Georgia Beer

Sorry for the rant on travel.  It’s off-topic.  I just really, really hate spending my lifetime in airport security lines.  I wonder how many “lives” the TSA takes through making people wait ever longer in security lines?

Georgia beer, this blog being about things fermented and fermentable – no, TSA agents do not count, although some of what they confiscate might.  Last night I found a local, relatively new watering hole called The Pig and the Pint here in College Park.  One of their claims to fame is their rather extensive card of local beers – eight beers plus a hard cider are currently on the menu.  Located just off Atlanta Airport on Virginia Ave, they’re not far at all from my hotel.  So last night I went there to sample beers.

The beers represent several of the local breweries.  I have a copy of Atlanta Where that lists some of the breweries here in town.  One of the interesting things here are the tasting room regulations.  In Colorado, you buy a pint, a flight, a mass, whatever vessel the brewery serves their beer in.  Here you buy a glass and tickets.  Each ticket is good for a third of a pour, in other words, three tickets gets you a full pint.  So, by some twisted logic, the brewery is not selling you beer, it’s selling you a glass and tickets.  But I digress.  The breweries listed are Sweetwater Brewery, Red Brick Brewery, Monday Night Brewing, Wild Heaven Brewery, Blue Tarp Brewing and Red Hare Brewing.  I hope to make it a point to visit at least one before leaving Atlanta on Friday.

The Pig had brews from several of the above and a few more.  I liked the Strawn Brewing Wheat, the Jailhouse Brewing Amber and the Monday Night Brewing Eye Patch IPA.  Some of the others, well, a pils with American hops, a Hefeweizen IPA, a saison with too much lemon, a vegetal, roasty Brown, not quite on the mark.  Tonight I went back for dinner.  Eventide Brewing Stout is a very good beer and the Pig’s meatloaf is to die for.

Georgia’s craft beer is a mixed bag.  There are some really good beers I’ve tasted here, some a bit wide of the mark and some just plain missed.  But that’s true everywhere.  I’ve had substandard beer in Germany and Colorado and even made one or two.  But as a wise photographer once told me, the key to success is try a lot of things and only show what works.

I hope to get to a brewery Thursday night.

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2 thoughts on “Georgia Beer

  1. That glass and ticket thing has got me confused. Is that a law or just that pub’s procedure. Seems like a messed up way to sell your product. If you can, elaborate on the reasoning behind that asinine setup.

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