October 22nd, 2013
August 29th, 2013
It wasn’t so long ago that beer was more sterile than water.
The Water Quality Report of 2012 was filled to the brim with good news for the state of Columbus, Georgia’s drinking water - which in turn reflects the quality of the Cannon’s line of ale – but historically, the quality of water or lack thereof, has been responsible for some of the most unique beers in the world.
Like, for instance, the Saison.
In the 19th century, the brilliant Belgians found a way to temper the tepid waters of summer by brewing a seasonal in the winter that would keep farmers from keeling over in the tilling fields from dehydration and dysentery. For this, they became known as farmhouse beers.
Today, Saisons (from the French “season”) make for the perfect seasonal because they are much like a blank canvas. Each brewer can craft the Saison in a very distinct and personal way. For Doug, this batch has been a long time in the making. Particularly for the exotic hops he was finally able to employ: the Nelson Sauvin. The Nelson Sauvin hops hails from New Zealand and lovers of Sauvignon Blanc will share an immediate affinity for the fruity flavor and passionfruit nose found here.
So, without further ado, the Cannon gives you: THE NELSON SAISON.
Believe me, you have never had a beer like this at the Cannon. Every sip is a different experience. As the beer warms, the flavor changes. The pint you were served is not the pint that you finish.
We often times make suggests as to what may pair well with a certain seasonal or beer board favorite, but this time we’d like to try something a little different.
Try one NELSON SAISON with your meal. Tell us how it paired cold with your app; cool with your entrée; and warm with your dessert.
And another suggestion for the professionals among out there: have a separate pint to simply sip on and enjoy!
Seriously. Come in soon and enjoy this one while you can. Its inaugural tapping will not last long.
Here’s to hoping Doug tracks down some of that Nelson Sauvin hops again real soon.
À la vôtre,
August 22nd, 2013
Tonight, the Cannon Brewpub will celebrate the launching of our massive brewery expansion and new growler retail store by hosting a Grand Re-Opening from 5:30 – 7:00. While tonight’s event is by invitation only, the future promised by this Grand Re-Opening is one we want to share with each and every one of you.
Something big is looming just over the horizon.
Let’s start with the brewery itself.
The brewery expansion we are celebrating tonight will allow the Cannon to double the amount of beer that we have produced in years past. Future production capacity will exceed 3000 barrels of beer a year, which roughly equates to 6000 kegs. Like the quantity of beer we are producing, the quality of the beer is also getting an overhaul with the addition of a new state-of-the-art water filtering system that will provide the very best water for brewing. With this new system, the Cannon Brewpub will now produce beer using the most technologically-advanced brewing process available today.
So, what are we going to do with all this extra beer?
Well, the Cannon is getting into the distribution game. The first step was taken with the opening of The Cannon Growler Retail and Growlers; and as production ramps up, the Cannon will begin to offer past seasonal and new seasonals, both on tap and in the Growler Retail. The distribution afforded by growlers is only the beginning, and the fact that you can pour a cold, craft-brewed Cannon beer from the comfort of your own home is an indication of the direction we see the future heading.
By 2014, the Cannon Brewpub will begin distribution of our beers beyond the city limits. We plan to start small, setting up a deal to distribute in Athens, GA, with other markets to follow. We would like to give a big shout-out to Triangle Beverage, a local distributor that we teamed up with to work out the system that takes the beer from the brewery to the Growler Store. When the time came to discuss off-premise distribution, we knew Triangle Beverage was just the partner we needed to pull off the monumental undertaking of distributing the Cannon’s beer across Georgia and South Carolina.
The tracks of this plan were laid down years ago, and we are just starting to get chugging.
And, again, we couldn’t have done it without all of you out there. For those of you who will be in attendance tonight, we look forward to celebrating the future with you. For all of those who will not be here tonight, don’t worry – we’ll have plenty of time to celebrate when the future arrives.
It’s right around the next bend.
July 16th, 2013
When the Cannon Brewpub opened its doors on May 28th, 1999, locally-brewed craft beer return to Columbus for the first time in nearly a century. There is a certain pride that comes from one’s home having its own unique beer, and founder Jim Newman sensed that pride. When asked of his vision for the brewery’s future, Jim made this promise: “The Cannon Brewpub is going to be a local brewery, done by local people for the local residents. All our beers are going to reflect Columbus.”
In the fourteen years since our Grand Opening, so much has changed; not just within our walls, but throughout the community. The Cannon – and Columbus at large – have grown in ways that would have seemed foolish to even dream a generation ago. But yet here we are: a Cannon that has expanded exponentially, from floor plans and seating to private event space and retail, to growler sales and the substantially-increased capacity of our onsite brewery; and Columbus, already in the midst of a renaissance, is now the destination for thrill-seekers searching for urban whitewater excitement.
So, much has changed, yes; but, on the other hand, so much remains the same. We still love beer. We still take pride in the beer we brew for you and the food we serve. We are still thankful each and every time you walk in the door and raise a pint with us. And we still appreciate that when we fall short of our own high standards, you keep us honest, on our toes, and striving day in day out to work “better” until “better” becomes “best.”
The Cannon would not be where and what we are today without this community. Without you. And we hope that the Columbus community’s quality of life – your personal quality of life – has been enhanced by having your very own brewpub.
Next Thursday, August 29th, from 5:30 – 7:00, we are holding a Grand Re-Opening Celebration. Attendees will sip the first pints of our brand new seasonal, Slàinte Scottish Ale (a full blog post with tasting notes will go up first of next week); a tasty sneak preview of some new menu items that will drop on September 1st; guided tours of the brewery expansion; and chances to win some sweet, sweet Cannon swag (including free mug memberships, gift cards, growlers, and the possibility of eating at the Cannon for a full year… on us!!).
This Grand Re-opening is by invite only, but if you are not currently on the list, there could still be an invitation with your name on it. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details on how you can go from “barfly” to VIP. And if you think you live too far away to visit us for the Grand Re-Opening, likewise keep your eyes on our Facebook page. We would love for you to be a part of this and will let you know how you can be in the days to come.
As with everything in life, there are highs and lows – strikes and gutters, as the Dude would say – and through it all, you guys were have been there.
We’ve weathered the occasional storms together and drank cool craft beer on warm, sunny days.
A place is just a place until people come in.
You have made the Cannon special.
And we could not be happier that you came to this place. And have continued coming back, again and again.
July 2nd, 2013
The Cannon Brewpub is many things.
It is, of course, a brewpub, brewing craft ales worthy of cities twice our size.
It’s a restaurant serving up good, honest, American food daily.
And now, with The Cannon Growler Retail and Growlers, it is Columbus’ center for all-things growler and a store with swag in the works that will attain “must-have” status, at-first-sight.
But, for one day, on July 30th, 2009, the Cannon Brewpub was something so much more. Something special in a way that supersedes retail, food sales, and, yes, even beer.
Because on that day, nearly four years ago, our Head Brewer Doug Whitt married his lovely wife Bevvy within these very walls.
That day, and on into the night, we celebrated the newlyweds’ new lives together and, man, did the ale flow freely! And the seasonal on tap that day: Edgewood Ale, an Imperial Blonde clocking in at 8%, with a tasty malty backbone that perfectly compliments the tangerine and grapefruit citrus finish.
It’s been four years since the wedding. And four years since Edgewood Ale has graced our Beer Board.
A lot can change in four years. Just look at the Cannon!
But some things… well, some things are unwavering, steadfast, solid as a rock. That’s Doug and Bevvy.
So, the Cannon Brewpub requests the honor of your presence at the Tapping of the Edgewood Ale Seasonal, a Celebration of the Fourth Anniversary of Doug and Bevvy Whitt, Thursday the Eighteenth of July at Five O’Clock in the evening.
Reception, obviously, to follow.
Often these posts end with the raising of a pint over the shared love of beer.
Today, this pint is raised to Doug and Bevvy and to the unique love they share.
Cheers to the first four, and here’s to forty more!
See everyone Thursday, July 18th, 5:00!
June 25th, 2013
You are going to want to make it down to the Cannon Brew Pub this week. Not only has The Cannon Growler Retail and Growlers officially opened its doors, but Doug and the Brew Crew are preparing to unleash a new seasonal.
But this is no ordinary seasonal.
There is something familiar about this beer.
It is charming.
Almost seemingly sweet.
But somewhere inside this pint resides a yeasty beast that given time and circumstance would take you down with nary a second thought.
You see, this seasonal goes by the name of GOVERNOR’S PEACH ALE; and though they may seem as innocuous as vanilla beans, these peaches were picked from the soil of Woodbury, GA.
Fans of the AMC zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead can imagine that fruit born of those bloody Georgia fields might yield a devilish brew.
In all actuality, though, GOVERNOR’S PEACH ALE is a tasty summer cream ale that goes down smooth, and will no doubt make the long dog days of summer between new episodes of The Walking Dead a little more palatable.
So, keep an eye out for GOVERNOR’S PEACH ALE, and take home some of your favorite Cannon brew in a brand new Cannon growler.
Just a reminder: Clear Glowers are available for $7.00; Amber Growlers for $9.00; Cannon Collection Stainless Steel Growler for $29.99; and Goldens’ Foundry, Red Jacket, Special ‘Ops, and Ironclad Stout are the featured growler beers, with prices ranging from $14-$18.
In the world of The Walking Dead, the end is near.
In the world of The Cannon Brew Pub, the end is beer.
Don’t be Walker-Bait,
June 3rd, 2013
Monday of next week, we are opening our retail post in the storefront next door to the Cannon Brew Pub’s entrance!
Here at the The Cannon Growler Retail and Growlers, you will find all the cool Cannon swag you’ve come to know and love.
Beer shirts. And tons of them. Seriously. We are fully stocked, so get them while the getting is good. Just a reminder: t-shirts start at $13.00.
Also, there are still a few limited-time only t-shirts, so make sure you grab one before they disappear from our shelves forever.
But the point of pride at our point of sale is our new state-of-the-art Pegas Craftap growler Station! Watch a video demonstration of a slightly older model here. Yeah, ours still has that new growler station smell.
Which, of course, means that GROWLERS ARE HERE!
Well, they will be here next Monday. So, you will now be able to not only purchase growlers and growler sleeves (pretty much the equivalent of a growler koozie) – you will now be able to take home 64 oz. of Goldens’ Foundry, Red Jacket, Special ‘Ops, and Ironclad Stout (prices range from $14-$18). We may add more favorites from the Beer Board as we expand production, but for now we’re starting off with our heavy hitters and going from there.
As for the growlers themselves, we are giving you guys options. For those of you testing the growler waters, we have Clear Glowers for $7.00. For those of you who are familiar with the growler thing and know what’s up, our Amber Growlers are $9.00. But if you take your growlers seriously, I mean dude-from-Men’s-Wearhouse-before-he-got-the-ax seriously, then you’re going to want The Cannon Collection Stainless Steel Growler for $29.99.
You’re going to like the way it carries beer home. I guarantee it.
And the Cannon Growler Sleeve? $19.95.
Now, you don’t have to buy a Cannon growler to take home Cannon beer. Feel free to bring in your growler anytime. Just make sure it is a 64. oz. glass or stainless steel growler and that is has a standard mouth. No funny stuff.
So, after years and years of hard work behind the scenes, on the floor, from one mash tun to another, we here at the Cannon Brew Pub are proud to help bring growlers to our hometown.
And next week, we’ll enjoy one with you.
Wherever you may be.
May 13th, 2013
In November of 2011, we brewed a seasonal called ONE-20 that was, in a word, EPIC.
What made it such a massively popular and highly heralded addition to the Beer Board wasn’t its brown-sugar hue and crisp, clean finish.
Nor was it the malty nut and fruity esters that summoned comparisons to Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale.
No, what made this seasonal such a special one was where it took its inspiration: the Armor Soldiers at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
Fort Benning has long been a neighbor to Columbus. In the span of a century, our two communities have grown so close as to become indivisible. When the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission moved to consolidate a number of installations into “centers of excellence,” we invited members of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and the 15th Cavalry Regiment to a beer tasting and conceptualized a recipe based on their feedback. This tribute beer was dubbed ONE-20, the name of the main battle guns mounted on Abrams tanks.
So, in honor of their intense training and their willingness to fight abroad to protect our freedom at home, ONE-20 has re-enlisted to celebrate the sacrifice and service of everyone at the Maneuver Center of Excellence; and true to the long-standing relationship between town and post, we would like to invite everyone to come by Thursday, June 13th at 5:00 to help us tap this tribute.
And should you see our men or women in uniform that day (or any day for that matter!), buy them a “round” of ONE-20s and raise your pint with them.
Because without the service of those that serve, there wouldn’t be nearly as much to “cheers” about.
April 22nd, 2013
Water is the most popular drink in the world.
It covers three-fourths of the earth’s surface, makes up 60% of the human body, and it’s essential for our survival.
Simmer down, H2O.
Unless you are in a hot tub, boiling crab legs, or cascading on the seashore, face it – you’re tasteless, odorless, and about as exciting as watching an ice sculptor carve his umpteenth swan.
Plus, should we really trust a drink that can’t decide whether it’s a liquid, solid, or gas?
Did you know that tea comes in at second?
(As Lucille Bluth said when asked “plate or platter” after ordering the Ike & Tuna Turner special at Klimpy’s: “I don’t understand the question, and I won’t respond to it.)
Coming up bronze is beer. Which is apropos, as beer has been in the running for “World’s Most Popular Potable” since the Bronze Age. It may not be essential for survival, like water, but, for us Hop Heads, it is essential for making survival a pleasurable experience.
This week, America celebrates beer and the artisans who brew it with the 7th Annual American Craft Beer Week.
For the next seven days, across this great nation, mad love will be shown to the brewers of beer. And we, of course, are going to get right up in there by thanking Doug and the Brew Crew for the amazing beer they produce; not just the quality of there brews, but, especially, for the consistency with which they produce it.
But American Craft Beer Week isn’t just about thanking the pioneers of the brewing arts; it’s also about celebrating the simple pleasures of enjoying a properly poured pint.
That’s why we invite you to celebrate American Craft Beer Week with a pint of Doug’s newest seasonal: Riverside Rye, a refreshing rye pale ale with a spicy malt flavor and citrus notes. It clocks in at 5% abv, so let’s get the party started!
Sorry, Water. We’ll see you next Monday. This week – it’s all about beer.
Cheers to beer and the brewers who brew it. A week is too short to contain our gratitude.
April 5th, 2013
There are old stories of a magnificent bird; its plumage a fiery vermillion.
It possessed incendiary powers; some say it was flame made flesh and feather.
But it was not immortal.
It would live.
And when it had had too much of this world, it would gather a nest of cinnamon sticks, lay a single egg in its eyrie, and then set the whole thing alight.
From the ashes of the conflagration, a new incarnation of the same bird would rise from the ashes, time and time again.
The Phoenix has been a popular metaphor around the Cannon before, during, and after the renovation process we completed last week.
Those of you who have been back in since we re-opened our doors have seen for yourselves some of the dramatic changes that have occurred: the upgraded pizza ovens; the modernized kitchen display; the island bar; and the additional guest seating.
But from your feedback, it’s been made clear to us that we’re still the same Cannon you’ve been coming to for craft brews for well over a decade.
Like the Phoenix, we have risen - from the brick, paint, plaster and splinters – a new incarnation of the same pub.
So, to commemorate this occasion of rebirth and the beginning of a new era here at the Cannon, Doug and the Brew Crew have unleashed the Phoenix Honey Wheat, an Orange Blossom Wheat seasonal that is a perfect pint to raise in celebratory cheers.
The Phoenix Honey Wheat carries the same fiery vermillion, blood-orange hue as its namesake; a nose of orange notes that peal around the nostrils; a dance of orange and honey that swirls in the mouth, flirting with floral. And at 5% ABV, you are in no danger of spontaneously self-immolating. But after a couple pints, you may feel a sense of renewal.
Once again, thank you Columbus and Phenix City – for being a part of the Cannon’s history for the past 14 years, and for letting us be a part of yours.
We could not have undergone this transformation without you.
Here’s to the ashes…
We are now well into the first week of our renovations here at the Cannon and we wanted to take a moment to catch you up on the progress.
We’re chugging along right on schedule, and the level of excitement down here is higher than Sledgehammer’s ABV. The first few days were mostly a blur of dismantling this, ripping up that, cleaning out those – general gutting and whatnot. But now the new Cannon is starting to peek around corners and linger longer out of the shadows.
And you know something? It looks a lot like the old Cannon.
In fact, it pretty much is the old Cannon.
Every beer-splattered plank of wood we pulled up from the floor around the bar, every brick removed from the recently knocked-down walls, every Tiffany lamp that hung in the server’s hallway, everything has been re-purposed.
The wood is being used in the grandiose brewery being built next door, in the new dining areas, and in the expanded private event space upstairs. The bricks have been meticulously reconstructed into matching archways leading into the new rooms. And the lamps will light those new rooms.
Care was also taken to preserve nearly all of the art and décor that has given the Cannon its local pub feel for these past 14 years.
This dedication to preservation is not the easy way of going about this expansion; but, for us, it was the only way.
The Cannon has history. You probably have history here. And that is important to us. That is what this is all about.
We are expanding our wood-fired oven and kitchen capacity to minimize your wait time and cook your food to the best of our ability.
We are expanding the bar so you will have more room to sit with friends and raise your pints.
We are expanding our brewing capacity to provide you with the ability to take your favorite Cannon beer home with you.
We are expanding our retail capacity to provide you all sorts of swag and surprises.
We are doing all of this for you.
We are changing now, so that we may all enjoy exactly what we have been doing for the past 14 years for the next four decades.
The menu is the same.
The beer is the same.
The look is the same.
The faces are the same.
It will just be bigger. And better. And beer-er.
And we couldn’t have done it - without you.