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Here at Monday Night Brewing, we take our core values quite seriously. As a business, we want to serve and honor our employees – that’s why we’re showing them off. #MakersofMonday is a series highlighting the powerhouses that help create the beer from grain to glass, from our tank to yours.

Jaclyn in her natural environment – on the road.

Jaclyn Turner once wrangled elementary school children and ran a Mellow Mushroom. Which means she is a perfect fit for our crew. You’ll see her around in our trademark yellow vehicles singing the praises of Monday Night Brewing. In her spare time, Jaclyn also makes sure our external events, like a Brick Store Pub tap takeover or Philadelphia Craft Beer Week are on point. So yeah, she’s busy.

We were able to catch up to her when she had about five spare minutes. 

Q: You have to get a tattoo in 30 minutes; what and where is it?

Jaclyn: “On my arm, a doodle my late father drew in my iPad of a bunny/rabbit that he literally drew on everything he could write on.”

Q: What are three words to describe your time at Monday Night?

J: “Fun. Exciting. Life-changing.”

Q: What’s the best (and worst) part of your job?

J: “The best thing about working at this brewery is the number of opportunities I’ve been given to explore my home state (Georgia) and meet a ton of new people. There really isn’t a worst thing about being on this team, I love what I do and who I do it with!”

Q: What are three things you can’t live without?

J: “My pets, my family, and SNACKS!”

Q: What is something you are pretty sure about?

J: “I am pretty sure that it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn and grow from the experience!”

Q: What beer are you and why?

J: “Mischief Managed, because I love Harry Potter. I’m also a bit abrasive at first but have a tendency to sweeten up once given the chance to open up. I mean, it’s also bright pink, which I love.”

Sign up for our newsletter here or check our social media updates for more #MakersofMonday stories coming soon! Also, Jaclyn’s spirit beer, Mischief Managed, will be on tap at Tie One On, our 7th-anniversary celebration Aug. 4th and 5th. See you there.

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Here at Monday Night Brewing, we take our core values quite seriously. As a business, we want to serve and honor our employees – that’s why we’re showing them them off. #MakersofMonday is a series highlighting the powerhouses that help create the beer from grain to glass, from our tank to yours.

This week? We’re talking to Drew Smith. No, not that one. The other one.

We collect Drew Smiths here at Monday Night. Here’s Drew #2 hard at work.

It’s been a long journey for Drew. Circling the craft beer scene for several years (you can check out his old blog and his old killer ‘stache here), he bounced around for 10 years as a hair stylist and a trivia host (among other things). After a stint at SweetWater Brewing Company, Drew joined our team in early 2018. You’ll see him working hard at our West Midtown location creating great brews. You may also see him cycling around the area too, because he’s fit like that. We asked him some important questions.

Q: What are three words to describe your time at Monday Night?

Drew: “Enthusiastic. Friendly. Dedicated.”

Q: What’s the best (and worst) part of your job?

D: “The best thing is I get to be a part if something on the ground level. I get to learn with everyone as we develop into a larger production facility and work out the kinks that go into making great beer consistently. It’s nice to be involved in decision making and recipe building. The worst thing is the heat. I am a sweaty mess after my shifts.”

Q: “If you we able to switch jobs for one day, what would it be?

D: “I’m not sure I’d like to switch jobs. I get to do something really cool for a living.”

Q: You get to star in one movie. What is it?

A: “There are too many movies to name, but I watch one film at least once a week. Jurassic Park. It’s a near perfect movie.”

Q: What is something you are pretty sure about?

A: “The older I get, the more risks I take. I used to be really hesitant to take on new things. I used to stay comfortable. But I take more chances now. Jump in feet first. Fake it till you make it.”

Q: What Monday Night beer are you and why?

A: “Han Brolo, because I’m not very bitter but kinda sweet.”

Knowledgeable about food pairings and also about interesting mustaches, Drew Smith is a valuable asset to our team here.  If you see a tall guy with a dank haircut cycling around West Midtown, then give him a shout for us.

Sign up for our newsletter here or check our social media updates for more #MakersofMonday stories coming soon! Also, Drew’s spirit beer, Han Brolo, is on tap and available in cans wherever Monday Night beers are sold. It will also be on tap at Tie One On, our 7th anniversary celebration Aug. 4 and 5. See you there.

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Here at Monday Night Brewing, we take our core values quite seriously. As a business, we want to serve and honor our employees – that’s why we’re showing them them off. #MakersofMonday is a series highlighting the powerhouses that help create the beer from grain to glass, from our tank to yours.

First up? Accounting whiz and human Farmer’s Almanac, Ashley Whatley.

Ashley Whatley: Accounting whiz, swift runner, marinara chugger and piranha wrangler.

Prior to starting her career with us, she was an accountant for a solar panel company. But the pull of craft beer, dogs and paperwork was just too strong.

Ashley is the one we go to when we have to get reimbursed, when we forget to clock in, and when we have to determine if the fish in our aquarium are really piranhas. Plus, she’s our resident Georgia Bulldog fan, and the one we send to brewery accounting conferences.

Although her fact-checking and number-crunching skills are to be commended, Ashley’s talents don’t stop there. She’s also the one we rely on to win middle-distance races against the other pesky breweries. When it comes time to clean out the fridge, Ashley’s always there to polish off an entire jar of marinara sauce. And she’s quick to extol the virtues of Arrested Development.

We asked her a few important questions.

Q: What are three things you can’t live without?

Ashley: “My running shoes, my dog Sadie, and my to-do list.” (Notable omission: her fiancé)

Q: What’s the the best (and worst) part of your job?

A: “The best? The laid-back work environment is incredibly unique and definitely appreciated. But working at a brewery requires you to be around beer all the time, so beer outside of work is harder to enjoy…”

Q: Which Monday Night beer are you and why?

A: “Everyone here would say I’m Blood Orange Blind Pirate IPA because I’m sometimes bitter and mostly sweet…which is valid. But actually, I’m going to say Whirling Dervish. I drink at least five cups of coffee a day, so I wonder what percentage beer and coffee I am?

Q: What’s one thing you’re sure about?

A: “I think, therefore I am….who said that again?” (editors note: it was famed French philosopher René Descartes)

Whether it’s her opinion on the humor of Arrested Development to the philosophies of Descartes, Ashley’s got some thoughts about most things…ask her about it if you see her around! Just don’t challenge her to a 5K race. Trust us on this one.

Sign up for our newsletter here or check our social media updates for more #MakersofMonday stories coming soon! Also, Ashley’s spirit beer (Whirling Dervish) will be on tap at Tie One On, our 7th anniversary celebration Aug. 4 and 5. Don’t miss it.

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By Joel Iverson

You may have noticed that we’ve been releasing a few beers brewed with honey.

A couple months ago, Buzzworthy—an IPA brewed with honey—was added to the Hop Hut. And most recently, we put Micro Honey – our honey saison on tap. There’s a reason for that.

Of course, one of the reasons is that we like honey. However, another big reason has to do with microeconomics. Seriously.

Five years ago—when we opened our doors at our West Midtown facility—one of the first gatherings we did was called Microbrews for Microloans. More than 300 people attended to hear my friend Chris Chancey share stories of how microlending is helping small businesses around the globe. I had heard about microloans before, but the full potential of the idea never really sunk in until I heard these stories. As Chris shared how even a small loan can make a monumental impact in building a business, I started to take stock of how much access to capital had changed my life. If it weren’t for loans, I never could have gone to college, and if it were not for some investors and a bank willing to lend money, we never would have been able to start this brewery. We quickly take for granted the (mostly) stable banks we have in our country, and the access to non-predatory lending at reasonable interest rates. My own knowledge of microlending goes back 20 years—to my roommate spending a summer in Bangladesh with the Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank—but I didn’t fully appreciate its potential until starting a business myself.

We continued to support Microbrews for Microloans over the years, but inspiration really hit in 2016: we decided to try to make a beer with an ingredient from a microloan recipient. After some (considerable) effort, we managed to get 35 lbs. of honey from Valentin, an owner of a small apiary in the Dominican Republic. Through the program, he received a $345 loan that allowed him to go from three hives to 35. Now, he had a sustainable business that would support his family, and has since been able to repay those loans and take out new ones to further expand.

Valentin with the honey from his apiary. Valentin’s bees pollinate in the shadow of this massive mango tree. He believes the right flora helps bees helps create the most delicious honey…and we agree!

With the honey from Valentin’s apiary, we brewed up a delicious tropical IPA. The notes from the honey came through beautifully…you could almost taste the mango from under the tree where his bees pollinate!

Then in 2017, we upped the ante by traveling to Ukraine. There, we met some farmers, got some ingredients, and really put faces and stories to the process of microlending. This trip included me, our brewer Josh, and my 6-year-old son (it was his spring break, so why not spend it learning and gaining a global perspective!) You may remember the beer that came out this trip, Slava Ukraine—brewed with Ukrainian hops, beet sugar, and honey. After the trip, we had the privilege of hosting Andre and Andre (turns out Andre is a popular name in Ukraine) in Atlanta for the launch of Slava Ukraine, with the proceeds going toward additional microloan funding.

Josh, Joel and Oliver with Vassav, who used his microloan to lease more land and install irrigation. The result? More consistent and plentiful harvests, which he has reinvested into growing his business.  Also, 6-year-old boys are great at smiling for pictures when asked…sometimes. Josh, Joel, Oliver and the two Andres in a former resistance bunker (now turned restaurant) in Lviv. During the years of the USSR, this bunker was used as a gathering place for those resisting communism. Joel and Oliver visiting a tomato greenhouse in Western Ukraine. Oliver posing in one of many greenhouses we visited (that were funded by microloans). The cost of a greenhouse is high to get started, but the payoff is remarkable, as it allows the farmer to grow throughout the colder months.

And now, in 2018, we have completed the third installment of creating a beer to support microloans. This one is called Un-Charity Brew. A delicious French saison, Un-Charity Brew features another batch of honey from Valentin, and was brewed by Monday Night’s own Sarah Green (who happens to love saisons and honey). This beer is on draft only, and we’ll be donating $1 from every pint to microloans in Valentin’s community in the Dominican Republic.

Brewer Sarah Green came up with the recipe for our honey saison.

At this point, I could launch into some deep ramblings of how we were sojourners, how we helped people, and how we discovered ourselves. But I’ll spare you, and instead share just a few things we learned and a few pictures of our journey.

Microlending may never make news headlines. But it is a way to directly change lives by helping entrepreneurs in a tangible way. Just a few hundred dollars can change the trajectory of a business and a family. It’s a small way to deepen human relationships around the globe.

We encourage you to check out microlending programs like Hope International, Kiva, FINCA, Grameen Foundation to support your fellow citizens of the world. And who knows? You just may get some good beer out of it.

Joel Iverson is COO and co-founder of Monday Night Brewing.

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The Germans don’t mess around with their beer.

In fact, they put strict laws in place about making beer back in the 1500s. The Reinheitsgebot, (or German Beer Purity Law, because we can’t pronounce that either) states the only allowable ingredients in beer could be water, hops and barley. Yeast hadn’t been discovered yet, so it gets a pass. Aside: if you want to know more about how Germans fermented their beer, read this. It involves a magic stick.

Even though the Reinhe…err…German Beer Purity Law was repealed in 1987, Germans still take pride in these traditional styles. But heck, you can find American IPAs in Munich these days.

But styles like Kölsch, Bock, Pilsners and Marzens have been around for centuries for a good reason. They’re clean, they’re crisp and they are drinkable.

Another one of these styles is Hefeweizen.

Coming out of Bavaria in Southern Germany, it’s part of a family of beers called “Weissbiers” (or White Beers) that were quite popular back in the day. One problem. Weissbiers were brewed with a lot of wheat – which was a violation of the German Beer Purity Law. However, there were some people in high places (Dukes and such) that were fans of these beers. They used their political clout to create loopholes to keep their favorite brew flowing.

Weissbiers and other wheat beers came to America with German immigrants. However, the style went out of favor in the first few decades of the 20th century, and Prohibition effectively killed it off.

However, during the Cold War era, American soldiers stationed in Germany once again got exposed to Weissbiers, and interest in the style started to return. Anchor is credited with brewing the first American wheat beer since Prohibition in 1984, and breweries like Celis and Allagash started brewing Belgian-style Weissbiers domestically in the early 90s. Today, wheat beers can be found in taprooms all over the country. But what makes the Hefeweizen unique?

This style of wheat beer is noted for its low bitterness (usually around 20 IBUs), unfiltered look and moderately high carbonation. Thanks to its fairly active yeasts, traditional Hefeweizens will have phenolic tastes/aromas of clove and banana. Coming in around 5-6% ABV, it’s a light summer/fall easy sipper, and a beer that works great out on the lake, grilling out with friends, or just enjoying a relaxing day.

That’s why Monday Night Brewing developed Rucksack. This classic Hefeweizen was brewed with the peels from 680 oranges per batch.

“We like to approach hyper-classic styles like these, make it grade A to style, but put our unique twist to it,” said Monday Night Brewing head brewer Peter Kiley. “We wanted to switch up the aroma a little bit, so that’s why we added orange peel.”

While Hefeweizens may seem simple at first, it’s styles like these that can trip a brewer up.

“There’s a lot of science and thought that goes into a style like this. We had to get the right fermentation temperature to make Rucksack as balanced as we wanted it. Just a single degree in either direction would really affect the properties of this beer.”

When you crack open a Rucksack, the first hit you get on the nose is, naturally, oranges. But you also get a little of that banana and clove spiciness that’s endemic to the style. Take a sip, and the citrus notes counter the spice just enough. Then, the dry finish almost begs you to take another swig.

“The aromatic properties of Rucksack help fit the background of a traditional Hefeweizen, but we wanted to put our own spin on it,” said Kiley. “We made this one for the southeast beer drinker. It’s crisp and clean.”

Rucksack is available on tap and in cans wherever you can find Monday Night Brewing. 

If you want to learn more about the history of Hefeweizens and wheat beers, check these links out: 

A Brief History of Hefeweizen – Beerboozebites.com

Wheat Beers – Wikipedia

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Can you believe it’s been 7 years?

That’s right, you’ve been sipping on Drafty Kilt (and a number of other tasty Monday Night brews) for almost a decade. We think that’s cause for celebration, and we’re super excited to invite you to our 7th anniversary party: Tie One On.

The party is happening August 4-5 at the Garage and will feature 40+ unique beers, awesome live music, delicious local food, games and more. You’ve got some time to map out which of the limited specialty beers you’ll try first (tapping times and beer list to be announced), but tickets will sell out, so jump on this today.
Here are just a few things you can expect:
  • The newly-launched Hop Hut (going mobile), delivering you boundless juicy hoppy goodness.
  • The bottle release of our anniversary beer, Tie 7 On — a scrumptious, Double Dry Hopped Wild IPA brewed with seven grains, hop additions, and strains of yeast.
  • Fresh, local food available for purchase on-site
  • An incredible lineup of over 40 beers, including small batch, barrel-aged and sour selections.
  •  A live performance from Quiet Hounds on Saturday night!
  • Activities for the kiddos on Sunday (bring the whole fam out for Day 2)
Tickets will sell out, so get yours today.
We can’t wait to see you there!
Hang out with cool people (including head brewer Peter Kiley – he’s the one with the luxurious locks) at our Tie One On 7th Anniversary Celebration.
Saturday is 21+. Event is from 2pm-10pm. VIP Early Access gets in at 12pm. Sunday is family-friendly. Kids (12 and under) get in free. Event is from 12:30pm-7pm.

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Monday Night Brewing is heading to Tennessee.

Starting in June, you will be able to find our beers on tap and in cans/bottles all over Eastern and Central Tennessee.

“We are extremely excited to make this move,” says co-founder and CEO Jeff Heck. “Tennessee has some amazing breweries and a growing craft scene, and it’s an honor to be a part of that. Plus, one of our founders (Jonathan Baker) is from Nashville, and he’s always wanted to see our beers there. Now his family can buy Monday Night right from their local store.”

Expect to see our core and seasonal beers around the area. We’ll also have special releases from the Garage and our our black tie series in the Volunteer state. Nathan Grabowski is Monday Night Brewing’s face in the state, and Lipman Brothers  will handle distributing.

Meet Nathan. He’s our main man in Tennessee. You’ll be happy to know that yes, that beard is 100% real. Don’t ask us how we know.

To properly launch us into the Volunteer state, we’re hosting a bevy of tap takeovers and other fun events around the region. We’d love to see you there, just please don’t tug on Nathan’s beard. It’s real, trust us.

Here are some of our launch events around the state (dates, times and beers subject to change)

TUESDAY, JUNE 5: Barley Chattanooga | 6-8 pm Tap takeover, including: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6: Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint | Chattanooga | 6-8 pm

Tap takeover, including:

THURSDAY, JUNE 7: Brewhaus | Chattanooga | 6-8 pm

Tap takeover, including:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13: Craft Brewed | Nashville | 6-9 pm

Tap Takeover and Trivia Night, including:

  • Rucksack
  • I’m On A Boat
  • Slap Fight
  • Blood Orange Blind Pirate
  • Dr. Robot
  • Fu Manbrew
  • Drafty Kilt
  • Han Brolo
  • Father Figure
THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Flying Saucer Draught Emporium | Nashville | 5-7:30 pm

Tap Takeover, including:

  • Dr. Robot
  • Han Brolo
  • I’m On A Boat
  • Rucksack
  • Slap Fight
FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Hops & Crafts | Nashville | 5-7 pm

Tap Takeover, including:

  • Dr. Robot
  • Han Brolo
  • Blood Orange Blind Pirate
  • Fu Manbrew
  • Slap Fight
TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern | Knoxville | 6-8 pm

Tap takeover, including:

  • Han Brolo
  • Tears of My Enemies (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
  • Fu Manbrew
  • I’m on a Boat
  • Drafty Kilt
  • Dr. Robot
THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Merchants of Beer | Knoxville | 8-10 pm

Tap takeover, including:

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To coincide with the launch of the Garage, Monday Night Brewing partnered with nonprofits to raise funds and awareness for local causes. We wanted to help organizations doing good work in our neighborhood, city, and state. Our goal? Raise $100,000 in the first 100 days of operation at the Garage. 

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(video courtesy PAWKids)

PAWKids Amount raised: $48,569

Founded in 2013, PAWKids is a quality enrichment program in a safe, loving, and Christian environment while providing families with various resources that will empower and encourage them.  Serving the Grove Park neighborhood, PAWKids works to nurture neighborhood children with safe, fun activities. 

Check out the new Monday Night facilities, you’ll be glad you did.

If you are interested in hosting your event at Monday Night’s Garage, please email events@mondaynightbrewing.com.

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Our story of raising money, learning (a lot), and realizing we need to do more. Monday Night Brewing’s 100k in 100 Days project raised more than $286,000 for numerous Atlanta-area nonprofits, including Bearings Bike Shop. By JOEL IVERSON

In September of 2016, we broke the news about the Garage, our new barrel-aging and sour facility based in Atlanta’s historic West End neighborhood. I was excited for our story and vision to be shared, but was nervous.  Would we be viewed as opportunists trying to gentrify the neighborhood, or a bunch of vultures looking to capitalize on a soft real estate market? In other words, could a brewery led by three middle-aged white guys do something good for a predominantly black neighborhood located in an economic opportunity zone?  More than just generating more tax revenue and a few more jobs – could we create a neighborhood gathering spot that supports and strengthens the area?

When the story about our plans for the Garage broke, most media outlets focused on the real estate/development aspect of the project. But we always wanted to bring the conversation back to our purpose statement:

Monday Night Brewing exists to deepen human relationships over some of the best beer in the country.

As we wrestled with this question, we came up with an idea. Since we didn’t have the cash flow to donate money to support all of the great local causes in the area, we decided to give what we could – our time and space.

We decided to give away free events (fully staffed and with free beer) to  nonprofits with a focus towards under served parts of our city. Our goal? Helping these organizations raise $100,000 in the first 100 days of the Garage’s existence. It seemed like a daunting task. After all, us three owners (myself, Jonathan Baker and Jeff Heck) had just closed on financing the build-out – which forced us to take on more debt and put our personal homes up as collateral. We also knew we were going to be scraping by to get open on time and on budget.  Giving away events for free did not sound like a sound business decision at the time, but it made sense in the context of our purpose as a business.

The Monday Night Brewing team breaks ground on the Garage with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (6th from left) and other city officials.

A few weeks later at our official groundbreaking with then-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, I saw the West End come out in force. What  I saw that day was an engaged, dedicated, and passionate group of people ready to see the rest of Atlanta start to notice the beauty and potential that already existed in their corner of the city. I had the privilege of introducing the mayor and announcing our 100K in 100 Days project. Not long after, we were overwhelmed with applications from more than 300 nonprofit groups from across the city. Each organization shared their unique work, how they would use the space, and why they thought we could help. It was so energizing to hear the passion and work that was already happening. In the end, we had the nearly impossible task of narrowing down the list to just  over 30 organizations.

We had the privilege of watching each one of them bring their passion to our space, and seeing our space (and beer) help them raise not just funds, but also awareness to their mission.  

In the end, we not only hit our goal, we crushed it. Over the course of a little more than 80 days, Monday Night Garage helped raise more than $286,000.

For me, this project served as a chance to keep challenging how we give back as company.  We may never have the deep pockets to cut big checks, but we are committed to using our unique resources to help others.

We also learned that our community needs so much. 100k in 100 Days helped had groups focused on education, affordable healthcare, biking, therapeutic art, homelessness, affordable housing, and more. Yet these only scratch the service of how much is going on and how much more is needed.  

While it was beautiful to see people from all over our city show up to the Garage and be wowed by the brewery and the neighborhood in which it resides, , it was also a reminder of our our city is still fractured.

As we think about our business, we always need to be mindful of our role in the community. How can we foster community in our backyard, and what’s our role in bringing together all of the communities in our city? I’m excited about the money we helped raise. But we need to do more. All of us do.

In the upcoming weeks, we will be posting blogs about each nonprofit that participated in 100k in 100 Days. I invite you to read their stories, and get involved. In the meantime, Monday Night Brewing and the Garage will continue its mission to deepen human relationships in the West End, the state of Georgia…and the whole nation…over some of the best craft beer in the world.

Joel Iverson is Chief Operating Officer and one of the co-founders of Monday Night Brewing. 

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(from left) Skinny Deville and Fish Scales look on as head brewer Peter Kiley transfers The Humdinger out of barrels.

The Humdinger is the latest collaboration beer between Monday Night Brewing and hip hop legends, Nappy Roots. An imperial rye stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels with Ugandan vanilla beans, The Humdinger shares the name of Nappy Roots’ monumental independent album. We talked to two of the Nappy Roots: Skinny Deville and Fish Scales about the inspiration behind the beer, and how they’re setting out to bridge gaps between community and craft beer with their collaborations.

Tell us about the inspiration behind The Humdinger:

Fish Scales: It was a style of beer we hadn’t done yet. Stouts are my favorite style, so we figured we couldn’t go wrong. After tasting Tears of My Enemies, we figured there was no better place to do a stout than here at Monday Night. As Nappy Roots, we’re trying to do something different with every beer.

Skinny Deville: The Humdinger was our third album, but our first independent album. It changed our lives, in regards to what we put in to make that album what it was. We got off Atlantic Records in 2005 and didn’t find another home to put our music out on until 2008. So we spent three years making an album that was gonna “wow” people and knock their socks off. That’s what The Humdinger meant to us. It was the end-all-be-all, the top-of-the-line, the snowcap on a mountain. To make a beer that aged as long as this one…that’s why this beer takes the namesake of our first independent album, The Humdinger.

What’s your favorite part of creating a beer with a brewery?

FS: Drinking it.

SD: That was going to be my answer.

FS: Drinking it. We brew at home, too, as Nappy Roots. So we know the process, we love the process and—I still say—tasting it at the end, sitting around drinking it with friends, is the best part.

Beer is a conversation piece that opens you up to so many other people and cultures that share the same common denominator. – Skinny Deville

Do you channel the same creative energy to develop beers as you do to write music?

FS: Yes. Skinny talks about it all the time—how it’s such a similar process, but a different mentality. We are way more open to criticism on our beer than our music. Beer is something we’re more in the beginning of, and that’s refreshing. With music, a lot of people have heard Nappy Roots, they’ve heard what we do, they know what we do, now they need a new product to go along with it. And this beer is it.

Do you have any advice for people looking to get into craft beer or homebrewing?

FS: Homebrewing builds communities. Microbrewing builds communities. One of our missions as Atlantucky [the group’s own nanobrewery] is to introduce craft beer into the black community and introduce the black community into craft beer. That has not happened fully, and a lot of craft breweries are happening right in black communities. So one of our goals is to be a bridge for that relationship. It can do so much for us all. Beer is the reason I’ve met so many good people, and I want to introduce people to that. I tell my cousins all the time, who are black people from small towns, I tell them, “come with me to a brewery, bro. You’ll meet some of the nicest people who will just want to sit and talk beer.”

SD: I say try something new, man. Don’t be afraid to try something. Everybody who is from my era—of hip hop or living—we’re always afraid to try new things. You can’t be afraid to try new things. And if you do, you’ll learn something.

FS: That’s how we found this.

SD: Beer is a conversation piece that opens you up to so many other people and cultures that share the same common denominator. A beer would get you into a great conversation with a doctor. With a hip hop guy and a doctor, what are we talking about? We’re talking about the beer first, and then what we do, and our careers, and how that applies to beer. But now I’m talking to a doctor, or a lawyer, or a farmer.

FS: Or a guy in Belgium who brews his beer differently than us, but we communicate on how our beers are different.

SD: Just trying to open yourself up and not limiting yourself. That’s what I would tell someone trying to figure out about beer these days—is to just try it, man.

The Humdinger is an exclusive release, launching Friday, May 18 at the Monday Night Garage. Join us for the release party, with a DJ set from WERC’s Jeremy Avalon, half-priced Front Porch Pale Ale, and maybe even some hangtime with Nappy Roots. The party starts at 6 pm.

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