Why does Georgia only produce 1.8 gallons of craft beer per person each year?

This Week in Atlanta Beer

July 18, 2019
Atlanta Craft Beer



Before we jump into some information on events and new beers coming your way this weekend in Atlanta, do you know how much craft beer is available to us here in Georgia?

The folks over at Alcohol.org took some data from the Brewers Association to find which states were producing the most craft beer. We know that craft beer is being produced at record-high levels right now, but is Georgia at the forefront of that explosion?

The Peach State produces 449,485 barrels of craft beer each year, or almost 149 million 12-ounce beers (How big is your fridge?). That ranks Georgia 15 in the country way behind Pennsylvania and California, who both produce north of three million barrels (That’s over a billion beers a year, y’all.).

Another fun stat from this report… For every Georgian of legal drinking age there are 1.8 gallons of craft beer in this state produced. I am fairly sure I drink more than almost two gallons of beer every year (er. every month… every week???), so who’s not pulling their craft beer weight? Also, we now know this rapid Georgia growth in brewery opening is needed, right?

Let’s talk about new beers around town, so you can work toward getting your 1.8 gallons polished off.

“Those evil-natured robots, they're programmed to destroy us.” I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent in my lifetime with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots playing in the background or in my earbuds. Reformation Brewing is taking one of my favorite Flaming Lips songs and turning it into a “fruited kettle sour that contains milk sugar & swirls of raspberry, pineapple & orange.” The can art is amazing and the brew hits both taprooms on Friday, July 19. As if you needed to ask, I’ll be making a visit to Reformation on Friday. I don’t have a black belt in karate but I have been taking my vitamins and I’m gonna be strong to help battle the robots. If you aren’t a huge “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1” fan you probably should’ve stopped reading a few sentences back.

Pucker up for our next limited release, available starting this Friday, July 19th! Inspired by the nostalgia of rainbow sherbet and our Brewmaster’s flights to Japan, YOSHIMI is a fruited kettle sour that contains milk sugar & swirls of raspberry, pineapple, & orange for a story that’s sweet & sour with a puckery kick.⠀ ⠀ Find YOSHIMI Sherbet Sour (5% ABV) in our taprooms at both locations and in your neighborhood while supplies last, or reserve in advance for brewery pickup at our **Woodstock location** via @craftcellr (https://reformation.craftcellr.com/)⠀ . Ready to battle the robots at every turn, YOSHIMI is named after the iconic Flaming Lips album of the same name. Label illustrated by local Georgia artist @dustybeaulieu ---- ⠀ #gabeer #reformationbrewery #limitedrelease #yoshimi #kettlesour #sherbetsour #craftcellr #northgamade #woodstockga #cantonga

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Who’s ready to get back to the Ironmonger taproom? As we all know, the taproom at Ironmonger Brewing has been undergoing a renovation for a while now. Well, it’s time to set a calendar reminder for August 16-18. That’s when Ironmonger will host their Grand Reopening. They’ve promised food trucks, music, specialty releases, limited can releases and much more for that weekend.

Creature Comforts has been collabin’ with Highland Park Brewery in Los Angeles. The result: A hazy double IPA called Born Dreaming. Cans will be available at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and you can taste it on draft in their tasting room at 3 p.m. More news from Creature Comforts… Automatic Pale Ale is back.

The next beer in Atlanta Brewing Company’s Conjuring Cultures Mixed Culture Project will be available on Friday. It’s a Brettanomyces beer that was fermented in oak barrels and finished on farm-fresh satsumas from a family farm in South Georgia.

A couple of items from New Realm Brewing… They announced a collaboration with Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery called Y’all Peachy. It’ll be a wheat beer infused with peaches and peach tea. The launch date is TBD. Available now, though, is Innocent IPA. Why’s it so innocent? It has fewer than five grams of carbs and 40 percent fewer calories than their standard IPAs.

If you’ve never experienced Alive in Roswell, make plans to do just that. This every-third-Thursday festival happens from April through October and Variant Brewing is releasing Cognitive Dissonance on July 18 during the event. It’s a New England Pale Ale with notes of black pepper, red currants, tangerine, pineapple, mango and passionfruit.

New Brewery Alert… Indio Brewing Company will hold its Grand Opening on Saturday, July 20 in Sugar Hill. They’ll have food and music from noon until 11 p.m. A couple of the brews I’ve seen thus far: A New England IPA called Sweet City, and a hazy offering called Chief Hopper.