Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Atlanta Brewery Visit - 5 Seasons Brewing
In Monday’s post, I mentioned that I travelled to Atlanta for a conference last week. As it happens, this was the same annual conference that took me to Kansas City a few years ago, and just like that last time I was traveling with the same work colleague, and we were able to fit in a little bit of recreation by visiting a local brewery.
In Kansas City, it was Boulevard Brewery – which remains one of the best brewery visits I’ve ever had; in Atlanta, we went to 5 Seasons Brewing, more a brewpub set-up but convenient to where we were staying.
The story of 5 Seasons is a good one. Their founder/brewers have been working in the industry for several years, and one of them traces his track record back to Colorado in the 1990’s.
Now they have three locations in Atlanta, so there’s a lot to be said about their timing in starting up 5 Seasons – opportunities we need to be on the lookout for as we get Hawksbill Brewing started in Luray!
I tried two beers during our visit:
Hopgasm IPA: (From their website) This is a West Coast IPA, and traces back to the brewer’s time in Colorado and California. The rest of this info comes from the menu: It invites you with a nose far more intriguing than most IPAs. We use five different hops, including Simcoe and Amarillo, which give an incredibly rich bouquet and a pleasurable mouth feel. It has a solid malt backbone and sumptuous aftertaste that will make you want multiple Hopgasms.
Two Pence Porter: (From a BeerAdvocate review) This porter is clear and dark, with ruby highlights. All of the rich dark malt expected, with a proper dose of hops and none of the objectionable aromas or flavors that plague lesser porters. Plenty of dark chocolate and coffee in the nose. Lingering dark malt flavor with a light touch of smoke and spicy English hops. Creamy smooth with near perfect carbonation.
I was quite happy to fit in a little beer tourism during this trip. Our stop at 5 Seasons formed a nice diversion after we had finished setting up our trade show booth. I think I’m going to try and keep this tradition up!