Sept. 1 is a big day for beer in Georgia. For the first time, breweries across the state can now sell beer directly to consumers.
That means most brewery tasting rooms are offering extended hours , you can buy a pint of beer or enjoy many other options, including taking home up to one case of 12-ounce bottles or cans.
And, to celebrate, there will many new packaged beers for sale, and many brewery-only releases today.
For example, Three Taverns in Decatur is releasing German Chocolate Helm’s Deep as a brewery-only treat. Priced at $25 per 750 mL bottle with a two bottle limit, it’s a collector’s treat.
And in honor of this new day for Georgia brewing, Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep imperial stout is today’s Beer Pick
German Chocolate Helm’s Deep Imperial Stout
Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur
Available in 750 mL bottles at the brewery only.
The original version of Helm’s Deep was brewed in 2016, and aged in different types of barrels, including sherry and bourbon. The result was a high gravity black beer that displayed heady notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla and sweet chocolate.
The new German Chocolate version was aged in Sherry puncheon barrels for over a year. Then toasted coconut and espresso were added. With the sherry producing chocolate notes and the coconut adding distinctive toasted, sweet and creamy notes, it’s said to taste like German chocolate cake in liquid form.
This is the kind big, robust beer that calls for sipping on a cool night, or cellaring to see how it develops new and different flavors. But it certainly would make an easy pairing with dark chocolate or, of course, German chocolate cake.