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Here is a map of where you are likely to find our beers. Remember this is not a guarantee they will be there when you show up. Due to the high demand for our beers, they may or may not still be on tap when you arrive. If you are planning to travel for our beer please call ahead to ensure it is on tap. We’d hate to have you show up, only to find the guy at the other table drank the last of our beer!

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Highlander rises again!

Mathew Sweezey —  October 5, 2015 — 1 Comment

final-highlander---2.5x2.5---tap-sticker-Releasing this week is our fall specialty beer. It’s a Strong Scotch Ale, or Wee Heavy, named “Highlander”. Here’s a bit of information on it to get you ready for the second coming.

The back story: This beer came about as a result of many other brews. After homebrewing for any considerable amount of time one is sure to have an abundance, in small amounts, of grain and hops. What we do with these ingredients can make for both an interesting challenge and great (or not so great, depending) beer. Thankfully, this beer turned out better than imagined and has been a go to fresh and cellarable beer for some time. 7 malts are used to create this wonderfully complex Strong Scotch Ale. Notes of caramel, toasted bread, honey, dark fruits, chocolate, and roasted coffee are all prevalent. Allow it to warm to cellar temperature to experience the full flavor profile. The sweetness is balanced by a hefty but not overwhelming bitterness. This beer is the perfect complement to the coming, cool Fall weather, and ages gracefully into Winter.

 

 

 

The Numbers: 

SRM: 20

IBU: 40

ABV: 8.2%

Where to find it: It’s a specialty so it will have a limited run, and it will be available in the Atlanta metro and surrounding area starting the first of October. We’ll also have limited side by side tastings of this year’s run and the 2014 batch available in the tasting room, so be on the lookout for that.

 

final---rhh---2.5x2.5Ah, fall is in the air, and with it comes cooler days, changing leaves, football, and fall beers. Due to the popularity of the Red Headed Haley last year, we’ve decided to bring her back again. If you were wondering where the name came from, it is named for our Brand Manager, Haley Cowan.

It’s a lighter offering for the Fall season. As much as we want to think about pumpkins and cold weather, we live in Atlanta where it’s 70+ degrees until November. Because of this we wanted to produce an ale which will still pair well with campfire nights and cooler days, but isn’t too heavy or spicy for the warmer weather we’ll most likely experience.

The inspiration behind this ale is Haley who is a co-founder of Eventide and a natural redhead. The red ale was the first craft beer style Haley really latched onto. We originally brewed it years ago because we thought it would be fun to make a Red Ale that specifically catered to her palate. The “Red Headed Haley” was the result and it has since become a go to style for us because of everything it offers. Malty and delicious, this Red Ale is perfect for a Georgia Fall.

We’ll be releasing the kegs into the market this week, and we’ll have a map as soon as it is out. Also, we’d like to give a special thanks to Thomas Lockwood who helped design the sticker for us.

What to expect:

SRM: 10
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 25
Nose: Caramel sweetness on the nose with hints of pecan and toffee.
Flavor: Flavors of caramel, nut, and toasted bread are highly present. Finishes slightly spicy and sweet with a hint of raisin.
Food Pairing: Nuts and creamy cheeses. Most roasted dishes. Cheesecake or fall pies (pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, etc,).

Leslie Henderson went out to take gliding lessons with her husband and came home with a love for beer. Her tow-pilot was an avid homebrewer, and he handed Leslie the first “real” beer she ever drank. “I fell in love with beer right then”, she said. A few years later Leslie and her husband opened up Lazy Magnolia Brewing in Mississippi, which is now the largest producer of beer in that state. Leslie is part of a much larger, steadily growing demographic of female beer lovers, producers, and advocates who are changing the current beer landscape.

For years, beer has been, almost exclusively, a “Man’s” drink. However, with the introduction of new flavors and more education, the craft beer movement has opened the door to be more welcoming to all people. For example, beer is now the preferred beverage for women between 18-34, replacing white wine (gallup). With this increased interest in beer, women are also taking on larger roles within the production, business, and marketing aspects of the beer industry.

Georgia Women of Beer (3)On any given brewery tour you are likely to see just as many women as men, and a great deal of them have an exemplary working knowledge of craft beer. There is, however, still a stigma attached to beer drinking women. “We were tired of having to prove our beer knowledge when we went out drinking craft beer together. We figured there were more women like us and that they should all get to know each other.” This statement came from Kimberly Charles when asked why her and Jennifer O’Connol started Georgia Ale and Lager Sirens (GALS). GALS is a group of dedicated beer enthusiasts who love beer, meet up at breweries, and hosts different beer events through out the year. While their focus may be on community, education, and camaraderie, GALS is much more than just a social club. They have a focus on furthering the beer industry by meeting with Georgia State Representative’s to discuss the current beer regulations, and they were influential in helping to change the recent beer laws in GA.

Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium brewing is another woman not only changing the face of beer but also the face of business. Kim grew New Belgium into the 4th largest craft brewery in the United States (brewers association) while also leveraging the business as a platform for change. She sees beer as a way to help create healthy communities by providing sustainable employment through sustainable means. This is why she helped to shift New Belgium into a 100% employee owned business, and shifted their energy source to 100% wind power. These very progressive business ideas are making impacts in the brewery world and are also landing her awards such as the Trailblazer Award from Entrepreneur magazine in 2009 and Entrepreneur of the Year from Colorado Biz Magazine (NCEO).

Genetics also give women an edge when it comes to experiencing beer and tasting the full range of the beverage. SABmiller says its empirical evidence shows that females are the superior sex when it comes to detecting such undesirable chemicals as 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, which makes beer “skunky.” This is why 30% of SABMiller’s 1,000 advanced-level tasters are female. The number of women tasters has roughly quadrupled in 10 years at SABmiller for this very reason (WSJ).

Tasting is only one of the roles women are excelling at in the beer industry as they are also changing the demographics of how beer is being produced. Currently 29% of all breweries staff are female. This includes roles in sales, management, and production. Women are not traditionally thought to be brewmasters, but women like Gwen Conoly are changing this notion. She is head of production for Lost Abby/Port Brewing and a judge at the World Beer Competition. Sara Barton is another female gaining a lot of attention for her craft and for females in the brewing world. In 2012, she was named “Brewer of the Year” by the British Guild of Beer Writers (BGBW).

Even though the trends are showing more women enjoying beer as their drink of choice, and more women are seeing brewing as a field of employment, there are still barriers we need to address in regards to women and beer. Sara Barton, in an interview for Munchies, gave a good account of why beer should be targeted toward women as well as men: “Not only does the sexist marketing put women off beer, we’re constantly told that it’s bad for us, that it’s high in calories,” she says. “In reality, beer is much healthier than other spirits and alcopops out there. Not only is real ale low in carbohydrates, it is made from natural and fresh ingredients—hops, wheat, and barley—which all include vitamin B, riboflavin, niacin, and zinc.”

Beer is not the number one drink of choice for women overall, wine is still #1 (gallup), but the tides are changing. The idea of what beer is, what can be done via beer, and who makes it have all drastically changed. Internationally, women like Sara and Kim continue to pave the way for other females in the industry but it is women like Haley Cowan, Nancy Palmer, and Molly Gunn who are influencing Georgia local craft beer market.

Haley Cowan is a Co-Founder of Eventide brewing, and is one of very few female founders of breweries. Being a natural red head, Eventide even named their fall seasonal beer “Red Headed Haley” in her honor. A beer which has become a standard fall offering of their brewery, and one which never would have come about if it wasn’t for her love of amber beers. Haley also heads up the sales department at Eventide and, before being called away to finish pharmacy school, was a face many people in the market came to know.

When Men’s Fitness magazine made the list of their top 25 beer bars in the US, Molly Gunn’s “Porter” was on it. The Porter is often noted as one of the top beer destinations in the US and was founded by Molly and her husband Nick. Being that Molly is definitely on the forefront of the “women in beer” movement, it was no surprise that another woman is her beer idol. Lauren Salazar is New Belgium’s wood cellar manager, and during a conversation with Molly a few years ago she mentioned that Lauren was tops on her list of brewing specialists. From Molly: “She makes all the crazy sour beers and we had the opportunity to meet her last summer. She was so cool.”

These are only a few of the many women helping to shape the future of the craft beer world. Ten years ago the world looked at beer as primarily a “Man’s” drink, but the rise of craft beer has changed all of that. Across the board, women are more active in every facet of beer than ever before. From enjoyment to production, and any other way you look at it, women have, and will continue to have, a massive impact in all areas of the craft industry. It truly shows that achieving success in craft beer, and an enjoyment of it, is limited only by one’s own passion and ambition. Cheers to all!

Here is a map of where you are likely to find our beers. Remember this is not a guarantee they will be there when you show up. Due to the high demand for our beers, they may or may not still be on tap when you arrive. If you are planning to travel for our beer please call ahead to ensure it is on tap. We’d hate to have you show up, only to find the guy at the other table drank the last of our beer!

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history of metal

Have you ever pondered the origins of head banging, slash metal, or the influence of Tony Iommi on modern metal? If the answer is “yes” then July 29th is going to be a good day for you because that is the day we are hosting the first ever Curiosity Club at the tasting room, and the topic just so happens to be the history of Metal music. The idea came to us via the great folks at Hand Eye Supply in Portland, OR. They have been digging deep into curious crafts, elements of nature, jobs, hobbies, musings, and all sorts of interesting things for years. After witnessing it first hand, we loved it so much we decided to do the same here in Atlanta.

Curiosity Club doesn’t have a membership fee, cards, or awful initiations, it’s meant to bring together a bunch of cool people who are curious about many things and want to better understand them. We’ll meet up at the brewery once every month or so and dig into a topic which interests us, and enjoy some beer while we do! We will begin the club with our first meeting on July 29th, and will feature Cliff Seal and his presentation on “The History of Metal”. It’s not your boss’ powerpoint, and Cliff is no average presenter. He’s a Co-Founder of an application to help people get the vinyl music they love, and an international speaker.  So, this electric presentation is filled with amazing back story, passion, and amazing visuals. If you’re a music fan, especially of rock, then you owe it to yourself to make the trip, and if you are already a Metal head then this is a “can’t miss”.

The doors open at 6:30 pm, the presentation runs from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and we’ll close up at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The cost will include your tour, glass, up to 36 oz of beer, and a night you won’t soon forget. Get your tickets here.

What’s coming down the pipe with Curiosity Club, you ask?

We’ve got Ben Boyle from Benderwerks to teach us about the curious sport of Chopper Cross. Ben has built motorcycles on television, worked as a special effects prop maker, and is one of the few people Harley Davidson invites to their annual Ice Race on Lake Michigan, wherein Ben rides his 1954 custom Harley aka “The Love Tractor”. We’ve also got the guys from Loose Nuts cycles giving a presentation Cyclocross and local print artist Becca Scott will teach an intro class on the craft of modern print making.

See you all on the 29th!

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 9.03.51 AMWhen you walked through the front door you could smell the beer, hear the band, and you knew that you were in for a good time. It’s been a few years in the making, but we finally opened the doors to our tasting room last Saturday (June 20th) to an adoring fan base. We’ve been working feverishly over past few months to build out the tasting room, raise the money to pay for it all, and continue to make enough beer to quench the ever growing thirst of the GA market.

The day began at 2pm with the first patrons already waiting outside for the doors to open. Over the course of the day, we ended up with almost 300 people coming though the door; all of whom were able to sample 5 different styles of beer ranging from our standard offerings to our cellar series beers. On a hot 95 degree day the most popular beer, by far, was our Kölsch Style Ale, which has become a neighborhood favorite. The day was a real family affair with children playing frisbee, and the four legged “kids” all enjoying cool water and hand made dog biscuits which were provided by Intown Healthy Hound.

The tours began shortly after the doors opened and continued all day. One patron said “I loved the wonky tour” (“wonky” means technical, we asked). The tours covered everything from the types of sugars we are extracting from the grains, why our brewery was featured in an engineering magazine, the intricate keg cleaning process, and the technical reason “Nitro” beers are so smooth.

If you missed our grand opening, no need to fret, you’ve got plenty of time to come hang out with us. We’re open every Thursday from 5:30-8:30pm, Friday from 5:30-8:30pm, and Saturday’s from 2-6pm. There is plenty of parking, great beer, and fun to be had. We hope to see you soon!

It’s been a long time coming, and we are finally ready to open the tasting room doors. To bring everyone up to speed, and to post some cool pics, we’ve put together the highlights of the past few months as we built out our new tasting room.

tasting-room-2In the beginning:

The building constructed at 1015 Grant Street SE was the home of a widget factory. Yes, they made real widgets (technically, connections for input/output on electronic devices). We took over the space in 2013, and began to build out the brewery. The front 2,000 sq/ft was left as the office, which we have now converted into the tasting room.

The ceiling is a lofty 15′ high, and the wood is from the original 1952 construction. The open duct work and wiring runs along the main beams to complete a loft which we have preserved with our build out. Our goal for the tasting room was to incorporate personal, modern design while keeping the warm industrial feel of the mid-century building.tasting-room-5

New life into an old building: 

The build out began in February of 2015 and the Kickstarter campaign, which helped fund the work, followed closely behind in March. We’d saved enough money to get started on the renovations, but we needed some help to see the project through. We put up the Kickstarter campaign asking our fans to pre-purchase their tour and tatasting-room-1sting, and they did. We were able to raise over $36,000 from 360 of our best fans. Thank you!

As we do all things at Eventide, we did most of the build out ourselves. This included framing, plumbing, removing concrete, building the bar, and renovating the bathrooms. All in all we were able to build out the tasting room for slightly more than we raised from Kickstarter, and have it open on time; not too shabby on that budget.

What to expect: 

The tasting room will be a one of a kind experience for Atlanta. Located just a couple hundred yards off the beltline in Grant Park you can expect a cozy, fun, and friendly environment.

Cellar Program – We will be the first brewery to allow you to follow a beer’s flavor profile as it ages. We’ll be holding back a set number of kegs of specific beers which will never make it to market. These beers will be released once a month so you can follow the evolution of our big beers as they age. This experience is only available at our tap room. Currently in rotation for the cellar program are the following:

tasting-room-31) Highlander (Strong Scotch Ale, 8.2% abv) 

2) Snowpocalypse (Belgian Dark Strong Ale, 9.0%) 

3) Revivale (Belgian Golden Ale, 8.5%) 

Collaboration Brews – Beer is all about friends, and we have some pretty great friends who make beer. So we’ll be working with them to bring you special one-off collaboration beers only available here at the tasting room.

Relax, and Stay a While – We’re creating a space built to be somewhere you want to relax and stay a while. It’s more like a like a cross between a farmhouse, living room, and a German beer garden.

Special Event Space – It’s no secret that a brewery tasting room makes a great event space, and we feel that ours is one of the best around. We’ll have more information regarding event packages up on our website soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Curiosity Club – We will host the Curiosity club once a month. We’ve started this club to further the knowledge of craft in our local communities. Each month we’ll host a night for a local artisan/craftsman to come and teach his or her craft. Enjoy a presentation, great beer, and fellow craft people as we further our passions together. The first three events are set, but dates have not yet been released. Look for these to come in the following weeks.

 Grand Opening: June 20th, 2015 2pm – 6pm

Normal hours of operation:

Thursday: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Friday: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday: 2pm – 6pm

There is plenty of parking on site, although we do suggest carpooling, and there are places to park bicycles if you choose to ride. We will open the doors for our grand opening on June 20th, and we hope to see you here. Pricing for the grand opening, and for standard tours, will be $10.00 per person. This will include a tour, tasting, and a souvenir glass for you to take home. There is plenty of seating inside and out for hanging out with old friends or for making new ones. Thanks so much for the support and we look forward to seeing you soon.
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Please welcome our newest beer to the Eventide seasonal line up: Citrus Grove Hefeweizen! This special summer seasonal will be released into the market starting June 1st as part of T.Mac’s beer of the month promotion. It is being featured along with three other local GA breweries which will offer a truly unique “locals only” spin and friendly competition between the breweries.

We crafted the Citrus Grove to especially highlight flavors of summer. We used the Sorachi Ace hop to bring in a very citrus forward hop profile, and dry hopped the final beer with real lemon grass. This gives the beer a very special lemon essence and tartness you will not find in other Hefeweizens. It’s a true one of a kind, and, in true Eventide fashion, it is very approachable. The lemon is noticeable yet not overpowering, and this beer is a true pleasure to drink.

This beer also has a new release of special glassware. Being that this is also a “pint night” we worked to create the perfect glass for this Bavarian specialty. It’s a pint sized glass shaped to bring the effervescent citrus notes to your nose, and allow you to enjoy the cloudy nature of this easy drinking classic. The glassware is limited, and the beer is only for the summer season. Once they are gone, they are gone for good, so grab one while you can!

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Here is a map of where you are likely to find our beers. Remember this is not a guarantee they will be there when you show up. Due to the high demand for our beers, they may or may not still be on tap when you arrive. If you are planning to travel for our beer please call ahead to ensure it is on tap. We’d hate to have you show up, only to find the guy at the other table drank the last of our beer!