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Oct 29, 2016

It takes some courage to open up a craft brewery focusing mainly on lagers. 

After all, lagers require a little more love...time...and temperature control before they're ready to serve. 

And for the most part, craft beer drinkers are mainly an ale-centric bunch. 

But for the men behind Hapeville's Arches Brewing, lagers are a way to showcase their brewing skills.

Ryan Fogelgren and Jamey Adams joined us in the studios this week.

Specializing in crisp, clean-drinking (mainly) German-style beers, the crew behind Arches have gained a good following in the community, and have even gained fans at the nearby Porsche headquarters. 

We talked about their start in the brewing business, their growth, and the future.

Truck and Tap's Beers of the Week: 

Speaking of lagers, we tried:

  • Reformation Brewery's new "95" German Dunkel
  • Arches Unseasonal Lager
  • Arches Imperial Pilsner
  • Arches Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Headlines - Brought to you by Your Pie Perimeter!

GEORGIA NEWS

Atlanta's Wrecking Bar Brewpub becomes latest brewpub to offer growlers to go(source: Wrecking Bar)

More variety coming to Athens' Creature Comforts tasting room (source: Creature Comforts)

Design changes, new offerings for Marietta's Red Hare (source: Marietta Daily Journal)

ALABAMA NEWS

Big Beach Brewing opens in Gulf Shores (source: AL.com)

Hammer-wielding suspect dies fleeing scene of Alabama beer theft (source: AL.com)

Second Craft Brewfest going on this weekend in Albertville (Source: The Gadsden Times)

NATIONAL NEWS

Craft beer suffers from growing pains (Source: CBS Marketwatch)

So many questions. Such as: What beer? Judge convicted of bribing officer with beer(source: WALB News 10)

Coming up next week, we'll be talking with another southside (sort of) Atlanta brewery, Eventide. Be sure to check us out on the socials, and subscribe to our podcast. Cheers, and we'll talk to you next week.
Oct 22, 2016

A little history for you this week. 

Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle are with us today. Not only are they craft beer fans, they are the authors of “Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the South” as well as “Prohibition in Atlanta: Temperance, Tiger Kings and White Lightning.”

Atlanta and the south have had a love/hate relationship with alcohol over the past 250 or so years. 

From the Whitehall Tavern opening on the West End in 1835 (back when Atlanta was called Terminus), to the mayoral election of Moses Frumwalt (of the awesomely named "Free and Rowdy" party) over Jonathan Norcross (of the "Moral Party), the early years of the region were quite...interesting. 

Then, with the Civil War, reconstruction, and the abolitionist movement, the region underwent many, many changes. 

The opening of Atlantic Brewing in 1935 (it was located on the current site of the downtown Hilton) marked a turn in Atlanta's brewing history. After its closing in the 50s, Atlanta's only brewery was a branch of Canadian beer maker Carling (now made by Molson/Coors). And when it closed in 1973, Atlanta went nearly 4 decades without a brewery until Atlanta Brewing Company (now Red Brick) opened its doors in 1993. 

We really needed 3 hours to get in-depth with this topic, and we definitely plan on having Mary and Ron on the show in the future. In the meantime, we highly recommend picking up their two books: 

 

Truck and Tap's Beers of the week: 

In keeping with the historical theme, we went with a couple from the vault, including:

  • Red Brick 20th anniversary (2013)
  • SweetWater 17th anniversary (2014)
  • Terrapin Tiramisu Hoo (2015)
  • And a newer one, Monday Night Brewing Blood Orange Blind Pirate IPA

Headlines (sponsored by Your Pie Perimeter)

Next week? We'll be talking water chemistry, German beers and more with Hapeville's Arches Brewing! Have a great week, and don't forget to drink local. Cheers!

Oct 18, 2016

Beer, Baseball and Barbecue. What's more American than that? 

Not much, if you ask me. 

The new home for the Atlanta Braves is going up in Cobb County. It will not only feature the ballpark, but also a shopping and dining space called the Battery Atlanta. 

Some of the Atlanta stalwart restaurants that are planned for the Battery are Antico Pizza, Ford Fry's Superica, and the iconic BBQ joint Fox Brothers

Joining Fox Brothers in their venture? Terrapin Beer Company

Co-founder "Spike" Buckowski, and representatives from the Atlanta Braves were on hand at Fox Brothers to make the announcement. 

The tap room will not only feature Terrapin's regular and seasonal releases, but will also house a brand new pilot system that will allow Terrapin's brewers to experiment with new recipes on a smaller scale. 

We talked to Spike about this new venture. 

 

Oct 15, 2016

Spike was in the house today. 

No, not the inspiration for the great Elvis Costello album (at least not as far as we know), but "Spike" Buckowski, one of the founders of Athens' Terrapin Beer Company joined us in studio this week. 

We talked about their start, and growth - as the third oldest craft brewery in Georgia, they were instrumental in building the scene as we know it today. And yes, we also talked about Tenth and Blake (the craft and import division of Miller/Coors) acquiring a majority stake in the brewery. 

Of course, we also talked beer. We cracked open a few of Terrapin's newest releases, inlcuding: 

Truck and Tap's Beers of the Week: 

  • Terrapin Moo-Hoo chocolate milk stout
  • Terrapin Luau Krunkles IPA 
  • Terrapin So Fresh and So Green, Green
  • Terrapin/Shmaltz 2016 Reunion Ale
  • Almanac White Label (silver medal winner at GABF)

Headlines (sponsored by Your Pie Perimeter)

Coming up next week, we're going to do some fancy book learnin' about beer history! Author and historians Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle will be in studio..Thanks for listening, have a great week, and remember to DRINK LOCAL.

BTW: It's Atlanta Beer Week! Check this out for all the details.

Oct 8, 2016

Oktoberfest may be over in Munich, but it's on our mind this time of the year. 

With that in mind, we talked to Max Lager's owner John "JR" Roberts and Brewtopia's Owen Ogletree. Both are experts in the field, and we talked, drank, and learned more about Martzens, Festbiers and all sorts of styles popular this time of the year. Owen just returned to the states from a trip to Munich, and he shares his experiences with us.

It's also the weekend of the Great American Beer Festival. We will be there, and so we talked to John about the GABF...and some tips on surviving! 

Truck and Tap's Beers of the week: 

Headlines (brought to you by Your Pie - Perimeter)

  • Monday Night Brewing has a new facility in planning. It will be dedicated to brewing sours and barrel aging. It's to be on the SW side of Atlanta, along the beltline. We got the scoop - read and listen here

Tim's Whales of the Week: 

Beer Guys Announcement

Project BGR is coming! Our new podcast will feature interviews from national brewers and beer experts....and some cool things we're interested in. Stay tuned for the official launch, coming soon!

 

On next week's show, we're talking to Terrapin Beer Company's Spike Bukowski. And we'll have a recap of GABF...that is, if we can remember what happened. 

Cheers, have a great weekend, and don't forget to DRINK LOCAL.

 

Oct 4, 2016

Atlanta's Monday Night Brewing is expanding. They just announced they will be opening a new facility on Westside Atlanta, dedicated to sour and barrel aging. We talked to Operations Manager Joel Iverson, Marketing Director Jonathan Baker and Brewmaster Adam Bishop about the new facility, and how they plan to use it. 

Thanks for listening! 

Oct 1, 2016

We've made it to 40 episodes! 

This week, we're talking to Alabama's oldest craft brewery, Good People

Jason Malone takes a break from watching his kid's soccer practice to join us. We talk about how he got started in the brewing business, and all the changes he's seen in Alabama brewing since they sold their first keg in 2008. 

Slowly growing, they've recently completed expansion into Tennessee; developed their first sour/funk beer program as well as barrel aging. 

We also talk about Good People's Birmingham Airport location, and the importance of educating the area about craft beer. 

(also, a sneak peek into Good People's plans on expanding into Georgia!)

Truck and Tap's Beers of the Week: 

Headlines (Sponsored by Your Pie - Perimeter)

GEORGIA NEWS

Atlanta's comics and brewmasters have struck a beautiful friendship (Source: Creative Loafing)

Creature Comforts (and Alabama's Druid City) mentioned in the 11 best college town breweries in America (source: Thrillist.com)

Is Georgia the worst state in the U.S. for craft brewing? (Source: AJC)

Home brewing: Freedom to Create (Source: Rome News-Tribune)

SweetWater Brewing Company Keeps it Heady (Source: Glidemagazine.com)

ALABAMA NEWS

For as little as $100, you too can invest in a Mobile brewery! (Source: wefunder.com)

Mobile brewing, part 2: Serda Brewing Company finds a home (source: AL.com)

Supreme Court rules on Sweetwater beer dispute (Source: AL.com)

New beer distribution center under construction in Opelika (Source: wtvm.com)

NATIONAL NEWS

Who'da thunk it? Craft Breweries Abound in States with Fewer Regulations (Source: fee.org)

Craft brewers draw drinkers eyes with snazzy tap handles (Source: WAMU)

Congress finds something it can finally agree on: craft beer (Source: Quartz)

Red Robin, New Belgium partner for a collaboration brew (Source: press release)

Rwanda's first microbrewery will be all female-owned (Source: Take Part)

Listen to the show to see if you're this week's Swag Bag winner! 

Next week, it's all about Oktoberfest. John Roberts from Atlanta's Max Lager's joins us in studio, as well as Owen Ogletree. We'll also get a preview of the upcoming Great American Beer Festival

Be sure to listen live each week (details here). Also, subscribe to our podcast...and leave a review! 

Cheers, and don't forget to DRINK LOCAL.

 

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