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Guest Blog: Heat things up with Georgia craft beer – Valentine’s picks from Hey, Brewtiful

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Frozen Pints

Hey Brewtiful CollageWhether you’re planning to be generous or planning a party for one, there are a few ways you can reliably reach your craft beer sweet spot. Show your favorite craft beer cutie you know their heart this Valentine’s Day, and every day of the year, with these delicious (and local) options will satisfy newbie and expert craft beer creatures alike.

Buy fresh beer (and fresh flowers) 

Experience more of the flavors and aromas that your brewer intended by drinking their beer fresh from the tap. With no shortage of excellent growler shops in and around Atlanta, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t treat yourself and bring home a heaping portion of draft-quality craft beer. Not sure which tap to take with you? Try these top picks from around town for educated staff and samples: Hop CitySmyrna Beer MarketAle Yeah!Gremlin GrowlersBarrel and Barley (just to name a few). With trained staff, excellent bottle selections, and rotating draft beer selections to take home, you’re sure to leave with something solid in hand.

Where you get it: Growler shops, some bottle shops, select restraunts

What is costs: between $5-$15 for 32oz. (prices vary by brewery and retailer)

Personal favorites: (see list above)

Play in the dark with beer candles and craft “suds”

Dim the lights and get sudsy with some Alcholwicks and craft beer “suds” made right here in Georgia. Made with natural and locally sourced ingredients, Brown Bag Soap Company has expanded their product line of natural soaps (including my personal favorite, the Pale Ale bar) to include soy-based candles inspired by the spirit of drinking.

Where you get it: online and at area breweries and retailers

What it costs: between $6-$13

Personal favorites: Pale Ale Bar, Pale Ale Candle

Heat things up with Frozen Pints  

Spoon will take on a whole new meaning when you dip into these sexy little numbers. My personal suggestion? Skip the meal and go straight to dessert. Whether you’re a skilled baker or can only open a box, Frozen Pints will make any dessert seem stupid good. These little packages of ice cream pack a punch with craft beer already in the mix. Phenomenal with brownies of the boxed variety, or paired with something more elaborate like this gorgeous chocolate stout pie via the Beeroness, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to teasing the tastebuds of your craft beer creature.

Where you get it: Atlanta area growler shops, and restaurants around town.

What it costs: About $8 a pint

Personal favorites: I truly enjoy all the flavors, but for chocolate pairings I’d go with Brown Ale Chip, Cinnamon Espresso Stout, or the Malted Milk Chocolate Stout.

Any hour can be “happy hour” 

If loving happy hour is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. With real beer baked right in, Happy Hour Confections will make any occasion worth singing about. Made right here in Georgia, these hand-crafted delights are said to “satisfy all your vices at once” (and that ain’t no lie). Pick them up at area growler shops or order them up for special delivery. If I had to pick just one, I’d bet on the truffles every time but they also do brunch, brownies, and beer doughnuts!

Where you get it: Roswell and Decatur Ale Yeah! Craft Beer Markets, select growler shops around town, or delivered to you (free delivery on purchases over $75). Check out the special orders page or give them a call at 770-992-2246 to place orders or ask questions.

What it costs: between $10-$50 for individual items, contact Holly Pezzano for brunch and current menu pricing (see contact info listed above).

Personal favorites: the truffles are made of win, and their mini cakes in Salted Caramel Porter and Lemon Honey Orange IPA are among my favorites.

Book a barefoot beer dinner

Let an expert titillate your tastebuds with a meal prepared by Michael Anderson of The Everyday Chef. Despite the name, his meals are anything but ordinary and include craft beer pairings and custom menus to suit even the most discriminating palates. You can leave your shoes on if you want, but a custom created in-home beer dinner made by a professional chef would leave this lady hot under the collar.

Where you get it: Contact chefmikeanderson{at}gmail{dot}com for rates and availability

What it costs: rates vary by menu and size of your party, on average ~$200, +$45 per person

Personal favorites: Mr. Anderson knows his roasted meats, warm desserts, and pickled treats

Cheers,

Jessica Miller

About the author: Drinking in the world of craft beer through her original photography, writing, artwork and design, Jessica Miller is a self-taught social media junkie with a formal background in teaching and creative writing and a passion for the perfect pour. Check out more from “Hey, Brewtiful” by visiting Jessica’s website.

 

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