Beer Pick: Celebrate Pontoon’s second anniversary with Milky Way Galaxy Double IPA

Milky Way Galaxy Double IPA from Pontoon Brewing
Milky Way Galaxy Double IPA from Pontoon Brewing

To celebrate its second anniversary Pontoon Brewing is hosting a weekend-long anniversary celebration at its Sandy Springs taproom.

The festivities kick off with a no tickets required “Pregame Party” today at at 3 p.m., and the re-releases of some of Pontoon’s favorite limited edition beers from the past year, food vendors, plus a sneak peek of some of the special anniversary beers.

The party continues Saturday and Sunday with two ticketed events featuring access to new beers brewed for the celebration, including new versions of Brownie Batter Batch Stout, and Milky Way Galaxy double IPA.

Tickets ($25-$60) also include a commemorative anniversary tasting glass, access to some of Pontoon’s favorite food vendors and live music. And, on Sunday, there’s a special meet and greet with Noah the otter from Wildlife Wonders.

For more information, the beer list, and to buy tickets go to Eventbrite.

And in celebration of all that celebrating, Milky Way Galaxy double IPA is this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick

Milky Way Galaxy Double IPA

Pontoon Brewing Co., Sandy Springs

Available on draft and in 16-ounce cans for a limited time.

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Brewed for Pontoon’s second anniversary, the newest version of Milky Way Double IPA is big in every way. Weighing in at 10% alcohol, and some 100 international bitterness units, it’s double dry hopped, featuring Galaxy as the premier variety, along with Citra and Centennial. The malt bill is a combo of 2-row, crystal and caramel, with a bit of lactose added.

The result is a hazy-hoppy IPA that touches on both classic West Coast and New England styles, with a tropical punch, a touch of sweetness, and a surprisingly smooth bitterness in the finish.

Pair with

Like most big IPAs, Milky Way isn’t perfectly food-friendly. But try it with creamy, high fat cheeses like triple creams or English cheddars. And a big, bad double cheeseburger with onion rings and fries could work, too.

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