Tasting Notes: Radegast Triple IPA from New Realm Brewing Company

RadegastPortrait1000This week gets a double dose of Tasting Notes as we get into a celebratory bottle of Radegast Triple IPA from New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia).

Arriving as New Realm’s first packaged Specialty Release offering, Radegast – named for the ancient god of brewing and hospitality – was specifically brewed to honor the grand opening of their beautiful new facility on Atlanta’s Beltline and serve as a proper introduction to the area’s craft beer community.  With a hop bill showcasing Warrior, Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, this Triple IPA promises to be a “wonderfully aromatic, . . . incredibly citrusy and extremely juicy hop nectar [that] lingers just long enough to tempt another sip.”

Radegast Triple IPA officially released at New Realm Brewing Company on Saturday, January 13 with availability in 750ml bottles and 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, and it appears – at the time this post was published – a limited supply is still available for purchase at the brewery.  Radegast is also available on draft at New Realm and select craft beer establishments located throughout Atlanta.  This is a one-time release that is meant to be consumed fresh, so be sure to get your fill of Radegast while you still have the chance.

Speaking of getting one’s fill, I do believe it is time to get into some Tasting Notes so that we can finally experience the Radegast for ourselves.

Tasting Notes for Radegast Triple IPA from New Realm Brewing Company

Appearance:  Radegast fills the glass with a deep, honey gold-colored brew that is wearing two fingers of pristine white foam.  When held to direct light, the color brightens and intensifies to become more of a pure yellow gold.  The body is perfectly clear and displays an ample carbonation presence coursing throughout.  Head retention is good, but it eventually fall to a lasting 1/4 finger or so. The foam does attempt to put some lace on the glass, but the slick nature of the beer forces each web to eventually slip back down into the top cap.

Aroma:  An unabashed and pronounced hop aroma proudly billows from the glass.  We are talking about notes of citrus & tropical fruits; mostly grapefruit, tangerine, melon and a touch of stone fruit.  A light malt character brings up the back end with a nondescript sweetness and subtle hint of alcohol.  The nose is basically all hops, and we have no problem with that.

Taste:  That big hop presence carries over into the flavor and it is absolutely laden with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.  A slight resinous character builds with tones of pine, grass, and pure dankness.  A tropical wave then moves in with a slight dose of passionfruit, berry and papaya.  As the hop profile closes with an interesting pop of peach candies, the malts then interject with a slight thread of balancing sweetness that is just enough to keep the bitterness/hoppiness from completely overwhelming the experience.  Damn, this is good.

Mouthfeel:  This Triple IPA falls on the heavier side of medium in body and has a bright carbonation level that keeps it surprisingly refreshing and easy drinking.  Hoppy bitterness gets unlimited access to the palate, but there is just enough malt backbone to clean up the finish.  For 11.5% ABV, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden and only surfaces with a tinge of heat from time to time.  The aftertaste is an abundance of tropical and citrus fruits.

Final Thoughts:  From top to bottom . . . aroma to flavor . . . look to mouthfeel, Radegast can easily be summed up with one word: “masterful”.  Now that is not a word that we like to throw around, but it absolutely applies here.  For a Triple IPA, this beer has more than enough hop bite to make you feel alive while a ridiculously juicy hop flavor has just as much opportunity to please the taste buds.  Seriously, you will be hard-pressed to find a rival for this hop experience. With that said, the impressive nature of this beer does not stop there.  The aroma is lovely and clean, the massive ABV is muted, the feel is gorgeous, and this enormous IPA somehow remains refreshing.  A lot of the Triple IPAs out there can make a case for themselves having one or maybe two of these attributes, but Radegast can claim them all.  That’s special.  That’s masterful, and that fact makes Radegast the perfect beer for New Realm to send out first to confidently announce, “This is just the beginning.”  Prost!


Field Trip: Media Reception & Beer Launch at New Realm Brewing Company

radegastLast week, we had the pleasure of attending a VIP Media Reception and Beer Launch event at New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) and we have returned to supply you with a photographic account of our experience at this newly established craft beer institution that is sure to have a huge impact on Atlanta’s beer scene.

Established by Carey Falcone, Bob Powers and IPA whisperer Mitch Steele, New Realm Brewing Company is a 20,000 square-foot facility located on Atlanta’s Beltline.  This game-changing destination brewery houses a 25hl, four vessel brewhouse and 50hl tank farm from Krones Steinecker, a stunning taproom and restaurant, multiple multipurpose rooms that can act as event space or additional seating, several bars, a dedicated growler station, and a rooftop deck featuring a breathtaking view of the Atlanta skyline.  The brewery’s main system will be focused on creating world-class, regular rotation offerings while a pilot system will be dedicated to churning out a regular stream of creative and innovative one-offs and experimental batches.  Helmed by General Manager Don Mioton and Executive Chef Julio Delgado, New Realm’s restaurant “[blends] global flavors and southern techniques” to offer a delicious menu that pairs beautifully with the house beers.  Speaking of those beers, New Realm offerings will span the style spectrum, but you can rest assured that you will see many hop-laden brews from Mitch Steele.

New Realm Brewing Company officially opened to the public on Monday (January 8), but we were lucky enough to get a first look at the facility last week.  Although part of me wishes that we returned home with a notebook full of technical data on the brewery and the beers, it was kind of refreshing to hear that this event was meant to have more of a relaxed, hangout atmosphere rather than that of a formal interview.  When I say refreshing, I mean that more so from the perspective of the New Realm team that was facing an opening week that would be full of photo ops, interviews, and the intense scrutiny of being a new brewery and restaurant in a major U.S. city.  This was the crew’s last chance to take a breath and a moment to celebrate before that coming storm. It was a needed break disguised as a soft opening and media event.

We wanted to respect that, so our conversations with Mitch Steele and everyone else at New Realm were limited to small talk about our personal lives, the beer industry in general, hobbies, and good food.  Although fun for us, we realized that those discussions would not produce interesting copy.  So . . . we adjusted our approach to the event and instead decided to document our experience through photos.  We want you to experience this place through our eyes, and hopefully that will inspire you to visit New Realm, sample the beers, have a meal, take the tour, and experience something truly special.  We hope that you enjoy the gallery and, above all, realize that you need to experience all that can be found in New Realm.  Prost!


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New Realm Brewing Appoints Executive Chef and Restaurant General Manager

NewrealmlogoNew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that General Manager, Don Mioton and Executive Chef, Julio Delgado have been hired on to lead operations at the brewery’s highly anticipated, in-house restaurant.

Confident that their talents are a perfect pairing for the beers and vibe soon to be produced at the brewery, the folks at New Realm Brewing Company have named Don Mioton and Julio Delgado as the leadership team for their restaurant.  Taking the title of General Manager, Mioton previously held position at American Cut & Regent Cocktail Club in Atlanta’s Buckhead area.  After previously working as Executive Chef at JP, a restaurant in downtown Atlanta’s Hotel Indigo, Delgado will slide into the same role at New Realm.

Having hit the ground running, this impressive duo is currently “putting the final touches” on New Realm’s menu.  Executive Chef Delgado plans to build his dishes with “inspiration from Brewmaster Mitch Steele’s craft beers as well as the area’s local farms in order to create an approachable menu, which is rooted in tradition.”  Showcasing a “blend of global flavors and southern techniques”, the menu will include dishes such as “a house ground prime beef burger on a brioche bun, a beer can Springer Mountain Farms half chicken, as well as four hickory wood-fired pizzas cooked to perfection in a dedicated pizza kitchen which guests will see on display on their way to the brewery’s main entrance.”

When it comes to the restaurant space itself, guests will have the option to enjoy their meals “in a variety of seated locations within New Realm Brewing including a main dining room, an interior bar, a lower level patio, an outdoor beltline beer garden or the rooftop patio where the view is spectacular. New Realm Brewing will also have a private dining room on the lower level and a second level tasting room/tour center, both of which will house special events like weddings, private parties and corporate meetings.”

Although an official date has not yet been set, New Realm Brewing Company is hoping to open in the very near future so that it can begin sharing some beers and the culinary talents of Mioton and Delgado with Atlanta’s craft beer faithful.  Once an official opening date is made public, we will be sure to update you with that information here.  Stay tuned.  Prost!


New Realm Brewing Reveals Plans for its Upcoming Location in Atlanta’s Beltline

The New Realm Brewing Company team: Mitch Steele, Bob Powers & Carey Falcone

Now that construction is in full swing, New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has come forward to release some details concerning their new brewery that is set to open in the fall at 550 Somerset Terrace NE, in a new Atlanta development named Common Ground.

Back in mid-March, we brought you the news that the new, Atlanta craft beer project from partners Carey Falcone, Bob Powers and Mitch Steele had officially been named New Realm Brewing Company.  The project has since moved forward with construction and design, and we are happy to now bring you those details as well.

Once completed, the New Realm Brewing Company facility will seat a total of 400 guests in an industrial space that consists of “a main dining room, . . . an interior bar, a
lower level patio, an outdoor beltline beer garden, [and] a rooftop patio.”  The entertaining areas of the brewery will also feature “a private dining room on the lower level and a second level tasting room/tour center, both of which will house special events like weddings, private parties and corporate meetings.”

With the help of Dan Maas and the rest of the team at Atlanta-based firm ai3, the aesthetic design of New Realm Brewing Company starts with “a color palette of rich earthy tones . . .  highlighted by subtle pops of deep green.”  From there, the facility takes on a rustic-industrial feel thanks to the use of “reclaimed hickory mixed with railroad timbers, raw steel . . . oil-rubbed bronze . . . [and] industrial style lighting.”  The design is completed with “artistic touches such as hand-carved wooden hop art, rusted steel New Realm logo, stone Radagast heads, and more.”

“ai3 is looking forward to seeing New Realm Brewing Company open their doors and pour their first beer,” said Dan Maas ai3 partner. “We are excited for our clients who have been working extremely hard to realize their vision.”

As guests wander through the space, they will be able to “enjoy several views looking directly into the brewery overlooking New Realm’s 25hl, four vessel brewhouse and 50hl tank farm from Krones Steinecker, and Mitch Steele’s brewing team in action.”  Once fully operational, Steele expects that the brewing facility “will be able to produce approximately 20,000 barrels at full production and will have the capability to keg, bottle and can.”

With construction in the very capable hands of the 100% employee-owned Choate Construction Company, the folks at New Realm Brewing Company anticipate an opening date to land somewhere in the fall of 2017.  We will hit you with opening plans/dates once that information is released, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, check out the exterior rendering of New Realm’s facility below.  Prost!

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All images courtesy of New Realm Brewing Company


Mitch Steele’s New Atlanta Project to be Named New Realm Brewing Company

NewrealmlogoNot too long ago, Mitch Steele, Carey Falcone and Bob Powers hit the craft beer community with news that they had partnered to open a new brewery in Atlanta, Georgia.  Well, that project now has a name: New Realm Brewing Company.

Still very much in the planning and preparation stages, New Realm Brewing Company will soon break ground on a “20,000
square foot space located at 820 Ralph McGill Avenue in the growing Beltline area of Atlanta.”  Once completed, the New Realm facility will consist of a production brewery, restaurant, rooftop bar and beer garden to provide “visitors a distinctive venue to enjoy craft beer and great artisanal foods in an inviting, unique and fun atmosphere.”

“We could not be more thrilled to announce our name, New Realm,” said Carey Falcone Co-Founder and CEO.  “It has taken us quite a bit of time (over many beers, of course) to create our vision and land on the right name for our future brewery and restaurant.  New Realm speaks to our desire to create a new realm in brewing and dining experiences, and to support an outstanding and dynamic local craft beer community.”

The idea of the space itself is enough to get excited about, but the real draw of New Realm Brewing Company will of course be the beer.  With Brewmaster and COO Mitch Steele – former Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Co. and the man who literally wrote the book on American India Pale Ales – at the helm of brewing operations, craft beer fans can “count on IPAs being poured at New Realm as well as barrel‐aged beers and traditional lagers.”

If you would like to stay up-to-date on the progress at New Realm Brewing Company, you can follow the brewery directly through their social media accounts:

Of course, you can also check back here as we will most certainly be updating you with any and all information coming out of this exciting new project in Atlanta.  Prost!

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Left to right: Mitch Steele, Carey Falcone & Bob Powers taken on location at the future home of New Realm Brewing Company off of Atlanta’s Beltline. (photo credit: Sara Hanna Photography & New Realm Brewing Company)