Red Brick Brewing Company - Hoplanta IPA
- ABV: 6.2%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 61
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: 2-Row, Vienna, C-60, Wheat
- Hops: Cascade, Apollo, Calypso, Crystal
Red Brick’s flagship brew pours a lightly hazy, rich amberish-copper color, topped with plenty of foam that retains very well. This is exactly the kind of beer we love featuring in our new Hop-Heads Beer Club. Juicy and sweetly fruity hops jump out in the aroma, presenting plenty of orange & tangerine citrus notes, softened by some pleasant floral overtones, a touch of pine, and perhaps a stone-fruit hint as well. The hops control the scene in the flavor department too, of course, delivering their fruity-floral-herbal notes across the palate from start to finish. But, the lightly toasty core of caramelized malts provides plenty of structure underneath, leading to a very rich and satisfying experience while keeping the beer exceedingly drinkable and well-balanced despite the big hops and firm 61 IBUs. Red Brick recommends bold pairings like southern BBQ, spicy Thai curry, and strong cheeses like sharp cheddar, gorgonzola, and camembert. Cheers!
Red Brick Brewing Company is the oldest operational craft brewery in the state of Georgia. Like numerous areas of the South, restrictive prohibition-era "hangover" laws stunted the growth of the craft beer scene for some time. But, in 1993, things began to change when former Guinness executive, Greg Kelly, founded Atlanta Brewing Company in a red brick warehouse in Midtown Atlanta. Brewing equipment was sourced from England, including a malt mill (used by the brewery to this day) that was found abandoned in a meadow.
Around 2006, the brewery faced some upheaval as a state road expansion project meant the end of the brewery’s Midtown location and founder Greg Kelly left the business. Bob Budd took over the reins, and the brewery left Midtown not long after, to a location a few miles to the northwest. In 2010, the brewery changed its named to Red Brick Brewing Company. Last year saw the addition of two new forces in the brewhouse: Garett Lockhart, a graduate of Chicago’s famed Siebel Institute, took over as head brewer, accompanied by Steve Anderson as lead brewer. Together they are amping up the revitalization of Red Brick’s beer lineup, keeping the brewery fresh and current in the contemporary craft beer scene, which has come a long was since the brewery’s opening in 1993.
Red Brick maintains an excellent Tasting Room, which is a great place to enjoy fresh beer on tap and, frequently, live music. For more information about the brewery and their scheduled tours which run Wednesday-Sunday, call 404-355-5558 or visit www.redbrickbrewing.com.
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