Round Up

Hello friends! I just wanted to leave y’all with a few recommendations & musings before I skip town on Friday (Vegas here I come!). It’s been another great week for booze & if you’re an Atlanta friend there’s plenty to share. So, go have a drink!

 

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I was quick enough to grab a box of Sierra Nevada’s 2017 Beer Camp & oo-eee it looks good. If you’re not familiar with the series, annually Sierra Nevada brewery collaborates with several different breweries to create one of a kind, one-off collaborations. This year’s camp is split between 6 international breweries & 6 American ones. As soon as I saw that they were collaborating with Mikkeller, Fuller, & Bruery among others, I was on board. Obviously 12 beers is a lot to get through in one go, but as soon as I’ve tackled it I’ll be quick to share my thoughts!

beer camp

Sometimes (okay lots of times) being in the industry comes with great perks. This week I was lucky enough to attend a private event at Orpheus Brewing, celebrating their customers & their 3 year anniversary. All the beers I sampled in the brewery were delicious, though 2 of their new offerings were definitely my favorites. The Raving Ones, a 10% tripel made with native yeast & aged in bourbon barrels, was fantastic. It was smooth & citrusy, reminding me of orange peels & korean pear. I was surprised to find out it was a tripel, as Belgian styles usually aren’t my favorites. Fingers crossed we’ll get this one at work because I’m crushing hard. I also tried Like a White Curtain Blowing in the Draft From a Half-Opened Window Beside a Chair on Which Nobody Sits, a blended wild ale aged a year in wine barrels. Despite the ridiculous name (I love the mythological theme, but come on guys), this sour was lovely: tart, bright, with citrus & summer fruits. I highly recommend you try these, & Orpheus in general, as soon as you can find them. Look at this beautiful glass swag!

orpheus

 

The Porter always has a fantastic line-up on tap & this week was no exception. I stopped in after work last night hearing they had Little Sal from Allagash. LIttle Sal is one of my favorite sours. Made with Maine blueberries & aged in wine barrels it’s a dark blueish-purple, has a thick berry skin-like texture & a wonderfully tannin-y pucker. It reminds me of blueberries just before they’re ripe. I also tried the 8 Wired Wireless Black IPA from New Zealand. I’m a fan of a good black IPA & this 100% brett offering is exceptional. It’s smooth, the malts are subtly chocolatey & roasted, the hops are delicate but present, & there’s just a hint of brett funk. I’ll definitely be enjoying this one again.

8 wired wireless

 

This week has been pretty gloomy weather wise, so today I decided to make myself a little pick me up. I call it the Gardener’s Tonic. The mint I planted a few weeks ago is starting to get bushy so I thought I’d take it for a spin. Right now I have a bottle of St. George Dry Rye Gin, which I think goes really nicely with a bit of lemon & black pepper, so here ya go:

 

2 oz St. George Dry Rye Gin

½ oz 18.21 Tonic Syrup

2 thin slices of cucumber

3-5 hearty mint leaves

Quarter lemon wedge, juiced

Pinch of black pepper

gardener's parts

In a mixing glass: muddle together the tonic syrup, lemon juice, cucumber, 3-4 mint leaves, & black pepper. You want to express & combine each flavor. Add in your gin & a handful of ice cubes. Stir all together with a bar spoon until the ice begins to melt a bit. Place a large cube (if you don’t have big cubes, a few regular will do) in your favorite rocks glass & strain your concoction into the glass. Garnish with the remainder of your mint & enjoy!

 

gardener's tonic

I’ll be sure to let you know if I find any good drinking in Las Vegas *wink*, til then I hope y’all have a great long Memorial Day weekend!

Tasty Highlights

In honor of American Craft Beer Week I thought I’d share some highlights with you. These are my favorite brews out of all the new stuff I tried this week. Don’t let a silly “holiday” be your excuse though, go out and try something new! You might find your own new favorite.

SOUTHERN PROHIBITION CROWD CONTROL this is the second brew I’ve tried from Southern Prohibition & am equally pleased. Crowd Control is a dry-hopped imperial IPA with a strong malt presence. It’s a bit fruity & has a light, but substantial texture. This one sips so smooth, if I didn’t know before hand I wouldn’t have guessed that it was an imperial. If you haven’t tried anything from this brewery yet, do yourself a favor & go pick up a couple sixers. imperial ipa 8% abv

UNIBROUE A TOUT LE MONDE this collab with the band Megadeath really surprised me. I’m not usually a fan of saisons, but this one definitely had me singin’ a new tune. It’s a dry-hopped golden saison that’s bright, citrusy, a touch spiced, & delicately hoppy. If you can get your hands on one I highly recommend it. saison/farmhouse 4.5% abv

CREATURE COMFORTS DUENDE one of my favorite things about Creature Comforts is their other IPAs (you know, other than Tropicalia). This imperial is hazy, hoppy, dry & a bit citrusy without all the juice. This is definitely one to be excited about. imperial ipa 8% abv

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THE BRUERY/FUNKY BUDDHA GUAVA LIBRE! talk about a surprise. I picked up this imperial cream ale collab because we can’t get Funky Buddha in Georgia & the guava piqued my interest. Along with guava this beer is brewed with vanilla & lactose. On first sip I was a little off-put: the lactose is very evident, the texture of the beer is a lot creamier than I was expecting. Add in the guava & vanilla & you get a bit of funk with the sweetness The more sips I tried though, the more I liked it. Supposedly the flavor combo is intended to remind the drinker of a Cuban guava pastry. I totally get it. I definitely recommend giving this beer a try, you might be surprised! imperial cream ale 7.5% abv

fille

WICKED WEED FILLE DE FERME & CHOCOLATE COVERED BLACK ANGEL I have a love-hate relationship with Wicked Weed. Honestly, I’m as often disappointed by their brews as I am excited. When they hit a home-run though, it’s a grand-slam. This week I was lucky enough to try a few of their winners during our tap takeover at work & these two were my favorites. Fille de Ferme is a bretted honeysuckle saison with just a hint of sour. It’s bright & clean & barely floral sweet. The Chocolate Covered Black Angel is a wild ale with chocolate & cherry. It’s fruity & dark without being sweet while the chocolate flavor comes through like true cacao, nothing watered down. If you get a chance to try these, do it! And I’d do it before the domestic giant rears its ugly head. saison 4.1% abv / american wild ale 7.2% abv

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BRASSERIE CANTILLON IRIS so I know this is American Craft Beer Week, but if you get a chance to drink a bottle of Cantillon, you gotta let people know. I happened to get so lucky (thanks to my new friend Jez & the Ticonderoga Club) the other night & damn. Sometimes breweries get all wrapped up in all kinds of hype & then disappoint at crunch time. This is not one of those breweries. The Iris lambic is aged in oak wine casks & dry-hopped. It’s bright & tart with just a hint of vinegar sour & floral notes. Seriously, delicious. If you dig sours you gotta get your hands on one of these. lambic 5% abv

3 Easy Cocktails For Porch Sippin’

A well crafted cocktail is one of the finer things of life. The beautiful thing about cocktails though is that you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy them. All you need to enjoy something delicious at home is a few essentials & an open mind. I’ve put together a list of three easy to make, refreshing cocktails that will surely leave you wanting more. Full disclosure, the standard pour for cocktails is 1.5 oz, however, since I’ve intended all these to be enjoyed relaxing in your own home I’ve bumped that up to 2 oz. I’d love to know if you try any of these & how you like them!

 

SPICY PALOMA

The Paloma is a super simple classic that’s great for summer & my preference over a margarita. This tequila & grapefruit soda mixer is good as simple as that, but I enjoy it with a bit of a kick. In this recipe the kick comes from 18.21 Japanese Chili Lime bitters. I like El Jimador, but use your favorite brand to make it your own.

2 oz Tequila

.75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

5-6 drops Japanese Chili Lime bitters

San Pellegrino Pompelmo soda  

Add the tequila, bitters, & lime juice to a pint glass (or a glass of similar size). Give that a good stir & fill the glass with ice. Top it off with your soda & get sippin’.

 

GINGER PIMM’S

Pimm’s #1 is a sweet English liqueur with a flavor profile of spices & citrus fruit. It’s traditionally served as a Pimm’s Cup with lemonade or ginger ale. While the traditional cup is quite yummy, it’s a bit sweet for me so I like mine with ginger beer. I use the 18.21 Tart Cherry Saffron bitters as well, which plays great with the citrus & spice of the Pimm’s. You can also try this recipe out with a dry champagne or prosecco.

2 oz Pimm’s #1

.75 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

5-6 drops Tart Cherry Saffron bitters

Gosling’s Ginger Beer

Combine the Pimm’s, lemon juice, & bitters in a pint glass. Give it a good stir & fill the glass with ice. Top off with your ginger beer & fall in love.

 

AVEZE G&T

Next to bourbon gin is my favorite spirit, especially a dry, spiced one like Death’s Door. Gin & tonics are my favorite way to enjoy it. What I love about a gin & tonic is that it’s so easy to fancy up. Queue the Aveze, a French liqueur made from the root of the gentian plant. This liqueur is floral & herbal with a hint of liquorice, similar to an Italian Amaro. It pairs fantastically with gin, so naturally I want to add it to a g&t. Not to mention Aveze is bright yellow, so this makes the drink pretty to boot!

2 oz gin

.5 oz Aveze

.75 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Tonic water

Mix together gin, Aveze, lemon juice, & bitters in a pint glass & stir well. Fill the glass with ice & top to fill with tonic water. Enjoy!

 

The Beers I’m Drinking This Summer

I’m no snob (well, maybe a little). I love a good PBR as much as the next fella, but sometimes you just want something with a little more oomph. Some of my favorite beers are full of flavor while still light enough for a hot, Georgia afternoon & let’s face it, we’re in for a lot of those. With that in mind, here are the beers I plan on stocking up on this summer.

 

BURIAL SHADOWCLOCK

Speaking of the old blue ribbon, if you’re looking to punch up your lager game, look no further. I’ll admit that I’m a total fan-girl for Burial’s beers & this pilsner is no exception. Ever so slightly sweet & a bit “biscuity”, light & easy to drink. If you’re not well versed in craft beer, this is a great one to start with. All the cheap domestics came from somewhere, why not try out some of their more sophisticated relatives?

5.5% abv german pilsner

ANDERSON VALLEY SUMMER SOLSTICE

Anderson Valley’s website lists food pairings for each of their brews & I love it. The listing for Summer Solstice includes sweet potato fries, barbecue chicken, & s’mores, which sounds like one hell of a backyard party. That’s exactly what this seasonal ale is to me; light bodied, spiced, & carmely without being too sweet. Keep a few six packs ready to go for all your grill outs & those late-season summer bonfires.

5% abv spiced ale

SOUTHERN PROHIBITION DEVIL’S HARVEST

Who doesn’t love a beer for breakfast? Southern Prohibition describes this brew as a breakfast IPA, due to its moderately low alcohol content & the addition of oats that help soften the hop forward profile. I love hops, but sometimes you want to ease your way into the bitter. The combination of dry hops & oatmeal make this a delightfully sessionable IPA that doesn’t lose any of its backbone. This is the first beer I’ve tried from the newly available Southern Prohibition (out of Mississippi) & it definitely won’t be the last.

4.9% abv american ipa

 

CREATURE COMFORTS TRITONIA

Honestly, it’s been a year since I had this delicious gose. It’s one of Creature Comforts’ limited run, seasonal offerings (it usually comes out in May) & was previously only available on draft. This will be the first season it’s available in cans & I highly recommend you get your hands on some, it will definitely go fast. Creature Comforts definitely has a lot of hype, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing. This iteration of Tritonia will have lime & cucumber as well as the traditional sea salt & coriander. I’ll be sure to savor every bit that I can get!

4.5% abv sour/gose

MIKKELLER HALLO ICH BIN BERLINER WEISSE

This effortlessly delicious sour beer was an instant favorite as soon as I tried it. If you like sours as much as me (why wouldn’t you?!) you’re probably excited about the return of Mikkeller to the Georgia market. I have yet to be disappointed by any of their offerings & while they are a bit pricey, they’re usually worth the splurge. This particular beer comes in three flavors; apricot, raspberry & passion fruit, which is my favorite. It’s light & tart with a hint of sweet fruit & I love that they come in playfully designed 16 oz cans.

3.7% abv sour/berliner weisse

I hope you enjoy these & feel free to share what beers you’re crushin’ on this summer. Cheers!

mikkeller

First Round

So, you like a good drink? Great, me too! I consider myself a booze padawan, modern day maenad, opinionated lady, & general enthusiast when it comes to all things beer & spirits. I’ve been serving or slinging good drinks in Atlanta for the better part of a decade & am always looking to learn more. I’m a native of this evolving southern metropolis & we have a lot to offer when it comes to fine libations. I want this to be a place to share what I love, what I learn, & what I think you should try. I can’t wait to have a sip with you.

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