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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.

fu manbrew gose

“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 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.

 

slap-fight-waxWe’re beyond excited to announce a limited edition run of our latest beer, Slap Fight. Each can has been dipped in hop-flavored wax to seal in the flavor. You can choose between one of four versions, each a hop prevalent in Slap Fight: Comet, Equinox, Mosaic and Bravo.

Our wax has been locally sourced before being infused with organic hop leaves. We worked with a local wax miner, Jimmy “Sourdough” Addams, to achieve the perfect color and viscosity of wax, enhancing the hoppy notes in Slap Fight. These waxed cans will only be available at the brewery, starting April 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get the beer out?
Breathe… in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off.

Does Jimmy “Sourdough” Addams have public tours of his wax mine?
Yes. Just follow the dry creek bed paralleling Peachtree Street. But watch out, there’s quicksand. Sourdough has public tours every hour on the hour, though he uses a sundial, so it usually ends up being more like MARTA time.

Who dips the cans in wax for you?
A team of Eastern Grey Squirrels, captured and trained from Inman Park.