Let's talk beer, glorious beer!
I began homebrewing at the end of 2008 right after I turned 21. At the time, the industry was in an interesting phase, which I like to call “amidst the pendulum swing.” Back then, homebrewing equipment was nothing like what's available today, Black IPAs were the new trend, and the consumer wasn't nearly as informed as they are now. Fast forward to today where brewing techniques and processes are easily accessible, Black IPAs have seemingly been forgotten, and more consumers are brewing at home. I believe we are now at the highest point of that pendulum where flavors are no longer subtle, but bold and in your face, while small simplicities are overlooked or covered up with an abundance of non-essential beer ingredients. The world of craft beer has taken its place center stage and as such, I feel that instead of brewing what a brewer likes to drink, breweries are now brewing out of fear. We are brewing what’s trendy in order to avoid possible failure rather than brewing what we’re most passionate about. This causes me a world of anxiety.
This industry is always changing and, as much as I believe we are about to see that pendulum on the backswing, we cannot be naive to the fact that it will always be swinging. That's why Best End intends to focus on this pendulum as a whole, rather than where it is at any point in time. As the Director of Brewing Operations, I challenge myself to never brew out of fear or fear of failure. I have worked very hard at perfecting classic beer styles throughout my years in the industry and it will all be for naught if I fall victim to brewing based on trends.
Those of you who know me know I'm a jokester by nature, but regardless of how I kid around or the silly shirts I may wear, I DO love all styles of beer (including Hazy IPAs!) and will always respect any beer that's made well. And as I work hard to brew a variety of well-made beers that provide you with what you love as well as what I love, I truly hope one day I can help people be just as enthusiastic about a German Pilsner as they are a DDH Hazy IPA!
That's why our beer program is a combination of Old World traditions with innovative, New World philosophies. Our 20BBL brewhouse (which houses four fermenters and five serving tanks) will allow us to brew our core brands for our restaurant as well as to sell them at our favorite retailers across the beautiful city of Atlanta. Our distribution model is to keep our presence relevant in the industry while enticing people to visit our brewpub.
Now enough reading, let's drink! I can't wait to share my love of craft beer with each and every one of you.
ANXIETY PILS PILSNER
A very drinkable German Pilsner brewed with rye and dry hopped with American hops for a crispy, dry finish. View it as an American Rye Ale meets a German Pilsner.
GRAINS: Heidelberg. Munich. Rye. Flaked Rye.
HOPS: Magnum. Hersbrucker. Comet.
LACK OF FOCUS INDIA PALE ALE
An East meets West IPA. Brewed with American and New Zealand hops to give you a very pungent, yet soft hop flavor with a West Coast-style bitterness.
GRAINS: Pilsner. Flaked Rye. Flaked Oats.
HOPS: Chinook. Pacific Jade. Mosaic. Eureka!
SLABTOWN CZECH PILSNER
Brewed to pay homage to our head brewer's favorite beer: Pilsner Urquell. This is a representation of a classic Bohemian-style Lager that's malty sweet, yet dry and hoppy. Super refreshing.
GRAINS: Bohemian Pilsner. Munich I. Carafoam. Melanoidin.
HOPS: Magnum. Czech Saaz.
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SLIPPERS INDIA PALE ALE
A West Coast IPA brewed with rye. Bursting with bold American hops that are perfectly illustrated by a nice, complex malt flavor. We. Love. Rye.
GRAINS: Brewers Malt. Pale. Vienna. Rye. Flaked Rye. Dark Munich.
HOPS: Nugget. Idaho7. Citra. El Dorado.
MAN OF WAR VIENNA LAGER
An elegant, malt-forward lager. This classic Vienna Lager is brewed with toasted malts and is moderately hopped for a very drinkable beer.
GRAINS: Vienna. Pilsner. CaraHell. Melanoidin. Munich I. Munich II.
HOPS: Hallertau Mittlefruh.
small batch & seasonal
(Please note that our small batch and seasonal beer menu changes regularly)
LIGHT & BRIGHT
SUN HARMONICS BELGIAN BLONDE
Brewed with Belgian candy sugar for a sweet, spicy, and floral Belgian beer balanced by a nice, refreshing bitterness.
This lighter-bodied beer is brewed with multiple saison strains for a an earthy, funky, dry finish.
HEFFER WOLFE HEFEWEIZEN
A classic German wheat beer brewed with Bavarian yeast. Wheaty, light, and slightly tart.
A PILLOW OF WINDS WITBIER
A Belgian wheat ale brewed with flaked oats, spelt, and red wheat. We dry-hopped this beer with Rishi Hibiscus Berry Tea for a fruity and complex Belgian Witbier experience.
MINERAL LOVE KOLSCH
Originating from Cologne, Germany, this Ale/Lager hybrid is clean, crisp, and refreshing. Smooth malt flavor with subtle fruity esters that are accentuated by a dry and minerally finish.
FRESH ANXIETY PILSNER
Our house American Pilsner brewed with rye and dry-hopped with wet comet hops. A nice harvest season twist on one of our mainstays.
SNACKS INDIA PALE ALE
Brewed with fresh wet hops, this is the first of our "Snacks" rotating "SMASH" series: Single Malt And Single Hop.
SUPERCOLLIDER DOUBLE INDIA PALE ALE
A bold West Coast IPA with firm bitterness and loads of hoppiness to help balance this beast of an IPA. Super dry with a gritty hop finish.
FROM CHAOS HOPPY RED ALE
An unfiltered, malt-forward Red Ale cut by a lingering West Coast bitterness. Malty and toasty with a touch of pineapple and citrus.⠀
ROULETTE DARES INDIA BLACK ALE
The best of both worlds! Dark and hoppy bursting with notes of burnt sugar, roasted coffee, pine, and orange marmalade dankness.
MALTY & DARK
MILES MAGISTER OATMEAL PORTER
An American brown porter brewed with toasted and roasted malts. Chocolatey sweet with hints of caramel, toffee, and graham crackers.
ROCKET FUEL CHOCOLATE MILK STOUT
A light stout brewed with lactose and coffee. Roasty sweet with notes of chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
GUERNICA SCOTCH ALE
A Scottish-style ale brewed with 100% Chilean malts. Malty sweet with hints of raisins, plums, burnt sugar, and leather.
FALL BE KIND PUMPKIN SPICED PORTER
Brewed with rye, pumpkin, maple syrup, brown sugar, and pumpkin spices, this American Brown Porter is well balanced with a sweet cinnamon aroma and finish. Tastes like fall in a glass.