As might be expected, the Brick Store Pub is giving you a present on their anniversary. Twenty-seven presents, in fact. In an attempt to outshine its 11th Anniversary celebration from last year that featured 11 special kegs over 11 days, this year the Brick Store will tap 14 kegs over the first 11 days (one a night, plus 2 on Fridays and Saturdays) starting with today's 2006 Lagavulin barrel-aged J.W. Lees, and including limited, rare, and oak-aged beers from America's best breweries (and a couple from Belgium, as well). But that's only the warm up for Day 12, on Saturday, June 27, when a special treat will be tapped every hour from noon until midnight. That's 13 kegs in all; sort of beer cake with 12 keg candles and one to grow on.
Among the offerings during the lead up are a 2006 Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster barrel-aged in a Jack Daniels cask for 9 months, aka Big Sloppy Monster (6/18); one of the first kegs of the new Duck-Rabbitor Doppelbock (6/21); Sweetwater Double IPA aged on first-run Bordeaux oak (6/23); a wooden cask of t'Smisje Kerst Belgian strong dark ale (6/20); and a firkin of Avery Maharaja (6/25). The run on the 27th includes no less than 5 kegs of Allagash Brewing Company's top-notch Belgian-style ales (Interlude, Victor, Victoria, Hugh Malone, and the new Confluence), interspersed with three different Oskar Blues beers (Dale's Pale Ale, Gordon, and 10 Fidy) aged in whiskey barrels from Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey distillers. Start toughening up your liver.
Three Recession-Friendly Beer Dinners
Beer dinners are a great way to sample new beers and get a taste of a kitchen's best efforts, but these days who can afford to slap down 6 or 7 Hamiltons for one dinner? Here are three beer dinners options that offer a special night at a reasonable price.
Max Lager's downtown is offering a New Orleans-style menu for Father's Day that includes 4 courses with beer pairings for $40. The special dinner will be available throughout the weekend, along with the regular menu. There are also suggested wine pairings for the vinophile in your family. Entrée choices include Bourbon Street rib-eye, Crawfish Etouffée, Panéed Pecan grouper, and Veal Grillards. The latter is paired with Max Lager's 11th Anniversary lager. Call 404-525-440 for more information.
The Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points will host a Pirate Beer Dinner on Tues., June 23 featuring three salty courses and three beers from the underrated Clipper City High Seas series of high gravity beers, including the Loose Cannon Hop^3, Red Sky at Night Saison, and Peg Leg Stout. The cost is $40 with beer pairings. Call 404-223-0393 for reservations.
Finally, the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta Village joins the beer dinner mania on Wed., June 24 with a dinner featuring three courses and four beers from Oregon's iconic craft brewery, Rogue Ales. The price is a measly $35 per person. Check the Graveyard Tavern website for the menu and beer pairings and to reserve your spot.
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