Jun 16, 2018
In early 2018, New Realm Brewing Co. opened on the Beltline in the heart of Atlanta. Co-founders Carey Falcone, Bob Powers, and Mitch Steele aren't new to the beer business. Falcone and Powers have worked various roles in the industry for over 25 years. Steele managed fermentation for three breweries as well as new beer development at Anheuser-Busch, and prior to starting New Realm, he was the Brewmaster for Stone Brewing in California. Steele helped define the West Coast IPA style and authored a book on the subject, IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipe, and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. With a power team and a prime location, New Realm has seen explosive growth in their short six-month existence.
With the unfortunate shuttering of Green Flash Brewing in Virginia Beach, New Realm seized an opportunity to grow quickly. They purchased the brewery assets of the location and later worked a multi-year lease on the building. Their soon-to-open Virginia brewery will allow New Realm to increase production as well as innovate new beers. And then there's Charlotte. After opening in Atlanta, a building they'd previously considered in Charlotte became available at a deal "too good to pass up", they purchased it. Falcone shares a bit with us this week on what's going to happen in Virginia Beach and what the plans are for Charlotte.
With Steele's masterful knowledge of IPA, we had to pick his brain on the subject. We discuss the early days of American craft beer, how quickly its grown in a relatively short time period, the evolution of IPA, trends and fads, and whether or not he'll brew a NE Milkshake Smoothie Glitter IPA. (Spoiler: No. Definitely no.)
In this week's news, Brian shares the long-awaited location and date for 2018's Shelton Bros. Festival, info on a lawsuit about a beer named after a van that was named after a man, the cheapest place in the world to buy a beer, and a brewery that's going to be 100% non-alcoholic.