Monday, May 18, 2015

Back to Woodstock

Well, not the place you might think. Read on:

Wasn't able to visit several of Atlanta area breweries, but did have a memorable time visiting two craft beer destinations in Woodstock (near where we were staying with family in Canton). In addition to a catchy name, the town has developed a very beer friendly community (no thanks to inane GA laws). First stop was at Barrel and Barley which calls itself a Craft Beer Market. Retail up front, growler fill in the rear. Hasn't been open in this location very long, but there was a steady flow of visitors, growlers in hand, while I was there. Took a pic of the menu and then took away a growler of Red Brick Casual IPA, a real session beer at 4.5% abv.

Second spot was Reformation Brewery, nearby. First launched in Halloween, 2014, this medal-winning brewery is rapidly becoming a success. Several expansions have already taken place, they now have a unique 17 Hectalitres system which is hopefully keep up with demand for awhile. GA law requires them to sell a tasting glass or mug, which then comes with 6 tasting tickets. Odd, I know, but they make it work. They are known for their Cadence, a Reformed Belgian Ale (???), which I liked, possibly due to the fig infusion. Technically a Dubble, it's very drinkable at 6.9% abv.

I am also a fan of their IPA, which they call Atlas, made with Malted Rye and plenty of Columbus & Cascade Hops. 6.8% abv.

I suggest you visit their website to learn more about them and their reformed behavior. I'll look in on them next time I'm visiting my relatives in the area.

 Cheers from Woodstock (the other one) GA.

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