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Beer Town: Atlanta Beer Week Oct. 20-27

In its third year, Atlanta Beer Week promises to be bigger, more organized and better funded.

Wrecking Bar’s Bob Sandage and Neil Engleman and The Porter’s Nick Rutherford working on Beer Week coolaboration beer.

Wrecking Bar’s Bob Sandage and Neil Engleman and Porter’s Nick Rutherford are brewing a Baltic Porter for Beer Week

The metro-wide event Oct. 20-27, is designed to showcase local breweries, beer bars, restaurants and craft beer stores, plus craft beers and breweries from around the U.S. and the world.

Reid Ramsay of Taco Mac, Molly Gunn of the Porter Beer Bar and Wes Anderson of Savannah Distributing Co. are the core of the Atlanta Beer Week committee this year. The trio has been working to entice more sponsors and rally more participants while advocating for the vitality of the Atlanta beer scene.

“Atlanta is a massively growing and attractive beer market,” said Ramsay, “By the end of 2012, more than 15 breweries from across the U.S. will have launched in Atlanta for the first time, which is more than any other market in the U.S. this year. Sweetwater and Terrapin are growing, too, and so many other craft breweries are set to open here.”

Ramsay said the committee researched what was going on at some of the bigger beer weeks in cities such as Baltimore, San Diego and San Francisco and took cues from them.

“The goal is to build up the scene outside the usual circles,” Ramsay said. “I think we have a better understanding of what makes a good beer week now and how to reach people. There will be more things like flight tastings and beer and food pairings, and a lot more brewery representatives around, like New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert.”

One great example of what’s on the schedule: At the Porter, Gunn will be offering what’s dubbed The Epic Beer and Cheese Pairing! with two beers each from Terrapin, Bell’s, Heavy Seas, Left Hand, He’Brew, Great Divide and Allagash.

“It’s 14 beers and 14 cheeses and it’s just awesome,” Gunn said. “It comes out on this huge board and it’s very festive and indulgent. That’s our big event in Little Five Points. But I’m looking forward to fun stuff that other folks are doing, too. Decatur does the great Passport Pub Crawl and this year you have all week to get your passport stamped.”

More Atlanta Beer Week Events

Oct. 20 – Outside the Perimeter events, including Best of Brews Oktoberfest celebration with three German beer gardens on the Green in Duluth.

Oct. 21 – Virginia Highland events, including Terrapin cask and beer cocktail at the Family Dog.

Oct. 22 – Decatur, North Decatur, Oakhurst events, including a beer and chocolate tasting with No. 246 pastry chef Taria Camerino.

Oct. 23 – Midtown events, including a Meet the Brewery night at Cypress Street Pint & Plate.

Oct. 24 – Smyrna, Vinings, Marietta events, including a Red Brick tap takeover at Moondog Growlers.

Oct. 25 – Little 5 Points, Inman Park, Candler Park, East Atlanta events, including Epic Beer and Cheese Pairing! at the Porter Beer Bar.

Oct. 26 – Grant Park, Downtown, Old 4th Ward events, including a Lonerider Brewery sampling at Augustine’s.

Oct. 27 – Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody events, including “The Love of Beer” film screening at Whole Foods.

For all Atlanta Beer Week information, events and locations:

By Bob Townsend, AJC Drink blog

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Andy Gonzales

October 10th, 2012
5:57 pm

Steinbeck’s will host a beer dinner in honor of Atlanta Beer Week on Monday October 22nd at 7pm. There will be 6 courses paired with small batch esoteric beers on tap. We will have four guest chefs from around the Atlanta area. The chefs include: Douglas Turbush and Brendan Keenan from Seed Kitchen & Bar, Cameron Thompson from Two Urban Licks, Rusty Bowers from Pine Street Market and Andy Gonzales from Steinbeck’s. Each chef will pair a course with one of the special beers on tap. We are very excited to have this level of talent all gathered together for one dinner and would like to thank these very busy gentlemen for their help. Tickets are $70 plus tip and are available only at Steinbeck’s in Oakhurst section of Decatur.
-Spicy Roasted Clams in Chili Paste, Lime Salt, Sauce Verte
​Pairing: Bells Oktoberfest
-Goose Terrine, frisee salad & preserved garden vegetables
​Pairing: Allagash Confluence
-Lamb Cheeks, Tea Whipped Boniato, Pickled Mirepoix
​Pairing: Innis & Gunn Oak Cask
-Scallop, Cauliflower Ravioli, Braised Bacon, Uni Butter, Sherry-Soy
​Pairing: Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia
-Beer Braised Wagyu Beef, Celery Root, Fried Brussels & Bacon
​Pairing: Bells Oracle
-Local Cheese Course
​Pairing: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (2011)


October 10th, 2012
10:18 pm

We are really looking forward to a bigger and better Beer Week! Thanks for the heads up on the events around town, and keep us posted.


October 11th, 2012
8:37 am

Whew. Finally saw my area of town on the list for the 27th… IMO, and I may be the only one, Buckhead could use a great beer bar or brewpub. Gordon Biersch is good, but not great. Taco Mac Lindbergh is a pain when full of SEC football fans…