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Owen Ogletree's Brewtopia Brewsletter: September 2013
In this issue:
Follow our craft beer adventures...


- Craft Beer Pairs Go Head-to-Head
Owen Ogletree, The Beer Wench, Gail Graves and Dean Graves got together recently at Chops & Hops in Watkinsville, Georgia to pair up ten craft beers and come up with our verdict for the beer that seemed more true-to-style and appealing. All these beers were quite good, so the task was not an easy one...
Sixpoint Sweet Action - fruity, wheat-like note, earthy, light tropical fruits, pleasant bitter note, mild hops, light flavor notes, dark gold in color, citrusy.
Red Hare Long Day Lager - cereal hint in aroma, floral hoppy nose, easy-drinking, hint of fruit, biscuit nuances, light hops.
Verdict: Sixpoint is more complex, Red Rare is smoother and more lager-like, two great beers for summer.
21st Amendment Bitter American - light toasted malt, impressive citrusy hops, clean on the tongue, pleasant hops on the backend, mild fruits
Stone Levitation Ale - earthy, pungent, mineraly, big bitterness, caramel, mouthful of hop bitterness. Darker in color than Bitter American.
Verdict: We liked the clean malts and citrusy hops of bitter American. Two flavorful session beers.
Avery White Rascal - bigger nose of the two, orange, coriander spice, wheat, fruit. Very pleasant. Sweet, soft mouthfeel, orange hint, spicy background. Almost perfect in terms of style.
Ommegang Witte - light nose, more spicy than the Avery. Lighter body and taste with more dry, intense coriander finish. Cleaner and more refreshing than the Avery.
Verdict: Avery has more body and complexity. Ommegang is drier and has a spicier profile.
New Holland Mad Hatter IPA - clean, dry aromas, earthy, lighter malt and hops, high mineral water, fruity, apricot hints.
Westbrook IPA - pineapple, perfumery, very fruity, papaya, a touch sweeter than the New Holland with notes of ripe fruit.
Verdict: almost identical in appearance, New Holland is cleaner and crisper, Westbrook has loads of fruity esters and malt sweetness. Hop bitterness and aromas seem to be on similar levels.
Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - oily aromas of coffee and resin. A bit creamy, somewhat dry, medium/light body, roasted malts, hints of creamy oats backed by subtle hops.
Back Forty Kudzu Porter - mild aromas of cocoa and fruit, pleasant, fruity dark malts, with a touch of balancing bitterness.
Verdict: The stout is black, porter is dark brown. Both are quaffable and pleasant. We liked the Anderson Valley for mouthfeel, complexity, and smooth malt character.
- Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting Plans Domestic & International Casks
Tickets are going fast for our next Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Owen is working with B. United Importers, Artisanal Imports and Atlanta's Olde Cask Importers in efforts to secure possible cask ales for the event from exceptional UK brewers such as Batemans, Thornbridge, Harviestoun, Ilkley, Hawkshead, Hobson's and Blue Monkey. Of course, these cask ales will be in addition to a huge lineup of unique firkins from all the hottest regional and national breweries here in the USA. You really can't miss the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting next January!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Sample from almost 40 rare, one-of-a-kind, cask-conditioned, real ales from craft brewers in the USA and the UK at this exceptional festival. No other event in the Southeast offers such an extensive and impressive selection of perfectly cared for, delicious cask ales - allowing attendees to compare delicious classic styles of real ale to specialty casks with mind-blowing ingredients. Attendees also get 10% off their food purchases at 5 Seasons Brewing and Taco Mac Prado. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS:
Tickets are also now on sale for our other amazing fest...
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Athens, GA
Sample from more than 350 of the greatest and most sought-after craft beers from around the world, experience the cask ale pavilion with 20 rare, one-off real ales, and hear live bluegrass! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS:
- Owen Travels to East Anglia and Adnams
Owen Ogletree traveled last July to the East Anglia district of the UK to check out some notable pubs in several cities and make a long overdue visit to the classic Adnams Brewery in Southwold, Suffolk.
Pictured: Adnams brewer Fergus Fitzgerald shares samples of real ales from the brewery's taste testing area.
Click here to check out Owen's photos and captions from the real ale journey.
- Beer Spotlight
Bayou Teche
As a Bière de Garde, Acadie offers the style’s prominent malty aroma. Highly carbonated and bronze in color with a thick, off-white head, this beer comes across as malty with an underlying caramel sweetness. Acadie finishes medium-dry. The restrained use of elegant Strisselspalt and Saaz hops offers a perfectly balanced bitterness with a subtle, but appealing, hop aroma. ABV 6% / IBUs 20
- Owen & Dr. Brewski Crush the Great British Beer Festival
Ranking very near the top of Owen's “beer nirvana” list is the sublime joy of a fresh, well-maintained, cask-conditioned ale. Click here for the impressive list of real ales Owen Ogletree and Don "Dr. Brewski" Beistle (pictured L-R) managed to sample at the largest cask festival in the world - London's 2013 Great British Beer Festival. Owen and Don are columnists for Southern Brew News.
- "Fall" Into Moon River
Savannah's Moon River Brewing unveils several exciting beers for fall. Tater 2013 includes over 20 pounds of sweet potatoes per barrel, and bartenders at Moon River will be glad to serve your pint glass rimmed with a special blend of spices and roasted pumpkin seeds. The 6.7% ABV, hoppy Boo Hag Black Ale takes its name from the Gullah legend of Boo Hags that haunt the low country in search of victims - it's the perfect beer for Halloween season. After skipping 2012 due to a miserable apple harvest, Moon River's Road Trip Hard Cider makes it's triumphant return this fall boasting a special blend of juice from several apple varietals at Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
- Alaskan Beer Photo Album
Our photo album from last January's chilly trip north to the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival is up. On the trip: Owen Ogletree, The Beer Wench, Terrapin's Spike Buckowski, Thel Melton and Charlie Meers.
Anchorage currently has a burgeoning craft beer scene, and its annual barleywine festival should be on every beer lover's bucket list. Pictured above is Humpy's Alehouse - a perennial craft beer mecca in Anchorage.
- Featured Beery Links & Events

  • 10/05/2013 - HOTOBERFEST Atlanta. INFO.
  • 10/19/2013 - TERRAPIN HOP HARVEST FEST, Athens, GA. INFO.
  • 11/02/2013 - MONDAY NIGHT BREWING'S TIE ONE ON FEST, Atlanta, GA. Craft beer, casks, cocktails, live music. INFO.
  • 01/25/2014 - ATLANTA CASK ALE TASTING offers almost 40 rare cask ales for sampling. It's epic. Tickets on sale NOW!
  • 04/13/2014 - CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST. Foundry Park Inn & Melting Point, Athens, GA. Georgia's premier craft beer event with 350+ craft beers and 20 one-off cask ales. Tickets on sale NOW!
- Follow Brewtopia Events on Facebook
CLICK HERE and hit the Brewtopia Events "like" button on Facebook to see live photos and news posts as we sip, quaff and sniff craft beer around the world.
  • Owen and the Beer Wench travel to Denver to once again judge at the massive Great American Beer Festival. Expect posts and photos from the fest and related events.
  • Hear from the Kent Green Hop beer festival in Canterbury, UK as Owen samples all the crisp cask ales made with fresh hops.
  • The Beer Wench and Owen have Belgium on their October travel docket again with visits planned to Westvleteren, Brugge, Cantillon and Antwerp.
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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