Ology celebrating two years with four-day party
It seems like only yesterday we were walking into Ology Brewing's Midtown location off Sixth Avenue and seeing it for the first time.
Back then, there were five, maybe six, beers on tap in the laid-back tasting room full or barrels, bar stools and the heart of Tallahassee as its back drop.
But with every passing day, week and month, the Ology crew worked hard in their lab perfecting old recipes and working on new ones — including the now-famous, award-winning Juice Lab fruited berliners. And they worked ever harder on barrel-aging rare, unique sours and stouts — only those take a year to brew, maybe more.
But Ology's been patient, and you know what they say about patience.
Fast forward two years, and the reward is this: We are now one week away from Ology Brewing's 2-year anniversary party.
And what a party it's gonna be.
It will kick off Thursday, June 20, at 4 p.m. with a triple can release. On Friday, it continues with a commemorative glass for sale and the debut of Ology's first-ever Pilsner. On Saturday, Ology will release not one, not two, but THREE new bottles, including a collaboration with Calusa Brewing — a funky, lemony, complex Grisette called "Crossing Dreams" that was brewed and aged in a French Oak Red Wine Barrel — as well as two long-awaited barrel-aged stouts. And Sunday it concludes with two new Juice Lab sours tapping in the tasting room.
If that ain't a way to celebrate two amazing years of beer, we don't know what is.
"It feels great to be celebrating two years of chasing beer-soaked dreams. We are having fun pushing the scene forward, but there is so much more that can be done," Ology co-owner Paul Woodward said. "As we grow, you can expect us to continue pushing the boundaries with more beer styles, and even more exciting events in our taproom. Our pledge to our supporters is simple: We will keep making beer you can be proud of, beer you can have fun with, and beer to form memories with."
To dive a little deeper into the anniversary plans, the triple can release will feature two collaboration beers and one in-house creation. First, there's a tart milkshake IPA collaboration with Tampa sour powerhouse Hidden Springs called "Change Me, Beautiful." This beer will feature blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.
Next is a collaboration with BlackStack Brewing out of St. Paul, Minn., called "Stacks On Stacks." This beer will be a hazy double IPA made with Galaxy and Sabro hops and fermented on Kveik Yeast.
And rounding out the release is their popular Double Passionfruit Gose made with tons of passionfruit and Himalayan sea salt.
Friday's Pilsner is one Ology has been patiently waiting for. They said this on their Facebook post about this new beer: "(The beer is a) double decoction mashed for greater complexity and depth in a light malt flavor. Hopped with old-world noble hops. We've been lagering this one for 13 weeks waiting patiently for the lager yeast to do its good work. Light, crispy, and perfect for a hot Florida summer's day."
And while there have been a lot of memories and milestones over the last two years —including being named "Best Brewery" at Cigar City's 2019 famed Hunahpu's Day Beer Festival in Tampa earlier this year - Woodward said there's several, and they're all similar.
"Seeing massive lines form for Ology’s beer at events around the country has been a standout memory from the last two years," Woodward said. "Whether we are in Tampa, Colorado, Chicago or our hometown of Tallahassee, seeing the response we receive from avid craft beer connoisseurs is always exciting."
And we couldn't be more excited for them. Congrats again, Ology!
Tally Brew Bus is rolling again
After a few upgrades and reworking of the Tallahassee Brew Bus schedule, we are ready to relaunch the bus! The first trip is this weekend to the Forgotten Coast to visit Eastpoint Beer Company and Oyster City Brewing — a trip our followers chose out of three others after we put up a poll of four places and nearly 200 voters weighed in. And it sold out in three days!
We've added all kinds of new perks that are included in the tour and we've even incorporated some area restaurants into the routes.
Our next planned trip right now is June 21 around Tallahassee, visiting Proof, Deep and — you guessed it — Ology for Day 2 of their 2-year anniversary party.
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Lake Tribe to make TLH beer history
When Lake Tribe Brewing releases its latest can this weekend — Nolee Summer Suds Pale Ale — it will give them seven different types of cans in their tasting room cooler. And that's a new Tallahassee beer scene record. They have Red Cloud IPA, Old Chief Extra Special IPA, Beckster's Satsuma Wheat, Long Paddle Lager, Whitewater Pilsner, Tropic Thunder Tropical IPA and now Nolee Summer Suds.
Lake Tribe describes Nolee Summer Suds as a "crisp, smooth, summer pale with a distinctive golden color and subtle notes of citrus and tropical fruits."
Nolee's will be available on tap and in 6-packs to go when Lake Tribe opens at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Next Proof beer-pairing dinner set
Proof's last beer-pairing dinner at Shula's 347 a few months ago was a huge hit. Now Bricks & Brass, the event group for Four Points Downtown, will host the first of many planned monthly tasting events on June 27 with Proof Brewing.
The series will be called "Through the Drinking Glass" and will feature a family-style seating atmosphere while showcasing different local Proof brews paired with food samples.
The cost will be $35 per person, and the Proof tap list looks like this: Eightfive-0 Pale Ale, Lime Lager, Strawberry Lemonade Evil Kiss Berliner Weisse, La La Land West Coast IPA, Mango Wit and Creatures in the Dark Stout.
Father's Day at Deep
Deep will release three new beers during Father's Day Weekend. On Friday, "Helles Bock" hits taps, then on Saturday "Bourbon Blackberry" — a bourbon barrel-aged golden ale with blackberries — debuts. Then Sunday, "Steady Currant" — a bourbon barrel-aged golden ale with black currants — starts pouring.
GrassLands' block party
GrassLands is an official sponsor of the June 29th Infinity Con Comic Book Convention block party on Gaines Street along with Gaines Street Pies, the Warhorse Whiskey Bar and the Wilbury.
Also, throughout Florida State's College Series run in Ohama, GrassLands has a 20% off CWS special starting Friday night. The Seminoles open the CWS on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Arkansas.
The TLH Beer Society is a group of avid craft beer lovers co-founded by Danny Aller, who is also the co-host of the Saturday Morning Bottle Share, a radio show dedicated to Tallahassee's craft beer scene on 97.9 ESPN radio. Follow TLH Beer Society at Facebook.com/TLHBeerSociety or @TLHBeerSociety on Twitter and Instagram, or email them at email@example.com.