With the opening of the Garage, a new brewpub in the works in Birmingham, and some recent rebranding moves, Atlanta’s Monday Night has become one of most visible breweries in Atlanta.
Beyond all that, Monday Night team has been tweaking its year-round line-up, too. And the latest is Lundi IPA, which is this week’s Beer Pick.
Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta
Available year-round on draft and in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans
The newest addition to Monday Night’s year-round lineup was the result of what the brewery touts as “months of test batches, hop experiments, and sensory panels.” Crowned Lundi IPA — which is Monday in French — it’s meant to be a more sophisticated take on the style. And in my own recent sensory experience, it succeeds by being soft and balanced, but not overly sweet, or too wimpy, coming in at around 7% alcohol.
Brewed with Pilsner, oats, and wheat in the malt bill, and Mosaic, Simcoe, and El Dorado hops, it displays the bright citrus aromas and fresh flavors you’d expect from that combo. Poured from the can to the glass, it’s a slightly hazy yellow with a bubbly white head. If I had a complaint, it would be that it could use a tad more carbonation. And in that regard, I’ll be looking forward to trying it on draft soon.
Monday Night recommends pairing Lundi with “an elegant charcuterie plate (include Bleu D’Avergine and Epoisses cheeses), a savory tortière, or chicken paillard.” Fancy! Fancy!