Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Part Two: The 2018 Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Guide


Still no reservations? Once again, I’m here to save the day! This second installment brings even more incredible dining choices in ATL!
 Photo by Heidi Geldhauser

Are you ready to get your romancin’ on with fork in hand? I know I am! After an incredible dinner at the gorgeous TWO urban licks last year (Executive Chef Michael Bertozzi is a beast!), I had to post them first as one of the top dining destinations to consider for Valentine’s Day in 2018. And along with this gangster restaurant, I compiled several other choices to add to the first installment introduced by the lovely Andrea Janise aka @atlfoodwriter to put your palates in bliss.
And with that, don’t waste time, avoid the dog house, and book your reservations asap! All descriptions are straight from the source so that nothing is missed, ya heard?
Happy V-Day, y’all!
Ale
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Cozy Up on Valentine’s Day with Live Music, Dinner and More at TWO urban licks
This Valentine’s Day, friends and lovers can enjoy libations, music and Executive Chef Michael Bertozzi’s seasonal a la carte menu in addition to seasonal specials meant for sharing created just for the occasion. While noshing on Bertozzi’s mouth-watering dishes, guests can also cozy up and enjoy the smooth sounds of “Little G Weevil” performing live while taking in TWO's exceptional skyline views. A credit card is required to secure each reservation.  To make a reservation, call 404.522.4622or visit twourbanlicks.com. TWO urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306.


Enjoy a Romantic Valentine’s Dinner For Two at STK Atlanta
Guests yearning for a night on the town this Valentine’s Day can head to STK Atlanta in the heart of the Midtown for an unforgettable evening on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. This year, STK has pulled out all the stops for this flirty occasion. Lovebirds are invited to celebrate with a special menu created by Executive Chef Andrea Montobbio along with STK’s selection of hand-selected champagnes. In the spirit of romance, STK will be serving a special dinner menu for two, including guests choice of: Hamachi Crudo served with Yuzu Vinaigrette, Pomegranate, and Kumquat; One-Pound Maine Lobster stuffed with King Crab and served with Preserved Lemon Sauce and Crushed Potatoes; a Tomahawk Rib Eye for Two with Melted Smoked Gouda, Leeks and Black Truffle; and for dessert, a Chocolate Ball — a delectable Almond Brownie served with Dulce de Leche Ice-Cream. To elevate the celebration, couples can also enjoy Perrier Jouet Grand Brut served by the glass, Moet & Chandon Imperial Ice, and Limited Edition Magnum Möet & Chandon Public School. As an added treat, an exclusive live performance by six time grammy nominated violinist, Ashanti Floyd, also known as “The Mad Violinist,” will perform with an accompanying DJ.
For more information or to make a reservation for the Dining Room, visit http://togrp.com/venue/stk-atlanta/ or call 404-793-0144. STK Atlanta is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets in the 12th & Midtown development.


Celebrate the Sweetest Time of Year at ATLAS
Celebrate the most romantic time of year at Atlas this Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Whether lovebirds or friends, diners are invited to enjoy a spectacular four-course prix fixe menu for $150 per person created just for the occasion by Executive Chef Christopher Grossman and Pastry Chef Christian Castillo.  Showcasing the freshest, seasonal ingredients, the Valentine’s Day menu will feature unforgettable options for all tastes that promise not to disappoint, including Chef Castillo’s “All You Need is Love” dessert - Chocolate Cremeux, Passion Fruit Coulis, Passion Fruit Whipped Ganache, Raspberry Sable, and Pistachio Sponge Cake.  Wine pairings, the Classic for $75 and Legendary for $150 per person, will also be available from Atlas’ wide, yet carefully curated selection from vineyards around the world.  Located within the St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead, Atlas celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences.  With a focus on curating fresh ingredients from local farms, this chef-driven restaurant brings unparalleled culinary experiences to the capital of the South. The full dinner menu, which changes daily, will also be available. 
Located within the St. Regis Atlanta, Atlas celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. For more information, visit atlasrestaurant.com


Kick off Valentine's Day Early With Yacht Rock Schooner at Park Tavern
Music lovers can kick off Valentine’s Day early with Yacht Rock Schooner and an evening of silly love songs at Park Tavern in The Piedmont Room on Friday, February 9, 2018.  Performing a selection of their favorite love songs from the 70s and 80s, lovebirds and singletons alike are invited to enjoy a fun-filled night featuring cocktails and great tunes overlooking the Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park. Of course, The Rink and Park Tavern will also be open for skating, dinner, cold brews, libations and more prior to the concert. This annual show always sells out. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for ages 21 and up only.
Park Tavern is located in the heart of Midtown on the corner of 10th Street and Monroe overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com or call 404.249.0001.


There’s Double Trouble at Dantanna’s This Valentine’s Day
Dantanna’s, a landmark Atlanta dining and drinking destination, is offering special options for both couples and singles alike this Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  Lovebirds are invited to get cozy in the dining room and indulge in a four-course Valentine’s Day menu. Pricing will be based off the main course selection for two, which includes a 40 oz. porterhouse for $120 and cioppino for $90. The four-course dinner also includes choice of appetizer, signature soups or salads, and a sharable dessert. Singles can belly up to the bar for Dantanna’s exclusive “Lonely Hearts” Valentine’s Day Drink menu. Offerings include: 
Salty Tears From Your Pillow - 
Van Gogh Blue "with sadness” Vodka, shaken, and served up with blue cheese stuffed olives; Living in Your Parents Basement - Wallow with a pint of Scofflaw Brewing Company Basement IPA and a shot of Redemption Rye Whiskey; Bleeding Heart - Sauza Tequila’s Three Generations, mixed with fresh squeezed orange juice and the blood from the heart of a black cherry; Classic G&T - The refreshing botanicals of New Amsterdam Gin blended perfectly with tears of loneliness and quinine soda, served over ice, with a slice of lime that's just as sour as your ex. 
In addition to the Valentine’s Day special menus, guests can also take advantage of Dantanna’s extensive wine, cocktail and beer list. Open to all ages, Dantanna's regular menu will also be available. Dantanna’s Buckhead is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326. Dantanna’s Downtown is located at 1 CNN Center #269, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
For more information or to make a reservation visit www.dantannas.com or call 404.760.8873.


Spend Valentine’s Day Dinner at PARISH in Inman Park
Guests can enjoy a special dinner with their one and only this Valentine’s Day at PARISH, located in bustling Inman Park. PARISH will be serving dinner on Wednesday, February 14th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a special Valentine’s Day menu. For more information or to make reservations, call 404.681.4434 or visit parishatl.com.  Parish is located at N. Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307. Stay connected on Twitter at @parishATL and Instagram at


One Love One Heart - Spend This Valentine’s Day at ONE. midtown kitchen
Sharing the love at ONE. midtown kitchen this Valentine’s Day, revelers can indulge in Executive Chef Matt Weinstein’s exclusive a la carte Valentine’s Day menu, complimented by a reserve wine list, craft cocktails, decadent desserts and much more. A credit card is required to secure each reservation. For more information or to make a reservation, call ONE. midtown kitchen at 404.892.4111 or visit www.onemidtownkitchen.com. ONE. midtown kitchen is located at 559 Dutch Valley Rd, Atlanta, GA 30324


Singles Can Enjoy Specials and Complimentary Drinks at TAP
If a table for two, chocolate desserts and roses aren’t your style, head to TAP for this year’s Valentine’s Day. Chef Gary Thorne is offering single-themed menu specials, $15 buckets of beer and $5 drafts for the bachelors and a complimentary glass of champagne for all single ladies. For more information about TAP, visit www.tapat1180.com or call 404.347.2220


Enjoy Valentine’s Week at ALLORA
ALLORA, a new Italian concept blending Italian classics with modern techniques and seasonal ingredients, is offering a three-course prix fixe menu along with their regular dinner menu on Friday, February 9th through Wednesday, February 14, 2018. This seasonal offering is $55, excluding tax and gratuity, or available to order a la carte. ALLORA is located in the TWELVE Hotel Midtown at 361 17th Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30363. Complimentary valet up to three hours and two hours free parking in the parking deck are available. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404.961.7370 or visit www.alloraatl.com.
AMUSE
Lobster Arancini, Saffron Aioli
APPETIZER
Foie Gras Mousse, Roasted Grape Agrodolce, Vanilla, Frisee, Endive, Everything Lavash - $15
ENTREE
Pork Osso Bucco, Fregola Sarda, Sweet Potato, Roasted Vegetables, Broccoli Gremolata - $36
DESSERT
Chocolate Cheesecake, Raspberry, Chambord, Malted Milk Crumb - $8


A Valentine’s Week to Remember at ROOM
Why just celebrate one day? Loyal diners and newcomers alike can enjoy Valentine’s Week beginning Friday, February 9th through Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at ROOM. Diners can indulge in Executive Chef Juan Carlos Huerta's specials, alongside the regular dinner menu, all week long for the special occasion. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.roomattwelve.com or call 404.418.1250. ROOM at TWELVE is located at 400 W Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30308.  
APPETIZER
Lobster Bisque Soup, Crispy Fried Shrimp, Basil Oil, Micro Greens - $9
Roasted Beet Salad, Arugula, Seared Bucheron Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Strawberry Vinaigrette - $9
ENTREE
Duo Plate, Lemon Marinated Chicken and Blackened Salmon, Parsley Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Corn, Brussels Sprout, Lemon Butter Sauce - $40
Grilled 16 Ounce New York Strip, Rutabaga Puree, Wild Mushrooms and Potatoes Hash, Huckleberry Demi - $45
DESSERT 
Flourless Chocolate Cake, Fresh Berries, Coffee Ice Cream - $8
Raspberry Cheesecake, Chantilly Cream, Berry Sauce - $8

Cheers!

Friday, February 9, 2018

The 2018 Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Guide


Your homey Ale and guest food writer Andrea Janise (@atlfoodwriter) once again lets us know which dinners are gangster throughout ATL. 
(Photo taken by Bulla Gastropub at their hot spot. They are included below as well.)
  
Whaddup!
Cupid’s arrows are whizzing through the air leading up to February 14, and we definitely can get hungry running through the minds of that special someone all day, right? Ha! Anyway, to make sure you, my cherished readers, have numerous choices to figure out where to romantically wine and dine throughout Georgia’s capital, it’s time for my annual Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dining Guide! And to make sure I have enough coverage, I once again enlisted the sophisticated palate of food and lifestyle writer Andrea Janise aka @atlfoodwriter to write a couple of roundups as well. Here’s the first installment with more to follow. Ms. Janise, take it away!

Happy VDay y’all!
Ale

Valentine’s Day Round up – Part 1
There are a few times a year where restaurants overflow with reservations and Valentine’s Day is definitely one of them. We know that this special occasion is all about treats, so what better way to treat yourself and that special someone than to enjoy a memorable dinner out on the town? Each of the restaurants on this list are pulling out all of the stops to help make your February 14th a little sweeter. Check out these Valentine’s Week Specials for ideas on how to celebrate the special day. A lot of the description below have been delivered straight from the source. Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Andrea Janise (@ATLFoodWriter)

5Church Atlanta serves a $65 three-course prix fixe menu Feb. 14-16 with wine pairings for $25 per person. A Valentine’s Day cocktail is offered all three days. Entrées include pork osso buco and crab-stuffed lobster. A limited dinner menu also is available on Feb. 14; full à la carte dinner menu offered Feb. 15-16.

Share the love with the whole family at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 4-7 p.m. with a free Valentine’s cookie decorating event. From Feb. 14-17, enjoy a Valentines-themed three-course menu including a starter of seared scallops ($12); lobster tail and filet mignon ($28) or herb-crusted halibut ($26); and a choice of raspberry crème brûlée or hot chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream ($6).

Over Feb. 12-18, Bulla Gastrobar is featuring a special cocktail, the Chocolate-Covered Cherry. This twist on the classic chocolate martini is made with Emilio Lustau Pedro Ximenez San Emilio sherry and features the same chocolate sauce used on Bulla’s delicious churros. Bulla declares Feb. 13 “Galentine’s Day,” gifting groups of four to five women with a complimentary order of churros.

Food 101 in Sandy Springs duos a three-course “his and hers” menu and a limited regular menu Feb. 14-17. There’s smoked beef carpaccio or grilled jumbo asparagus (both $9); an entrée of seared duck breast with sweet potato gratin, pearl onions and thin beans ($28) or sea bass with cauliflower purée, petite Caesar salad and San Marzano tomato-lobster broth ($38). Dessert brings bourbon bread pudding or marinated strawberries with blood orange and rosemary sabayon ($9).

Dessert lovers, stop by the Upper Westside, Buckhead or Sandy Springs locations of Henri’s Bakery & Café to pick up sweet treats like festive cakes, cupcakes, petit fours and cookies to wow your “Honey.”

Ray's on the RiverRay's at Killer Creek and Ray's in the City are featuring a pair of four-course, prix fixe menus, each with a different assortment of starters, salads and entrées, for $85 and $105. These special menus are available from Feb. 10 through Feb. 17, along with each restaurant’s regular à la carte dinner menu. On Feb. 14, only the prix fixe menus are available.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante features Valentines-themed offerings in its specialty grocery store for the entire week. Purchase heart-shaped pasta with Storico’s classic ricotta filling for $14/lb.; short rib-filled pasta for $16/lb.; and lobster-filled pasta with Prosecco-infused dough for $18/lb.

American Cut presents two different prix fixe menus. For $78 per person, choose among a 10-ounce filet mignon, seared scallops and Springer Mountain chicken. For $95 per person, choose between a wet-aged, 24-ounce chateaubriand, a dry-aged, 40-ounce tomahawk chop or a 28-day wet-aged 40-oz. porterhouse. Both menus include a salad, appetizer and dessert. Toast with a $100 bottle of Perrier-Jouët brut or a $120 bottle of Perrier-Jouët Blason rosé. Be sure to stop by The Cut Bar or visit The Regent Cocktail Club on the rooftop for a $7 “Valentini” of Ketel One Citroen, cranberry juice and lime.

Whisk that special someone away to the beautiful dining room at Aria where chef Gerry Klaskala offers a four-course prix fixe menu for $95 per person. Drinks, tax and gratuity are not included.

Gunshow, Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park hotspot where chefs rotate the evening’s selections from table to table, is open from 6-9:30 p.m. Expect a romantically inspired dish or two.

Experience a one-of-a-kind five-course Gypsy Valentine’s Day menu at Gypsy Kitchen courtesy of chef Gary Finzer. Entrée options include za’atar-spiced scallops, veal osso buco, eight-ounce grilled strip steak and vegetable paella “fried rice.” Add a half Maine lobster roasted in lobster butter for an additional $20. Cost is $75 per person.

Both locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern set forth a special featuring airline chicken with chocolate mole sauce over red rice for $17.95. At Brookhaven, James Patrick Morgan plays live music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy an elegant three-course prix fixe menu at the equally elegant Livingston Restaurant + Bar in the Georgian Terrace hotel. The menu offers a selection of starters like crab and corn bisque; entrées such as cheese zucchini fritters and seared duck breast; and desserts like Nutella & Oreo Mississippi mud pie. Price is $65 per person and includes a glass of Champagne.

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails offers a three-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person with entrée options including lobster roe butter-basted wagyu sirloin and pecan-crusted grouper. For dessert, choose from raspberry pink velvet cake, black cherry chocolate cheesecake or vanilla rose panna cotta.

Revival’s chef de cuisine Nicole Edwards plans a lovely prix fixe menu, including cast-iron cornpone with buttermilk slaw, seared scallops, braised Riverview Farms pork belly and sweet potato ravioli. The cost is $50 per person and includes Champagne upon arrival.

Seed Kitchen & Bar and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar in Marietta are both offering $75 prix fixe menus; wine pairings are available for an additional $25. Neither restaurant will offer à la carte menus on Feb. 14.

Sexual Chocolate is on tap at Taco Mac, which is bringing in kegs of the cocoa-infused imperial stout from Foothills Brewery just for Valentine’s Day. Fall in love with its chocolate aroma, espresso notes, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Available at all Taco Mac locations except Philips Arena, Virginia-Highland, Douglasville and Stockbridge.

In Buckhead, bring your catch to The Big Ketch for a $55 per person ($60 with Champagne toast) prix fixe menu. Dine on sesame seared tuna, lobster risotto, pancetta-wrapped grouper and more.

The Federal welcomes Valentine’s Day diners with its regular menu inspired by French cuisine and the traditional American steakhouse, among other influences.

The Southern Gentleman is serving an à la carte menu presenting shucked oysters, seafood gumbo and more. Entrée choices include vegetable spaghetti ($28), lavender-brined half chicken ($28), a 10-ounce center-cut pork chop ($34), and for couples, a two-pound crispy whole redfish ($44) or a 22-ounce rib-eye ($54).



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 Here are some of my top beer debuts of 2017!
This was my pick featured in the beer website October's
2017 Rookie Of The Year feature. 

Hopefully 2018 will have as many 
impressive rookies as ’17 did!

Cheers Y’all and Happy 2018!

As soon as the new year hit, I’ve hit the ground running, stopping by some of the newest breweries that have opened within the last few months. This includes From The Earth, Good Word, Pontoon, and New Realm. Atlanta and its surrounding cities certainly have a lot to look forward to with so many new guys crafting ales and lagers adding to the already booming selection we have been blessed with.
Along with my cruisin’ for a brewsin’, I’ve been writing a gang of articles; I just contributed a piece to All About Beer for the first time (look for that) along with a couple more surprises on the way, but I just saw that the awesome beer website Oct.co just posted my submission for what I considered my top beer rookie of 2017. I sent them a few of my faves but due to limited space, they could only use one and honorable-mentioned my other joints. So with that, congrats to the Wild Heaven DIPA collaboration being selected called To Dan! in honor of my late friend Dan Rosen. I would’ve picked that one as well due to so many factors involved with it including the power of good people bouncing back from a major tragedy. (I wrote about it in my Brick Store story for CraftBeer.com too, here. This is one of the best pieces I have ever scribed by the way.) However, I wanted to make sure the others I turned in got the love they deserved as well, so here they are below. Of course, there are tons more, but I can only do so much right now. Shit is crazy out here! I will be adding more as time allows.
Happy sippin’ to 2018 and beyond!
Ale

Wild Heaven (Collaboration)
To Dan! Coconut Double India Pale Ale
8.5%  
Decatur, GA

Easily the most heartstring-pulling brewing collaboration of the year, Decatur, GA’s Wild Heaven collaborated with a dream team of brewers to craft an amazing double IPA infused with fresh coconut called the To Dan! Due to an unfortunate circumstance, this IPA was brewed to help raise funds for the former wife of the late Dan Rosen, a stellar brewer, globetrotting beer authority and co-founder of the award-winning Mazurt Brewing Company who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in early June of 2017. Wild Heaven’s brewmaster Eric Johnson, Hamp Covington (Dan’s business partner of Mazurt), Cigar City head brewer Wayne Wambles, and Max Lager’s owner John Roberts proved that craft beer is for more than imbibing; its for paying respect, unifying, and giving during somber times. The To Dan! was a complete success by the way. And delicious.


Monday Night Brewing
Situational Ethics Imperial Stout Series
13.5%
Atlanta, GA

Monday Night Brewing has lit up Atlanta’s beer scene after opening their second location in the city’s West End—their massive “Garage” barrel-aging and sour brewery—in 2017. Their first bottle release from the new facility were 500ml-vessels of their decadent Situational Ethics imperial stout at 13.5% ABV in three versions—the Cinnamon Vanilla Maple Bourbon Barrel, Coconut Vanilla Rum Barrel, and Coffee Vanilla Bourbon Barrel. All three were stellar. Notice “were”? Unfortunately, they were very limited one-and-dones but undoubtedly one of the best introductions to a new brewing site 2017 has seen. Another release this year, the triple dry-hopped Space Lettuce Double IPA was no joke either. Finally, a “case of the Mondays” we all welcome.


Creature Comforts
Tropicalisma Double IPA
8% ABV
Athens, GA

Already putting the entire state of Georgia in a frenzy to locate any retailers selling their now nationally renowned Tropicália IPA, Creature Comforts added fuel to the fire by releasing what’s loosely termed its “double” version, the Tropicalisma. While the malt bill and hops—Citra, Centennial, and Galaxy—are the same as ‘Cália (but intensified), the ‘Lisma uses the yeast of their equally phenomenal Duende IPA, along with an 8% ABV kick. The result is a plethora of citrus fruit notes met by a perfect blend of hop varieties only local Georgians and a few implants were lucky to consume. Hopefully they will make more when their highly anticipated expansion opens its doors in mid-2018. Hurry up!


Journey Without Maps Double IPA
8.1% ABV
Atlanta, GA

On the brink of being 25 years old, Georgia’s oldest craft brewery is making sure this monumental achievement gets ushered in style with its first 16-ounce can release containing the Journey Without Maps Double IPA. Thanks to the appointment of the new and very talented director of brewing operations, Gavin McKenna, Red Brick’s last launch of 2017 will bring in the new year with arguably their best IPA to date. Journey boasts five pounds of Citra, Eukanot, and Denali hops per barrel balanced with malted wheat and flaked oats to let Georgia and its surrounding states know they are stepping their game way up in 2018.

New Belgium
Felix Aged in Apple Whiskey Barrels and Oscar Aged in Blackberry Whiskey
8.8% ABV
Fort Collins, CO

One of the most enterprising and significant brewing companies in the world, New Belgium, has rewarded their fans’ patience by finally bottling their Wood Cellar Reserve Series’ revered Felix and Oscar aged in apple whiskey barrels and blackberry whiskey barrels direct from Denver’s own Leopold Bros. Distilling. Cleverly named after the Odd Couple sitcom of yesteryear, the Felix—which serves as the base for La Folie—and Oscar (the base for Le Terroir) were presented in 375 ml and 750 ml bottles complete with corks. In 2017, this refreshingly complex tandem not only met expectations, but exceeded them. New Belgium knows their sours.

Deuces!


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Peep the new Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA can for 2018!

 This flagship IPA just got a facelift and I’m feeling it!

Whaddup?!!!
As crazy as my life is in the beer world, here is another fun coincidence. So I’m getting a Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA poured during an annual holiday luncheon for one of the publications I write for at the upscale Capital Grille and right when I take a sip, I get an announcement that the brewery changed the can’s art in my inbox! The chances? Pretty damn slim, but hey!
Anyway, here’s what the press release said direct from Athens, GA regarding the new look. I dig it. Shout out to artists Richard Biffle on the dopeness.
Look for the new artwork to start hitting shelves in early 2018.

Cheers!
Ale

 Terrapin says…
“Hopsecutioner, Terrapin’s most popular IPA, just got a packaging update. The updated can and bottle labels are a bit brighter and incorporates elements found in other Terrapin packaging, like the background rays.
“We wanted to bring Hopsecutioner into the same visual world as RecreationAle and Hi-5, without losing the look of the brand we’ve been building since 2010.” Says Julia Weckback, Marketing Director. “Our core IPAs are often on shelves together, and we wanted to ensure a cohesive brand image.”
Have no fear, the iconic Hopsecutioner turtle isn’t going anywhere. The turtle looks a bit more modern, but he’s still representing Terrapin’s “Killer IPA.” The beer in the can is still going to be the same: a piney and citrusy IPA with a strong malt backbone.

Terrapin’s flagship beer for over 7 years, Hopsecutioner continues to be a strong seller for the brand, growing almost 35 percent in 2017. Available throughout Terrapin’s distribution network, Hopsecutioner will soon be available in Michigan and Wisconsin."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Automobile standouts from 2017!

By request, I am going to start sharing more pages and experiences on this blog from Lifestyle Publications auto column and Instagram! Here’s Part One of what I have driven in 2017. This Chevy Bolt EV above was an impressive hybrid!

Cheers Everyone!
So yes, as many of you know, I also review cars, hence my “Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’” slogan is complete! Of course, I know how to separate the two and responsibly feature both separately, so when we are not drinking, we need cars to get us around, right? Well, while my Ale Sharpton alter-ego takes a break, I love testing out automobiles, and do my best to let you and my millions of readers for Lifestyle Publishing’s Driver’s Notebook section know what’s hot on the road with a more down-to-earth, everyday life approach. I thank you and the automakers for asking me to share my experiences on this blog. That means a lot!
With 2017 coming to a close, I am going to start posting some of the sedans, coupes, trucks, vans and sports car standouts that I have reviewed throughout the year. To kick things off, I am going to start with General Motors since Chevrolet has an incredible deal right now where EVERYONE gets their gracious employee discount for a limited time. (Go here for details.)


2017 Chevy Bolt EV
I was blown away by the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. This is especially true when GM lived up to the hype that was generated from this all-new hybrid; its super cool representatives boasted it could make it to Asheville, N.C. on one charge from Atlanta and challenged me to see for myself. And guess what? It did! And after plugging it in at a charging station at the Aloft Hotel, I explored one of the most amazing beer cities in the world. Here is my full review for one of the many Lifestyle Publications that featured it along with my Instagram post here. That's an interior shot which also aimed to please.
Base price: The LT Trim is $37,495; Premium is $41,780 with all options as reviewed.
Gas mileage: 255 city/217 highway/238 combined
Please go here for more information.


I got a chance to drop the top down on Buick’s 2017 Cascada coupe that was a joy to drive during the late summer in Atlanta. Its standouts included a top that was easy to collapse when hitting the road (and great for the threat of rain), a surprisingly roomy trunk for a convertible, and a lot of options for the starting price around $33K. (My 1SH Sport Touring edition was $37,990 fully equipped including 4G LTE Wi-Fi.) Its sleek body, 5-star safety score, roomy trunk, and availability in Sport Red with 200 horsepower made this car one of the most memorable for 2017. Folks used to say Buick is for only the elders. Their new line of four-wheelers including this Cascada has me begging to differ.
Base price: $33,065
Gas mileage: 20 city/27 highway
Please go here for more info.


SUVs are killing it in today’s auto industry because consumers value power, speed, great looks, high-tech options and expansive cargo while accommodating multiple folks. The 2017 Tahoe accomplishes all of these feats with stellar results. Up to nine passengers can travel in its luxurious cabin while the lucky conductor takes on the options of off-roading to maneuvering through busy city streets thanks to its four-wheel-drive maneuverability in numerous trims. Getting this in all black sitting on 18-inch, polished aluminum wheels had folks wondering if a high-powered politician was inside. (Check out the Z71 Midnight edition above.) This was fun to drive for sure, and my extended family and friends didn’t want to see it go. Neither did I.
Gas mileage: 16 city/22 highway
Please go here for more info.




2017 GMC Canyon
Want a solid four-door pickup with good looks, an ease to load, and the ability to haul a massive load for an amazing price? Look no further than the 2017 GMC Canyon.  Even with all of its capabilities powered by a 3.6L V6 engine, it still had a smooth ride, was easy to park, switched lanes effortlessly, and took on Atlanta’s busy roads while looking good doing it thanks to its attractive exterior. Coming in both a crew and extended cab, it’s your choice how much you want to utilize this for work or play starting under $21K!
Base price: $20,885
Gas mileage: 22 city/30 highway
Please go here for more info.


Look for more reviews soon!
(All photos courtesy of General Motors.)