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Hunahpu’s Day Review

March 22, 2016 |  by  |  Be the first to Comment

Our brewers traveled to Tampa last weekend to attend Hunahpu’s Day at Cigar City Brewing, as reported in our last blog post.  Truly one of the premiere festivals in the US, Hunahpu’s Day showcases the best of the best beer from around the world, and it was a true honor to attend.  It is difficult to really say what beer was the best at the festival, as every brewery brought some amazing beer.  That said some of the beers that really stood out, in addition to our very own Excommunication, are as follows:

  • Cascade Brewing: Pater Beer – A sour beer
  • Cigar City Brewing: Hunahpu’s Stout from 2013 and 2016
  • Crooked Stave: Fruity Cedar Box – A sour beer aged on cedar
  • Gigantic Brewing: Ume Umai – Experimental black rice and plum beer
  • Jolly Pumpkin: Inicios Nuevos – Saison
  • NOLA Brewing: Galaxy Lowerline – Sour ale dry hopped with Galaxy
  • The Georgia breweries pouring presented some amazing beers that should make beer fans in the state proud. Those breweries include the following in addition to Max Lager’s:
    • Wrecking Bar
    • Creature Comforts
    • Terrapin
    • Burnt Hickory
    • Mazurt
    • Red Brick
    • The Southern Brewing Company
    • Wild Heaven

JR and Michael had the honor of meeting with several other great brewers from around the world.  In fact, our Hunahpu’s Day pouring neighbors were from Malmo Brewing Company in Sweden, who poured some fantastic beer and were a pleasure to meet.  The guys had the opportunity to spend time with Wayne Wambles of Cigar City (JR and Wayne collaborated on Cuvée du Gamelle, a sour beer last year), and Nick Floyd of 3Floyds brewing, to name a few other brewers.

Finally, what beer related trip would be complete if our brewers did not visit a few local Tampa breweries while in town?  The guys were able to visit Cigar City, Tampa Bay Brewing, 7th Sun, and Rapp Brewing while in town.  7th Sun was a real highlight, showcasing a very quaffable tap list that any beer drinker would love with fresh and high quality beers.  Should you be in the Tampa area any time soon, you would be doing yourself a good service by visiting these breweries.

Be sure to plan on attending Hunahpu’s Day next year!  You will not be disappointed!Brewers from Max Lager's, Wild Heaven, and Cigar CityMax Lager's at Hunahpu's Day

Heading to Tampa!!!

March 8, 2016 |  by  |  Be the first to Comment

This week Michael and I are headed down to Tampa to participate in the (in)famous Hunahpu’s Day at Cigar City Brewing. Hunahpu’s is a world renowned Imperial Stout aged with cacao nibs, ancho and pasilla chiles, cinnamon, and vanilla beans that is only released once a year and only at the brewery.  To celebrate this great event, the folks at Cigar City decided to create a beer festival to go along with the release and only invite the best breweries from around the world that bring their best and most unusual offerings.  The event is the culmination of Tampa Beer Week and this year we are honored to have been invited to participate!

We’ll be pouring Excommunication, a Flanders Red style ale that’s been barrel fermented then split into separate barrels. In one, Mission Figs were added.  In another, Blanton sour cherries were provided to deliver the tartness we have all come to love.  In the third barrel, the beer was allowed to mature without fruit. After the re-fermentation, the three versions were carefully blended back together to create Excommunication. Tart dark fruit and cherry notes play off caramel raisin flavors and subtle notes of vanilla and wood from the barrel.

We’ll also be pouring Hopsplosion!!! IPA because, well, because it’s awesome!  This most recent batch is our most aromatic Hopsplosion ever, with notes to tangerine and passion fruit hitting your nostrils and pallet with every sip!  This is currently on tap at the pub, so come taste it and let us know if we are mistaken.

When we get back, we’ll be bottling the remaining Excommunication and laying it down to bottle condition. Look for a very limited brewery only release in the late Fall of this deliciously tart and complex beer!

Max Lager’s is 18 today!

March 5, 2016 |  by  |  Be the first to Comment

March 5, 1998 – Max Lager’s opens our doors at 320 Peachtree Street…..Since then, we have seen so much growth and change in these 18 years.  From changing beer production laws (all for the better!), to the addition of the Georgia Aquarium (for the betterment of Atlanta GA), to the move of the Coca Cola museum, now the World of Coca-Cola (for the better!), to the opening of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the College Football Hall of Fame – all of these fabulous jewels added for the  betterment of our wonderful city!

Our entire Max Lager’s team would like to thank YOU, and all of our many, many visitors for visiting us, enjoying our award-winning, hand-crafted beer, our wood-fired cuisine (and the fish & chips!), our fresh squeezed cocktails, and our homemade Max Tap root beer!

Cheers to you all for making us (and keeping us as) the Oldest Brewpub in Georgia!  And cheers to 18 more!  Cindy, JR, and Alan and our entire Max Lager’s team.

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Upcoming Seasonals…

November 17, 2015 |  by  |  Be the first to Comment

The cooler weather gets me excited to brew some of my favorite styles. Fuller bodied, a bit stronger- the kind of beer that drinks better on a cool winter night than a sweltering summer day. The upcoming line up is sure to stave off the coming cold. In the conditioning tanks we have Dark Soul Quadruple a dark, rich Belgian style ale with notes of chocolate, toffee and toast coupled with spicy aromatics from the Belgian yeast used to ferment this big beer. You’ll need to be careful though because this one clocks in at just under 11% abv! Continuing with the Belgian theme is Ambition Blonde. The other end of the spectrum from Dark Soul, Ambition is a medium bodied golden ale with an amazingly complex character and a very drinkable 5.8% abv.

On deck to be brewed is the return of What The?!! Helles, a Heller (pale) Bock style lager and Wry King Max Imperial Rye Pilsner, which is one of my all-time favorites. If those weren’t enough, also on the soon-to-be-brewed schedule is a yet to be named Weizenbock. It’ll be a deep amber wheat beer brewed to bock strength (8.5% abv) and fermented with a traditional weizen yeast strain to add complex flavors of clove and banana to play off the light caramel/chocolate notes of the roasted malts.

It’s going to be a good winter…and we’re just getting started!



Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

July 14, 2015 |  by  |  Be the first to Comment

Join us as we celebrate Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week from July 18-26! This is your chance to try selections from our dinner menu for a great price. Take a look at this year’s menu here:

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17th Annual Brew & Q

July 3, 2015 |  by  |  Be the first to Comment

Brew & Q is back again!
If you’re looking for a place to eat before enjoying the fireworks, come celebrate with us; we’ve got all the BBQ ribs, brisket, and chicken you could ask for.


Belgium or bust…..

February 6, 2015 |  by  |  Be the first to Comment

Next week I will leave for a beer journey to the fantastic beer country of Belgium! I’m going along with a group of brewers, beer writers, brewery reps, and beer fanatics headed up by estimable Owen Ogletree. Owen has been putting on these fantastic beer journeys for many years now and they are always amazing. Last year we traveled to Munich, Vienna, Pilsen and Prague with many stops along the way. Standing in the lagering cellars of Pilnser Urquell drinking the fabulous pilsner beer truly from the source…right out of the wooden conditioning tanks, is something I’ll cherish the rest of my life. Simply an amazing experience.

This year we are headed to Belgium. We’ll be staying in Brussels, but taking day trips all over the country with stops at places like De Cam Café, Bierbrasserie Cambrinus, Du Bocq Brewery, Achouffe Brewery, Brouwers Verzet (the brewery where Three Tavern’s brewer, Joran brewed), Duvel Brewery, Westmalle Trappisten, Brasserie Dubuisson, and the incredible Cantillion just to name a few. I’m beyond excited!

Last year’s trip inspired me to come home and brew Max Black Lager, which as it turns out, is a dead ringer for U’Flecku’s nearly 500 year old black beer (though it has changed through the years) and Wry King Max Imperial Rye Pilsner, which is one of my favorites now. Who knows what this year will inspire? Whatever it is, it’s going to be good!


Gearing up for Great American Beer Fest 2014

September 22, 2014 |  by  |  Be the first to Comment

We’re gearing up for this year’s Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado- who’s joining us for the festivities?! Check out what we’ll be pouring below!


From the Archives: Restaurant Forum’s 2007 Interview with JR

September 4, 2014 |  by  |  Be the first to Comment


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Welcoming the ASIS Convention

August 11, 2014 |  by  |  1 Comment

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We are so excited to welcome the ASIS International convention to Atlanta this September 28 – October 1! Members of Texas & International ASIS are welcome to join us for Texas Night at Max Lager’s on September 28 complete with prizes and a countrified Best Dressed contest!

TX members welcome from 6pm to close and International members from 7pm to close. 

Visit http://www.asisregion3c.org/ for more information.