It’s a new season, y’all: The perfect time to check out what’s new in beer. And there’s plenty. In this blog I shine light on a new brew, a new spot, a new brewery, and a new project. I apologize in advance for the shameless plug you will encounter, soon. Let’s get to it!
A New Brew: Haddy Witbier [Reformation Brewing, Co.]
Reformation Brewery in Woodstock, Georgia welcomes Haddy to their year round portfolio. This sessionable beer offering is initially available at venues such as Variety Playhouse and Rome Braves Stadium, and the brewery’s Keeping Room in a 16 oz. canned format this month. CEO, Spencer Nix says, “We can always use more moments that bring us together. Haddy is made for that moment. Easy drinking, light-bodied, and low ABV means you can hold onto the experience a little longer.” Unchanged from their existing recipe, a 12 oz. canned format of Haddy (formerly Union) will be added later this year. So, this is a cheat since Haddy is really Union and isn’t really “new” but it kinda feels like it. The rebrand will culminate with Haddy joining Cadence and Jude in a Reformation Box Set (12 packs) this summer (that’s new). A witbier by style, this classic, refreshing take on the Belgian style is ideal for warmer months ahead. Learn more at reformationbrewery.com/haddy.
A New Spot: The Georgia Beer Garden
I’m always in search of a new spot to enjoy a brew or two. The Georgia Beer Garden in Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood doesn’t disappoint. Located at 420 Edgewood Avenue, SE, the Beer Garden is “a southern take on a classic beer garden serving beers from the state of Georgia, regional spirits and (coming soon) good food.” I had the chance to pop my head in towards the end of 2016. The beer list was extensive. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. And the space is very, very cool. Even though it was an unseasonably warm night in Atlanta, it still was not warm enough for me to sit outside. Now that it’s spring, I need a do-over! The Georgia Beer Garden is at the top of my list of patios and porches to visit this season. I hope to see y’all out there at some point over the next few months!
A New Brewery: Scofflaw Brewing Co.
So, it’s not necessarily new but it is new to me because I’ve not yet made it down the street to Scofflaw Brewing. I first became acquainted with them at the 2016 Decatur Beer Festival. It was a beautiful day and I was a volunteer in the festival’s VIP beer garden. The brewers brought a cask version of their Basement IPA and if my memory serves me correctly, I believe they added fresh pineapples to the mash. Can you imagine? It was such a well-balanced brew and drank way too easily to be over 7% ABV! I’ve had it in cans several times since then, but I’ve yet to make it to the brewery. Shame on me! But that will soon change. I’m co-hosting a Mother’s Day tour with the good folks at Hop Spot Beer Tours. We’ll hop on a private tour bus to check out a cidery, a distillery and a brewery that just might be Scofflaw 🙂
Here’s the shameless plug that I warned you about: I’ve written a beer book! The Chick’s Guide to Beer has been a personal project of mine for over a year. I’m beyond thrilled that it’s now available for pre-order! I wrote the book because I know how daunting and intimidating it can be to dive into something new. I feel the exact same way when I visit wine shops: a real deer in the headlights moment! I designed the guide to present a broad view of beer into seven rules punctuated with Beer Chick Tips that highlight key ideas. Colorful graphics help explain many of the concepts and the journal at the end of the guide provides users with a place to log the beers they try along their beer journey. Check it out, all legit on Amazon! Reserve your copy, today!
Photo credits, in order of appearance: Reformation Brewery, The Georgia Beer Garden, Scofflaw Brewing Co., The Chick’s Guide to Beer