Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Atlanta celebrates 75 years of legal beer

Fred and the troupe at Atlanta's Taco Mac have invited Clipper City Brewing to participate in their celebration of the 75th anniversary of the return of beer to America.

Well, actually one day late. It's the NCAA Championship game on Monday 7 April, so we'll be doing it on Tuesday, 8 April at 6pm.

I'll be bringing 2 firkins: a cask of Below Decks Barleywine 10% alcohol by volume (a.b.v.) and a cask of Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale (7.3% abv). The former has been resting since the end of October 2007; the latter will be sparkling fresh. Our cellarman racks it this coming Saturday.

These are strong beers. So it's a delicious irony that what was made legal 75 years ago were beers of 3.2% abv or less! Read historian Bob Skilnik's post on what really happened that day.

Prohibition itself—the 18th amendment—was not repealed until the passage of the 21st Amendment on 5 December 1933.

The event will feature 10 beers, some rare, from 7 breweries, and a buffet dinner. The celebration begins at 6pm (remember, it's Tuesday 8 April) upstairs at the Taco Mac in the Lindbergh Center. The cost to attend is $70 and reservations are required.

  • Slow-roasted Beef Sirloin with peppercorn crust and horseradish on Ciabatta
  • Muffaletta Crustini: salami, ham, fresh herbs
  • Grilled Kielbasa: Atlanta-made sausage, apple cabbage, sweet peppers
  • Shepherd's Pie with cheddar cheese crust
  • Baked Beans with spicy mustard and smoked bacon
  • Orzo Salad of feta cheese, capers, red bell peppers
  • Colcannon with smoked bacon, caramelized cabbage
  • Granny Smith Apple Crisp

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