The motto at Orpheus Brewing is don't look back. There is a creative abandon on display at Orpheus that is notable even in the wild world of craft brewing. It seems as if nothing is off the table here. No ingredient, method, or flavor profile too crazy to try. Orpheus began as the brainchild of trumpet player Jason Pellett and investor Andrew Lorber. Jason and Andrew always had an affinity for sour beers and wild barrels. They were trailblazers in the industry as the Atalanta was the first packaged sour beer in Georgia, and Everything Lasts Forever was the first lambic process Méthode Traditionnelle 3-year blend in the Southeast. Check out this profile on Orpheus Brewing by Atlanta Drinks:
When visiting the taproom, you would be remiss not to at least try the sour that started it all. The Atalanta is the flagship beer of Orpheus and representative of their brewing philosophy. It is bright and drinkable while being surprisingly robust. The Atalanta is Saison made with tart plums and spicy yeast. It is a beer of singular flavor. It is a beer that pairs great with spicy food or just sipped by itself. Another local favorite that is always on tap is the colorfully named Transmigration of Souls. Transmigration of Souls is a Double IPA bursting with hopped flavor. These hops are aromatic and bright, and this beer will leave an immediate mark on your palate. There are strong notes of orange, lemon, and exotic fruit that is finished off with a clean malt flavor. Visiting the taproom at Orpheus is like a roller coaster ride for your tastebuds. See Jason Pellett of Orpheus Brewing discuss the genesis of the super-popular Atalanta sour beer:
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