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Beer Town: Monday Night Brewing

Monday Night Brewing was born out of a weekly Bible study, but that’s just one of the unlikely things about Atlanta’s newest craft beer company.

Since 2006, three self-described “white-collar guys,” Jonathan Baker, Jeff Heck and Joel Iverson, have been getting together on Monday nights to home-brew in Heck’s garage.

They invited friends, family and even total strangers over to share the experience and taste their beer, all the while dreaming of owning a brewery one day.

Monday Night Brewing

Monday Night Brewing

Recently, Baker, Heck and Iverson finally unveiled the first fruits of that five-year process: Eye Patch Ale and Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale.

The draft-only brews are available at metro beer bars, such as Leon’s, Ormsby’s and Taco Mac, and to take home in growlers from Hop City, Ale Yeah and other beverage stores.

“We put together a three-year plan that got stretched into a five-year plan,” Baker said, just before the first kegs were tapped at Hop City.

“We could have started three years ago, but the beers weren’t exactly where we wanted them to be. It’s not like we’re an Internet startup. We’re starting a craft beer company, and we just wanted to make sure we did it right.”

Right now, Monday Night beers are made under contract at Thomas Creek Brewing in Greenville, S.C.

Eye Patch is a 6.2 percent alcohol by volume pale ale with Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe hops, Maris Otter as the base malt, and a touch of rye malt. The result is an easygoing beer with an elegant malt presence, a citrus tang and a clean, dry finish.

Drafty Kilt features chocolate and oak-smoked malt, plus roasted barley. At 7.2 percent alcohol by volume, it’s also very easy to drink, with sweet, roasty flavors and very little hop bitterness.

“We wanted to come out of the gate with beers that craft beer drinkers were going to like and that the typical consumer would at least appreciate,” Baker said.

Baker revealed that there’s a third beer in the works — a Belgian wheat-style with fresh ginger.

Monday_bothtaps-bOther short- and long-range plans include putting their beer in bottles and eventually building a brewery in Atlanta.

“We started brewing out of a garage with lots of people hanging around, so we understand the value of a physical brewery,” Baker said.

The three Monday Night partners come from business backgrounds — hence their motto, “Weekends Are Overrated.”

Baker, who recently was married, quit his marketing job to handle developing the Monday Night brand. Heck and Iverson, who are married with young children, still have day jobs. They all moved to Atlanta’s Westside to be close to one another while they build the company.

“It’s fun being a part of each other’s lives and knowing the business side of things as well as the personal side,” Baker said. “It’s really fun doing this with your friends.”

— Bob Townsend, AJC Drink blog

9 comments Add your comment

Carly

August 19th, 2011
8:12 am

I think it’s great to have another local craft beer! I’m digging the Eye Patch ale and look forward to what’s to come from them!

Elizabeth Moore

August 19th, 2011
8:22 am

Thank you for bringing us the backstory behind emerging brands. Supporting entrepreneurship, especially in the beverage product industry, is something we can always count on from the AJC.

Hoping these guys launch well. We miss Dogwood Brewing. The distributorship was the problem back then…Crawford had some of the best festival beer in the business.

Please keep us all updated on their progress. We will head to Hop City to get some for Beer Friday.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

August 19th, 2011
8:51 am

Guess I know what is going in my growler this afternoon!

Jeff

August 19th, 2011
9:44 am

I’ve enjoyed the Eye Patch Ale at the Johnny’s Pizza on Sugarloaf. Good stuff.

The Real Foodie

August 19th, 2011
10:05 am

Sure wish we could get more blogs, more often…

Casey

August 19th, 2011
10:53 am

We have the Eye Patch on at Mac McGee Irish Pub in Decatur and it is delicious!

Andy G

August 19th, 2011
6:26 pm

Both of these beers drink very well, considering it’s their first large scale distribution. We have nearly run through our Drafty Kilt and we have the Eye Patch on afterwards. There is a dusty quality to most of the first runs that I’ve had from new breweries but these are both extremely polished beers. They drink well even when compared to more established craft beers. Available at Steinbeck’s in Oakhurst.

kp

August 23rd, 2011
7:25 pm

I like Monday Night beer.

Marshall Stacks

August 25th, 2011
1:23 pm

Enjoyed the Eye Patch at Twain’s last weekend. Tasty, but I didn’t think it was as hoppy as a lot of IPAs are at the moment. That could be a good thing. Went back and re-read their profile in the AJC’s business section in January. Interesting to see their transition from passion to production. Atlanta should have craft brewers in every zip code…