Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Check out my Georgia 'Brews to Fall For' article on Creative Loafing!

This was shot at Monday Night's gangster Garage by Joef Davis. Here is the article.
I'm baaaaaack!
I know it has been a while but I don't do a birthday, I do a birthMONTH, and October has been one helluva ride so far! 
Check it out here
So when I got back from Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains after chilling in one of my favorite cabins owned by Mountaintop and leaving the technology behind as much as possible, this article called 5 new Georgia brews to 'fall' for welcomed me. You see, before bouncing, I put in a lot of work and hustle so that I can come back to surprises like this. What an honor it is to contribute to an awesome publication like Creative Loafing! When the super cool editor Hilary Cadigan said to write in my true voice as usual regarding cool beers coming out of Georgia for the fall, I didn't hesitate. I had a long list but was limited to five picks. No worries, there will be more I will cover like Jekyll's 4Hundy IPA and SweetWater's new Dank Tank called Fresh Sticky Nugs, but for now, I featured this quintet that really has me excited about what the season of changing colors has in store in the South. I hope you are too!
And like I said, I do the whole month big so look for more things coming your way including a new episode of Interviews With Brews and my Dare To Pair Art + Food event with Eric Nine and Delirium on October 27th at The Argosy in ATL. It will be dope! The flyer is up on the right.
Thanks to all for the birthday wishes too! I appreciate the love.
Peace!
Ale

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Bitter Southerner has a feature on me!

One of the most influential sites in the South does a profile piece on your homey Ale written by Bob Townsend!
I am so grateful. 
Please read this article brilliantly written by the revered journalist Bob Townsend and you will see why. This is what keeps me going and using the talent God has blessed me with. Plain and simple. Thank you Bitter Southerner and all of you for supporting me. This recognition is truly cherished. 
And to paint the picture of this interview, Bob and I were sitting in Brick Store's Belgian Bar upstairs with only co-owner Dave Blanchard chilling at the bar preparing for the rush about to come in on a Friday. He said afterwards he loved how Bob and I traded commentary. We were sipping Brick Store's farmhouse ale collaboration with St. Bernardus called Baksteen Winkel. I will never forget it. 
Peace,
Ale

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Whoa! Check out Scofflaw’s Beer List for BDAY #1!

One of the best new breweries in the US turns one with this gangster beer list on September 16th!
One of my pics of homey Nathan showing the "Ale Sharpton Pose" some love while hard at work.

Cheers Y’all!

I love when breweries celebrate birthdays because it reflects their hard work, success and happiness serving us what they aspire to creatively quench our thirsts with! This time around, it’s Scofflaw Brewing Company, one of the South’s most talented—and purposely controversial with their infamous middle-finger-to-haters poses—is set to kick it hard this weekend for its first birthday from noon to 8 pm on September 16th!

I am super cool with all of them and truly appreciate what they have done for especially ATL’s beer scene because they stir up conversation, have grown tremendously, provide a lot of opportunities for aspiring brewers, and make damn good beer. It doesn’t hurt that they were ranked #2 of USAToday’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2017 travel awards as well! (I was on that panel of experts so it was cool to see some Atlanta representation.)
And with that, I am happy to post their official press release and the gangster list of brews being poured below.
Here's to many more Scofflaw!
Prost!
Ale


The dope chalkboard designed by my homey reppin' Jameson Studios.
Scofflaw Celebrates One Year Anniversary
Brewery to Serve Extensive Line-up of IPAs, Wheat and Barrel-Aged Beers

To celebrate an inaugural year of unprecedented growth for a new Georgia craft brewery and to say thanks to its fans, Scofflaw Brewing Company will host a One Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, Sept. 16.
In keeping with the brewery’s independent attitude and to mark the recent change in Georgia beer laws, Scofflaw will open its tasting room and outdoor beer garden to all. No tickets are required for entry and customers can order a wide array of beer choices by the glass.
“We’ll be selling cold craft by the pour, like a normal brewery anywhere else in the USA,” said co-founder Matt Shirah, referencing the change on Sept. 1 allowing Georgia brewers to sell individual pours in tap rooms. “We’ll have bottles and cans for sale too. Kids are welcome as always. We’ll do our best to bring the community together now that we’ve gotten through Irma.”
The core line-up of American IPAs will be on tap – Basement, Hooligan, Double Jeopardy, Westside, POG Basement, Sucker Punch and Grapefruit Westside. In addition, there will be four imperial IPAs – Upper Westside, Double Basement, POG Double Basement and the new Goats Milk IPA. The party will also feature the debut of Drop Kick and the return of Lousy. 
Several barrel-aged beers will be on tap. Three variations of the much sought-after Absentium imperial stout series – Vanilla, Coffee and Honey – will be poured as well as Maniac, a strong ale fermented on cherries.
The imperial wheat beer known as Sneaky will also be served in Raspberry and Pineapple Coconut versions. Haole, the brewery’s first pilsner, continues its inaugural tap room appearance. And yep, it’s an imperial version – made with Hawaiian honey and pineapple. Including six casks, 28 different beers will be on tap. (Details on the casks are available on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing.)
The party starts at noon and runs until 8 p.m. The Chip McGuire Band begins at noon, followed by DJ Sky. Food will be available for purchase from DAS BBQ. The brewery urges attendees to use ride services such as Uber and Lyft, cabs or designated drivers.

Here are the Brews!

IPAs
Basement, Hooligan, Westside, POG Basement, Sucker Punch, Grapefruit Westside, Double Jeopardy, Upper Westside, Double Basement, POG Double Basement, Goats Milk IPA, Lousy, Drop Kick.

Barrel-Aged
Absentium Coffee, Absentium Honey, Absentium Vanilla, Maniac.

Wheat Beers
Sneaky Wheat, Sneaky Wheat Raspberry, Sneaky Wheat Pineapple & Coconut

Imperial Pilsner
Haole

Casks
California Love, Black Eye Sucker Punch, Pineapple Basement, Toucan Slam, Arnold Palmer's Basement, Goats Milk #5

About Scofflaw Brewing Co.  
Co-founded by Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman, who developed beers on a one-barrel system in the basement of the home of Shirah’s mother-in-law, Scofflaw opened in August of 2016. It has been named by BeerAdvocate, Paste Magazine and USA Today as one of the best new breweries in America. Follow Scofflaw on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Check me out on NBC’s Atlanta & Company!

This time, we're celebrating 
National Beer Lover’s Day!
Click on the TV screen or here to see this fun episode!
Hey Y’all!
It’s my second time on the fun show Atlanta & Company and this time we’re talking about celebrating September 7th as the official date for National Beer Lover’s Day here
The first go around was hella fun on National Beer Day with my homey Cara Kneer on this episode; this time, it’s with the show’s host Christine Pullara where I featured a lot of beer and glassware from my private stash. The subject was finding beers women were like. I, of course, said that a lot of women I know love brew already, but recommended some popular ones I have won over non-believers with from past tastings.
Check it out and let me know what you think. There is a lot more to come!
Best!

Ale

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It’s the first annual Old Fourth Ward Beer Fest this Friday!

On Friday, Sept 8th, From 7-11pm, My Hood in ATL Gets a Beer Fest!
Whaddup!
Once I heard that my hood in ATL was hosting its first Old Fourth Ward Beer Fest , I had to immediately show love on my sidebar for announcements and post it here! The cool thing is that part of the proceeds go to the developing Atlanta BeltLine. 
With 75 different brews, plus wine, cider and all kinds of festivities, this inaugural launch guarantees to be a good one. And hey, with Atlanta Beer Festivals hosting it, you know it will be on point! Here is the official announcement below; you can get your tickets here
See ya there!
Ale
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The first annual Old Fourth Ward Beer Fest will be held on Friday, Sept 8th from 7-11 pm. The festival will be a fundraising event within the weekend-long Fall Festival, benefiting the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. We will have over 75 beers as well as a selection of wine and cider to choose from. There will be live music, and food will be available for purchase.  The beer list will be added to the website soon. http://atlantabeerfestivals.com

LOCATION:
Old Fourth Ward Skate Park830 Willoughby Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

PRICE:
Tickets are now on sale. $35 advance, $40 after August 31st. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added. $50 at the door. More details and the link to tickets can be found at our event website: http://atlantabeerfestivals.com

ON THE NET:
www.facebook.com/atlantabeerfestivals
Instagram: @atlantabeerfestivals


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cascade Brewing is coming hard in September!


The Sang Noir 2016 project with Bing cherries and more set off the fall!

Photo by Cascade Brewing

Whaddup Sour Heads!

While I'm still embracing this sour style pretty much everyone else is lovin’, I can respect it and Cascade Brewing knows how to brew ‘em!
Straight outta Portland, Oregon, Cascade has released its highly anticipated Sang Noir 2016 project in both bottle and on tap (if you’re lucky).

Here’s their breakdown straight from the source:

Sang Noir is a blend of imperial red ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with Bing cherries. The darkest in Cascade's series of “Sang” projects, Sang Noir features flavors of dark roast malts, bourbon, black cherries and port wine. It comes in at 10.1 percent alcohol by volume.
Sang Noir is a Tier Two offering; Cascade’s new bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.

Plus…
Cascade Brewing also let us know that they have two upcoming releases in September: One Way or Another, plus a collab with Bruery Terreux that drops on September 12th and the Vitis Noble 2016 on the 19th.

Oh, and I love Cascade’s “About Us” joint. Check it:
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from with each project year release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon.
For more inforamtion, visit CascadeBrewing.com and join the brewery on social media @CascadeBrewing. Cheers to the sours; enjoy in a profoundly wise manner.

Happy sippin’ everyone! I’m about to hit the road for a bit and I have a lot of big things on deck so stay posted and follow your bro on especially Instagram and this site.

Peace!

Ale

Friday, August 18, 2017

ATL hosts Shelton Bros Fest, a Wing Showdown and Solar Eclipse Events!


It's going down in Atlanta tonight through Monday. Be ready!

Whaddup?!

Right off the bat, I want to say that my Ale-B-Q Beer Dinner with Sweet Auburn BBQ, Three Taverns and Creature Comforts was INCREDIBLE! Not only did it sell out, but the food was amazing and I received a lot of props from the pairings with the ales I picked from the two breweries. I want to thank everyone for their support. Look for another one coming soon.


I kick it with Creative Loafing!
On to other news and speaking of pairing beers, I am in the new Creative Loafing that dropped this week talking about what specific Georgia beers to pair with wings (to the right). I hope you dig it here! I am also in another feature where I joined a group of fellow gourmands and ranked ATL's best wings. I, along with Brad Kaplan, Angela Hansberger, Adjoa Danso and CL Food Editor Hilary Cadigan hit up a dozen wing spots throughout the city, ate at least two drums or flats each, and then ranked them. It was a blast and I immediately reminisced after reading this hilarious article here. Our comments were off the chain. Ha!


Shelton Brothers Fest and Parties
And now this weekend. Anyone heard of a little ol’ get-together called the Shelton BrothersFest? Of course, I'm being facetious; spanning today and tomorrow, this event is going to be absolutely bananas! Just look at this lineup here. Whoa! I hope to see you there! Gotta thank LiberatorDistributing for bringing pretty much 90 percent of these breweries to the ATL! And as if we couldn't get enough beer, Creature Comforts is collaborating with a few folks during the weekend at the jams below. Well daaaaaayumn!


2nd Annual Southern Wing Showdown
There is also the 2nd Annual Springer Mountain Southern Wing Showdown presented by Taste of Atlanta this Sunday, August 20th that I'm definitely hitting up. There might be a few tickets left so check out this link.
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Solar Eclipse
And then there’s that whole solar eclipse thing. ATL is supposed to be “seeing” 97 percent of the sun covered according to one of my homies, but I strongly advise everyone rock those special NASA-approved glasses or serious eye damage can occur. And with this momentous happening in the works, there are a few spots hosting awesome gatherings for us to enjoy. Here are three that struck my interest direct from the source:

See the eclipse from The Roof at Ponce City Market’s Skyline Park
Looking for the best place to watch history happen? Head to The Roof at Ponce City Market to view the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21Skyline Park will open early at 12:30 p.m. and offer eclipse glasses to the first 300 guests. How Stuff Works will be on site, hosting trivia and a lunar expert to answer all your eclipse questions. Nine Mile Station will open early at 3 p.m.

Park Tavern Hosts Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Featuring Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Cocktails, Beer and Complimentary Takeaways for the first 100 Guests
On Monday, August 21, 2017, stargazers are invited to witness the first solar eclipse viewable since 1984 by joining the fun at Park Tavern’s Solar Eclipse Viewing Party beginning at 12:30 p.m. Overlooking the Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park, revelers can rock out to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon album while sipping on frosty summer beers and cocktails such as the Shakey Mule and the BlueBerry Farm Mule, Moon Pie Drop Shots and more. As a special giveaway, the first 100 guests to purchase a Blue Moon beer, Moon Pie Drop Shot or Fugu Vodka cocktail will receive a complimentary pair of NASA, ISO-approved solar eclipse glasses and a signature Park Tavern souvenir cup. Of course, hungry partygoers can nosh on local favorites including burgers, tacos, salads and sandwiches sushi and more when the kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.This event is free to attend. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com or call 404.249.0001.  

SAVOR bar & kitchen Toasts Off the Eclipse in Style!
Celebrate Aug. 21’s once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse with signature hand-crafted cocktails from SAVOR bar & kitchen! Each purchase of the limited-time cocktails ‘The Eclipse’ and the ‘Dark Sky Martini’ will include solar eclipse glasses* to view the spectacular event. (Until supplies run out.) The cocktails are priced at $12 each and will only be available on Aug. 21.
Here are the cocktails!
The Eclipse
Tequila Blanco
Simple Syrup
Ginger Beer
Midori
Garnished with mint & lime
+
Dark Sky Martini
Kahlua
Vodka
Espresso
Chocolate Syrup

Garnished with coffee beans

Look for more posts on what’s poppin’ next week!

Cheers Y’all!

Ale

Monday, August 7, 2017

Here's the final beer list for the Ale-B-Q on 8/15!

I throw down with Creature Comforts, Three Taverns & Sweet Auburn Barbecue on Tuesday, August 15th!
Sweet Auburn Barbecue's Chef Cameron Floyd and I confirming the perfect pairings. 
Photo by Mike Moore/AllWays Open
Get your tickets here ASAP! They are going fast! Check us out on TV below too!

Cheers Everyone!
This past weekend, Sweet Auburn's Chef Cam Floyd and I went through a very meticulous process deciding what the finalists would be for the upcoming Ale-B-Q on August 15th. I brought my picks from both Creature Comforts and Three Taverns, and we confirmed that they all worked once trying them alongside samples he hooked up! Here is the official menu below. Tickets are HERE!
By the way, did you see Cam and I on CBS last Monday? It was awesome! Here is the link in case you didn't.
Come see us next Tuesday, 8/15, and see why beer dinners (especially with me hosting) are so dope! Again, if you need to sub out some menu items due to dietary restrictions, please call the restaurant and let them know. (678.515.3550) Cam is happy to help provide options. He is VERY dedicated. Thanks in advance for your support. It will be a blast!
See you there!
Ale



Amuse Bouche

Shrimp al a Plancha
Grilled Watermelon, Cotija, Cilantro
Paired With
Creature Comforts Automatic American Pale Ale

Wontons
Sweet Thai Chili, Bacon Marmalade, Scallions
Paired With
Three Taverns Crave Hop Leaf Project Double IPA

Beef Brisket
Grilled Peaches, Jalapeno Gastrique, Feta, Thai Basil
Paired With
Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye Amber Ale Aged on French Oak

Applewood Smoked Diver Scallops
Hard Cider Braised Swiss Chard, Pork Belly, Frisee, Roasted Turnips, Preserved Lemon
Paired With
Creature Comforts Tropicália American IPA

Elk Rib
Smoked Gouda Polenta, Calabrian Chile Oil, Fennel, Radish, Arugula, Plus a ‘Top Secret’ Ingredient
Paired With
Three Taverns Heavy Bell Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quadrupel

Bourbon Butter Cake
Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Mousse, Almond Tuille
Paired With

Three Taverns Rapturous Raspberry Sour Ale


Monday, July 31, 2017

Ale's Dinner Bell: Sweet Auburn BBQ, Creature Comforts and Three Taverns!

It goes down with Creature Comforts and Three Taverns on August 15th at 6:30 pm! 
Whaddup!
Man, July has been a blur! From Montreal to Denver, Birmingham, Charleston and finally back to Atlanta, I love traveling but it's time to settle in for a bit. Especially when I have this awesome Ale B-Q Beer Dinner coming up with one of the most revered BBQ institutions in the South, Sweet Auburn BBQ, based in the Virginia Highlands district. 
As with all my beer dinners, I pick the breweries to partner with and pair a few of their select beers with the delectable cuisine the chef and talented cooking staff want to hook up. This upcoming joint on Tuesday, August 15th will have renowned Chef Cameron Floyd hooking up the awesome menu below. The brew? I'm showing Georgia love and going with Decatur's Three Taverns and Creature Comforts straight outta Athens. Heard of 'em? (Being facetious there.) I have to taste two more brews Three Taverns has for me to pair, so look for the beer coupling of every course soon!
Below is the stellar press release written by my homies over at Blue Hominy. Oh! And if you have allergies or diet restrictions, vegetarian, chicken and seafood options will be available; just kindly let us know so we can accommodate you. We want everyone happy, content, educated and most importantly, full. Sound good? 
See you there!
It's going to be one to remember. 
Much love y'all!
Ale

And now, the menu:
ALE-B-Q MENU

| PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES |

Shrimp al a Plancha
grilled watermelon, cotija, cilantro

Wontons
pimento cheese, candied bacon, sweet thai chili

| DINNER |

Braised Beef Rib
grilled peaches, jalapeno gastrique, feta, thai basil

Applewood Smoked Diver Scallops
hard cider braised swiss chard, pork belly, frisee, roasted turnips, preserved lemon

Elk Rib
smoked gouda polenta, calabrian chile oil, fennel, radish, arugula

Bourbon Butter Cake

dark chocolate, raspberry mousse, almond tuille

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Check out my CraftBeer.com article on Brick Store Pub’s 20 years!

I loved writing about this legendary beer bar based in Atlanta for one of the dopest sites in the beer world.
One of my pics. The front of the world renown Brick Store Pub.

Whaddup!
I just got back from Denver, but while I was there, I was excited to see that the Web’s authority of craft beer justly called CraftBeer.com posted my article featuring the 20 years of one of the world’s most revered beer bars, Decatur, GA’s own Brick Store Pub.
The pic I took of Dave Blanchard, the co-owner of BSP.
I have a little history with CraftBeer.com; I know many of them (especially their brilliant editor Jess), and they did a dope article on me not too long ago that had a brother floored! Well, since I never wrote for them, Jess loved the idea I pitched to them: a feature highlighting the 20th year of Brick Store being in business. She happily said, "go for it!" With that, I put the pressure on myself to kill it and go extra hard. Don’t get me wrong, I give every article I pen full dedication, but personally knowing the Brick Store Pub staff for years and with the BSP being one of my favorite spots to chill, this had to be next-level work in a lot of ways. Trust me, it’s often more difficult to write about something you know a lot about because you want the world to know as much as possible, hence editing becomes the most laborious. 
This article was undoubtedly one of the most challenging I have ever written, but also one of the best in my opinion. Plus, I had the liberty of shooting whatever I wanted as well, so I went all in while learning about everyone involved during the process. Shout outs to Dave, Todd, Ryan, Mike, Tom, Erin, Dan and everyone else who helped with this article.
I hope you enjoy this piece, because I meant every word.
Here’s to two decades of being gangster, Brick Store. I am on my way to the pub celebrate it!
And to my readers of this blog, I love y’all! Your support keeps me going and loving what I do.

Ale

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bell’s Two-Hearted dethrones Pliny The Elder after eight years!

Zymurgy Magazine Announces 2017 “Best Beers In America” and Bell’s kicks major ass!

Whaddup!
My American Homebrewers Association homies just announced the results from their Zymurgy Magazine 15th annual Best Beers in America survey. 
For eight straight years, Russian River Brewing Company’s world-renowned Pliny the Elder double IPA had been running things at the number one spot, but Bell’s Two Hearted Ale IPA breaks the streak and becomes 2017’s most gangster beer in America according to Zymurgy’s thousands of homebrewing posse members. Whoa!
Photo by Bell's Brewery.
In AHA’s official press release, director Gary Glass says, “As homebrewers, Zymurgy readers have more refined palates than most for tasting beer. The Best Beers in America survey reveals which beers are leaving the biggest impression on the minds—and mouths—of these discerning beer drinkers.”
Survey participants voted online for their 20 favorite commercial beers “available for purchase” in the United States in an online voting system.
Bell’s CEO Laura Bell, the daughter of the brewery’s founder Larry Bell, says in the same release, “This is an incredible honor for us. We got our start as homebrewers—that’s how my dad got going—so we really identify with the homebrewing community. We take a lot of that spirit into what we do today.”
Representin’ Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bell’s also won the top-ranked US brewery and came in second to Stone Brewing for the best beer portfolio as well. Even Ice Cube didn’t have as good a day as this! The top ten rankings of the three categories are below and are posted in full here. Congrats to everyone who got recognized in the survey!

Top-Ranked Beers (T indicates Tie):
1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder
3. Founders Breakfast Stout
4. Three Floyds Zombie Dust
5. Bell’s Hopslam
T6. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
T6. The Alchemist Heady Topper
T8. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
T8. Sierra Nevada Celebration
10. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Top-Ranked Breweries:
1. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Comstock, Mich.
2. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
3. Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.
4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mills River, N.C.
5. Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif., Richmond, Va., and Berlin, Germany
6. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.
7. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
8. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
9. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif. and Chicago, Ill.
10. Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, Calif.

Top-Ranked Beer Portfolios (T indicates Tie):
1. Stone Brewing (31 beers)
2. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (27 beers)
3. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (25 beers)
4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (24 beers)
T5. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (22 beers)
T5. Lagunitas Brewing Company (22 beers)
T7. Boulevard Brewing Co. (21 beers)
T7. Founders Brewing Co. (21 beers)
9. Avery Brewing Co. (19 beers)
T10. New Glarus Brewing Co. (18 beers)
T10. Odell Brewing Co. (18 beers)


Cheers!
Ale

Monday, June 12, 2017

Check out this fun podcast with Vortex, Wild Heaven and more!

Whaddup!
I had the honor of being invited as the special guest for a podcast (click HERE to check it out) hosted by one of the most prominent landmarks in Georgia, The Vortex. Known for their gangster burgers, signature skull facade in the front of its Little Five Points location, being owned by the three Benoit siblings out of L.A., Laughing Skull amber ale brewed by Red Brickand their attitude of basically not giving a sh*t about rules, they also have a really fun radio show based on beer. 
Photo by "Baby Vortex" Colin Murphy.
I gladly joined them, brought a gift my homey Walker Anderson brought me from his Oregon tripthe Breakside Lunch Break Session IPA and sipped brews alongside co-hosts Michael Benoit, Sarah Young from Wild Heaven Craft Beer, suds enthusiast Hannah White, and social media manager "Vortex Baby" Colin Murphy. It was a blast as we discussed everything from new beers to drink for the summer including the fantastic WH Goodvice, to crab cakes, Wicked Weed's recent buyout, blunts paired with stouts, seafood and a road trip to Asheville. Enjoy this one!
Peace!
Ale

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cheers to my late brew brother Dan Rosen.

The co-founder of Mazurt Brewing has left us in the physical.

I usually post a lot of positive, fun material, but I also have to recognize those who deserve it. I found out that I lost a great friend and one of the most talented brewers I have ever met, Dan Rosen.


MAZURT Brewing Co-Founders Hamp Covington and Dan Rosen (right)
holding up their medals at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.
Dan, 58, and I have known each other for a long time and we always commended each other on the hard work and dedication to empowering the beer scene of especially Atlanta. He, alongside his MAZURT Brewing partner Hamp Covington, have often won awards and received countless accolades on the series of imperial stouts they have been producing for numerous beer events throughout the city including Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting, the Strong Beer Fest, and even Hunahpu Day with Cigar City in Tampa Bay, FL.
Dan is second from the left.
Dan always was in good spirits and made sure those around him were as well. He even made me a special leather flat brim baseball hat in recognition of my love for dope hats. When I found out he was a victim of a heartless crime—a hit and run on June 6th—it was too sudden a goodbye to such a great man.
Toast one for Dan. He will be sorely missed.
I trust the Mazurt Brewing passion will live on.
Do me a favor and give a good friend dap and a hug today.
Ale


Monday, May 29, 2017

Here are two videos with Orpheus Founder and Brewmaster Jason Pellett!

We are discussing two of their numerous gangster brews being poured at Orpheus’ third anniversary.

Yep, it’s your homey Ale back on the screen and this time I'm kicking it with Orpheus Brewing’s head honcho Jason Pellett discussing two of the many brews being poured during their three-day celebration Memorial Weekend to close year three of brewing brilliance. 
This first video (with the screenshot above) features a wild ale with maybe the longest name in beer history—Like a White Curtain Blowing inthe Draft From a Half-Opened Window Beside a Chair on Which Nobody Sits. Crazy, right? Here is the label:

This second joint here has me and Brother J sipping the bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, 12th Labor. This one is also bananas. (That is good thing.)
Here is the artwork designed by David Hale:
I hope you have a chance to swing by and try these brews, plus a gang of other joints responsible for Orpheus existing, succeeding, and happily keeping Georgia refreshed for the trifecta and beyond.
Shout out to Noelle with Elle PR, Laura and Forage Films for shooting this joint. 
Ultimately, keep supporting craft beer!
Cheers!

Ale