We have been sitting on a big secret for far too long now, and it’s finally time to let the badger out of its cage. Monday Night Brewing is proud to announce a Scottish-Style Single Malt Whiskey, brewed and distilled in partnership with ASW Distillery, less than 5 miles from the brewery in our home of Atlanta, GA.

Back in our homebrewing days, Monday Night co-founder Joel Iverson lived next door to ASW co-founder Charlie Thompson. With dozens of strangers showing up on Mondays to brew at Joel’s house, he decided the neighborly thing to do would be to share some of our first homebrew creations with Charlie. The two guys became friends, and our two companies have been friendly ever since. We have co-sponsored events in the Atlanta area, and ASW Distillery also sponsored one of our first anniversary parties here at the brewery.

In this context, our Brewmaster Adam Bishop met ASW’s Head Distiller, Justin Manglitz, before ASW opened their doors. The two quickly hit it off, as both have an adorably obsessive love of all things chemistry and alcohol. As you may or may not know, the first half of the distilling process is essentially the brewing process. Given our love of smoked beers (evidenced in our popular Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale) and ASW’s love of whiskey (Atlanta’s only whiskey and brandy distillery) we decided to partner up to produce a smooth, smoky whiskey.

After months of planning, we brewed a mash rich in Cherrywood-smoked malt, the same malt used in Drafty Kilt. We then transferred this mash to ASW by a process called “renting a Penske truck.” It was distilled at ASW in traditional Scottish-style twin copper pot stills before being transferred into new American white oak quarter casks. In all honesty, the hardest part of the process was waiting on it to age. We sampled throughout the maturation process (along with some of ASW’s other unique whiskies and brandies, including a one-of-a-kind “double malt” whiskey of malted barley and malted rye now aging after years in development), and even early on we knew this whiskey was going to be something special.

Fortunately, our patience has paid off. Like the mighty Scottish badger, this Scotch-style Whiskey has a pleasant bite and will burrow into your belly with a smooth, slightly sweet, and delightfully smoky finish.

We will be releasing this whiskey to the greater Atlanta area beginning in early March, with an expected retail price of $59 per 750ml bottle. If you can’t wait till then, we are doing a small release party on Monday, February 27 at ASW. Advance tour tickets are on sale now. If you are able to snag a sip, we recommend drinking straight or on the rocks while wearing a necktie.

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.

The same week that we celebrate our 3rd anniversary is also  the first week that Monday Night will be available in a state that is not Georgia. Alabama, watch out, we’re gunning for you. We’re touring Birmingham, Pelham and Auburn, bringing weeknight-lover’s craft beer to the thirsty.

We’d love to have you join us. No, seriously. Join us.


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This was the main takeaway from our Hop City beer tasting at Octane this week, in which we gave free pint glasses to those who dressed as pirates or wore kilts.

This makes intuitive sense, once you think about it. A kilt is a commitment. An eye patch is easy. A kilt costs serious money and requires someone who has either really high self esteem or no fashion sense to wear one (sometimes both). An eye patch can be as easy as wrapping a dirty napkin around your eye, in some cases. See below for exactly what I’m talking about.

We’ll start with the pirate family… including the one and only kilt-wearing man we served.

Let not the cuteness of this young pirate fool you. For he will STEAL YOUR BOOTY!

The bird makes the outfit. Unless that’s a part of her arm? In which case I suggest immediate medical attention.

Perhaps he’s not dressed “as a pirate,” but that’s a pirate expression if I ever saw one. I wonder what unfortunate swashbuckling incident led to 4  pirates simultaneously losing sight in their right eyes? Probably an octopus with hot pokers for arms. (And yes, I know the real reason pirates wear eye patches.)

You aren’t fooling anyone, sir. That is a napkin over your glasses. But we’ll count it, because you do look ridiculous, and that’s the first rule of pirate fashion.

Sell it with that face, Captain Duct Tape!

And finally, the cutest pirate couple AAAARRRH-ound.

We need your help. We’ve entered the phase where we will be transitioning Monday Night events away from a random garage on the west side of town to bars and restaurants serving Monday Night beers, all over the Atlanta area (and eventually Georgia). This will allow us to meet more people in different parts of Atlanta, and give us a venue to provide beer for sale (which we cannot do out of a garage for obvious reasons). However, we haven’t yet put too much thought into what a post-garage Monday Night event should look like.

What would you be most excited about? Here are a few thought starters, but we really want your fresh thinking. Leave a comment, if you dare.

  • Meeting the owners (prediction: this will not be a winning suggestion)
  • Drink specials on Monday Night beers
  • Random schwag giveaways (we wouldn’t be able to give away stuff to everyone, though)
  • Games or trivia
  • Food options paired specifically for Monday Night beers
  • Bringing in interesting guests such as authors, scientists, or pirate experts

nate-newsLooking for some food to make that pairs with (and includes) Monday Night beers? Probably not, since you can’t buy our beer yet. If you’re into cooking and into Monday Night, you might want to keep this post bookmarked for future reference.

My Nashville-based brother Nate hosted a tasting party with his chef-girlfriend Colby. They came up with some recipes for onion rings and pizza, made with and paired with our Eye Patch Ale and Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. Mmmmm.

P.S. My brother runs a website called “Nate News.” Big egos seem to be a running theme in our family.

Jeff and I found ourselves in Decatur yesterday for the annual Decatur Beer Fest. What a great time. The weather was perfect, there were a ton of great beers, and we actually bumped into a bunch of people we knew.

Before we get into the beers, I would like to go on record as saying that I hate pretzel necklaces. It’s always difficult to recap a beer festival. You drink so many beers, pour out a bunch of the crappy ones (I do anyway) and always end up with less capacity for memory than when you started, if you catch my meaning. However, these were a few of my favorites:

  • Duck-Rabbit Imperial Russian Stout: tasted more like a barleywine than a stout, but quite delicious
  • Avery Kaiser: an imperial Oktoberfest. Normally I don’t like Oktoberfests, but this was one malty, high gravity bombshell of a beer.
  • Oskar Blues Ten Fidy: an imperial stout in a can? My oh my this beer was money.
  • Port Brewing: there were 2 excellent beers from Port, and I can’t for the life of me remember their names. One was a Belgian IPA, a collaboration between Tomme Arthur and, uh, someone else. The other was a funky, funky farmhouse ale. Delightful.
  • Post Road Pumpkin Ale: of the 2 pumpkin ales Jeff and I tried, this was hands-down the winner.
  • Flying Dog Horn Dog Barleywine: I’ve had a bunch of Flying Dog beers, but not the barleywine. It was great. Had it towards the end of the festival, don’t remember much else.

There were, of course, other highlights. The cool tasting glasses we got, for one:

Though for $35 the glasses better be cool. We also tried the Budweiser American Ale. Much has been said of this beer recently, and I think it deserves its own post. Look out for that later this week. And Jeff tried to convince me that the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is an acceptable beer. It tastes like cough syrup. To which Jeff replied, “I LOVE cough syrup.”

I think the 28 rating on RateBeer.com says it all.