Thursday, April 10, 2008

In Atlanta, we thanked Cullen and Harrison.

Chef Matt and his beansTaco Mac is a nearly 20 outlet chain of multi-tap beer restaurants in Georgia and Tennessee. On Tuesday, a beer dinner to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cullen-Harrison Act was held at their downtown Atlanta location.

The anniversary actually occurred on Monday (7 April 1933). But as that was the evening of the men's NCAA basketball championship —which indeed was a thrilling game— Executive Chef Drecker had thought it prudent to move things to Tuesday.

casks on tableClipper City poured from a fresh cask of Loose Cannon Hop3 ale by gravity and from a cask of 2007 Below Decks Barleywine via handpump.

It was a good turnout, most of which knew the details of the significance of the day ... and that national Prohibition wouldn't actually be repealed until 5 December of 1933. (I even encountered a YFGF reader: she and I had a fascinating discussion on the nexus of beer and politics.)

The Atlanta Brewing Company was pouring Reverend Mudbone, a golden beer with an incredible aroma. Crystal hops —and lots of them— imbued the beer with not the typical American grapefruit/turpentine hop character but rather deep floral and earthy aromas. One taster exclaimed, "Cannabis!"

Other breweries there included Sweetwater and Terrapin (both local Georgia breweries), Left Hand, and Lagunitas.

By the way, Tuesday evening was the women's NCAA championship game. Several attendees were enjoying the beers and dinner while taking frequent glances at the television monitors.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry I missed it! Thanks again for an interesting education and a lot of fun at the Athens Brewfest.


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