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ATL Beer Events: Strong Beer Fest, H&F Tasting

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  December 6, 2013

This weekend sees the launch of Atlanta's inaugural Strong Beer Festival. Put on by Little Five Points brewery/restaurant Wrecking Bar Brewpub, the festival will host approximately 20 different local breweries and brewpubs all showing off their wares. Sippers can expect more than 40 unique high-gravity beers; ever beer will be more than 8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and some will boast an ABV up to 12.5 percent.

As this is the Wrecking Bar's first Strong Beer Festival, the focus is squarely on the local community. Kennesaw's Burnt Hickory Brewery, for instance, contributes an imperial eggnog milk stout, while the Terrapin Beer Co. out of Athens offers up a Belgian IPA and a strong stout with notes of - no joke - Krispy Kreme donuts. A full list of the breweries and details on their beers is available at the Strong Beer Festival's website.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild and its efforts to draft legislation and lobby for changes to the state's alcohol codes. In 2014 the Georgia House and Senate will consider HB314 and SR174, which would allow breweries and brewpubs to sell limited amounts of beer retail from their establishments for customers to take home.

Tickets are available online and cost between $20 and $40. The event takes place from noon to 4 PM.

(Wrecking Bar Brewpub, 292 Moreland Ave. NE; 404-221-2600)

In other beer news:

James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins and his team at Holeman & Finch Public House host a tasting for Blackberry Farm's beers. The Tennessee hotel/farm/resort/brewery has up until now only sold its three beers - a saison, a pale ale and a dubbel - at its own restaurant and gift shop. Representatives from Blackberry Farm will be on hand to chat. The event takes place Sunday, December 8, from 6-8 PM. Attendance is limited to 50 guests; tickets cost $50 per person and are available online (2277 Peachtree Rd. NE; 404-948-1175).