Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Check out how I compare the Avengers to Atlanta breweries!


Yo!

Atlanta Eats’ writer Jorge Hernandez put this dope interview of me comparing the breweries I featured in my six Atlanta Drinks episodes to one of the best Marvel movies yet, Avengers: Infinity War. He even added the ill graphics for extra measure. This was a fun time for sure. Let me know what you think about it along with the six episodes here! Thanks again to all the Atlanta Eats homies having me on board.

Happy sippin'!

Ale

Monday, May 7, 2018

Hyundai is set to impress in 2018!

Hyundai's Santa Fe SUV can fit seven and comes with a boatload of features.

Both its Santa Fe and Accent lines aim to please for singles, students and families.

Cheers Everyone!
Being a lifestyle writer, I happen to review cars for a few magazines as well. Well there are a few standouts that may answer the inquiries of my many friends, family and overall readers of this site. They ask me what cars really impress me, are the most luxurious, the best on gas, and overall have the best value for what they’re intending to spend.
I enjoy those conversations and during many of them, will do my best to recommend whatever will ease their search. Well over the past few months, Hyundai's automobiles have been very consistent in terms of quality, solid design, and overall offering the most bang for the buck. Thinking about school about to let out, kids heading  to college, and anyone looking for a new car they can afford, the all-new 2018 Accent Limited sedan and the 2018 Santa Fe Limited SUV successfully deliver. Of course, Hyundai can go upscale as well and you will see what I mean with my review of the mind-blowing 2018 Genesis G90 Ultimate luxury sedan in my upcoming June edition of Driver’s Notebook for Lifestyle Publications. But for now, let’s focus on the aforementioned Hyundai duo that presents the most value in a practical world.
Photos courtesy of Hyundai.

The all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent Limited
The all-new Hyundai Accent is one of the best bangs for the buck I have yet to review. The plethora of amenities graciously packed in this subcompact sedan really wowed me. I was very surprised to see the three trims—the SE listed at $14,995 MSRP; SEL ($17,295); and my review model, the top-of-the-line Limited ($18,895)—having so many standard features. The latter comes with everything including the 17-inch alloy wheels; a 7-inch touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay; leather-wrapped steering wheel; power sunroof; fog lights; heated front seats; and the feature everyone should demand—the proximity key with push-button start—to name a few. 
Regarding power, all three have the same 130-hp, 1.6L 4-cylinder engine. The combined city and highway gas mileage for the SEL and Limited is a very reasonable 32 miles per gallon, while the SE is (oddly) one combined mile lower. With all of these perks, along with Hyundai providing arguably the best warranty programs in the automotive industry, the Accent in any trim becomes a serious consideration.
(Note there used to be a hatchback version, but this upgraded sedan’s roomy trunk works just fine.)
Fuel Economy: 28 city/ 38 highway/ 32 combined

Base Price: $19,905 fully equipped as reviewed.

2018 Santa Fe Limited Ultimate
If you have a large family or plan on toting folks around regularly, Hyundai comes correct with the 2018 Santa Fe in three trims capable of accommodating up to seven passengers with a third-row option. They remain consistent with their reputation of providing a healthy dose of features seen here that come standard in the SE (starting at $30,850; SE Ultimate ($38,850); and my review model which is the most lavish of the bunch, the Santa Fe Limited Ultimate ($39,550). Prices differentiate in each trim with the addition of the all-wheel-drive option, and I strongly recommend the $2,100 Tech Package to build driving confidence in the safety department. It includes Smart Cruise Control with stop/start; Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection; Lane Departure Warning; Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Vehicle Holder; and various lighting settings. 
I also appreciate the balance of a smooth ride, yet a powerful 290-hp 3.3L GDI DOHC 24-valve V6 engine complemented with impressively nimble handling to spike the excitement of the driving experience. There is also a smaller, five-passenger Sport version in three trims as well. Go here for more info.
All in all, after considering the high safety accolades, handsome design, strong engine, its seemingly endless list of amenities that come standard, and reasonable tag, I recommended this Santa Fe Limited Ultimate to my cousin who just added a baby boy to his family. The verdict? He says if he is going to be a family man, he might as well have fun doing it. Hey, works for me!
Visit www.hyundaiusa.com for all the information on both models and the rest of their fleet.

Happy driving! Do it responsibly.
Cheers!
Ale


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Check out your homie Ale in the all-new 'Atlanta Drinks' episodes!



Whaddup!!!
Somebody crazily dedicated to promoting the craft beer scene in especially Georgia is going to be making a few appearances during the dope Atlanta Eats shows through October. Guess who that is?! Yep, aptly called Atlanta Drinks: Tower Brewery Tours, I will be visiting Orpheus Brewing the first episode which will air during Cinco De Mayo (how appropriate!), so check me out at 7 pm on CBS affiliate Peachtree TV! If you can’t wait to see it live or are already stuffing your face with tacos, brews and margaritas, here is a sneak peek!
Matter of fact, since you are showing love by reading this, here are all six breweries I am visiting along with the episodes! They are all short and sweet nestled inside the full Atlanta Eats episodes:
Sweetwater Brewing Companyhttps://youtu.be/uulxrDXiig0
Second Self Beer Companyhttps://youtu.be/KbTM1KI5lZ8
Red Brick Brewing Companyhttps://youtu.be/eWuLcPoGD54
Orpheus Brewinghttps://youtu.be/9wEClI2nLNQ
New Realm Brewing Companyhttps://youtu.be/5enT9mb7DVg
Monday Night Brewinghttps://youtu.be/_aI1_CjRou0
Let me know what you think and thanks again for your support during my ongoing journey to unveil the countless wonders of craft beer.
Cheers!

Your homie,
Ale

For more info, hit up the Atlanta Eats website. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's Craft Brewers Conference time!

Photo by the Brewers Association

Whaddup Y’all!

Brewgaloo and the entire city of Raleigh, NC were off the meter! Look for my coverage soon including my recommendations on where to stay, eat and of course, SIP! You definitely need to hit up this beer fest, the biggest in North Carolina, next year! Trust!

Now it’s time for the Craft Brewers Conference that goes on this entire week in Nashville. Let’s go!

Cheers!
Ale

Friday, April 13, 2018

Trying to roll to Brewgaloo, the biggest beer festival in North Carolina?!


100 NC Breweries, 50-plus Food Trucks, local vendors and live bands for two days? Yes please!
 

Whaddup!
You know I love traveling and this Brewgaloo Beer Fest had me at “Brew”! Ha! Truthfully, I hear that word all the time, but when it’s the biggest beer fest in North Carolina, a state that makes some gangster ales and lagers, I was all in! It’s April 27-28, 2018 and guaranteed to be nuts! Below is the official description and HERE is the link to the tickets. Boom!
Cheers!
Ale

ShopLocalRaleigh.org says…
Brewgaloo features craft breweries from North Carolina and partners with local food trucks, local vendors and local bands. Friday night will be a sampler event from 6-10pm. Tickets are $45 per person (before April 1) with a limited number of tickets being sold. Sample size pours will be available for you to try the best of NC. Must be 21 and up to attend the Friday night event. Designated Driver’s need not purchase tickets, thank you for being responsible!

Saturday is 2-10pm. Beer is sold by the pint or the taste. Samples are 2 tickets and full pints are 5 tickets. No admission fee to enter the festival. Saturday’s event is open to the public and free to attend.  Saturday will feature over 100 NC Breweries, over 50 Food Trucks, dozens of local vendors and bands. Drink tickets will be sold in advance and available for purchase at the festival. Food trucks and vendors accept cash and credit options. Purchase now to avoid lines!

The largest NC Craft beer festival celebrating all things local
You’ve tasted the world, now taste local