July 16th, 2014
June 9th, 2014
Alaska was once ruled by giants, woolly mammoths, and saber-toothed tigers.
The land was warm and the titans made their homes amongst fruit trees of every hue and flavor imaginable.
This was a land of peace, love, and understanding.
It was upon this backdrop that Nekatla and his bride-to-be, Susitna, were to wed.
Unfortunately, war was on its way.
For a people so accustomed to neutrality, taking up arms was a foreign concept to them.
So, they approached the impending invasion the only way their culture could fathom: by meeting the horde head on, bearing gifts rather than weapons; with Nekatla leading the charge.
You can guess how this battle plan panned out.
Meanwhile, Susitna figured the best way to wait for Nekatla’s return – a return that would never happen – was to sleep through the whole ordeal.
Days turned to months; months to years; years to decades.
Alaska turned cold.
And still Susitna slept.
You can still see her sleeping today, now an ice-covered mountain, waiting patiently for Nekatla to return.
Spencer saw her on his recent trip to Alaska, and she inspired him to create the Cannon’s newest seasonal: THE SISITNA CREAM ALE.
Clocking in at 7 % ABV, this cream ale is light and crisp with a nice blackberry and orange flavor that harkens back to an Alaska that was warm and where giants made their home amongst fruit trees of every hue and flavor imaginable.
So, come into the Cannon, raise a pint to the Sleeping Lady, and we’ll ponder together the words of the poet Costello: “What’s so funny ’bout peace, love, and understanding?”
May 13th, 2014
Don’t you just love surprises?
Especially on a somewhat downcast Monday.
When we walked into work today, we were greeted by one such surprise that cut through the grey clouds and lit up the pub like a roman candle.
And we should have smelled it coming – the aroma of Belgian yeast wafting from Jim’s Corner every time Spencer or Ian opened the door to the brewery – it’s just that they were so secretive this time!
But those aromatically-whispered rumors were true: there is a new seasonal being tapped today.
TODAY, I tell ya!!
The guys have successfully crafted – right under our noses! – a Belgium Golden Ale that, while light and crisp in taste, carries a kick of 7.2% ABV. With citrus notes and a light body, this is a perfect summer beer for sipping at the sidewalk tables.
So, what are we calling this ale that emerged from the brewery in the absolute cloak of silence to overwhelm the palates of unsuspecting lovers of craft beer?
THE BELGIUM BLITZKRIEG!
The secret’s out. We’re all reved up and ready to go.
Hey ho, let’s go!
May 9th, 2014
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.
But don’t get cocky, 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 a swan neck.
Plus, should we really trust a drink that can’t decide whether it’s a liquid, solid, or gas?
I think not!
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. Heck, there was a time it was safer to drink beer than it was to drink water! Take that, #1. Nowadays, it may not be essential for survival, but, for us Hop Heads, it is essential for making life on this spinning rock a pleasurable experience.
This week, America celebrates beer and the artisans who brew it with the 8th 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 Spencer and Ian for the amazing beer they produce; not just the quality of their brews, but, especially, for the consistency and imagination 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 Ian and Spencer’s newest seasonal: the return of the PHOENIX HONEY WHEAT, a great summer beer with orange notes and a wonderful honey aroma and taste.
Sorry, Water. We’ll see you in the shower, but 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 1st, 2014
As anyone who has spent any amount of time here at the Cannon knows, we have a long history and tight-knit relationship with the heroes next door at Fort Benning. So much so that often we name our beers in honor of their valor, dedication, and sacrifice.
With our new seasonal, we have done so again.
We give you: THE BUSHMASTER.
The Bushmaster is a three-round burst or fully automatic carbine rifle that has seen service in both Afghanistan and Iraq. In the hands of a soldier, the Bushmaster is a weapon capable of doing some serious damage.
Our Bushmaster could also do some damage, but you’d have to really commit to some serious day drinking to go “fully automatic.” Clocking in at 6% ABV, this is a nice, quiet Summer Pale Ale, perfect for sipping on long into the afternoon as the evening comes along to cool the tables outside along Broad.
The logo for rifle maker Bushmaster is the bushmaster snake, the largest pit viper in the Americas. It is found in lush, tropical locales, so you will note hints of guava and citrus on the front end of your palette; but be forewarned: it finishes with a bite!
Come in to try the Bushmaster and if you see a soldier, thank them for their service.
Oh, and just a quick heads up: there will be another tapping next Tuesday.
Yeah, Spencer and Ian are on fire back in Newman’s Corner.
See you guys soon!
January 9th, 2014
Summer is coming.
This may seem contrary to the fact that we have until recently been experiencing all four seasons in the space of a week (if not days!) and in a matter of moons will see the return of Game of Thrones and their eternal promise of more winter.
We here at the Cannon know the inevitable.
It’s about to get hot.
So we came up with an ale cool enough to cut through those steamy Georgia days when the air is so humid, you can see it.
It’s our new seasonal and it’s called The Stone Cold Kolsch.
A Kolsch, for the uninitiated, typically brewed in Germany (most specifically in Köln); and lands somewhere between the hoppiness of a pale ale and the bitterness of a pale lager.
We took ours in a decidedly different direction, by slamming it with stonefruit. Stonefruits are those fruits that have the pits in them. You know: prunes, plums, peaches, pineapples, apricots. Incidentally, these are the flavors you find hitting your palette with every sip of Stone Cold Kolsch.
Lovers of Pilsners, you’re welcome.
So, come visit us and get ready for a sweltering season.
Because I promise…
Summer is coming.
October 22nd, 2013
Now that we’re well over a week into the New Year, we here at the Cannon just have to ask: how are those resolutions coming along?
Are you sticking to your diet? Or is your diet sticking to you?
Have you seen the inside of a gym? Looking through the window doesn’t count.
Have you started preparing for that 5K you’ve always threatened to run? Or are you in the middle of an intense Netflix marathon?
Are you a fitter, happier, more productive you? Or is 2014 really not that much different from 2013? Or 2003, for that matter?
You know what? There is no right answer. Whether you answered “yes” or “no,” the only thing that matters is that you are happy. Why worry whether or not you are keeping a resolution imposed by the wobbly annual passage of the Earth around the sun. Any day is the very day that you can change your life for the better.
So… Why not make that day tomorrow and come have a beer with us today? Join us at the Cannon for a RESOLUTION BREAKER FESTIVE ALE.
As a festive ale, the Resolution Breaker is a party in your mouth. And as well it should. If you’re going to break a resolution, it might as well be worth it in the morning! This seasonal is brewed with cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and Polaris hops – a new hop variety from Germany that gives a minty flavor to the beer. It has a very strong cocoa presence and, as you drink it, the vanilla beans and cocoa nibs blend well together; with the hops kicking in at the end with a cool mint-iness. Clocking in at 8% ABV, it’s sure to keep you warm on these grey wintry days and nights.
It should also be noted that our distribution footprint is ever widening. Our Cannon growlers can now be bought in Columbus Beverage Superstore, Cagney’s Party Shop, and Boo’s Package Store. So, get out there and get Growling!
Whether you are hitting ’14 like Mark Wahlberg preparing for a film role, or hitting ’14 like Jonah Hill preparing for a film role, the Cannon is a judgment-free zone and there is always a seat at the bar for you.
Cheers, mates! And Happy New Year!
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.
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!