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PAINful Beer Recommendations: November 2018

It’s about that time again. And by “that time,” I mean we’re deep in the throes of fall. The temperature is cooling down, the leaves are floating around, most of the food on your plate is brown, and your humble narrator is once again, finally, wearing a hoodie. Life is good! But you know what would make life better? Some beer. I’d like to suggest a few for you from my home state of Georgia. Five of them, in fact. Those beers are down below this paragraph, where I’ve written even more paragraphs. Please come visit me and drink them, or trade for them on the internet, or acquire them however you like. Because they’re tasty and you deserve it.

Second Self Beer’s Mole Porter
This Westside Atlanta brewery’s first seasonal is perfect for autumn weather. Mole Porter is brewer with a spice blend of cocoa nibs, cinnamon, clove, and three types of dried chilies. Inspired by Second Self co-founder Jason Santamaria’s family mole recipe, the beer quickly went from a draft-only release to widespread can coverage throughout Georgia. Pairs perfectly with sitting quietly on the porch and watching the leaves change.

Orpheus Brewing’s Sykophantes Fig Sour
One of this brewery’s many rotating sours, Sykophantes is a fall seaonsal made with dark candy syrup and hundreds of pounds of dried, organic Black Mission figs. When Orpheus first opened several years ago, Georgia hadn’t seen many sour, wild, and funky beers yet. Now that the Peach State scene as progressed, so to has Orpheus. A more recent feature of their impressive taproom is the “barrel bar,” where they highlight some of the complex, rare, and delicious barrel-aged beers. As a bonus, you can literally watch fall happen from their porch, which overlooks Piedmont Park.

Eventide Brewing’s Red Headed Haley Red Ale
Named after this Atlanta brewery’s Brand Manager Haley Cowan, the Grant Park establishment Red Ale boasts a slightly sweet maltiness with toffee and pecan notes. Eventide suggests pairing it with nuts, creamy cheeses, and pumpkin pie. There aren’t a lot of Red Ales being made these days, so points to Eventide for individuality. And if you make it to their brick and mortar space, depending on the day, you may get to enjoy a farmers market and tons of dogs. These are things that go well with the changing seasons, in our humble opinion.

Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s Reclaimed Rye
Reader, I’ll be honest with you. I wasn’t blown away the first time I had this beer. It was nice, but I wasn’t ready. It took a little time for me to appreciate what the brewery’s website describes as “a uniquely complex and flavorful amber ale” that’s buoyed by “french oak and rye malt that lend to a well-rounded body with delicate undertones of toasted bread, spice, and subtle vanilla.” Now, it’s one of those things I have to drink while I’m watching the sun go down on a glorious November day. I think you’ll appreciate it as well.