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Ray Geir and his quirky sQuishiepuss images are a quintessential asset to Atlanta’s contemporary art scene. His hot pink paint and googly-eyed cartoons have made appearances all throughout East Atlanta shops, as well as Voodoo donuts, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and our very own office wall. Ever since Ray moved to Atlanta he’s been nonstop busy with art shows, collaborations, and mural paintings. Lucky for us, the sQuishiepuss creator was more than happy to share his thoughts about art, Atlanta, and the Ameri-can-do attitude.

 What do you like about Monday Night and craft breweries in general?

It was a real eye opener the first time I went to Monday Night to see how devoted they are to collaborate with artists to connect to their community. I’ve noticed people wanna use the word hipster as a diss and when people refer to hipster they refer to created stuff, but I don’t find that hipster. I find that as an American way of life, this, “I’m gonna build this thing out of nothing” idea. Monday Night has that American can-do attitude that gets me excited, and that attitude is so strong in Atlanta.

Why did you choose to establish roots in Atlanta?

My best friend moved down here when he was 16 and I came back and forth to Atlanta to visit him. Nothing struck me about this city until 7 years ago when I saw all this stuff happening. When I’m in Atlanta there’s always this passion behind it. It really felt like the people that lived here owned this city. And everyone has these projects they’re excited about. This spirit of Atlanta made me want to move. You can come here and start a project and be successful at it. People really care about Atlanta and there’s something really powerful in that.

What are some of your current and upcoming projects?

Current projects are the Phoenix fest pop-up events. I’m working with an art collective called Dear Bear Wolf to do mini versions of their Phoenix fest events like 24-hour live painting. I have three of those planned for the summer. I’m also doing a mural for Wix in their Manhattan office, and making an action figure on the side. As well as an artist collaboration called “sQuishiepuss Monster Mash Art Show” where I start 40 paintings and then pass them off to 40 other artists to finish. Other than that I have a coloring book I’ll be releasing through Dear Bear Wolf for the holiday and then I’m finished with the year.

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What did you like about painting the Monday Night office mural?

It gave me a whole new sandbox to play in. I can do the things I normally do but in a different subject matter with the Monday Night core values, which were hilarious and unexpected. It was super refreshing and nice.

Our core values (Have Fun, Make it Happen, Embrace Mistakes, Fight for Excellence, and Honor People) are represented within Ray’s mural with the characters Bryan Adams, Captain America, Homer Simpson, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Care Bears respectively.

What was the inspiration behind your Monday Night tap handles?

That was probably, to be honest, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I’ve never painted on the surface of something rigid. I love taking projects like that because I try to find ways to challenge myself. I ended up fitting things like the sQuishiepuss faces into the tie shape of the handle. It’s always interesting working with an odd shape and seeing what you can make out of it.

Have you received any reactions from the artwork you did for Monday Night?

After I posted the mural my email box exploded with people wanting me to do Super Hero stuff like Captain America. I saw this big burst of emails and projects coming in, so it’s beneficial for me, and [Monday Night] gets that recognition. I also got a bunch of text messages in about seeing my tap handle. I received a lot of positive emails and compliments.

What similarities and connections do you see between the beer and art communities?

It’s what people do with their thoughts. I buy hot pink paint and turn it into something that didn’t exist before. [Similarly] Monday Night was an idea, it started in a garage, and they created something that didn’t exist at that point. In a short period of time it turned into a brewery. Maybe that defines art? I don’t know, but having nothing and turning that into something, and having that something be what people react to and love and support, that’s a cohesive idea that runs through both categories.

And doing it locally in Atlanta because you still want the community involved. I try to work with the community and as many people as I can because I feel that’s important. We are Atlanta, we need each other, and we should want to be around each other. That’s the biggest thing, and at no point should the two ever be separate. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make their surroundings a better place.

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Welcome to Volume 1 of our “Art of Beer” series, in which we interview local Georgia artists and chat about the intersection of art and beer. 


Who really is Sad Stove? ATLiens will find the stove in the form of free art all over the city, but not many people know the human behind the kitchen appliance. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to bring you the voice behind the saddest stove inside the perimeter. In fact, we were so infatuated by this infamous caricature that we dedicated our English Mild for American Mild Month in Sad Stove’s name.

How did Sad Stove get started?

I’ve always been messing around with graphic design work and a buddy of mind told me about Free Art Friday and all these artists who do it. I really like the idea of giving art to people. I wanted to make something and I was cooking with my friend and having a couple beers when something splattered out of the pot and onto the stove and it made a face. When I looked at it it looked like a mustache or a frown and I thought, “It’s definitely a sad face.” We laughed for a good 30 minutes looking at the sad face on the stove and we just called it Sad Stove. Eventually I started getting a following and people started finding the art and I kept seeing how happy it made them.


Why do you choose to remain anonymous?

It’s three years now and only a few artists know me because of get-togethers. We’d have little art parties and people would ask, “Where’s Sad Stove?” and I’d walk away. I want it to be as organic as possible. I want it to stand alone and be the stove that it is.

What do you like about the craft brewery scene?

I like the variety and the styles and uniqueness that each brewery brings to the table. You kinda know what to expect from each, and its also interesting to experience new beers that aren’t so mainstream. I like how craft breweries, especially Monday Night, keep coming out with new things and different twists. Like most art, there’s not a lot of boundaries.

A lot of my friends who are artists drink craft beers. We get together and we drink and we draw. I think beer goes hand-in-hand with art. It gets you a little loose. And we drink good beer, you know? It’s not a “Miller Lite and Paint Party.”

How did the Sad Stove Mild come about?

I’d been talking to my buddy Brody about making Sad Stove tears around Atlanta for people to find. He tweeted me about it and on a whim he tweeted Monday Night saying he thinks they should make Sad Stove tears. Jonathan hit me up and said we’re in. It blew my mind and I said sure. He invited me at 6am on a Tuesday to help brew the mild. Jonathan said he wanted to brew a beer for American Mild Month and he thought the Sad Stove image was a great representation of a mild beer.

Did you ever think your artwork would become the inspiration behind a local beer?

Never. I always wanted to do artwork for beer cans and things like that, but I never thought there would be a relation between the two. It’s funny when you think about it because when people are sad they’ll grab a beer. And I think it’s interesting how Sad Stove can be attributed to an overlooked type of beer.


BlackTie-500px-mom-jeansMom Jeans is a gem of a beer for us. This Belgian Pale Ale has been aged in Kistler Chardonnay barrels from a prestigious California winery. It’s also the smallest Monday Night production batch of beer we have produced to date, so we suggest you grab one off the shelves or in our taproom before picking your kid up from soccer.

Most wine barrel-aged beers are used to produce sour beers in today‘s modern brewery. Non-sour wine barrel-aged beers often use a higher ABV (Alcohol By Volume) to keep the beer safe from infection. But Mom Jeans defies standards by using a true-to-style Belgian Pale Ale as a base, coupled with Belgian Ardennes yeast to bring out the lingering Chardonnay flavors in the barrels.

“Doing this makes us nervous since it could easily turn into something we didn’t plan on producing, aka a sour beer,” says Head Brewer Peter Kiley. “It helps to shows how our methodology and sterile practices at Monday Night Brewing help our team to produce high quality beers for our fans to enjoy.”

Mom would approve.

Mom will also approve of the smooth and accessible flavors of Mom Jeans. Kiley describes this as the “antithesis” of Laissez-Faire, which is very bold and robust in taste.

“The harmony between the Belgian-style beer and the barrel compliment makes it a really balanced beer with pronounced notes of Chardonnay,” says Kiley. “It’s going to be a great summertime Black Tie.”

All in all, Mom Jeans is the essence of all things balanced and beautiful. Hence, Mom Jeans truly is the essence of your mother.

We’ve collaborated with Edgar Allan to announce our first annual JOGGER 5k event on Saturday, July 9. Jogger blends together art walks, running, craft beer, and schwag within a short but sweet route in West Midtown Atlanta. The race will trek along The Goat Farm Arts Center, West Side Provisions District, and streets. Along the way you’ll be able to enjoy artwork from BlackCatTipsJoeKingATL, sQuishiepuss, evereman, sad stove, and others. We wanted the true soul of Atlanta to run through our 5k just as much as your very own sneakers and short shorts. Once you finish at the brewery, you’ll get a custom pint glass and 3 12oz beers.

This race isn’t meant to bring a competitive edge to running, but rather a communal gathering where we can share our love of fitness, art, craft beer, and southern humidity together during a single event.

Participants will receive a shirt or print, specialty pint glass, and beers. Learn more on Jogger here and register to join in on the fun.

Here at Monday Night we decided to pucker up and make our first ever widely available sour beer, a gose (“goes-uh”) to be exact. The gose is a Clip-On Series for the Fu Manbrew, even though it doesn’t taste like its ginger-flavored stepsister in the least bit.

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“The idea of a Clip-On isn’t always just adding, but sometimes totally changing,” says Head Brewer Peter Kiley. The Fu Manbrew Gose is a kettle sour that’s been “the most complicated beerId parameter must be set and not emptyUntappd Service Error 500: scientifically due to all the chemistry tweaks.” On top of the tart and salty flavors of a standard gose, the beer is also dry-hopped with Mosaic. There isn’t any ginger added to the brew either. So what do the Fu Manbrew and the gose have in common? They share the same hops, malts and alcohol content.

We like to think of the Fu Manbrew Gose as a sessionable sour with a subtle hint of lemonade – perfect for your summer escapes on the beach or back porch.


Nerd Alert cans

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We were playing around with some hops recently, as we are prone to do, and got our hands on a fun little hop called Mandarina Bavaria. This new German hop is used primarily for aroma, and gives off soft mandarin orange and citrus flavors, with hints of pineapple. It is pleasant, light, and refreshing. Just like Nerd Alert.

We were trying to understand the characteristics of this crazy new hop and dry hopped 5 gallons of Nerd Alert with Mandarina Bavaria (Nerd Alert being a great base beer for testing hops). The results were pretty incredible. Nerd Alert isn’t a traditional pilsner because it is fermented with ale yeast (albeit at lower temperatures), and the dry hop added another subtle layer of complexity.

Our brewers were all like “this beer is even better, can we keep it this way!?” And who are we to say no to those pouty brewer faces?

You’ll be able to taste the new and improved Nerd Alert first in 12-pack 12oz cans, launching in early May 2016.