Um….moe. and beer. I could really just have this post be that one sentence and I think everyone would understand my most recent trip to Atlanta. A while back moe. announced their winter tour closer, SweetWater Brewing Co. in Atlanta. Their flag ship beers are available in our area so I am familiar with their beer and having moe. play was a combo to good to pass up.
Thankfully the festival was happening over the long Presidents Day weekend so I didn’t need to take any time off. I spent all day Saturday driving down and then Monday driving back home. For some reason I thought Atlanta was only 8 hours away but it ended up being closer to 10. Not to worry. I had plenty of time in the city to enjoy some culture, beer, and a concert from a kick ass band.
Saturday driving down was thankfully uneventful. Got into down around 8 and the worst part was finding a place to park to be honest. I picked a hotel that was close to the brewery in mid-town and I think it was a good choice. I was only a few blocks from a MARTA station, near the High Museum of Art and lots of nearby restaurants. I wasn’t that hungry so I spent the remainder of the night just walking around the city. After such a long as drive I had no desire to site any more.
Sunday was the main event. Doors didn’t open til 2pm so I had all morning to relax and enjoy the city. I started off with a relaxing cup of coffee at the Starbucks next to the hotel. I spent my time here looking for a new job and working on my resume in fact. I was also killing time till noon and the opening of the High Museum of Art. I have been on this art kick recently so I was excited to try a museum outside the DC area. The Smithsonian art museums here in DC are really nice, and free. They generally focus on one particular style with everything relating back to that central theme. The High Museum I thought was a more typical museum with a wide selection but not very deep in any one artist, style or era.
There are four levels with each level having a different collection and in fact each area of each floor is something different. I thought the flow and design of the space was nice as with lots of open areas and exhibit space for all types of art. Of course there are paintings on the wall but also large art installations, antique furniture, sculptures, and American cut glass but to name a few things. I was really impressed with the place and enjoyed strolling around. They have a couple Claude Mounet’s too. His House of Parliament in the Fog immediately jumped out at me because the National Gallery of Art has two in this series. Regardless, its a nice find at the High Museum.
I quickly ran out of time at the museum and started making my way to SweetWater Brewery for the concert. I grabbed an Uber and let me tell you the place was smashed getting in. The event was sold out and later I found out that was 4000 tickets which is a huge number. In fact the road leading to the brewery was backed up and eventually I just got out of the car to walk the remaining distance which was quicker. I was personally here to see moe. and drink beer but many were here to drink beer and see moe. I was talking with a local and he said these events at the brewery are always packed and that most people come for the beer.
All over the place were beer stands offering a variety of beer. The brewery was also open to the public so you could get a good look at the operations and depending on where you where, sample some beer. I unfortunately didn’t drink as much as I would have liked but then again, I was really here to see moe. During the set break I did manage to walk through the main tasting room to see some of the assembly line and of course grab a beer.
The entire show was pretty damn good I must say. moe. loves their beer and have done a few of these brewery shows before. They even partnered with Saranac to make their own beer. Haven’t had it but I am sure it is good, lots of hops it would seem. Before the second set Freddy Bensch came out and made a challenge to moe. for a three song second set. Unfortunately that didn’t happen but it would have been kick ass if it did. The weather all day was absolutely perfect as well. In fact it was in the upper 60’s during the entire performance and I actually had to take my sweatshirt off I was so freaking hot. Just a great day of beer and music, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
The festival ended at 6 and after that I started making my way to Wrecking Bar Brewpub. The walk from SweetWater to MARTA was pretty long as was to Wrecking Bar but let me tell you, not having to drive was freakin’ awesome! I picked this place because I could get some food and the reviews on RateBeer where really good. In fact I agree with them, this place is awesome and worth a visit. I sat at the bar and the only weird thing about this was the food menu. I don’t know if it was just because of when I arrived but it had only one app, two entrees and two desserts, not the full menu. The bartender was really slow to act and didn’t seem to care much about me. The food was incredible and the beers I had solid. The place is in the basement with exposed wood and brick all over the place. The ceiling is rather low but adds to the charm. Certainly stop here if you are doing a brewery tour of Atlanta.
Monday was a holiday, my only objective was to drive the 10+ hours home. I started with some coffee at Starbucks next door and made it a goal to apply for at least one job in Portland before I left Atlanta. I sat outside as the weather was still absolutely perfect and went to work searching for a new job. I can say I meet my goal and applied to a job in Portland and then hit the road just after 11am. Thankfully the drive home was also uneventful and around 10 that night I pulled into my garage.
I must say this was a fantastic trip. I have been to Atlanta several times over my life and this was the first trip that didn’t suck. Something always happened on my other trips that would taint my experience. moe. was simply amazing, the breweries top notch and the High Museum a great way to relax Sunday morning. moe. is playing the SweetWater 420 festival and I would love to come back for that. Trey and Panic are also playing but with my job situation in limbo, I don’t want to commit to that just yet. If I am still in the area come April I think I just might make another trip to Atlanta.
moe. SweetWater Brewery – Atlanta, GA
Sunday, February 19th 2017
Set 1 start at 2:32pm
1. Happy Hour Hero > (nh)
2. Stranger Than Fiction
3. The Road > (nh)
4. St. Augustine
5. Puebla >
6. Shoot First >
7. 32 Things
Set over at 3:41pm
Set 2 start at 4:24
1. Plane Crash
2. Annihilation Blues
3. Not Coming Down >
4. Wormwood >
6. Spine Of A Dog >
Set over at 5:37pm
Encore starts at 5:44
8. Downward Facing Dog
Encore over at 5:55pm