” says Scofflaw CEO Matt Shirah. “We will market and price the beer accordingly so that we can get the aid monies to Sierra Nevada as quickly as possible.”

Under Georgia’s restrictive governance of alcohol sales, and even stricter moral scrutiny of intoxicants, breweries fight an uphill battle to prove the positive impact they can have on their communities. High-profile fundraisers like Sierra Nevada’s campaign help breweries pay their success forward, while also giving craft beer drinkers a chance to do their part. Local industry leaders SweetWater Brewing Company and Creature Comforts are prominent examples of craft beer philanthropists, raising thousands of dollars with their respective “Save Our Water” and “Get Comfortable” campaigns using profits from charity beers alone.

Both companies, and many other local breweries including New Realm Brewing Company, Terrapin ATL Brew Lab, and Variant Brewing Company, joined Sierra Nevada in brewing Resilience. Interestingly, brewing techniques, equipment and philosophy vary from brewery to brewery, even when working from the same recipe. This means that differences in brewing practice will produce subtle variations of Sierra Nevada’s beer, imbuing each one with the personality of its manufacturer. A perfect metaphor to illustrate a diverse group of breweries uniting under one cause.

This year alone, Scofflaw contributed roughly $60,000 to benefit charitable causes, including juvenile arthritis and cancer research. Proceeds from various Scofflaw beers and events have benefitted Camp Twin Lakes, a summer camp supporting children with disabilities which Shirah’s own daughter frequently attends. “We are in a unique position as the craft beer industry is still young and offers some opportunity, though we still face significant headwinds with the current system we have in place,” Shirah says. “As far as the moral issues, folks with negative positions tend to maintain those positions regardless of the information available.”

The Resilience Butte County Proud IPA is brewed with chinook, centennial and cascade hops with two-row pale and caramel malts, finished at 6.8 percent ABV. Sierra Nevada’s can art depicts California’s lush forest landscape with mountains and setting sun in the background, but it’s worth noting that other breweries cannot actually distribute their version in cans. It’ll take a few weeks for the beer to be available in taprooms, so keep an eye on each breweries’ social media, and Scofflaw’s fancy new website, for official release dates.

IN OTHER NEWS

Atlanta Brewing Company will release the next two volumes of their mixed fermentation series. Conjuring Cultures Vol. 3 is a Brettanomyces beer fermented in oak barrels and finished with basil and strawberries, and Vol. 4 is a mixed fermentation farmhouse ale aged with blood oranges and figs. Both beers will be available from the brewery on Nov. 30 in 500mL bottles at $10 apiece.

The sixth annual Wrecking Bar Strong Beer festival on Dec. 1 will positively destroy attendees with more than 40 high-gravity beers from about 20 breweries, all of which are at least 8 percent ABV. As they do every year, tickets sold out very quickly. But don’t worry if you didn’t get one — nobody will remember this festival anyway.

Arches Brewing will release Lagerdoodle Vol. 2, a blackberry milkshake India Pale Lager on Dec. 6. The India Pale Lager style is a new experimental trend in the industry, with a dry-hopped flavor crossed with creamy milkshake berries and vanilla.

The number one best-selling alcoholic drink in Finland is now available in Georgia stores, and we’re only the second state in country to get to try it. The amazingly named beverage, The Long Drink (“Lonkero” in Finnish), is a carbonated gin cocktail mixed with citrusy grapefruit soda and added fruity flavors. It is available in cans all over Atlanta right now.

Members of the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com     Samantha Taylor BREWING TOGETHER: Scofflaw Brewing Co. was one of several Georgia breweries to participate in Sierra Nevada’s Resilience Butte County Proud IPA campaign on Giving Tuesday.                                    FIRST DRAFT: Georgia breweries join national wildfire relief effort  "
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Through Nov. 23, Monday Night Brewing is throwing in two special branded glasses free with every six to-go bottles purchased at the Garage. For the occasion, the brewery will release Overnight Celebrity, a seasonal barrel aged dark porter as dark as Black Friday itself.

Overnight Celebrity | Maple Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Porter, 11.5 percent ABV
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Dunk Deez | Collaboration Porter, 6.6 percent ABV
SweetWater and Sublime Doughnuts join forces to brew Dunk Deez, a variation of the brewery’s seasonal Exodus Jamaican Coffee Porter with roasty chocolate malts. You really can’t go wrong with coffee and doughnuts.

Berries in the Port | Blueberry porter variant, 6.6 percent ABV
SweetWater’s Exodus sweetened with blueberry flavor.

S’mores Porter | Chocolate porter variant, 6.6 percent ABV 
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Original Exodus will also be available on draft, along with SweetWater Festive Ale, Sinner’s Son Imperial Stout, Coco Hills Imperial Stout, and SweetWater’s usual variety of seasonals and staples. Sublime Doughnuts will be slinging treats on-site, and The Daily food truck will serve sopapilla tacos from 2-7 p.m. The first 100 guests through the door get a limited edition Black Friday glass, and everyone can take advantage of 25-50 percent discounts on SweetWater merchandise.

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When you finally get tired of Black Friday madness, lay low at Second Self Beer Company, where every beer in the tasting room will be only $3. No special releases here, but keep an eye out for more seasonal beers to come out of Second Self in December.

Members of the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com"
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Through Nov. 23, __Monday Night Brewing__ is throwing in two special branded glasses free with every six to-go bottles purchased at the Garage. For the occasion, the brewery will release Overnight Celebrity, a seasonal barrel aged dark porter as dark as Black Friday itself.

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Dunk Deez | Collaboration Porter, 6.6 percent ABV
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ANNIVERSARY BEER RELEASES
5th Anniversary Ale | Spiced Strong Ale, 12.5 percent ABV 
The anniversary ale is a blend of five of Three Tavern’s most popular barrel-aged beers: Helm’s Deep, Mount Fang, Departed Spirit, BBA Dubbel Shot, and DBA Fest Noel. The combination creates a wintery aroma and a flavor of herbal spices featuring dark fruits, chocolate, and roasted coffee.

Lazy Sonker | Blueberry Cobbler Sour Ale, 5 percent ABV 
Three Tavern’s Lazy Sonker is brewed with lactose, cinnamon, and vanilla to get a whole bite of crust flavor into this creamy sour ale for a taste, evocative of a favorite fruity Thanksgiving dessert. Earlier this year, the brew claimed second-place “People’s Choice” award at The Wrecking Bar’s Wild Wild Beer Fest.

Oak on Ponce IPA | Oak-Aged IPA, 7.5 percent ABV 
This oak-aged variant of Three Tavern’s A Night on Ponce IPA merges robust notes of wood and vanilla with the citrus hop character of one of the brewery’s most celebrated beers.

In other news, SweetWater Brewing Company is kicking off the giving season on Thursday, Nov. 15, with its sixth release of Second Helping IPA, a collaborative beer with The Giving Kitchen brewed with juniper berries. 100 percent of profits benefit The Giving Kitchen’s mission to assist food service workers in critical need of financial assistance, including those drowning in medical expenses. Tickets are $20 and include a crowler of Second Helping IPA to-go, a pint of beer of your choosing, and a brisket sandwich courtesy of SweetWater’s new taproom chef Nick Anderson.

Steady Hand Beer Co., is slowly introducing its brews to stores and beer festivals before the Westside taproom location officially opens. The company already has a fall variation of its flagship Georgia Farmhouse Ale on shelves now, implementing hints of roasted sweet potatoes, hearty rye, toasty malts, and spice. At 6.25 percent ABV, this fall-centric beer pairs easily with Thanksgiving food, including sweet potato pie and caramalized dishes. Keep an eye out for news on this new brewery before it opens later this winter.

Monday Night Brewing is bringing back its 8.5 percent ABV barrel-aged bourbon version of its Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, adding notes of charred oak and vanilla to the decadent chocolate and caramel malts of the original beer. This variant won an award for Atlanta craft beer in Denver’s 2014 Great American Beer Festival, taking home the gold medal in the wood and barrel-aged beer category. It will be available on draft and to-go at the brewery on Friday, Nov. 16.

Marietta’s Red Hare Brewing is raising money for testicular cancer and other male centric health issues at their annual Movember fundraiser this Friday, Nov. 16, from 5-9 p.m. The brewery partnered with Movember ATL to throw a party featuring live music from local rocker Halem Albright, Red Hare beer on tap, tacos from The Real Mexican Vittles, men’s health support vendors, and a facial hair competition.

Members of the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com "
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Lazy Sonker | Blueberry Cobbler Sour Ale, 5 percent ABV 
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In other news, SweetWater Brewing Company is kicking off the giving season on Thursday, Nov. 15, with its sixth release of Second Helping IPA, a collaborative beer with The Giving Kitchen brewed with juniper berries. 100 percent of profits benefit The Giving Kitchen’s mission to assist food service workers in critical need of financial assistance, including those drowning in medical expenses. Tickets are $20 and include a crowler of Second Helping IPA to-go, a pint of beer of your choosing, and a brisket sandwich courtesy of SweetWater’s new taproom chef Nick Anderson.

Steady Hand Beer Co., is slowly introducing its brews to stores and beer festivals before the Westside taproom location officially opens. The company already has a fall variation of its flagship Georgia Farmhouse Ale on shelves now, implementing hints of roasted sweet potatoes, hearty rye, toasty malts, and spice. At 6.25 percent ABV, this fall-centric beer pairs easily with Thanksgiving food, including sweet potato pie and caramalized dishes. Keep an eye out for news on this new brewery before it opens later this winter.

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Marietta’s Red Hare Brewing is raising money for testicular cancer and other male centric health issues at their annual Movember fundraiser this Friday, Nov. 16, from 5-9 p.m. The brewery partnered with Movember ATL to throw a party featuring live music from local rocker Halem Albright, Red Hare beer on tap, tacos from The Real Mexican Vittles, men’s health support vendors, and a facial hair competition.

Members of the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com     Courtesy of Three Taverns Brewery HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Three Taverns Brewery celebrates its fifth anniversary with new beer releases and a party on Nov. 17    5 Anni Glass Image 3 Taverns                               FIRST DRAFT: Five years of Three Taverns, SweetWater gives back, and new releases "
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