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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Arches Bohemian Riot

Last week, I visited Arches Brewing in Hapeville , where I met up with brewmaster Jamey Adams, and we sipped through the current draft lineup, which is focused on lagers.

Among the offerings, I enjoyed the year-round flagship, Unseasonal Lager, an American pale lager brewed with Noble hops, and the spring-to-summer seasonal, Mexican Empire, which is a Vienna-style lager commonly brewed in Mexico.

But I was really taken with Bohemian Riot, a crisp tribute to the beers of Pilsen that is this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick

Bohemian Riot

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Arches Brewing, Hapeville, GA

Available on draft and in growlers at the brewery and select beer bars and growler shops.


This take on Bohemian-style pilsner from Hapeville’s tiny Arches Brewing is a tribute to the people of Pilsen, who one upon a time rioted in the streets to protest the poor quality of the beer being brewed in the city. As the story goes, a city-owned brewery was founded and Czech lagers were born.

Bohemian Riot is pale gold in color, with soft carbonation, and crisp, well-rounded aromas and flavors that balance malty and hoppy notes before a rush of bitterness in the finish. To my palate, it’s not exactly to style. But that may be the point. Either way, it’s a refreshing summer seasonal, available June-September.

Pair with

Bohemian pilsner makes an easy match for a wide variety of foods, from pub grub and backyard barbecue favorites to Mexican and Asian heat and spice. But this time of year, seafood is a natural pairing, including clams, crabs, shrimp, scallops and lobster.


Food Tour of Hapeville

Photos: Food tour of Hapeville

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