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BGR218: Ironmonger Brewing and Viking Alchemist Meadery

Ironmonger Brewing and Viking Alchemist Meadery team up for destination location in Marietta, GA March was supposed to be a big month for celebrations in Cobb County, GA.  The local tourism bureau dubbed the county-wide event Bubbles & Brews to celebrate all their great craft beverage makers.  They did not plan for a global pandemic to take over mid-month. Ironmonger Brewing and Viking Alchemist Meadery had big plans as well.  Ironmonger landed the coveted St. Patrick's Day party for the Bubbles & Brews event and Viking Alchemist planned to debut their new Ironmonger-adjacent taproom in early April.  The doors are still open at Ironmonger and the plan to keep it that way as long as they can, they have taken steps to be extra clean and to encourage social distancing.  Viking Alchemist continues the work on their taproom and will debut as soon as they can. If you do make the trip up to Ironmonger you can enjoy a cold beer while throwing some axes with your friends at the Ironmonger Axe Throwing Range.  Or take it easy in the tasting room and stare at the big screen that would have the game on, if there were any games being played. Grab your friends for some axe throwing at Ironmonger Brewing.  (Photo: Ironmonger Brewing) We chat with Ironmonger about the beers they have on new, including a popular Vienna Lager in conjunction with ATL Rugby, as well as some sodas from their Naughty Soda brand.  In addition to the brewery, meadery, and axe throwing the Ironmonger team would like to add some food choices or perhaps a distillery to their complex to complete the Ironmonger Experience. Viking Alchemist gives us a primer on mead styles and tells us about their TWO new taprooms opening soon, and we try to talk them into making some Smoothie Meads. Check out Ironmonger and Viking Alchemist to sling some axes and grab a drink.  If there's no baseball on maybe you can see what's playing on The Ocho. A sampling of the meads from Viking Alchemist Meadery. (Photo: Viking Alchemist Meadery) The Beer List Ironmonger Celtic Cross | Barrel-aged Dry Irish Stout Ironmonger Rugby ATL | Vienna Lager Viking Alchemist Pompeii | Semis-sweet Mead aged in Lazy Guy Distillery Smoke City bourbon barrel Viking Alchemist Skol | Cherry Mead Arches Brewing / Nappy Roots Kentucky Mud | Chocolate Milk Stout


21 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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BGR216: Experimental Brewing and Hydroponic Hops with Wild Leap Brew Co.

Wild Leap Brew Co. keeps jumping with new beers and distilled spirits Wild Leap Brew Co. has been making waves with a huge showing in our Best of Georgia Beer awards and being named Best New Brewery by USA Today.  They've earned their honors with a constant stream of tasty beers like the Truck Chaser series of ice cream truck-inspired brews and their DIPA Alpha Abstraction series feature the same base beer but with new hops in each release, currently on Volume 11. We sat down this week at the BGR Studios with the Wild Leap crew to talk beer.  Chris Elliott, Chief Brewing Officer; Rob Goldstein, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Office; and Doug Sayler, Lead Brewer all made the trip to hang out and chat over a few brews.  We talk about having fun with experimental ingredients and the challenge of planning around those ingredients, their cool Three Harvest collaboration with Extreme Hops AL, an IPA utilizing hydroponically grown hops, and what that could mean for hop farming in the future.  We press Goldstein on the possibility of a taproom in Atlanta and what we're going to see in Alpha Abstraction Vol. 12. In addition to brewing up beer after beer, Wild Leap has also ventured into distilled spirits.  They currently offer a vodka for cocktails at the taproom and in retail 750s.  Elliott tells us they're experimenting with distilling at the brewery/distillery now to see what's next.  A distilled IPA, maybe? Hanging with the cool kids from Wild Leap! (L-R) Brian, Doug Sayler, Chris Elliott, Rob Goldstein, and Tim D. The Beer List Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction Vol. 11 | DIPA with HBC472 hops Wild Leap Caramel Cake Stout Wild Leap Chance | IPA Wild Leap Three Harvest | DIPA with hydroponic hops Wild Leap Truck Chaser Creamsicle | DIPA with orange, vanilla bean, and milk sugar Carton Regular Coffee | Imperial Cream Ale with coffee and lactose ICYMI | More from Georgia StillFire Brewing with Phil Farrell and Walt Wooden | Ep. 203 Good Word Brewing and Public House's Todd DiMatteo | Ep. 199 Wild Leap Brew C0. | Ep. 99 - Hear Chris and Rob's thoughts from November 2017! Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction Vol 9 took the #1 spot for our 2019 Best of Georgia Beer awards in the Best New DIPA category. (Photo: Wild Leap Brew Co.)


7 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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BGR213: MadTree Brewing with Trevor Self

MadTree Brewing looks to give back as they celebrate 7 years This week we head to Ohio to chat with MadTree Brewing's Trevor Self.  Trevor has worn a lot of hats during his time with the brewery.  He started out like many others, volunteering his time to help can delicious beers.  This eventually let to a real, paid position and finally into a QA role where he helped transition MadTree to their fancy new (and much larger) brewhouse. Today, Trevor is Assistant Brand Manager, spreading the word about MadTree mission and beers.  We find out about the plans for their 7th anniversary, their recent commitment to 1% for the Planet, the brew scene in Ohio, and lots of hot coffee beer talk. In the news Brian shares another story about how Big Beer just can't catch a break, and the fact that there are laws when you're drinking Claws.  We also dive into Pontoon Brewing's Rainbow Smiggles again, and I continue my exploration of NA Beers with a trio from Bravus. Photos: MadTree Brewing Co. The Beer List Bravus Amber Ale | Non-alcoholic Amber Ale Bravus IPA | Non-alcoholic IPA Bravus Oatmeal Stout | Non-alcoholic Oatmeal Stout MadTree Lift | Kolsch MadTree Local Blend CIN | Lactose Porter with coffee from Deeper Roots Coffee MadTree Local Blend CBUS | Lactose Porter with coffee from Stauf’s Coffee Roasters MadTree Local Blend CLE | Lactose Porter with coffee from Phoenix Coffee Co. MadTree Local Blend DAY | Lactose Porter with coffee from Boston Stoker MadTree Wheat Pray Love | American Pale Wheat Pontoon Rainbow Smiggles | Berliner with pineapple, strawberries, lactose, Skittles, and Trix ICYMI: More breweries giving back Maine Beer Co. | Ep. 156


15 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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BGR217: Fractal Brewing Project With Bradley "Robo" Robison and Larry Lowe

Beer and math and ancient yeast mix it up at Fractal Brewing Project Fractal Brewing Project is one of the new kids on the Huntsville beer scene but their Head Brewer Bradley "Robo" Robison isn't new to the game.  Robo previously brewed at Huntsville's Below the Radar and Rocket Republic, and he also served the good 'ol US of A in the United States Marine Corps. Robo and brewery owner Larry Lowe joined us in the studio this week to open some beers and chat.  We talk about their awesome Grisette that uses a revived 18th Century yeast and the origins of this style, originally brewed for miners.  We press them on their stance on hard seltzer and why craft breweries are jumping on that bandwagon, and if there's much difference in a seltzer or a beer with cereal or candy in it. Fractal is in Straight To Ale's original building (Straight to Ale has moved to the Campus 805 development in Huntsville) and how they want to preserve everyone's good memories of the place while offering them a new and exciting experience.  We really enjoyed the brews we tried - the aforementioned Grisette, a Saison, an Amber Ale, a Fruited Sour, and a fantastic Baltic Porter.  If you're heading to Huntsville stop by the taproom and try your hand at a math problem or two while enjoying some of their tasty brews. A peek inside the sparkling taproom at Fractal Brewing Project. (Photo: Fractal Brewing Project) The Beer List Fractal Amber Ale Fractal Baltic Porter Fractal Black IPA Fractal Guava Mango | Sour Ale Fractal Grisette Fractal Saison Fractal Time Taker | German Pilsner Six Bridges Circus Mind | Tart Ale with blueberry, cherry, guava, cinnamon, Peach Roasters coffee, and lactose Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction DIPA Vol. 11 ICYMI | More from the Dirty South Experimental Brewing and Hydroponic Hops with Wild Leap Brew Co. | Ep. 216 StillFire Brewing with Phil Farrell and Walt Wooden | Ep. 203 Drinking Drinkin’ Beers with Manchester Orchestra’s Tim Very | Ep. 196 One of the tasty beers offered at Huntsville's Fractal Brewing Project.  The taproom also features ciders and non-alcoholic choices. (Photo: Fractal Brewing Project)


14 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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