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Jan 12, 2019

Chase Medlin's journey to open Contrast Artisan Ales

Before opening Contrast Artisan Ales founder Chase Medlin got his start in brewing at Decatur, Georgia's Twain's Brewpub & Billiards.  After learning the ropes from a couple of other brewers he moved into the head brewer role.  Medlin found his love for brewing and soon began to look into opening his own location.  After few false starts, Contrast opened their doors in Chamblee, Georgia in December of 2018.

We sample Medlin's newest IPA, Luminiferous, along with their Hypnotize Biggie Coffee Stout while we discuss what's brewing and what's coming up for Contrast.  We also talk about the changes to the definition of craft brewer and whether or not Contrast will delve into "alternative beverages", the growing beer and food scene in Chamblee, and we travel back in time to talk about some thoughts Medlin shared in a 2015 interview.

Episode Guide

Beer Guys Radio Craft Beer Podcast Episode 159
Contrast Artisan Ales' Chase Medlin

  • Chase Medlin introduction / show topics | 01:04
  • Contrast Artisan Ales Luminiferous IPA | 01:27
  • Week in review | 03:10
  • Beers of the Week | 06:23
  • Craft Beer News | 07:15
    • Charlie Papazian to depart Brewers Association
    • Overweight, coffee-drinking, alcohol-loving people live longer (some conditions apply)
  • Contrast Artisan Ales Hypnotize Biggie Coffee Stout | 12:02
  • The road to opening Contrast Artisan Ales | 13:35
  • Brewers supporting brewers | 18:36
  • Why Contrast chose Chamblee, GA / Contrast business model | 19:22
  • Welcome WWDC HD2 104.67 FM Washington, DC | 22:36
  • Chamblee or "Chamblis"? | 23:00
  • Chamblee growing as a food and beer destination | 23:25
  • Hot chicken (and fried okra) accessibility | 25:54
  • Contrast's brewery art | 26:15
  • Contrast brewhouse details | 30:20
  • Woodlands Circle Gunnison Series #2 | 31:19
    • Double Barrel (bourbon and dark rum) Imperial Stout with coconut and lime
  • Living that 4th Segment life | 33:50
  • A look back at 2015: bitter and juicy and hazy IPAs | 34:10
  • Chase doesn't make predictions on the next big thing in craft beer | 36:45
  • Apple Brandy "Barrel" Midnight Snack | 37:12
  • More Drinkin' Beers (pilsner, session ales, ESB) | 37:40
  • Brewers Association revises the definition of craft brewer / brewing alternative beverages | 38:38
  • Contrast considers gluten-free / gluten-reduced beer, hard water | 40:51
  •  Next week: WeldWerks Brewing with Neil Fisher and Jake Goodman

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