Southern Beer Tour’s 3rd Anniversary Cask

As you can tell, I was excited about this one.

As you can tell, I was excited about this one.

Southern Beer Tours is turning three years old! We cannot thank you enough for making us your preferred method of enjoying amazing breweries in the Atlanta area. To celebrate, the Woodlands at SweetWater helped us make another awesome cask.

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Nick B and I discussing The Process

This year’s anniversary brew uses the delicious Rainy Day Acid Trip Sour, a must-try sour for anyone who has yet to tour the new Sweetwater barrel-aging facility, as the base. For this brew, we removed the hops.

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Removing the fruit from the cups and putting them into a cask sock

Then we added pineapple and passionfruit fruit cups to create a delicious, mimosa-style sour.

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We call it Nasty Nate’s fruit cocktail, honoring an American film classic.

Come try it on March 11 as we visit Sweetwater, Monday Night, and Red Brick (we’ll have a special beer there too!) Also stay tuned for more information on our after party.

 

 

Celebrate Georgia Beer Day 2017!

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Want to help raise money to change Georgia law? Visit your local brewery this weekend and a portion will go to the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild to help raise money.

Abbey of the Holy Goats, Roswell
$15 Tour with $5 per admission donated to Guild and comes with a souvenir package.

Abide Brewing, Newnan
Donating 50% of all merchandise sold.

Burnt Hickory AND Dry County, Kennesaw

Double Tour!! For the price of 1, you get a tour at both places and a percentage of sales will be donated!

Cannon Brewpub, Columbus

Kick the Keg through the weekend Jan 28-30. Donating all profits from the sale of the keg!

Cherry Street Brewing, Cumming
Kick the Keg Weekend 1/27-1/29, tapping new IPA and will donate 100% of sales for the keg.

Coastal Empire Beer Co, Savannah
Donating 50% of all Tours.

Creature Comforts, Athens
$5 from every tour goes to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild

Eventide, Atlanta
Month long promotion in February “#welovegabeer“. 10% off all sales will go to the Guild. We have events through out the month planned as well.

Gate City, Roswell
https://www.facebook.com/events/1593030094066948/Live Music, serving BBQ, and proceeds from specially priced tours donated to the Guild.

Georgia Beer Garden, Atlanta
Donating 10% of all package beer sales to the guild.

Ironmonger/Naughty Soda, Marietta
Release incredibly limited Kreik Lambic style beers and donate half of the sales. Check their Facebook for all the killer descriptions and exact pricing.

Jekyll Brewing Company, Alpharetta
Donating 50% of all Tours.

Max Lagers, Atlanta
Kick the Casks. White Oak White dry hopped with Cashmere and a Four Rose Barrel aged St. Mungo Scotch ale. All proceeds to the guild.

Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta
Donating 25% of all Tours.

Omaha Brewing, Omaha
Raffling a brew day on pilot system with Brewmaster Nick and Brewer Dee. Raffle tickets available for purchase in the taproom for $20/ticket. Drawing will occur on Georgia Beer day. All proceeds from raffle will benefit the Guild.

Orpheus Brewing, Atlanta
Barrel-aged Beer Tour for $18. The guild will receive $6 per barrel-aged tour purchase.

Southbound Brewing, Savannah
$20 Tour with $5 per admission donated to Guild and comes with a six pack. We are also going to do a Peach Wit Cask.

Sweetwater Brewing Company, Atlanta
$2 from every tasting tour & $5 from every Growler Tour are be donated to the guild.\

Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur
25% of total sales for the day will be donated to the guild.

Torched Hop, Atlanta
Women Carry a Torch for Georgia Beer. $10 admission gets a special tour, beer flight, and bar snacks. All proceeds go to the GCBG.

Wild Heaven, Avondale Estates
Donating proceeds from Tours and bringing out some rare treats in the evening.

Southern Beer Tour’s 2nd Anniversary Cask

We have turned 2! Thanks to all that have come along for the ride. We look forward to many more years of being able to bring you, our guests, to more local breweries!

A couple of weeks ago we had an oppertunity to make a special beer cask with SweetWater for our upcoming Anniversary Tour on March 5th! We call it Ancho Basic Imperial Stout!

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First we had to choose a base beer from SweetWater’s incredible lineup. They happened to have a fresh batch of their Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

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Next we had to decide what we wanted to go in. We wanted to go with a Westbrook Mexican Cake style beer. We added cocoa nibs, vanilla paste, cinnamon sticks, pasilla chilies, and ancho chilies.

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Jonathan and brewer Nick B measuring out vanilla

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Then we put all the ingredients into the cask and fill it with some fresh beer!

Join us on March 5th as we visit SweetWater (with a cask), Red Brick, and Red Hare (with a cask). Also stay tuned for more information on our after party!

Georgia Craft Beer Celebration

Visit your favorite local breweries the weekend of November 13, 2015 as they fundraise on behalf of the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild! Proceeds from events, tastings, beer dinners, and more will help push Georgia beer forward.

Burnt Hickory BreweryKennesaw, GA – Nov 12 – Nov. 12th.
Tours will be $20.00 and will include 36 on site and two crowlers of any beer to go. They will be tapping a special brew, Statesboro Blues. $5 of every one of those tours sold to the guild!

The Cannon BrewpubColumbus, GA – Nov. 13 & 14
In support of the Guild, the Cannon is having a Red Jacket event where we will donate 10% of each draft on November 13th and 14th. The event, from 3PM till 10 PM on both days is also to show our appreciation for all our loyal customers that have enjoyed our beer since the Cannon opened. Come down and enjoy a Red Jacket and support a great cause.

Cherry Street BrewingCumming, GA – Nov. 13
Cherry Street has collaBEERated with O’Dempsey’s Brewing to promote the Modernization of Georgia Beer Laws. Blame Canada Imperial Red Ale is an 8.8% double Irish Red Ale with huge malt up front and a nice American Citrus hop finish. Randy and Gail from O’Dempsey’s will be at Cherry Street Taproom on Friday the 13th at 4pm for the Tapping and also 1pm on Saturday for Tours. ALL Sales will be donated to the Guild!!

Coastal EmpireSavannah, GA – Nov 12-Nov 13
Will be helping with fundraising this weekend with the following: Friday & Saturday, tours will be $20 ($5 of which will be donated to the Guild) and will include: 36 ounces on-site tastings, some tap room exclusive beers, a 64 oz growler fill, and generous beer & snack pairings featuring Savannah Rae’s Popcorn.

Creature Comforts Beer Co.Athens, GA – Nov. 14
CCBC will have a second tour option that day, with an increased price of $16. This tour will include the normal sampling, a sticker, as well as a 32oz crowler of a special beer brewed with one of last year’s IndieGoGo campaign donors. Creature Comforts will donate $10 of every one of those tours sold to the guild!

Eagle Creek BreweryStatesboro, GA – Nov 13 – 5pm – 10pm
Local Band Piano’s Album release pre-party, and Eagle Creek Georgia Beer Day Festival. $15 tasting Beer, Brats, & Blues. Brats will be supplied by Hunter cattle and will be using Low Country Pale Ale. $3 of the event price will go to benefit the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild.

Eventide BrewingAtlanta, GA– Nov. 14
From 12 – 6pm tickets will be $35 and will include the private release of our winter seasonal, a Baltic Porter, a 64 oz growler fill, & food. $10 will go to the brewers guild for each purchase!

Jailhouse BrewingHampton, GA– Nov. 14
Jailhouse Brewing Company is hosting a “Free the Brewers Tour” will have live music, food, a raffle for great swag and of course handcrafted JHB beer. They will donate the proceeds of the raffle and all JHB Coozie sales to the Brewers Guild. Tours are from 2-6 and are 18.00 and includes souvenir beer to go.

Macon Beer CompanyMacon, GA – Nov 13
Macon Beer Co. is offering a special Friday opening of the tasting room, November 13th 6 – 10 PM, to celebrate Georgia Beer Day. Tours will be $12 and will include a pint glass and 36 oz of free on-premise tastings. Macon Beer Company will donate $5 for each tour admission to the Georgia Brewer’s Guild.

Max Lager’s BreweryAtlanta, GA – Nov. 13-15
They will be donating $1 from every beer sold to the Guild! Drink up!
Monday Night Brewing- Atlanta, GA – Nov 14 Tours will be priced at $18 and will include a free souvenir beer. $5 from every tour will be donated directly to the Guild!

Orpheus BrewingAtlanta, GA– November 14, 6-9.
They’ll have Bourbon Barrel-aged, The 12th Labor, and a Sauternes barrel-aged cherry sour on tap. The Tour includes 2 souvenir bombers of Cognac Barrel-aged Sykophantes fig sour. Max 100 people, $30. The guild will get $15!

Red Brick BrewingAtlanta, Ga – November 13
Tour will be $13 with glass and beer tasting and Red Brick will donate $2 from each tour. They will also take donations at the door!

Red Hare BrewingMarietta, GA – Nov 13th 5:30-7:30
Tours will be priced at $15, featuring food sampling, souvenir glassware and tasting, including our very limited Saison Rouge. $5 from every tour will be donated to the Guild! For more info on this event visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/982653475110834/

Reformation BreweryWoodstock, GA
$15 Reformed Tour including samples and togo beer available. $5 per Tour towards the guild.

Second Self BeerAtlanta, GA – November 14
Will be doing their first ever bottle release. They are bottling the Mole Porter and it will only be available this one day. $15 for our 36 oz on premise tour and 1 – 12 oz Souvenir beer (labeled ‘Souvenir Mole’). $5 goes to the guild!

Southbound Brewing Co.Savannah, GA– November 13
The Tour price is $20 includes a special pilot batch 22 oz bottle brewed for the day. BBQ and live music. The guild will get $10 from each tour!

SweetWater Brewing Co.Atlanta, GA – November 13th
Tour will be $10 and includes on site samples and the souvenir glass. $3 from each glass will be a donation to the guild!

Terrapin Beer CoAthens, GA – Thursday, Nov. 12.
Tours will be $20 and will include a pint glass, 36 oz on premise, and a special 32oz growler (and fill) with the Guild and Terrapins logo! $5 of every tour will be donated to the Guild.

Three Taverns BreweryDecatur, GA – Friday, November 13th
There will be a special Support Georgia Breweries tour that will be $18 and include tastings of up to 36oz. of beer and a 32oz. souvenir glass growler filled with one of our beers to go. $5 of every tour purchase will be donated to the Georgia Brewers Guild.

Wild Heaven Craft BeersDecatur, GA – Nov 13, 5:30-8:30pm
They will be hosting the Brewery Defense Tour – $15. Three 12oz pours PLUS a free souvenir 32oz Crowler of our Autumn Defense fall beer to-go rebranded as Brewery Defense Fall Ale. 50% of every tour purchase will be donated to the Georgia Brewers Guild.

What we are drinking this week 10/8/15-10/14/15

What’s new from breweries around the south and available at fine craft beer stores around Atlanta this week? Some great new brews!

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Terrapin Athens, GA – Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA

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Burnt Hickory Kennesaw, GA – Die Kreuzen Imperial Pumpkin Porter

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SweetWater Atlanta – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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Burnt Hickory Kennesaw, GA – Drivin N Cryin IPA

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Three Taverns Decatur, GA – Sour Aslyum #1

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Boulevard & Cigar City Kansas City / Tampa – Tropical Pale Ale

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Wicked Weed Asheville – Pernicious (IPA), Freak of Nature (Double IPA), Xibalba (Imperial Pumpkin Ale), and Tyranny (Red IPA)

Southern Beer Tours Celebrates American Craft Beer Week

American Craft Beer Week has finally arrived. Prepare yourself for some epic events going on in the Atlanta area all week! Some highlights with a focus on local offerings are below

Monday

Midway Pub – Huge list of rare beers pouring starting at 5 pm. Local rarities include: Red Hare Tequila IPA, Three Taverns Departed Spirit, Orpheus Minotaur, Red Brick Nitro 20th Anniversaryy, Red Brick Unholy Beast (one of their rarest and best beers ever!), Monday Night Bourbon Drafty Kilt, and Terrapin Bourbon Wake N Bake

Tuesday

Ale Yeah Decatur – Blue Tarp’s Hopster The Grouch release party. Hang with the guys from Blue Tarp and buy this limited release, an 11.6% Oak Aged Brettanomyces Double IPA. Only around 100 bottles will be released.

Wednesday

Brick Store Pub – Three Taverns will release their much anticipated new barrel aged beer, Departed Spirit. Also will have several rare Three Taverns releases as well.

Sweetwater Brewing – Several limited release beers will be on tap: Project Hash: Brown Ale, Orange Hash IPA, Halliwell:Tart Ginger Wheat, Keg Hoppped IPA

Thursday

The Porter – Creature Comforts Athena tap takeover. Come try 10 different versions of this tart berliner weisse including ranberry, black currant, and blueberry!

SweetWater Brewing – Several limited release beers will be on tap: Whiskey Barrel Aged Hop Hash, IPA with Sorachi Ace Hops, Keg Hopped IPA, Happy Ending, and a Fan-choice infused beer – show up at 5 and decide what we put in the Hee-Haw!

Friday

Ale Yeah (all three locations) – Try Creature Comforts award winning DaySpring is a Grisette, or a light bodied, low alcohol farmhouse ale featuring locally grown wheat with Saccharomyces & Brettanomyces and Cosmik Debris, an 8.3% Double IPA. We’ll be celebrating the release of these beers at all 3 shops and in Decatur we’ll be pairing these beers plus one other with cheeses from Many Fold Farm, a dairy right here in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. From 5-8pm and for the low, low price of $10 all of these delicious pairings can be yours.

Wild Heaven – First Anniversary party from 8-11 pm. Featuring new sours and barrel aged beers

SweetWater Brewing – Special limited release beers will be on tap: Happy Ending aged in George Dickel Whiskey Barrel & 2012 Festive Ale

Saturday

Southern Beer Tours – Join us as we visit the 3 largest breweries in Atlanta. We visit SweetWater, Red Brick, and Red Hare. Transportation, beer, brewery tours, and a gift bag included for $65.

Athens Based Creature Comforts Launches Cans in Atlanta Market by Brad Hondett

With big plans to further expand Creature Comforts Brewery, located in Downtown Athens, Georgia, has brought its big, bright beautiful cans to the largest craft beer market in Georgia. Adam Beauchamp says the team at Creature Comforts is excited about the move. “It’s great to be able to begin getting some cans into the Atlanta market. I’m from metro Atlanta originally, along with the rest of our leadership team. We’re very lucky to have such a large and vibrant beer drinking community nearby.”

I can attest, as a friend of a lot of people in the Atlanta craft beer community that I had lots of requests for these two beers on my trips to Athens. Of course, people love draught at a bar or when they can get a favorite at a local growler store, but these beautiful cans just cry out to go on a hike or other outdoor adventure in our beautiful state.

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Athena (pictured above) is a great citrusy, tart berliner weisse style that is easy to drink at 4.5% abv. The tartness continues to come through even as it warms a little and stays refreshing. I can almost see myself with this in my hand on a boat on Lake Lanier or tying a cooler full on my tube shootin’ the Hooch. Don’t pigeonhole this beauty, though. It would be just as at home poured in a weisse glass and enjoyed with a strong blue or sharp cheddar cheese before dining with friends.

The name kind of says it all with 6.5% Tropicalia American IPA. Even a malt head like myself can absolutely enjoy this AIPA. The hops used give the beer a wonderful ripe tropical fruit taste and the bitterness that is there helps balance the beer and doesn’t wear down ones palate like some AIPAs that use a lot of bittering hops. The can itself seems ask, “Why are we not at the beach?” In the hot days to come, have a Tropicalia and you can take a beach vacation with your mind’s eye. A good goat or sheep cheese from Georgia’s Sweetgrass Dairy or Decimal Place Farm would be nice, but you better start planning a trip to Jekyll or St Simon’s soon to get the real “beach feel”.

There are a lot of cans coming on the scene lately to the market as Eddie Holley, owner of 3 Ale Yeah! locations can attest, “Creature Comforts Tropicalia and Athena cans exploded on the scene last week. Second Self cans are in this week. Transmigration of Souls came back in last week. Southbound and Service Brewing cans have recently landed.”

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There was other news from CEO Chris Herron, as well.

-After doubling it’s fermenting capacity once this year, the brewery hopes to double it again by the end of the year. That’s what we call “exponential growth”, folks.

-After the success of the bomber/keg release of Southerly Love earlier in the year, Dayspring is being released very soon and is a Saison style beer. In the spirit of collaboration, the wheat used in the beer came from Northeast Georgia Dayspring Farms. That’s what we call a vertically integrated Georgia product. Anyone in the Georgia General Assembly listening?

With the growth, though, Beauchamp says he has one goal. “ My number one priority is to keep our beer’s quality as high as is feasible. “

The beers’ consistency is one thing I, personally, have been really impressed with out of the gate. The guys have done a great job with the cans of delivering the same experience with every pop of the top. But, worry not, seekers of varied Untappd check-ins and badges. The co-brewmaster and self-appointed “Heisenbrewg” tells me, “This year will also bring lots of new and interesting one offs, as well as a full calender of seasonals.” I know for a fact that if you are in downtown Athens on a certain day that “Curious Tuesdays” are not to be missed.

Georgia brewers and brewpubs still face headwinds that brewers in other states no longer have to contend with. The supposedly “pro-small business” General Assembly passed a Georgia Beer Jobs Bill that was somewhat of a shadow of its former self, as they sat back and counted contributions from local beer wholesalers.

As Holley puts it, “It’s a great time to be a beer drinker in GA. And with the winds changing, no matter how hard they are blowing, the important point is that they are. The future is bright in the first notch of the bible belt.”

Let’s check out what it looks like as the can get filled at the brewery.

Video of Athena can being filled at Creature Comforts

Cheers, y’all.

@dawgontap

Join Southern Beer Tours on our newly launched tours in Athens on April 25!


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Open letter to Speaker Ralston and the House of Represenatives

The following is an open letter to the Speaker of The House, David Ralston. We encourage you to write him, your Representative, and the members of the Rules Committee to help get SB 63 to the Governor’s desk.

You can find more information on how you can be personally involved at the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild

Speaker Ralston,

My name is Justin Hall and I am the owner of Southern Beer Tours here in the Atlanta area.

I write to you today to encourage your support of SB63, the Beer Jobs Bill.

My company provides people a way to visit several breweries in a safe environment in one day. Our company has experienced great growth in the last year we have been open. We currently hire 1 full time employee and 4 part time employees. We were recently featured on CNN about beer tourism. You can view that video at: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/28/living/national-drink-beer-day-eatocracy/index.html?hpt=hp_c3 and you can watch the video titled “Atlanta, a beer tourist’s paradise”.

This beer bill is important to the growth of my company and the industry as a whole. When I compare our company to others in established craft beer markets, we have a ways to go. Cities like Tampa and Asheville were able to have 10x the guests a year each with similar companies. Atlanta is uniquely positioned to be the largest craft beer tourism city in the South. We have more visitors than any other city, and we are the largest city in the South.

Allowing breweries to sell on site will create more opportunity for new startups. And will help established players grow and hire more employees. I know you have a couple of breweries and a brewpub in your own district. They would be able to benefit from a bill like this as well.

Every week, out of town guests ask me why they can’t buy the beer they sample and bring it back with them. They often can’t find the beers from the breweries we visit because they are not widely distributed yet.

We ask that you support Senator Hill’s original version of this bill and help give our industry a chance at becoming something truly huge.

-Justin Hall
President

SweetWater announces 2 new Dank Tanks

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SweetWater Brewery has announced their newest Dank Tank release, 420 Fest Double IPA. It is made with 100% Marris Otter Pale Ale malts, then hopped and dry hopped with experimental hops and is bursting with flavors of grapefruit, lemon, black currant and mint. It’ll come in at 8% ABV. Look for this release in April with a sneak peak at the brewery on 3/26.

Also look for an Barrel Aged Imperial Stout in September. This beer was just brewed and has been transferred into Heaven Hill and Woodford Bourbon barrels to start the ageing process.

Source: SweetWater Newsletter

Wild Heaven Sours and Height by Brad Hodnett

The following is a post from guest blogger, Brad Hodnett:

If you’ve been to Wild Heaven Craft Brewery as of late or seen any of your friends pictures from there, you may have noticed the three large tanks behind the sample pour bar. As a volunteer at the brewery, I know I got asked about it a lot. Well, in a few months, hopefully, we’ll all be able to taste this exciting series of new beers from the whole grain craft brewer in Avondale Estates just outside of Decatur. Most exciting to lovers of Belgian style sour and funky beers is that these three beers were transferred straight from the tanks into different French wine barrels and have had a strain of Brettanomyces added to them for further complexity and flavor.

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Two of the beers were specifically brewed by Brewmaster Eric Johnson and Head Brewer Jake Adams to be Belgian sour style beers. These two beers have been placed in the several different styles of wine barrels, and a different strain of classic Brettanomyces has been added to each beer. The other beer uses all Rauch Malt in the recipe and will be called “Fünken Rauch”. Jake tells me that it will take a few months for the Brett to do its job, but he expects the Fünken Rauch to be the first one that is ready for distribution.

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For now, when you go to a tour at Wild Heaven, you will see racks of barrels behind the sample tasting taps and confidently tell your friends that they are French oak wine barrels filled with beer and ready to throw down some funk like Georgia native James Brown.

Also, coming much sooner from Wild Heaven will be a featured release of “Height of Civilization”. This amazing beer is the breweries English style Barleywine that was aged in tequila barrels for several months. It had a great debut at the “Secret Stache” beer fest and will be available in large format bottles in stores within the next month. This will be the first time that Civilization will be available in bottles.

So, start watching for updates on Wild Heaven’s social media. In the next few months, you will be able to taste the first Brett and Belgian sour style beers from this Georgia gem. Til then, be on the look out for Height of Civilization as well.

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