Not only has this Midtown Brewery set up camp where the Beltline and Piedmont Park meet, but they’re busting out some of the most inventive brews on the market. Let’s raise our glasses to ‘em.
We’ll just be honest – putting a brewery smack-dab in the heart of Atlanta, where the BeltLine and Piedmont Park adjoin across from Ansley Mall is such a good idea, we wish we had thought of it first. Orpheus Brewing's 16,000 square foot facility on Dutch Valley Place is expansive, and after samplin’ a few of their craft beers on their idyllic front porch, which overlooks the edge of the park, we just had to pinch ourselves to make sure it wasn't a dream. (It wasn't.) Their tasting room is bright and welcoming, with high white walls and a refurbished wood counter. After taking a spin around the space, under the guidance of owners Andrew Lorber and Jason Pellett – one thing was certainly clear to us: they take as much pride in their space as they do their beer. (Quite a bit.)
The brew-smiths take full advantage of being in the heart of the ATL by keeping the city at the heart of their brewery. This makes sense – they grew up here. Andy went to high school at Paideia, where he graduated in the same class as Porter Co-owner Molly Gunn (what we now refer to as “The All-Star Brew Class”) who years later introduced him to his future Master Brewer, Jason. With ten years of brewing experience under his belt, Jason is certainly passionate and motivated about his beers, and teeming with excitement to offer the fruits of his labors to the community that fostered his passion. "If I go to look at the Porter's draft list with 45 beers on it, I want what I'm making to be the beer that someone sees on the menu and thinks, 'Oh wow, that sounds exciting.' If it's not, then there's no point in making it. Why do something that somebody else is doing?"
Orpheus' brewing methods are highly influenced by Belgian traditions, while also incorporating a healthy dose of American classics. The proof in the pudding? Their Seasonal IPA's which – albeit hoppy – are brewed with unconventional yeasts and grains that lend flavor profiles found in brews of a different color. The rest of their menu sports a myriad of flavors. Their two signature beers, Atalanta and Lyric Ale, are both saisons, the first, a tart plum concoction, and the second, hopped-up like an American IPA would be. The remainder of their draft list boasts everything from sours to imperial stouts, and plenty of barrel-aged goodness – beers that are largely, dare we say, are untapped in the Atlanta markets. We’re also thrilled for their forward-thinking projections –including an increasing number of sours (we're already quite fond of their Serpent Bite) and other curious concoctions on the horizon. Let’s just say – they’ve got our attention as much as they have our tastebuds.
You’ll get the full scoop on how and where they work their bit of sudsy magic. The team is thrilled to show their space to the public and give them some insight in their innovative brewing methods and, more often than not, you’ll find Master Brewer Jason at the helm of the tours. Trust us, once you witness the enthusiasm and passion that goes into every pint, you’ll find new flavors to savor. Photos courtesy of Josh O'Connor