Brewery News for July and August 2015





Eventide Brewing is Kicking off the opening of it’s tasting room tonight!

The It’s finally here! The Curiosity Club will hold its inaugural event on July 29th and the featured Curiosity of the night will be “The History of Heavy Metal”. The event will kick off in the Eventide tasting room at 6:30 pm and will last until 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and each ticket will include a tour & tasting and a featured presentation by the knowledgeable Cliff Seal. This presentation is a must for Rock and Metal fans!

Eventide Brewing
1015 Grant St
Atlanta, GA 30315
We suggest purchasing tickets early to ensure a seat at this amazing event! Get tickets here

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644 McDonnell Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32310

Inside the Railroad Square Art Park
Hours of Operation:

Wed – Fri 4pm – Midnight

Saturday 3pm – Midnight

Sunday 12PM – 6PM

Saturday, August 8 | Noon–4pm @Proof RRSQ

Look’n for something to do as the summer burns on? Come on by for Proof’s Summer Family Festival to be held on Saturday, August 8th at the Railroad Square Production Facility from 12pm – 4pm!

-Bounce Houses
-Face Painting
-Cold Treats
-Snacks and hot dogs available for purchase
-A FIRETRUCK! Yes, a for real firetruck will be on hand for the kiddos (or the young at heart) to tour.

…and of course, some tasty “oat sodas” for mom and dad!

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Upcoming Events and News from the Aviator Brewery

PumpkinBeast Release Party – Saturday, August 1st

PumpkinBeast – Cans & Draft

Brewery Tours
4-6:30 PM
NEW Brewery Hours: 
Wednesday- 5-10 ($2.99 Pint Night)
Thursday- 5-10
Friday- 5-10
Saturday- 12-10
Sunday- 12-8

Brewery Tours:  
These are fun folks!!  Reservations NOT required!  Tours are available Thursday (6:30), Friday (6:30), Saturday (4- 6:30) and Sunday (5:30). Please check our website for more information and times. We have great tour packages! .   If you’ve purchased a Groupon or LivingSocial coupon, please bring the voucher with you.

What’s New?
Aviator Brewing Company is launching in ATLANTA on August 10th!  Tell you friends and family to ask for Aviator at their favorite beer shop in Georgia!  We made some special tie dye shirts for the occasion-  look for them at the Aviator Beer Shop!

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Saturday, August 22

  • 3rd Annual Hopfest in Downtown Greensboro
    • Craft beer and arts entertainment festival with live music, art mural painting, food trucks, street performances and more! More info here.


Wednesday, July 29

  • Regular taproom hours (4pm-10pm)
  • On July 29, 2008, voters seized the day and chose overwhelmingly in favor of all four issues on the ballot in the Referendum to Legalize Alcohol Sales inAsheboro, by an average of 60% FOR and 40% against!Without this historic referendum taking place, Four Saints would still be a garage dream.

    To celebrate, ALL full pour drafts will be $1 off while the taproom is open (4-10pm). Some members of the Committee will be here (tell them thank you!). Local historian, Mac Whatley, will be giving a short presentation at 6pm about the history of alcohol in Asheboro/Randolph County.


Friday, July 31

  • Regular taproom hours (3pm-11pm)
  • 2nd Annual “Pigs & Pedals” BBQ cooking competition kicks off with a concert in the park, featuring the Summerdaze band, starting at 6pm.

Saturday, August 1

  • Regular taproom hours (2pm-11pm)
  • Pigs & Pedals is held in conjunction with the Criterium, a closed circuit bicycle race, starting at 9am and ending with a professional race at 4pm. Throughout the event, men and women of all ages compete in the bike racing.
  • Also, the nationally acclaimed King BMX Stunt Show will be featured throughout the day on Sunset Avenue.
  • At 1pm, the Special Occasion Band will entertaining everyone in Bicentennial Park, followed by Eric and the Chilltones at 6pm.


Thursday, August 6

  • Regular taproom hours (4pm-10pm)
  • That smoky, peppery fall Saint makes his return to the taproom.

Upcoming Club and Interest Meetings

Tuesday, July 28

  • Run Club interest meeting
    • If you’re interested in being a part of the FSBC Run Club, please attend this interest and information meeting. We’re just getting started, listening to ideas, and figuring it out. No running…this time. Starts at 5:30pm.

Tuesday, August 4

  • Cycling Club interest meeting
    • If you’re interested in being a part of the FSBC Cycling Club, please attend this interest and information meeting. We’re just getting started, listening to ideas, and figuring it out. No running…this time. Starts at 5:30pm.
  • There is still room for a few more teams in our inaugural FSBC Fantasy Football League. If you would like to know the specifics, please email Joel at the email below.

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Join the Rebellion.

Raise your hand for “Independence”
A Collaborative Release

Join us August 1st as we celebrate the release of “Independence,” a Farmhouse IPA and collaboration brew between independently owned Georgia breweries. This limited, draft-only release will take the stage at Taco Macs across the state of Georgia!

Available throughout August in a month-long celebration of Georgia Beer, Independence is one of four locally brewed draft offerings featured at Taco Mac. Pint Nights @TMACRestaurants featuring special glassware each Thursday, 5PM (see schedule below).


TASTING NOTES: A Farmhouse IPA at 6.5% ABV, Independence features Reformation Brewery’s signature yeast (Forbidden Fruit) and El Dorado andAzacca hops.GLASSWARE: Get your Independence glassware highlighting all three breweries at Taco Mac Pint Night Thursday, Aug. 27th @5PM!


Brewed at Reformation Brewery in collaboration with Jailhouse Brewing and Cherry St. Brewing Cooperative, this limited, draft-only offering will be available throughout August and featured as a Taco Mac “Beer of the Month”

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New Limited Run 750ml Cork & Cage Series Debuts with Belgian-Style Ale featuring Peaches and Brettanomyces

swb-logoATLANTA (July 20, 2015) Fresh off the line from the new Cork & Cage series, SweetWater is waxing poetic with The Pit & The Pendulum, a peachy take on Belgian-style brew that flows into bottle shops and top beer joints this week.  The Pit & The Pendulum is a perfect balance of three distinct divergences:  Belgian ale yeast, Brettanomyces (a strain of yeast known to impart complexity, funkiness and dryness) and freshly puréed peaches, making for a tasty trifecta. Drink this brew fresh for a more dominant peach flavor, or put it in the cellar to bring out the funk — the Brettanomyces will continue to condition in the bottle, further developing the flavor profile over time.

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“It’s the kind of beer I would drink at home,” said Nick Burgoyne, Lead Brewer.  Added fellow Lead Brewer Chris Meadows, “This is the type of stuff we hunt for.”  The pair, who have been a part of SweetWater’s brewing team for 10 and 7 years, respectably, were given the opportunity to take their knowledge and experience to formulate new recipes for the Cork & Cage Series.  “The new Cork & Cage line gives us a chance to dabble in different facets of craft beer.  We are in the Lab, coming up with flavors that are fresh and funky, truly new and different,” explained Meadows.  Burgoyne continued, “We’re digging throwing our hat in the ring of making American wild ales.  The new line is an offering that further establishes SweetWater as a brewery pushing the envelope for craft beer.”


As one of the nation’s fastest growing craft breweries, SweetWater Brewing Company continues to evolve and innovate their offerings, including the Cork & Cage series of 750-ml top shelf brews. True to style, SweetWater is putting their own spin on this high-gravity series, exploring the edges of classic beer styles including barrel-aged beers, sours and wild ales.

Each of the small-batch brews from the lineup will rotate in limited quantities annually and will be packaged in a 750-ml bottle with cork and cage finish. SweetWater welcomed the new 750-ml packaging line back in January and broke the seal with a test run on its 18th anniversary Belgian-style triple.

For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit Follow SweetWater Brewing Company on Twitter/ Instagram @sweetwaterbrew, or become a fan on Facebook at


Buckhead Brewery & Grill Smokestack Stout

Buckhead Brewery & Grill Smokestack Stout


Black in color with a smoky aroma and underlying notes of toffee and coffee.  Smokestack has a smoky flavor with some espresso and unsweetened chocolate notes.

OG 1054 (13.5 P)
IBU 57
Yield 5 U.S. Gallons

All Grain Version

  • 2 Row malt 8 pounds 7 ounces
  • Crystal 60 L 11 ounces
  • Crystal 120 L 11 ounces
  • Black Patent 11 ounces
  • Roasted Barley 9 ounces
  • Chocolate malt 9 ounces

Extract version – substitute for the 2 Row base malt 5.3 pounds Extra Light malt extract syrup OR 4 pounds 5 ounces XL DME

MASH grain at 150 F for 60 min.


Extract version – in boil pot, steep specialty grains (use ¼ pound of each base malt to enhance the brews flavor profile) in water at 150 F for 30 min. Remove grain, then add malt extract, fill kettle to 6 US gallons and bring to a boil. Look for a target gravity of 1045 (11.25 P)

Hops – total boil time is 60 min

  • Northdown 9/10 oz  for 60 min for 26 IBU
  • U.K. Fuggles 2/3 oz for 60 min for 5 IBU
  • Northdown 4/5 oz  for 15 min for 4 IBU

Note – This recipe is calculated using pellet hops, but Gary recommends using whole leaf if possible.

Yeast – cool wort as quickly as possible and pitch:
Wyeast 1056 American Ale or White Labs 001

For Ale yeast start fermentation at 68 F until Kraeusen develops and leave in carboy or fermentation vessel until all signs of fermentation are complete. (6-7 days total).  Rack to a secondary carboy and cool temp and age for 2weeks before bottling or kegging.


Buckhead Brewery & Grill Tallahassee, FL, Cumming and Stockbridge, GA | The Lost Beers

Time to start Brewing your Oktoberfest!


Try brewing up this classic recipe once used by The Mad Boar Restaurant & Brewery in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

The beer has a great deep orange color and distinct bread-like flavor that are imparted by the use of Munich malt in this festival beer. Tradition hops give the beer a subtle hop flavor that is not too spicy or too floral.

Original Gravity: 1062 (15.6 P)
Yield: 5 U.S. gallons

All Grain version

  • 2 Row – 2 1/4 pounds
  • Munich – 10 3/4 pounds
  • Crystal 20 – 3/4 pounds
  • Aromatic – 6 ounces
  • Carapils – 3/4 pounds

NOTE: You can generally substitute 1 pound of XL Dried Malt Extract for 1.9 pounds of 2 Row base malt grain if your mash tun cannot hold more than 10-12 pounds of grain.

Mash grain at 150 F for 60 to 90 minutes

Extract version – substitute:
6 pounds XL Dried Malt Extract AND 1/2 pound Amber Dried Malt Extract OR 6.6 pounds Ireks Amber Malt syrup AND 1 pound XL Dried Malt Extract for the 2 row and Munich malt

Extract version – in boil pot, steep specialty grains in water at 150F for 30 min. Remove grain, then add malt extract, fill kettle to 6 US gallons and bring to a boil. Look for a target gravity of 1055 (13 P)


  • German Hall. Tradition 1 ounce for 90 min for 21 IBU
  • German Hall. 1/3 ounces for 15 min for 2 IBU
  • German Hall. Tradition 1/8 ounces for 15 min for 1 IBU

Yeast – cool wort as quickly as possible and pitch:

s189 dry lager yeast or White Labs 920 Old Bavarian Lager

NOTE: to make a clean ale version use Wyeast 1056 or White Labs 001

For Lager Yeast: Start Fermentation at 68 F until Kraeusen develops and then drop temp to 55 F until the fermentation ends (around 12 days). Warm to 68F and leave for 2-4 days. Drop temp by 3-5 F per day until 33F is reached. Lager for 1.5 to 2 months before bottling or kegging.

For Ale Yeast: Ferment at 68 F until signs of fermentation are complete. Rack to secondary carboy and age 2-3 weeks and then bottle or keg.

Mad Boar Restaurant & Brewery, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Changes at the top for SweetWater Brewing


Chairman & Founder Freddy Bensch Building Solid Infrastructure for Growth

(Atlanta, GA – July 15, 2015 ) – SweetWater Brewing Company today announced that Kim Jones has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and industry veteran Bill Waters has been named Chief Financial Officer.   Big Kahuna and Founder Freddy Bensch will continue to serve as Chairman, and will remain closely involved in setting strategy and promoting the vision that remains SweetWater’s guiding principle: “Don’t Float the Mainstream.”


Together with other members of SweetWater’s management, Jones and Waters bring more than 125 years of combined experience with global beverage or craft beer companies. Both Jones and Waters have leadership experience in high-growth and well-established domestic and international consumer products companies.


“The title is now official, but Kim has long been my right-hand in running SweetWater’s business.  Now that Bill is on board, we have one of the most experienced senior leadership teams in the industry,” said Bensch.  “I’m proud of the phenomenal business we’ve created, and look forward to drawing from Kim and Bill’s knowledge and experience to take SweetWater to the next level.  We have plenty more streams to fish and I believe that Kim and Bill are the right team to deliver our brews to more good folks who love great beer.”


“Since founding SweetWater 18 years ago, Freddy has been a driving force in establishing the culture, values and commitment to quality that both define and distinguish us – building the elements that have made us one of the leading craft beer companies in the U.S.,” said Jones.  “As CEO, I intend to complement his vision by ensuring solid business operations and building a strong infrastructure for growth.”


“SweetWater has significant runway in new and existing markets,” said Waters.  “I believe the company is well-positioned for growth and am thrilled to be a part of this excellent team that will help navigate the company’s trajectory.”


Since 2013, Jones has served as SweetWater’s CFO and has overseen a period of significant growth for the company, both expanding the SweetWater portfolio and building the company’s employee base with strategic new hires.  During her tenure, new releases of note include a Cork & Cage series of barrel-aged brews, and Take Two Pils – released in May of 2014, this pilsner has received national recognition, including “Top 20 Pilsners in the World” by Men’s Journal.  Jones has significant background in accounting and finance and has overseen a portfolio of diverse experience that includes senior financial and management positions with SPANX, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.


Prior to joining SweetWater as CFO, Waters served as Chief Strategy Officer of Molson Coors Brewing Company.   Previously, he worked in various senior finance and strategy positions, including CFO of Coors Brewing Company, CFO of Coors International and Global Controller, where he was a key player in driving the evolution of Molson Coors through both organic growth and M&A activities.



Founder and Big Kahuna, Freddy Bensch, came to Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic Games and immediately recognized the potential to introduce the city, and the Southeast, to the bold, flavorful craft beers he had been brewing back in Boulder, Colorado.  And SweetWater, named for the Sweetwater Creek located just a few miles from the brewery, was spawned. Freddy’s passions for beer, fishing and music, and his abiding love and respect for the outdoors, inspire the brand and inform the business strategy.


SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta-based craft brewery living by the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream!” The award-winning lineup of year-round beers includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Take Two Pils, Hop Hash, Blue, and Georgia Brown. SweetWater also features a catch and release series of beers available on a limited basis throughout the year including an experimental, one-time-only Dank Tank series and barrel-aged wild ales in the Cork & Cage series. SweetWater Brewery – located at 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta – is open for tours every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit Follow SweetWater Brewing Company on Twitter/ Instagram @sweetwaterbrew, or become a fan on Facebook at

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