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A.B.C. Beverage Tastings August – December 2020

A.B.C. Beverage Tastings

August – December 2020


Atlas Oyster House is proud to present the next installment of Atlas Beverage Classes (A.B.C.). This semester we will be focusing on local breweries, wineries and distilleries, discovering what is going on in the beverage world right here in our backyard. In addition to the beverage tastings, we will feature small plates paired with each beverage, as prepared by Sous Chef Chad Gorey.


A.B.C. will be held outside, on the Deck Bar, the first Thursday of the month (August through December) and will feature a local presenter discussing the highlighted beverages. Classes will consist of four tastings of beverages with four mini appetizers to complement each tasting. Classes will cover the basics as well as specific information regarding the history of the brewery/winery/distillery and their beers, wines, or spirits.


There are two classes every month, each an hour and a half long. The first class begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. with the second class beginning at 7:00 p.m. Class cost is $25 per person (plus tax and gratuity), per class, which gets each participant one tasting of each of the featured beverages. In addition, throughout the class, participants should be prepared for “pop quizzes,” where we will be giving away T-shirts, beer glassware, gift certificates and more. Seating is limited, reservations are required; be sure to make yours by emailing taylor@goodgrits.com or calling 850-287-0200. The featured themes for each class are as follows:


August 6th: Coastal County (Pensacola, FL)

Born and raised in Pensacola, Fred Thibodeaux spent a lot of time at The Shopper: a local classified ads newspaper owned by his mother, Susan Thibodeaux.  After 44 years of being a staple publication of Pensacola, she decided to change the business and help him pursue his passion for brewing amazing craft beer.  As an avid fisherman and scuba diver, he wanted to bring his passions of brewing and the coastal scene together and offer a place for people to enjoy interesting food, craft beer, and a love of the outdoors. With over two acres of space, a beautiful patio and a large beer garden for great music and entertainment; there’s always something to do at Coastal County.



September 3rd: Junavelli Winery (Brewton, AL)

What started as a home hobby became a business when Roger Templeton and his family decided to open Junavelli Winery on their family-owned property off Highway 31 on Gum Tree Lane. Templeton got the idea about 12 years ago while managing the blueberry shed in Brewton. At the end of the season he sold the last blueberries to a winery and decided to try to make some of his own. “I made some and it wasn’t bad, but I kept working,” he said. “Alabama law wouldn’t allow me to take it off my property, but I had people come by and it was getting better.” His daughter Kelsey convinced him to start a winery. He started with blueberries, Asian persimmons and other fruits to make dry, sweet and southern-sweet wines. “My wife (the former Lisa Basliere) is Italian,” he said. His daughter Kelsey’s first dog was named ‘Juno’ and his son Kyle’s first dog was named ‘Velvet’ so he put all the letters together to come up with the Italian name ‘Junavelli.’ He found his niche with the winery thanks to the support of family and friends.



October 1st: Oktober Fest

Oktoberfest, an annual festival in Munich, Germany, is held over a two-week period and ending on the first Sunday in October. The festival originated on October 12, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I, to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festival concluded five days later with a horse race held in an open area that came to be called Theresienwiese (“Therese’s green”). The following year the race was combined with a state agricultural fair, and in 1818 booths serving food and drink were introduced. By the late 20th century the booths had developed into large beer halls made of plywood, with interior balconies and bandstands. A number of U.S. cities, particularly those with large German American populations, hold Oktoberfests modeled on the original in Munich. These popular celebrations, which feature beer and German food, are an attempt to reproduce the Bavarian sense of gemütlichkeit—cordiality. For the class we will be featuring German stylized beers from Eliot Eckland of Gulf Coast Brewery, who will educate on German beers and Oktoberfest culture.



November 5th: Escambia County Home Brewers (Pensacola, FL)

With the rise of craft beers and local breweries over the last decade, many people have developed an interest brewing their own suds. The Escambia Bay Homebrew Club was founded in the spring of 1985 in Pensacola, Florida. The club’s mission is to further educate us in the art of making fine adult beverages and to share the art of making these beverages with others that are interested in learning. Over the years they have expanded to a full portfolio of which we will sample a few. Escambia County Home Brewers aims to be your one stop shop for everything happening in the Pensacola and surrounding area beer scene.



December 3rd: Oyster City (Apalachicola, FL)

Oyster City Brewing Company was founded in 2014 by Cassie Gary, Susan Gary, Rex Humphries and Bo Walker. Cassie, Susan and Rex, owners of Apalachicola’s Owl Cafe & Tap Room, have long shared a passion for fine wine and craft beer. Combine that with Bo’s experience in the brewing industry, and you have the recipe for a dedicated, ambitious craft brewery. Seeds planted through years of experimentation and small-batch tinkering have borne fruit in the form of three unique brews to date – Apalach IPA, Hooter Brown Tupelo Honey Ale, and Mill Pond Dirty Blonde Ale. Seasonal beers are also in the works, and OCBC is now brewing delicious craft beer seven days a week. Contact us to learn more about Oyster City Brewing Company and find out how you can serve our beers on tap.





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