Brewing company to celebrate birthday with block party

In this file photo, co-owners Chris Brown, left, and Drew Michaels, middle, serve beer at a Dalton Brewing Co. block party. The downtown business will host another block party on Saturday to celebrate the establishment's second birthday. 

DALTON, Ga. — Dalton Brewing Co. is turning 2, and the establishment is celebrating the birthday the best way it can: with a community block party.

Block parties have become a staple for Dalton Brewing Co., as — with limited space in the taproom — they afford room for a significant crowd, said Deanna Mathis, a co-owner. In addition, the City of Dalton “lets us block off the street, they let us use a flat-bed for a stage, and they drop off extra trash cans, so we’re super grateful for their support.”

The block party on Saturday opens at 2 p.m. and concludes at 11 p.m., with beer being served until 10 p.m. From 3 to 5 p.m., The Connor Priest Band will perform, with Jimmy Dormire and The Peace Merchants on stage from 7 to 10 p.m., and all musicians will perform on a temporary stage on King Street. 

The latter group will play primarily blues and classic rock, and include guest vocalist Jeremiah from the Blues Street Band, while Priest is “a young, talented musician who has played in our taproom before,” said Chris Brown, a co-owner. From 5 to 7 p.m., house music will be featured, so “there will always be music playing.” 

In addition to several current favorites, Dalton Brewing will offer three special releases for the block party: a birthday drink at 2 p.m., Currantly Puckered at 4 p.m. and Leap Beer at 6 p.m. 

B-Day Drank v2 is an imperial chocolate cake stout with raspberry and vanilla, said Drew Michaels, a co-owner. “Last year, we did a chocolate cake stout as a birthday drink, but we’ve added raspberry and vanilla bean,” and this edition has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of more than 9%. 

Currantly Puckered is an imperial sour with black currant and vanilla, said Michaels, who heads up brewing for the establishment. It also boasts an ABV closer to 7%, as opposed to three or four with most other sours. 

Finally, Leap Beer is a hazy India pale ale (IPA) with Galaxy, Citra, Nelson and Sabro hops, which are all “very hot right now,” Michaels said. The Leap Beer is named on account of the 29th being Leap Day. 

2020欧冠名单Among the current brews on tap will be the highly-popular Pineapple 7, an “excellent edition” of the hazy, New England-style IPAs that are a burgeoning trend nationwide, Mathis said. Dalton Brewing Co. went through its initial batch of Pineapple 7 in two weeks, so it’ll likely sell out at the block party, but, if that happens, “we have a hazy ready after that we’re also very excited about.” 

2020欧冠名单Additionally, hard seltzer, which has exploded in demand recently across the country, will be on tap for the block party, she said. “If you’re not into beer, we have the hard seltzer.” 

2020欧冠名单According to Nielsen, the hard seltzer category grew more than 200% in sales in the U.S. in 2019. 

Those seeking food to pair with their beverages at the block party are encouraged to patronize downtown eateries, Mathis said. Furthermore, “we’re opening it up” to those establishments to join the festivities, so “we’re hoping some of them might set up” stands or booths on the block. 

2020欧冠名单The block party is “family friendly, kid friendly and dog friendly,” with games and activities offered, Brown said.

2020欧冠名单Root beer will also be sold for those who choose not to imbibe. 

Dalton Brewing added a pair of new tanks shortly after New Year’s for “higher quality control” of brews, Mathis said. “They were a late Christmas present to ourselves, and the beers we’ve gotten out of them have been really, really good.” 

The tanks allow enhanced temperature control during the brewing process, allowing them to brew lagers, which require colder temperatures to ferment, Brown said. Additionally, they’re “uni tanks,” meaning brews can ferment and condition in the same tank, rather than changing tanks. 

2020欧冠名单That’s critical, because it reduces exposure to oxygen and other things that can lead to imperfections in beer, he said. “You can really tell the difference with IPAs, because you’re more likely to detect flaws in those than in darker beers that can mask” those flaws. 

Dalton Brewing Co. is also launching a mug club, and members can enjoy numerous perks, from a mug engraved with their name they can drink from at the bar to discounts on merchandise, Mathis said. Additional details can be found on Dalton Brewing’s social media feeds, or by asking one of the owners. 

In addition, while they already have theme nights, like Trivia Night, they plan to do more of those in the future, Brown said. For example, the new year has already seen the bar host a cookie-and-brew-pairing evening for Valentine’s Day, a brewing workshop and a weaving class. 

As they look ahead, the owners of Dalton Brewing Co. are also reflecting on their history to this point. 

Members of the Dalton Brewing Co. “team all have different skill sets, and it’s fun to work together,” Mathis said. “When you’re a brewer, you want it to be fun.” 

Additionally, “we’ve seen downtown transform in two years,” she said. “It’s become more walkable with more businesses.”

2020欧冠名单“We’ve seen some businesses come and go, too, so we’re thankful we’re still here,” Brown said. “We also go out to beer festivals to talk about our beer and Dalton, so, in some respects, we’re ambassadors for Dalton.” 

2020欧冠名单Most rewarding for Mathis is the fact Dalton Brewing Co. “has brought a lot of people together who might not have met otherwise,” she said. “People who have just moved to town come here, they get into a conversation with someone, and then I’ll see them together again and again.”

2020欧冠名单Dalton Brewing Co. strives to be “a community living room,” she added. “We’re like a coffee shop with beer.”