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XOCOLATL & GEORGIA ORGANICS’ ‘CAST IRON & COLLARDS SOCIETY’ TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE THE SMALL BATCH CHOCOLATE COMPANY’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/19

Two-Part Anniversary Event Will Include Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story Documentary Film Screening & Q+A on Dec. 8 & Multi-Course Chocolate Dinner from 8ARM’s Executive Chef Maricela Vega & Hopkins & Company’s Executive Pastry Chef Jen Yee on Dec. 9

Tickets Are Now Available

Atlanta-based Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate is teaming up with local nonprofit Georgia Organics’ Cast Iron & Collards Society to present “Celebrating Xocolatl: A Fifth Anniversary Film and Food Collaboration,” a two-part celebration honoring the small-batch chocolate company’s fifth anniversary next month.

The anniversary festivities will begin on Sunday, December 8 with a special film screening of Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story. The much-anticipated documentary tells the story of how chocolate goes from bean in the Amazon to bar in high-end cafes and stores, by following the journeys of a group of the nation’s top craft-chocolate makers––including Xocolatl’s Co-founders Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt. Held at The Plaza Theatre, the event will begin at 6pm with samples of chocolate, Cafe Campesino coffee and a Xocolatl collaboration beer crafted with local brewery Wild Heaven Beer. Following the film, guests can engage in a Q&A discussion with the Xocolatl team about their business and the craft chocolate industry. Tickets ($10) are available online here.

The celebration will continue on Monday, December 9 with a five-course chocolate dinner at Atlanta restaurant 8ARM. From the restaurant’s Executive Chef Maricela Vega and Chef Shari Griffith and Hopkins & Company’s Pastry Chef Jen Yee, the plated dinner will incorporate cacao into every dish, celebrating and reimagining the beloved ingredient in both savory and sweet applications, and spotlight Mayflor Farms produce and other local makers and farmers. Beverage pairings will be crafted by 8ARM’s General Manager and Beverage Director Joshua Fryer. Tickets ($150) are available here for two seating times – 6pm and 8:30pm.

Since opening their micro-factory inside Atlanta’s nationally renowned food hall Krog Street Market in 2014, Xocolatl has garnered local and national acclaim for its award-winning, bean-to-bar chocolate, and is the recipient of awards including the 2018 Academy of Chocolate, 2018 Great Taste Awards and 2018 and 2019 Good Food Awards.

All proceeds from the anniversary events will benefit Georgia Organics and their mission of connecting organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.

SECOND SELF BEER CO AND CITY WINERY COLLABORATE FOR DUAL BOTTLE REALEASE 2019

Posted by Liz and John, 5/6/19

SECOND SELF BEER COMPANY COLLABORATE WITH CITY WINERY ATLANTA TO RELEASE TWO NEW BARREL FERMENTED BEERS:
OATHBREAKER & WE ALL MUST DIE

Oathbreaker is a Dark Farmhouse Ale Fermented in City Winery Petite Sirah Barrels
We All Must Die is a Hoppy Farmhouse Ale co-Fermented with Viognier Must

Second Self Beer Company, the craft brewery based in Atlanta, Georgia, will release a limited dual bottle collaboration with City Winery: Oathbreaker, a dark farmhouse ale, and We All Must Die, a hoppy farmhouse ale, during the Game of Thrones finale weekend in May. Both offerings – Oathbreaker at $15 per bottle, We All Must Die at $18 per bottle – will be sold at Second Self while supplies last. Although available separately, Second Self recommends purchasing these varieties together to experience the full breadth contrast of fermenting with wine barrels versus incorporating must.

Beginning on Saturday, May 18, Second Self will officially debut Oathbreaker and We All Must Die at its Westside tasting room, and on Sunday, May 19, both beers will also be sold at a Game of Thrones series finale party hosted at the brewery. In addition to tasting the beer, guests to the party will have the opportunity to interact with medieval characters and enjoy gothic-inspired fare from Illegal Food.

Oathbreaker (8.3% ABV) 200 bottles – is a dark farmhouse ale that is 100%  fermented in City Winery Petite Sirah barrels with Second Self’s Sadboy culture (a blend of Brettanomyces Lambicus and Belgian Saison yeast). Marked by rich notes of chocolate and black cherry, a mild roast, and medium body, this dark farmhouse ale is very complex and opens up even more as it warms. It is bottle conditioned with white wine yeast, resulting in higher carbonation and finer texture.

We All Must Die (7.0% ABV) 80 bottles – is a hoppy farmhouse ale fermented in stainless then blended with a ¼ pound of Viognier must per gallon from City Winery, in a neutral oak barrel. From there, the beer was finished with Brettanomyces bruxellensis along with the native yeast from the must. When you first decork this beer, you get the full spectrum of Brett’s springtime aroma and flavor with notes of hay and fully ripened fruit. This is complemented with the citrus notes of the hops while the acidity of the vigonier must provides a nice brightness to the beer, as well as a very dry finish. It is bottle conditioned with white wine yeast, resulting in higher carbonation and finer texture.