Monday Night Brewery

I’d be remiss if I didn’t blog about the great time I had attending my first (but not my last) Monday Night Brewery event.

For those not in the know, Jeff, Joel and Jonathan are working hard to start their own brewery and, as enterprising entrepreneurs and fellow beer drinkers, they pass along the savings to us, the Atlanta beer community, by hosting a “party” every Monday Night.

Get it?

Monday Night Brewery?

Moving on.

After helping the J’s rename their Swashchuckler IPA to their Eye Patch Ale I(Eye)PA I’ve felt compelled to drink their beers, notably the I(Eye)PA but I haven’t had the time.

The usual suspects: Work. Wife. Kids.

So I planned on attending the December 8th brewing with Tony, Garrett and Russ only to be denied by a virus. Just my luck.

I went stag the next week, this past Monday, December 15th.

I found Jonathan, Jeff and yes, even Joel to be quite pleasant. Great guys, in fact, to welcome strangers and “regulars” alike to their home to partake of their beer.

I found a cool group of regulars – Colin, Matt and Melanie. I also met Brad, a fellow newbie/virgin, and Garrett who was supposed to attend on the 8th.

I had some fantastic beers. Not a one was bad, but I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t like the Eye Patch Ale the best. I’m an avowed hop head, which skews my views, but I was impressed by the floral qualities and drinkability of this IPA.

I also had a good, though a touch too-cold Milk Stout. It was fine if you let it warm in the glass. Plus, it was a very mild December evening, so waiting for the Stout to acclimate wasn’t bad, there was plenty of excellent company and conversation.

The third beer was their Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale which a lot of folks pegged as their favorite. I’m not a huge Scotch Ale fan simply because the style is very subtle, similar to English Brown Ales, but I still appreciated it. It would make a fine session beer though, but the Stout and IPA were “wow”ers.

My one regret: not taking any pictures with the camera I had in my back pocket. Instead, all you get is one blurry iPhone photo.

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If you’d like more, Mark Larson has a few from that night and Monday Night Brewery is heavy on the social media, so you can check them out on their blog, twitter or Flickr.

If I don’t blog again this year, drink some good beer for me and have a safe and happy holidays!

4 thoughts on “Monday Night Brewery

  1. Glad to have you, Seth. But more glad that your lovechild, Eye Patch Ale, didn’t disappoint.

    Love how you characterized Brad as a fellow newbie/virgin, as if to point out that not only were you both newcomers, but also literal virgins. I’m wondering how you managed to broach that subject in conversation…

  2. The Eye Patch Ale really caught my palette. It reminds me of the now-defunct Dogwood Ale that I loved and miss so much. Something about the floral quality and the sweetness of the malt balanced by the hops really does it for me.

    As for Brad, you’d be surprised at how few married men have children via divine intervention like the two of us. Striking up that conversation was like falling off a log.

  3. Well Met Seth.

    Glad to say I’m no longer a newbie/virgin to MNB and it will not be last either. I must agree with you on the EyePA being a great IPA (I’m not a hoppy guy, but really enjoyed the Eye). However, my favorite was the Scotch Ale and probably because I do enjoy the subtlety of brown ales. The Milk Stout had a bit much carbonation for me, but a really good brew nonetheless. These guys are onto something good and I was glad to be able to take part in it.

  4. Yeah, I was probably a tad bit harsh on both the Scotch Ale and the Milk Stout, because I enjoyed them both.

    I like Scotch Ales and Brown Ales, just not in the Winter time. And I’m a fan of *any* stout, I just thought it was a bit cold (the beer not the weather, which was pleasant last Monday.

    Also, my previous comment should read “immaculate conception” instead of “divine intervention”. Sunday School, FTL!

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