Revelry

It’s hard to believe we’ve been at it for five years now. It’s even harder to believe we managed to throw an amazing 1,200 person birthday party for ourselves without anyone getting injured, arrested, or thrown up on. Well, except for Jonathan, who almost threw up on himself. But that’s a story for another day.

You’re probably familiar with our origin story–Friday morning Bible study turned Monday evening homebrewing hobby turned crazy successful (and super modest) craft brewery. We’re pretty proud of how far we’ve come, and every year we like to celebrate that progress with Tie One On, our anniversary party.

This year’s event was SO MUCH FUN. We had more than 30 different beers on tap, including 10 casks designed by our employees, a two-year vertical of Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt, a Maple Bourbon Barrel Wee Heavy, and our Tie 5 On Wild IPA brewed specially for our anniversary. And to help soak up some of that boozy goodness, we had Doggy Dogg slinging wieners, Meating Street BBQ serving up pulled pork and brisket, and Bhojanic stuffing tacos with chicken vindaloo perfection.

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TieOneOn-57We’re so honored to be your hometown brewery, and the fact that we can throw a party that so many people actually want to come to is still totally surreal to us. We couldn’t do it without you, so thanks. And if you didn’t make it to Tie One On 2016, you’ve got 11 months to build up your tolerance for next year.

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All photos courtesy of Sheena Wang Photography.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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 Zazzle.com 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 TheGobo.com 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.

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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.