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Monday, February 25, 2013

Tap Handle #248: Red Brick - Laughing Skull Amber Ale

This is a great little tap. It's in the shape of a coffin with a weird skull on top. There's another version of the tap that is just a wood sign with a label. This figural version is pretty rare.

 Red Brick Brewing was founded in 1993 in Atlanta, Georgia, and was originally known as the Atlanta Brewing Company. Their first location was a Red Brick building and their first beer was Red Brick Ale. They struck a deal to brew Laughing Skull, a Bohemian Style Pilsner, for the Vortex restaurant. In 2005, the brewery came under new ownership and management. Current owner/CEO of Red Brick, Bob Budd, re-approached The Vortex in resurrecting Laughing Skull, but this time as an amber ale, and it quickly became their best-selling beer. They also brewed Numbers Ale, originally a contract brew for Atlanta-area restaurants owned by Concentrics Hospitality Group, and Reverend Mudbone Ale, a brew contracted by Jim 'n' Nicks, a barbecue restaurant.

In 2007, growing demand for Red Brick beers required them to move to a new location, and they expanded distribution to 8 states across the southeast, with 6 full-time beers and 3 seasonals. In 2010 ownership and management re-branded the Atlanta Brewing Company as Red Brick Brewing...since their beer brand was Red Brick, they felt having two different names for the beer and brewery was too confusing to customers.

Laughing Skull is an amber ale with a crisp, clean finish that’s sure to clear out the cobwebs. It has a medium body, moderate hop aroma, and light roasted malt flavor.Weighted average on is 2.81 out of 5.

Red Brick Official Website

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