That feeling when you think your writing week is over but remember you still have to get together five beers to know this week.
Here are your five beers to know this week. As always, keep us in the loop on your own latest creations at [email protected].
Gate City Brewing, Variant Brewing brew a beer to show how ‘competitive’ they are
Founders, Brian Borngesser and Pat Rains of Gate City Brewing and Matthew Curling, Owner of Variant Brewing got together in July and decided it was time to create a unique brew for the growing craft beer community in Georgia. Many people ask whether the two breweries see each other as “competition” for the other, but that is definitely not how the guys feel.
“This collab gave us the opportunity break any misconceptions that are out there. We hope that this release will show that it is okay to visit our friends who happen to be within walking distance,” Borngesser said.
For a few days in July, both teams of brewers gathered at each location to work on getting the recipe together and start the brewing process. In an effort to make each beer slightly different, the guys decided to use a different fruit combination. Gate City opted for passion fruit and guava, while Variant chose dragon fruit and guava.
“Walking Distance is a celebration of Roswell Beer,” stated Curling
Walking Distance is a kettle sour biere de garde which is a malt accentuated farmhouse ale with sweet caramel and toffee-like finish. The idea of the name, Walking Distance, is a play on the fact that both breweries are not only within walking distance of each other, but also have a shared passion for the Roswell community, and the love of craft beer.
Dogfish Head celebrates Labor Day with these laborious beers
Dogfish Head will celebrate Labor Day weekend in a novel way with a lineup of three beer releases at the Milton Tasting Room that are truly labors of love. The trio of beers – Bourbon Barrel-Aged 120 Minute IPA, 120 Minute IPA and Grisette About It! – involve loads of time, attention and care to brew and bottle. In fact, both Bourbon Barrel-Aged 120 Minute IPA and Grisette About It! were hand-bottled and numbered by Dogfish Head coworkers.
The 250 (750ml) bottles of Bourbon Barrel-Aged 120 Minute IPA are full-bodied and complex. It aged in bourbon barrels for seven months and was then dry-hopped with a boatload of high-alpha American hops. Clocking in at 17% ABV, it’s jam-packed with barrel notes, and boasts an abundantly fresh hop flavor and aroma. Priced at $30 each, bottles will be sold on a first come, first served basis, and guests are limited to two bottles per person.
Maxline Brewing celebrates fall with Orange Peppercorn Saison
I like non-traditional takes on fall seasonals, like the Orange Peppercorn Saison from Fort Collins’ Maxline Brewing. It will be tapped late this month and has a light citrus and peppery spice up front with light, sweet malt on the finish, balanced by fruit throughout. With light body and high carbonation, the saison boasts a biscuity malt and fruity yeast character, and comes in at 6.5-percent ABV. Maxline will also be bringing back its traditional Oktoberfest next month.
The hunt is on for Schlafly’s White Pumpkin Ale
Fans of Schlafly Beer’s seasonal, special release Pumpkin Ale may notice a stand-out in their six-packs. The brewery has unleashed 1,000 bottles of a variant White Pumpkin Ale that can be found intermixed within traditional Pumpkin Ale six-packs across their distribution. The White Pumpkin Ale is the less assertive cousin to the classic fall beer at 6.0 percent (compared to Pumpkin Ale’s 8 percent).
“There are a lot of pumpkin beer haters out there until they try ours,” says Founding Brewer Stephen Hale. “It’s a classic, but the White Pumpkin variant is a fun way to spice (pun intended) things up this year.”
While different in appearance and taste, this slightly hazy, golden beer is made with heirloom white pumpkins and still packs the punch of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices. The White Pumpkin Ale is brewed with Magnum hops and grains of Pale, Euro Pils, Carapils, White Wheat and Flaked Oats.
Monday Night Brewing gets mischievous with peaches
Monday Night Brewing’s Garage program is set to release its newest project in the Mischief Managed series, which is all about taking a base beer – in this case a wine barrel-fermented Berliner Weisse – and then doing something “mischievous” to it such as adding a fresh fruit. Because the base beer is so delicate, the “mischief” will always have to be “managed” to keep flavors balanced and under control. After the success of the first Mischief Managed with raspberries, a wine barrel-fermented fruited Berliner Weisse, the Atlanta brewery turned to a classically Georgia ingredient for this next batch: peaches. Drew Echols, owner North Georgia’s Jaemor Farms came through. Monday Night’s brewing team added a whopping 75 pounds per barrel to Mischief Managed, and the result is a clean, refreshing sour ale perfect for summer.
“This Berliner Weisse recipe lends itself so well to fruit, and we really like to play with the recipe,” said brewmaster Peter Kiley. “The first batch with raspberries worked well, so it made total sense to try this batch with fresh peaches. They’re in season right now, and we were able to find a local farmer to work with, which is amazing.”