ATL's Second Self Brewing turns three!
|This is how far we go back. I took this when they were still building the brewery.|
Guest writer Alan Fowler shares his experience with Second Self’s third birthday.
(Okay, I have been all over the place and October was simply bananas! It's to the point where I didn't even notice this cool write up never got posted. Well fittingly, it's #ThrowbackThursday so why not make sure this gets love and recognize Second Self hitting year three? Well boom! Here ya go.)
I can’t cover everything and this time around I was unable to make Second Self’s birthday celebration at their brewery in Atlanta on October 7th. I am so happy for them and I go back to when I tasted co-founder Jason Samtaria’s homebrew four years prior. Well I am all about opportunities, so aspiring writer and photographer Alan Fowler was more than happy to cover this event. Show him some love! (Insert applause here.)
Anyway, happy birthday Second Self. I wish you many more! Take it away Alan!
Atlanta celebrates Second Self Brewing turning three!
|Photo by Alan Fowler|
Second Self turned three years old over the weekend, adjusted into beer years that means they turned…well, three years old.
To mark the occasion, Second Self put out a specialty menu that was diverse and plentiful featuring all of the beers from the standard lineup as well as a handful of small batch beers only available for a limited time. Jovial beer drinkers were allowed to meander throughout the brewery where specialty bars were set up in addition to the main taproom. Of these specialty bars, “Barrel Island” was a beer lover’s paradise featuring an array of limited barrel aged releases that are as rare as seeing a Sasquatch riding a unicorn. Of these rarities, “Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1” was one that really stood out in terms of flavor and potency; it’s a Russian Imperial Stout with a well-hidden 13.9% ABV that was aged in “BLiS” bourbon barrels. This beer had a dynamic mocha flavor from start to finish and notes of maple and bourbon provided by the barrel tenure. The name suggests that another run of this beer may be on the horizon, and we can only hope so.
In addition to the specialty gems, the main lineup never disappoints and provides some stability in life. It wasn’t a bad idea to pick up a pint of the “ATale” and the clement weather was still warm enough to warrant the refreshment of “Maverick & Gose.” However, history tells us that it will get cold at some point, which means it will be porter season. Second Self has carved out a very impressive selection of porters that serve as wonderful companions to the crispness of fall and the approaching chill of winter. Their “Mole Porter” is a great place to start and the more adventurous will certainly find satisfaction with the “Funky Mole” or “Liquid Mexican Breakfast.”
Second Self has never been afraid to step out into the unknown in search of flavor—a testament to the bold spirit of their founders and team. The last three years have been marked by this spirit and the future is sure to continue in the same manner. Second Self’s taproom is always buzzing with fun events and specialty taps so be sure and check their events page for an overview of upcoming fun and beer releases. It is a great place to catch Atlanta United, or a football game, or to do some yoga; dogs are also welcome to tag along if they are of age (I kid).
Congrats to Second Self on a solid three years, and let’s raise a glass to many more to come!