This Week in Atlanta Beer

June 27, 2019
Atlanta Craft Beer

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We’re a week away from the Fourth of July holiday, a celebration of Americana with everything from beer to food to family and fun.

Speaking of beer, before we get to next Thursday’s festivities, there’s plenty going on around Atlanta for you craft beer fans.

A few events to add to your calendar:

1. Roswell beer powers From the Earth Brewing and Gate City Brewing will both play a part in this weekend’s Roswell Live Music’fest, which starts on Thursday, June 27 and rolls through Sunday. The fun will be spread between 25-plus venues and feature over 75 Georgia-based musicians or bands. From the Earth will host the Tyler Neal Band on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Tyler Neal & Friends on Sunday from 5-9 p.m.

Mike Snowden will play at Gate City from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $36 and can be found here.

2. On Saturday, June 29, Taste of Eventide will run from noon until 6 p.m. and with the help of The Learning Kitchen will match five Eventide brews with five food pairings.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

3. Being closed for renovations isn’t going to stop Ironmonger Brewing from having some fun and celebrating a good cause. From 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, Ironmonger is going to open its taproom for Barks & Brews. You’ll be able to adopt a dog from Best Friends Animal Society and enjoy the Tex’s Tacos food truck.

4. Schoolhouse Brewing launched Beer Cocktails last Sunday, and the event was a hit. So much so, Schoolhouse wants you to come back out this Sunday to try Michelada's, Chelada's & Graham Cracker Crust White Chocolate Stouties.

Some new brews to try:

  • New Realm Brewing released a BGL (Blackberry, Ginger, Lemon) Belgian Ale on Tuesday. It’s the first in what they’re calling the “Push Cart Series,” and it was a collaboration with King of Pops.
  • Wild Leap Brew Company announced Vacanza, a tangerine and hibiscus gose with maraschino cherry and Himalayan sea salt. The beer will be available next week.
  • Printer’s Ale will release a Kolsch and Mexican Lager on Thursday, June 27 at their Carrolton taproom from 5-10 p.m. These beers are part of their Heritage Series.
  • Atlanta Brewing Company is bringing back its Thunder Thief Double IPA on Friday and calling it Thunder Thief: The Rethundering. ABC says the brew features “tropical features with a piney finish, flavors of pineapple, citrus, line and passionfruit.”
  • Torched Hop Brewing released Blabbermouth on Wednesday, an IPA with Vic Secret and Amarillo hops.
  • Terrapin Beer Company released a brewery exclusive called Manhattan Night Cap on Wednesday, a collaboration with Manhattan Café. They aged a Belgian Strong Ale in Kentucky bourbon barrels with ginger and a garnish of lemon.
  • You’ll have to wait until next week to get cans, but Three Taverns Craft Brewery has tweaked its recipe and is releasing Phenom on Friday at their Decatur brewery. Phenom is the second beer in their Hop Leaf Project. It’s now a summer IPA with flavors and aromas of orange, tangerine, lemon, lime and pineapple.
  • Variant Brewing Company in Roswell will release two beers on Saturday. Houdini is a blend of bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout and Wee Heavy Scotch Ale conditioned with vanilla. Their newest Splodey is Raspberry Guava. Variant will also have a limited amount of Splodey Black & Blue available as well.

Some news to know:

New Brewery Making Progress… Fire Maker Brewing Company is working diligently toward opening its doors in West Midtown with an anticipated fall 2019 opening. Along the way, owner Elliott Hall has been keeping us informed of the process they are making. He just published “Fire Maker Brewery Update No. 4” where he announced that the tanks have arrived and building permits have been approved. Renovations and construction started this week. No hard date has been set for opening, but their timeline is becoming clearer, according to Hall. These video updates are cool. Over the course of four episodes he’s spoken about defining Fire Maker’s brand identity, he’s talked marketing, construction, buying supplies (kegs, coolers, etc.), and developing core beer recipes.

Awesome Social Media Alert… I love this social media campaign from Atlanta Brewing Company called #ABCintheUSA. Use that hashtag when you enjoy an Atlanta Brewing Company beer anywhere you travel this summer. If you’re the first to share from the state you’re in, you’ll be entered prize pack including a VIP experience at the brewery for you and three friends. As of Monday, six states have been checked off the list: Georgia, Alabama, Florida, New Mexico, Montana and Hawaii.

New Beer Coming to Old Fourth Ward… Biggerstaff Brewing Company announced it would be opening on Edgewood Avenue in 2020. According to the AJC, the beer lineup will be IPA heavy with some sour and coffee beers. By looking through Biggerstaff’s Instagram feed, coffee seems like it’ll play a big role in what Clay and Sarah Davies offer up on tap.