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Dust Bunny IPA, recently released in the Mobile market, is described as “packed with aromatics of orange and lemon dripping with honey. Its soft yet bright body contributes notes of peach.”
Last week, Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing staged a tap takeover at Island Wing Co. on Dauphin Street to introduce four of its beers: Han Brolo Pale Ale, Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, Slap Fight IPA and On a Boat Golden Ale. Relatively new to our area, Monday Night’s beers can be found in Mobile at Whole Foods, Cottage Hill Package Store and Loda Bier Garten, in addition to Island Wing Co.
Whole Foods had five Monday Night styles available in cans and another on tap (for those of you who didn’t know Whole Foods had beers on tap, check it out — it’s a hidden gem). I picked up a six-pack of its Blind Pirate Blood Orange IPA. It’s dark amber in color — probably from those blood oranges — and hoppier than I expected from a fruit-infused beer. It was a very good, strong (7.4 percent alcohol by volume) IPA, but with just a hint of orange flavor at the end. I’m looking forward to trying Dr. Robot Lemon Sour and Monday Night’s seasonal Dust Bunny Hazy IPA, which was just released last week.
Like a lot of craft breweries, Monday Night Brewing emerged out of a group of friends who had been homebrewing and figured they could do it for a living. What makes its origin story a little unique is that these friends — founders Jonathan Baker, Jeff Heck and Joel Iverson — met over a Bible study class that morphed into hybrid Monday night meetings of homebrewing and Bible studies.
After five years of planning and development, they put out their first beers in 2011 (Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale and Eye Patch Ale), then opened a 30-barrel brewhouse in the West Midtown section of Atlanta in 2013. That location is still home to most of Monday Night’s beer production; it always has 20 beers on tap and features a “Hop Hut,” offering a rotating tap of eight hoppy beers.
In 2017 Monday Night Brewing opened a second location, The Garage, in the West End of Atlanta. The Garage houses the brewery’s barrel aging and sour production line, and also features 20 beers on tap, including its Garage Series beers, such as Mischief Managed Peach and Tears of My Enemies Apple Brandy, which are available only at the taproom.
If last weekend’s Dauphin Street Beer Festival didn’t satiate your taste for craft beer, then you’re in luck, as the Emerald Coast Beer Festival will be held in Pensacola on Sept. 6-7. Monday Night Brewing is not on the list of festival beers, but a number of our local favorites are — including Fairhope Brewing Co., Serda Brewing and Big Beach Brewing — in addition to a wide variety of craft brews from throughout the Southeast and some national brands as well.
One of the things making the Emerald Coast Beer Festival unique is that in addition to dozens of craft beers, the festival is open to homebrewers and homebrewing clubs, so festivalgoers will have an opportunity to try some really unique homebrews as well.
The festival will be held at Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Emporium in Seville Square. Thursday night will feature a beer-pairing dinner at 7 p.m. and the beer tasting will take place Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance at squareup.com/market/ecbf or $40 at the door. The beer-tasting dinner is a separate charge, and reservations need to be made by calling 850-434-6211.