Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It's Ale Sharpton’s 2016 Last-Minute Gift Guide


That new Google Pixel XL looks like a winner!
Been too busy to shop? I got ya covered as I do every year!
Cheers Everyone!

I honestly haven’t got my shopping on due to so much going on, but I am going to take another buzzer beater shot and score with the gifts I have below. Through some testing, rave reviews and what I consider great ideas, I compiled these babies so that you can make someone (or yourself) very happy. Heck, I even included a couple I researched for other mags I write for.
From getting your cheffin’ on, to a dope phone, putting music lovers in heaven, toasting off 2017 with the hottest beer glass style of the year, or even buying the latest Rolls-Royce for the true ballers out there, I have something for everyone!
Happy Holidays!
Ale


TeKu Glassware
You HAVE to drink the world’s greatest libation—beer—the right way, and the TeKu style of glassware has been on fire this year! Pour an IPA in these bad boys especially when company drops by and see how their eyes light up. Even a light beer would look good in this. Okay, maybe not. Regardless, the German glassmaker Rastal went out of their way to accentuate every tasting note, scent and carbonating bubble to put palates in bliss for a mere $24.95 a pair.

Calphalon Classic Nonstick Cookware
Since I love to get down in the kitchen and my family includes generations of chefs, I know the importance of good cookware. I got myself a couple early Christmas gifts this year—the Covered Fry Pan and Covered Dutch Oven by Calphalon. Selling for cheap along with a 20 percent discount here, I use them both and truly appreciate the quality; practicality thanks to the Dutch’s straining cover and pour spout for especially pasta; and the ease of avoiding sticky situations since all of their products are, well, nonstick!


Gold Star Vodka
Want to sip something for a cause? Here you go! Mark Seymour served in the Army for 11 years and was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, before injuries brought him back home to Atlanta, GA. Maintaining his dedication to the service, Mark launched Gold Star Vodka with $2 of each bottle sold going to “Gold Star Families” those who have lost loved ones in war. And get this, it’s American-made and damn good!  


Google Pixel XL
Wait, whaaaaaat? Google has its own phone? Yep! The Google Pixel XL is going to be my best friend for 2017, complete with a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display for crispy vision; a long-lasting 3450 mAh battery; unlimited online storage for pics and vids; Google Assistant; and the option of 32GB and 128GB to name a few attractions. The three colors they come in are pretty slick too, including Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue.
I loved the HTC I featured in this year's Father's Day Gift Guide especially for the latest pics I took on Instagram. Now it’s Google’s turn to wow me and I am confident they will with their highly acclaimed camera. (Peep their DUO video phoning feature and Earth Live Case for the Pixel XL too.)


JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Splashproof Speaker
Rain or shine, bring the beats to any occasion, thanks to the splashproof JBL Flip 3 speaker complete with one-button access to speakerphone calls and the ability to wirelessly connect to three separate smart devices. Now the whole family—or party you are rocking—can get their boogie on!


Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones
If you don’t want to entertain the masses but still bump Gangstarr, Pusha T, Tribe Called Quest, Radiohead or whatever sounds hot to you, these Powerbeats3 headphones deliver with phenomenal ear quality. The wireless action is also a plus with up to a 12-hour battery life. There is even an Apple W1 chip for easy pairing with Apple devices and Siri integration. Boom!



SAXX Boxers for Men
Crafted to prevent rough times below the belt with awesome comfort while keeping things snug, SAXX provides a plethora of materials and artistic patterns to step your boxer game up. Socks have been the thing boasting audacious and trippy designs; now it’s men’s underwear turn! If you are in ATL, you can find these forgiving undies at Rigby & Peller in Phipps Plaza (3500 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326). If not, hit them up online! 
saxxunderwear.com


FRYE Company Bags
Yep, I love me some FRYE. Well besides their world-renowned boots I rock, Frye Company has some dope bags as well including the suede Chris Messenger ($428), antiqued Logan Billfold ($138), and travel-chic Logan Overnight in dark brown ($598). These will undoubtedly make anyone in the airport super jealous. Bag ‘em.
For my ATLiens, hit them up in Ponce City Market (675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308). If not, you know the drill…



2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn
Are you balling and deserve some pampering for getting you to that point? If money is truly no object, consider the 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn. I drove this prestigious British carmaker’s new edition on the scenic roadways of Rhode Island and didn’t want to give it up! This legitimate four-seat convertible is the epitome of luxury, power, finesse, and elegance. Flexing serious muscle with a 6.6 liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine and waaaay too many amenities to name, it starts at a measly $335,000. Pocket change, right?

Happy Holidays Y’all!

Ale

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Saltyard and Creature Comforts team up once again on Monday!

It goes down from 5 to 8 on December 19th!

Whaddup!
Next Monday, December 19, two of my Georgia favorites to work with regarding events and beer dinners—Creature Comforts and Saltyard—are teaming up once again to treat us to some delectable fare paired with sips from arguably the best brewery in the state. Featuring the latter’s Emergence, Reclaimed Rise, Koko Buni, Mutualism, Transmission and Tropicália, my homey Chef Nick Leahy will be pairing at least five dishes with the crafty ales. Even cooler, this event is for a cause by benefiting Amplify My Community, so come through between 5 and 8 pm to indulge and close this year on a lip-smackin’ note for a mere $35 per person! (Call  404.382.8088 to book them early.) The official description is below.

Cheers!
Ale

Craft beer lovers can rejoice – the folks at Saltyard and Creature Comforts are teaming up to bring Atlanta a Christmas miracle! :)

On Monday, December 19, Saltyard is hosting a philanthropic happy hour where Chef Nick Leahy will pair his delicious small plates with the Athens brewery's most popular and limited beers – including Emergence, Reclaimed Rise, Koko Buni, Mutualism, Transmission and Tropicália (keg secured last minute and not included on the flyer)!
Guests will enjoy an interactive experience in Saltyard's bar area from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. that is designed to highlight the notes in each Creature Comforts brew via a "tasting station" approach, where appropriately paired cuisine will be offered with its featured beer companion. A portion of proceeds will benefit Amplify My Community. The cost is $35 pp and tickets can be purchased on arrival. Space is limited, so we suggest guests arrive on time. 
To purchase tickets in advance, call Saltyard directly at (404) 382-8088
A sneak peek at a couple menu pairings for the evening:  
- Coffee and cinnamon doughnuts paired with Reclaimed Rise
- Georgia shrimp ceviche paired with Tropicalia 



Monday, December 12, 2016

Check me out on this fun podcast!

Grits X Grids Podcast host Joseph Szala and I talk beer trends.

Whaddup!
I love being interviewed on podcasts because they are down to earth, unadulterated and if they are having me as a guest, beer is involved. This one is with talented creative director Joseph Szala and his burgeoning show, Grits X Grids.
Popping cans of Stone IPA and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (since it was recorded around Thanksgiving) I brought to Joseph's studio based in hhis massive, industrial chic office next to Rathbun's Steak, it was a blast fielding questions regarding brewing trends, minorities in the industry, marketing strategies for breweries, my last "desert beer," and even some music. (I have a history in the music biz plus Joseph is nasty on the bass and jammed a lot in his day so it makes sense.)
Shout outs include Wild Heaven,
Service Brewery, Alchemist Heady Topper, Ballast Point, Burial, Orpheus, Three Taverns, Twain's, Monday Night, Creature Comforts and others!

Check this one out here!

Cheers!
Ale

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Stadium debuted their restaurant partners last night!

Photo by Michael Kelley
From new food concepts by Kevin Gillespie and Concentrics, to ATL standards like Chick-Fil-A, we will be eating good next year!

Cheers Y'all!
Last night, I had a chance to get a sneak peek—or should I say sneak bite—of the restaurant partners of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and I can say I am very happy with what we can indulge in while watching the Falcons and Atlanta United ball out next year. Polling 4,000 Falcons and Atlanta United fans, these were among the most popular requests to be available in the food stations throughout the soon-to-be mind-blowing complex.
Sipping a consistently delicious Creature Comforts Tropicália in one hand, I helped myself to the night’s participants including Kevin Gillespie’s new concept called Gamechanger, Antico, Chick-fil-A, Concentric Restaurants’ all-new Golden Brown and Delicious, Delia’s Chicken Sausage, Farm Burger, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Iberian Pig, Jim N Nicks, King of Pops, Ms. D’s Popcorn, the vegetarian-friendly Snackology 101 Market, Sublime Doughnuts, and Atlanta staple The Varsity. The Closed on Sundays Chicken Sandwich from the aforementioned Gamechanger (right) was one of my favorite bites of the night. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream will also be getting their scoop on at the stadium next year. 
“We decided to take a different approach based on our philosophy of listen and respond by asking the most important people – the fans – what they want.  We’ve responded,” says AMB Sports & Entertainment President Rich McKay in their press release. “Tonight, we showcased the best of Atlanta’s restaurants chosen by our fans.”
Along with this article I wrote for Lifestyle Publications highlighting what the MBS will have in store, look for more of my coverage soon including who their partnering brewery is going to be.
Rest assured, it’s going to be dope!!!
For more info on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, go here.
Holla!

Ale

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It’s a Three Taverns tap takeover this Thursday at Cameli’s Pizza!


The Rapturous, Night On Ponce, Feest Noel 
Belgian-style quad are on tizzap!

Yo!
Cameli’s Pizza at 699 Ponce De Leon Avenue aka the Ford Factory Lofts is hosting a ThreeTaverns tap takeover on Thursday, December 8th starting at 7 pm! The "Three" the hard way will include the Rapturous, Night On Ponce IPA, and the newly released (and delicious) bourbon-barrel-aged Feest Noel Belgian-style quad spiced with cardamom, cloves and allspice at 10 percent ABV. 
To add, I heard Three Taverns will continue to love with making this the renowned pizza joint the first to debut their newest IPA called Amulet from the upcoming Hop Leaf Series. Said to be a straight up juicy hop bomb at six percent, I'm like whaaaaaat?! I am there! The Amulet plus the initial trio will be the move this Thursday!

Keep sippin’ local and in this case, with a slice!

Ale

Monday, December 5, 2016

Here is the Brewers Association’s 2016 Craft Beer Year in Review

 Here is one of the facts I received from the Brewers Association's 2016 review which happens to be my favorite beer style.

Cheers Y’all!

I am always about spreading good news when it comes to craft beer, and at the Brewers Association sent me a lot of it with their defining moments, facts and figures regarding the world’s best beverage for 2016. Go here for the direct link to their Web post discussing everything from the best beer city (Portland, OR) to the impressive percentage of people who are now pairing their beers with what they eat when dining out!
In the official press release, Brewers Association Chief Economist Bart Watson says, “In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive. This community should be very proud of what it has accomplished and how far it has come.”
Shout out to the Brewers Association for all they do! Read some of the major findings direct from their official release below. Also, here is a link to the awesome infographic stating some uplifting finds small and independent breweries made happen this year.
Peep it:

In 2016…

●     Brewery Count: Five thousand strong and growing, there are now 5,005 breweries in the U.S. compared to 10,000 wineries. Almost all (99%) are small and independent craft brewers.

●     Continued Growth for the Segment: By mid-year, small and independent breweries grew by eight percent, reflecting dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.

●     Never Go Out of Styles: IPAs continue to hop up, now accounting for roughly one-quarter of craft volume.  More sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilseners and pale lagers, are up 33 percent, totaling nearly five percent of craft.

●     Freedom of Choice: As the world’s two largest brewers merged into a multinational conglomerate two and a half times the size of the U.S. beer market, the BA was at the center of the discussion, advocating for fair competition for the nation’s small and independent craft brewers and access to market ensuring beer enthusiasts get to continue to choose from a vast variety of options. Approximately 65 percent of craft beer lovers said they are drinking more craft specifically because it offers more variety.

●     Homebrewing Impact: The National Homebrew Competition continues to be the world's largest beer competition with 7,962 entries. A recent measurement of homebrewing found that its 1.2 million participants created over 11,000 jobs, resulting in more than $1 billion in spending and over $700 million in revenues.

●     Beer Destinations: Recognizing a rising interest in beer tourism, Travelocity enlisted the expertise of the BA to find the country's best beer destinations and create the very first Beer Tourism Index. Additionally, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—the leading community for homebrewers—unveiled a list of cities across the U.S. where homebrewing is on the rise.

●     American Craft Beer Abounds Abroad: Craft beer export volume increased by 16.3 percent, totaling 446,151 barrels and worth $116 million. More than 100 small and independent craft brewers export their beer internationally, spreading the culture and community of craft beer and a growing recognition and respect for American brewers.

●     Bipartisan Beer Support: With a craft brewery in nearly every congressional district in the country, more than half of the U.S. Congress now supports the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The BA has been a key player in moving forward this bipartisan legislation that seeks to recalibrate the current federal excise tax structure for the nation’s brewers and reform burdensome laws regulating America’s brewing industry.

●     History Has Its Eyes on Beer: With support from the Brewers Association, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced that it will launch a three-year initiative to collect, document and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers and the beer industry in America. The job posting for a Historian to study brewing history was one of the most viral beer stories of the year, an indicator of how much people care about this vital industry.

●     Perfect Pair: Beer and food continue to find harmony on plates and palates. Seventy-three percent of craft beer purchasers gave “complements my meal” as a very or somewhat important selection criteria in their beer choice when dining out. Sixty-three percent select beer based on the food item or meal they are planning to enjoy.

Note: Figures are a compilation of data provided by the Brewers Association, IRI Group and Nielsen and do not represent all craft beer sales. The Brewers Association will release a comprehensive annual analysis of craft brewer production in March of 2017. 


Happy Sippin'!
Ale

Monday, November 28, 2016

Second Self Beers are in Alabama December 1st!

Photo courtesy of Blue Hominy.
Atlanta's own Second Self hits state #2 this Thursday!

Ahhhh! I love success stories for craft breweries, and it really hits close to home when I am one of the first to try their beer before they even hit mass production. That's the case with Atlanta-based Second Self Beer Company, who in their second year have not only dramatically expanded their West ATL production facilities, but is now crossing the Georgia border and heading to Alabama on December 1st. 
It seemed like only yesterday when I sipped the Thai Wheat Second Self co-founder and brewmaster Jason Santamaria had on tap in the pantry of his loft almost four years ago for me to try. He was excited and said his dream would be for Atlanta to be sipping it soon. Well it has been realized and now Second Self has a variety of brews in cans, on tap everywhere, and by invading the South by demand one state at a time. Congrats Alabama, you have another Georgia brewery! The year-round joints include the Thai Wheat, Citrus IPA, and Red Hop Rye; Maverick & Gose and Molé Porter will be the seasonals. 
Read the official release below along with beer descriptions and their food pairings. 
Cheers!
Ale

Starting December 1st, craft beers from Atlanta’s Second Self Beer Company will be available outside Georgia for the first time in Alabama

Brewery’s Highly Acclaimed Year-Round & Seasonal Beers Offered on Draft and in Cans

Starting on December 1st and for the first time since launching in Atlanta in fall 2014, beers from Second Self Beer Company will be available outside Georgia, in Alabama. Year-round favorites and rotating seasonals will be sold on draft and in cans at bars, restaurants, and shops throughout Birmingham, Montgomery, Auburn and surrounding counties.

Represented in Alabama by Pinnacle Imports—a craft beer and fine wine distributor that has served the state for over two decades—Second Self will debut an initial lineup in Alabama that includes year-round favorites Thai Wheat, Citrus IPA, and Red Hop Rye, joined by seasonal releases, Maverick & Gose, and Molé Porter. Each of Second Self’s brews is crafted with fresh ingredients, and additional beers will roll out in future months.

Look for the following beers in Alabama:
·         Thai Wheat (5.1% ABV, 18 IBU)—a year-round American Wheat. This spicy beer is as exotic as the country that inspired it, with fresh lemongrass & ginger for a refreshing aroma & taste.
Suggested pairings: fish, chicken, pork loin, grilled vegetables, sushi & Asian cuisine

·         Citrus IPA (6.2% ABV, 50 IBU)—a year-round IPA that packs a citrus punch yet isn’t overly bitter. It’s made with citrusy hops: Columbus, Amarillo, Citra & just a touch of lemon, orange & grapefruit peel to enhance the citrus aroma without any bitterness. The beer is then dry-hopped with more Amarillo & Citra hops for the added hoppy, citrus punch. The aroma is sweet, yet the taste is dry with a robust IPA finish. 
Suggested parings: pan-roasted trout, mussels, artichokes, potato soup & gruyere cheese

·         Red Hop Rye (7.3% ABV, 69 IBU)—a Red IPA with an abundance of hoppy citrus aromas from dry-hopping. Spicy rye mixed with hops & balanced by a malty backbone from American caramel & honey malts.
Suggested pairings: BBQ, steak, burgers, brats, cheddar cheese & spicy foods

·         Molé Porter (6.5% ABV, 27 IBU)—a chocolate porter with extra spices reminiscent of Second Self Co-founder Jason Santamaria’s family recipe for Oaxacan sauce. This robust porter is packed with flavor to warm you up this winter.
Suggested pairings: pork or beef tacos, stews & chilis, gruyere cheese & chocolate desserts

·         Maverick & Gose (4.4% ABV, 8 IBU)—a fresh take on a traditional Gose with the addition of coriander. Dry-hopped with fruity Wakatu hops to balance out a slightly tart & salty nature.
Suggested pairings: grilled grouper, oysters, guacamole, pineapple & beach volleyball

Second Self Beer Company is a nationally recognized craft brewery that has been featured in Food & Wine, DRAFT Magazine, Beer Advocate, Fortune, Paste Magazine and many more.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Megadeth And Unibroue collab on a saison called À Tout Le Monde!


This is a nice stocking stuffer for metal heads and beer geeks!

Cheers everyone!
I love beer and music, and when I see the two collaborating on a project, I have to show love! I often combine the two with especially my celebrity beer tastings like this, and try to promote actual brews that do it as well including AC/DC and Robinsons Brewery, and Dan The Automator and Dogfish Head.
Jerry Vietz/Unibroue.com
Well now it's Unibroue—the Belgian-inspired brewer out of Chambly, Québec, Canada—adding another solid ale to their award-winning lineup inspired by music called the À Tout Le Monde. The maker of what I consider one of the best beers in the world, the La Fin Du Monde tripel, Unibroue maintains their prestige with this light-bodied, refreshing saison based on the friendship between Unibroue Brewmaster Jerry Vietz and Dave Mustaine, lead singer of the legendary heavy metal group out of Los Angeles, Megadeth. The beer’s name comes from Megadeth's song “A Tout Le Monde” (To Everyone) off their 2007 album United Abominations. (See the official video for it here.)
Dave Mustaine/Megadeth.com
Besides them both using the word “Monde” and the song being a huge hit in Québec to the point it is in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, there is a lot more to recognize according to Vietz.
“At Unibroue, we appreciate flavor, and we know Megadeth is anything but boring,” the brewmaster says. “To Megadeth’s delight and that of their fans and connoisseurs, we’re offering an uncompromising beer with rich hoppy aromas, created according to Dave’s personal tastes.”
Mustaine adds, “Our shared passion for excellence produced a one-of-a-kind saison beer. I’m thrilled to present this new beer to my fans, and everyone who loves good beers with character.”
And another plus: Unibroue's artwork is consistently dope, often brandishing eye-popping paintings paying homage to the classiness of yesteryear's fine art; the Tout's bottle contuinues their streak of eye candy but with the edgy Megadeth edge these rockers are renowned for. 
Ultimately, any fans of Unibroue, Megadeth or simply great beer that pairs well with food due to its effervescent body to cleanse the tongue; subtle citrus and mango notes fused with a pleasant tartness; peppery undertones; and a dry finish, grab a 750 ml or four-pack before it's gone!

Cheers!

Ale

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hit up Krog Street Market's 2nd Anniversary tonight!

Food samples, live music and sips from 6 to 10! 

Yo!
I love going to Krog Street Market for my brews at Hop City, bites at Chef Todd Richards' chicken spot, bragging about the burgers at Fred's, Superica's gangster Mexican fare, inventive sushi at Craft Izakya, brunch at Ticonderoga, and the overall vibe of this hot spot everyone needs to frequent right off Atlanta's Beltline. I always bring visitors from out of town there because it's basically a one-stop kicking it kind of deal. 
Well it's their second anniversary tonight and it will certainly be a blast to hit up from 6 to 10 p.m.! 
Let's celebrate!
Ale

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Help end homelessness in Atlanta with the Human Clay Benefit tonight!

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Hosts the 4th Annual Human Clay Benefit for Atlanta’s Gateway Center at White Oak Kitchen, starting at 6:30

Cheers Everyone,

The Human Clay fundraiser is another great cause you should truly consider supporting to combat homelessness. Please consider enjoying craft libations, gourmet eats, a silent auction and live music this evening—Tuesday, November 15, starting at 6:30 p.m.—with the super talented entrepreneur and Executive Chef Todd Richards, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and The Gateway Center! Here is the official info below. Get your tickets here!
Much love!
Ale


White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Hosts The 4th Annual Human Clay Benefit For Atlanta’s Gateway Center
Looking Towards the Next 10 Years, the Gateway Center and White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Present the 2016 Human Clay Fundraiser to End Homelessness in Atlanta.
Last year at their annual Human Clay fundraiser hosted by White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, The Gateway Center celebrated 10 years of operation in Atlanta.  This year, for the 4th annual Human Clay event, the celebration continues with a focus on the future – the Next 10 Years.  A significant event for the Gateway Center, money raised from the Human Clay event contributes directly to the ongoing operations in support of Atlanta’s homeless population. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales to auction and raffle items go directly to benefit the Gateway Center.  
Chef Todd Richards
On Tuesday, November 15, starting at 6:30 p.m., guests will be treated to an evening of libations and signature Southern fare prepared by Executive Chef Todd Richards while enjoying the sounds of live bluegrass from the Sweet Auburn String Band. A silent auction featuring artwork from local artists and curated neighborhood experiences will continue throughout the evening, along with thoughtful commentary from Gateway representatives. 

To support the cause and participate in this year’s Human Clay event, click here to purchase your tickets! For more information about the Gateway Center and the event, visit www.gatewayctr.org.

Who:                The Gateway Center @ White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

What:               An evening to support the end of homelessness in Atlanta with signature southern fair from Executive Chef Todd Richards, live bluegrass from Sweet Auburn String band and a silent auction featuring artwork, gifts, and curated neighborhood experiences.

When:             Tuesday, November 15, 2016. 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Where:           White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, 270 Peachtree St. NE , Atlanta, Ga 30303
Complimentary Valet parking (Baker St @ Peachtree)

Tickets:            humanclay16.eventbrite.com


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wild Heaven goes nitro with Ode To Mercy!


The first nitro can out of GA is now on the shelves!


Whaddup!
Eric and Nick chillin'. (Wild Heaven)
Ever since I have been covering Wild Heaven's first two beers being poured back in 2010 here, it has been a remarkable journey documenting their steady growth. From their intros—Ode To Mercy Imperial Brown Ale (8.2%) and Invocation Strong Belgian-Style Golden Ale (8.5%)—leading the pack, to their present and future Pilsners, quads, IPAs, stouts, sours, barrel-aged gems, seasonals and other palate-blessing sippers for us to enjoy.

Now WH founders Eric Johnson and Nick Purdy have kicked in the door with their canned Ode To Mercy Nitro Coffee Brown Ale aka Nitrode hitting the shelves and it's damn good. Creamy, smooth, roasty and a cascading effect that is awesome to watch when being poured (see the official video here), go ahead and see for yourself by grabbing a few and toast to Georgia's steady progression of craft brewing.

Cheers!
Ale

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dogfish Head gets their canning on with the 60 Minute IPA!

Photo courtesy of Dogfish Head
One of the most pioneering IPAs goes metal!

Straight Outta Delaware!
Yep, the booming craft beer trend of going metal has found its way to one of the most significant, seminal and consistent breweries in U.S. history—Dogfish Head. My homey and President Sam Calagione along with his “off-centered” DH posse have always showed love to music, artists, and experimental recipes to keep the craft beer scene fresh. Now we can get their top seller in a can, the 60 Minute IPA (6%), starting November 7th throughout the Mid-Atlantic, then they will slowly make their way to their other 30 or so states by the dawn of 2017.
Sam said in the brewery's official release, “Early on in the craft brewing renascence I was underwhelmed with the canning technology for craft beer. But times have changed, equipment has evolved, and we’ve designed a beautiful, state-of-the-art Krones can line that delivers the quality and consistency our consumers have come to expect from our beer.” He added, “We’ve been able to grow from the smallest brewery to one of the top 20 craft breweries in the country, and we’ve done it in part by investing in world-class people and world-class equipment.” Boom!
I love cans because they can get into more venues (especially beaches), less breakage, easier to recycle, and in my opinion, keep IPAs fresher. Do a taste test and see for yourself! Anyway, look for these babies soon!

Holla!
Ale

For more info, hit up dogfish.com.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Burial Beer officially arrives in Atlanta!

Right on time for Halloween, Burial’s a gangster treat! The schedule is below.

Happy Halloween Y’all!
Ever since I visited this gangster brewery in Asheville earlier this year and having a beer with the owners, I couldn’t wait for Burial Beer to come to Atlanta. Their artwork is sick, the staff is super chill, the Liberator distribution team are my homies, and everything Burial brews is official—especially their IPAs! Well the time has come and the schedule is below starting with some tap takeovers and special selections being poured throughout Atlanta.
From October 31 to November 11, it’s on and poppin’ as the official launch of Burial Beer to the Atlanta, Georgia area starting with Decatur. There will also be Burial representatives at a lot of these locations, so come kick it and see what all the hype is about! These cats can brew!

Cheers! 
Ale
Here is one of the many events!
DECATUR - 10/31
Brickstore | 5pm
Ale Yeah! | 4pm-6pm
My Parents Basement | 5pm-7pm
Kimball House | 5pm-7pm

Leons - 11/2- 5pm

LITTLE FIVE POINTS - 11/1
The Porter | Special tapping 6:00 PM
Hop City: Krog Market | 5pm-6:30pm
El Myr | 6:30pm-8pm
Ticonderoga Club | 6:30pm-8pm
Hampton and Hudson | 5pm-6:30pm

EAST ATL - 11/2
Argosy | 7:00 PM
Midway Pub | 5pm-7pm

MIDTOWN/BUCKHEAD - 11/3
Ormsbys | 8:00 PM 
Hop City Westside | 5pm-7pm
Capital City | 5pm-6:30pm
Peachtree Road Liquors | 5pm-6:30pm
Tower: Buckhead | 5pm-6pm

OLD FOURTH WARD - 11/4
Atkin's Park | 7:00 PM
Tap on Ponce | 5pm-7pm
Biltong Bar | 5pm-7pm
Greens Beverage | 5pm-6:30pm


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ponce City Market goes all-Halloween this weekend

It’s ‘A Haunting On Ponce: Eat, Drink, & Be Scary’ Friday through Monday!

Atlanta always has something poppin’ and one of the most recent hot spots happens to be the industrial-chic lofts, upscale shopping plaza and carnival-centric rooftop of Ponce City Market! Trust me, it’s an awesome place to drink, eat, buy and in this case, PARTY! Here is what they have for us straight from the source. ScoutMob has a killer deal so get your tickets here now!
Holla!
Ale

Atlanta’s Iconic & Historic Community Hub in Old Fourth Ward To Host Epic, Four-Day Marathon of Halloween Events

Abandon all hope ye who enter here…From October 28th to 31st, Ponce City Market is hosting “A Haunting on Ponce: Eat, Drink, & Be Scary,” four days of fright-filled events in celebration of Halloween weekend. Visit with friends and family for Halloween-themed food, drinks, and performances, and the building itself will be in costume, decked out in dazzling and spine-chilling décor. 

Events include:

FRI., OCT. 28TH: SCOUTMOB & HAND-PICKED ATLANTA'S HALLOWEEN PARTY—If you’ve got it, haunt it! For the first time ever, Ponce City Market will host Scoutmob & Hand-Picked Atlanta’s beloved, annual Halloween Party, now in its sixth year. Starting at 8pm, enjoy interactive art activations and installations from local Atlanta artists, curated and produced by Dashboard (Atlanta-based, non-profit exhibition platform) in the Boiler Room on Ponce City Market’s 2nd floor, plus ghoulish craft cocktails. General admission tickets ($45) and a limited number of VIP tickets ($89) are available for purchase on Scoutmob & Hand-Picked Atlanta’s website. The VIP Late Night Lounge will open at 10pm, hosted at The Mercury.

-  SAT., OCT. 29th: HAUNTED HEIGHTS AT SKYLINE PARK—Take in panoramic city views from Ponce City Market’s rooftop at Skyline Park, along with an acrobatic performance and unlimited carnival game access. Head to the food stand for Halloween-themed, carnival-style food and drink. Tickets are $35 per person (not including food or cocktails) in advance via Eventbrite or $50 at the door, and the party lasts from 8PM to midnight. 

-  SUN., OCT 30TH: SUNDAY SUPPER SOUTH— Something wicked this way comes: Chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison host the James Beard Foundation’s 7th annual Sunday Supper South at Ponce City Market, with a cocktail hour at 5:30PM and dinner at 6:30PM. This year’s culinary roster celebrates an award-winning line-up of female chefs, including Savannah Haseler (Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards, Comet Pub & Lanes), Erika Council (Southern Souffle), Rebekah Turshen (City House), Cheryl Day (Back in the Day Bakery), Asha Gomez (Spice to Table), Whitney Otawka (Greyfield Inn), Kathleen Blake (The Rusty Spoon), Hilary White (The Hil), and Heather Machovec (O Ya). Furthering the theme of female camaraderie, the dinner will conjure inspiration from “The Witches of Eastwick,” the classic film based upon John Updike’s novel of the same name. Tickets are $250 for James Beard Foundation members and $275 for non-members. To reserve, or for more information, please call 404.365.0410 ext. 22.

-  MON., OCT 31ST: TRICK-OR-TREAT—Bring the kids for an evening of trick-or-treating throughout Ponce City Market, where restaurants and shops will offer sweet treats for ghosts and ghouls alike. At 4pm, the neighborhood’s littlest monsters from The Suzuki School will parade in costume through Ponce City Market’s courtyard and Central Food Hall. Next, beware a troupe of traveling, dancing zombies performing classic moves from the original video mix of “Thriller” and headlined by The King of Pop himself (wink-wink). This event is free and open to the public. In a tee-up to Halloween, follow Ponce City Market on Instagram (@poncecitymarket) for laugh-out-loud profiles spotlighting zombies and revealing how each met his end.

About Ponce City Market:

Ponce City Market is a historic mixed-use community hub focused on artisanal food, fashion, residential lofts and office. Developed by real estate investment and management company Jamestown, Ponce City Market combines 259 residential flats with approximately 550,000 square feet of Class-A loft office space and 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants including Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, Binders Art Supplies, Google Fiber, Suzuki School and General Assembly as well as a Central Food Hall. The Central Food Hall features Anne Quatrano’s Dub’s Fish Camp, Botiwalla from the owners of Chai Pani, Linton Hopkins’ H&F Burger, Sean Brock’s Minero, among others. National anchor retail tenants include The Frye Company and West Elm. The evolution of Ponce City Market focuses on preserving the building’s historic character and enhancing its connection to the surrounding community. Ponce City Market also boasts a pedestrian bridge, which links the interior courtyard and public market directly to Atlanta’s popular BeltLine. A portion of the parking fee at Ponce City Market is donated to “Light the Line,” the fundraising campaign to bring pedestrian lighting to the Atlanta BeltLine. For more information, go to: www.poncecitymarket.com.