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Owen Ogletree's Brewtopia Brewsletter
April 6, 2016
Owen is founder/editor of Brewtopia.Info, columnist for Southern Brew News, lecturer at South College's Professional Brewing Science Program, founder/director of the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting and Classic City Brew Fest, a BJCP National Beer Judge and Great American Beer Festival judge.
In this issue:
- Meet Craft Beer Celebrities at the Classic City Brew Fest on Sunday!
- The Beer Wench Reports on Athens Beer Week Dinner
- Featured Events
- Like Brewtopia Events on Facebook & Follow on Twitter
Follow our craft beer adventures...
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- Meet Craft Beer Celebrities at the Classic City Brew Fest on Sunday!
21st Annual
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Athens, GA
Graduate Hotel & Foundry Music Hall
A benefit for the Athens-Area Humane Society

Meet these craft beer celebrities at the Classic City Brew Fest on Sunday...

Brian "Spike" Buckowski:
 co-owner and brewmaster of Terrapin Beer Company in Athens. Spike will be glad to talk about his new sour ales, Sound Czech Pilsner and Wake-n-Bake coffee varieties.



Brian Roth and Rick Goddard:
co-owners and founders of Athens' Southern Brewing Company. Experimenting with wild, local microbes, creative ingredients and fermentation vessels is the way SBC rolls. Look for these awesome guys at the big SBC booth on Sunday!
Eric Johnson: co-owner and brewer for Wild Heaven in Avondale Estates near Decatur, GA. Be sure to try Eric's cask of Oud Bruin on Sunday that's been aged in Bordeaux barrels for a year and then re-fermented in the cask firkin with Westmalle Trappist ale yeast.

Chase Medlin:
brewer at the popular Twain's Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur, Chase now has plans to open the exciting new Locomotion production brewery in Chamblee, GA. Come talk to Chase about what he has in store for Locomotion.

Owen Ogletree: beer writer, beer traveler, editor for, columnist for Beer Connoisseur Magazine, and founder/director of the Classic City Brew Fest and Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Owen put together the first Brew Fest way back in 1996 after a trip to the Great American Beer Fest in Denver.

Tim Dennis:
 Tim's the voice of Beer Guys Radio and ranks as a talented homebrewer and enthusiastic advocate for craft beer in Georgia. Shake Tim's hand at the Beer Guys Radio booth at Classic City Brew Fest.

Matt Buley:
 Matt got his start at Blind Man Ales in the mid-90s and now runs the much-loved brewery at Athens' Copper Creek brewpub in downtown. Stop by the Copper Creek booth on the Brew Fest's outdoor Terrace to see what tasty local brews Matt has on tap. 

David Stein: founder and co-brewer at Athens' popular Creature Comforts Brewing Company located in downtown's old Snow Tire building. Creature Comforts is also experimenting with barrel-aging and local, wild yeast and bacteria strains.

Sachin Patel: Everybody loves Sachin, who owns Athens' Five Points Bottle Shops and The Pine gastropub. Five Points Bottle locations offer Athens' greatest selections of craft beer, fine drinks, growlers, cigars and homebrew supplies. If you like cigars, you have to check out Sachin's beautiful 5-Points Cigar Shop & Lounge.

Richard Miley: co-owner and rock star chef of Athens' popular Catch 22 Gastropub. Richard hosts amazing beer dinners and bottle shares at the restaurant. Head to Catch 22 soon to try superb food and a craft beer sampler served on an art pallet.

Ale Sharpton: Atlanta-based beer writer, travel journalist, editor, sports and music fanatic. Ale also just launched AllWays Open Creative agency. Look online for his beer show too! @AleSharpton

Georgia's Beer Wench: Kerri is a beer writer, beer traveler, food and beer pairing enthusiast and assistant director of the Classic City Brew Fest. Check out her blogs at and on Twitter @BeerWenchGA

Rob Nelson:
 the regional rep for Merchant du Vin beer importers, Rob is passionate about old world beer styles such as those from MDV's Samuel Smith, Lindemans, Ayinger, Rochefort and Orval. Rob has been in the craft beer biz for ages, so check out his impressive MDV booth on Sunday!
Here's just a handful of the 400 rare, exceptional beers at our 21st annual Classic City Brew Fest on Sunday...
  • Founders KBS
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard
  • Bourbon County Stout 2014 & 2015
  • Burnt Hickory Feeling Gravity's Pull
  • Cherry Street Belgo Ruskie Imperial Stout
  • Fonta Flora Micro Flora
  • Moon River Wild GA Belgique IPA
  • Creature Comforts Double Koko Buni
  • Creature Comforts King's Ransom
  • Reformation Pinot Noir-Aged Cadence
  • Bell's Hopslam
  • New Belgium 2014 La Folie
  • Freigeist Rhubard Gose
  • Ritterguts Gose
  • Trou du Diable Apocalypso
  • Left Nut Mighty Banyan DIPA
  • Southern Brewing Warpig IPA
  • Southern Brewing Foeder Sour
  • Terrapin Wine Barrel-Aged Peotch
  • Southern Sky Schwarzchild Porter
  • Blackberry Farm Spring Saison
  • Founders Magnifico
  • Wrecking Bar Grapefruit/Cedar Victor IPA
The full list of 2016 Classic City Brew Fest beers will be published Friday night around 10 PM at this link.

Stay Sunday night in a smartly remodeled, discounted hotel room at Graduate Athens.

There is NO WAY you can miss out on trying the 28 unique cask ales and the almost 400 other amazing beers!
It's FOUR days away! Why are you waiting?
Tickets are ONLY $43.99!!!

Want to save money and still attend the Brew Fest? Why not have fun on Sunday as a VOLUNTEER? Volunteering is just as enjoyable as attending, and you get a free t-shirt, fest mug and post-fest beer party. Sign up to volunteer at

Brew Fest Sponsors:
Athens-Area Humane Society
Brewtopia Events LLC
- Terrapin Beer Co.
- Goose Island
- Five Points Bottle Shops
- Trappeze Pub 
- Chops & Hops
- Catch 22 Gastropub

- Mutty Paws
- The Beer Wench Reports on Athens Beer Week Dinner
The Beer Wench hangs with chef Hugh Acheson
Out of the food scene in Athens, GA a star has shone in the form of Hugh Acheson. Owner of Five and Ten, The National, Empire State South, and The Florence, Hugh has made a national and international name for himself with television appearances on Top Chef, Master Chef and many more accomplishments.
On Monday, April 4, 2016 which marked the official start to Athens beer week, beer brewers, brewery owners, writers, judges, and general beer lovers broke bread together at what, I hope is a new Athens Beer Week tradition. At Hugh's first Athens' restaurant, Five and Ten (new location), we enjoyed a dinner designed by Hugh himself and paired with beer from our three local breweries, Terrapin, Creature Comforts, and Southern Brewing Company.
- Featured Events
  • 04/09/2016 - CATCH 22 BEER BRUNCH - 3 courses, 4 beers - $35, 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM.
  • 04/09/2016 - SOUTHERN BREWING COMPANY. Crawfish boil & pig picking with Champy's Famous Fried Chicken at SBC. 12:00 to 04:00 PM.
  • 04/09/2016 - TERRAPIN'S 14th ANNIVERSARY FEST at the Athens brewery. 
  • 04/10/2016 - CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST, Athens, Georgia. Get your TICKETS today!
  • 04/16/2016 - CREATURE COMFORTS 2-YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR. 14+ special beers at 1 pm.
- Like Brewtopia Events on Facebook & Follow on Twitter
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.
Also follow Brewtopia Events on Twitter.
  • Owen Ogletree and The Beer Wench post fun photos from all the happenings during Athens Beer Week.
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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