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: 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

SweetWater announces 2 new Dank Tanks


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.


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.


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.

We tour at Wild Heaven this Saturday. Buy your tickets now:

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What’s On Tap This Weekend?

Wondering what you’ll be able to sample this Saturday on our One Year Anniversary Tour? We will be visiting SweetWater Brewing Company, Red Brick Brewing, and Red Hare Brewing. Check out the list below (subject to change and availability). Tickets are still available at

Red Brick

The Beast
Barrel Aged Belgium Strong Ale

Laughing Skull
American Amber Ale, 5.3% ABV, 25 IBUs

American IPA, 6.8% ABV, 61 IBUs

Imperial Stout
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Atomic Frog
Imperial India Pale Lager, 8% ABV

Divine Bovine
Chai Milk Stout, 6% ABV, 26 IBUs


SweetWater / Southern Beer Tours Collab “Blood Orange You Hoppy”
Blood Orange IPA

Sweetwater Blue
Fruit Beer, 4.9% ABV

Sweetwater IPA
American IPA, 6.3% ABV

Sweetwater 420
American Pale Ale, 5.4% ABV

Sweetwater Georgia Brown
English Brown Ale, 5% ABV, 24 IBUs

Sweetwater Spinnerbait
Belgium Style Red Ale, 6.0% ABV, 25 IBUs

SweetWater Happy Ending
Imperial Stout, 8.8% ABV, 60 IBUs

SweetWater Hop Hash
Double IPA, 7.8% ABV, 100 IBUs

Red Hare

Orange Dream Cotton Tail Pale Ale

Watership Brown Ale
English Brown Ale, 7.2% ABV, 45 IBUs

Gangway IPA
American IPA, 6.2% ABV, 65 IBUs

Long Day Lager
Bohemian Style Lager, 4.98% ABV, 25 IBUs

Cotton Tail Pale
Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, 37 IBUs

Imperial Red IPA
Imperial IPA, 9.4% ABV

Root Beer
Pure Cane Sugar Root Beer, 0% ABV

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Southern Beer Tours makes Blood Orange IPA w/ SweetWater

To help celebrate our One Year Anniversary Tour we will have a special one-off beer at each stop on Febuary 7th. Red Brick will be serving the Beast, a barrel aged Belgium strong ale. Red Hare will serve us a cask of Orange Dream Cotton Tail Pale Ale. Then SweetWater had us come make this Blood Orange IPA cask with them for our tour.

Our first idea was to make a Blood Orange Happy Ending Stout. Happy Ending is one of our favorite beers so we wanted to do a little twist on it. After doing a test taste, we realized that the Happy Ending is too big a beer for the blood oranges to be really noticed. Thanks to SweetWater’s head brewer, Nick Nock for taking time to help us make this cask!

So we tested the blood orange juice with a few different beers. First was with their IPA. This gave it a tart finish that we found very good and surprising. Next we tested it with Johnny Hash. This gave us a very sweet smooth tasting beer. In the end we decided to take a mix of both IPAs, and do a 70/30 mix of IPA and Johnny Hash.


So our next step was to fill the cask with both IPAs. We needed to leave a little room at the top of the cask to prevent a blowout from too much fermentation.

Then we added the blood orange juice. We had no idea this was even available, but they had it in stock at our local Whole Foods.

Our final step was to pitch some yeast into the cask to help it ferment. There will be about 9 days of fermentation in the cask for this beer.

And here is our cask now that it is completed.

Join us this Saturday, February 7th for your only chance to taste this beer. Tickets are available but are selling quick.

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Red Brick Imperial Stout Release

red brick imperial stout

Red Brick has announced the latest in their Brick Mason series of beers, Imperial Stout!

“Did you love the 20th anniversary Imperial Stout from last year? Well do we have a surprise for you! IT’S BACK! We have taken our Imperial Stout, inspired by our 20th anniversary recipe, and barrel aged half of it before blending it with a fresh batch prior to bottling!”

The release party will be Saturday, February 7th. You’ll be able to taste this with us on our One Year Anniversary Tour on the same day. Also they will tap the Beast, a barrel aged belgium strong ale, to help us celebrate. Tickets are moving fast so buy now!

Source: Facebook

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Red Hare’s Rabbit Reserve Series: Imperial Red IPA

red hare imperial red ipa

Red Hare has announced it’s newest addition to their Rabbit Reserve Series, Imperial Red IPA. This beer will be released as a draft only special for a limited time.

“This Imperial Red IPA is brewed with a ton of hops, offset by a sweet malt forward profile. Deep red in hue, and a warming 9.4% ABV; the force is strong with this one.”

The release party will be Saturday, February 7th. You’ll be able to taste this with us on our One Year Anniversary Tour on the same day. Also they have made a special Orange Dream Cotton Tale Pale Ale cask to help us celebrate. Tickets are moving fast so buy now!

Source: Facebook

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Terrapin French Toast Brunch at Napoleons


This Sunday Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur will feature a Terrapin French Toast Brunch. In addition to their normal brunch offerings they will offer a special french toast available for purchase.

Some special Reserve Series Terrapin beers will also be on tap to pair with your brunch. They will have French Toast Wake and Bake and MooHoo-ciato. Both of these hard to find beers will be available on draft. You’ll also be able to keep your Terrapin Pint glass with purchase. We will see y’all there this Sunday

Orpheus Announces 2015 Seasonal Beer Lineup

Orpheus Brewing has announced their 2015 seasonal beer lineup:

Transmigration of Souls: end of February through August, cans and draft

Serpent Bite: around the end of March, 750s and limited draft

Bourbon Barrel-aged The 12th Labor: end of May (tentative), 750s and limited draft

Peace.War.Truth.Lie.: June-August, cans and limited draft

Wandering Blues: July, 750s and limited draft

Life.Death.Life.Truth.: September-February, cans and draft

Sykophantes: October, 750s and draft

The 12th Labor: December (probably), draft and maybe 750s

Depending on inventory and such, expect a couple one-offs as well.

Source: Reddit

We will visit them on March 7th. Buy your tickets now!

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What’s on tap for our tour Saturday?

Wondering what you’ll be able to sample this Saturday on our tour to SweetWater Brewery, Wild Heaven Craft Beers, and Three Taverns Brewery? Check out the list below. Tickets are still available at


Sweetwater Blue
Fruit Beer, 4.9% ABV

Sweetwater IPA
American IPA, 6.3% ABV

Sweetwater 420
American Pale Ale, 5.4% ABV

Sweetwater Georgia Brown
English Brown Ale, 5% ABV, 24 IBUs

Sweetwater Spinnerbait
Belgium Style Red Ale, 6.0% ABV, 25 IBUs

Sweetwater Festive
Winter Warmer Ale, 7.7% ABV

SweetWater Happy Ending (2 tickets)
Imperial Stout, 8.8% ABV, 60 IBUs

SweetWater Hop Hash (2 tickets)
Double IPA, 7.8% ABV, 100 IBUs

Wild Heaven

Belgium Style Golden Ale, 8.5% ABV, 48 IBUs

Ode To Mercy
Imperial Brown Ale, 8.2% ABV, 40 IBUs

Belgium Style Quadrupel Ale ABV, 10.5%, 20 IBUs

Let There Be Light
American Pale Ale, 4.7% ABV, 30 IBUs

White Blackbird
Belgium Style Saison, 6% ABV, 15.5 IBUs

English Style Barleywine, 12% ABV, 40 IBUs

Three Taverns

Single Intent
Belgium Style Single, 5% ABV, 35 IBUs

A Night In Brussels
Belgium Style American IPA, 7.5% ABV, 69 IBUs

White Hops
Belgium Style White IPA, 6.5% ABV, 55 IBUs

Prince of Pilsen
Euro Style Pilsner, 5% ABV, 35 IBUs

La Peche Mode
Peach Saison, 6% ABV, 40 IBUs

Feest Noel
Belgium Style Quad w/ Christmas Spice, 9% ABV, 30 IBUs