Hate to see you go but I love to taste you leave.

Bells HopSlam

My last lonely bottle pre-consumption and excretion.

MMMmmm… Everyone loves a Hopslam. This big ass double IPA is brewed with some honey that knocks down the bitterness and adds the tiniest bit of honey flavor. The brew drips of hoppy citrus and pine flavors. It’s one of those beers that are becoming a pain in the ass to get your hands on(I’m looking at you KBS) with the craft beer scene blowing up the way it is. Maybe im just greedy for wanting to stock pile cases of this heady brew. Alas, I have finished my last bottle of Hopslam and have already donated its processed remnants to the sewer system, lucky sewer, I’m sure it still tastes of hoppy honey goodness on the way out. Any who, this is a beer that I’m sure you have heard of and that you definitely need to taste. It is one of those beers that has become a living legend and is highly sought after. This is a once a year release that comes out around Jan/Feb each year. BUT! It is American Craft Beer Week this week so you just might be able to find it on draft at an event near you! There is hope! If you run accross it in ATL please drop me a line so I can pour it in my face hole. This is one of those rare beers that actually lives up to the hype that it is surrounded by. It is a bucket list beer. You should be drinking one right now.

Brew Day at Burnt Hickory Brewery

Burnt Hickory Brew System

Burnt Hickory Brew System

The kind folks at Burnt Hickory Brewery in Kennesaw, GA were gracious enough to let me come help out on brew day this week. Burnt Hickory has been around for just over a year now and during that time they have created a great notoriety for producing some killer beers. Their line up of monster beers are changing the beer game in Georgia; every beer here is bigger and Bigger is Better. The brewery is producing higher than average ABV beers that are packed full of flavor and creativity. The beers produced here will knock the socks off veteran beer drinkers and blow the minds of craft beer neophytes. One of my favorites brewed at Burnt Hickory is a seasonal called “Noggin Knocker” it is an Imperial Eggnog Stout; Need I say more? No? To bad cause it gets better… It’s a barrel aged spiced milk stout that clocks in at 13.5% ABV. This beast then gets split into whiskey and rum barrels and is aged to perfection. Holy Shit this stuff is good. Whats it taste like? You will just have to try it yourself, this is no time for a review of this bucket list beer. It’ll be awhile before this beer comes back around, so let’s dry out our moist panties and move on. Cannon Dragger IPA was on the production list for brew day at BHB this week. This is a big american IPA that is full of hops. It’s a bit bigger that your average IPA at 8% ABV and is a mainstay for the brewery that is available year round. In addition to brewing some beers a little brewery maintenance and new fermenter construction happened that day. New fermenters = more beer for all of us!

Head brewer Will assembling a new fermeter at Burnt Hickory Brewery.

Head brewer Will assembling a new fermeter.

Brew day went off with out a hitch and with lots of beer hitting the fermenter’s before the day was done. Burnt Hickory is offering a brewery tour on May 18th so make sure to be there. Until then you can find their beers on tap in the Kennesaw area.