Second Self Beer Co. Goes Barleywine Heavy to Celebrate 6th Anniversary

Second Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will commemorate its Sixth Anniversary with the Limited Release of Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 and Malternate Universe during the week of Halloween from Wednesday, October 28 to Saturday, October 31.

Nothing says it is time to celebrate like breaking out a couple fine barleywines and Second Self Beer Co. is doing just that with the release of the following two anniversary offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 – An American Barleywine aged in wet high rye bourbon barrels. It follows Second Self’s highly acclaimed Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1 in 2017, but it certainly deserves its own spotlight. With forward oak and spice nose and caramel and vanilla notes deriving from the malt and barrel used to brew it, Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 is a slow-sipper that opens as it warms up. Hints of sweet, dark cherry lighten the overall body of the beer, creating a slightly boozy finish. ABV – 12%
  • Malternate Universe (9% ABV) – A Barleywine that pours a rich amber color with a nice tan head. Sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar and English toffee give the decadent beer a full mouthfeel with tons of flavor. Tasting notes include fig, raisin and molasses. ABV – 9%

“A beer can only be a ‘Manic Pixie Dream Beer’ if it is truly an exception, and we’re confident this second version may just be the best beer we’ve released since Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1,” says Co-Founder and Beer Architect Jason Santamaria. “We’re proud to introduce our beer fans to Malternate Universe as well, and we’re looking forward to celebrating our anniversary over these two new launches with our Atlanta community.”

Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 and Malternate Universe will be a part of a Double Release taking place at Second Self Beer Co.’s Westside Taproom from Wednesday, October 28 through Saturday, October 31, but you can go ahead pre-order your stash now by clicking here. Only 400 Anniversary Bundles – with Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 packaged in 750ml bottles and Malternate Universe in 16 oz. cans – will be available for purchase during this release, so make sure that you secure your bundle as soon as possible. Prost!

Second Self Beer Co. & My Abuelas Food Collaborate on La Fría Lager

Second Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that it will officially launch La Fría, a Caribbean Lager brewed in collaboration with My Abuelas Food, as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering on August 28.

Crafted with the inspiration found in the “sultry vibes and sandy beaches of Puerto Rico,” La Fría – which translates to “The Cold One” – is a Caribbean-style Lager that allows you to “invest in your own refreshment.” Coming in at an easy-drinking 4.5% ABV, La Fría encourages all who drink it to “sit back, relax, love, share, and drink . . . responsibly.”

“My family is Cuban and food is a big part of my life. Creating a beer that pairs well with the rich cuisine of my heritage has always been something I’ve wanted to do,” says Jason Santamaria, co-founder and chief beer architect at Second Self Beer Co. “When I met Luis Martinez (owner of My Abuelas Food) and tasted his Puerto Rican dishes that are similar to what I grew up with, I knew we were a great match. We’ve spent over a year creating La Fría, and the result is crisp, approachable and clean. Its flavor profile is complex enough to satisfy a hardcore craft beer fan but mellow enough that even a macro-beer drinker will like it. Plus, at only 4.5% ABV, you can enjoy it responsibly all day.”

La Fría is pouring now at Second Self’s Westside taproom and cans will be available on August 28. Distribution is scheduled to begin in September, and you can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. La Fría will also see distribution in Puerto Rico. Prost!

Vital Information for La Fría from Second Self Beer Company & My Abuelas Food

Release – Year-Round; launching August 28, 2020
Style – Caribbean-style Lager
ABV – 4.5%
Pairing Suggestions – “Pairings include moments of refreshment: relaxing on a beach, enjoying a family cookout, watching football, or pizza.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina & Puerto Rico

Second Self Beer Co. Goes Year-Round with Game Night IPA

Second Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will add Game Night Hazy IPA to its Year-Round lineup in early August 2020.

Meant to capture the vibe found within “late nights of carefree gaming back in a time when all we cared about was remembering the cheat code for unlimited lives,” Game Night is Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that uses Citra, Mosaic and Centennial hops to build “an aroma and flavor profile of papaya, mango, and citrus.” Coming in at 6.1% ABV, the “simple – yet intricate” Game Night is “balanced, with a soft mouthfeel thanks to barley, oats, and wheat.”

“Retro video games are kind of our thing. There are some old school arcade games and an NES 64 in our taproom, and we’ve had video game-themed beers before,” said Jason Santamaria, Second Self’s co-founder and chief beer architect. “We are leaning in and just letting our geek flag fly. Game Night pairs perfectly with all kinds of contests – a marathon Catan session, darts, poker night, or kicking around a soccer ball.”

Game Night will officially debut at Second Self’s taproom in Atlanta’s West Midtown on August 8 and distribution in Georgia will begin the week of August 10. Expanded distribution in Alabama and South Carolina will follow in the “coming weeks.” Once fully released, you can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in the states mentioned above. Prost!

Vital Information for Game Night Hazy IPA from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Year-Round; launching August 8, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.1%
Featured Hops – Citra, Mosaic & Centennial
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia, Alabama & South Carolina


Second Self Beer Co. Launches Pastry Stout Series with Release of Dad Made Breakfast Stout

SecondSelfLogoSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Dad Made Breakfast, a Pastry Stout with Oats and Coffee, in mid-February 2020.

Arriving as the first release in a three-part Pastry Stout Series that will introduce new flavors and brewing techniques, Dad Made Breakfast is a “high gravity, non-adjunct” American Stout brewed with oats, coffee and roasted malts, Specifically developed to be a vegan product, Dad Made Breakfast (9% ABV) cleverly mimics the Pastry Stout experience while “containing zero lactose, artificial ingredients or sweeteners.”

“At Second Self, it’s a constant goal of ours to release new offerings that appeal to a wider audience. For that reason, we’re excited to be releasing a vegan stout with Dad Made Breakfast.” says Second Self Co-Founder and Beer Architect, Jason Santamaria. “For the two beers following in the series, we’ll be experimenting with new flavor introductions and brewing techniques.”

Second Self’s Pastry Stout Series will continue later this year with the Limited Releases of Stepdad Made Breakfast – a Breakfast Stout with Maple Syrup and Blueberries – and Grandad Made Breakfast – a Bourbon Barrel-aged version of Stepdad Made Breakfast.

Dad Made Breakfast is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at Second Self’s Westside Tasting Room (1317 Logan Circle NW | Atlanta, Georgia) and at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dad Made Breakfast from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited/Pastry Stout Series; mid-February 2020
Style – American Stout
ABV – 9%
Featured Ingredients – Oats, coffee & roasted malts
Fun Fact – “Keith Rein, design specialist at Salt and Paper House in Athens, Georgia, created the artwork [for Dad Made Breakfast] in addition to a number of other labels he has made for Second Self. The labels will evolve with each [Pastry Stout Series] release.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Roasted spare ribs, bacon, cheddar cheese, broccoli rabe and vanilla ice cream”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Georgia & South Carolina

 

Second Self Beer Co. Launches New Contender Hazy IPA Series

SSB_NewContenderSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce New Contender, a new series of Hazy IPAs, on October 12 with the Limited Release of El Dorado vs. Mosaic.  

Inspired by Second Self’s appreciation for classic fighting video games, New Contender is “a creative spin on the hazy IPA by using a new two-hop blend each time it’s brewed, resulting in original flavor combinations with each release.”  Each “round” will have two hops “‘battle it out’ to see which remains for the next release.”  The winner of each release will be chosen by the Second Self team and the “vanquished hop” will be replaced by a “New Contender” for the next release in the series.

New Contender – El Dorado vs. Mosaic, the inaugural release in the series, is a Hazy India Pale Ale that pits the “tropical fruit flavors” of El Dorado hops against Mosaic’s “flavors of mango, pine, citrus and herbs and aromas of tropical and stone fruit.”**

** Hop descriptions sourced from Hopslist **

“We love the creativity of our team, and when Head Brewer Austin Brumley came to me with this idea, I knew we had to run with it,” says Second Self Co-Founder and Beer Architect, Jason Santamaria. “We’re excited to experiment with different hops in ways we have not before. I can’t wait to see how the beer community responds to it.”

New Contender – El Dorado vs. Mosaic will debut at Second Self’s Five Year Anniversary Party at their Westside Taproom (1317 Logan Circle NW | Atlanta, Georgia) on October 12.  Future New Contender releases will be available for purchase in 16 oz. cans at Second Self and at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia and South Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for New Contender- El Dorado vs. Mosaic from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited/New Contender Series; October 12, 2019
Style – Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – ???
Featured Hops – El Dorado & Mosaic
Fun Fact – “Keith Rein, design specialist at Salt and Paper House in Athens, Georgia, created the cheeky artwork in addition to a running list of other labels he has made for Second Self, such as the more recent releases of their cocktail-inspired series and Golden Blonde.”

 

Second Self Beer Company’s Junipa Returns with New Recipe

JUNIPASecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that the newly reformulated Junipa will officially return in November to serve as the brewery’s cold weather Seasonal.

Newly tweaked to even more closely mimic “the classic flavors of gin”, Junipa is a Spruce Beer “brewed with citrusy Amarillo and Cascade hops, spruce tips, juniper, and rosemary, and then dry-hopped with aromatics.”  This clever combination of hops, juniper and aromatics produces a 6.4% ABV Junipa that is reminiscent of “a more citrusy gin.”

Junipa will return in November 2018 and is scheduled to stick around through February 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for Junipa from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Seasonal, November 2018 – February 2019
Style – Herb & Spice Beer
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 43
Fun Fact – “The festive can artwork was designed by graphic illustrator Tex Grubbs.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Braised short ribs, herb chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts, sharp cheeses, fire pits, and roasted marshmallows.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Georgia & South Carolina

Second Self Beer Co. Vows to Make IPA Great Again

MIPAGA-CAnSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that it is going old school on hop heads with the upcoming Limited Release of Make IPA Great Again.

Harkening back to the days before the IPA haze craze consumed the craft beer community, Make IPA Great Again is a “throwback double IPA” created by Second Self’s Co-founders Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle “as an homage to the bitter and clear IPAs that inspired them to start brewing over a decade ago.”  With a “YUGE” hop bill jam-packed with Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops, this ‘Murican Double IPA “has tremendous notes of pine, resin, covfefe and citrus with a bitter finish.” For a more eloquent, stately explanation of what you can expect from this beer, here’s the brewery’s full description for Make IPA Great Again (9% ABV, 111 IBUs):

“Many people are saying we have the best hops. Believe me, we have all the best hops. Billions and billions of hops. Believe me, folks! Other beers are a YUGE problem! Beers today do not remember what it was like when this country made the best beers, the biggest beer, the most bitterest beers!!

Your milkshake pasty stout IPAs are FAKE NEWS!!. This bitter beer is DANK, PINEY, RESINY, and clear; just like the RETRO forgotten beers of this country. We make sure it has a tremendous flavor in a bigly tariffed aluminum tall boy! I have to thank our employees for their great jerb Putin in hard hours to make this magnificent beer.”

Make IPA Great Again will debut on April 28 in Second Self’s Westside taproom and distribution will follow shortly after that release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within Second Self’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Make IPA Great Again from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited; April 28, 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 111
Featured Hops – Cascade, Centennial, Chinook & Simcoe
Suggested Food Pairings – “Suggested pairings for the beer include well-done steak with ketchup, taco bowls, Russian dressing, and anything off the Dollar Menu.”
Fun Fact – On the name and packaging for Make IPA Great Again: “Label artwork was designed by Tex Grubbs, and the yuge 16 oz. cans will fit comfortably even in small hands. The beer’s name was devised by Eddie Holly, Owner of Ale Yeah! in Decatur.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Second Self Beer Co. Sends Bleeding Heart out for Seasonal Release

BleedingHeartJust in time for Valentine’s Day, Second Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced the Seasonal release of Bleeding Heart.

Brewed to mimic the characteristics of the classic Southern dessert we all know as red velvet cake, Bleeding Heart (6.9% ABV) is an Amber Ale brewed with cocoa to add “color and bitterness more than flavor” and vanilla to act as the “icing on top.” Skillfully added in just the right amounts, these ingredients blend with the beer’s overall recipe to strike a beautiful “balance between sweet, malty flavors and hops.”

Bleeding Heart is officially available now and will hang around through the month of March.  You can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located within Second Self’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bleeding Heart from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Seasonal, January – March 2018
Style – Amber Ale
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 27
Added Ingredients – Cocoa & vanilla
Suggested Food Pairings – “Steak, roasted butternut squash, gorgonzola cheese, a loved one to share it with.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Second Self Beer Co. Introduces Triforce IPA

TRIFORCESecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced the release of Triforce IPA as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

With inspiration sourced from an “iconic video game”, the brewers at Second Self have created Triforce IPA to “embody the sacred relic’s three pieces: power, courage and wisdom.”  To achieve this lofty goal, this slightly hazy IPA is brewed with its own “triforce of malts (oats, wheat and barley) and hops (Mosaic, Amarillo and Cascade).”  This trifecta of threes results in a 6.1% ABV, 45 IBU Triforce IPA that possesses “the aroma and flavor of papaya, mango and other tropical fruits, with a soft, flavorful mouthfeel to balance this truly inspired beer.”

Triforce IPA is officially available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can find this Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located throughout Second Self Beer Company’s distribution area in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Triforce IPA from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Year-Round, launching January 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.1%
IBUs – 45
Grains – Oats, Wheat & Barley
Hops – Mosaic, Amarillo & Cascade
Suggested Food Pairings – “Tacos, barbecue, fresh vegetables, ceviche, fromage blanc and magical potions.”
Fun Fact – Triforce IPA’s “graphic label plays on the classic video game and was designed by artist Keith P. Rein, who also created the popular artwork for Second Self’s limited-edition beer: Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Alabama

Second Self Beer Company to Begin Olde Oyl Release on Black Friday

SSBCOldSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that the 2017 batch of Olde Oyl will officially debut at the brewery on Black Friday, November 24.

Arriving just in time to take on those colder temperatures, Olde Oyl is a Russian Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout that is “brewed seasonally with malt and oats for a rich body and robust aroma.”  To achieve just the right amount of coffee presence, the brewers at Second Self “[incorporate] custom-roasted coffee from East Pole Coffee Co., a specialty coffee roaster based in Atlanta’s Armour Yards development between Buckhead and Midtown.”  Hearty and hefty, the 11% ABV Olde Oyl comes together to provide a warming experience that boasts “a nice roasty taste with a smooth coffee finish.”

Olde Oyl will make its first appearance of the year at Second Self’s Black Friday Extravaganza event on Nov. 24th from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Olde Oyl will be available in 16 oz. cans exclusively in the brewery’s taproom, but this Limited Seasonal Release will see distribution as a draft-only offering to select beer establishments located in Alabama and Georgia.  You can expect Olde Oyl to pour through January 2018. Prost!

Vital Information for Olde Oyl from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited/Seasonal, late-November 2017 through January 2018
Style – Russian Imperial Stout/Oatmeal Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 65
Added Ingredients – Custom-roasted coffee from East Pole Coffee Co.
Availability – 16 oz. cans (brewery only) & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Alabama