Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Up Your Nose With A Rubber Hose

Here are some notable beer events coming up. Some are so close, you can almost taste them. Like tonight....

  • Come to the Taco Mac at Perimeter to taste all three drafts from Blue Point Brewing out of Long Island, NY. There will be Toasted Lager, RastafaRye and Hoptical Illusion available. The brewery's founder, Pete Kotter, will be on hand. No word yet on Vinnie Barbarino and the rest of the Sweat Hogs. If that reference (and the title of this post) are lost on you, then it is time to brush up on your 70's sit-coms. It is true, John Travolta was an actor before Pulp Fiction. Look it up. And there is absolutely no connection to the founder of Blue Point and the fictional Brooklyn high-school teacher played by Gabe Kaplan. At least as far as I know. I bet this guy gets sick of that though. "Jesus Christ people! That show went off the air in 1979. It is 2012. Let it go!" That's what I imagine him saying, or at least wanting to say. Like when people call me Freddy. Nobody that knows me calls me that. No one. Nobody that knows Pete makes Welcome Back, Kotter references (to his face), because they know how much that pisses him off. Plus, there already is a Freddy in Atlanta, and he owns SweetWater. Everyone calls him Freddy, not Fred. There is only room in the Atlanta beer world for one Freddy, and he isn't me. Great guy though.
  • Tomorrow night you can get all goofed up on Clown Shoes beers at The Fred Bar. We will have five on tap and a four more in the bottle. I strongly recommend that you do not try to drink all of these in one night. Attention idiots (you do not know who you are): That is not a challenge! That is strong advice that you should listen to. But you're an idiot, and you don't listen, so why am I even bothering? On hand for the evening will be their national sales director, Arnold Horshack. Just kidding. His name is Mark Metzger. Please be nice to him, and be aware that he does not have any connection to any TV shows either, at least as far as I know. Doors open at 5:00 pm.
  • If you missed that Terrapin Phlux Capacitor cask at Suwanee, well, sucks to be you. But luckily, you get another chance, albeit your last one. Friday the 13th, we will tapping one at the Mall of Georgia location around 6:00 pm. This beer is tasting great, and if you are looking for rare credits, this one will be extinct by the time the sun rises on April 14th. You can make amends for missing this one last Friday. (Pssst....You're welcome.)

That is all I have for you right now. I will be in Huntsville, AL for a day this weekend checking out the blossoming beer scene there. They recently lifted the cap on the 6% ABV law like we did in GA back in 2004, so there is lot of excitement up there around beer right now. Next weekend I am going to the Terrapin 10th Anniversary Party in Athens. If you were planning on going but were waiting to the last minute, you may be s.o.l. on a hotel room. There is a lot going on in Athens that weekend, and I think it is booked solid. Hope you planned ahead. Otherwise, just wait until 2022 for the 20th Anniversary Party, and be more prepared next time. Have a great week everyone, and I hope to see you out and about really soon.

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.