Athens Craft Beer Scene
After calling out Cloudy, then a total touche move in return he calls me out publicly. So with one blog in draft and another on my mind I decide to push out whats new and finish whats way late.
Recently Asheville, NC was voted Beer City USA again. I think this may be the third year in a row and another close running with Portland, OR. The part of dismay is that not even Atlanta was on the ballot, much less Athens. Understandably though Athens in its current form has just one brewery and a single brewpub. That will change sooner or later (hopefully). But there’s more to the local scene than breweries or brewpubs. It’s the community, the bars and the restaurants that make the Classic City, well, Classy.
Back in April I had to take a day off work to be home for the cable guy. I hate missing work for something that’s not so enjoyable. The good part was I finally had the day off to try the lunch special at Trappeze Pub. Just my luck it’d be a day with no special, but it was fine no matter. Trappeze, while well-known is still like the local neighborhood pub. It’s nice when every one knows you. Neil walks in, sits down beside me and starts chatting like we’re old pals. He points out the article in Beer Advocate about Athens’ own Trappeze Pub.
This morning I open up the spring issue of Beer Connoisseur just to skim through it before I really get into reading it front to back. Without looking that hard when I get to the cooking with beer article I notice mention of friend Richard Miley and his deep-fried Moon Pie recipe. Richard is known for his great beer dinners and how well he pairs beer to specific food. You may recall my post about Chops & Hops second anniversary beer dinner from back in January. While the restaurant sits just outside of Athens in Watkinsville, no one here has a problem including it in the Athens Craft Beer Scene.
Terrapin Beer Co. continues to keep us intrigued with Spike’s take on beers and styles. While the brewery is in the midst of some brewing and fermenting capacity upgrades, a new Side Project is finally set to release early next week. Samurai Krunkles is an Asian-inspired IPA brewed with jasmine rice, jasmine green tea and ginger. In the recent news letter it was announced that since it’s an election year we will see a return on All American Pilsner along with voting for us, The Beer-drinking Public. The election will include a list of past beers with the winner seeing a second coming in 2013. Voting will start in late to mid July, but the real question is, what beers will be on the ballot. I will go out on a limb and say Depth Charge will not be on the ballot. But what about Dos Cocoas, or Sarah’s sadly removed favorite, Sunray Wheat?
Denver and I just had a short conversation with Eric, owner of Trappeze Pub and co-founder of Wild Heaven Beers, about the craft scene in Georgia. As archaic as the laws are and as much of a hit you take from the state on taxes (only second to Alabama), the beer scene is growing. It’s growing because people love Georgia and we will make this a beer attraction state, regardless of our absent minding government.
So pints up and toast the Classic City. It didn’t get the name “A drinking town with a football problem” for no reason.