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January 30, 2005
Held at Sweetwater Brewing Company
Atlanta, GA

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Freezing rain forced us to postpone the first annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting to the following day, but this did not deter most of the attendees from making it to the event.  Everyone was impressed with the flavors and excellent quality of these sample cask ales made by Atlanta-area brewers.  The food by Parties Galore Catering and music by Keltic Kudzu were also outstanding.  It was a fantastic evening.  Thanks to all our attendees and volunteers for making this free event possible!
Photos and Text by Owen Ogletree - Posted January, 2005

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Cask Ales at our 2005 Event:

Atlanta Brewing Company
1219 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA
Mark’s Maple Mild is a version of Red Brick Ale – a coppery red ale with two-row barley malt and five different roasted malts.  This cask version is slightly sweet with a medium body that is bolder than most Milds.  It is resting on a bed of bourbon and maple syrup infused maple wood chips and primed with Vermont maple syrup.  Note: This ale was given unofficial Honorable Mention by our panel of judges.

Buckhead Colorado Steakhouse
3655 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA
Emperor Penguin Ale is an Imperial Pale Ale that is deep copper in color with a dominant caramel and citrus aroma.  Citrusy hop flavors meld with a rich caramel maltiness and higher alcohol content to create a nicely balanced, warming beer.  Neither the malt nor the hops dominate – both are in balance.

Buckhead Colorado Steakhouse
1757 Rock Quarry Road, Stockbridge, GA
Panther Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale that is unfiltered, fined and naturally carbonated in the cask.  It is copper in color with a citrus/caramel aroma.  It is aggressively hopped with a high hop bitterness, but has an underlying maltiness to carry the hops.  Brewed with Centennial and dry hopped with a half pound of Cascade in the firkin.

Copper Creek Brewing Company
140 E. Washington Street, Athens, GA
Double IPA is the “first runnings” of Copper Creek’s Pale Ale that comes in at 9% alcohol.  It is amber in color with a medium body.  Generously hopped with six hop varieties, its initial warming malt character quickly dissipates to a spicy, citrus, hoppy finish that is sure to please.

Dahlonega Brewing Company
19-B East Main Street, Dahlonega, GA
Imperial Stout is deep black in color and made with English Maris Otter, chocolate, crystal, amber, black, and honey malts; along with roasted barley, a high gravity yeast, and Northern Brewer and Liberty hops.  It is rich, powerful, full bodied, and espresso-like.

Five Seasons Brewing Company
5600 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA
GFY IIPA is an Imperial IPA that was brewed with two-row pale malt and additions of Weyermann’s CaraRed and light Munich as well as Dingemanns roasted wheat (to aid in head retention) and aromatic malt.  Six different hops were used in the kettle, and the beer was dry hopped with three varieties.  This delicious brew has a definite alcohol presence going head-to-head with hop bitterness and flavor.  Kraeusen from a Barleywine was used for conditioning.  A pleasing dryness follows the alcohol and hop character, and a lingering malt flavor and aroma dominate the finish after the hops subside.

Max Lager’s American Grill & Brewery
320 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
Old 320 Barleywine comes in at 9.8% alcohol by volume and is made with Maris Otter pale malt, dark Munich and amber malts; and has an impressive 80 international bittering units from the use of Northern Brewer, Ahtanum, Cascade and Columbus hops.  It is dry hopped in the firkin with an extra dose of Cascade.

Mellow Mushroom
259 E. Broad Street, Athens, GA
‘Shroom Brown Ale is made in the small mini-micro system brewhouse in Athens’ downtown Mellow Mushroom.  It is 5% alcohol and is made with Crisp brown malt, pale two-row malt, Cascade and Spalt hops.  It is fruity with a great malt complexity.

Park Tavern
500 Tenth Street NE, Atlanta, GA
Piedmont Porter is a rich and creamy brew that is deep brown to black in color with a delicious, full-bodied chocolate-like malt flavor and a smooth, lingering finish.  This cask version is crafted with a blend of roasted, caramelized, and pale malts; and balanced with traditional Goldings hops.

Rock Bottom Brewery
3242 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA
Loop IPA, an American style Pale Ale, is copper colored with a pronounced hop aroma.  It is brewed and dry hopped with Fuggles – making it a single varietal hop ale.

Sweetwater Brewing Company
195 Ottley Drive, Atlanta, GA
Exodus Porter is an award-winning, medium-bodied Porter, defined by generous amounts of chocolate malt and rich, velvety mouthfeel.  This special cask version is dry hopped in the firkin.

Terrapin Beer Company
196 Alps Road, Athens, GA
“Wake-N-Bake on Wood” Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout is black as night, rich, full bodied, and loaded with coffee taste and aroma. It pours with a creamy brown head and has a mouthfeel that is velvety smooth.  It includes Costa Rican coffee roasted by J. Martinez coffee roasters in Atlanta.  This 7.5% alcohol cask version has been aged for over a month on French vanilla oak chips.

Zuma Brewing Company
900 Wendell Court SW, Atlanta, GA
Morena Britanica is the name given to this special Vienna-style Mexican lager – aged for four months, dry hopped with four ounces of Saaz, and cask conditioned with a charge of ale yeast.  It is brewed with 100% Weyermann malts, German hops, and fermented with a lager yeast from Mexico City.

Click here for Owen Ogletree's tips on conditioning and serving a real cask ale.

Event organizer Owen Ogletree taps the casks
the night before the event.  Note the plastic poncho!

The casks (firkins) are conditioned, tapped,
and ready to pour!

Ted and Pasha arrange the serving area.

Raven was chosen from the crowd to tap a firkin
at the event (it was her first time).

Don and Ric sample the real ales.

John and Lynn serve ales to the grateful attendees.

Jeff gives the Max Lager's Barleywine a thumbs-up.

Julie and Thel sample the first place Terrapin Stout.

Kerri served on our panel of beer judges for the event.

Sweetwater deserves our thanks
for hosting this event


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