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Monday, November 7, 2022

Check out my ‘21 Best Atlanta Breweries For Beer Snobs’ article!

 

I also included the exclusive, unabridged version below!

I’m Baaaaaaack!

Oh man, your homie Ale has been globetrotting, hitting up southern California twice, Tokyo, and just recently a tour of the Finger Lakes all within the month of October. This was hands down the busiest month of my life because, besides my BDay on the 8th, I also had hosted a major Piano Keys event alongside New Belgium in Denver during the Great American Beer Festival, launched a fundraising beer with DuClaw plus an interview here, helped produce the amazing Blacktoberfest weekend in Atlanta, plus all the rest of the festivities that come with the season. Regardless, I still want to make a pledge to do better updating this site. My Instagram has been the prime source of delivering updates, announcements and latest happenings, and now I want to provide a more personal account of some of those postings. I got you and appreciate you for continuing to join me on my journey.

First up, here’s a breakdown of my latest article that dropped last week, which turned out to be a passion project of sorts.

Last week, I announced my debut article with The Infatuation—a culinary-forward website that covers the globe, but with an edgy, humorous, neighborly vibe—here when it dropped. I was asked to write up Atlanta’s 21 Best Breweries and I gladly accepted. With me knowing all of them and being around since each of their inceptions, it was an honor to give these hard-working folks in ATL some light on such a prominent media source. As many writers do with their first article under a new publisher, we write more than expected; it’s better to cut words down than add them. That was my case here, so what I will do is include what I originally turned in and what they ended up posting. I totally get the style, approach, and overall mission to get direct to the point while still engaging the reader. Rest assured, there will be more contributions to The Infatuation. I can’t wait to do the next one. Stay tuned for that!  

And with that, may thanks for reading, giving me your support, and having my back. Shout out to all the breweries that are officially listed as ATLANTA on their address. Here is the unabridged version I originally turned in which includes a more personal account of what you should know about them compared to the more concise, straight-to-the-point version that was published here. Both serve the same purpose: They show love to the incredible, underrated beer scene in Georgia’s capital.

Cheers!



The Original Version:

21 Best Atlanta Breweries For Beer Snobs

While cities like Ann Arbor, both Portlands, Asheville, and Denver are justly revered as being prime beer hubs, Atlanta is now demanding the same respect. Since Georgia lifted the ABV from 6% to 14% in 2004, its sipping scene has blown up significantly. In the words of Andre 3000, “The South’s got something to say!” This is especially true when it comes to the numerous breweries throughout ATL.

 

Buckhead

Iron Hill

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With a goal to have 20 locations by 2020, the Mid-Atlantic-based Iron Hill’s successful restaurant/brewery combination entered the Southeastern market by thankfully filling a void in the swanky Buckhead district with their 18th location just over a year ago. Known for award-winning brews crafted on site like the King’s Gold American pilsner recently receiving a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, plus an extensive food menu, and industrial-chic décor, they’re a perfect fit for the neighborhood. Take everyone from beer geeks to business partners here and make a day of it either inside their spacious taproom complete with chandeliers or patio set along bustling Peachtree Road with Lenox Mall and ritzy Phipps Plaza just steps away.


Castleberry Hill

Atlantucky

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Owned and operated by Grammy Award-winning rap group the Nappy Roots, the 6,000 square-foot, fully operational brewery also serves as an event facility and art exhibit complete with a stage the Nappy Roots and aspiring artists under their Not Regular independent label perform. Starting off as homebrewers, Fish Scales and Skinny DeVille quickly learned the business through contract brewing and eventually opening up one of the only Black-owned brick and mortar breweries in Georgia. With their spacious brewery just steps away from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlantucky welcomes a steady stream of visitors enjoying a steady rotation of brews on tap, including the well-balanced Mile High Pale Ale, light-bodied Castleberry Pils Lager, Chesapeake Bae Fruit Beer, and Peaches + Queens Peach Cobbler Ale. Canning and more collaborations are set for the very near future.

 

Downtown Atlanta

STATS

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Popularly regarded as one of the premier sports bars in Atlanta with 70 televisions and a broadcast studio, the multi-level STATS also has award-winning brewmaster Austin Edwards crafting a wide range of IPAs, sours, lagers, and seasonals from a 10-barrel brewery. Besides getting virtually every big game and just a block away from State Farm Arena where the Hawks play, the upscale bar menu and functioning taps built into tables also contribute to this 16,000 square-foot, industrial-meets-chic location’s draw.  

 

East Atlanta

Hippin’ Hops

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Georgia, let alone Atlanta, now has its first Black-owned brick-and-mortar brewery thanks to entrepreneurs Donnica and Clarence Boston. Choosing the former Eastlake Pharmacy as Hippin’ Hops’ first location in the hipster-driven East Atlanta Village, solid brews with smile-producing names like the Baby Mama Drama and Oops Upside Yo Head IPAs, plus “frozen beers” such as the Coco Crazy strawberry pina colada and So Peachy sour fearlessly push the envelope. Always festive, live DJs, an adjacent beer garden with cornhole, and New Orleans-themed food staples including authentic po’boys, Cajun shrimp deviled eggs, catfish nuggets, gator bites, and a fresh oyster bar, the Bostons now have a second location ten driving minutes away in neighboring East Lake and an expansive production facility in Stone Mountain.

 

Grant Park

Three Taverns Imaginarium

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Inspired by Trappist Monks in Belgium, brewer Brian Purcell opened one of the most respected beer companies in the South in 2013, Three Taverns in Avondale Estates. After years of success with the Night On Ponce IPA leading the way, it was time to open an experimental brewery in Grant Park’s historic Atlanta Dairies complex across the street from the Atlanta Beltline. Scoring the hire of heralded brewer Neal Engleman, virtually everything pouring inside this stunning bi-level facility has been world-class status since opening its doors in 2020. The vast greenspace shared with other businesses including the new concert venue, The Eastern, is perfect for friends and family to toast Imaginarium’s libations alfresco.

 

The Beacon’s Eventide and Elsewhere

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Nestled in Grant Park, this community of living and retail boasts two breweries to go with an eclectic variety of restaurants. Eventide is all about trivia, a constant rotation of food trucks, and serving up crowd favorites like their Kolsch Style Ale and Snow Cold IPA. Grab one of their brews and check out the neighboring Grant Park farmers market on Saturdays as well.

Elsewhere runs the back corner of the Beacon with a lively pet-friendly patio where beer advocates and cycling clubs kick back to enjoy the European-inspired pilsners, Czech lagers, hefeweizens, and IPAs (try the popular West Coast-style Viridity) to pair with a full menu boasting delectable apps, handhelds, and salads. They have an assortment of beer alternatives like seltzers and craft cocktails to make sure everyone’s thirst is quenched. An assortment of live music is a regular thing as well. The Beacon is undoubtedly the move when entertaining a lot of folks at one time.

 

Inman Park

Wrecking Bar

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Owner Stevenson Rosslow, returning head brewer Tim Schiavone, and staff go above and beyond to ensure there is nothing like Wrecking Bar. Already a visual standout positioned at the base of the historic Victor H. Kriegshaber House—a prominent Victorian-style mansion on bustling Moreland Avenue—their renowned beer program delivers a wide range of styles to please virtually every palate including pilsners, Juice Willis IPA variants, Breaking Bob Kölsch, sours, a spectrum of award-winning stouts, saisons, barrel-aged specialties, and guest taps. Executive chef Mikey Staniewicz’s rotating farm-to-table food menu, locally sourced provisions, biergarten, Marianna event space, and top-notch craft cocktails fit for even the most sophisticated spirit advocate seal the deal. Look out for their annual Strong Beer Fest and new Hop Harvest Fest.

 

Midtown

SweetWater

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Sure, as one of the nation’s largest beer companies—currently #11—SweetWater is everywhere throughout the country including Delta flights, but they make sure their homebase in Midtown shows patrons a hell of a time. Their location is more like a complex, with a barrel-aging facility called the Woodlands Project, a completely redesigned taproom, a cornhole field, live music stage, full merch store, and spacious pet-friendly patio. And beside their assortment of IPAs, stouts, lagers, and legendary 420 pale ale, SweetWater also diversified their sipping lineup to include selections from acquired breweries Alpine and Green Flash, plus the Oasis electrolyte-infused seltzer line. And don’t skip the tour; it’s an amazing experience and proves how successful a brewery can become after opening their doors in 1997. The annual 420 Fest is one of Atlanta’s most popular music festivals as well. Yeah, SweetWater does it all.


Orpheus

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Founded in 2014, Orpheus Brewing answered Atlanta’s craving for high-gravity IPAs, stouts, and wild-fermented and sour beers. Now in its 8th year, founder and brewmaster Jason Pellet—who is also a classically trained trumpeter to explain the brewery’s moniker—is justly credited as a major contributor to introducing Atlanta to beer styles popular in especially Europe. The acclaimed Transmigration of Soul’s Double IPA, Atalanta Plum Saison, and numerous other varietals are served in the remodeled taproom and numerous retail outlets throughout Georgia and beyond. Located just off Atlanta’s Beltline complete with a picturesque view of the city, plus a steady rotation of food trucks and guest chefs, Orpheus is one of Georgia capital’s must-visit destinations.

 

Old Fourth Ward

New Realm

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Set directly beside the Eastside Beltline trail, New Realm’s first of soon-to-be six massive locations throughout the US cannot be missed—all 40,000 square feet of it. Boasting a brewing program masterminded by the legendary IPA guru Mitch Steele who pledged to demonstrate his expertise to brew sours, pilsners, wheat varietals, stouts, and other beer styles as well, thanks to the 26-barrel brewhouse and barrel room. Add the gorgeous beer garden, skyline rooftop, full-service restaurant (the New Realm Burger and crusted mac and cheese are crowd faves), live music, and trivia regularly and the aggressive multi-city expansion is justified.

 

Biggerstaff

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Historic Old Fourth Ward could use another brewery, so Sarah and Clay Davies said, “Hold my beer” and created one. Now celebrating its first year, their variety of solid beers often named after Sarah’s family members like the Harvey American IPA and Aunt Etta Satsuma Sour, the popular raw oyster happy hour, Sunday brunch, rustic-chic interior, and dog-friendly patio along bustling Edgewood Ave produce a winning combination. Gourmet coffee welcomes early risers followed by an open kitchen serving up delectable lunch and dinner selections helmed by newly appointed executive chef and barbecue aficionado Al McClendon. This is one of the true have-it-all brew destinations in Atlanta destined to be, well, bigger than ever.

 

Summerhill

Halfway Crooks

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Answering the call of imbibers fond of traditional beer styles minus all the trendy adjuncts and gimmickry, Shawn Bainbridge, Tim Kilic, and renowned brewer Joran Van Ginderachter direct from Belgium became a part of the aggressive redevelopment of Atlanta’s historic Summerhill in 2019 with Halfway Crooks. Packaging and décor are themed with the appreciation of technology in the 80s, hip hop serenades customers enjoying European-inspired pilsners, marzens, radlers, schwarzbiers, American IPAs, helles, and other selections. The second of the two levels is airy with a large projector screen mostly showing wildlife vids, and the a revamped beer garden is set to open in early 2023. Complete with a limited, yet appetizing food menu serving wings, pretzels, and different versions of fries, this is the go-to spot for true beer heads and even local brewers who crave remarkable, true-to-style ales and lagers.

 

Upper Westside

Round Trip

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Round Trip wants to take its imbibers’ palates on a journey to experience German-inspired beers with a draft lineup pouring marzens, helles, hefeweizens, berliner weisses and Munich-style dark lagers. Recently opening in 2021, CEO and head brewer Craig Mycoskie complements more than than 12 years of brewing experience with weekly events like Dirty South Trivia and Speed Puzzle night. Round Trip does a stellar job of giving ATL a tour of how lagers can be just as exciting and complex as ales.

 

Bold Monk Brewing Co.

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Undoubtedly one of the poshest breweries in Atlanta, Brewed To Serve Restaurant Group owners Cindy and Alan LeBlanc, plus brewing icon John “JR” Roberts, have adorned Atlanta with an extraordinary three-level imbibing experience. Lead-paned windows; velvet and leather seating; wood floors; beer garden with fire pits; a library; coffee bar; and barrel room ideal for private dinners further justify Monk’s accolades. Of course, the award-winning Belgian-inspired ales and lagers, and culinary program rivaling ATL’s top restaurants—look for Belgian frites, brisket poutine, wood-grilled salmon, and mussels—are collectively the true draw, but the stunning décor is an invaluable complement. And be sure to consider Brewed To Serve’s legendary Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery, the oldest brewpub in Georgia for their premium hand-cut steaks, brick oven pizzas, and expansive beverage list based directly on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta.

 

Fire Maker

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Opening in 2020, co-owner and co-founder Elliott Hall and family quickly made their brewery a city favorite with a mission to inspire others to celebrate their achievements and identify themselves as “fire makers.” Their successful interpretations of classic styles including Chattahooch-Tea Southeastern IPA brewed with lactose and two tea variations, plus other adventurous IPAs, lagers, and sours have resulted in an actual “Awards” page on their website. Their brewery brandishes mural work by celebrated local artist Jordan Atkinson and a partnership with Scoville Hot Chicken to bring the heat on the culinary side. Fire Maker is now entering the world of ciders with more ventures on the way to add fuel to their impressive blaze of entrepreneurialism.

 

Scofflaw

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Launched by former Wall Street exec Matt Shirah and veteran brewmaster Travis Herman, Scofflaw kicked in ATL’s door with edgy tactics and intended brashness especially over social media to validate their moniker. Once they settled down and focused on what they do best—making smash-hit IPAs like their Basement, POG Basement, Basement Light, and Hooligans, plus a lineup of imperial stouts, sours, seltzers, and even spirits. Scofflaw now has two locations in the Upper Westside, the O.G. in the Bolton neighborhood and state-of-the-art, 9,000-square-foot brewing playhouse for Herman called Dr. Scofflaw’s Laboratory and Beer Garden. The latter is based inside the 80-acre retail development called The Works complete with a beer garden and the convenience of sipping one of their beers while exploring various eateries including a vast food hall a few steps away. The success story continues with a third location called Scofflaw Beer Barn with 48 taps inside downtown Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.

 

Steady Hand

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Since opening in 2019, Steady Hand is home to 24 rotating taps of IPAs, stouts, sours, seltzers and lagers to name a few. Their Cloudland Hazy IPA, Paradise Waits IPA, Flower Business DIPA, and Lager are the year-rounds, while an array of seasonals complete the portfolio encased in captivating can art. Patrons also enjoy the laid-back industrial style of the tap room that doubles as an event space for comedy shows, concerts and trivia nights. Live music and events like the monthly Ales & Overlands off-road vehicle show get a lot of love as well.

 

West End

Specifically the Lee + White development popularly nicknamed ‘Malt Disney’

Monday Night

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Starting as hosts of a homebrewing gathering with a few homies after their Bible study sessions on Monday Nights more than a decade ago, Jonathan Baker, Joel Iverson, and Jeff Heck now have four Monday Night brewing locations throughout the South. Regarding the two venues in Atlanta, the O.G. in the Upper Westside has a fire pit, two tap stations, food trucks, and live shows regularly. The West End’s expansive Garage along the bustling Westside Beltline trail is the playhouse for award-winning brewmaster Peter Kiley; it’s all barrel aging, flaunts a coolship aka “Crunkship” to produce spontaneous beers, and recently launched an open kitchen serving authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas thanks to Chef Adi Komic and his team.

 

Wild Heaven

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Respected as one of the major contributors to building the groundwork for Georgia’s craft beer scene by contract brewing in 2010 before opening their first brewery in Avondale Estates about a  year later, they now have a spacious, 21,600-square foot second location in what is popularly christened Malt Disney on the West End. While president Nick Purdy, Brewmaster Eric Johnson, and crew keep steady year rounds like the Emergency Drinking Beer variants, ATL Easy Ale, Euro-Style Pilsner, and new sensation, the Sunburst IPA, their seasonal odes to traditional European styles and Garden Beer collaborations with Atlanta Botanical Garden truly show how they flex their creative muscle. Complete with an extensive to-go menu featuring handhelds, wings, house-cut fries, tacos, and salads, plus a patio overlooking the Westside Beltline trail, these pioneers will maintain their royalty status for years to come.

 

Best End

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With wordplay paying homage to their neighborhood, Best End joined Wild Heaven, Monday Night Garage, ASW Distillery, and the Hop City bottle shop to complete the “Malt Disney” collective in the Lee + White complex during the fall of 2019. Boasting a 20-barrel brewery complete with a pilot system for creating inventive lagers, IPAs, sours, stouts, and sours, there’s also a restaurant, the Graffiki Tiki Bar, an assortment of wines, cocktails, and events with live music regularly to keep the party going.

 

 

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

I'm throwing down for BrewGether at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver!

 

If you’re in Denver next Friday, pull up on October 7th to my BrewGether fundraiser and party! I’m bringing the spinning icon DJ Jamad with me from ATL to spin our dope piano-themed playlist. You know how I throw down! Me and New Belgium are raising funds for BrewGether and pouring two new batches of my Piano Keys Chocolate Vanilla Imperial Stout including a mint version during the Great American Beer Fest.

BrewGether funds community partners to increase diversity and equity. Hit up the BrewGether site to see how we got started and click here for tickets on Friday. Now it grows beyond beer sales to give more.
Here are all the people we have helped with more to go! To date, we have supported the following grant recipients:
@wawa_online
@hey_atlanta
@atlmusicproject
@trulylivingwell
@voxroxatl
@thenavigateprogram
@givingkitchen
@bottleshareofficial

See you soon I hope!


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On The Reel: SMILE

 

Our fellow movie man L.K. Byron from Scriptly Business gives us the skinny on the new thriller SMILE!

FILM: SMILE

RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 55 minutes

RATING: R

GENRE: Horror

Review by: L.K. Byron

You know what time it is! October is nearly here and those horror films hoping to capitalize on your box office bucks with chills, kills, and thrills are “falling,” into a theatre near you. SMILE, a twisted and mind tripping horror film, made its debut nationwide on Friday, September 30th.

Well casted, Sosie Bacon plays Dr. Rose Cotter, a mental therapist whose life abruptly loses any sense of normalcy after one of her patients commits an unspeakable act right in front of her eyes. Now, Dr. Cotter’s new reality is inundated with sleepless nights, mental instability, and mysteriously terrifying occurrences. Suddenly, she’s lost control of her life and friends and family are at a loss trying to come to terms with her reckless actions. Now, the major question remains: What’s fact and what’s fiction? This flick will have you guessing throughout.    

SMILE is definitely going to be one of the more creative standouts during this season of horrors.

Enjoy!

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Friday, September 30, 2022

It’s the Return of the Netherworld Haunted House Open Now!

One of my favorite annual Georgia attractions is back!

As many of you know, hitting up the Netherworld Haunted House (1313 Netherworld Way, Stone Mountain, Ga. 30087) is an ongoing tradition for me and my homies! Especially awesome for double dates, I also take friends and family, and make an awesome night of it. If you have some folks in town, this is a great way to show off one of the most revered yearly attractions in Georgia’s history to embrace the Halloween season! Now in its 26th year, Netherworld's 2022 theme is The Parasitic and Undying Horror! 

For those who scare easy, let them know Netherworld is more than a few hair-raising jumps and boos; look for a lot of technology, top-notch actors, stellar costuming, and visual effects to stimulate the brain. For the scare, see you there…if you dare!

Below is the official press release and information including times, dates, location, etc., straight for the source. Netherworld is open now until its closing weekend Nov.11-12.

Your guy,


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The World-Famous Haunted Attraction’s Opening Weekend Features Two New Horrific Haunts + Expanded Midway Offerings with Even More Blood-Curdling Fun

 
WHEN:
Opening Weekend: Sept. 23-24
Open Nightly: Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2, 6-9, 11-16, 18-31, Nov. 4-6
Closing Weekend: Nov.11-12
 
TIME:
September dates: 7-11 p.m. (7-11:30 p.m. on Sept. 30)
Monday – Thursday in October: 7-10:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday in October: 7 p.m.-12 a.m. (7-11:30 p.m. on Oct.1)
Sundays in October: 7-11 p.m. (7-10:30 p.m. on Oct. 2)
November dates: 7-10:30 p.m.
 
WHERE:
1313 Netherworld Way, Stone Mountain, Ga. 30087
 
TICKETS:
Both regular tickets and speed passes for expedited entry are available for purchase. More details can be found below. Attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at
 www.fearworld.com.                       

ATLANTA: The most highly-acclaimed and terrifying haunted house in the nation,
 NETHERWORLD Haunted House, is set to make its return during its Opening Weekend this Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 with two nightmarish haunts and plenty of thrilling new additions to its Halloween themed Midway!
 
This year, thrill seekers will get the scare of their lives at NETHERWORLD’S PARASITIC and THE UNDYING HORROR haunted houses. In THE UNDYING HORROR, visitors will try to escape a massive world-destroying ancient monster and its wraithlike army, and in PARASITIC, guests will confront the mind-controlling spores and carnivorous chlorophyll creatures unleashed by a nefarious plant-based life form filled with the twisted power from last year’s Planet X!

 
“Both of our haunts this year blend elements of our previous stories into brand new tales, even more intense than the ones that came before them,” said NETHERWORLD Co-Founder Ben Armstrong. “The UNDYING HORROR is a continuation of the COSMIC HORROR saga that began when we first moved to Stone Mountain, and PARASITIC is a story of science gone wrong that features weird plant-based mutations of one of our classic characters, The Harvestman.”
 
Between the houses, NETHERWORLD has a new option for those who want to join in on the fright called “You Scare.” In this experience, true horror-lovers will get their shot at playing the villain by using a paintball gun, dubbed the “scare blaster,” to shoot paint at an unbreakable see-through barrier, startling those in line for the second haunted house.

 
In addition to both blood-curling haunts and “You Scare,” NETHERWORLD is launching a laser-based horror survival add-on experience for the first time ever. Titled “Alien Terror,” the experience will put NETHERWORLD adventurers face-to-face with an extraterrestrial monster that has one goal: to turn every player in the game into one of its evil minions with its laser weapon. The official opening date for this experience is to be announced, so stay tuned for more information!
 
The adventure continues with NETHERWORLD’s updated Midway experience, a Halloween-drenched area that attendees can explore featuring a myriad of creepy photo ops (including a huge new skeletal dragon), roaming creatures aplenty, and a variety of food options including hot dogs, nachos, demented donuts, and gourmet popcorn in flavors like classic butter and hot and spicy. This year NETHERWORLD is also introducing Dr. Octane’s Bizarre Beverages, where the sinister mad scientist Dr. Octane will serve up non-alcoholic bubbling concoctions featuring swirls of colors perfect for a share-worthy video!

 
"We are incredibly excited for veteran NETHERWORLD fans and first-timers alike to experience everything that we have to offer this year,” said NETHERWORLD Co-Founder Billy Messina. “Our goal has always been to provide visitors with a seasonal Halloween experience that’s beyond compare...and with all the upgrades we’ve made this year, both inside and outside the haunts, we hope that folks will feel that we’ve done exactly that.”
 
NETHERWORLD Haunted House will be open beginning the weekend of Sept. 23–24, then most dates through Halloween and weekends in November until the closing weekend on Nov. 11–12. Tickets are on sale now. For more details on the haunts and new additions and to buy tickets, visit 
www.fearworld.com
 
Continue for more information about this year’s two new haunts…  
 
THE UNDYING HORROR: Concealed in the chaos of a deadly storm, an ancient monstrosity launches massive tentacles to the surface world corrupting everything they touch! Can a battle-worn group of survivors fight their way past the legions of Wraiths and Netherspawn to defeat this nightmarish creature or will the world fall to The Undying Horror?   
 
Featuring: Warlike Wraiths, Rampaging Netherspawn, The Weird Lab of Dr. Squid, The Old One Arises, The Emergence of the Undying, The Monster-Infested Netherscape, The Undead Army of the Zombie Queen, The Swirling Mists of Zin, The Massive Tentacles of Ubbo Sathla, The Bone Beasts of Carcosa and Face to Face with the Undying Horror! A massive feast of nightmares invades a shattered planet as NETHERWORLD charges headlong into its 26th Season of Screams swarming with supercharged apocalyptic action!   

 
PARASITIC: A bizarre Parasitic plant-based life form filled with the twisted power of Planet X and grown on a discarded husk of The Harvestman springs to unnatural life in the top-secret facility known as the BOX! After infecting the staff with mind-controlling spores and unleashing an army of carnivorous plant and fungus-based creatures, it seeks vengeance on its foolish captors before attempting to escape into the world of men!  
 
Featuring: The Fungal Zombies, The Pit of The Green Slime, The Worm that Gnaws, The Monster that Challenged the World, Swamp Beast Horror, Deadly Nightshade, The Chlorophyll Killers, The Bloody Massacre of the Mutilated, Exo Biological Evil Unleashed, The Primeval Pawns of the Parasite, The Nightmare Run and Get to the Chopper! Will you and your team escape the terror that grows within you, or will you succumb to the unimaginable agony as you become one of the Parasitic legions? 

More details on tickets, as well as information on the expanded Midway and a new laser-based horror survival experience, will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Interviews with the NETHERWORLD team and photos are available upon request. 

 
About NETHERWORLD Haunted House: NETHERWORLD, Atlanta's most popular self-guided, dark attraction, is one of the most highly acclaimed Haunted Houses in the world. Known for its over-the-top special effects, unique make-up, elaborate costuming, skilled stunt actors and unusual themes, NETHERWORLD has established itself as an Atlanta Halloween tradition. Since the attraction first opened 26 years ago, NETHERWORLD has been voted the top haunt in the nation by publications such as Hauntworld Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Buzzfeed, Business Insider, Dread Central, Fangoria and USA Today and has been recognized both locally and nationally by media including CNN, Thrillist, Travel + Leisure, The Today Show, The Early Show, The Travel Channel and Wall Street Journal. NETHERWORLD also offers 4 horror-themed Escape Rooms, where thrill seekers are faced with a series of challenges to escape before they meet an untimely end, as well as a Monster Museum. Every season, this innovative horror experience continues to draw in generations of thrill-seekers eager to see what new nightmares have been unleashed! For more information, visit www.fearworld.com or call 404-999-FEAR. Keep up with all things spooky by following NETHERWORLD Haunted House on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The 4th Annual Brownie Bash is Coming!

Yep! 

It's time for the 4th annual Brownie Bash set for Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Pontoon's original location in Sandy Springs, GA! (8601 Dunwoody Pl. Sandy Springs, GA 30350) 

Here's all the info straight from the source. See you there!

Your homie, 

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Pontoon Brewing Company Announces 4th Annual Brownie Bash 

Saturday September 24th, 2022 1-5pm  

The 4th annual Brownie Bash is back and bigger than ever! For the first time, Pontoon Brewing is bringing in over 70 breweries from across the United States! This year we are partnering with Bottleshare, a nonprofit aimed to support industry workers and businesses when they experience hardship. 

This festival celebrates Pontoon Brewing’s annual release of its award-winning Barrel Aged Brownie Batter. The five-hour event will feature over a hundred beers from Pontoon Brewing and breweries from across the country, live music, killer food trucks from all over Atlanta and over a thousand craft beer fans!  

The goal of Brownie Bash is to make it a destination beer festival. Due to Georgia alcohol laws, the market is lacking the tourist attraction that similar markets have such as Tampa Bay Beer Week and Great American Beer Festival. Pontoon Brewing and Bottleshare are aiming to have Brownie Bash be the vessel that encourages breweries throughout Atlanta to come together and craft an experience for locals, tourists and more!  

Tickets are available through this website: https://www.pontoonbrewing.com/brownie-bash-2022.html

About Pontoon Brewing:  

Pontoon Brewing was founded in 2014 by a group of longtime pals and home brewers who are passionate about making awesomely scrumptious beer, the great outdoors, and pretty much anything on or near the water: what we dubbed the “Pontoon Lifestyle”. We soon found a home in Sandy Springs, GA and opened our brewery and taproom in 2017, becoming the first and only brewery in the city. The “Pontoon Lifestyle” will soon make its way to Tucker, GA in the Summer of 2022. Pontoon Brewing prides itself on putting our own brand of fun, unique, and often irreverent twists on traditional styles of beer. Pontoon Brewing’s beers are available in our Sandy Springs taproom, throughout the state of Georgia, central and south Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin

 


 

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Live! at The Battery Brew Fest is throwing down this Saturday, 8/13!

 

Photo courtesy of Live! at The Battery

It’s Festival Time!

Live! at The Battery Brew Fest is throwing down in the center of The Battery Atlanta on Saturday, August 13 from 3-7 pm plus the debut of my brewing collab with Terrapin and Sports & Social!

Yep! It’s festival time and Live! at The Battery is doing their annual Brew Fest based at the center of The Battery Atlanta. Also recognized as the home of the Atlanta Braves, The Battery is set to throw down on Saturday, August 13 from 3-7 pm! Working alongside Athens-based brewery Terrapin Beer Co. for round two of the Brew Fest, the Athens-based brewing goliath is bringing along a gang of Georgia brewing friends as well including Second Self, Scofflaw, Gate City, Steady Hand, Dry County, Monday Night Brewing, New Realm, Orpheus and many more to total over 100 beers to choose from.

Oh! And one more homie is joining in: Me! That’s right, I linked up with Terrapin’s second brewery location based at The Battery alongside my dude Omari at Sports & Social to make a liquid masterpiece called Something To Saison! The name I came up with is paying homage to the iconic quote Andre 3000 fearlessly stated at the Source Awards when they won Best New Rap Group on August 3rd, 1995. You heard it here first!

Below is the official press release straight from the source. For tickets, hit this link up and I will see you there!

It’s on!

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LIVE! AT THE BATTERY TEAMS UP WITH TERRAPIN BEER CO. TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL BREW FEST ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

Will Feature Tastings of Over 100 Beers, Local Vendors, Live Music, Games & More

Held from 3-6pm on the Lawn Between Live! at the Battery & Terrapin's Atlanta Brewery & Taproom 

Live! at The Battery – the entertainment destination located in the heart of The Battery Atlanta – is teaming up with Athens-based brewery Terrapin Beer Co. to host the second-annual Brew Fest on Saturday, August 13 from 3-7pm at The Battery Atlanta. Bringing together beer enthusiasts and brewers, many local and craft-focused, the event invites attendees to taste over 100 beers, listen to live music on The Plaza stage, shop items from local vendors, play games and more.

Featured breweries – stationed outside at Live! at The Battery and Terrapin's Atlanta Brewery and Taproom, plus on the lawn between the two – will include Terrapin Beer Co., Second Self Beer Co., Scofflaw Brewing Co., Gate City Brewing, Steady Hand Beer Co, Dry County Brewing Co, Monday Night Brewing, New Realm Brewery, Orpheus Brewing and many more. They will pour fan favorites alongside rare and experimental brews.

General admission ($30 early bird / $40 regular) and VIP ($60 early bird / $70 regular) tickets are now available here. Each ticket includes entry into the event, a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited beer tastings. VIP ticket holders will also enjoy exclusive access to a VIP area with an elevated buffet plus a swag bag. 

In 2017, Terrapin became the first craft brewery in Georgia to open a second location, with the opening of the Atlanta Brewery and Taproom at The Battery across from Live! At The Battery. In addition to producing many of its year-round and seasonal brands, Terrapin’s Atlanta brewery and taproom serves as its Research and Development pipeline, testing new beers to potentially go to market.

A one-of-a-kind place to catch sports, dine in style, sip cold beer and crafted cocktails, play games and do a bit of bull riding and line dancing, Live! The Battery plays host to some of Atlanta's most fun food and drink events. Ongoing happenings include Girls Night Out with food and drink specials every Thursday from 8-11pm; Freedom Friday, which welcomes military personnel, vets, first responders and public service members to skip the line, get free cover (credentials required) and enjoy drink specials once a month; and Silent Saturday, inviting guests to grab a pair of headphones and get in the groove with beats from local DJs.

About Live! at The Battery

An entertainment destination located in the heart of The Battery Atlanta, Live! at The Battery is the go-to spot for catching sports, dining in style and sipping cold beer and crafted cocktails. Guests can enjoy several distinct experiences in the two-story, 30,000-square-foot entertainment and dining space, including Sports & Social – a sports bar, gaming parlor and social lounge, The Tavern at Sports & Social – a restaurant, and PBR Atlanta – Atlanta’s liveliest country bar with line dancing and bull riding. Opened in April 2017, Live! also plays host to some of Atlanta's most fun food and drink events, including their signature Atlanta Wine Walk each June, Brewfest in August and New Year’s Eve Live! celebration, plus weekly specials like Girls Night Out on Thursdays. 

About Terrapin Beer Co.

Terrapin Beer Co. began as a passion for beer between founders Brian “Spike” Buckowski and John Cochran. The two brewed and released their first beer in 2002, a Rye Pale Ale that went on to win a gold medal at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Inspired by the creative culture of Athens, Georgia, the brewery’s home, Terrapin works to create unique experiences through its craft beers and is distributed in 16 states. In 2019, Terrapin launched Terraprint, which focuses on environmental sustainability and community outreach. For more information about Terrapin’s year-round and seasonal lineups, or Terraprint, visit www.terrapinbeer.com.

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Friday, June 17, 2022

It’s the 2022 Last-Minute Father’s Day Guide!

 

Eddie Bauer's Voyager 3.0 Spinner is definitely a cool gift! 

Yep! 

It’s that time again! From traveling, to live shows, numerous festivals, cooking, relaxing, reading, imbibing… you name it, I have done a lot of digging for gifts to show love for that special dad in your life. I also included the direct links for more information and easier ordering. Of course, this can serve as a great resource for birthdays, so do you!

And with that, Happy Father’s Day to all the gents out there who deserve it!

Photos courtesy of companies represented. 

Sips

Vejo Blender

Why not encourage dad to be healthy while sipping in bliss? This new Vejo 12-ounce blender charged by a USB-C provides a dozen smoothies, cold brews, and other concoction blends to choose from to help him be on the go in only 30 seconds.
Vejo.com 

Benriach Cask Edition Scotch Whisky

Highly respected Benriach Distillery is bringing the first single cask single malt Scotch whisky bottlings of their Benriach Cask Edition in three variations to market. Selected from individual casks by Master Blender Rachel Barrie, this should make dad’s cabinet even more impressive. This is a historic moment in the libation industry for avid whisky enthusiasts.

Benriachdistillery.com

 

Travel Accessories

Eddie Bauer Voyager 3.0 Four-Wheel Spinner

Make traveling convenient and save dad’s back by getting him this high-quality, four-wheeled Voyager Spinner from reputable adventure brand, Eddie Bauer. The perfect size for a carry-on bag on pretty much any airline, he will appreciate the three padded handles, numerous zip pockets, removable zip shoe bag with Polygiene odor control, and the overall durability using a virtually tearproof 1,200D polyester material. This bag is a go!

As a bonus to go along with the Spinner, maybe include one of the best raincoats out there, the Super Sevens Rain Jacket. This lightweight jacket uses Eddie Bauer’s 20k/20k WeatherEdge Pro technology coupled with StormRepel Super DWR treatment to further guarantee pop stays extra dry no matter how inclement the weather. To make things even more comfortably fitting, there are adjusters at the hem, cuffs, and hood. He will dig this.

Eddiebauer.com

 

Outdoor Love

Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit

Major outdoor retailer Orvis gives dad the opportunity to learn fishing, well, on the fly for free Fly-Fishing 101 Lessons and gives him the opportunity to show what he learned with this Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit!

Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit

 

Pyramyd Air Airguns

Ralphie from the iconic Christmas Story movie loved airguns, but he could never imagine anything made by the big shot in the industry, Pyramyd Air. Dad will surely feel like a kid again, but with a lot more realistic airgun because they are designed to be a 100-percent replica to the real thing in terms of size, weight, and feel. Coming in rifles, handguns and even crossbows, we thought the Umarex Glock 17 Gen4 CO2 Blowback .177 BB Gun was a standout, but feel free to find a design that works for him. It’s entertaining and an awesome stress reliever. Pop will thank you!

Pyramydair.com

 

Hit The Road

2022 Infiniti QX80

If you can ball out and truly make dad lose his mind, pull up in the luxurious, all-new Infiniti QX80. From a short errand to a cross-country excursion, he will happily take the family anywhere thanks to its gorgeous exterior; hand-crafted, quilted leather seats in a pampering cabin to fit up to eight adults in three rows; a smart rearview mirror; and a theateresque BOSE 17-speaker sound system to name just a few of the numerous features. The 4WD drive capability boosts the maneuverability and safety meters significantly to keep everyone at ease. When talking opulence on wheels, this is the one.

Infinitiusa.com

 

2022 Forester Wilderness

If dad is more the outdoorsman type while always making safety a priority, the all-new Forester Wilderness edition is right up his alley. While Subaru is renowned for reliability, longevity, and safety, this Forester gets welcomely more rugged looks, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and upgraded dual-function X-MODE for virtually every weather condition. Plus, it’s simply awesome to be a family man and outdoorsman at the same time.

Subaru.com

 

Watch It!

Michoud & Irish presents the LE COMMANDANT Performance Sport Watch

Burgeoning to become one of the most popular Black-owned watch companies in the world, Michoud & Irish presents the LE COMMANDANT Performance Sport edition. Sporting a 316L stainless steel case, extremely scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal face, and a gorgeous blue silicone band ready for all types of action including diving.  

Michoud-irish.com


Headgear

Juan Soto x Lids

Washington Nationals Outfielder Juan Soto is an All-Star, champion and now giving back to the community with his own Lids hats. Plus, they’re dope and give back. Of course, there are so many other selections and teams to choose from, so let dad pick what he wants.

Lids.com

 

Get Dad Festive!

Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Revs & Riffs Music Festival

Get dad to the inaugural Revs & Riffs NASCAR Weekend Music Festival going on July 8 through the 10th. Throwing down all weekend, it’s a music festival that will run in conjunction with the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Along with actual on-track activities for racing fans, there will be live performances by Grammy-nominated rapper Flo Rida and other major acts so dad can get his dance and racing love on in one weekend.

Revs & Riffs NASCAR Weekend Music Festival

 

Live! at the Battery Second-Annual Brew Fest with Terrapin Beer Co.

For the second year in a row, Terrapin Beer Co. is hosting its Brew Fest at the always jumping Live! at The Battery—which also the home of the Atlanta Braves—on Saturday, August 13 from 3-7 pm. With numerous other local breweries joining in, there will be more than 100 beer variations to choose from, plus live music on The Plaza stage, local vendors, games and more. It’s set to be a blast on the Battery!

Brew Fest Tickets

 

Blacktoberfest

Hosted by burgeoning beer authority Black Brew Culture, the traveling Blacktoberfest is making its Atlanta debut on October 15th at the new location of the third Hippin Hops Brewery (5644 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083), followed by its Downtown Durham version on October 22, 2022 at Suite Four - The Durham Bottling Company. Hook dad up with an unforgettable sipping experience complemented with a live performance by the Grammy-winning rap collective the Nappy Roots, plus DJs, food, spirit tastings, and other surprises! This game-changing event should not be missed.

Blacktober-fest.com

 

 

Work It Out!

Rockbox Fitness

Help dad get that summer bod by giving the gift of sweating it out at one of Rockbox’s boxing classes. This class is for all fitness levels, so whether he is a regular at the gym or just starting back, they are sure to get a good workout in. For $199, Rockbox is offering pop 1 month of unlimited classes to Rockbox Marietta, a pair of quick wraps and a keychain, making this a creative idea for any dad on Father’s Day.

Rockboxfitness.com

 

Miraflora Recovery Balm

After a workout or simply a hard day, help ease dad’s sore muscles with this CBD-infused cream that promotes joint mobility and function.

Miraflora.co

 

 

Book It!

The Craft Brewery Cookbook

If dad is into cheffin’ it up and craft beer, renowned beverage writer John Holl and photographer Jon Page have created the perfect book for him. Combining the best of both worlds, this well-written and designed hardback provides recipes, schools readers on how to pair fare with virtually every beer style and showcases specific selections from more than 60 independent craft breweries throughout the U.S. using stellar photography and detailed writing to make pop an instant expert.

Papress.com

 

Explorer’s Guide to L.A.

If pop ever wants to go to Los Angeles, travel and experiences company Atlas Obscura teams up with Los Angeles Tourism to drop a special hardcover edition of the Explorer’s Guide to L.A., showcasing everything dope L.A. has to offer. While this state-of-the-art visitor’s guide’s book version is almost ready to hit the racks, here is a PDF version to get dad’s planning schedule booked for Cali. Tell him not to forget his shades!

Explorer's Guide to L.A. PDF

 

Extracurricular

Vessel Cannabis Products

For dads who dig the “flowers”, Vessel products are high-quality cannabis accessories that successfully blend modern style in their functionality and overall look. The Vessel Ash stackable ashtray is sturdy and blends in easily with even the most chic home décor. As a bonus, the stackable compartments hold dry flowers for leisurely consumption. To keep the good times rolling, Vessel’s Helix one hitter is the perfect addition to pop’s’ collection. Featured in gunmetal gray with a gold tip, Helix is a patent-pending device, made with pure brass for a clean inhalation and an awesome way to help him chillax.

Vesselbrand.com

 

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