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Atlanta’s craft breweries are in the giving mood this holiday season. The beer makers have responded to the cold, dark days with fittingly similar brews, as stouts, porters, and brown ales have officially replaced the summer’s hoppy and citrus-infused flavors.
Many Atlanta-area breweries are celebrating this weekend, with a few parties starting as soon as the law goes into effect at midnight on September 1. If you want to raise a glass, here's where to go.
On June 6, Atlanta's craft beer community mourned the loss of one of their own when Dan Rosen, the cofounder of Mazurt Brewing Company, died in an apparent hit-and-run incident on Briarcliff Road. Not long after Rosen's death, Mazurt cofounder Hamp Covington and brewers from Wild Heaven, Max Lager's, and Tampa-based Cigar City began planning a special beer to pay tribute to their friend.
With its new brewery, the Garage, expected to open in late September, Monday Night Brewing has given itself a complete makeover, switching from bottling to canning for most of its beers, redesigning the packaging, introducing two new brews, and retiring two old favorites.
Then, this past spring semester a capstone team of five mechanical engineering seniors from Tech, calling itself “Monday Night Variety Hour,” found a way to quickly, and cheaply, solve a conundrum for MNB: How to speed up the assembly of variety 12-packs.
There will be much at stake later this year when Monday Night Brewing opens its ambitious second facility along with other tenants in a cavernous warehouse at the corner of Lee and White streets alongside a newly completed stretch of the Atlanta BeltLine.
IPAs are the hottest thing in craft beer right now, and Atlanta's market is crowded. That's why Geoffrey Williams took his time perfecting Eventide's latest offering, The 'A'.