Craft Women Connect, Blk Brew Babes, Pontoon Brewing & The Atlanta Podcast | Pomona Paradise Smoothie-Style Fruited SourJune 10, 2021 | Ruvani de Silva
Not one, not two, but three of Atlanta’s Black beer-community groups have joined forces with Pontoon Brewing to create the Pomona Paradise Smoothie-Style Sour. The beer came out of Pontoon’s ongoing Brewing Conversations project with The Atlanta Podcast–a community-focused initiative to raise awareness about inclusivity and racial issues in and around the Atlanta beer scene.
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CITRA, CITRA, CITRA is the response we received from Jekyll Brewing Founder Michael Lundmark when asked about the hop profile for Southern Juice, which is one of their year-round core beers. Southern Juice is a lighter IPA that was inspired by the New England IPA style. Lundmark described it as a “Really juicy beer and very New England like without the Haze factor” Lundmark also noted that “while Southern Juice was inspired by the New England style, it’s not a NEIPA, it’s Southern Juice!”
For any of you veteran craft beer drinkers out there, what comes to mind when you hear the phrase “beer fest” mentioned in conversation? Memories of overindulgence fueled by Biolyte and the FOMO of the out-of-state breweries who are pouring their beer? Maybe it’s racing around the room to all the hype tables before your palate is overwhelmingly wrecked. There’s also a good chance that you’ve been in line slamming an IPA taster before hitting the next tap in the row…We’ve all been there.
On Saturday, June 5, Good Word Brewing & Public House hosted a festival in collaboration with the City of Duluth that was one of the first beer-centric events to happen in Georgia since COVID-19 effectively shut down large gatherings a year ago. This was not a typical beer fest, though.
Lexington, KY’s Ethereal Brewing is known for brewing a wide range of outstanding Belgian farmhouse and American craft beers with a focus on quality and a penchant for creativity. Their annual Baba Yaga Imperial Stout, a shining example of this approach, is aged exclusively in Four Roses barrels for 8-12 months.
Zebulon Artisan Ales in Weaverville, North Carolina, is the brainchild of brewer, Mike Karnowski. Ever wonder what a traditional English Barleywine or an IPA from the 1800s might taste like? Mike has researched it. Each beer he makes is a study of history and process. Zebulon Blueberry Sour is a study in fruit — delving into the flavors of the landscape surrounding the brewery.
Charlotte’s newest brewery Vaulted Oak Brewing is set to open Tuesday, June 8. Housed in an old BB&T bank, Vaulted Oak will be the first brewery in the Oakhurst/Echo Hills neighborhood of Charlotte.
Mile Wide Beer Company is celebrating Pride Month with the release of Dorothy’s Riot, a Belgian-Style Witbier brewed with raspberries. The Lousiville, KY brewery has partnered with Queer Kentucky to release its first-ever Pride beer. Queer Kentucky is a platform for Queer people from all around our great bluegrass state to share their lives with others.
Bayboro Brewing Co. is one of the newest and hottest breweries in the Tampa Bay area. When James and Kelcy Coleman opened their doors on March 17, 2020, they had no idea what was coming just that afternoon: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued his executive order shutting down the state in an attempt to keep Floridians safe from the Coronavirus. In just a few hours, all breweries closed their doors; uncertainty lay ahead.
However, Bayboro kept things going when breweries were allowed to sell beer to-go. They bought growlers and crowler cans, a crowler machine and plastic cups. They were patient until things finally started to improve and they could open their doors to start flourishing in this vibrant craft beer community.
They say nostalgia is a hell of a drug, and it certainly brought a shockwave along with it when compiling this list. From movies and songs to world events, the year 2000 did not skimp on the excitement. Get out your party hats and year-shaped goggles while we take a trip down memory lane and hand out some beers to six moments from 2000 now old enough to drink:
The city of Bardstown, KY was founded by two brothers, William and David Bard, in 1780. William was a surveyor, land agent and frontiersman and, after drawing the first lots of Louisville in 1779, he explored beyond Louisville and laid out the city of Bardstown 40 miles away. David was a graduate of Princeton College, where he studied theology and later became a Presbyterian Minister. His goal was to bring the community of Bardstown together.
Now, after 240 years, Scout & Scholar Brewing Co. opened in downtown Bardstown, paying homage to William Bard, the “Scout” and David Bard, the “Scholar.”
When Kate Russell of Hopkinsville Brewing Co. got the call she was named the winner of Samuel Adams Brewing The American Dream Brewer Experienceship program, she thought she was being pranked. It was no prank, and Ashton Kutcher was not hiding behind Hopkinsville’s brewing tanks ready to tell Russell she was on an episode of “Punk’d”. Russell was, in fact, the winner of Samuel Adams’ 8th Brewer Experienceship program.
Fire Maker Brewing Co. has been creating a spark in Atlanta, Georgia, over the past year. They opened their doors last year in the middle of the pandemic, but that didn’t stop them from lighting up the Georgia brewing scene. If they weren’t already on your radar, USA Today ranking them the #2 best new brewery in America should have tipped you off that things are heating up at Fire Maker Brewing Co. Thankfully their Head Brewer, Tyler Cox, created Chattahooch-Tea Southeastern IPA, a sweet tea-inspired Hazy IPA, to help cool you down.
Zillicoah Beer Co.’s latest Witbiere is a bit of mountain springtime in a glass. This 4.2% ABV barrel-aged wheat beer uses coriander, orange peel, chamomile and old-world fermentation techniques to make it interesting and add depth. The brew evokes the fresh scent in the air that appears after one of the short showers that define spring in the brewery’s hometown of Asheville, NC.
West Sixth Brewing is set to open a new retail location and taproom in Newport, Kentucky — West Sixth Box Park. West Sixth Brewing opened its main brewery and taproom at 501 W. Sixth St. in Lexington, Kentucky in 2012. Since then, they have opened three more Kentucky locations: West Sixth Greenroom in downtown Lexington (currently closed due to Covid-19), West Sixth NuLu in Louisville and the West Sixth Farm in Frankfort.
The American craft beer industry is still a relatively young movement — it started in the 1970s. The youth of our industry really shows when compared to the longevity of beer globally. Sure, the craft beer industry turns 70 this year, but prohibition is still in recent memory. Early pioneers of our craft moved mountains and steam-forged a path that led to Boston having its very own Lager and spectacular views from the coast of Maine.
There’s been no shortage of activity happening recently and it’s a welcomed sight. Sports are back, industries like music and film are starting to expand again. Vaccinations are becoming available and there’s a positivity that we’re almost to the other side of the pandemic. We’re not there yet, though, so in the meantime, stay resilient, grab a beer, and check out what we’re drinking.
All eyes will be on the city of Louisville on Saturday. It might be for just two minutes, but it will be an exciting two minutes. If you aren’t familiar with Louisville, the beer scene is incredible and growing. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, six new breweries opened and currently, three are in the planning phases.
While this city and state are known for their bourbon, the people here are ready to let the world know about its beer scene. To help you learn more about Louisville’s beer scene, here is PorchDrinking’s guide to Lousiville breweries.
When you think of the city of Louisville, you often think of the Kentucky Derby and bourbon. The founders of the Louisville Ale Trail want people to start adding beer to that list. The first annual Lousiville Beer Appreciation Day will be held Sunday, May 2 to highlight both Louisville’s growing craft beer scene and the city’s rich beer and brewing history.
We’re still smashing the avocados for guacamole and cracking open Mexican Lagers this week here at PorchDrinking. Cinco de Mayo approaches; for most people, this holiday is simply a reason to drink tequila or cervezas all day. To hell with knowing the origins of, well, anything, right? However, we’re here to help you stock the cooler rather than to hand out pop quizzes. So, check out our series for Mexican Lagers you need to pick up for the upcoming holiday.
The newest Mexican Lager in our series for your day of lounging poolside or grilling is Noche de Mar from Estuary Beans & Barley in St. Johns, South Carolina, near Charleston.