Twain’s Welcomes New Head Brewer


As Atlanta Magazine reported late last month, Twain’s former brewer – Chase Medlin – is opening his own brewery – Locomotion – in Chamblee early next year.  As such, Twain’s – which has been a jumping off point for many of Georgia’s greatest brewers – needed a new head brewer.  Enter Mike Castagno.  Twain’s sends along this note…

There is a changing of the guard at Twain’s Brewpub! After six years of delicious beer and hard work, we offer our sincerest thanks to Chase Medlin for his dedication to Twain’s. We are confident that Locomotion will be making some killer beers in the future.  

Chase’s skills will be an excellent addition to production brewing in Georgia and we are proud to have played a part, and knowing we will share many more good times. As for our next Head Brewer, Twain’s is delighted to announce that Mike Castagno has agreed to join the Twain’s family.  

Mike will bring his vast knowledge of beer making and beer styles to craft a new lineup of ales, lagers and perhaps the occasion wild beer.  Mike joins the Twain’s team with over 11 years of award winning homebrewing under his belt, he is certified as a BJCP Master Beer Judge and professional taste evaluator and occasional beer writer.  Mike’s background in beer and his knowledge from being a commercial R&D Chemist writes an exciting introduction to the next chapter of Twain’s Brewpub’s brewery.  We can’t wait to sip his creations and share Mike’s passion for beer with Georgia’s beer loving community.


Twain’s and Pinewood Top Talent Cooking & Mixing at James Beard House This Month

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This sure is cool.

Score another win for Decatur’s premier dining reputation: Two out of the six members of Georgia culinary team selected to cook at NYC’s famed James Beard House on October 15th will be from local Decatur restaurants.

Chef Savannah Haseler from Twains Brewpub will join four other other prominent GA chefs in preparing dishes made from GA Grown produce and products. In addition, Julian Goglia, partner at The Pinewood has been asked to create custom cocktails that pair well with each dish of the five course meal.

“Chef Savannah may be Georgia’s best kept secret” admitted Holly Chute, former Executive Chef to five Georgia Governors. “In my current role with Georgia Grown (Georgia Department of Agriculture) I look for chefs that do a great job highlighting our local products on their menu. No one does it better than Savannah. She has trained her staff to make every item from scratch. People eating at Twains for the first time are astounded by the food expeience.”

Julian Goglia has attracted similar praise for his ability to craft stylish and satisfying cocktails. He has made The Pinewood a go-to spot for cocktail officianados, which might explain why Julian was recently named one of “America’s top 25 bartenders” by leading industry website The Daily Meal.

“Julien is brilliant in his approach. Just when I think a dish tastes perfect, he pairs it with a certain beverage that takes it over the top” added Chef Chute. “He completes the incredible talent of our team beautifully.”

Five Chefs in total, plus Gogglia will travel to New York on October 14th to create a GA grown dinner experience for a sold out dining room. Cooking at The James Beard House, which regularly showcases the world’s top talent, is an experience on every chef and mixologist’s wish list. Haseler and Goglia will soon join the elite group of culinary professionals who have seen that wish fulfilled.

Haseler photo courtesy of Twain’s, Goglia photo courtesy of Zagat

Twain’s Owners Buy Suburban Lanes

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From Twain’s website

Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards is happy to announce that we have acquired the former Suburban Lanes, and plan to reopen the space in the fall of 2015 after a much needed remodel in true Twain’s style. The bowling alley has been a longstanding fixture in Decatur and we look forward to carrying it into the next phase of its history as a funky bowling center that recreational bowlers and league enthusiasts will love.

Plans are to provide an entertaining and engaging atmosphere for all ages that includes a modern bowling experience and other social games for all skill levels and interests. We will offer a vibrant food and beverage program featuring craft beers, a full bar, hand tossed pizza, burgers and plates designed for sharing. As at Twain’s we will be committed to using locally sourced goods whenever it’s possible.

We are excited to be bringing the metro area a new and soon to be favorite place for hanging with friends and family, enjoying the camaraderie, with the great food and beers that you have come to expect from the folks at Twain’s. Come join us in the fall, see the changes, feel the excitement! We look forward to serving you in the fall!

Former BSP and Ale Yeah! Employee Tapped as Twain’s New Brewmaster

Creative Loafing’s Omnivore reports

Twain’s Billiards and Tap has announced that local brewer David Stein will be taking up the position of Head Brewer on Dec. 5. An avid home brewer since 2005, Stein has spent the last 4 years entrenched in the local craft beer community, initially taking a job at Brick Store Pub and eventually landing at Ale Yeah! Craft Beer Market in Decatur. “I went to work at Brick Store to learn everything I could about beer,” Stein says, “to build my palate and try virtually every beer I could get my hands on.”

Stein has lots of interesting and innovative ideas for Twain’s brewing.  Check out the CL link above for more!

h/t: Sharron in FFAF