Remember when the weekend began on Thursday night? Wild Heaven remembers. They’re bringing Thirsty Thursdays (and Fridays!) to the brewery, so grab a friend and get the weekend started ASAP.
Visiting a brewery is always fun – no doubt about it. But a Thursday (or Friday) night spent in the serene and stunning confines of Wild Heaven’s Avondale Estate outpost? It’s, well, downright heavenly. Partners Nick Purdy and Eric Johnson want to help you kick off your weekend a little early, which is why they've brought Thirsty Thursdays to Wild Heaven Brewery. The immense warehouse space that now houses the brewery was once where concrete yard decor was cast. We’re considering this a BIG upgrade. A few years ago, Nick and Eric rolled up their sleeves and busied themselves making major improvements on the warehouse – German tile work, oodles of custom woodwork, a big ol’ [pup-friendly!] patio, and lots of classy accessory lighting to name a few. And when they were finished, they had made quite the seraphic home for themselves in the heart of Avondale Estates. “We worked really hard to transform a space that felt like a block of concrete into a place that’s warm and inviting.” Nick tells us. And to match their sublime surroundings? They got their hands on the most blessed brew system in the Peach state (inherited from the good folks of Terrapin and SweetWater, respectively). After seeing the space and samplin’ their brews for ourselves, we have nary a doubt in our minds –Wild Heaven is up to big things.
But don’t go thinking that Wild Heaven is all hat, no cattle – the suds here are just as dreamy as the surroundings. We’re big fans of their stouthearted approach to brewing. Master Brewer Eric Johnson has pretty much steered clear of all the standard brews on the market and set his sights on unique, esoteric beers. He’s always coming up with new ideas – smoked stouts, German Marzen fest-style beers, Umami beers, the sky’s the limit, really. Eric stated his approach best, “I don’t want to make a beer that will remind you of anything you’ve had before. We’re willing to take risks on ingredients and processes that aren’t always used in brewing.” And a couple sips of White Blackbird later, we could tell he means business.
Of course, you’ll have to see for yourself to believe it – which is why we’ve got your tours and tastings all ready for you. Upon your arrival at Wild Heaven’s outpost you’ll be shown the finer points of brewing while taking sips of Wild Heaven's unique offerings with three 12-ounce pours (that's a full pour, not just a taste). Want to change the way you think of “light” beer? Well then Let There Be Light
is right up your alley. Looking for something a little more robust? The Invocation never fails to please. And their booziest of brews, the Belgian-style Quad known as Eschaton, is truly one-of-a-kind, with umbrous notes of stone fruit, vanilla and spice that we just can’t get enough of. Yup, you heard it here first, brew lovers. Heaven is a place on earth – and it’s Thirsty Thursday at a brewery in your own backyard.