Showing posts with label Georgia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Georgia. Show all posts

September 4, 2013

Highlands, NC: Ruka's Table Masters the Beer Pairing Dinner

Narrow, winding roads lead into the mountains of Highlands, NC, the kind that make you wonder how the treads on your tires are doing. Suddenly the forest road opens up to offer sweeping views of the surrounding states. Located in a small resort town in the Nantahala National Forest, Ruka's Table sources ingredients from its neighbors in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and delivers food fit for any of the best restaurants in Atlanta, DC, or New York City. Head Chef Justin Burdett recently presented a beer pairing dinner showcasing many of these local ingredients.

Prior to working at Ruka’s Table, Burdett was Chef de Cuisine at Miller Union, a highly regarded farm-to-table restaurant in Atlanta. In March 2013, he was named among the top chefs in the Southeast by Food & Wine Magazine. He has also competed on the Food Network show "Chopped" -- and won.

July 17, 2013

Fu Manchus, Pirates, and Scotsmen: Three Beers from Monday Night Brewing

Monday Night Brewing beers

Monday Night Brewing is a company that gets marketing and PR. They've got creative names and packaging that portray a fun brand. Besides, they were kind enough to send me one each of their three year round beers to review, so that helps.

Seriously though, the Atlanta-based company really knows how to portray a fun attitude, reminding us perhaps not-so-subtly, "Hey, this is beer. Why don't we just enjoy it?"

March 8, 2013

Atlanta Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Fest Recap

Chef Christopher Davis of NC's
Little Red Pig Championship BBQ
Cooking Team
While James was enjoying the Panama Micro Brew Fest, my girlfriend and I traveled down to Atlanta for the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival at Atlantic Station. It was unusually cold, so cold that it actually snowed! (in Atlanta? in March? Yup.) As a touring festival with upcoming dates throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, here's a taste of what you can expect from upcoming editions (minus the cold, I hope).

The BEER

We started things off with a new local brewery, Monday Night Brewing from Atlanta, GA, and tried their Draft Kilt Scotch Ale (well-balanced bitterness, hint of smoke) and the Fu Manbrew Belgian-Style Wit (light, crisp, with a touch of ginger). Both solid beers.

February 11, 2013

Win Tickets to the Atlanta Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival!

The Local Beer Blog is teaming up with Drink, Eat, Relax and the Trigger Agency to give away two tickets the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival March 2nd in Atlanta, GA. The contest will run 48 hours only from 12pm EST on February 12th to 12pm EST February 14th. All you have to do to enter the drawing is retweet the message I send out tomorrow at noon. Follow me on Twitter so you don't miss it! On February 14th I will draw a random entry and announce the winner. 


[UPDATE - 2/14: We have a winner! Jamal Tolson of Manassas Park, VA, you're going to the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest! Thanks to everyone who participated! Cheers!]

January 30, 2013

Top Beers and Beards from the Asheville Winter Warmer

Both the beers and the beards were on full display at the Asheville Winter Warmer this weekend. Thirty-one breweries, a cidery, and some moonshiners each brought their finest to the show, while every bit of facial hair in the house was perfectly groomed -- for the most part.

These were some of the exceptional specimens from the event, in both the beer and the beard categories:

January 28, 2013

How to Present an Incredible Beer and Cheese Tasting

This weekend's "No Whey Friday" beer and cheese tasting event absolutely lived up to expectations.

Beehive Barely Buzzed cheese
Michael Landis, of Atlanta Foods International, made an intoxicating presentation that stunned the 50 or so people in the meeting room at the Four Points Sheraton. As a Certified Cheese Professional, lead trainer for the Institut du Fromage, and international cheese judge, Michael brought expertise that made the event as educational as it was delicious. It was essentially a master class on how to conduct an amazing beer and cheese tasting.

September 6, 2012

4 September Beer Festivals to Enjoy this Fall

Fall is a great time for beer festivals. (Then again, when is it not a great time for beer festivals?)

The original 1811 Oktoberfest in Munich celebrated the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Bavaria, but it also coincided with the harvest of the grain crop. What better way to ring in a new season of brewing by finishing off the previous spring's batch? While Munich's Oktoberfest has strict standards for the beers that can be served, these festivals below allow the modern beer-lover a wide variety styles to explore:

August 14, 2012

Craft Beer in Cans: 9 to Try Today

Photo: CraftCans.com
You may have noticed an increase in the number of canned craft beers on the market lately. The benefits of canning are numerous:
  • Cans reduce the amount of light that can hit the beer, potentially "skunking" those delicious hop compounds
  • Cans weigh less than glass, reducing cost transportation costs
  • Cans are more recycled than glass and plastic
  • Cans go where glass can't, poolside, on a hike, or to a music festival for example
Some may question whether canned beer tastes the same as it's bottled counterpart, but I know for a fact that there are some very good canned beers out there.

Here are nine craft beers in the can to look out for:

August 2, 2012

It's IPA Day: 5 Favorites from the Local Beer Blog

Fuller's IPA, in the English style.
Today is International IPA Day, a celebration of what is probably America's most popular style of craft beer, the India Pale Ale.

But the style was not invented in the US. I'll quickly relate its origins:

IPAs emerged way back when, during the height of the British Empire. To satiate her troops abroad, Britain would ship beer to its colonies, most notably India. Utilizing the natural antimicrobial properties of the hop flower, the ale was aggressively hopped with as much as four or five pounds of hops per barrel so that it may survive the long voyage. The style gained popularity in the mid-1800s, then faded away until fairly recently.

July 13, 2012

Decatur, GA: Girls Night Out at Brick Store Pub

Today's feature is a guest post by my partner-in-crime, Cristina Hall. She is a marketing consultant and holistic health coach-in-training. She writes about health, cooking, and wellness on her blog, La Solutionista.

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As a native of Atlanta, there are a lot of things that I miss about the city while I am away – buying fresh Georgia peaches from a local farmer, shopping at Trader Joe’s, The Wright Gourmet’s Signature Mustard Sauce, drinking SweetWater 420 on draught at Dagwood’s (my all-time favorite pizza place), and of course, my wonderful girlfriends. At the recommendation of a friend who used to work there, I recently visited the Brick Store Pub with three girlfriends for drinks and dinner. Now, I will also miss the amazing beer selection and atmosphere at this relaxed but lively restaurant in Decatur, GA.

Skimming their website beforehand, I was excited to learn that the pub was celebrating its 15th Anniversary with a week-long celebration. That evening they were featuring sour beers, a style recently introduced to me by a friend in Charleston.

June 11, 2012

Alpharetta, GA: 5 Seasons Restaurant & Brewery

I've been hitting the road pretty hard lately; now it's time to get caught up. This is post #100! Here goes!

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For my first brewpub adventure of this state-side road trip, I decided to check out 5 Seasons Restaurant and Brewery. There are three locations in the greater Atlanta area: Westside, Sandy Springs, and Alpharetta. My girlfriend and I went to the Alpharetta location for their weekly Cask Ale tapping (every Thursday at 5:55pm), but also because of the 5 Seasons philosophy that focuses on buying local ingredients and using what's in season:

"At the 5 Seasons we source much of our produce and meats from local and sustainable farms when they are in their peak of flavor.  That is what we call the '5th Season.'  From these wonderful ingredients we prepare a plethora of specials every day."

June 7, 2012

Back in the USA!

USA Craft Beer Map from SwiftMaps.com
After about four months of living in Panama, I am back in the USA for a month to visit friends and family.  I intend to take advantage of this time back in the Southeast to check out some cities both new and familiar, to visit as many breweries and brewpubs as I can, and of course enjoy some great beer and food.

Naturally, about the first thing I wanted to do was go to the good old American grocery store and survey the beer aisle.  (Insert songs of heavenly angels here.)  The selection!  The variety!  Renowned beers from American breweries coast to coast!  IPAs!  I restrained myself and did a build-your-own six pack of some more or less regional beers:

  • Red Brick Hoplanta (GA) - "Hoppier than a bullfrog with a stubbed toe!"
  • Sweetwater Georgia Brown (GA) - "Smoother than a Bill Clinton apology!"
  • Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale (DE) - "A cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale and an American Brown, Indian Brown Ale is well-hopped and malty at the same time (It's magical!)."
  • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (DE) - "60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped -- more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil."
  • Sweetwater Exodus Porter (GA) - "First brewed on Bob Marley’s birthday, this Legend-ary porter initially delivers distinct irie hop notes which transcend into rich waves of chocolate, creating a multidimensional taste experience!"
  • Abita Jockamo IPA (LA) - "The flavor is bold like the Mardi Gras Indians who march through New Orleans in suits of feathers and beads."

Let this mark the beginning of an excellent state-side adventure!

Beer, glorious beer!


April 29, 2012

Chow.com: The Best Brewpub in America

Right now on Chow.com, you have an opportunity to vote for the best brewpub in America.  I've been to three of the eight still in the running: the Wrecking Bar in Atlanta, Cambridge Brewing Company in Massachusetts, Revolution Brewing in Chicago.

These are some tough choices!

Vote every day through the final round May 8 - 15.

March 12, 2012

More Craft Beer Events

Coming up, two events to combat some pretty detrimental diseases.  Fight 'em both with beer!

Find these events and more on the Craft Beer Events page of this blog!

BreastFest at Terrapin! - 90% of money raised in Athens, STAYS in Athens for breast health programs through the St. Mary’s Women’s Diagnostic and Imaging Center
March 24, 2012
12pm - 7:30pm
Terrapin Brewery, Athens, GA

More info and buy tickets here.
Going?  RSVP on Facebook and tell your friends here.

Pints for Prostates - The tasting event, which benefits the Pints for Prostates campaign, features pale ales from a dozen Oregon breweries and a dozen breweries from around the globe.
July 25, 2012
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, OR


More info and buy tickets here.

March 9, 2012

Sweetwater Event Tomorrow!

TOMORROW, March 10th, Sweetwater Brewery will be hosting its Brew Your Cask Off Cask Ale Festival at it's Atlanta facility.  The event runs from 6pm-10pm and will feature 90 unique cask ales from 90 special guest brewers.  The night also features SweetWater's award-winning lineup of "lip-smackin" brews, live music, and tours of the brewery.  Sounds like an event not to be missed!


More info here: http://www.brewyourcaskoff.com/

Buy your tickets 
here: http://www.xorbia.com/e/brewyourcaskoff/

($35 in advance/$40 day of event)

November 22, 2011

Terrapin Brewery Sells Share of Company to Miller Coors

Hopefully we won't see "Brought to you by MillerCoors" on here.
I can see where Terrapin is coming from, but I can't help but be a little disappointed to hear this news.  I hope that they are able to maintain the personality of their brand and the quality that makes their beers what they are.

Of course I can't blame Miller Coors.  With macro beer sales waning, they need to find new ways to pay for all those pricy NFL commercial spots.  Just look at all the different brands they've got their hands on.

October 7, 2011

Atlanta, GA: Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Have you ever been to a restaurant where every single thing you try is fantastic?  That's what happened this past weekend at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta.  I discovered what is possibly the best brewpub in the South.

October 3, 2011

Athens, GA: Terrapin Beer Company

It turned out to be quite the beer-soaked weekend in Georgia. On Saturday, my girlfriend and I visited the Terrapin Beer Company, makers of the tasty Terrapin Rye Pale Ale. I was curious to sample some of their other offerings.

We arrived at the brewery right around sunset, along with about half of UGA's undergrad population dressed in red. Undeterred by the crowd, we picked up our souvenir pint glasses and got to sampling. Terrapin had five beers on tap that day:
  • Terrapin Rye Pale Ale - The flagship beer, Terrapin Rye won 1st Place American Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival in 2002 (its first year in production).
  • Hop Karma Brown IPA - A combination Brown Ale and India Pale Ale, Hop Karma had a great balance of hops with caramel malts.
  • Hopsecutioner IPA - Aggressively hopped with a huge dose of citrus flavor.
  • Golden Ale - The most sessionable beer of the bunch, the Golden Ale went down smooth.
  • So Fresh & So Green, Green - This was my favorite. Wet-hopped with locally grown Challenger hops, it had a very unique hops flavor that was far from overpowering.

September 29, 2011

Atlanta, GA: Red Brick's Laughing Skull

I'm down in Georgia for a spell, and that means the opportunity to try out some new brews.  This six-pack got my attention (wonder why...).  When I noticed it was made locally that sealed the deal.  Like the bottle caps say, "Beer from around Here" is what I'm all about.

This amber ale from Red Brick Brewing Company (formerly Atlanta Brewing Company) is downright pleasant.  It's relatively light-bodied so it won't weigh you down.  The dominant flavor is toasty, roasty malt -- tastes like fall.  Ya know, it's nice having a simple beer once in a while that doesn't take a whole lot of thinking.  This is a refreshing beer that goes down clean and easy.

Just the thing to take to a UGA tailgate or fall cookout.

Red Brick distributes to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Stayed tuned for more Georgia beer!

July 21, 2011

Atlanta, GA: Sweetwater Brewery

Like Ray Charles I had Georgia on my mind, so I went down to Atlanta to visit my girl and check out the Sweetwater Brewery.  Many a Sunday afternoon in college were spent enjoying 2-4-1s at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville with a basket of chipotle chicken wings and a glass of Sweetwater 420 (this may sound familiar - my first beer review took place under similar circumstances).  I was pumped to see where the beer I remember so fondly was created.