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Owen Ogletree's Brewtopia Brewsletter: November 17, 2013
In this issue:
Follow our craft beer adventures...


- Take Comfort, Athens
Adam Beauchamp and David Stein continue working toward an early 2014 opening of their new Creature Comforts microbrewery to be located in the old Snow Tire plant in downtown Athens. The building has been gutted and new concrete flooring poured. Tours will be offered five nights a week, with a top capacity of 300. The brewery is shooting for four start-up beers to include a European-style pilsner, IPA, an oaked amber with 25 percent rye malt and a Berliner weisse.
- Give Your Beer Lover Atlanta Cask Ale & Classic City Brew Fest Tickets for the Holidays
Looking for a special holiday gift for the beer lover in your life? Tickets to either of our long-running, exceptional festivals make the perfect gift, and can be printed off and placed in holiday cards. Follow the links below for a little beery ho-ho-ho...
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Sample from around 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. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS:

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Athens, GA
Sample from almost 400 of the greatest and most sought-after craft beers from around the world, experience the impressive cask ale pavilion with 20 rare, one-off real ales, and hear live bluegrass from Playing on the Planet! Trust us, there will be some amazing and exceptional treats at the BrewFest this year! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS:
- SE Breweries Bring Home GABF Medals
Southeastern Medalists at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver...
Rye Beer, 63 Entries
Gold: LowRyeDer, SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA
Pro-Am Competition
Gold: Poblano, Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL
Brewmaster: Wayne Wambles, AHA Member: Jeff Gladish
Bock, 28 Entries
Silver: Andygator, Abita Brewing Co., Abita Springs, LA
German-Style Altbier, 32 Entries
Gold: Tree Hugger, Terrapin Beer Co., Athens, GA
Brown Porter, 30 Entries
Silver: St. Charles Porter, Blackstone Brewing Co., Nashville, TN
Robust Porter, 74 Entries
Bronze: Genuine Oatmeal Porter, Carolina Brewery, Pittsboro, NC
Old Ale or Strong Ale, 41 Entries
Silver: Irish Walker, Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, NC
American-Style Brett Beer, 38 Entries
Gold: Serenity, Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC
Bohemian-Style Pilsener, 53 Entries
Bronze: Bohemian Pilsner, Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston, NC
Read more and hear quotes from all the winning brewers in Owen's cover story in the next issue of Southern Brew News, coming out in two weeks.
All award photos copyright Jason E. Kaplan / Brewers Association
- Owen Samples Fresh Hop Casks in Kent
Last September, Owen Ogletree traveled to the hop-growing region of Kent in the southeast of the UK to experience the Kent Green Hop Festival. Brewers from around the region stoked their cask ales with fresh hops straight from the vines - providing a wealth of floral, herbal character.
Click here to view Owen's video from the festival.
Click here to check out Owen's photo album from the event and pictures from surrounding real ale pubs.
- Jopen Comes to Georgia
Michel and Lydian, from the famed Netherlands brewery Jopen, shared some of their delicious beers with The Beer Wench and Owen at Trappeze last week in Athens, GA. When in the Netherlands, make it a point to visit their beautiful brewpub that's housed in an old church in Haarlem, just outside of Amsterdam.
Ask for Jopen beers at your favorite craft beer pubs in Georgia...
Jopen Jacobus RPA - 5.3% alcohol and a generous portion of hops ensure a spicy, dry and full-flavored quaffer with an amber color. Imagine a light version of an IPA with a good dose of rye malt.
Jopen Ongelovige Thomas (Doubting Thomas) is a stronger beer for the more experienced beer lover - both with regard to alcohol content and in the dosage of citrusy American hops (Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook).
To celebrate its second lustrum (five-year period), Jopen introduced Jubeljoop II. Whereas the first Jubeljoop was a blonde beer with dry hopping, the number II is something quite different: a Dutch Extra Stout.
- Oud Beersel Under New Ownership in Belgium
The historic Oud Beersel lambic brewery in the Brussels suburb of Beersel closed shop a few years ago when the aging owner/brewer could no longer carry on. Owen Ogletree, on his trip to Belgium last month, was pleased to discover that Oud Beersel is under new ownership, and business is doing extremely well.
Owner/brewer Gert Christiaens (pictured above) is passionate about keeping the brewery going, and has invested quite a sum in upgrading the place with new barrels, conditioning space and an attractive tasting room and gift shop.
Gert also just hired the son of Owen's good friends, Patrick and Hilde, who run the wonderful Pahilleke bed & breakfast near the Westvleteren Trappist monastery and brewery. Their son, Manu, serves as an assistant brewer and "idea guy" at Oud Beersel. Manu is pictured with his mom Hilde to the above/left.
Watch for the excellent Oud Beersel lambics, along with some new styles, to return to the southeastern area of the USA soon.
- Brewsletter Sponsor
Red Hare
Sticky Stout
Next in the seasonal lineup for Red Hare comes Sticky Stout - a 6.5% ABV oatmeal stout brewed with roasted malts and loads of oats that provide a slick mouthfeel and smooth body.
Red Hare's Elyse Moore adds, "The balance of oats and malt makes Sticky Stout lightly sweet with aromatic hints of chocolate and roasted coffee coming through on the nose and initial taste, followed by a sticky mouthfeel on the end. This brew is lightly hopped with Saaz and Willamette to help balance, but not detract from, the roasted malt character."
- Featured Links & Events

  • 12/07/2013 - WRECKING BAR STRONG BEERFEST Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Atlanta. One-of-a-kind Georgia beer festival in which every beer will be over 8% ABV - and all from GA breweries. INFO.
  • 01/25/2014 - ATLANTA CASK ALE TASTING offers around 40 rare cask ales for sampling from the USA and UK. 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 almost 400 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 Cornwall, England to visit the lovely old St. Austell brewery and check out the best real ale pubs in Falmouth, Bristol and Plymouth.
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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