Beer Connoisseur magazine coming soon

04.10.2009 | 0 Comments

Beer Connoisseur, a new beer magazine, is launching an online version next month, joining the ranks of DRAFT Magazine and All About Beer. Why so special? They’re based in Atlanta, “Official home of awesome” and up-and-coming Southern beer destination. Beer Connoisseur is being started by two gentlemen, Lynn Davis and Chris Miller, beer lovers to

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Beer Wars special event movie on April 16

04.08.2009 | 0 Comments

On April 16, craft beer lovers nationwide will be gathering in movie theaters to watch Beer Wars. What, you may ask, is Beer Wars? According to the press release: Live from Los Angeles, an evening dedicated to celebrating the world of craft beer and the American entrepreneurial spirit. With over 95 million beer drinkers, beer

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Hop City grand opening

04.03.2009 | 6 Comments

We unfortunately couldn’t make the Hop City grand opening party yesterday, but we’re still dern excited about it. Hop City is a specialty beer (and wine) store opening near the new 5 Seasons, across the street from Octane. Owner Kraig Torres will stock 1000 varieties of beer [please raise pinky to corner of mouth now].

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The difference between homebrewing and commercial brewing

03.11.2009 | 9 Comments

First, let the record show that we are still technically homebrewers. But after being entrenched in the homebrewing culture for a few years now, and after having some exposure to the professional brewing culture as well, we thought it might be interesting to point out one of the fundamental differences between the two. There are

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My favorite numbers

02.27.2009 | 1 Comment

Will higher gravity beers be available in Alabama soon?

02.13.2009 | 5 Comments

Maybe. The Alabama Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted for a bill that would allow beer up to 13.9% ABV ? very similar to Georgia laws. Currently beer sold in Alabama is limited to an insanely low 6% ABV. Which is why all our friends in Alabama fill up on beer while they’re in the

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Terrapin releases Dos Cocoas and announces next couple Side Projects

01.09.2009 | 0 Comments

The latest limited release Terrapin Side Project is now out on shelves: Terrapin’s third winter offering, available only in their 22 ounce “Side Project” bottles, carries the name “Dos Cocoas.” Chocolate lovers should hang on to something, as this black Porter blends both cocoa powder and cacao nibs (fresh beans from Ecuadorian cacao trees). I

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Declining beer sales in emerging countries

11.07.2008 | 5 Comments

West send along this article from the WSJ (that’s short for Wall Street Journal for those of you who aren’t as smart as West) this morning. Many large brewers have been investing in emerging markets in recent years as sales in North America and Western Europe have softened. However, in tough economic times, beer is

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Remember Zima?

10.22.2008 | 5 Comments

Yeah. Neither do we. You better stock up while you can, Travis.

Budweiser’s American Ale saves a baby from a burning building

08.21.2008 | 8 Comments

And thus begin the headlines for Budweiser’s American Ale, the savior of beers and babies alike. I won’t get into a review of the beer or discuss its technical merits (a great write-up can be found over at It’s the Beer Talking). I haven’t tried it, and don’t find myself clamoring to try one either.

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Allagash, Baby

08.14.2008 | 4 Comments

High gravity beers gain traction

07.30.2008 | 5 Comments

I just read an interesting article on Time.com. Perhaps I’m a little late to respond, but I will anyway. I’m the one with the blog. The article itself is grossly misrepresented by its title, as E.S. points out here. In fact, the growth numbers aren’t pulled out from the overall growth of the craft industry,

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InBev, AB and America

07.08.2008 | 5 Comments

Given the impending takeover of American Anheuser-Busch by Belgian InBev, I found the following picture hilariously ironic (click for larger view): Original picture found here. How much longer will AB be able to claim “America”? This topic is being discussed in depth elsewhere. And other elsewheres. But has anyone else noticed the new AB commercials

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Moonshine and C4

06.25.2008 | 5 Comments

Alabama’s beer battle heats up

04.21.2008 | 0 Comments

Could this be the year? Alabama’s beer laws, which were written by a caveman back when John McCain was born, may just get the updating they deserve. There have been a number of high-profile incidences lately, thanks in a large part to Free the Hops. Free the Hops is a grassroots organization lobbying for beer

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Not ideal

04.07.2008 | 2 Comments

Oh Sam Adams, always trying to get us to drink glass shards… From a CNN article today: Shares of Boston Beer Co., which brews Samuel Adams beer, slid Monday after the brewer voluntarily recalled select 12 ounce glass bottles of its beer, saying the brew could contain small bits of glass. Earlier Monday afternoon, the

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Greener breweries

04.07.2008 | 6 Comments

At the risk of making ourselves look like fools in front of more knowledgeable beer environmentalists, I thought I’d share this article that Matt sent in about the three most environmentally friendly breweries. According to the author, the three breweries are (in order): Brooklyn Brewery (warning, annoying website alert). Why? 100% wind power. New Belgium

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03.05.2008 | 2 Comments

Opening a brewery is exciting business. It makes you wonder why there are so few micros in Georgia. The answer, we’ve increasingly found, is distribution. Georgia’s distribution laws are archaic, it turns out. The now-defunct Dogwood agrees in this oldy-but-goody from 2004: As a start-up brewer, Moran says, his most important decision — more important

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Terrapin revs up

02.28.2008 | 2 Comments

There was a great article in the Athens Banner-Herald this month on Terrapin Brewery. I’ll hit the highlights. First, Terrapin started by contract brewing: Since 2002 when Terrapin introduced its first beer, Rye Pale Ale, the Athens-based company has been contracting with other breweries to make its beer, most recently getting its bottled beer done

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Another brewery on the Westside

01.24.2008 | 0 Comments

Well, not “brewery” per se… More like brewpub. 5 Seasons Brewpub is opening up another location: The exciting 5 Seasons Westside, our newest and most ambitious 5, is now rising at the intersection of Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street. Watch for a Grand Opening early in 2008. Hopefully this will help to tide you

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The south gets mo’ betta’ Belgian beer

01.16.2008 | 1 Comment

The thing about Belgian beer is that you can never really have enough of it. Even when you’ve got such fine establishments as Brick Store. And ? bless my stars ? it seems that the South is starting to realize this. Yes, THE South. You know, the one that hates microbreweries. A new Belgian bar

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It’s hard out here for a brewer

01.02.2008 | 2 Comments

West sent in this uplifting story about how difficult it is to make it as a brewer in Georgia. The article doesn’t contain any information that we don’t already know, but it’s always good to remind ourselves of the barriers we’re up against. The difficulty of being a micro in Georgia is actually one of

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