Atlanta Breweries Take Special Care to Serve Beer During Pandemic

This Weekend in Atlanta Beer

Knox Bardeen
March 14, 2020 - 5:42 pm
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The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic seems to be on everyone's mind. And while social distancing is one of the methods used to potentially slow the spread of the virus, many Atlanta brewers are stepping up to make their spaces inviting and safer to the public.

Many breweries and brewpubs have published social releases showing steps to sanitize their spaces, some setting a once-per-hour schedule. And while some events have been postponed, most are attempting to reassure the public that coming by to have a beer (or grab a few to take home) is still an option.

Many breweries have stated plastic disposable cups are being employed. Some growler refills are being suspended. Additional staff is being added to help with the extra cleanliness methods.

Check with the brewery or brewpub you're thinking of visiting to see how they are handling these issues.

After you've done that, here's a list of a few places to check out new brews:

  • "Benno" is now on tap at Torched Hop. It's a double dry hopped hazy pale ale with notes of mango, pineapple, and blueberry.
  • “Pineapple Express” is a new pineapple and tangerine IPA at Schoolhouse Brewing.
  • Anderby Brewing has “Heritage” on tap. It’s a new Irish Red Ale in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Also, all take-home pale ale six packs are 20 percent off this month.
  • StillFire Brewing released “Double Chocolate Thunder,” an imperial porter made with three different chocolate malts and a touch of oatmeal.
  • Creature Comforts released “Well I Declare,” a 12% imperial stout with pecans, cocoa nibs, and American oak spirals.
  • Eventide Brewing released a St. Patrick’s Day brew called “Mild Mischief.” It’s an English dark mild with notes of caramel and toffee, and hints of coffee and dark chocolate. 
  • Indio Brewing brought back “Sour Patch,” a 5.2% strawberry and raspberry sour.
  • Dry County Brewing released a hazy IPA this week called “Very Stable Genius,” an 8% IPA with aromas of tropical fruit and citrus rind.
  • This year’s “Kentucky Mud” was released on Saturday at Arches Brewing. It’s a chocolate milk stout made in collaboration with Atlantucky Brewing and Nappy Roots.
  • “Smile Grenade” is a 7.5% double IPA made with rye and oats that Sceptre Brewing Arts released on Saturday. The taste profile is lemon zest, lime and a spicy floral finish.
  • Reformation Brewing has a special limited release green kewl-aid kettle sour this weekend in their taprooms. It’s a 5% kettle sour on a Berliner Weiss base with milk sugar. 
  • “West End Dupont” is a Belgian-style saison at 6.5% and it’s available at both Wild Heaven locations.
  • Monday Night Brewing released three beers on Friday. The first two are the second installment in the Hop Hut Series: “Same As It Ever Was” and “Humble Mumble.” Same is a New England Style IPA at 7% made with five different hops. It has a smooth finish with some awesome juice power. Humble is an 8.3% double New England IPA with four different hops. Since the world doesn’t revolve around IPAs (it doesn’t, right?) “Darker Subject Matter” was also re-released. It’s a 13.5% imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels.

There are also some cool efforts being made to help others or discounts being offered:

  • Starting Sunday, March 15, in an effort to help offset the rising costs associated during the Coronavirus situation, From the Earth Brewing is offering free meals for children who are accompanied by an adult who purchases a full meal. There is a limit to two free children’s meals per one adult.
  • At Three Taverns all take home beer is on sale Saturday and 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Atlanta Chapter.
  • For Pi Day, Six Bridges Brewing is selling half pours of all their beer for $3.14.
  • Tucker Brewing Company has all its to-go beer on sale for $8.99 per six pack.
  • The Nest in Kennesaw is collecting nonperishable food items for MUST Ministries to distribute to residents in Cobb County. If you can't make it by the restaurant, they have set up an Amazon wishlist with MUST Ministries to have items delivered straight to their warehouse.