Sunday, February 15, 2009

"On The Road Again...."

The Spring Beer Tour '09 keeps rollin' along. It was great to see a lot of familiar faces last week, and to meet a good amount of new fans of these beer events. So far, I have not met one of you yet that is not a pleasant, enthusiastic beer lover, who is happy to be out with other like-minded folks, enjoying something new and sharing a laugh.


This week is a little different. Get out a pen and pencil, a road map, and get ready.
  • Monday we have the Guinness Perfect Pour contest at Lindbergh. A field of 44 bartenders from around metro Atlanta compete in a bracket format to see who can pour the perfect pint of Guinness draft. What constitutes a "perfect pint"? Come see for yourself as judges-including the Guinness brew master himself, fresh from Dublin-scrutinize the cascading pints one at a time. We have 5 bartenders entered, so come cheer on your favorite so we can win the prize in our own building. Cameras record all of the action on our TVs, so there is not a bad seat in the house.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday are the Smuttynose draft releases at Metropolis and Old Milton, respectively. We will be serving Old Brown Dog, IPA, Porter and Schmutzig Hopfen-Weiss at 5 pm for the first time in this region. Kevin Love, who has been with the brewery since the beginning, will be at each location, as will I (of course). The Schmutzig is a small batch offering, so don't expect to see that again anytime soon.
  • Friday the SN Hop Secret 393 makes its lone appearance of the week at Decatur. Just when I was truly falling in love with this beer, it starts getting taken away! Such are the lessons of life and love. If you missed this beer last week, this is your chance to get in on keg 4 of 8. Time, my friends, is running out. The beer is great, the slide show and movie are cool, the Sierra guys are super, and I am there in a terrific mood. What more, really, do you need?
  • FYI: The Sierra beer dinner is full. Sorry. But, March 3rd our dinner in Duluth, with the legendary Allagash brewery, has available seats. Their brew master will be present, which is a treat in itself. The menu is going up on line today, or I can send you one if you like.

That is the quick update for now. Thanks for coming out if you did, sorry for you if you could not, and "See you soon" if you are prepped for this week. March is not looking quite as full with events, so remember: Snoozers are always losers. This month is just really jammed with fun stuff, but eventually I am going to have to go back to my desk. Once I get there, I will immediately start planning some new events for us, so that I can be, "On The Road Again........"

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse

From My September Trip-Sierra Brewhouse
This is the top floor of the brewhouse, with buckets of fresh hops about to go into the kettles.