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Owen Ogletree's Brewtopia Events Brewsletter: 10/22/2010

In this issue:


Some Craft Beer Hot Spots in NE GA

Beery Links & Events

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Tickets for our 7th annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting are on sale now! ACAT is the premier cask event in the Southeast, and this year's awesome celebration of real ale takes place on January 29, 2011. We've expanded the event to almost 30 casks split between the patios of 5 Seasons Sandy Springs and Taco Mac Prado.


This is fresh ale the way it was meant to be served! Attendees at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting will be amazed at the complexity and smooth, delicious character of these special real ales. The beer lineup at ACAT will include cask versions of some classic styles, some dry-hopped versions (with fresh hops added to the cask), and some surprise specialty beers with exceptional ingredients! Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Humane Society.


Head to the ACAT website to purchase tickets now.

Photo: Sweetwater's Nick Nock claims a prize at last year's ACAT.


ACAT Sponsors: Peak Organic Brewing, All About Beer, 5 Seasons Sandy Springs, Taco Mac Prado, Atlanta Humane Society and Brewtopia LLC.


Some Craft Beer Hot Spots in NE GA


269 West Washington St., Athens

Run by people passionate about gourmet beer, Trappeze Pub in downtown Athens features the city's widest selection of the best draft and bottled beers from around the world. The pub offers a quiet lounge area to the left and main bar on the right. Pick a brew from the massive draft board to sip alongside a plate of scrumptious fish and chips, bratwurst or beer marinated barbeque.



1235 S. Milledge Ave., Athens

Settle into a comfy chair near the rock fireplace and choose from ten taps featuring the most unique and flavorful craft beers available in the state. Owned by the beer fanatics at Five Points Bottle Shop, Aromas serves up an eclectic range of brews not often seen in other pubs around the state. The cakes and desserts are to die for, and tapas include olives, prosciutto & melon, cheese platters and sundried tomato feta spread.


Copper Creek Brewing Company

140 E. Washington St., Athens

Brewer Matt Buley cranks out a solid range of classic beer styles in the tiny brewhouse situated inside the front window of Athens' only brewpub. Small, quaint and cozy, Copper Creek offers a bar area on the left (with a bar top covered by hundreds of pennies) and seating space for diners on the opposite side of the pub. Munch on tasty pub grub while enjoying a sampler tray of all of Matt's well-crafted ales and lagers.


Chops & Hops

2 S. Main Street St., Watkinsville

Keeping in mind that gourmet beer pairs extremely well with excellent food, Richard Miley, chef and co-owner of this hot new beer bistro, chooses the restaurant's fine range of draft and bottled beers with a great deal of thought and care. When visiting, try a Rochefort Trappist Ale paired with Richard's flat iron steak or go with a potent Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale alongside the juicy lamp chops. For the brave or foolhardy, there's the option of a spicy India Pale Ale to accompany Miley's fiery Waiver Burger that's topped with ghost, habanero, jalapeno and chipotle peppers.


5 Seasons Brewing

Atlanta, Alpharetta & Sandy Springs

Ranked among the best brewpubs in the country, the Atlanta-area's three 5 Seasons locations produce a diverse range of epicurean brews and European and Asian-inspired haute cuisine -- all served up within attractive, inviting environs. Adventurous brewers experiment often with oak barrel aging, special ingredients and inventive seasonal beers, while the kitchen plates up daily food specials, focusing on the finest locally-sourced ingredients.


Brick Store Pub

125 E. Court Square, Decatur

Hands-down the best beer bar in the entire Southeast, Brick Store showcases an enormous range of craft beers from the USA and abroad in their downstairs pub, while the Belgian-themed, upstairs room offers a dozen amazing Belgian ales on draft and more than 100 bottled versions. The beer-obsessed owners even went so far as to lease the basement of the old bank building next door in which to "cellar" several hundred cases of gourmet strong ales for future tastings and food pairings. Yummy sandwiches and fish and chips highlight the food menu.


Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery

320 Peachtree St., Atlanta

This perennial brewpub favorite, located in the heart of bustling downtown Atlanta, is known for crafting flavorful beers such as Max Black Lager, Max Gold, Hefeweizen, Hopsplosion IPA and a variety of delicious seasonals. The award-winning new chef has produced a menu filled with goodies such as wood-fired pizzas, lemon basil salmon, Georgia trout, burgers and a Cowboy Steak marinated in beer and whiskey.


Melton's App & Tap

2500 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur

A neighborhood pub favorite since 1994, Melton's success stems from serving delicious, hearty food paired with great beer at reasonable prices. Melton's serves cooked-from-scratch pub fare with an exuberant twist of originality, and the pub's 16 rotating beer taps and 100+ bottles come from outstanding regional, national and import microbreweries. The atmosphere is homey, comfortable and strictly unpretentious.


Porter Beer Bar

1156 Euclid Ave., Atlanta

Owner Molly Gunn turned this cozy space in Little Five Points into one of the best craft beer destinations in Georgia. Patrons enter at the long, front bar area -- with booths and tables for dining located in the back. Expect almost 30 brilliant draft beers served alongside beer-appropriate food items such as Belgian-style mussels & fries, Buffalo shrimp po-boys, half pound cheeseburgers and kraut & beer brats.


Summits Wayside Tavern

Cumming, Snellville & Woodstock

Head over to any of the three Atlanta-area Summits locales to experience a staggering array of draft taps, interesting pub menu fare and a ever-changing lineup of beer dinners and special beer promotions and tastings. Work your way through 150+ different draft beers in the Summits Passport Club to earn beer discounts and your own personalized pub mug.


SweetWater Draft House & Grill

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport - Concourse B, Atlanta

During your next flight delay, instead of hitting Starbucks, try a local microbrewed beer at the SweetWater Draft House. Atlanta's popular SweetWater Brewing Company stocks this enjoyable airport restaurant with their 420 Ale, IPA, Georgia Brown Ale, Sch'Wheat and beguiling seasonal brews. Decorations and knick-knacks from the brewery's history adorn the walls.


Taco Mac

Several Atlanta-area Locations

There's no better place in Atlanta to catch the big game on widescreen TV, enjoy succulent wings and nachos and sip a flavorful craft beer than one of the numerous Taco Mac locations. Several Taco Macs house 100+ draft lines and sell small taster glasses, allowing customers the palate-expanding opportunity to experience a considerable range of new brews.


This article from Owen Ogletree appeared in the last issue of Athens Magazine.



Beery Links & Events


Brewsletter Sponsor

Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale


From the guys at Peak...

"This autumn ale is a showcase of the mighty Summit hop. Our friend Jason grows amazing Summits that combine pine, spice and captivating citrus aromas. A good dose of toasted malts provides warm, rich flavors to contrast the hops on the front palate. Cold fermentation gives a surprisingly crisp finish. We hope you enjoy this unique fall brew."


ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 64


Suggested Food Pairings: Hearty autumn dishes, fall vegetable roasts, butternut squash, fresh harvest apples, gouda cheese.



Owen Ogletree is an Athens, GA beer writer, beer traveler, nationally certified beer judge, and founder/director of, the Classic City Brew Fest, and the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Phone: (706) 254-BREW.
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