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Atlanta beer tour: Hop City Craft Beer & Wine

April 10, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Travelin'

Hop City - exterior

On my visit this weekend to Atlanta, my first stop was Hop City Craft Beer & Wine, Atlanta’s premiere craft beer store that boasts one of the largest selections in the country. Hop City, located at 1000 Marietta Street, Suite 302, sells over 1,700 different beers, 1,000 different wines and a full range of homebrew equipment and ingredients.

Hop City - Growler TownHop City’s “Growler Town” has 60 beers on tap available to take home with you. The selection of beers is constantly changing.

Hop City - growlersHop City sells both 64-oz. and 32-oz. growler jugs for just $4.99, and you fill them for the cost of the beer.

Hop City - beer shelvesMy haul from Hop City included: Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA, Sweetwater IPA, Sweetwater Georgia Brown, Terrapin Hop Karma IPA, Terrapin Hopzilla, Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, French Broad 13 Rebels ESB, Fort Collins Incredible Hop and Lagunitas Farmhouse Hop Stoopid.

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Coming soon: More from the Atlanta beer tour, with visits to Red Brick Brewing and Sweetwater Brewing Company.

Latest on Red Brick Brewing in Memphis (New beer will be here soon)

September 20, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Red Brick beers

We told you a few weeks ago that Red Brick Brewing Company, Georgia’s oldest craft brewery, had plans to distribute its beers in Memphis.

Well, word from Memphis craft beer distributor Southwestern Distributing is that the Atlanta-based Red Brick will hit the Memphis market as early as next week.

Red Brick’s four “core” brands – Blonde, Brown, Pale Ale and Porter – will all be for sale in Memphis, both in six-packs and kegs.

As Red Brick area sales manager Jason Topping told FuzzyBrew last month, Memphis is as far west as the company plans to expand for the time being.

“We like to stay true to our southern roots and keep our beer distribution to a manageable distance,” Topping said.

Atlanta’s Red Brick Brewing Company to begin distribution in Memphis

August 31, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Red Brick beersRed Brick Brewing Company, Georgia’s oldest craft brewery, has plans to distribute its beers in Memphis.

Red Brick is “finalizing” its distributor agreements and will soon be in the Bluff City, according to Red Brick area sales manager Jason Topping.

Memphis is as far west as the company plans on expanding for the time being.  We like to stay true to our southern roots and keep our beer distribution to a manageable distance,” Topping told FuzzyBrew, via e-mail. “As long as the product is fresh, we can find time to routinely be in the area to check on it and help promote … then that is where we want to be … so hello Memphis.”

Red Brick, a.k.a. the Atlanta Brewing Company, has four “core” brands – Blonde, Brown, Pale Ale and Porter – as well as seasonal and specialty offerings.

The expansion by Red Brick is a bit of good news for craft beer drinkers in Memphis, who have seen the departure of Dogfish Head and Avery Brewing Co. this year as those breweries sought to meet increased demand closer to home.

As an added bonus, we might even get a visit from the “beerbulance” some day. (see video below)

Anybody tried Red Brick? If so, what did you think? Leave a comment below.

Follow up Zoo Brew in Memphis with a Brew at the Zoo in Atlanta

May 27, 2011 By: grant Category: Events, Travelin'

If you miss tonight’s Zoo Brew at the Memphis Zoo (or if you just like drinking with animals), head on down to the Fourth Annual Brew at the Zoo in Atlanta. Tickets run $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers if you get them online by midnight tonight. Tomorrow they’ll be $45. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Those tickets get you unlimited sampling of a variety of beers and wines; up-close-and-personal encounters with the animals; and rides on the train and carousel. There will also be music and other entertainment.

The event supports care for the zoo’s rare reptiles.