Saturday, April 06, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Friday afternoon Contrast

Friday afternoon Contrast

Garage-style doors opened, April spring let in, and Artifice Pale V2 served on draught. It's a Friday afternoon in the taproom at Contrast Artisan Ales, on 5 April 2019.

The brewery is new. Contrast opened to the public —in the city of Chamblee, Georgia, population 29,000, a few miles north of Atlanta— only three months earlier, in December 2018. It's owned and operated by Chase Medlin, the past head brewer at Twains Brewpub and Billiards in nearby Decatur.

Contrast's taproom is cozy and spartan —a converted auto-repair shop— with local artwork on the walls and a wrap-around white granite bar-top. Wooden barrels double as tabletops in the stool-less small outdoor front patio.

The two-vessel seven-barrel brewhouse can be seen in the background. Beers are served from finishing tanks located in a cold room directly behind the bar (to the left in the photo).

The pictured beer, Artifice Pale, is a not a hazy or juicy-fruit pale ale but a bright and crisp one with a citrusy aroma and dry finish, at an alcohol level of 5.6% (by volume). I would surmise that an apparent 11% alcohol decrease from the recipe for version 1 decreased the sweetness but increased the perkiness in this, version 2.

And increased —gulp— its 'drinkability.'

  • Neither Contrast's website nor its Facebook page lists the brewery's address (or current beer list). It's: 5504 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, Georgia 30341, just east of the intersection with Broad Street.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of photos, posted on Saturdays, and occasionally, but not always, with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • See the photo on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1. Lens: Canon 50mm ƒ/1.4 FD.
  • Settings: 20 mm | 1/100 | ISO 200 | f/4.0
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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