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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking a seasoned salesperson to join our small team. This is a full-time position, with competitive base salary and commission offered. Position is based in Atlanta, GA and will require frequent travel. Position reports to Sales Director.

Qualifications

  • 2 years sales experience minimum
  • Beer industry experience a plus, but not required
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexible working schedule, including weekends and evenings as necessary
  • Willing and able to lift 31.5 lbs and move 165 lb kegs
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must be 21+
  • Self starter with excellent task management skills
  • Computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Responsible alcohol consumption – must understand that you are a representative of Monday Night Brewing and conduct yourself accordingly at all times

Responsibilities

  • Build long-term relationships with on- and off-premise retail accounts to increase sales. This includes craft beer bars, neighborhood restaurants, Mom & Pop liquor stores and large chains.
  • Visit 10-12 accounts in person per day and use reporting tool to manage visits and follow-up
  • Attend weekly sales meeting
  • Set up, manage and run promotions, events, and festivals including beer dinners, tastings, and beer-of-the month features, with the expectation of averaging 2 events (evening or weekend) per week
  • Communicate and work side-by-side with distributor representatives including training them about our beers and brand, and conducting ride-alongs with them.
  • Send recap of any market work that requires follow up to wholesaler management
  • Communicate with wholesaler on all aspects of events in their territory in a timely manner

Optional, but not required

  • Owner of glow-in-the-dark clothing
  • Knows magic

The selected candidate will be required to pass a background check as a condition of employment.

Monday Night Brewing is a craft beer company founded in 2011 based in Atlanta, GA. Our slogan, “weekends are overrated,” embodies all that we do. We brew balanced, flavorful beers for weeknight consumption and believe in making the best out of each day. Even weekdays.

To apply, click the link below to expand the description or visit our careers website.

 

Nerd Alert cansWe 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.