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Owen Ogletree's Brewtopia Brewsletter
March 6, 2017
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:
- Classic City Brew Fest Cask Line-Up
- Creature Comforts Expands
- Akademia Brewing Coming to Athens
- Terrapin Beer Blotter
- SweetWater Turns 20
- Brewpub Space Available in Downtown Athens, Georgia
- Brewsletter Sponsor
- Featured Events
- Experience Germany with Owen Ogletree
- Brewtopia Events on Facebook & Twitter
Follow our craft beer adventures...
- Classic City Brew Fest Cask Line-Up
Cask Ales at Classic City Brew Fest!
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Graduate Hotel / The Foundry
Athens, GA

Along with 400+ world-class craft beers spread throughout Graduate Hotel's three ballrooms, outdoor terrace and Foundry music hall, the Classic City Brew Fest's Cask Ale Pavilion always proves to be extremely popular with attendees.
Each cask holds 10.8 gallons of unfiltered beer, and brewers often add spices, wood, fruit, dry-hops and other intriguing ingredients to these one-off, unique casks that will be available no where else but the Classic City Brew Fest. Yeast cells inside each cask provide soft, subtle carbonation, allowing the flavors of the beer and special ingredients to really shine.
Here's the impressive list of breweries supplying scrumptious cask ales this year for the Classic City Brew Fest's Cask Ale Pavilion. Watch the next newsletter for cask descriptions...
Abbey of the Holy Goats
Akademia Brewing
Arches Brewing
Blue Tarp
Burnt Hickory Brewery
Cherry Street
Creature Comforts
Devils Backbone
Dry County
Fannin Brewing
Jekyll Brewing
Left Nut Brewing
Lonerider Brewing
Max Lager's
Monday Night Brewing
Moon River Brewing
Omaha Brewing
Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen
Quest Brewing
Red Brick
Scofflaw Brewing
Second Self
Service Brewing
Southern Brewing Co.
Steady Hand Beer
Wicked Weed
Wild Heaven
Wrecking Bar Brewpub

- Creature Comforts Expands
L-R: Creature Comforts' logistics manager Michael Namatinia, brewer Adam Beauchamp and engineer Jaime Horton.
Creature Comforts plans to increase its brewing capacity by adding a second Athens facility this year. The popular brewery has hit maximum capacity in its original location and is investing $8 million into the historic Southern Mill complex on North Chase Street that's being developed into a mixed-use site.
Creature Comforts' Chris Herron notes, "The chance to bring back to life such a historic building in a part of Athens that is prime for revitalization is something we are very excited about as a brewery family."
- Akademia Brewing Coming to Athens
Athens is getting a new brewpub on the west of town near the mall. "After completing demo, construction continues and we await arrival of our brewhouse on April 10," notes Akademia Brewing's Josh Aaron. "We are brewing a collaboration with John Cochran at UpCountry in Asheville that will release in late April, and are working on a collaboration cask with Southern Brewing for the Classic City Brew Fest on April 9. These are exciting times at Akademia Brewing Company, where our goal will be to open in August serving delicious food and craft beer."
Josh Aaron from Savory Spoon will be Akademia's chef
- Terrapin Beer Blotter
Come one, come all to Terrapin's Anniversary Carnival on April 8 that showcases a beer dunk tank, live music, unique cask ales, barrel-aged beers and exciting new releases. The event makes up part of Athens Beer Week that culminates on April 9 with the 22nd annual Classic City Brew Fest.
Look for Terrapin's new Lucille imperial stout with blackstrap molasses and baseball bat wood. Cumulus Lupulus is a new Imperial IPA that's unfiltered and brewed with over four pounds of hops per barrel. Road Warrior Kolsch returns in a few weeks, along with Chubby Bunny - the smores-inspired, employee homebrew winner from 2015. The Atlanta Braves' home opener on April 15 also marks the official opening day for the Terrapin Taproom at SunTrust Park. Be sure to check it out.
- SweetWater Turns 20
Story and photos by Ian Meents

My last visit to SweetWater was over five years ago, and when I was offered the chance to attend their 20th anniversary event I jumped at the opportunity. I’d been following their growth and drinking their beer all along, but I wasn’t even close to prepared for the size and grandeur that awaited me at the party. I arrived to the sold out event a few minutes after the gates opened and there were already nearly a thousand people sipping from their snifters. With thirty different beers served from ten different draft locations, it was easy to find a style that would make even the pickiest drinker happy. While lines were long, they moved quickly and I never waited an uncomfortable amount of time for a pour. Several food trucks lined the lot, and the band MOE played jams all afternoon.
The highlight of the day for me was visiting the new barrel aging facility called The Woodlands. Inside, I noted 150 barrels, before I lost count. There are also six big foeders near the entrance. The facility itself was soothing and inviting, and the smell of oak and beer made for a spot I can’t wait to visit again. One of my favorites, and also the first Woodlands release, was a blackberry sour called Through the Brambles. Being a stout fan though, the Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with coffee won the day for me.
As if all this celebration wasn’t enough, SweetWater capped the event by sending attendees home with a souvenir bottle of their 20th Anniversary IPA featuring Hash IPA on Brett that I can’t wait to share with friends. The weather was gorgeous, the beer was plentiful and tasty, and it was a great day seeing Georgia’s second-oldest brewery going strong and continuing to grow. Cheers, SweetWater, and thanks for the fun afternoon!
- Brewpub Space Available in Downtown Athens, Georgia
351 East Broad Street
Athens, Georgia
With a concrete floor, tons of space and perfect downtown location, this would make a wonderful brewpub...
  • 7,000 square foot building in downtown Athens for lease immediately.
  • 2-story former restaurant space located directly across from UGA campus.
  • Great separate bar area on the lower floor. 
  • Outside seating area along Broad Street.
  • Upstairs can be used as an events space, separate bar area and/or additional restaurant seating.
If interested, contact: 
- Brewsletter Sponsor
Southern Tier
Nu Skool IPA
IPA with new American hops and a tropical twist!
From our friends at Southern Tier...
We spent over a year prototyping R&D versions of Nu Skool. This final version is one special beer. It is an IPA with a slight malty sweetness, but overall balanced & brimming with tropical, fruity, spicy, piney & citrus character. To contrast our IPA, which most closely resembles a traditional English IPA in malt & hop bills, we wanted to brew an India Pale Ale in a new way. West Coast brewers have been brewing lighter, more “Americanized,” yet still full of hop character & our brewers wanted to try their hand by brewing their take.
HOP PROCESS: We used 3.5 lbs. of “new school” varieties of hops per barrel of beer. We load our hopback to the brim with Mosaic hops for a big tropical fruit character. A nice whirlpool dose of experimental hop #07270 gives the beer a flavorful, resinous character. We then dry hop this beer on two separate days with a large amount of Mosaic hops in our hop cannon and Simcoe plus Equinox two days later.
- Featured Events
  • 03/25/2017 - TINYPALOOZA at Lincoln Fill Station in Snellville, GA. Details here. Come check out the line-up of extra special, rare beers at this fun event! Owen Ogletree and The Beer Wench will be there.
  • 04/08/2017 - TERRAPIN'S 15th ANNIVERSARY FEST at the Athens brewery. 
  • 04/09/2017 - CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST. With 400+ beers, 30 one-off cask ales and live music, BrewFest is the culmination of Athens Beer Week. Get TICKETS.
  • 10/07-14/2017 - OWEN'S GERMANY GROUP BEER TRIP. Explore the best beers of Bavaria and Franconia with Owen Ogletree and The Beer Wench. Reserve your spot HERE
- Experience Germany with Owen Ogletree
October 7-14, 2017

$1595 per person - add $399 for a single room.

FLASH SALE: Only $1495 per person if reserved by July 1!
Includes hotel, ground transportation, tours and most of your food and beer. This is too affordable to pass up!

Fall in love with delicious German beers and Bavarian beer culture!
  • Experience Munich's best beer taverns and beer gardens.
  • VIP lunch and beer at the grand Hofbrauhaus.
  • Stroll through the impressive Neuschwanstein Castle and enjoy lunch and beer at the Ettal Abbey brewery.
  • After a brewery tour, enjoy dinner and a night at the Ayinger Guesthouse.
  • Visit to the perennial Weihenstephan brewing school and brewery facility.
  • See the personable beer halls of scenic Bamberg - home of the region's famed smoked lager.
  • Tour the Weyermann maltery and test brewery.
  • See the Hallertau hop region and visit the Hop Museum.
  • Tour and lunch at the Schneider Brewery in Kelheim.
  • Bavarian feast and beer celebration at the Ayinger beer tavern in Munich.
- Brewtopia Events on Facebook & 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 be sure to "friend" Owen Ogletree on Facebook.
Follow Brewtopia Events on Twitter.
  • Next week, Owen Ogletree takes Mark Hall, Ian Meents and Daniel Pittard on a UK multi-day beer tour of Manchester, Leicester, Nottingham, York and Liverpool. We're looking forward to attending the outstanding Leicester CAMRA beer festival as well. Owen stays on after the week to judge beer at the SIBA BeerX conference and speak at the Beer Now meeting in Sheffield. Watch social media for photos and posts!
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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