In an increasingly crowded Georgia brewing scene, Arches is unique. For starters, it's paving ground in the craft-beer-nascent Hapeville. But it's also doing it with interesting beers. A recent taproom lineup included an American Lager, three versions of a Belgian Blonde, and a hearty Russian Imperial Stout — all brewed on a tiny 1-BBL system. That's right, no IPA. Arches does things a little differently. Founded by five longtime friends with diverse — brewing, software, chemistry, law, and architecture — backgrounds, Arches will release seasonal lagers throughout the year, another unusual move for a craft brewery, but especially one in Georgia. Creative Loafing caught up with co-founder Ryan Fogelgren to find out how this unique new business plans to make it work.
The seasonal lagers are an intriguing move. Tell me about them, and why you're going that direction.
[We're planning] a rotating lineup of six lager styles. Starting the weekend before Mardi Gras, we offer a Traditional Bock. In May, we offer a Vienna Lager. Around July we have a German Pilsner followed by Arches Festbier on September 1. As the temps drop, we offer a German Dunkel through the holidays and complete the rotation with a Baltic Porter in January and February. Many of these styles have never been commercially produced in this state, and we're thrilled to introduce Georgia beer drinkers to new seasonal offerings. Only one of them, the Unseasonal Lager, will be produced year round as our flagship lager — it's a double decocted lager made with all-American malt, noble hops, and Bavarian yeast.
What drew you to Hapeville?
It's one of those towns that everyone has passed by and never stopped to check out. When we first looked there, it was intriguing to see how much energy and effort was being put into transforming this small town. They emphasized local crafts, food, and showcased local art on every corner. We liked the feel and passion of the community and the direction they were taking. Jamey Adams, our brewmaster, has lived in East Point for over 10 years, which is only a few miles away and has experienced the passion of this community firsthand. We felt it was the right fit and saw an opportunity to be a part of something special going on in this community. We also see a great opportunity to share our beer with airport travelers, surrounding hotels, and conference centers. With companies like Delta and Porsche anchoring a growing alliance of businesses, it only makes sense to add a destination attraction that encourages the community to engage with business and casual visitors.
What do you hope for the future of Georgia beer?
There is a tremendous amount of opportunity in this state. As the laws governing the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages continue to progress, we can only hope the legislators begin to truly feel the economic impact of our industry. In general, we think that craft beer drinkers will shift from the IPA-heavy trend that we have seen dominate the market in the past five or six years to an emphasis on more traditional, classic styles of beer including lagers.
Courtesy of Creative Loafing Atlanta: Original Article
Arches Brewing Brings Old World Flavors to Georgia for the First Time
Atlanta’s newest brewery offers beers never produced commercially in the state
ATLANTA, 2 March 2016 – Opening on April 16 as a nano-brewery, Arches Brewing will combine the best of modern and old-world brewing practices to deliver more than 30 distinct recipes to the Atlanta area. Many of their beers, particularly their lagers, have never been commercially produced in Georgia.
“For centuries, brewers have created various styles of beer based on the availability of local ingredients and at the mercy of seasonal temperatures,” said James Adams, Brewmaster for Arches Brewing. “We model many of our processes after the same European brewing practices, many of which have been eliminated over the years with modern technology and an endless supply of specialty grains.”
In this fashion, Arches Brewing plans to launch with a variety of seasonal and “Unseasonal” beers, including several rotating lagers that will adapt with the changing of seasons. One traditional technique practiced by Arches is called decoction, which is similar to sautéing ingredients in your kitchen. This allows the base grain to produce richer colors, intense flavor and complexities that would otherwise remain hidden. This practice was common prior to the creation of specialty grain. In addition, Arches pays particular attention to the water chemistry and mirrors the water profile of each style’s country of origin.
“We are intentionally starting small and plan to grow organically in order to maintain high levels of control,” said Adams. “A major part of that control enables us to slow down our processes and allow the beer to mature properly. While the majority of our lagers require months of conditioning, our Belgians will mature for up to two years before they are released. When beer gets rushed, the imperfections overwhelm its flavor profile, which is not the direction we intend to take.”
Arches Brewing will officially open its doors on April 16 in Hapeville, Ga., just outside Atlanta. Renovated from an old Napa Auto Parts, the tasting room now reflects the classic, old-world vision of the brewery. The Arches team built out the space themselves over the course of nine months, reusing and repurposing nearly all of the existing materials from the building and other salvage sources.
The tasting room will be open to the public Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Entrance will cost $15, including 6 sampling tokens.