Beer + Valentine's Day Seems Obvious to Us

This Weekend in Atlanta Beer

Knox Bardeen
February 14, 2020 - 1:05 pm
Valentine's Day Atlanta Beer

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Nothing says Valentine’s Day like beer.

And while you should definitely take our word on things – we’d never steer you wrong – we’re not alone in connecting Valentine’s Day with beer.

  • Not only is Pretoria Fields Brewery offering $2 off flights tonight, they released a special, small-batch brew called “Cupid’s Kiss.” It’s a tart, pomegranate and lemon gose.
  • New Realm created a Valentine’s Day menu to go alongside its regular fares. On the special menu are a couple of unique cocktails, some oyster apps, and two entrée options.
  • Torched Hop has a Valentine’s Day tradition of smoked, dry aged beef ribs with fries for $20. They’re also tapping Super Jack at 4 p.m., an IPA with oats, wheat, and Citra hops with notes of mango, papaya, and pineapple.
  • Eventide Brewing is hosting a beer and wine sampling at Fado with folks there to help guide you in pairing beer with whatever food you order.
  • Printer’s Ale has assembled a Valentine’s Day basket for sale and will also host Valentine’s Day trivia and release a strawberry Saison for the occasion.
  • On Saturday Pontoon Brewing releases Barrel-Aged Brownie Batter Batch Blend #1 – Red Velvet Brownie made with Godiva chocolate, Tahitian vanilla, and Bones coffee.
  • The Nest in Kennesaw has a three-course Valentine’s Day meal planned on both Friday and Saturday. SPOILER ALERT: Dessert is Scottish Oatcakes with vanilla honey and mint cream paired with a collab brew, an imperial chocolate cherry stout.
  • For $75 you get a three-course meal for two at Cherry Street Brewpub at Halcyon. This deal runs all weekend.
  • In addition to rom-coms on the big screen with chocolate covered strawberries, Three Taverns is also bringing back Strawberry Luxure, a 5% strawberry and cream sour ale.
  • Left Nut Brewing is going all out with Cirque Amor on Friday, a beer-cupcake pairing with Zell’s Cottage Bakery on Saturday, and then a “Love on Tap” charity event on Sunday.
  • Check to see if there are any tickets left for “Lonely Hearts Club Valentine’s” at the Atlanta Brewing Taproom Friday. Included will be a 22-ounce bomber of “Lonely Hearts Club” stout brewed with Macadamia nuts, vanilla, coffee, and coconut and a flight of five tasters paired with cheeses.
  • Line Creek is hosting a Valentine’s Day mingle where they’re releasing “It’s In the Hole” from their Double IPA Series. The new brew is a 7.8% double dry hopped New England IPA.
  • From The Earth Brewing is hosting a four-course menu for Valentine’s Day for $60 per person that includes a beer or wine pairing.

COOL BEER NAME AWARD

Dad Made Breakfast Second Self Brewing
Photo: Second Self Brewing

Second Self gave me smiles this week with their new beer, “Dad Made Breakfast.” But even better than the 9% stout made with oats and coffee (it’s vegan, too) is, the fact that it’s the first in a series of three pastry stouts for 2020 is awesome.

Later this year, Second Self will launch "Stepdad Made Breakfast," featuring maple syrup and blueberries, followed by "Grandad Made Breakfast," a bourbon barrel-aged version of Stepdad Made Breakfast.

TASTE THIS

It’s not just the Valentine’s brews that are being launched this week, several breweries created new offerings.

  • Monday Night Brewing is releasing three versions of “Tears of My Enemies” at 4 p.m. on Saturday. These are the 2020 variants of their award-winning imperial milk stout series, brewed with coffee, vanilla and chocolate.

The only difference between the three is the barrel they were aged in. The base beer is the same, the ABV is too. As is the time they spent conditioning in the barrel. The options:

  1. Bourbon barrel
  2. Rum barrel
  3. Apple Brandy barrel

All three are remarkably smooth and drinklable even with the higher alcohol content. Because of my personal tastes I thought I’d rank them: rum, bourbon, and then apple brandy. However, my fav was the apple brandy. Taste all three for yourself.

  • Reformation released an 8% peach cobbler sour called “Drink Well with Others.” It’s made with over 20 pounds of peach purée per barrel with added cinnamon and used amber & honey malt. This is a collaboration with Rashan Ali and Atlanta Beer Boutique.
  • Service Brewing is releasing “The Love Boat” on Friday at 4 p.m. It’s a bourbon barrel-aged chocolate cherry stout.
  • StillFire Brewing released a 7.9% dark ale with hints of cinnamon and vanilla and held a social contest to name it. There still may be time to vote before the name is released on Friday. “Need for Beads” seems like the obvious choice to me.
  • On Saturday, Scofflaw is having a one-day release of “Juicy Joe Aussie IPA.” It features apricot, passionfruit, and citrus aromas with a slight lingering bitterness. Juicy Joe profits go to support those affected by the Australian bush fires. Cool!