With the craft beer world collectively focusing its attention on Colorado this week for the Great American Beer Festival, the recent flood of local craft beer news may have been overlooked.
Today marks the official launch of Georgia’s newest brewery Wild Heaven Craft Beers, creators of Belgian-inspired brews. The brewery is the product of Nick Purdy, founder of Paste Magazine, and Eric Johnson, founder of Athens’ own Trappeze Pub. Anyone who frequents Trappeze may have tasted Wild Heaven unknowingly in the past. Earlier this year, Trappeze unveiled two house brews concocted by Eric dubbed “Invocation” and “Benediction”. The recipes may have been tweaked since then, but Invocation, a Belgian golden ale, and Ode to Mercy, a coffee brown ale formerly known as Benediction, will be pouring around Atlanta (and in Athens exclusively at Trappeze Pub) beginning this evening. Wild Heaven Craft Beers is only the fifth brewery in the state (with more hopefully on the way), and has plans to complete a brewing facility and tasting room in Decatur, GA in 2013.
Along with a new choice for local craft beer, Atlantans now have a couple more places to order their favorite brews. Der Biergarten, an authentic German house for beer and food, is opening tonight at 300 Marietta St. The menu provided on Der Biergarten’s website is full of authentic German items and a list of better-known German beers. If American craft beers are what you crave, Deckard’s Kitchen & Kegs opens this week at 650 Ponce de Leon Ave. Deckard’s will offer a hefty 24 draft beers, along with an extensive bottle list. A food menu as equally creative and cared for, but not taken too seriously accompanies the beer.
Kicking off fall, Trappeze Pub is introducing (and re-introducing) craft beer lovers in Athens to pumpkin beers this week. With an ever-increasing number of breweries turning out pumpkin beers each year, there always seems to be a new interpretation to taste. New to Georgia this year is Southern Tier’s PumKing, on tap with many returning favorites. The weeklong celebration will end with a cask of Terrapin’s Pumpkinfest on Friday at 5pm.