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The Athens Connection

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At first glance, there’s seemingly little to connect Athens, Georgia with Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

They’re in different (though neighboring) states. One’s older (Winston-Salem). One’s smaller (Athens).

Even our respective schools are strangers. Wake Forest and Georgia have only played football three times – and not since 1979 (for the record Wake won that one 22-21).

But look closer, and there’s some commonality.

Clarke County, where Athens is located, is named for North Carolina native Elijah Clarke.

Like Winston-Salem, Athens was once known by a two-word moniker (Cedar Shoals).

Best part? Both cities are located in the foothills of mountain ranges (Athens – Blue Ridge Mountains, Winston-Salem – Appalachian Mountains).

JamieWhich is incredibly appropriate since both cities have a distinct craft beer connection, in the form of Foothills owner – and University of Georgia graduate – Jamie Bartholomaus.

It was at UGA Jamie first developed an interest in home brewing. (no truth the rumors he homebrewed in his dorm room – ’cause that would, ya know, be against university policy). He would go on to work at a local brewery in Athens before moving to North Carolina and eventually opening Foothills.

Image result for trappeze pubSo when the award-winning Trappeze Pub (which just happens to be located in Athens) reached out to us about helping them make a beer for their upcoming 10th anniversary, it was hard for Jamie to say no.

But what to make?

“We don’t have to do something crazy”, Trappeze bar manager Luke Fields remembers telling Jamie and our brewmaster T.L. Adkisson at the time. “We could just do a simple tweak to one of your existing recipes. Then, he added prophetically, “I just threw it out there, something like a dry-hopped Torch Pilsner.”

 

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Luke from Trappeze (l) with Foothills brewmaster TL Adkisson

Just so happens that’s an idea Jamie and TL have been batting around for awhile, and have been eager to make. Besides, according to Luke, tweaking an existing recipe is infinitely more appealing than dreaming up some crazy new concoction.

 

“I’ve seen the strawberry marshmallow stouts and key lime pie rhubarb goses and all that kind of crazy sh*t” he says, tongue-in-cheek. “But most people just want a really good beer. And you guys make a really solid pilsner. It seemed like a really good opportunity to have an award-winning beer on tap at our place, with a really cool twist to it that we helped add.”

So Luke, general manager Aaron Wallace and assistant bar manager Markus Trujillo made the trek up to Winston-Salem in mid-October and spent the day brewing at our place. And loved it.

 

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Jamie (l) with Aaron from Trappeze

But then, they’ve spent a decade working closely with local craft breweries. “We wouldn’t be open for 10 years without brewery support,” says Aaron. “And for us being able to collaborate with some of our heroes, you can’t beat that. It’s great to brew a like Torch beer that we all love – and this will introduce Foothills to some people who might not know it.”

 

He’s probably right. This is Foothills’ first collaboration with anyone outside the state of North Carolina. Fitting that it’s with a great pub, from a place where Foothills was, at least theoretically, born.

collab 5 (2)The Trappeze version of Torch should be ready sometime during the holidays, and will be available on draft at the pub and tasting room locally, and at Trappeze Pub for their 10th Anniversary celebration.

 

 

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Here’s Looking At You Georgia

“This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.”
– Humphrey Bogart, CasablancaATL 1Hello Georgia.

We’d like to ask you out on a weeklong date.

Starting Monday, January 11th, a big contingent from the Foothills mothership is headed down for a one-week celebration of our expansion into your fair state.

Following is a list of venues we’ll be visiting/drinking in while we’re there:

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• Argosy
• GA Chapter Room
• Brickstore Pub
• Taco Mac
• North Highland Pub
• Cypress Street Pint and Plate
• The Porter
• Hand in Hand
• Tap
• Hop City
• Square Pub
• Kaleidoscope
• World of Beer
• Midway Pub

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• The Wing Cafe & Tap House

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• Beer Market

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• 15th Street Pizza

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• Trappeze

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• Taco Mac

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• World of Beer
• The Distillery
• Ordinary Pub

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• World of Beer

Looking for the when and where? Gotcha covered. We’ve created a special Georgia Launch page on our website calendar; all times, dates and venues are listed there, along with the beers we’ll be pouring at each location. SPOILER ALERT: we’re bringing some special beers, including Frostbite Black IPA, Barrel-Aged People’s Porter, Hoppy Medium Imperial Brown Ale, and yes, Sexual Chocolate.

Also, we thought we’d have a little fun with you next week (outside of the beer drinking, merrymaking thing – this is a date right?), so we’ve created a #FollowFoothills hashtag, and most of the GA launch events on our website have a question related to our brewery on them. If you’re coming to an event, use the hashtag to let us know; then when you get there find one of us and tell us the answer. We’re bringing tons of swag – in other words, you’ll probably get lucky on our weeklong date.

See you next week Georgia. It’s a date.

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