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Owen Ogletree's Brewtopia Brewsletter
August 3, 2018
Owen is founder/editor of Brewtopia.Info, columnist for Southern Brew News and Beer Connoisseur Magazine, lecturer at Knoxville's Brewing & Distilling Center, 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:
- Georgia Beer Fortnight
- Central Nashville Brewery Roundup
- Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting TICKETS on sale for 2019!
- Craft Beer Reviews for Summer
- Come to Scotland with Us!
- An American Look at the South African Craft Beer Renaissance
- Athens, Georgia Homebrew Classic
- Try This Beer
- Open a Brewery in Lexington, Georgia
- Featured Events
- Brewtopia Events on Facebook & Twitter
Follow our craft beer adventures...
- Georgia Beer Fortnight
The Wrecking Bar Brewpub will launch the inaugural Georgia Beer Fortnight with a bottle release of their most notable beer, Mexican Siberius Maximus and a kickoff festival with 25-30 of Georgia’s best beers, food and live music August 18, 2018 from noon - 4 p.m. More information and tickets can be found at

From Aug. 18 - Sept. 1, 2018, more than 50 beer related events will take place at more than 30 sponsoring brewery, brewpub, restaurants, beer bars and retail establishments. Events are focused in geographic areas as follows:

- Saturday 8/18 and Sunday 8/19 – Atlanta Downtown / Midtown / East
- Sunday 8/19 and Monday 8/20 – Atlanta Westside
- Monday 8/20 through Thursday 8/23 – Atlanta North
- Thursday 8/23 and Friday 8/24 – Decatur / Avondale Estates
- Friday 8/24 and Saturday 8/25 – Athens
- Saturday 8/25 through Saturday 9/1 – Savannah, in conjunction with Savannah Beer Week

For more information about events, visit
- Central Nashville Brewery Roundup
By Owen Ogletree

The Brewers Association's decision to hold its 2018 Craft Brewers Conference, America's largest craft brewing industry gathering, in Nashville confirms that "Music City" has evolved into a southeastern craft beer hub. Want a world-class beer to go with hot chicken, barbecue and country tunes? Nashville is the spot. Owen's article is a run-down of just a few of central Nashville breweries worthy of a visit.
Click HERE to check out the entire article.
- Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting TICKETS on sale for 2019!
Attendees loved last year's new setup for the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting at 5 Seasons Westside. The outdoor areas were super fun, and the cask ales were the best ever. Grab your tickets now for our next ACAT before tickets sell out!
Sat., January 19, 2019
5 Seasons Brewing WESTSIDE
1000 Marietta Street

Event will take place in 5 Seasons' brewery,
SkyBar, patio and downstairs meeting room.
- Craft Beer Reviews for Summer
Check out Owen's summer craft beer reviews featuring Southern Brewing Red & Black, Red Brick Soul of the City, La Trappe Witte Trappist, Terrapin Gamma Ray, Creature Comforts Crescendo, Service Brewing Teufel Hunden, and more! Click HERE to read the reviews.
- Come to Scotland with Us!
Announcing a NEW Brewtopia beer trip for June 2019. Join us! Registration is now open, and spots will go fast!

- Enjoy real ale and single malt Scotch!
- Fly into Manchester for pub and brewery visits.
- Lunch and amazing real ales at Hawkshead Brewery.
- Travel on our charter bus north to Traquair House castle brewery.
- See the classic pubs of Glasgow.

- Attend a beer festival.
- Journey north to Loch Lomond for a visit to Fyne Ales Brewery and a lunch of fresh oysters and seafood.
- Head east on our charter bus to the glorious city of Edinburgh to experience the castle, Scotch museum and classic pubs.
- Tour a couple of single malt distilleries and visit the William Wallace monument.
- We will fly home from Edinburgh.
- Plus much more!

Click HERE for more information and to reserve a spot!
- An American Look at the South African Craft Beer Renaissance
This article was published originally in South Africa's On Tap craft beer magazine.
By Georgia's Beer Wench
Three and a half years ago, on a bucket list trip to South Africa with Owen Ogletree, we found craft beer… good craft beer. Last February, we brought thirty-two beer travelers specifically to enjoy the exploding craft beer scene around Cape Town. The most popular question that I’ve been asked since the trip is “How is the craft beer scene in South Africa?” After much reflection, I have an answer.
Click HERE to read the full article.
- Athens, Georgia Homebrew Classic
The Athens Homebrew Classic is a locally run homebrew competition divided into two parts: a BJCP
competition where certified experts score entries based on beer style guidelines, and an open to the public
festival where everyone can sample and vote on their favorite homebrew. BJCP Judging occurs on September
15-16th. Those interested in entering, judging (BJCP certification required), or stewarding should
visit HERE for registration and more information. Entries must be registered by September 12.
The public festival will be on September 23 at the Jittery Joe's Roaster (425 Barber Street, Athens, GA). If
you would like to volunteer at the event, sign up here. The event is free, but non-competitors will need a ticket
to enter, and tickets are limited, so get yours today! 
Register to Compete
Ticket Information
- Try This Beer
Dry County Brewing
Neon Neon 
Dry County Brewing Company's Neon Neon is back for a limited time! Neon Neon is a Berliner Weisse with refreshing additions of raspberries and blackberries. This electric beer hits the perfect target between tart and sweet, making for a delicious drinking experience for summer. 
- Open a Brewery in Lexington, Georgia
Our good friend Joanne Maki owns a building in Lexington, Georgia (near Athens) that would make a terrific, small, startup brewery. She is willing to rent the space or sell. To inquire, email her at 
- Featured Events
  • 08/4-5/2018 - Monday Night Brewing's Tie One On 7th Anniversary Celebration rolls around this weekend at the Monday Night Garage facility Join Owen Ogletree and The Beer Wench there!
  • 08/04/2018 - Luau at the Lincoln Fill Station. Head to Snellville, GA to check out Lincoln Fill's pig roast, dunk tank, and awesome Red Hare beers. No tickets or cover.
  • 09/01/2018 - Savannah Craft Beer Fest. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Get tickets HERE.
  • 09/22/2018 - Tucker Brewing Company's Tucktoberfest with German food, games, German beer hall music and a classic märzen lager.
  • 09/29/2018 - Red Brick's 25th anniversary celebration at the Atlanta brewery.
  • 11/04/2018 - GEORGIA BITES & BREWS. Owen Ogletree hosts this fantastic evening of craft beer and food pairings at the lovely Graduate Athens and Foundry music hall in Athens, GA. GET TICKETS NOW!
- 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.
  • Owen Ogletree travels to the annual Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference to give a speed talk on beer off-flavors and attend excursions to Baltimore's new Guinness facility, Dogfish Head, and Richmond, Virginia. Stay tuned for photos, news and videos! This is a superb event for anyone interested in writing about craft beer.
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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