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Rogue Ales brewmaster John Maier in Atlanta

One of the true pioneers of American craft beer, Rogue Ales brewmaster John Maier will be in Atlanta this week. And one Georgia brewer couldn’t be more excited.

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“John is my brewing idol,” said Terrapin brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski. “Jim Koch [Boston Beer Co.] got me drinking craft beer. And John Maier got me brewing craft beer.”

Maier and Buckowski will be teaming up for a pair of Rouge-Terrapin collaboration beer dinners at Summits in Cumming on March 15  and Summits in Snellville on March 16. The ten course tasting menu will feature familiar, new and rare beers from Rogue and Terrapin.

Among the offerings from Rogue: Dirtoir Black Lager from the limited availability Chatoe Rogue series made with hops and malt from the brewery’s own fields; Latona 20th anniversary American strong ale; and four year old aged Old Crustacean barleywine. From Terrapin: Capt’n Krunkles black IPA, the newest brew from the Side Project series”; and The Dark Side Belgian-style imperial stout.

As of March 14, reservations were still available for the Summits Wayside Tavern Rogue-Terrapin beer dinner:

On March 17, Maier will visit Buckowski at the Terrapin brewery in Athens and at 5 p.m. the duo will stop in at Trappeze Pub for a happy hour brewer’s reception:

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March 15th, 2010
6:05 pm

For those going to the beer dinner tomorrow, this word from Summits Tuesday, March 16th – Two of our own Summits family members, Andy and Kevin, were invited to be part of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #19 this past January! The result was them flying to Chico, California and assisting in brewing what is now called Sierra Nevada Hoptimum! These kegs are not available anywhere else!

“Hops, hops and more hops are the stars of this West coast Double IPA! Resinous “new-school” hop varieties including Chinook, Simcoe, and Citra, carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavors follow suit with layers of aggressive hoppiness featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar and tropical fruit flavors culminating in a dry and lasting finish.”

Abv 10.4% Bitterness Units: 91 IBU Color: Straw

Bittering hops: US Magnum Finishing Hops: Chinook & US Magnum

Dry Hops: Citra & Simcoe Torpedo Hops: Chinook

Malts: Pale 2-row, Golden Promise, Munich & Wheat

Kegs will be tapped at all three Summits Locations on

Tuesday, March 16th at 11:00 a.m.


March 18th, 2010
2:06 pm

I tried the Hoptimum on Tuesday. I thought it was very good. I even had another. Twice.

John Maier has to be one of the nicest guys in the industry.