Just ahead of their Atlanta stop on their 40th Anniversary Tour, Foreigner guitarist, craft beer enthusiast, and Cicerone Certified Beer Server Bruce Watson chats with the Beer Guys about craft beer and their "VIB" meet and greet craft beer tastings he hosts along with bandmate Michael Bluestein.
However, with new laws that went into effect on July 1, breweries now have the amazing opportunity to actually sell their product directly to consumers. Experts are predicting the Magnolia state's craft brewery footprint will only get bigger. But any brewery that opens up will have a hard time competing with the quality of Hattiesburg's Southern Prohibition.
A revamp of a few of their recipes paid off, and they are becoming one of the hottest breweries in the south. In fact, they recently won Paste Magazine's best Session IPA for Devil's Harvest. A big honor, especially considering they beat out some huge breweries.
We talked to head brewer Ben Green about brewing in Mississippi, their recipes, and what's coming up next for them.
Dave McLean is one of the originators of the San Francisco craft beer scene. After following the Grateful Dead from Boston to the Bay Area, Dave started getting more into the craft beer scene. After drinking beers from great breweries like Anchor and Sierra Nevada, Dave got into the game himself.
Inspired by Alice Waters and the farm to table movement, Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery became one of the first brewpubs to really take food seriously.
Most recently, McLean opened Smokestack, a "San Francisco" barbecue brewpub in the Dogpatch district. And they are also just starting to can their beers.
We sampled two of their classics - the Kalifornia Kolsch and Proving Ground IPA.