Our Beer

All the beers we’ve brewed at Akademia. To see a real-time list of what’s available on tap, as well as guest beers, head over here.

Same Thing We Always Do    |   Nitro English mild  
3.2% ABV / 8 IBU

Those coffee mugs that read “this might be beer” were made for this beer: a collaboration between Greenville, South Carolina’s The 8th State Brewing and Akademia. Same Thing We Always Do is a light-bodied English mild ale with lactose, vanilla bean, fresh hazelnuts roasted in the brewpub kitchen and a blend of Mexican and Ethiopian coffee beans from local roastery JavaGenesis. It goes down like alcoholic coffee with hazelnut creamer: smooth, creamy and easy-drinking — the perfect way to cascade into your work week. Contains lactose and tree nuts.

Drunkin’ Pumpkin   |   Pumpkin sour stout
3.8% ABV / 5 IBU

The ancient Greeks may not have celebrated Thanksgiving, but we think Dionysus himself would approve of this one. Pumpkin maybe the basic ingredient of fall, but we spiced this one up, baked it in-house and let our sour stout soak up all the goodness.

Horn of Plenty   |   Cranberry sour stout
3.8% ABV / 5 IBU

Thanksgiving in a glass. This sour stout is named for the English translation of the Greek “cornucopia,” a traditional piece of fall décor known in mythology for having been what the god Zeus was nursed with. Our Horn of Plenty is brewed with cranberries, cinnamon and Bulleit bourbon-soaked Jack Daniels wood chips.

Mikrophobia   |   Sour imperial stout
3.8% ABV / 5 IBU

The second running from the mash used in Paraskevidekatriaphobia. Complex sugars add a depth of body to this kettle-soured, light beer. A touch of tartness complements the malt profile, which offers a subtle hint of chocolate and coffee notes. The name “Mikrophobia” means “fear of small things,” derived from the low ABV of this dark beer.

The Dom   |   German kölsch-style ale
4.8% ABV / 16 IBU

Head brewer Morgan Wireman fell in love with craft beer when he traveled to Koln, Germany — a college town not that different from Athens — and visited the Kolner dom (Cologne Cathedral). The kolsch he tried there cemented his passion for brewing. The Dom is a kölsch-style ale: light, easy drinking and refreshing, with a touch of a berry note at the end of the palate. It can’t be called a kölsch unless you can see the cathedral from your brewhouse, so this is our homage to a wonderful, traditional style.

Galaxias   |   Sweet porter
4.8% ABV / 28 IBU

There’s nothing juvenile about this milk porter brewed with a heavy hand of flaked oats and lactose, or milk sugar, and aged on cocoa nibs from local chocolatier Condor Chocolates. The oats give our sweet porter a decadent, silky mouthfeel. Galaxias is named for the Greek word for Milky Way.

Niobe’s Tears   |   Gose
4.8% ABV / 5 IBU

Goses are known for their inclusion of coriander and salt, so what better beer to name for the Greek myth about Queen Niobe? Niobe’s children were killed by Apollo, god of the sun, and Artemis, goddess of the hunt, and she was turned to stone after pleading with the gods for mercy. The stone statue of her reportedly leaks tears every spring. Our take on this tale has the core ingredients, strong on the salt and herbal characteristics, and is kettle soured to give Niobe’s Tears a lemony essence.

10 A.M. Black Metal   |   SMaSH  
5% ABV / 30 IBU

Forget mash-ups — Akademia thought it was high-time for a SMaSH-up beer to hit the brewpub. Head brewer Morgan collaborated with Ryan from Good Word Brewing on this single-malt, single-hop beer with Golden Promise malt and El Dorado hops, brewed at about 10 one morning to the sounds of Behemoth and Watain (hence its name). The crisp beer is perfect for summer, featuring a floral nose and watermelon notes on the finish.

Extra Credit   |   Extra special bitter
5% ABV / 28 IBU

When coasting along with an easy drinker like this, why not have some extra credit to help you out? Ours comes in the form of locally sourced sorghum, which is the perfect touch to take this beer to the head of the class. With this traditional style, we allow the malt profile to take center stage, giving hops a supporting role. You’ll get a nice, biscuity finish with a touch of Southern sweetness.

Hades’ Hounds – Hunker Brown ALE  |   Brown ale
6% ABV / 20 IBU

Six different specialty malts combined with a generous portion of flaked oats give this brown ale a rich, silky mouthfeel and a robust malt body. Honey malt adds just enough sweetness to keep this beer perfectly balanced.

Southern Snow Day Haze   |   Amber sour
5.4% ABV / 3 IBU

A little snow may shut down the universities and colleges in Athens … but it doesn’t stop Akademia from brewing, even when the boil kettle decides to shut down too! Southern Snow Day Haze arose from a combination of snow-induced beer experiments yet to be tried in the brewpub. Candy notes from the malt bill combine with delicious tartness from the kettle souring to make an unique amber sour.

Melissus Honey Blonde  |   Blonde ale
5.6% ABV / 14 IBU

This malt-forward, easy drinker has notes of honeysuckle and sweetness courtesy of a honey malt addition. Its name was inspired by Melissus of Crete, the ancient Greek demi-god of honey and the art of beekeeping. According to myth, Melissus discovered honey, which Greeks believed was “star fall” that bees collected from flowers and trees.

Bold-Faced Rye   |   Roggenbier
5.7% ABV

A heavy hand of rye gives this beer a unique, thick mouthfeel that has a spicy clove quality and a slightly dry, biscuit-y finish. This one is a collaboration with Athentic Brewing, slated to be Athens’ next brewery to open.

Skål   |   Norwegian farmhouse ale
5.8% ABV / 15 IBU

Norwegian for “cheers” — This is a farmhouse ale brewed with the unique kveik yeast, a strain that tolerates high fermentation temperatures. Expect hints of funk to come out around mild citrus notes with a clean crisp finish.

Wise Owl Wheat   |   Hefeweizen
5.5% ABV

Head brewer Morgan Wireman teamed up with former homebrewing partner Tyler Swayne to brew up our first wheat beer at the brewpub. Wise Owl opens up with a banana nose with hints of clove and spice. This malt-forward beer has slight vanilla and banana pudding notes and a clean finish.

IQ IPA   |   IPA
6% ABV / 45 IBU

Citra and Simcoe hops give this IPA a burst of tropical citrus flavor. The dry hopping with Hallertau Blanc and Citra gives it hints of melon, lemongrass and grapefruit. Athens is a town with fantastic IPAs and we hope you enjoy our addition to this illustrious company.

Akademos   |   Saison
6.2% ABV / 15 IBU

We use two yeast strains to develop a different flavor profile that embodies a balanced fusion of fruitiness and earthiness. One yeast strain creates an ester profile of grapefruit and orange zest, while the other offers more robustness and spiciness. With this variation, we allowed our brewers to bring in two unique, yet complementary catalysts. This is a favorite around town, having been on tap at a few places before we opened.

Attica   |   Saison
6.2% ABV / 15 IBU

Three yeast strains blend to give this saison a sweeter, funkier flavor that still offers a balance of bold, earthy and citrus notes that make Akademos a fan favorite. Attica’s name is derived from the region surrounding the ancient city of Athens.

Everything He Touches   |   Tart brett saison
6.2% ABV / 15 IBU

This kettle-soured beer balances its tartness against the earthy quality of the Brettanomyces that is added during fermentation. Named after King Midas, we hope to see great things out of this base golden sour.

Jnana Juice   |   Juicy IPA
6.4% ABV / 40 IBU

According to Indian philosophy and religion, jnana is a Sanskrit term for knowledge — specifically, knowledge achieved through meditation as a means of reaching divine reality (Brahman). The flavor notes in this juicy IPA are similarly complex to the type of study its named for. Jnana Juice is made with Azaca and Idaho 7 hops, and is packed with flavor. Expect notes of pineapple, stone fruit and green onion, with slight cayenne pepper and grassiness in the finish.

Hoprodite   |   Juicy IPA
6.6% ABV / 40 IBU

There are 4.4 pounds per barrel of Loral, Mosaic and Ekuanot hops, which combine to make this IPA an absolute juice bomb. Named after Aphorodite, the goddess of love, Hoprodite features unmistakeable, fragrant notes of grapefruit and orange, which will help you forget you are not currently enjoying the New England fall foliage.

Lemon Blanc Drop   |   Saison
6.8% ABV

This Lemon Drop dry-hopped saison, a collaboration with Cherry Street Brewing, opens with bubblegum on the nose. It’s got a rich, full body with hints of funk and clove, and finishes with notes of black pepper.

High IQ   |   DIPA
7.7% ABV / 55 IBU

This DIPA takes IQ and turns everything up to 11: more malts, more hops, more bitter, more in-your-face. Flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, pineapple, lemongrass and a touch of cantaloupe.

Hoppy Ki-Yay Mr. Falcon   |  Hazy DIPA
7.8 % ABV / 45 IBU

Our hoppiest beer yet. The combination of citra and Huell Melon dry hopping gives this beer its beautiful combination of bitterness and juiciness with an intense level of haze. Dominated by flavors of grapefruit, mango and lemongrass.

Hoprodisiac   |   Juicy DIPA
8% ABV / 43 IBU

When Hoprodite isn’t enough, step up to its big sister, Hoprodisiac. She’s a DIPA dry-hopped with 6.2 pounds per barrel of Citra and Mosaic hops. Bursting with orange, grapefruit, pineapple and papaya flavors, this beer is bound to please the lovers of all things juicy.

Accidental Tripel   |   Barrel-aged sour
9% ABV / 20 IBU

Per Aristotle’s theory of accidental versus essential qualities, this tripel might be a bit far away from the essential, but we find its accidental characteristics divine, and hope you do too. Accidental Tripel was born of tripel aged in a bourbon barrel that first held Noctua, giving it a distinct nose reminiscent of a whiskey sour.

Moirai   |   Belgian tripel
9% ABV / 20 IBU

Similar to our Akademos and Akademos Attica saisons, the tripel is a beer dominated by its esters. Moirai is named after the three Greek Fates, and is another Akademia beer that eschews the hoppy side of things. It’s a high-gravity Belgian golden ale with notes of clove and banana, combined with yeast that gives a little bit of spice. That’s complemented further by additional esters of subtle but magnificent arrays of pear and light citrus fruit.

Take it to the Macs   |   DIPA
9.6% ABV / 55 IBU

Akademia invited our friends from New York’s Peekskill Brewery down to brew for a day — they brought Denali hops and we provided Azacca. Together, they made a double IPA named for our head cellar dweller, Mac McMillan. It’s got a nose of orange, vanilla, pine and wildflowers. Flavor notes of star anise, guava and a hint of pineyness take this beer to the Macs-imum.

Noctua   |   Imperial stout
10% ABV / 55 IBU

You may have seen Noctua, our little owl, making a few guest appearances around town. That name may be slightly misleading, because there’s nothing little about our big and bold imperial stout. Noctua is defined by its decadent chocolate notes, and its robust, roasty mouthfeel will leave you wanting another — if you can handle it.

Noctua Chaos   |   Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout
10.3% ABV / 55 IBU

As if our little owl couldn’t get any bigger, we take all the flavors you love about our base Noctua and let that mature in bourbon barrels. The result is a beer you should probably sit down for. Each batch of Noctua Chaos is a little different — thus far we’ve aged in W.L. Weller Antique, Z. Brown Distillery, Knob Creek and Buffalo Trace barrels.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia   |   Imperial stout
13% ABV / 60 IBU

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, and has a chocolate-y body you practically have to chew through.