We’re Growing our Barrel-Aging and Souring Program at the Garage
Tim McDonnell. He cleans up nicely. Photo by Lyric Lewin.
Experienced brewer Tim McDonnell is the newest member of our team. He’s joining the barrel program manager at the Garage in Southwest Atlanta.
“When we opened up the Garage in September 2017, we wanted it to be the home of our barrel-aged and sour program,” said co-founder Joel Iverson. “We expected it to grow, but it’s been a little faster than we anticipated, which isn’t a bad thing. Tim will help us keep that growth going strong.”
Tim most recently brewed at Calusa in Sarasota, Florida. Tim also has brewing experience in California, working at Highland Park in Los Angeles.
“It was the perfect opportunity for me and my family,” said McDonnell. “I’m excited to get started and keep producing some award-winning liquid.”
“We’re gonna work him,” said brewmaster Peter Kiley. “Once he gets ramped up, Tim will be responsible for wort production, cellar operations, filtration, fruiting, packaging, cleaning and maintenance. In fact, his first assignment was to get a good pair of boots.”
What if we told you that everything you knew about milkshake IPAs wasn’t real?
Behold: the non-hazy milkshake IPA!
One of our newest releases is Slam Dunk, an orange-creamsicle India Pale Ale that’s technically considered a milkshake IPA. However, once you pour it into your glass, you’ll notice one big difference from other beers in this style – it’s crystal clear.
By now, most people know what to expect from a milkshake IPA – a thick, rich, creamy beer with low hop bitterness and high flavor, usually from fruity adjuncts. We’ve done our own experimentation with this style (most recently with the strawberry-vanilla Piranha Dealer). And we’ve found some things we can do differently.
“One of the things we love to do is to take a classic style, do it well, and then put our own twist to it,” says brewmaster Peter Kiley. “The milkshake IPA is a brand new style, but that doesn’t mean we can’t shake it up…see what I did there?”
The shakeup? Filtering the beer.
“We loved the way the flavor profile worked in Piranha Dealer,” said head brewer Ryan Cooley. “But we did experience some stability issues on the shelf. It wasn’t staying as fresh as long as we wanted it to. Our lab took a look at it and suggested that we filter it.”
So that’s what the brewers did with Slam Dunk. The result was a clean, more brilliant flavor. A slightly bitter orange aroma balances perfectly once you take a sip and enjoy the mellowing tones of vanilla alongside juicy orange notes.
Cellar Manager Aaron Butzen sorts out orange peels for Slam Dunk. In related news, we are happy to report the Monday Night Brewing crew is now 100% scurvy-free.
“We filtered the beer before we added fresh orange peels and vanilla.” said Kiley. “It’s totally unorthodox, we know. But in reality, we replaced the haze with shelf stability, and that’s a trade off we are totally comfortable with. The aroma, flavor and mouthfeel are all where it needs to be.”
But that doesn’t mean we’re done with experimentation. “we’ll keep tweaking and adjusting our recipes for each beer,” said cellar manager Aaron Butzen. “so we may still come out with a hazy milkshake IPA in the future…it just depends on what works best with the style and the ingredients we’re working with.”
Slam Dunk will be available in our taprooms and in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama throughout the month of February.
We’re hosting Prom 2019: Down the Rabbit Hole on February 15 at the Garage.
(Because Tie One On, our anniversary party, is just too far away.)
For our fifth annual Prom, we’ll be opening all three bars at the Garage as we transform to a surreal landscape of swirls and spirals, tea cups and kettles, playing cards and roses for an Alice in Wonderland-themed dance party. The event will be held on Friday, February 15 and is strictly for ages 21+ to relive their glory days.
Attendees can expect:
Amp’d Entertainment spinning prom night hits spanning decades.
Roaming Alice in Wonderland characters.
Color-changing beer steins.
Food available for purchase from local pitmasters DAS BBQ.
Alice in Wonderland “Eat Me” sweet treats offered by West End vegan baker, Buttafly Kisses. Vegetarian BBQ options will also be available.
Color-changing beer steins, included with Prom ticket.
It wouldn’t be an adult prom without a stellar tap list. Prom 2019: Down the Rabbit Hole will feature four all-new beers at its Curiosity Bar, including:
Drink Me: Strawberry Glitter Pale Ale (4.7%)
Trippy Milkshake: Mint Scotch Ale (7.2%)
High Tea: Hibiscus and Raspberry Sour Ale (3.3%)
Duck Boat: Fruit Punch Golden Ale (4.8%)
In addition, expect 20 other specialty and seasonal beers on tap.
New this year: we’ll have two additional bars (three in total), 8,000 extra square feet, and an extra hour to the event to make it a truly fantastical night. (We see you, 2018 attendees.)
Keep an eye on our Instagram stories leading up to the event for a chance to win tickets, but don’t hold your breath, we plan to sell out.
Prom tickets are $35 (plus tax). They include three beers (full pour of core and seasonal, half pour of limited release and Garage series), a color-changing “Cheshire Cat” beer stein, and a raffle ticket to win prizes at the event. This event is 21+ only.
Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking a taproom manager to join our small team and oversee public and private events in our taproom. This is a full-time position, 35-40 hrs per week. You will be responsible for running one of our taprooms, including managing the guest experience, managing bartenders, conducting tours of the brewery, ensuring compliance with alcohol laws, and managing the setup and cleanup of the taproom for each shift.
Apply here, but you’ll want to read this whole job description first.
Senior Taproom Manager
Must love people. And craft beer. In that order.
Must be a strong leader and team player
Must proactively look for ways to increase people’s positive experience with the brewery, the beer, and the brand
Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Must be able to work a flexible schedule, primarily evenings and weekends
Must have a willingness and ability to step in wherever needed – this could include bartending, cleaning toilets, conducting training, cleaning draft lines, washing glassware, etc.
Must be physically able to move kegs
At least 2+ years of experience in restaurant industry or other service industry
Prior experience managing people strongly preferred
Managing the overall guest experience, from entering the brewery till leaving
Giving guided brewery tours
Counting and reconciling cash drawers
Maintaining and updating draft menus and Point of Sale through Untappd and Square
Politely but firmly enforcing taproom and brewery rules and regulations
Ensuring that taproom and grounds, including parking lot, are properly cleaned and prepped before and after each shift
Working closely with Director of Hospitality and Senior Taproom Manager and helping wherever needed
Managing bartenders when the taproom is open to the public and during private events
Developing and taking part in the Beertender Training Program
Promoting the taproom and working to increase the experience and number of people attending over time
Understanding and abiding by federal, state, and local regulations
Beertenders (only when on duty)
Optional, but not required:
Lip syncing ability
Lover of monster movies
Hourly + tip pool share
Cell phone plan
Monday Night Brewing is a craft beer company founded in 2011 based in Atlanta, GA. Our slogan, “weekends are overrated,” embodies all that we do. We brew balanced, flavorful beers for weeknight consumption and believe in making the best out of each day. Even weekdays.
Cover letter should include why you would like to join our team and why you are the ideal candidate. Seriously, we read cover letters. And we’re really good at spelling. (NOTE: You’ll have to attach your cover letter to the resume when uploading).
We are seeking a Director of Hospitality to join our growing, fun-loving team. This his a high-level, strategic position, reporting directly to the CEO. The Director of Hospitality will manage all facets of our two taprooms, including environment, customer experience, staffing, food solutions.
Grow overall taproom revenue and profits by developing and implementing forward-thinking, differentiated taproom strategies
Manage all systems, budget and P&L for all public taprooms, including locations, beer launches, food solutions, and merchandise sales
Build, inspire and effectively lead a diverse team that reflects the marketplace and lives out our core values
Deliver consistent, welcoming and exceptional customer service and education to all guests
Be a major contributor and leader across the organization
Develop and deliver an annual taproom business plan and goals based on company goals
Manage and report out on taproom budgets and financials
Identify and implement potential process or customer-centric taproom improvements
Attend professional workshops, conferences, and trade organization gatherings to establish network and build knowledge
Future property layout and planning as needed
Merchandise and to-go sales planning and execution
Be the voice of the taproom and taproom consumer as part of Senior Leadership Team
Build a world-class taproom team, including interviewing, hiring, managing, training, scheduling, and developing staff
Establish volume / KPI targets for each assigned direct report and appropriately manage the execution of these weekly/monthly KPI’s. This includes, but is not limited to, feedback/coaching, corrective counseling, and performance reviews.
Develop ongoing training programs and opportunities for career advancement for all levels of taproom staff
Prepare and present department updates at regular management meetings, including monthly P&L updates. Accurately report taproom-related expenses by location for monthly budget preparation.
Advise management on beer feedback, potential opportunities in our product portfolio and general reception to our products
Partner with sales, production, and marketing departments on beer launches, including timing, marketing, and rollout
Identify and implement cost-saving measures including sustainability-related initiatives, optimized staffing needs, reduced shrinkage, etc.
Ensure consumption and sales in taprooms is tracked accurately and in timely manner in systems of record (currently Ekos and Square)
Coordinate logistics and reporting of all product transfer activity between taproom locations
Maintain POS system (currently Square) and report accurate financial data to accounting department
Coordinate ongoing maintenance to taprooms (with assistance from Director of Internal Operations and Maintenance Dept), including cleaning, emergency plumbing, electrical, and HVAC repairs, and periodic updates to furniture, décor, and equipment
Ensure all merchandise is ordered, inventoried, stocked, and shipped appropriately
Develop and implement a consistent food program for all locations
Partner with marketing and sales department on taproom beer releases and entertaining retail and distributor partners in taproom
Work with other departments on all programming taking place in taproom, including anniversary party, prom, special events and one-off ideas, filming, etc.
Competitive salary based on experience
PTO days and company holidays
Health and dental insurance
Cell phone plan
Weekly beer allotment
Optional, but not required
Fan of early Kanye West, before he got weird
Retro video gamer
Please include your philosophy on hospitality and why you would like to join our team in your cover letter. We do read cover letters, and resumes submitted without one will not be considered. The selected candidate will be required to pass a background check as a condition of employment.
Monday Night Brewing is a craft beer company founded in 2011 based in Atlanta, GA. Our purpose embodies all that we do: “To deepen human relationships over some of the best beers in the country.” We brew balanced, flavorful beers for weeknight consumption and believe in making the best out of each day. Even weekdays. Read more about us at http://mondaynightbrewing.com/.
We are seeking a Wood Cellar Manager to take responsibility for all aspects of our sour, wild and wood-aged beer program based at the Garage, our dedicated facility based in Atlanta, GA. This position reports directly to the Brewmaster and VP of Operations. Generous Benefits and Relocation package included. APPLY HERE
Monday Night Brewing is an Atlanta-based brewery that began contract brewing in 2011 and full brewing operations out of our facility in West Midtown in 2013. Since then we’ve grown to almost 20K annual barrels of production. In the fall of 2017 we opened the Garage – our barrel-aging and sour beer facility which has won multiple awards for the beer and created a must-see destination for people in Atlanta. We’ve consistently been one of the top-rated breweries in our city, were recently voted best brewery in Atlanta, and have won the most major awards (GABF and World Beer Cup) of any brewery in Georgia over the last four years. We filter our decisions through our purpose statement: Monday Night Brewing exists to deepen human relationships over some of the best beer in the country.
What We’re Looking For
As we’ve grown and continued to see our industry evolve, we are seeking a brewer with strong experience in all aspects wild, sour and barrel-aged beer production to help scale and expand our program. This position will be responsible for wort production, cellar operations, filtration, fruiting, packaging, cleaning and maintenance of brewery equipment at the Garage, our dedicated barrel-aging, wild and sour production facility.
Achieve annual production, capital and quality targets for barrel-aged beer program
Assist in planning monthly schedules by coordinating barrel aged beer production and packaging
Work with Brewmaster to develop SOP’s for all tasks related to barrel aged beer
Keep accurate daily production records per company and governmental requirements
Continually maintain all beer production areas and equipment, including assisting maintenance technicians with equipment maintenance and repairs as needed
Establish and follow daily and weekly cleaning tasks and schedules
Attend department and company-wide meetings
Monitor fermentations and ensure they meet target specifications
Work with the lab department to ensure all beers pass microbiological checks.
Complete other tasks as assigned by Brewmaster or VP of Operations
Collaborate with Brewmaster on new recipe, process and ingredient development
Observe exceptionally high safety standards with chemicals, equipment and hazards
Brew recipes for the Garage on Monday Night’s 5-bbl and 30-bbl brewhouses and work with VP of Operations to oversee cellaring processes at West Midtown location for these beers
Handle all cellaring tasks and management, including measurements, filtering, racking, dosing, kegging, etc.
Maintain exceptionally clean equipment in working order, including tanks, hoses, fittings, tools, barrels, etc.
Assist with packaging of kegs and 500 and 750 ml bottles at the Garage
3 years minimum professional brewing experience, including at least 2 years of barrel-aged beer production
“We were really excited to partner with such a great Atlanta institution,” said Jonathan Baker, co-founder of Monday Night Brewing.” Fernbank Museum wanted a special brew to serve during their Fernbank After Dark adult science nights. As a brewery, we love dinosaurs, and Fernbank is known as Atlanta’s home to dinosaurs. So we put our (big) heads together and came up with this dino-themed juicy IPA.”
The name and artwork for Big Head, Tiny Arms is an homage to the Fernbank Museum’s Giganotosaurus (A.K.A “Giggy”), the world’s largest meat-eating dinosaur, measuring 47-feet long with a six-foot skull.
The museum will feature Big Head, Tiny Arms beginning October 12 during Fernbank After Dark: Forensics. This adults’-only event will explore the science of solving crimes and other mysteries through physics, biology, chemistry and more, including special activities and unique demonstrations.
“While our forensics night doesn’t solve the question of why Giggy’s head is so big and arms are so short, guests will have indisputable evidence of just how cool science can be,” said Brandi Berry, VP of Marketing and Communications for Fernbank Museum of Natural History. “We wouldn’t have beer or understand dinosaurs without science, so this is a really exciting partnership.”
You didn’t think we could host a dodgeball game without a proper ref, did you? Of course not. We’re taking this very seriously. Meet Brentnol John, your favorite (only) referee for the MNB Darth Evaders/Orpheus Brewing game.
Monday Night Brewing: How long have you been refereeing? What do you like about it? Brentnol John: I’ve been reffing since a digital clock was put in a wristwatch. I’m in love with any sport you can make a movie about.
MNB: What is the most important quality a team should possess to win the game of dodgeball? BJ: A lot of people think dodgeball is all athleticism, strategy, and skill. But really it’s all in the name. Better the team name, better the team.
MNB: What is the craziest thing you have seen while refereeing? BJ: Thaddeus Williams 1986. That man cleaned house. Defeated a whole team before finishing a CapriSun.
MNB: What do you expect to see from two “teams” who brew beer and may or may not display any athleticism whatsoever? BJ: I am a fan of sportsmanship and dance moves. Give me both, and we’ve got a good time on our hands.
The only known photo of Brentnol reffing.
Come out to the Garage Friday, 9/28 to see Brentnol in action (and to witness Orpheus fail miserably at dodging our balls). 7pm; free to attend.
Regular mechanical maintenance of packaging equipment
Regular sanitation of packaging equipment
Proper, timely carbonation of beer in brite tanks
Accurate entry of produced packaging into Ekos
Sensory analysis for off flavors
Report any equipment need (small and large) to Packaging Manager
Report and follow up on any maintenance request to ensure fully functioning equipment (pumps, regulators, etc.)
Attend weekly production meetings & quarterly company-wide meetings
This position is extremely physical and demanding in nature and involves working with potentially dangerous equipment, machinery, exposure to high noise levels, and handling of hazardous materials
Stands and/or traverses brewery for long periods of time
Frequently climbs stairs/staircase
Frequently bends, moves, transports, or lifts 60 pounds and move 165 pounds safely.
Can work in both hot and cold temperatures
Monday Night Brewing is a craft beer company founded in 2011 based in Atlanta, GA. Our slogan, “weekends are overrated,” embodies all that we do. We brew balanced, flavorful beers for weeknight consumption and believe in making the best out of each day. Even weekdays. Read more about us here. Cover letter should include why you would like to join our team, why weekends are overrated, and why you are the ideal candidate. Warning: we do read cover letters.