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John Baum

John Baum

John Baum is a writer, an avid reader, a former high school English teacher, and a guy who can’t seem to pick a favorite beer.

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Porchdrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

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Grumpy Old Men Brewing Company | Aska Pale Ale

June 27, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 5.8%

Almost as refreshing as their beer is the attitude that Steve Weber and Chipley McKnight bring to the modern day craft beer industry. They are the two grumpy old men behind Grumpy Old Men Brewing in Blue Ridge, Georgia, and they are not looking to be hip or game changers. Nor are they interested in some of the funkier trends that tend to occupy the minds of today’s craft beer maestros. 

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Omaha Brewing Company | Hannahatchee Creek IPA

June 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 6.6% | IBU: 53.3

Once upon a time, there was a dentist who lived in Omaha, Georgia. Much like a molar’s roots function to secure the tooth, Doctor Robert Lee’s familial roots kept him in Omaha. I will not apologize for the tooth analogy. Doc Lee, as he was known around town, wasn’t going anywhere, and he decided Omaha needed a bit of a boost.    Read More

Event Preview | Brookhaven Beer Festival 2017

June 1, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In its 7th year, the 2017 Brookhaven Beer Festival has it all. Beer, wine, food, beer, music, beer, dancing, beer, games and swag. And beer.

 

 

 

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This year’s event runs from 3pm – 8pm on Saturday June 10, so come on down to Brookhaven Park (4158 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319) and enjoy all there is to offer. If transportation is your excuse, no worries: 85 is fixed, it’s a short walk from MARTA and an easy pick up for Uber and Lyft.  Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!
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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

 

 

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

 

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Craft Beer’s Identity Crisis

April 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Peanut butter, chai tea, lemongrass, oranges, roadkill, lemons, gunsmoke, dill: these are a few of the featured ingredients in craft beers on display at my local bottle shop. The variety does not stop there. How about a triple-pale ale, dry-hopped, cosmic-toasted, sour-peat-pilsner-stout loaded with enough alcohol to sterilize a barbershop comb? Is there a “normal” in beer anymore? And when did the word “infused” become the craft beer buzzword? Everything is infused.
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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more! Check back weekly.

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Second Self Beer Company | Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1

April 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 13.9% | IBU: 64

Atlanta’s Second Self Beer Company sent me two cans of Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1. At first, I didn’t want to try them. Same beer, slightly different artwork on each can, and enough of a singular nature to this that I felt like I should keep it in mint condition. After all, it could be worth something in the future. But then again, they aren’t Beanie Babies. They’re cans of beer. So in I went.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | April 4, 2017

April 5, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more! Check back weekly.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

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Beer & Book Club | Man Alive!

March 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

The second installment of the PorchDrinking’s Beer and Book Club will be a tad different from the first. Although, I’ve been in two book groups, and I’ve even started one, they don’t work for me. Turns out, I prefer a solitary read and perhaps an impromptu conversation that results from the surprise of realizing someone else also enjoys the same authors and books as me. My favorite reading spot is in an upstairs room at home with my two dogs, a comfortable chair and a beer fridge. Maybe I’ve stumbled on to the perfect book club.

I digress.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

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Event Preview | 13th Annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

This year’s 13th Annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting event is a first for me. I’ve never attended a beer event that instructs you on dress code, but the folks at ACAT advise patrons to bring a hat and gloves.

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Scofflaw Brewing Co. | Interrogation Coffee Milk Stout

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

ABV: 6.8% |  IBU: 75

In high school, a party was a form of subversion, a rebellion, it was when you began to test the limits. It had it’s moments. The college party was more a celebration of freedom (see “Stair Diving” from 1984’s Revenge of the Nerds), and more testing of limits, but without the threat (or thrill?) of getting caught, it was merely a party for party’s sake.

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Brewery Showcase | Eventide Brewing

January 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

When I pull into the parking lot at Eventide Brewing, a squat, red-brick structure in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood, a guy is standing atop a 20-foot ladder angled against the building. Wearing protective headphones the size of coconut shells and holding a drill, he watches me get out of my car.

I take a guess at who he might be:

“Nathan Cowan?”

“Yep,” he says. “Shawn’s inside, she’ll get you set up. I’ll be there in a few minutes.”

The drill, the ladder — none of this would surprise folks who know Cowan. Besides his role as the CEO of Eventide, he is also its head engineer. Having spent a decade working in the field of mechanical engineering and construction, Cowan still maintains Professional Engineer status with the state of Georgia, and practices his trade on much of Eventide’s brewing equipment. On this sunny Thursday, however, he is hanging a large banner announcing the brewery’s upcoming three-year anniversary celebration.

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