It’s with a heavy heart that we say good bye to Dale Ralston, who had been with us through thick and thin for the last five and half years! Dale started as a server in September 2008 and became a manager after 3 months. She has kept our spirits high and our sides hurting with her fabulous sense of humor. She is the artist behind our chalkboards and email newsletters. Dale will be greatly missed at The Porter Beer Bar.
The only thing keeping us from crying is that Dale is leaving to open her very own awesome bakery called La Calavera with her husband, Eric Arillo. It will be at 747 East College Avenue near Avondale in Decatur! They are shooting to open in March, but keep upto date with their fabulous website: http://lacalaverabakery.wordpress.com/
Dale and Eric (who is also the baker) have been selling bread at local farmers markets for two years now and are ready to get serious with their very own storefront. We wish them the best of luck!
We will having the following Holiday Hours coming up!
Regular Menu and Full Bar Available during Holidays Hours.
Thanksgiving open 5pm-12 midnight
Christmas Eve 11:30am-6pm
Christmas Day 5pm-12 midnight
New Years Eve 11:30am- 2:30am
New Year’s Day 11am-12 midnight
Don’t forget about our annual glassware sale kicking off on Black Friday, November 29th and going through Sunday December 1st!
Hanukkah is early this year, so we moved up Christmas vs. Hanukkah to Friday November 29th. Come out for a fabulous He’Brew tap line up vs. Belgian Christmas beers!
We got Reader’s Pick for Best Bar Food and Editor’s Pick of Best Beer Bar!
Can you believe it? 5 years!! It’s gone so fast and yet I feel like we’ve been here forever. I am proud to say we still have 6 original employees, who have been with us for 5 years! That’s 17% of 35 total employees! not bad for a beer bar!
So what has changed in 5 years?
We went from 19 drafts to 44!
We’ve gone from 100 bottles to over 800!
We added the vintage list and our fabulous private beer cellar!
We’ve been the best beer bar in the country in 2012 & 2011 according to ratebeer.com!
We’ve been a semi-finalist for Best Bar Program by James Beard foundation in 2012 & 2013!
And in 2013 we were featured on The Layover w/ Anthony Bourdain!
It’s been a good five years and with luck we will be looking at another good give years ahead!
Molly & Nick
P.S. Just for fun is our opening draft list below:
Allagash White Portland, ME 12oz/5% $4.00
coriander and orange with a creamy body
Wyder’s Dry Raspberry Cider Canada 12oz/5% $3.00
fruity nose, tart fresh raspberry flavor, the perfect farewell to summer
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale Athens, GA 16oz/7.4% $3.75
mellow pale ale with subtle rye flavor and a touch of hops
SweetWater 420 (Extra Pale Ale) Atlanta, GA 16oz/5.4% $3.75
an Atlanta classic, hoppy, but balanced
Weyerbacher Hops Infusion Easton, PA 12oz/6.2% $3.00
nice citrus upfront, with grass in the middle and earth in the finish
He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. Saratoga, NY 12oz/10% $5.00
copper/red color, citrusy hops with toffee finish
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA Milton, DE 12oz/6% $4.00
spicy citrus with conifer notes, heady nose
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Milton, DE 12oz/9% $5.00
dark for an IPA, with a dried fruit richness to balance the intense grapefruit hops
La Chouffe Belgium .3L/8% $6.00
opaque golden color, touch of cinnamon with stone fruit flavors
Delirium Tremens Belgium .25L/9% $6.00
golden yellow, banana bread in a glass!
St. Bernardus Abt 12 Belgium .25L/10.5% $6.00
soft and warm at first like a chocolate kit kat, but with a roar like a lion
Terrapin Indian Brown Ale Athens, GA 16oz/6.2% $3.75
chestnut colored, hops cut the richness
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter Frederick, MD 12oz/7.8% $5.00
black in color, but sweet like cream n’ sugared coffee
Highland Oatmeal Porter Asheville, NC 16oz/5.8% $4.50
black with hints of chocolate, touch of hops
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Denver, CO 16oz/9.5% $5.25
oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee (did we mention delicious?)
Brasserie des Rocs Triple Impériale Belgium .3L/10% $7.00
dates, milk chocolate with plum finish
Spaten Optimator Germany 12oz/7.2% $3.75
doppelbock goodness, dark with roasty malt flavor
Uinta XIV Anniversary Barley Wine Salt Lake City, UT 12oz/9.8% $4.00
burnt caramel, dried fig, toffee notes
Weyerbacher Autumn Fest Easton, PA 12oz/6.1% $4.00
amber color, cinnamon caramel malts, restrained
In case you haven’t heard The Porter is participating in the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival for the 2nd time! This is an amazing foodie event that benefits Georgia Organics! There are sooo many great restaurants involved and it’s at the stylish White Provisions Complex on Howell Mill Rd. All the restaurants work with a local organic farmer to make amazing tomato themed dishes and there are also mixologists with tomato themed cocktails! It is a great time for everyone! You can buys your tickets here:
We hope to see you there!
Sunday, July 21st!
Hello All! We wanted to announce that in Summer of 2014 we will be publishing The Porter Beer Bar Cookbook! It will have recipes for all our favorite specials, plus the regular menu and some of Nick’s fancy stuff that he makes for Beer Dinners. We will also include a little history about The Porter and how we opened along with a few funny stories of lessons we learned along the way. We will keep you updated as we go, so stay tuned!
Molly & Nick
Book the Porter’s Beer Cellar! It seats upto 30 and all you have to do is spend a minimum of $500! Super easy!
Check out the details at http://www.theporterbeerbar.com/be-merry/beer-cellar-rental/
or email Joe to book! firstname.lastname@example.org
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