Owen Ogletree is founder and director of the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting
Brewtopia Events LLC

Photo Album and Winners...

January 28, 2006
Held at Sweetwater Brewing Company
Atlanta, GA

Cask ale (or real ale) is young beer that has been placed in small metal casks called firkins. In the sealed firkin the beer undergoes a special conditioning process whereby the yeast produces carbonation and wonderful flavor components and then settles to the bottom. After a time, excess carbonation is vented and a serving tap is hammered into a spout on the cask. The beer is served at a cool cellar temperature without pasteurization or artificial gas.  After a morning judging session featuring a panel of beer judges from Southern Brew News, the free public sampling session was held 4-7 PM.  Everyone was impressed with the flavors and excellent quality of these sample cask ales made by Atlanta-area brewers.  The lively celtic music from Mickle-A-Do was also outstanding.  It was a special evening centered around unique, flavorful beer.  Thanks to Sweetwater Brewery and all our attendees and volunteers for making this special event possible!
Photos and Text by Owen Ogletree - Posted January, 2006

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Cask Ales at our 2006 Event:

Atlanta Brewing Company
1219 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA
Red Brick Ale is the brewery’s flagship product brewed with traditional top-fermenting ale yeast.  It has a deep, coppery red color, smooth body, full mouthfeel, and 7% alcohol.

Cancun / Zuma Brewing Company
900 Wendell Court SW, Atlanta, GA
Tequila Doppelbock is a medium-bodied, strong lager partially aged in a tequila barrel and cask-conditioned with a charge of ale yeast.  It was brewed with Weyermann malts and German hops.

Cold Nose Dave’s (Mellow Mushroom)
259 E. Broad Street, Athens, GA
Wee Heavy Ale is a strong Scottish ale with smoked, roasted aromas and a flavor with a great malt complexity.  This “Wee” Heavy is a big beer to drink before a walk around the block to mark your territory.

Copper Creek Brewing Company
140 E. Washington Street, Athens, GA
Scottish Ale. Crimson in color, this robust beer has a medium body. Its flavor and aroma are a complex blend of toasted toffee and caramel notes. This ale is dry and warming with a faint smoky finish.

Dahlonega Brewing Company
19-B East Main Street, Dahlonega, GA
Foreign Extra Stout -- A very dark, moderately strong beer with roasted coffee overtones and an alcohol level of 7.5%. Cask-conditioned with American oak chips and Vanguard hops.

Five Seasons Brewing Company
5600 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA
GFY IIPA is an Imperial IPA that is brewed with two-row pale malt and additions of Weyermann’s CaraRed and light Munich as well as Dingemanns roasted wheat.  Six different hops were used in the kettle, and the beer was dry-hopped with three varieties. 

Max Lager’s American Grill & Brewery
320 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
Old 320 Barleywine comes in at 10% alcohol and has a full body and malt character rich with caramel and raisin notes.  It is hopped aggressively with Cascade and Ahtanum varieties.

Moon River Brewing Company
21 West Bay Street, Savannah, GA
Swamp Fox IPA is a BIG India Pale Ale with BIG malt sweetness balanced with BIG hop bitterness and even BIGGER hop aroma.

New River Brewing Company
Atlanta, GA
New River Pale Ale is a medium-bodied, golden ale made from pale, caramel, Munich and wheat malts.  There are four generous additions of northwestern U.S. hops in the kettle and secondary fermenter.

Old Savannah Brewing Company
Savannah, GA
Ghost Ale is an English blonde ale with the best British malts and hops. A late addition of whole leaf East Kent Goldings adds a classic, smooth hop aroma. The special strain of yeast from northeast England contributes light fruity esters.  A great “session” beer!

Park Tavern
500 Tenth Street NE, Atlanta, GA
Park Trail Ale.  Brewed with the best English pale malt and Fuggles hops, this British-style pale ale has nice malt flavor followed by a pleasant hop aftertaste.

Rock Bottom Brewery
3242 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA
Iron Horse Stout.  This opaque black stout is boldly aggressive with a roasted flavor stemming from rich UK malt.  Iron Horse Stout received the gold medal in the Sweet Stout category in the 2002 World Beer Cup Competition.

Rome Street Tavern Grill
206 Rome Street, Carrollton, GA
Hopping Wood Cask Ale is an English-style Brown Ale with a dark color and a slightly toasted flavor that compliments the sweet malt character.  A slightly hoppier version of our regular Carrollton Oak Brown.

Sweetwater Brewing Company
195 Ottley Drive, Atlanta, GA
Happy Ending Imperial Stout is a potent, jet-black ale (partially aged in a whiskey barrel) that displays complex, roasty flavors and a thick mouthfeel boosted with seven malts.  The nose is accented with a healthy dose of Cascade dry hops for balance.

Sweetwater Brewing Company
195 Ottley Drive, Atlanta, GA
Imperial IPA is a powerful version of the regular Sweetwater India Pale Ale.  This high-gravity brew is around 9% alcohol by volume and has a huge dose of hops for bittering, flavor and aroma.  Big malt flavor provides a background for an explosion of citrusy hop character.  This beer came in second place in the PEOPLE'S CHOICE voting at the event.

Terrapin Beer Company
196 Alps Road, Athens, GA
“Wake-N-Bake On Wood” Imperial Stout is a full-bodied Imperial Stout with a flavorful coffee taste and aroma with subtle wood undertones. It includes a special blend of coffee created by Terrapin and Jittery Joe's Coffee and is aged on French vanilla oak chips for two months.

Thomas Creek Brewery
2054 Piedmont Hwy., Greenville, SC
Thomas Creek Imperial Oak is an Imperial IPA aged with oak and cellared for six weeks. This cask ale has an alcohol percentage of 9% by volume and is hopped to 78 IBUs.

Click here for Owen Ogletree's tips on conditioning and serving a real cask ale.
Click here for details on our next Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.

Part of our judging panel: Bob Townsend (Southern Brew
News Editor), Lisa Hanson (SBN Publisher), and
Christina Collier (SBN homebrew writer).

Larry Johnson (beer styles writer for SBN) also served
as a judge.

Jeff Rapp pours real ale from the first cask of the night.

John, Pasha, and Mark served cask ales to the attendees.

17 casks were tapped for the event.

Dave Boop and Dean Graves made sure taps were flowing.

Terrific beer drinkin' music from Mickle-A-Do.

Special thanks go to Sweetwater
for hosting this event


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