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Happy in Hoplanta: A visit to Georgia’s Red Brick Brewing

September 13, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Travelin'

Red Brick - sign

On a recent visit to Atlanta I had the pleasure of stopping in at Red Brick Brewing, the oldest operating craft brewery in the state of Georgia.

Red Brick, originally known as the Atlanta Brewing Company when it was founded in 1993, produces a number of beers that hit the Memphis market just one year ago. As a fan of Red Brick’s Blonde, Laughing Skull and the Brick Mason series of special beers, I was really excited to check out the brewery.

Red Brick Brewing - exterior Red Brick moved to its current Atlanta location on Defoor Hills Road in 2007.

Red Brick - outsideRed Brick’s patio is a nice place to enjoy pints of Red Brick beer!

Red Brick - patio Red Brick has public tastings each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (5 p.m.-8 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m.-5 p.m.)

Red Brick - bandRed Brick even features bands on the patio.

Red Brick - insideA view of the tasting room at Red Brick, with windows that look into the brewery.

Red Brick - Laughing Skull pint glassFor $10, you get a tour of the brewery, a souvenir pint glass and four pours of Red Brick beers. I’m pretty excited about my Laughing Skull glass.

Red Brick - barAmong my favorite Red Brick beers is the HopLanta, a citrusy American IPA, which you can now get in liquor stores in Memphis.

Red Brick - tour guideRed Brick’s excellent Blonde Ale was a 2007 Gold Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the Golden or Blonde Ale category.

Red Brick - fermentation tanksEarlier this year, Red Brick celebrated a milestone, brewing its 500th batch of beer. Here’s to many more!

Beers on Beale: Recap of the 2012 River City Brewers Festival in Memphis

April 02, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

River City - sample glassCraft beer fans converged on Handy Park off Beale Street in Downtown Memphis on Saturday for the 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival.

More than 100 different beers were served, from craft beers to homebrews provided by the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs. There were also plenty of free food samples, from chicken wings to steaks to pork sliders.

Unlike last year’s festival, which was soaked by rain, Mother Nature cooperated, delivering a perfect 85-degree sunny day.

There were two tasting sessions — Session A from noon to 4 p.m., followed by Session B from 6 to 10 p.m. Festival attendees received a commemorative 5-ounce tasting glass and could sample as many beers as they liked.

Some of my favorites were New Belgium’s Shift Lager, Red Brick’s Old Stock Ale, O’Fallon’s Hemp Hop Rye and Widmer Brothers’ Pitch Black IPA.

River City - Handy ParkThe sun was on full blast during Session A.

River City - Justin taps the GerstJustin tapped the first keg of Yazoo Brewing Company’s Gerst Amber Ale in Memphis.

River City - GerstGerst beer, created by William Gerst in 1893, has been recreated by Yazoo.

River City - BoscosBoscos Squared’s brewer Adam served up Memphis-brewed craft beer.

River City - Red BrickAtlanta’s Red Brick Brewing, which has been distributing in Memphis for about a year, served its fantastic Stock Ale in addition a Blonde and Brown.

River City - Laughing SkullLaughing Skull Amber Ale, another excellent offering from Red Brick, was served.

River City - Patrick Todd BandThe Patrick Dodd Band provided the soundtrack for the day.

River-City- PBR toasterJust what everyone needs: a PBR toaster.

River City - New BelgiumA hoppy highlight was New Belgium’s Shift Lager, which made its Memphis debut.

River City - Lazy MagnoliaLazy Magnolia brought a keg of its new Southern Hops’pitality IPA, as well as the Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale, Deep South Pale Ale and Jefferson Stout.

River City - Cornhole!And, of course, there was cornhole!