Wild Heaven 1 Year Anniversary – Atlanta Summer Beer Fest June 20, 4pm-9pm – News from SweetWater – Hi-Wire Moves East


Atlanta Beer Festivals will host the 6th Atlanta Summer Beer Fest at the Masquerade Music Park on Saturday, June 20, 2014.  This event will feature 200+ beers, ciders, and a small selection of wines.  There will be live music on the main stage outside, as well as out front.  We will be using the inside rooms as well this year with some additional live music and DJ Qtip.  The full Music line-up will soon be announced.  This has been one of the best festivals of the summer every year, and this year will be even better.

The event will be held at Masquerade, 695 North Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30308.

Tickets are on sale now.  Advance tickets are $40, $45 after June 11, and $55 day of event. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added.  Tickets can be purchased from Xorbia through our event website:  www.atlantasummerbeerfest.com/

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Wild Heaven Craft Beers announces a one year anniversary party

Yesterday Wild Heaven completed canning their Emergency Drinking Beer, and announced that they are planning a big celebration weekend. Here’s a couple bits of news about their Anniversary Parties:

Tickets remain, but they may sell out – Wild Heaven will advise via social media (www.twitter.com/wildheaven and www.facebook.com/wildheaven) Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon if any tasting glasses will be available at the door.

  • Friday (8-11pm): Chips/salsa/quesadillas by Mezcalito’s Cantina (Grant Park) and wings by D.B.A. Barbeque (Va-Hi).
  • Saturday (7-10pm): Sloppy Joes by Community BBQ (Decatur)

Wild Heaven will have a variety of barreled beers on tap as well and they are  excited to share them with their fans and can’t wait to taste them with you as well.

All the details are below – but make sure to reserve your glass in advance for one of the two sessions (they will be running regular tasting hours as well that weekend with the regular lineup).

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News From SweetWater

SweetWater announced its summer release, Water Keeper Hefeweizen, will be available in 6-pack cans this year and will also be included in their summer can tackle box! The brewery will have the beer on tap starting May 21, and they are adding to the celebration by inviting fans to come down to the brewery and help paint rain barrels. The rain barrels will then be sold as art work to raise money for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. They will also have local artists Kyle Brooks and John Dunn hanging out to provide “some inspiration if you’re stuck.”

sweetwaterSweetWater also announced in their newsletter they will be in Augusta celebrating with the local minor league baseball team August 8th.

“If you’ve never been to a Greenjackets game down in Augusta, you are missing out. It’s minor league ball at it’s finest in a park absolutely decked out in tie-dye and with SweetWater beer specials that approach insanity.

On August 8, we’re bringing Savannah Riverkeeper into the mix with tie-dye unis, a silent auction and Waterkeeper Hefe on tap. All proceeds from the evening will be donated back to Savannah Riverkeeper.”

Hi-Wire Brewing to Extend Distribution to North Carolina Coast May 18th

Asheville, NC – Asheville based Hi-Wire Brewing has signed on with Coastal Beverage Company to expand its distribution beyond the mountains, triad and triangle area of North Carolina to bring beer to the coastal counties. This soon-to-be 2 year old brewery opened the doors of its original South Slope location June 2013 and is slated to open the doors on its newest project, the Biltmore Big Top, summer 2015.


Hi-Wire Brewing will bring the following beers into the coastal North Carolina counties:

  •  Hi-Pitch IPA – A western North Carolina take on the West Coast style IPA. Huge citrus hop aromas make this a Hop Head’s dream. Its full body balances well with the bitterness & allows the drinker to enjoy its depth of hop flavors & aromas. This beer will be available in 6 packs and and kegs.
  • Prime Time Pale Ale – Simcoe hops bring a plethora of flavors and aromas from this crisp American Pale Ale. From floral to earthy, citrus to pine, this dry ale is an easy drinker. This will be available in 6 packs and and kegs.
  • Bed of Nails Brown Ale – Our brown ale is crafted as an ode to the traditional English brown. Its delicate body allows the flavors of caramel and toffee from our specialty malts to come to life. This will be available in 6 packs and and kegs.
  • Summer Seasonal: Uprisin’ Hefeweizen – A traditional wheat ale with big ester notes of banana – backed by tones of clove and peppercorn. Brewed with 100% North Carolina grown wheat from Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, NC, this beer is sure to become your summer favorite.
  • Limited specialty bottles and draft.

To celebrate the expansion east, Hi-Wire Brewing has set up a variety of events at numerous locations in Eastern North Carolina. Starting May 18th, craft beer drinkers will be able meet owners and representatives of Hi-Wire Brewing as well as taste their lineup of beers at select bars in the area. Each participating bar will be the single exclusive location to find Hi-Wire beer for that particular evening.

For a full schedule of Hi-Wire’s coastal North Carolina launch events and participating locations, visit the Beer Street Journal at beerstreetjournal.com/events/

About Hi-Wire Brewing

Located in Downtown Asheville, NC, Hi-Wire Brewing is known for producing approachable and balanced ales and lagers, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Prime Time Pale Ale, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch IPA. Awarded the most medals at the 2014 NC Brewer’s Cup and Best New North Carolina Brewery of 2013 by RateBeer. Hi-Wire’s award-winning beers can be found on draft and bottles in North Carolina bars and retail shops as well as in their South Slope Brewery and Tasting Room in downtown Asheville. In summer 2015, craft beer drinkers can enjoy Hi-Wire beer at their Biltmore Village Big Top location, a 27,000 square foot production facility, a half a mile from the Biltmore Estate. In addition to flagship beers, Hi-Wire offers a rotating selection of seasonals as well as one-offs from their Hi-Wire Reserve Series. Learn more about the company at www.hiwirebrewing.com



Brooksville craft brewery plans to serve suds this summer

Brooksville craft brewery plans to serve suds this summer

Marker 48 Brewing’s taproom will be a community gathering spot run by Hernando County natives.




BROOKSVILLE, Florida May, 2015 – Thirsty craft beer fans in Hernando County will soon have a brewery to call their own.

And because of the building’s previous tenant, it will boast a feature not seen too often – if ever – in the sandy soils of Florida: a real underground beer cellar.

This unusual feature is possible because the structure at 12147 Cortez Blvd. housed an auto mechanic shop, and the 1,200-square-foot space below floor level was the “oil-change pit,” where staffers could get underneath the cars to drain fluids and otherwise easily access the undercarriages of customers’ vehicles.

“We are going to turn it into our wood-barrel aging beer cellar,” says Marketing and Sales Manager Tina Ryman. “It’s going to be, hopefully, the perfect climate to age imperials and some really good beers that we have planned for the future.”

Co-owners Tina and Maurice Ryman signed the lease on Feb. 1, 2015, after seeing the potential in the vacant 4,600 square feet with its five overhead bay doors on one of Hernando County’s busiest highways. The Rymans, with the help of friends including future lead brewer John Myers, started the interior demolition of the future brewery, and have ordered a 7-barrel brewing system from Portland, Oregon-based Stout Tanks and Kettles. It is scheduled to be delivered in mid-May. Plans call for five core beers, and five to seven seasonals, specialty and guest beers on tap at all times.

The Rymans, longtime members of the local homebrewing community, traveled for years visiting the nation’s breweries, first as fans of tasty handcrafted beers, then with an eye toward gathering ideas for opening their own place back home.

“We love the culture and the people, basically everything about the craft beer industry,” says Maurice, the operations manager.

Having been born and raised in the Hernando County community, Maurice and Tina envision Marker 48 as being a place for visitors and locals to gather and converse over pints of ales that were brewed just a few feet away.

“We don’t want it to be ‘our’ brewery,” Maurice said. “We want it to be the community’s brewery. That’s our No. 1 goal with our customers who walk through the door and with our staff who work here.”

The Rymans plan to have Marker 48 serving brews by mid-summer 2015.


Marker 48 Brewing is a 7-barrel craft brewery in Brooksville, Florida, with a planned opening in mid-summer 2015.


Terrapin Beer Co. Releases Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale, Announces Next Reserve Series Selection

Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale Ready for a Porch-sit


Terrapin Beer Co. welcomes the warm kiss of summer with the release of Seasonal Sessions beer Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale.

With Terrapin “born and raised” in the South, creating a traditional Belgian summer beer with a bit Southern flair made perfect sense. “There’s nothing more Southern than peaches and farms,” commented brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski. “So a peach farmhouse it is!”

Maggie’s third turn on the Seasonal Sessions line does see one change for 2015: it’s in cans! Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse joins Terrapin’s growing arsenal of canned craft beers, and is the second Seasonal Sessions beer to be released exclusively in cans.

From the label:
Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale delivers a wholesome host of peach flavor and a refreshing spiciness that will get your juices flowing. Brewed with peaches and a lot of love, this Old World style of beer will take you back to a simpler time.



Next Reserve Series Brew to Evoke Vine-ripened Comfort

Following on the heels of her peach harvest comes a little surprise pick from her blackberry vines. Next up in Terrapin’s Reserve Series line is Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale.  This will mark the first summer Reserve Series release since the line was conceived in 2013.

From the label:
Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale is made with fresh blackberries and graham crackers for a taste you won’t soon forget. Reminiscent of the smell in Granny’s kitchen on a Sunday afternoon, this beer is liquid dessert for any home-cooked meal.
ABV: 8.55%
IBU: 22
OG: 17.5

Malts: 2-row Pale, Vienna, Malted Wheat, Victory
Hops: East Kent Goldings
Other: Graham Cracker Crumbs, Blackberry Puree

As a member of the Reserve Series, Maggie’s Blackberry Cobbler Imperial Farmhouse Ale will see distribution in limited quantities throughout Terrapin’s territory and will be packaged in 22 oz. wax-dipped bottles. The beer is slated to begin shipping in early June.
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 22
OG: 11.8

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Wheat, Acidulated
Hops: Golding
Other: Peaches

Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale is shipping now in 1/6 BBL kegs and 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.

Funk Asheville Dates Announced by Wicked Weed

Funk Asheville


Wicked Weed Brewing and Pints for Prostates’ annual Funk Asheville festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th with VIP and general admission ticket sales available May 15th via ETIX.

Now in its second year, Funk Asheville is a gathering of sour and wild ales from across the country featuring, both well established and up and coming breweries that are paving the sour and wild path for craft beer.

“We believe strongly in this craft and the cause it supports,” states Head Blender, Walt Dickinson. “We want to be a voice moving the conversation about sour beer forward in the Southeast. Funk Asheville’s goal is to bring breweries, who are dedicated to the craft of sour beer from all across the country into our own back yard to showcase the full potential of American barrel-aged sour and wild ales.”

The currently confirmed list of attending breweries includes:

  • The Lost Abbey Brewing, CA
  • Jester King Brewery, TX
  • Almanac Beer Company, CA
  • The Rare Barrel, CA
  • Cascade Brewing, OR
  • Ecliptic Brewing, OR
  • Perennial Brewing Co., MO
  • Allagash Brewing, ME
  • Evil Twin
  • Crooked Stave Brewery, CO
  • Avery Brewing Co., CO
  • Societe Brewing, CA
  • Goose Island Brewery, IL
  • 7venth Sun Brewing, FL
  • Bluejacket Brewery, DC
  • Green Bench Brewing, FL
  • Cigar City Brewing, FL
  • Creature Comforts Brewery, GA
  • Burial Brewing Co., NC
  • Oskar Blues Brewing, NC


  • Free Range Brewing, NC
  • 4 Hands Brewing, MO
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Co., CA
  • Fonta Flora Brewery, NC
  • Full Steam Brewery, NC
  • Haw River Brewing, NC
  • Mystery Brewing, NC
  • New Belgium Brewing, CO
  • Night Shift Brewing, MA
  • Orpheus Brewing, GA
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales
  • Stone Brewing Co., CA
  • Surly Brewing, MN
  • Trophy Brewing, NC
  • Upland Brewing Co., IN
  • Westbrook Brewing, SC
  • Wrecking Bar Brewpub, GA
  • Yazoo Brewing Co., TN




Funk Asheville will commence at 7pm (with a 6pm entry for VIP) in the wooded outdoor space at Wicked Weed’s new production brewery in Candler. General admission tickets are $80 (plus fees and NC tax) and VIP tickets are $100 (plus service fees and NC tax) Purchase of VIP tickets offer early entry with no lines, a collaborative food and sour pairing from Chef Terry of Wrecking Bar and Chef Cardiff of Wicked Weed, the ability to talk one on one with brewers, and free entry into a drawing for a nine night BeerTrips.com tour to Prague, Bamberg, Cologne and Brussels.



“We’re proud to be partnering with Wicked Weed Brewing again this year on Funk Asheville,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. “We use the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message. The funds we raise help support free men’s health screening clinics and support groups for men diagnosed with the disease.”


The famed silent auction benefiting Pints for Prostates will be conducted during the festival and feature unique beer experiences as well as highly collectable items from attending breweries. This partnership of brewery and non-profit, also in its second year, is an integral focus of the festival.


“Their work nationally has been really exceptional. They are committed to putting on great festivals based that bring awareness to, often overlooked, men’s health issues,” states Dickinson. “It was the right fit for everyone and they’ve been amazing partners to work with year after year.”


A new addition to ticket sales this year is a local VIP ticket. As a thank you to their hometown, Wicked Weed is offering 100 VIP tickets to locals at General Admission price.


“Without the embrace we felt early on from our community we wouldn’t have a sour program,” explained Dickinson. “It was the people who would show up every Friday at three o’clock waiting for us to tap Black Angel when we only had four barrels of it who drove Wicked Weed sour beer and proved that it was viable. This is a small way we can thank them.”


VIP Local tickets will go on sale May 11th-15th and can be purchased in person at the Funkatorium (147 Coxe Ave). Locals will need identification with an Asheville address and/or mail with proof of address.


For more information and details regarding Funk Asheville check the breweries social media outlets:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wickedweedbrewing

Instagram: WickedWeedBrewing

Twitter: @wickedweedbeer



About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of prostate health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 233,000 American men will be diagnosed with the disease this year and 29,480 will die from prostate cancer. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@pints4prostates).




Wicked Weed Brewing is based in Asheville, North Carolina. Opened in December 2012, the original brewpub consistently hosts 25+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel-aged sour and wild beers. With the opening of the second location, The Funkatorium, in October 2013, Wicked Weed is striving to become one of the leading producer of barrel-aged beers in the Southeastern United States. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a gold medal for both 100% Brettanomyces Serenity in 2013 and Mompara Honey Ale in 2014 at the Great American Beer Festival. Wicked Weed is currently building a 40,000 square foot production brewery by fall 2015. Learn more at www.wickedweedbrewing.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WickedWeedBrewing.

New Beers from Lazy Magnolia – Celebrates 10 Years of Brewing

Lazy Magnolia turns 10 years old and celebrates with some new releases.

New Brews


Blending inspiration from the Southern Pecan and the delectable Trappist Ales of Belgium, we present to you in all of its grandeur, 10.  This ale is our anniversary beer, stamping a tremendous exclamation point on a decade of brewing at Lazy Magnolia.  Expect a bold, full bodied ale that marries the rich plum, fig, and caramel maltiness of Trappist Quadruples to the nutty and dessert-like aromatics of Southern Pecan.  Finished with a hint of oak, this ale is a complex brew of balance that will age well for many years to come.  It’s a 10!

This exciting addition to our Debutante Series is available for a limited time.  Look for it both on draft and in package! 

Backwoods Belgian
Backwoods Belgian is an 8.5% ABV Belgian-Style Golden Ale brewed with “Southern” infusion of Honeysuckle flowers.  It pours pale gold under a fluffy white head, lightly hopped, with fruity esters of orange, banana, and traces of sweet honey in the nose.  Backwoods Belgian marries the flavors of oranges, apples, a honey-sweet malt character, and a dry peppery finish, with a soft, warm alcohol presence on the palate.  Effervescent and refreshing, this full-bodied Golden Ale is our interpretation of the classic style with a touch of Southern sweetness.

Our 2015 Spring Seasonal is available through May.


Bramblin Man
Mississippi is home to more than just great beer.  We’ve got great food and even better tunes.  Bramblin’ Man is a toast to days past and classic country.  This Bavarian Wheat blended with a Sour Blackberry Ale will be a great addition to any celebration.

Look for Bramblin’ Man on the shelves and at your favorite bar in June! 

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