[Ed. note: those of you who include financial support of Athens businesses as a reason to end the Cocktail Party on Georgia’s schedule can skip this post. Everyone else, carry on.]
Hamp Tanner is a longtime reader of the blog and a DGD. He sent me an email that may be of interest to any of you heading down to Amelia Island this week or any other.
I am writing to let you know about some new offerings in Fernandina Beach this year. First, after almost two years of renovation effort, Mocama Beer Company will open its doors this Tuesday, 11/3/20 at 629 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach. The building is at the intersection of 8th St and Gum St in an 18,000 square foot former Ford Dealership building built in 1953. We have a 3500 square foot taproom with 24 taps on the wall. We will have 10-12 distinct beers on tap this weekend. Beer list attached.
Of note, my co-founder, Derek Imes, is a long time Athens resident and UGA grad who was involved with Terrapin Beer and then helped launch Creature Comforts. Several of our investors are also UGA folks. In other words, this is a UGA grad Brewery. Our brewer learned in Boston and then interned at Lagunitas. Then he became the head brewer at Burial Beer Company in Asheville for almost 4 years before we lured him to the beach.
… If you enjoy Tropicalia, I believe you will also enjoy our flagship IPA, Cosmico…
We will be trying hard to attract as many UGA fans as possible for Thursday and Friday. However, we are not a sports bar and even if we set up a temporary tv for the game Saturday, our taproom won’t be the best place for people to watch the game. So we are making Friday afternoon and evening our WLOCP party.
He had me at “a UGA grad Brewery”.
Here’s the beer list:
Beer Style Abv
Pan American – American Light Lager – 4.1% abv
Light, refreshing, and easy drinking “high school” lager made with American 2-row, Flaked Rice, and Czech Saaz hops.
Infinite Harmonies – Berliner Weisse – 4.5% abv
Superlight, dry bodied, sour wheat ale with a quenching finish. German Pilsner, Wheat Malt and Loral Hops
Infinite Harmonies Passion Fruit – 4.8% abv
Our traditional Berliner Weisse refermented with a healthy dose of natural passion fruit.
Prosim – Pilsner -5.0% abv
Medium Bodied, with a crisp, dry finish. Hopped with Zuper Saazer and Grungeist, imparting a big floral and slightly herbal aroma.
Autumn Lager – Marzen – 5.3% abv
Lagered for six weeks and boasts complex notes of caramel and toffee with a hint of buscuit, pretzel and raisin. Medium malt sweetness, balanced with a clean, crisp bitterness from German Magnum, and Czech Saaz.
Cosmico – IPA – 7.0% abv
Our Flagship IPA starts with a slightly toasty malt back bone, complimented with bright citrus, and tropical fruit aromas of Citra, El Dorado, and Sultana hops.
Rare Cargo – Hazy Double IPA – 8.3% abv
Double Dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and Taiheke bringing a big hit of fresh squeezed pineapple and orange juice, white grapes, and tangelos with a hint of passionfruit and lime.
Night Rush – Imperial Espresso Stout – 9.3% abv
Dosed heavily with Brazilian Dark Roast Coffee, Milk Sugar, Chocolate Malt and Oats.
Robust Porter – Robust Porter – 5.5% abv
Evocateur – Robust Coconut Porter – 5.5% abv
Not seeing anything bad there.
I don’t know what the hours of operation are, considering today is opening day. Maybe Hamp will hop into the comments and let us know. Anyway, I plan on dropping in. You should, too.