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.