Monday, October 23, 2017

Jekyll launches new Southern Juicy Juice IPA!

This Alpharetta, GA brewery is coming hard with the hops!
Whaddup!
The team over at Jekyll Brewing and I go way back; I have had the privilege of visiting, hanging out and covering them a few times. It is amazing how they have grown since I wrote and shot this Lifestyle Publications piece on them a couple years ago. Well since then, they have expanded and now are getting extra serious about brewing dope IPAs. Representative Jason Dominy was gracious to bring a four-pack of their delicious, all-new 4HUNDY IPA before I hit the Blue Ridge Mountains for my birthday and now I hear the Southern Juicy Juice might be even better! Below is the Juice's official press release and description J.D. sent me. I can't wait to try it when it launches tomorrow! 
Congrats to Jekyll on their success and a special shout out to Lou, Josh, Michael, his lovely wife and the rest of the staff over there! 

Cheers!
Ale

Jekyll Brewing Launches Southern Juicy Juice, A New IPA
Jekyll Brewing is launching a new hazy, citrus-forward IPA called ‘Southern Juicy Juice.’

Jekyll Brewing announced today a new IPA, Southern Juicy Juice. In the same family as their wildly popular Southern Juice, Southern Juicy Juice has an eruption of pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine. Its body is dense and fluffy, similar to other popular “NE-Style” IPAs. And at only 6% ABV, it’s very drinkable and refreshing. Southern Juicy Juice is another beer that was birthed by the freedom that was given to craft breweries on September 1st, 2017, when breweries could sell beers on site in their taprooms, giving them the opportunity to brew more styles and varieties of beers that are smaller batch beers.
Southern Juicy Juice will be packaged in 16-ounce cans and available in 1/6 bbl. kegs. It will be available year-round, but only sold fresh.
Michael Lundmark, CEO and founder of Jekyll Brewing, says, “I am more excited about this product launch than I have been about any other product we have brought to market. It has over five pounds of hops per barrel to really bring the juicy notes forward. With the new law changes in Georgia, we have been able to really put our R&D to work in our tap room. Having 26 taps flowing in our tap room definitely differentiates us as a brewery in Georgia; it also forces us to ‘up’ our game with creativity and max flavor beer offerings. Juicy Juice is hands down among the best beers I have ever had and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. Our brewmaster Josh Rachel has set a new bar for Jekyll Brewing. The future for Georgia beer is bright.”
About Jekyll Brewing
Jekyll Brewing first brought products to market in August of 2013, and has been focused on producing the highest quality craft beer every day while keeping focus on building community.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Check out my Georgia 'Brews to Fall For' article on Creative Loafing!

This was shot at Monday Night's gangster Garage by Joef Davis. Here is the article.
I'm baaaaaack!
I know it has been a while but I don't do a birthday, I do a birthMONTH, and October has been one helluva ride so far! 
Check it out here
So when I got back from Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains after chilling in one of my favorite cabins owned by Mountaintop and leaving the technology behind as much as possible, this article called 5 new Georgia brews to 'fall' for welcomed me. You see, before bouncing, I put in a lot of work and hustle so that I can come back to surprises like this. What an honor it is to contribute to an awesome publication like Creative Loafing! When the super cool editor Hilary Cadigan said to write in my true voice as usual regarding cool beers coming out of Georgia for the fall, I didn't hesitate. I had a long list but was limited to five picks. No worries, there will be more I will cover like Jekyll's 4Hundy IPA and SweetWater's new Dank Tank called Fresh Sticky Nugs, but for now, I featured this quintet that really has me excited about what the season of changing colors has in store in the South. I hope you are too!
And like I said, I do the whole month big so look for more things coming your way including a new episode of Interviews With Brews and my Dare To Pair Art + Food event with Eric Nine and Delirium on October 27th at The Argosy in ATL. It will be dope! The flyer is up on the right.
Thanks to all for the birthday wishes too! I appreciate the love.
Peace!
Ale

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Bitter Southerner has a feature on me!

One of the most influential sites in the South does a profile piece on your homey Ale written by Bob Townsend!
I am so grateful. 
Please read this article brilliantly written by the revered journalist Bob Townsend and you will see why. This is what keeps me going and using the talent God has blessed me with. Plain and simple. Thank you Bitter Southerner and all of you for supporting me. This recognition is truly cherished. 
And to paint the picture of this interview, Bob and I were sitting in Brick Store's Belgian Bar upstairs with only co-owner Dave Blanchard chilling at the bar preparing for the rush about to come in on a Friday. He said afterwards he loved how Bob and I traded commentary. We were sipping Brick Store's farmhouse ale collaboration with St. Bernardus called Baksteen Winkel. I will never forget it. 
Peace,
Ale

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Whoa! Check out Scofflaw’s Beer List for BDAY #1!

One of the best new breweries in the US turns one with this gangster beer list on September 16th!
One of my pics of homey Nathan showing the "Ale Sharpton Pose" some love while hard at work.

Cheers Y’all!

I love when breweries celebrate birthdays because it reflects their hard work, success and happiness serving us what they aspire to creatively quench our thirsts with! This time around, it’s Scofflaw Brewing Company, one of the South’s most talented—and purposely controversial with their infamous middle-finger-to-haters poses—is set to kick it hard this weekend for its first birthday from noon to 8 pm on September 16th!

I am super cool with all of them and truly appreciate what they have done for especially ATL’s beer scene because they stir up conversation, have grown tremendously, provide a lot of opportunities for aspiring brewers, and make damn good beer. It doesn’t hurt that they were ranked #2 of USAToday’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2017 travel awards as well! (I was on that panel of experts so it was cool to see some Atlanta representation.)
And with that, I am happy to post their official press release and the gangster list of brews being poured below.
Here's to many more Scofflaw!
Prost!
Ale


The dope chalkboard designed by my homey reppin' Jameson Studios.
Scofflaw Celebrates One Year Anniversary
Brewery to Serve Extensive Line-up of IPAs, Wheat and Barrel-Aged Beers

To celebrate an inaugural year of unprecedented growth for a new Georgia craft brewery and to say thanks to its fans, Scofflaw Brewing Company will host a One Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, Sept. 16.
In keeping with the brewery’s independent attitude and to mark the recent change in Georgia beer laws, Scofflaw will open its tasting room and outdoor beer garden to all. No tickets are required for entry and customers can order a wide array of beer choices by the glass.
“We’ll be selling cold craft by the pour, like a normal brewery anywhere else in the USA,” said co-founder Matt Shirah, referencing the change on Sept. 1 allowing Georgia brewers to sell individual pours in tap rooms. “We’ll have bottles and cans for sale too. Kids are welcome as always. We’ll do our best to bring the community together now that we’ve gotten through Irma.”
The core line-up of American IPAs will be on tap – Basement, Hooligan, Double Jeopardy, Westside, POG Basement, Sucker Punch and Grapefruit Westside. In addition, there will be four imperial IPAs – Upper Westside, Double Basement, POG Double Basement and the new Goats Milk IPA. The party will also feature the debut of Drop Kick and the return of Lousy. 
Several barrel-aged beers will be on tap. Three variations of the much sought-after Absentium imperial stout series – Vanilla, Coffee and Honey – will be poured as well as Maniac, a strong ale fermented on cherries.
The imperial wheat beer known as Sneaky will also be served in Raspberry and Pineapple Coconut versions. Haole, the brewery’s first pilsner, continues its inaugural tap room appearance. And yep, it’s an imperial version – made with Hawaiian honey and pineapple. Including six casks, 28 different beers will be on tap. (Details on the casks are available on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing.)
The party starts at noon and runs until 8 p.m. The Chip McGuire Band begins at noon, followed by DJ Sky. Food will be available for purchase from DAS BBQ. The brewery urges attendees to use ride services such as Uber and Lyft, cabs or designated drivers.

Here are the Brews!

IPAs
Basement, Hooligan, Westside, POG Basement, Sucker Punch, Grapefruit Westside, Double Jeopardy, Upper Westside, Double Basement, POG Double Basement, Goats Milk IPA, Lousy, Drop Kick.

Barrel-Aged
Absentium Coffee, Absentium Honey, Absentium Vanilla, Maniac.

Wheat Beers
Sneaky Wheat, Sneaky Wheat Raspberry, Sneaky Wheat Pineapple & Coconut

Imperial Pilsner
Haole

Casks
California Love, Black Eye Sucker Punch, Pineapple Basement, Toucan Slam, Arnold Palmer's Basement, Goats Milk #5

About Scofflaw Brewing Co.  
Co-founded by Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman, who developed beers on a one-barrel system in the basement of the home of Shirah’s mother-in-law, Scofflaw opened in August of 2016. It has been named by BeerAdvocate, Paste Magazine and USA Today as one of the best new breweries in America. Follow Scofflaw on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Check me out on NBC’s Atlanta & Company!

This time, we're celebrating 
National Beer Lover’s Day!
Click on the TV screen or here to see this fun episode!
Hey Y’all!
It’s my second time on the fun show Atlanta & Company and this time we’re talking about celebrating September 7th as the official date for National Beer Lover’s Day here
The first go around was hella fun on National Beer Day with my homey Cara Kneer on this episode; this time, it’s with the show’s host Christine Pullara where I featured a lot of beer and glassware from my private stash. The subject was finding beers women were like. I, of course, said that a lot of women I know love brew already, but recommended some popular ones I have won over non-believers with from past tastings.
Check it out and let me know what you think. There is a lot more to come!
Best!

Ale