We’ve got a bunch of used bourbon barrels clogging up our barrel-aging room and need to make some space. Every single one of these Kentucky gems was used to age gold-medal-winning Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt as well. If you want one, you’ll need to pick it up during normal business hours Monday – Friday.

Purchase here for $110 each.

bourbon-barrel-1What kinds of things could you do with a used bourbon barrel? The possibilities are endless…

  • Make a nightstand
  • Fill with hot grease and roll it down hills at your enemies
  • Take selfies with it #barrelsofinsta
  • Cut in half and create two outdoor planters
  • Smell it
  • Purchase 10 and create bowling pins for giants
  • Paint a picture of Justin Bieber on it and resell it on Etsy for like, a lot of money

Monday Night Brewing has only been around for 4 years as a revenue-generating entity, so in one sense we’re still making up for 5 revenue-losing years of home-brewing out of our garage. In those 4 short years, we’ve experienced double-digit and triple-digit growth annually, now distribute to two states, and employ a motley crew of 22 full-timers and a troupe of part-timers.

Our brewery today looks pretty different from the way we envisioned it when gathered around Jeff’s table working on a business plan and drinking early versions of Eye Patch Ale. The interesting thing is – it looks different almost every day. When sales grow, production grows. But while sales grow in a relatively smooth curve, beer production is dependent on large pieces of machinery, and you can’t just add a quarter of a tank. We’re always fighting the battle between sales outselling production or having idle capacity in the back. When we add equipment and people to brew beer, it’s a step-function, not a smooth curve.

Further complicating things (or making them fun, depending on how you look at it) – the larger we get, the more other efficiency-saving investments make sense, for instance installing a more efficient grain mill to increase the consistency of our grind and decrease the amount of grain we have to use per batch of beer brewed. This year alone we’ve undertaken quite a few capital projects that have tied up time and resources and changed the way the brewery operates. In 2015 we have:

  • Added 4 120bbl fermenters
  • Installed a new grain mill
  • Added 3 grain silos for bulk grain storage (and put a wolf, eagle and bear on them, obviously)
  • Installed 5bbl pilot system for test batches
  • Purchased a canning line – I keep telling the guys in the back to plug it in and push the “start” button, but they maintain it’s “more complicated than that”
  • Hired some good-looking brewers and continued to pay the ugly one


We’ve had to learn to embrace change, expect problems and listen to feedback. As we’ve grown, we’ve also taught ourselves to enjoy the problem-solving process, knowing that issues are inevitable. As an example, here’s a hypothetical scenario:

There is a wedding happening at the brewery in 6 hours. Without notice, the city shuts off all water to the street, meaning toilets don’t flush and sinks don’t work. Our first solution, “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down” has been lambasted by the wedding planner. Our brewmaster, realizing that our cold liquor tank is full of water, rigs up some pumps to supply all of our incoming water from a tank in the brewery. Boom. Problem solved – and even the wedding planner is impressed. She stops throwing shade and even lets us dance during the wedding.

Our ethos has always been about loving our professions, and that hasn’t changed. We love what we do and we love who we work with. And while we’ve grown rapidly, we are still tiny by brewery standards. Merely a blip on the national beer radar, as it were.

We’re expecting to grow even more next year. And we’re excited about that.

We have a few special tour notes for you:

Saturday 11/14: Georgia Beer Day

All tours will be $18, $5 of which will be donated to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild to fight for fair legislation for breweries in Georgia. Each tour attendee will receive a brewery tour, a pint glass, 6 complimentary beer tasting tickets, and a 6-pack to take home. It’s a great deal for a great cause!

Monday 11/16: Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt Launch

In addition to our normal 5:30-7:30pm tour, we are doing a separate tour from 8:00-9:30pm to launch the 2015 Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt. This will be pre-purchase only, given limited availability. Tour attendees will receive a brewery tour, a gold-rimmed Black Tie Series pint glass, a free 16oz pour of ’15 Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt, and 2 22oz bottles to take home – one ’14 and one ’15. NOTE: People can only take one of these tours, they cannot take both. In addition. we’re celebrating our launch of custom Lion’s Thread neckties at both tours!

Tuesday 11/17: Closed for Private Event

So… don’t come.

Throughout history, beer and food have made a regular and likely pair. According to The Brewer’s Association, there are 3 things to consider when pairing food and beer. 1. Match strength with strength, 2. find harmonies, and 3. consider sweetness, bitterness, carbonation, heat (spice) and richness.

And while we’re big proponents of pairing beer with food, we thought that we’d take a whack at harmonizing the flavors of our beer with music. Pairing beer with music is a trend that has become popular for beer lovers around the world, and it’s been said that “beer can no longer drink alone.” We wholeheartedly agree.

For this series, we’ll pick one of our great brews and find the perfect accompanying playlist. (Thanks to the Swedish band, Graveyard, for creating their own rock-heavy drinking album and giving us this idea!)

Like a good Brian Connolly song with Sweet, our Drafty Kilt is nothing short of a “Ballroom Blitz.” Brewed with chocolate malt, cherrywood-smoked malt and roasted barley, this beer embodies a one-of-a-kind flavor without being too overpowering. As we say, “it’s sweet, but not obnoxiously so.”

So it’s only appropriate that we would create a one-of-a-kind, smoky, yet sweet playlist that perfectly harmonizes with our own Scotch Ale.

Without further ado, here’s our soul-stirring, well-balanced and bold playlist that fits as well with your ears as a glass of Drafty Kilt does in your hand. Woven with roaring tracks from southern rock stars such as Alabama Shakes, The Black Cadillacs, and American Aquarium; to soft rock, folk/Americana artists that set your mind adrift in golden brown wheat fields like The Milk Carton Kids, Sufjan Stevens and Hozier. This playlist truly embodies the perfectly balanced combination of smoky sweetness that we’ve created in our beer. We hope you enjoy.

1. Fracture – The Black Cadillacs

2. The Gardener – The Tallest Man On Earth

3. Jolene – Ray LaMontagne

4. Live and Die – The Avett Brothers

5. Take It As It Comes – J Roddy Walston and The Business

6. Perfect World – Allen Stone

7. The Only Thing – Sufjan Stevens

8. Birmingham – Shovels & Rope

9. Secrets Of The Stars – The Milk Carton Kids

10. Morning Light – The Dirty Guv’nahs

11. When We Were Young – Brett Dennen

12. Future People – Alabama Shakes

13. Cherry Wine – Hozier

14. My Life, My Love – Family and Friends

15. Second Hand Heart – Dwight Yokam

16. Hold Back The River – James Bay

17. Miss Ilene – Radio Birds

18. A Maker of My Time – The Paper Kites

19. Wichita Falls – American Aquarium

20. Lost in My Mind – The Head And The Heart

Amazing playlist and kickass verbiage courtesy of Michelle Hanley, Events Intern.


Our top priority is (and always has been) making awesome beer for awesome people, but creating a cool and comfortable environment where those awesome people can enjoy our brews is pretty high up there too. The Monday Night Brewing tasting room has been a beer-lovers’ mecca since we opened our own brewery just over two years ago, and while a lot of thought was put into the design of the space before we ever opened our doors, there’s always room for improvement. So, if you haven’t been by recently, here’s what we’ve done to make our tasting room even better.

New Chalkboards

Shortly after we opened up, we put once-intern-but-now-sales-gal Zoe to work decorating two giant chalkboards to hang above the bar to tell people about our four beers. It wasn’t long before four beers turned to five, which quickly grew to ten, and soon those two chalkboards were falling down on the job (not literally though, that would be dangerous). And as we’ve been getting busier, we realized that there needed to be a better way to let you guys know which beers were on tap, and where. So to make it easier to figure out which line to get in at the bar, we’ve drawn new chalkboards (thanks, Zoe!) for each beer that hang over whichever tap that beer is being poured from. Less confusion, faster lines, better experience! Plus, it’s pretty.

outdoor bar

The guys really thought out the design of the tasting room when they renovated our old warehouse into the functional space it is today. Building the main bar to open up to the patio in addition to the indoor part of the tasting room is an awesome (and super useful) feature of the space. But with the recent upswing in temperatures, our patio has become busier than ever, so to help alleviate the lines at our main bar, we’ve added a custom-built outdoor bar with eight more taps. It’s not up and running quite yet, but will be very very soon.

outdoor heaters

gas starter fire pitOur patio is amazing during the warm months, but our guests (and employees, if we’re being real here) want to be able to enjoy it during the cooler months too. We noticed over the last two winters that a couple of fire pits that needed constant tending weren’t cutting it during the winter, so we’ve run gas lines the length of the patio. We added a gas starter to one of the fire pits, and we have hook ups for standing propane heaters. We’re sure they’ll be a welcome addition once the temperatures drop.

Serrano-Eye-Patch-Clip-On-500pxWe’ve been simmering on an idea here at the brewery for awhile. Many breweries have seasonals… lighter beers in the summer, winter warmers in the winter, and who knows what in the spring (maybe a pale ale?!). We wanted to do something a little different.

Monday Night Brewing has 5 core beers, and they all sell equally well, which is rare for a brewery. In some ways, not having a flagship beer has been helpful. It’s easier to introduce new craft beer lovers to a beer they might like. But while we’re happy with our core lineup, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to have a little fun with them. So we developed the Clip-On Series.

Clip-On Series beers will be available 3-4 months at a time, in 6-packs and on draft, and will each be a twist on a core beer. First up, a beer that has been in and out of our draft lineup for a couple years: Serrano Eye Patch Ale.

Serrano Eye Patch Ale is infused with fresh Serrano peppers (hundreds of them). It’s got a touch of heat, but more pepper flavor than you might expect from a “hot” beer. It’s delightful and surprisingly refreshing, and starting today you can find it at your favorite bottle shop or bar.

We’re partnering up with Beer Street Journal to launch a Clip-On contest – come up with an idea for a twist on a base beer, and we’ll brew our favorite and serve it in the tasting room. You and your friends (assuming you win, which you will) will all be invited for the launch. More info on that soon. Until then, you might want to get familiar with our core lineup of beers. Taste-testing is encouraged.

You’ve set the date. You found the perfect venue and you’re narrowing down the rest of your vendors. There are a ton of factors that go into producing an event, but have you considered all of the ways you can personalize your party? Adding branding to your venue and decor is a great way to make your guests feel special and to make your event truly memorable.

Cocktail Napkins

Everyone’s seen monogrammed cocktail napkins, but did you know that they’re one of the most cost effective ways to personalize your event? Websites like offer fully customizable napkins (along with about a million other personalized products) for as little as $25 a box.

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Gobo Projectors

If you’ve been to our tasting room, you’ve probably noticed the “Weekends Are Overrated” light projection on the reclaimed wood wall. This projection is totally customizable–websites like allow you to buy a personalized disc that we can install for your event! If this is something you’re interested in, make sure you talk to your venue manager about the size specs for their Gobo projector before you order anything.

Image by Jayne B Photography

Custom Pint Glasses

At Monday Night Brewing, souvenir pint glasses for your guests are part of the event rental package, and (spoiler alert!) they too can be customized. Even if your venue doesn’t offer take home glassware, personalizing a pint glass or mason jar is a great way to brand your event and make your guests feel super duper special.

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Projectors and Slideshows

Last but definitely not least, taking advantage of an in-house projector is a great way to make the space your own. Whether you’re going full-blown embarrassing baby pictures at a rehearsal dinner or using a slideshow of logos to thank your corporate sponsors, a built in A/V system is one of the easiest ways to personalize a venue for your event.