Friday, June 22, 2012

In The Jail House Now

We took a group of managers down to Hampton, GA to visit Jailhouse Brewing Co. on Wednesday. There is a picture of the brewery. The whole thing. These guys are making some great brews, and we got a sneak peek at the beer we are releasing on Tuesday at Metropolis, Prison Camp Pilsner. This beer was developed by two of their employees (which is basically all of them), and is the first release not formulated by owner/brew master Glenn. People, if this beer is any indication of what these guys can do, this series of beers is going to be a huge hit. This new Pilsner is absolutely delicious, and I tasted it at 10:00 in the morning. I can't wait to try it on Tuesday at a more typical beer drinking time, like 6:00 pm. I strongly recommend that you come out and try it, as well as meet the guys behind it. They will all be there: Glenn, the guys behind the recipe, and Jorge. More on Jorge in a minute.

After we left Jailhouse we went down to the Eagle & Lion brewpub in Griffin. That guy is making all traditional English-style beers, cask-conditioned and served from firkins through a beer engine. If that last sentence did not make any sense to you, then head down to Griffin, have a seat at the bar at Eagle & Lion, and get yourself and education. Authentic, unfiltered English beers are relatively unknown around here, so expect some different styles and flavors than what you are used to these days. The beers were great, and everyone had a great time learning while drinking. All in all, a very successful field trip.

So here is a picture of this Jorge guy. He is doing his internship at Jailhouse while completing his brew master certification program. When he is done, he is going to open a brewery in his native Guatemala. That's right, I said Guatemala. You will soon be able to get full-flavored, crafty beers in a tropical paradise. And apparently it is only a two-hour flight from Atlanta. So this guy will be at Metropolis on Tuesday too, and his story is really cool. I suggest that you spend a few minutes talking to him and hear what he has to say. Sharp dude with a great idea, and I am seriously thinking about going down there after he gets his place open. The city is called Antigua, and it supposed to be beautiful. I found some great pics on the internet. Check out the one below. Better check the volcanic activity forecast before you go. Yikes.

That's all for now. I gotta get this cask of Left Hand 400 lb. Monkey ready hear in Chattanooga. Maybe I will see you on Tuesday. Otherwise, have a great weekend.
Antigua, Guatemala


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.