Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Another few months, and another Atlanta vicinity brewery visited.  I’ve liked a couple of Wild Heaven Brewery Craft Beers since they were introduced to the market, but at the time, they were made by contract by another brewery in South Carolina, I think.  Still, they’ve been in Decatur long enough that… well, you just have to wait until the time was right.

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And the time was right on a recent Saturday, when it was cool and cloudy and UGA was playing football.  As a result, it was a very low key visit though done with a small group of coworkers/friends (if you can imagine those being the same).  Anyway, look at the crowd!

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Wild Heaven has a slightly different take on their brewery visits, with three options.

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I chose #3, which included each of their year around beers, plus an option for one of their three seasonal beers.

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Except… they were out of the White Blackbird, which wasn’t likely to be a favorite anyway.  Instead, they let you swap it out for one of their three seasonal beers, from which I chose Autumn Defense, their (Oktober)Fest beer.

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They generally pleased me the more I progressed from right to left.  Let There Be Light was essentially absent a desirable flavor.  Obviously, it works for some multitude or it wouldn’t be a year around beer.  Maybe people that don’t like beer but feel obligated to drink it opt for that one.

The Emergency Drinking Beer has a catchy name (and an accordingly utilitarian can design).  I admit, my curiosity has been piqued for quite a while.  I think their description is apt.  I’d have it again, but I’d probably opt for a Bud Lime first (not a compliment).

The Autumn Defense was okay – a different interpretation of an Oktoberfest, which I guess is as it should be.  If you’re thinking I don’t like their beers, understand that usually I choose which ones I know will suit my preference, rather than a “taste them all” approach.

Which brings us to Invocation, which may have been their first I tasted.  Not quite rich enough to be termed “rich,” not so bitter to be named “bitter,” and not quite spicy enough to be thought “spicy.” But it’s a pleasing Belgian styled beer all around.

Next was Ode to Mercy, dark without a sharp edge to it, a beer that doesn’t have to be taken in small sips but objects to being taken at a mouthful.  Good stuff.  In fact, I had a pint of it afterwards.

Lastly (pun intended), Eschaton, a Belgian quad, had a roasted wood smell and… well, people can make up their descriptions.  It was dark, tasty, and by it’s nature loaded with alcohol at 10%.  I liked this just as much as Ode to Mercy, but… safe driving matters.

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Cask aged beers are the rage, and it looks like Wild Heaven is experimenting with a wide variety of alcohols.

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One of the other seasonal options was a sour beer greatly improved with a smoked flavor.  This randomly selected couple enjoyed it greatly.

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