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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Laughing Skull Amber Ale

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Laughing Skull Amber Ale
Atlanta Brewing Company
2323 Defoor Hills Rd. NW
Atlanta, Georgia
Est. 1993

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Brain Damage Quotient = 5.7 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Amber color.
Malty smell with some hops bitter notes.

Tight, white two finger high head.
Decent amount of lacing on glass.

Medium malty taste up front with hoppy bite at end.
Light to medium mouth feel. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Ah ha! That crazy eyed skull caught my attention while strolling down the liquor warehouse Memorial Day weekend.  I recognized that logo from a trip I made to Atlanta in the 1990's.  There was a joint called the Vortex that served up hamburgers about two dozen ways, offered around 100 different beers and had a profound amount of whiskeys.  That was it.  A simple formula.  Oh yeah, they had the craziest shit hanging off of the walls and ceilings.

So after a little digging on the internet, I discovered they are still in business with about three establishments now.  The original location is gone; the one where we stood in a line outside in the cold to get one of the 20 tables available.  It was worth the wait.  The food and bar were worth shivering a bit for and it certainly lived up to the hype at that time.

The Vortex is still serving the same type of  food and grog in their newer eclectic atmosphere restaurants.  They even sport the same psycho skull logo.  And much to my delight, there is a menu, a beer menu to be more specific that notes this amber ale is the "house brew". Check it out on page 2 of their "Booze Menu".

I loved them then, and love them more now, for growing in Atlanta and now reaching out with this amber ale.  Long live the Vortex!

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