Mar 30, 2019
Recently one of the best beer festivals in the Southeast descended on Atlanta, GA (OK, technically Chamblee). I'm sure I'm a bit biased with it being on my home turf, but when you have nearly 70 highly regarded breweries from around the country bring out their best IPAs, Sours, Stouts, Pilsners, and Meads it's going to be a great party. In addition to Barrel Culture and Une Année/ Hubbard's Cave, breweries like Carton, Civil Society, Horus, Old Nation, and The Answer were also pouring. Blue Pants even had a Pilsner on slow pour, and if you're a regular listener you know we're loving that right now.
Barrel Culture's head brewer Paul Wasmund joined us to talk about what's coming up at their brewery. One of Wasmund's goals when joining Barrel Culture in late 2018 was to introduce clean beers alongside their delicious sour beers, which they launched just before the festival. Wasmund also talks about the addition of spontaneously fermented beers and brett Saisons, and we get his thoughts on superheroes.
Jerry Nelson, the founder of Hubbard's Cave and Une Année, has quite a story. He initially launched Une Année with a focus on classic Belgian Ales, but consumers didn't want classic Belgian Ales. Coupled with a few other hurdles, his brewery nearly went bankrupt. Nelson decided to create a new identity in Hubbard's Cave to offer more popular beer styles. Soon, he'll open a new brewery in Niles, IL. In a development with a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. No kidding.
None of this would have been possible without the hard work of the guys from distributor Modern Hops. Partners Philip Barnes and Michael Lowenberg (pictured bottom center in the above photo) talk about their unique approach to beer distribution and how they made the festival happen, as well as their support for the Georgia Transplant Foundation with the event's proceeds.
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