Worth All the Salt in Niobe’s Tears

Goses are known for their inclusion of coriander and salt, so what better beer to name for the Greek myth about Queen Niobe?

It may be hard for a mother to choose her favorite child — or a brewer his favorite beer — but it’s easy for parents to prefer their children over others, even children of the Greek gods.

That’s the basis of this myth.

According to ancient tales, Niobe had 14 children, and one day questioned why they weren’t worshipped like the goddess Leto and her twins, Apollo and Artemis, were. Needless to say, that didn’t sit well with any of the three. Apollo, god of music and knowledge, and Artemis, goddess of the hunt, descended to the ancient city of Sipylus and killed Niobe’s children.

She was so devastated that she fled to Mount Sipylus in tears and was turned to stone after pleading with the gods for mercy.

Today, there’s the faint image of a woman carved into a limestone rock on Mount Sipylus that cries every year when the snow melts. It’s said this is the image of Niobe, and the melting snow her tears.

We won’t do what Niobe did and brag that any of our beers is better than that of another brewery (what would happen to Akademia if the brewers turned into stone?!), but we thought our gose was a worthy way of taking on this tale.

Niobe’s Tears has the core ingredients of a gose, featuring pink Himalayan sea salt, pale wheat and pilsner malts. It’s heavy on the salt and herbal characteristics, and is kettle soured for a lemony essence.

We may be a little biased, but this beer’s worth all the salt in our tears. Available now at the brewpub in snifters, half-pours and flights!

4.8% ABV / 5 IBU

Noctua Chaos: The First [Barrel-Aged Beer] to Exist

In Greek mythology, Chaos was the first thing to exist. In the lore of Akademia Brewing Company, it thus made sense for Noctua Chaos to be the name of our first-ever barrel-aged beer.

Noctua Chaos is what we call our signature imperial stout after we age it in a bourbon barrel. This batch, coming out on Oct. 25, spent eight months in a W.L. Weller Antique bourbon barrel, where it developed notes of chocolate-covered cherries that add an almost sinful quality to this deep, velvety smooth brew.

We’re tapping the keg at 11 a.m. sharp, just in time for lunch. Chef Nate Eve said he’d pair this with just about anything on the menu, but if you were inclined to further enhance the decadence of Chaos, he recommends the beer-braised pork chop or Beeramisu (don’t worry; no one’s judging you if you eat dessert for lunch).

Akademia owes a special thanks to Five Points Bottle Shop for this hand-picked single barrel. The Five Points crew drove up to the distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, to find the perfect bourbon to keep in the store, and this was the one they chose. W.L. Weller Special Reserve wheated bourbon whiskey substitutes wheat for rye grain, giving it softer flavor notes, and imparting some of those indulgent flavors reminiscent of butterscotch and caramel — along with an unmistakable bourbon nose — to Noctua Chaos.

Available at the bar in half-snifters and flight pours, while it lasts.

11.3% ABV / 80 IBU

Hoprodite NE IPA: Our Big, Juicy Thank-You

It takes a lot of love of craft beer to open a brewpub. In our case, it’s a big, juicy love — perfectly exemplified by Hoprodite.

Hoprodite is the latest IPA to come out of our brite tank, and we think it’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to the big, juicy love Athens and our Night Owls have shown us ever since the announcement came that Akademia was opening.

We appreciate the patience you’ve shown us as we train our staff and work through the growing pains of opening a brewpub. You know our story. You know how big a dream this was for our team and how long it took to get here. And your excitement never wavered. Over the past week, once our doors were open for pre-launch events, you came in droves. You opened crowlers of our first beer; you waited patiently for food and drink; you brought home T-shirts and hats with our logos. You celebrated with us and posted about us on social media. You brought your friends. You provided valuable feedback to make us better, and we are so grateful.

And so, today, we bring you this beer.

Hoprodite is but a token of our gratitude in return for the ardor you’ve shown us. We’re releasing it today behind the bar and in a limited run of crowlers — our 32-ounce cans, to-go — and cannot wait to hear what you think of our interpretation of this big, juicy love. This NE IPA is named after Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and features unmistakable, fragrant notes of grapefruit and orange. The ivory head is a perfect representation of the word “aphros,” which just so happens to mean “foam” in ancient Greek. Hoprodite pours a deep pineapple yellow, which is accented by an aroma of said fruit that comes from the combination of Mosaic, Loral and Ekuanot hops, 4.4 pounds of which are in each barrel of this luscious brew.

We hope you’ll join us starting at 11 a.m. today to get your crowler, pint, half-pour or flight pour of Hoprodite. They say it’s always 5:00 somewhere, but we think this would make a great beer no matter what time of day you came by to drink it.

6.6% ABV / 50 IBU

Crowlers: $16

At the bar: Available in pints, half-pours and as part of a flight.

Don’t Fear the Beer: Our First Release

It’s Friday the 13th — and Akademia Brewing Company is open for business.

We’re inviting you in with a limited release of a beer so frightful it’s delightful: Paraskevidekatriaphobia, a 13 percent ABV behemoth endorsed by Jason Voorhees himself.

The name may mean “fear of Friday the 13th,” but don’t be afraid of the wonderfully high ABV on this monster of an imperial stout. It’s intensely rich, brewed with a gratuitous amount of specialty malts and finished with an equally absurd amount of Condor Chocolates cocoa nibs. With a rich, chocolate-y body you practically have to chew through, the only question will be if there are any crowlers left to go.

Only a few of these 32-ounce containers will be available at the brewpub, but we’ll be pouring Paraskevidekatriaphobia until we close or the tap runs dry, whichever happens first. You’ll be able to get your hands on this beer starting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 13, and we’ll be open until 2-ish a.m. Oct. 14 with a limited menu and multiple beer styles.

We’ll see you shortly, #ABCNightOwls.

13% ABV / 60 IBU

Crowlers: $20

On tap: $7, half a snifter

Photos | Noctua’s First Flight

More than 200 of Akademia’s closest supporters — friends, family and industry colleagues — came to celebrate the first-ever night of service during a private event on Oct. 10.

19 Crimes wine sponsored the evening, and live music was provided by local vocalist Tre Powell. Beers on tap included The Dom, Extra Credit, Akademos Attica, Morai and IQ IPA, and diners could chose from a selection of items from our menu. The top hits were The Dom, a kölsch-style ale, and Extra Credit, our version of ESB.

Co-owners Matt Casey and Morgan Wireman, brewmaster, thanked supporters and acknowledged the journey it took to see their vision finally come to life.

“It was elation and relief, like someone just pulled a half-keg of beer off my chest,” Casey said.

Photos from the event:

“As I stood on the precipice of the monumental occasion that is the launching of multiple men’s hopes and dreams, I was overwhelmed with the sheer pulchritude of an environment filled with friends and family, enjoying our beer and our food.”
— Beer Consumption Coordinator Aaron Martin

 

WIN an Akademia Yeti Rambler!

Akademia Brewing Company opens in just 10 days — and we want you to have some of the first available gear! We have nine Noctua Yeti Ramblers up for grabs, and all you have to do is be an #ABCNightOwl to get entered to win. Three winners each will be picked from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The contest runs from right now to Friday, Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. Here’s how to enter (and yes, you can enter on each social media channel to up your chances!)

On Twitter:

  • Follow @AkademiaBC
  • Like the contest photo! It’s pretty easy to spot, pinned to the top of our profile.
  • Retweet the contest photo using BOTH the hashtags #NoctuaTakesFlight and #ABCNightOwls.
  • You must do all three of the above to be entered on Twitter!
  • If your Twitter profile is not public, we will not be able to see your entry. So if you want to keep your tweets private, consider entering on Facebook and/or Instagram, where your personal profile or page isn’t involved!

On Instagram:

  • Follow @AkademiaBC
  • <3 the contest photo — it’s the one with the Rambler in it.
  • In ONE comment on the contest photo, tag three friends you want to share our beer with (who aren’t already following us on Instagram, please)
  • You must do all three of the above to be entered on Instagram!

On Facebook:

  • Follow us!
  • Like the contest photo! It’s also pinned to the top of our page.
  • In ONE comment on the contest photo, tag three friends you want to share our beer with (who aren’t already following us on Facebook, please)
  • You must do all three of the above to be entered on Facebook!

Winners will be chosen Saturday, Oct. 14, and will be announced that afternoon! We will do our best to contact everyone via a tagged post/tweet and direct messaging your profile, so please keep an eye out if you entered! Sometimes social media doesn’t let you know that you have messages from business pages or accounts because, well, no one likes spam. In those messages we’ll give you details on how to claim your prize at the brewpub.

The Yeti Rambler 18, according to the Yeti website, features double-wall vacuum insulation and stainless steel construction. It has a trademarked “No Sweat Design” that doesn’t let condensation get your fingers wet, as well as a specialized leak-proof cap.

Good luck, Night Owls! May the odds be ever in your favor and the force be with you.

Welcome, Night Owls!

Akademia Brewing Company will finally, finally, open its doors on Monday, Oct. 16! We are super excited about joining the Athens community as its newest brewpub, serving up fresh food and beer on tap for both lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

You may have been following our progress for a while, but just in case, here’s a little of our backstory. Owners Matt Casey and Morgan Wireman (who we like to call our brewmaster) met several years ago through homebrewing. At the time, Matt already had it in his mind that he wanted to open a brewery of some sort, and combining his business acumen with Morgan’s brewing prowess, a partnership of Titan-ic proportions was born.

Akademia went through a few iterations before the final concept was settled on. One you may recognize is Big Springs Brewing, a concept originated by Morgan and a good friend.

Morgan and his friend started homebrewing together about 10 years ago and fell in love with craft beer after a trip to Cologne, Germany (our kolsch-style ale came from this trip). Their beer started winning awards, so they started designing a brewery for Oconee County. That’s where the name Big Springs Brewing came from, named after the original moniker for the city of Watkinsville. Unfortunately, Oconee County wasn’t the most alcohol-friendly area in which to develop a brewery, so the two started looking at Athens instead.

The friend chose to pursue a different career path, and a week later Morgan met Matt, who walked into a local homebrew shop with an idea for a brewpub — and no knowledge of how to brew beer. They hit it off, Morgan taught Matt the tricks of the trade and together, the new duo began making strides toward turning Big Springs Brewing from a concept to a real-life brewpub.

Fear of potential future trademark disputes necessitated a new name. Matt and Morgan brainstormed new concepts, and the idea for Akademia was born.

Now that we’re dedicated to the pursuit of higher-gravity education, however, you can rest assured that we aren’t going anywhere. There’s something to be said for a “victory lap” of classes, right?

Just like your professors handed you syllabi when you stepped into your first day of class, we’re going to give you a breakdown of what you can expect from us now, and what we hope to bring you the further along we go.

Our beers are bold, flavorful and a little something different than what you may be accustomed to. We want to provide high-quality beer to tantalize your taste buds. Some styles will be familiar — think IPAs, the kolsch-style ale, sessions and saisons — but others could be your first foray into that particular pint, like our ESB, tart brett saison or tripel, or a return to a style you haven’t had since your 21st birthday.

Our food is taste-tested and brewer-approved, featuring seasonal ingredients from local producers as often as possible. We have protein and veggie options for all palates, whether you’re a staunch Night Owl or just a Young Philosopher.

Akademia is a local, family-owned business and we make it our goal to work with other Georgia and Southern companies as often as possible: aging beer in a barrel from one of our state’s distilleries, using a crowler machine manufactured across the street from the brewpub, decorating our building with murals and woodworks from area artisans.

We are a place for you to call home, whether you’re here for four years, a dedicated “townie” or just visiting for one of those legendary Saturdays in Athens. We’re a place to bring your clients for a working lunch; a pint to gather your friends around after the workday is done; a family-friendly locale outside the hustle and bustle of downtown, but still in the heart of Bulldog Country.

As often as possible, Akademia Brewing will not only just serve you beer and food, but we’ll help you craft an appreciation for it. We plan to launch a loyalty program for our most ardent Night Owls, and we’ll bring you plenty of gear and swag to sport around town. Our event space, which won’t be quite ready opening night, will soon be a place for you to bring your student organization, business or family function. And as we continue to get our feet securely under us, Akademia will start off some “irregular, regular” traditions — new one-off brews, house beers and seasonal releases. We’ll also put together our canning line, but in the meantime, you can enjoy your favorite drafts here, via keg or crowler.

Night Owls, your patience will be rewarded as we wind down construction and gear up production. We’re hop-ping up and down with excitement, and hope y’all are, too. We hope to see you here Oct. 16!

Rebranding the Springs…

We are excited to announce our name change, and share with our friends the images we intend to use to launch a brewpub in Athens GA. Our project is starting to take off, so keep an eye out over the coming weeks for updates and further details on the inspiration behind the Name / Logos.

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