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Owen Ogletree's Brewtopia Brewsletter: March 30, 2014
In this issue:
Follow our craft beer adventures...
- Athens Craft Beer Week 2014
The annual Athens Craft Beer Week is filled with exceptional tappings, releases and special events. The heady week comes to a boil with Terrapin's Anniversary Carnival on Saturday and the 19th annual Classic City Brew Fest on Sunday. Head over to Athens, GA to check out all the happenings...
2014 Athens Craft Beer Week - and Slightly Beyond
Monday, April 7
  • 8:00 PM - Highwire Lounge presents a special Terrapin Anniversary Trivia session.
  • Monday-Saturday - Visit Chops & Hops restaurant in nearby Watkinsville to experience exceptional craft beer selections and delectable food items.

Tuesday, April 8

  • 6:00 PM -  Trappeze Pub taps a cask of the UK's award-winning Hawkshead Cumbrian 5 Hop Ale.
  • 6:30 PM - Trappeze Pub hosts the preview volunteer meeting for Classic City Brew Fest volunteers.
  • 7:30 PM - Melting Point's Terrapin Tuesday Americana Series with music from MATUTO. $2 Terrapin drafts all night.
Wednesday, April 9
  • 5:30 PM - Terrapin tour & tasting at the brewery.
Thursday, April 10
  • 6:00 PM - Copper Creek taps an extra special cask of Espresso Stout with baker's chocolate and jalapeño peppers to enjoy alongside $.55 chicken wings.
  • 5:30 PM - Terrapin tour & tasting at the brewery.
Friday, April 11
  • 5:30 PM - Terrapin tour & tasting at the brewery.
  • 4:00 PM - Aromas [Craft Works] kicks off their wildly popular Brew HaHa rare draft beer celebration.
  • 6:00 PM - Trappeze Pub taps a special, secret cask.

Saturday, April 12

  • 4:00 PM - Aromas [Craft Works] continues their Brew HaHa rare draft beer celebration.
  • 4:30 PM - Terrapin's huge 12th Anniversary Carnival at the brewery.
  • Trappeze Pub hosts special keg tappings all day long in preparation for the Terrapin Anniversary Carnival, then MORE for the after-party.
  • 5-6 PM - Catch 22 Gastropub - Special one beer pairing for only $10 per person, plus tax & tip.
Sunday, April 13
  • 11:00 AM - Trappeze Pub's Inaugural Brew Fest Brunch Buffet - with beer starting to flow at 12:30 PM.
  • 2:30 PM - 19th annual Classic City Brew Fest featuring 350+ craft beers, 20+ unique casks, an exciting "Special Treats" booth and live music from Playing on the Planet.
  • Post Brew Fest - Enjoy extraordinary beers at Copper Creek, Trappeze and Aromas after the Classic City Brew Fest.
  • 5:00 PM - Aromas [Craft Works] continues their Brew HaHa rare draft beer celebration. Swing by to see what treasures remain.
  • Five Points Bottle Shops - Both locations will be open on Sunday, so that Brew Fest patrons can load up on a huge range of craft beers to take home.
Tuesday, April 15
  • Trappeze Pub - Terrapin/Green Flash tap takeover. Both brewers will be present after brewing Tangerine Dreamsicle at Terrapin earlier in the day.
Wednesday, April 16
  • 6:30 PM - Catch 22's first beer dinner to wrap-up Athens Craft Beer Week in style. 13 beers, 6 courses, 2 breweries (Terrapin and New Belgium - with a Cigar City collaboration from each). Two chefs will present food items: Richard Miley from Catch 22 and Josh Aaron from Savory Spoon.
- 2014 Classic City Brew Fest Looks to be Best Ever!
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Athens, GA
In 19 years of running Athens' Classic City Brew Fest, I've never been so pumped! This year's fest features 350 world-class beers to enjoy all over the grounds of the beautiful Foundry Park Inn & Spa - including some amazing, special ales made with love by local breweries like Cherry Street, Burnt Hickory, Creature Comforts, Yes Face, Copper Creek, Eventide, Lone Rider, Westbrook, Jekyll and the guys at MAZURT. Almost 25 one-off, unique cask-conditioned ales make our popular Cask Ale Pavilion alone worth the price of a ticket, and Playing on the Planet is one of the most enjoyable bands in the region. There are a whole lot of start-up, generic beer festivals popping up these days, but everyone should be sure to attend the Classic City Brew Fest to see why it is such a respected, long-running, premier beer event in the Southeast.
  -- Owen Ogletree, Classic City Brew Fest Founder & Director
  • Check out this year's "Special Treats" table where The Beer Wench will be pouring three amazing ales: a rare, exceptional, oak-aged saison; the highest rated beer on the planet; and Founders KBS!
  • Voted one of the USA's top 10 beer festivals on and!
  • Every ticket is a VIP ticket!
  • Proceeds benefit the Athens-Area Humane Society.

Please help us sell out the BrewFest and assist the Humane Society by clicking the link to the right and sharing the event listing with your friends on Facebook...

Breweries supplying a unique, one-off cask ale for the Classic City Brew Fest...

Classic City Brew Fest Sponsors:
Meet these craft beer celebrities at the
Classic City Brew Fest:

Bob Townsend - Beer Columnist for the AJC and editor of Southern Brew News
Ale Sharpton - Famed Craft Beer Blogger and Mastermind of Crusin' for A Brewsin'
Spike Buckowski - Co-owner/Brewmaster of Terrapin Beer Company
Sachin Patel - Athens Beer Guru and Owner of Five Points Bottle Shops and Aromas [Craft Beer Works]
David Stein - Co-owner and founder of Athens' brand new Creature Comforts Brewery
Larry Johnson - Beer Styles Columnist for Southern Brew News
- Brewsletter Sponsor
Goose Island

English-Style Best Bitter
Brewer's Notes:
Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again. 

Recipe Information:
Alcohol By Volume: 4.3%
International Bitterness Units: 30
Color: Golden Sunset
Hops: Super Styrian, Styrian Golding
Malts: 2 Row, Caramel, Wheat, Roasted Barley
- Real Ale in Leicester, UK
Leicester is not only the English town where the remains of King Richard III were recently found under a parking lot. The city also boasts some fine pubs and a fantastic CAMRA real ale festival that features almost 300 casks.
Click here to see Owen's festival and pub photo album from his journey to Leicester last month.
Click here to watch Owen's video tour of the Leicester real ale festival.
- Featured Links & Events
  • 04/13/2014 - CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST. Foundry Park Inn & Melting Point, Athens, GA. Georgia's premier craft beer event with around 350 craft beers and 20+ one-off cask ales. Tickets on sale NOW!
  • 04/16/2014 - Catch 22's first beer dinner: 13 beers, 6 courses, 2 breweries (Terrapin and New Belgium - with a Cigar City collaboration from each).
  • 04/19/2014 - Georgia Craft Brewers Guild's Southeastern Craft Brewers' Symposium.
  • 04/24/2014 - Chops & Hops Beer Dinner, Watkinsville, GA. Check their website for details and reservations.
- Like 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 travels to the April Campaign for Real Ale Annual General Meeting in Scarborough, England to report on the state of cask ale in the UK.
  • Owen and The Beer Wench head to Seattle to scope out all the new craft beer hot-spots.
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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