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FIRST DRAFT: Dry County becomes Georgia’s first “brewstillery,” and other news

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MAKE YOUR RUN: Kennesaw’s Dry County Brewing Company now serves house-made spirits and liquor as well as reliable craft beer.

Since its launch in 2015, Kennesaw’s Dry County Brewing Company has proved itself a leading innovator in Cobb County’s burgeoning craft beer community. The brewery built its name on local word of mouth, and introduced more than a few plucky college students to their first taste of approachable and reliable craft beer. But in 2019, Dr County is making a bold run to become Georgia’s first “brewstillery,” with the introduction of its own line of house-made spirits and liquors.

For now, Dry County is acquiring spirits in bulk from local distilleries like Lazy Guy Distillery, a little over a mile away from the brewery, and then barrel-aging them further to add desired flavors and characteristics. Bourbon, gin, rum, and vodka cocktails are available on draft at the bar, along with Dry County's usual roster of beer. The brewery is also producing its own sodas, bitters, and other mixers, and is fully licensed to distill spirits in-house once they acquire the proper equipment. When that happens, co-owner Trey Sinclair hopes to develop a symbiotic relationship between the brewery’s house-made spirits and beer, bourbon-barrel aging future brew projects with Dry County’s own bourbon. “We’re running the gamut just as much if not more than anyone else in the state, and we want to appeal to people inside and outside the Atlanta perimeter,” Sinclair says. “We always have at least 12 distinct beers on tap, and now we have four or more spirits on tap as well. The most important thing to us is that we keep all of our products clean, consistent, and true to style.”

Dry County is conveniently located right down the street from Kennesaw State University, making the taproom a popular watering hole for students and faculty alike. Sinclair even briefly taught a beer-related course in the Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality department. Culinary and biology students often visit Dry County to study the science of brewing, which Sinclair says has provided valuable insight into nuances that can improve the brewery’s experimentation and output. “We’re doing styles that a lot of people are getting into but we’re doing them true to form, not chasing crazy trends and adjuncts,” Sinclair says. “Most beer drinkers, even most brewers, don’t only drink beer. We also like liquor and cocktails, and experimenting with new things, so we want to incorporate all of that into our taproom experience too.”

Dry County’s first commercial spirit release is ready-made Old Fashioned cocktail, aged in a lightly charred barrel with house-made Orange Cardamom bitters and sweetened with raw sugar syrup. It’s available to drink at the brewery along with a flight of other house-made cocktails.

Dry County is throwing an official release party for its spirit line this Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m.- midnight. Admission is free, and bottles of Dry County Spirits Old Fashioned can be reserved on CraftCellr now for $25. There’s plenty in the works for the future of Dry County this year, including in-house spirit distilling, coffee and cold brew, and plenty of new beer styles and regular releases.

FEATURED BREWS AT DRY COUNTY

Double County | Dry County’s new Double IPA is intensely hoppy yet smooth, with piney citrus flavor and a heady 9.5 percent ABV.

Kennesaw Bourbon Ale | A strong Amber Ale aged on bourbon spirals to imbue notes of vanilla and oak, while maintaining a smooth amber base at 7.5 percent ABV.

Blasé Blasé | A rosé-inspired fruit beer, tart with light grape notes and deceptively boozy at 8.2 percent ABV.

Lechuza | Honoring the Spanish word for “owl,” this Mexican Style Lager is light and sessionable at 4.8 percent ABV. It’s extremely popular in the taproom, especially among the Kennesaw State students it was named for.

MORE BEER NEWS

5 Seasons Westside will host the 15th annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2:30-6 p.m. The festival includes more than 55 rare, cask-conditioned ales from around the United States and the United Kingdom, which will be judged by a panel of beer connoisseurs for medals and highly-regarded bragging rights. Attendees also get a free souvenir glass and a vote for the “People’s Choice” cask. Tickets are $43.50.

Scofflaw Brewing Co. announced plans to open a new facility within the The Works, an 80-acre mixed use development project in Atlanta’s Upper Westside. Scofflaw’s new brewery will host a large taproom and outdoor entertainment area, and will also be the brand’s main research and development facility, featuring exclusive releases and behind-the-scenes tours of the brewing process. The Works is currently under construction, with scheduled openings in early 2020, but plans include extensive options for dining, retail, entertainment, offices, green space, residences, and hotel rooms. The centerpiece of dining at The Works is a 16,000-square foot, chef-driven food hall called Chattahoochee Food Works.

Second Self Beer Company released Strawberry Bleeding Heart, a revamp of of the brewery’s seasonal red velvet cake-inspired red ale. The new version incorporates fresh strawberries with cocoa and vanilla for a sweet and fruity finish at 6.9 percent ABV.

Monday Night Brewing Will debut a new tropical unfiltered IPA, 404 Page Not Found, at the West Midtown taproom on Monday, Jan. 18. It’ll also be available in cans at the brewery and in stores on Thursday, Jan. 21. From the new French oak foeders at Monday Night Garage comes Pervasive Species, a mixed-culture ale fermented with lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and a saison yeast strain. It’ll be a light sour ale, finished at only 4.5 percent ABV, and will be available in bottles at the Garage on Monday, Jan. 21.



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UrbanTree FC Fan Cider | Earlier this year, Urban Tree Cidery was named the official local Cider partner of Atlanta United 2. In honor of the partnership, this medium dry cider with light and refreshing apple flavor was specifically crafted for outdoor gameday enjoyment.

Barrel-Aged Craft Cider | Urban Tree cider fermented with champagne yeast and aged in Nicaraguan rum barrels for a complex, oaky vanilla finish, sweetened with brown sugar.

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Other Beer News

The third-annual Fermentation Fest will take place this Sunday, March 24, at Cultured South Fermentation Co.. Attendees can sample, purchase, and barter fermented products from dozens of local and regional artisans, while learning about the process and benefits of fermentation through live demonstrations and educational talks. There will also be a Libations Lounge with craft beer selections curated by Dames and Dregs Beer Festival, which returns for its second year this August. General admission is free, but a $15 Libations Glass Pass includes a souvenir taster glass plus five tasting tickets for 2-3-oz. pours of fermented alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. To learn more, read First Draft’s full feature on the festival.

Wild Leap Brew Co. has released the sixth edition of its beloved Alpha Abstraction Double IPA. The LaGrange brewery began the Alpha Abstraction series as an ongoing experiment in the use of abstract and unusual hops, meeting an increasingly positive reception from fans with the release of each beer. Volume six utilizes the Lotus hop, an experimental cross-bred hop which introduces orange, vanilla and berry flavors to the hazey double IPA at 8 percent ABV.

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Beer Guys Radio is a podcast for beer nerds, brewers, and anyone looking to educate themselves about craft beer. Co-hosts Tim Dennis and Brian Hewitt work tirelessly to stay on top of the rapidly-developing local beer scene, packaging the latest news and trends into a weekly podcast. Most episodes feature interviews with brewery owners, brewmasters, and others with insight into the work behind-the-scenes of the local craft beer industry.

On March 7, Dennis and Hewitt cracked open a few of their favorite craft beers at Creative Loafing’s Short Notice Studio to discuss what they learned from learned from their trip to every brewery and brewpub in Georgia last year, their podcast, as well as which breweries, beers and legal battles to watch out for in the next year.

Smash that play button to hear the Beer Guys’ conversation with CL Beer Correspondent Alex Patton.

Check out the Beer Guys Radio podcast and articles on their website, or listen on your favorite podcast app.

Friends in the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or new beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com    Courtesy of Beer Guys Radio COLD ONES: Georgia podcasters Brian Hewitt and Tim Dennis discuss the local craft beer industry.                                   FIRST DRAFT:  A conversation with Beer Guys Radio "
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Jetty Absinthe is an herb-forward spirit, made by carefully distilling neutral wheat alcohol with anise seeds, fennel seeds, and a bitter herb called wormwood, which absinthe is famous for. Jarzewiak further colors and flavors the absinthe with another herb called hyssop, as well as peppermint, thyme, and whole black peppercorn. The finished product is a light and refreshing, yet deceptively boozy, spirit similar to gin, with a spiced licorice-like flavor produced by the anise. “Jetty is perfect to drink outdoors, particularly on a hot day,” Jarzewiak says. “It is inspired by the wide blanket of forest covering Georgia, one of the most wooded states in the South. The thyme is intended to capture the bright lemon note of pine in the morning, while the peppercorn adds the spice of the forest floor.”

The botanical ingredients of absinthe are difficult and expensive to acquire, and it’s easy to mess up the distilling process. For small businesses, that’s a lot of wasted effort and resources for a product that many consumers might be reluctant to try, but Jarzewiak wants to change that perspective. “Absinthe is a connoisseur-driven beverage, so the artistry of the craft is worth the risk of failure to me,” he says. “I’m trying to demystify the distilling world so that people will be knowledgeable about the spirits they are drinking, and hopefully they’ll be more willing to try something new.”

It’s a common misconception that the wormwood in absinthe is dangerous to consume, but Jarzewiak says this basically comes down to bad marketing. Wormwood has traditionally been used in medicinal and culinary applications by various cultures around the world for thousands of years because it contains an essential oil called thujone, which is thought to boost creativity and general cognitive function. This made absinthe popular among European artists and writers in the 1800s, and it all but replaced wine as the most popular beverage in Europe when aphid infestations destroyed many major vineyards. In response, the Big Wine industry of the time led a government-backed smear campaign against thujone, and it remains a regulated substance to this day.

Jetty Absinthe contains a minimal amount of thujone, but Jarzewiak says that his recipe maintains the artistic inspiration of traditional absinthe, intended to bring the consumer closer to nature. “No one else distills absinthe in Georgia because our recent history has not been familiar with it, but I can't think of a spirit Atlantans could love more,” he says. “ Absinthe isn't for everyone, but if you love wild nature, and you find peace among the pines in Georgia, this is a spirit for you.”

Jetty Absinthe is available now in major liquor stores across Georgia, and directly from Hope Springs Distillery. In the near future, Jarzewiak plans to produce a gin inspired by American West Coast IPA’s, flavored with juniper and hops, as well as a cannabis-inspired bourbon with added terpenes for a dank aroma.

More Beer News

On March 8, members of the Georgia chapter of Pink Boots Society will meet at Second Self Beer Company from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. to brew a collaborative beer in honor of International Women’s Day. The brew day will serve as a meeting for the chapter as well as an open opportunity for any women in the brewing industry to network and learn about the process of brewing. Sufferin’ Till Suffrage is a hoppy Double New England IPA, officially a collaboration between Second Self and New Realm Brewing Company. It will be sold in-house, and distributed into the market. Proceeds benefit education and programming for Pink Boots Society Georgia chapter. Attendance to the brew day is free, but attendees should RSVP on the PBS website. From 5-7 p.m., a pre-brewed batch of Sufferin’ Till Suffrage will be tapped at Second Self for anyone to try.

Steady Hand Beer Co. will officially open its doors Saturday, March 9, with a grand opening party at the brewery from 2-8 p.m. General admission tickets for $25 get you four 10oz beers of your choice plus a branded souvenir glass, and access to the party with food trucks, raffles and live music from local Phish tribute band Skyballs. To learn more about Steady Hand’s story and beer selection, check out First Draft’s recent feature story on the brewery.

Friends in the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or new beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to Creative Loafing’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton at creativeloafing.com"
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The botanical ingredients of absinthe are difficult and expensive to acquire, and it’s easy to mess up the distilling process. For small businesses, that’s a lot of wasted effort and resources for a product that many consumers might be reluctant to try, but Jarzewiak wants to change that perspective. “Absinthe is a connoisseur-driven beverage, so the artistry of the craft is worth the risk of failure to me,” he says. “I’m trying to demystify the distilling world so that people will be knowledgeable about the spirits they are drinking, and hopefully they’ll be more willing to try something new.”

It’s a common misconception that the wormwood in absinthe is dangerous to consume, but Jarzewiak says this basically comes down to bad marketing. Wormwood has traditionally been used in medicinal and culinary applications by various cultures around the world for thousands of years because it contains an essential oil called thujone, which is thought to boost creativity and general cognitive function. This made absinthe popular among European artists and writers in the 1800s, and it all but replaced wine as the most popular beverage in Europe when aphid infestations destroyed many major vineyards. In response, the Big Wine industry of the time led a government-backed smear campaign against thujone, and it remains a regulated substance to this day.

Jetty Absinthe contains a minimal amount of thujone, but Jarzewiak says that his recipe maintains the artistic inspiration of traditional absinthe, intended to bring the consumer closer to nature. “No one else distills absinthe in Georgia because our recent history has not been familiar with it, but I can't think of a spirit Atlantans could love more,” he says. “ Absinthe isn't for everyone, but if you love wild nature, and you find peace among the pines in Georgia, this is a spirit for you.”

Jetty Absinthe is available now in major liquor stores across Georgia, and directly from Hope Springs Distillery. In the near future, Jarzewiak plans to produce a gin inspired by American West Coast IPA’s, flavored with juniper and hops, as well as a cannabis-inspired bourbon with added terpenes for a dank aroma.

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__Steady Hand Beer Co.__ will officially open its doors Saturday, March 9, with a grand opening party at the brewery from 2-8 p.m. General admission [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steady-hand-beer-co-grand-opening-party-tickets-56150288023?fbclid=IwAR0eWMa1aJ2B5IUEo6SZWAPpEZIr_qZKHSR0RSv4HsYR2g6JABLJR7RIvyU|tickets] for $25 get you four 10oz beers of your choice plus a branded souvenir glass, and access to the party with food trucks, raffles and live music from local Phish tribute band Skyballs. To learn more about Steady Hand’s story and beer selection, check out First Draft’s recent [https://creativeloafing.com/content-420919-FIRST-DRAFT:-Steady-Hand-grips-Atlanta-|feature story] on the brewery.

''Friends in the Atlanta craft beer community: If you have a cool event or new beer release in need of coverage, drop a line to ''Creative Loafing''’s beer correspondent, Alex Patton, at alex.patton@creativeloafing.com''"
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The botanical ingredients of absinthe are difficult and expensive to acquire, and it’s easy to mess up the distilling process. For small businesses, that’s a lot of wasted effort and resources for a product that many consumers might be reluctant to try, but Jarzewiak wants to change that perspective. “Absinthe is a connoisseur-driven beverage, so the artistry of the craft is worth the risk of failure to me,” he says. “I’m trying to demystify the distilling world so that people will be knowledgeable about the spirits they are drinking, and hopefully they’ll be more willing to try something new.”

It’s a common misconception that the wormwood in absinthe is dangerous to consume, but Jarzewiak says this basically comes down to bad marketing. Wormwood has traditionally been used in medicinal and culinary applications by various cultures around the world for thousands of years because it contains an essential oil called thujone, which is thought to boost creativity and general cognitive function. This made absinthe popular among European artists and writers in the 1800s, and it all but replaced wine as the most popular beverage in Europe when aphid infestations destroyed many major vineyards. In response, the Big Wine industry of the time led a government-backed smear campaign against thujone, and it remains a regulated substance to this day.

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More Beer News

On March 8, members of the Georgia chapter of Pink Boots Society will meet at Second Self Beer Company from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. to brew a collaborative beer in honor of International Women’s Day. The brew day will serve as a meeting for the chapter as well as an open opportunity for any women in the brewing industry to network and learn about the process of brewing. Sufferin’ Till Suffrage is a hoppy Double New England IPA, officially a collaboration between Second Self and New Realm Brewing Company. It will be sold in-house, and distributed into the market. Proceeds benefit education and programming for Pink Boots Society Georgia chapter. Attendance to the brew day is free, but attendees should RSVP on the PBS website. From 5-7 p.m., a pre-brewed batch of Sufferin’ Till Suffrage will be tapped at Second Self for anyone to try.

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