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Friday, February 23, 2024

ALE MAX Returns to Fuse Craft Beer & Sneaker Cultures!

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It's that time again! Ale Max Day, the event put on by my boy Craig and I, will be in its second year, and it's going to be an even crazier one set for Monday Night Brewing's Garage on March 22, and then the next day in Nashville, TN, at Bearded Iris's Sylvan Supply location on March 23rd! Here is all the info below. Stay tuned for more updates on my Instagram and @ALEMAX.OFFICIAL. Here is the official press release below. Let's get it!

ALE MAX Returns to Fuse Craft Beer & Sneaker Cultures

Second annual ALE MAX joins forces with two renowned brewing collaborators to launch limited-edition, sneaker-inspired IPAs

Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing and Nashville’s Bearded Iris Brewing host

ALE MAX Day celebrations on March 22 and March 23, 2024, respectively

Last March, Atlanta-based marketing veteran Craig Stroud and craft beer aficionado Ale Sharpton joined forces to launch the perfect mashup experience with ALE MAX – a series of events timed around Nike Air Max Day (March 26) that are aimed to deliver a beautifully brewed fusion of craft beer, sneaker culture and community engagement. This year, ALE MAX is collaborating with Southeastern craft beer heavyweights Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Ga.) and Bearded Iris Brewing (Nashville, Tenn.) to launch a limited-edition brew, ALE MAX 1, alongside events and activations that will excite sneaker and beer lovers alike.   

“Craft beer and sneaker cultures have a long history of subtly crossing paths, but typically not in a very intentional way,” said Stroud about the inception of ALE MAX. “While there have been many individual beer and sneaker launches and experiences, we haven’t come across any that simultaneously tap into the pulse of both. Creating ALE MAX seemed like the perfect way to bring these two passionate, opinionated and niche communities together.”

Both Monday Night Brewing and Bearded Iris Brewing are presenting flavor-forward interpretations of arguably the most popular beer style in America­­, the hazy IPA. This limited-edition beer is inspired by the iconic Air Max 1, a sneaker that has left an indelible mark on the shoe world through innovation, style, and fandom since its debut in 1987. Aptly named ALE MAX 1, this brew boasts a 7.891% ABV (its birth year backwards), showcasing the creativity and expertise of both renowned breweries. This collaboration aims to unite the local beer and sneaker scenes, offering an unparalleled sensory experience that fosters community and culture.

“All of us at Monday Night Brewing are excited to be a part of this cool initiative,” said Peter Kiley, Brewmaster at Monday Night Brewing. “Considering our mission is ‘to deepen relationships over some of the best beer in the country,’ we love any opportunity to connect different people, communities and cultures through our beer.”

More information about ALE MAX and its mission to use the connective power of craft beer and sneaker cultures to expand community are below:

Local Sneaker Community Engagement:

In collaboration with esteemed local sneaker shops, ALE MAX will host exclusive events tailored for vibrant sneaker communities in Atlanta and Nashville. Attendees can anticipate sneaker showcases, discussions, and the chance to connect with like-minded enthusiasts while sampling ALE MAX 1. More details to be announced.

Charitable Contributions:

Demonstrating its commitment to social responsibility, ALE MAX will conduct a sneaker drive at the event, and will be donating a portion of beer sales to PAWKids – an incredible, Atlanta-based nonprofit and community hub that exists to support and provide holistic resources to children and families in need.

Limited-Edition Capsule Collections:

To enhance the experience, ALE MAX will release limited-edition capsule collections inspired by the theme of the events, providing attendees with exclusive merchandise.

ALE MAX Day Events (FREE to the public):

Beer lovers and sneakerheads are invited to sport their Air Max 1s and cheers to ALE MAX in Atlanta on Friday, March 22 at Monday Night Garage (7 to 11 p.m.) and Nashville on Saturday, March 23 at Bearded Iris Brewing.

For the latest on ALE MAX Experiences follow @ALEMAX.OFFICIAL and @ALEMAXDAY. For more information about Monday Night Brewing, visit www.mondaynightbrewing.com. For updates and announcements about Monday Night Brewing, follow @mondaynight on Instagram.

 

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ABOUT ALE MAX:

ALE MAX is a multifaceted experience at the epicenter of craft beer and sneaker culture leveraging the inherent connectivity of both to foster community local to global.  

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Last-Minute Valentine's Day Restaurant Guide

 

Authentic Italian restaurant Amore e Amore takes Valentine's Day very seriously!
(Photo by Amore e Amore)

Ahhhhh! Don't feel that love in the air? Valentine's Day is a serious thing in Atlanta's culinary scene, and with so many options, beloved foodie Andrea Janise (and also wifey) is burning the midnight oil to make sure we have the 2024 installment of Cruisin' For A Brewsin's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Restaurant Guide

So don't worry about work and life's demands having you procrastinating on making plans and risking the wrath of your significant other, we've got you! From sweet to savory, here's a quick breakdown and the necessary info to make plans and get you taken care of. And with that, take it away Andrea!

Happy VDay y'all!

Andrea Janise says…

As Valentine's Day approaches, the pressure to plan the ideal date can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, in this Last-Minute Valentine's Day restaurant guide, we've got you covered with a curated list of some of the best romantic restaurants and date-night experiences in Atlanta. From fancy romantic dinners to exciting food adventures, there's something for everyone to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Whether you're looking to wine and dine your sweetheart or simply spend quality time with loved ones, we've handpicked a variety of options to suit every taste and budget. So, if you are still deciding what to do on February 14th, let this guide inspire you to create unforgettable memories this Valentine's Day.

For a Romantic Date-Night…

Le Bon Nosh

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Le Bon Nosh with a special, three-course seasonal prix fixe menu. The sustainable menu features natural aphrodisiacs from Chef Forough Vakili for $130 per person.  

 

La Panarda

Stop by Chef Deborah VanTrece’s newest Cascade Heights restaurant, La Panarda, for the “I’m Sending You This Valentine” menu influenced by her time in Italy. Dishes include Lobster Cannelloni with Sweet Pea Puree and Lemongrass Foam, and Red Wine Braised Lamb Necks with Confit Vegetables. Reservations are $85 per person.

 

Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet always provides those romantic Paris-vibes, and Valentine’s Day they will offer a special four-course pre-fixe Valentine’s Day menu, including Georgia coast shrimp salad, seared striped bass and braised short rib, plus a trio of dessert for $110 per person.

 

Carmel

This Buckhead restaurant will host a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner experience featuring highlights from their coastal menu and delectable dishes including truffles, lobsters and caviar for $110 per person. Enjoy wine pairings for an additional $45.

 

5 Church Midtown

For a four-course prix fixe dinner, 5 Church has carefully created a menu that includes indulging treats such truffle lobster bisque, cherry-glazed duck and chocolate raspberry cheesecake and a glass of Champagne for $100 per person or $120 per person for a couple, including a bottle of Champagne.

 

Chops Lobster Bar

For Valentine’s Day, give that special someone the experience at Chops Lobster Bar. This Buckhead Life Restaurant Group location features an exclusive 4-course Valentine’s Day menu that includes A-5 Japanese Wagyu filet mignon and your selection of pristine seafood for $215. per person plus tax and gratuity.


For a Wow Factor…

Amore e Amore

The acclaimed Italian ristorante is truly embracing its name, which means "love and more love", by celebrating the sweetest time of year with Cupid-approved decorations and a special multiple course menu including Heart Shaped Cheese Ravioli ala Valentino in Pink Vodka Sauce, Maine Lobster Tails Fra Diavolo and more beginning Thursday, February 1 and running until Thursday, February 28, 2024. The multi-course Valentino’s Feast includes a complimentary glass of bubbly and is $200 per person.


Brush Sushi

Do something different this Valentine’s Day and enjoy an intimate, tasting-style 7-course dinner at this Buckhead Village restaurant. Guests can get Champagne and caviar bumps while enjoying a diverse sushi selection and Otsumami favorites for $185 per person.

 

Steak Market

The sexy Midtown steakhouse is known for taking fine dining to the next level! Steak Market’s famous tableside service and show-stopping presentations will take romance up a notch on Valentine’s Day. Join them for a three-course, prix fixe dinner featuring delectable seafood and steak dishes and mouthwatering sides and dessert for $150 per person.

 

For a New Valentine…

Bar Vegan in Ponce City Market

If you are looking for somewhere to have a Valentine’s Day inspired drink, Bar Vegan has a lineup of cocktails for the special day.

Cupid’s Arrow – J. Lohr Wildflower, Primativo Primaterra, MYX red sangria, pomegranate, Cointreau, lemon, orange & rosemary

Drunk in Love – Uncle Nearest, lemon, cranberry, cinnamon & topped with Phil Long Cabernet

Love Potion #9 – Mercer + Prince, strawberry, lemon & chocolate bitters

Lovers Quarrel – Patron El Cielo, Patron Reposado, rose cardamom & orange

 

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

Make reservations at Deborah VanTrece’s West Midtown restaurant, Twisted Soul, for their “My Funny Valentine” southern-influenced menu features dishes curated by Executive Chef Robert Butts, including Fried Sweet Potato Ravioli with Orange Cognac Beurre Blanc, and Pecan Gremolata and Cast-Iron Blackened Snapper with Foie Gras Dirty Rice, Roasted Broccolini, and Creole Butter. Reservations are $85 per person.

 

El Super Pan (The Battery)

Head over to the Battery and dine at Chef Hector Santiago’s El Super Pan for a prix fixe Valentine’s Day Latin-American inspired menu in the lively and upbeat restaurant for $75 for two people. Guests can pair Iberian wines for $8-10 by the glass. Reservations are not required.

 

For a Galentine’s Day Celebration

Wild Heaven Avondale

In both locations, Wild Heaven Brewery creates the ultimate Galentine’s Day celebration by setting aside two dates (Feb 10th & 11th) for this popular event. Activities include a enjoy a welcome mocktail, two beer or hard cider pours, including their new release— You Beautiful, Rule-Breaking Moth Galentine’s Sour, a cookie decorating kit from Finca to Filter, various craft activities, and tarot readings for just $40 per person.


Kyma

Throughout the month of February, Kyma is serving a special Galentine’s Day 7-course tasting menu that creates the perfect setting for the ladies. Each day in February (except Feb 14th) you can bring the girls and indulge in traditional spreads, a variety of meze, signature wood-grilled whole fish and finish with a sampling of Kyma's favorite desserts for just $49 per person, and order the Wine Pairing for an additional $49.

 

AltaToro

Take a modern Latin approach to Valentine’s Day by enjoying a four-course prix fixe dinner from Alta Toro using the freshest locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, including Sopa de Trufa y Langosta (truffle lobster bisque with truffle lobster bites, Champagne crème fraîche and red tobiko caviar) and tuxedo panna cotta with dark chocolate, white chocolate and tequila. Pricing is set at $100 per person.


Two Urban Licks

Galentine’s Day or not, dinner at Two Urban Licks is always a vibe. This VDay, guests can share Executive Chef Chad Clevenger’s specials created just for the occasion. Enjoy wood-fired cuisine, live rotating rotisseries, signature cocktails, and sweeten the evening with white chocolate creme Brule’ or a decadent chocolate tart. After dinner, take a walk along the Beltline located steps away from the restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward.

 

For Valentine’s Day with the Family…

Snooze A.M. Eatery

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by bringing the family to breakfast at Snooze A.M. Eatery for a sweet treat. From February 8th – 14th, guests can order the Valentine’s Day special double chocolate brownie pancake - a brownie buttermilk pancake topped with chocolate ganache, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. With locations throughout the Atlanta Area, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate with the whole family.

 

Sugar Shane’s Gourmet Cookies

Offering a Valentine’s Box featuring six cookies for $29.99, mix it up with favorites along with specialty flavors like Love Velvet, Strawberry Dunk and Cupid’s French Toast. With three Atlanta locations and nationwide shipping, there’s still time to get a gift for that special someone, from picky spouses to ride-or-die compadres. Atlantans are also invited to be the first to try Sugar Shane’s new “Mini Bundts” - six-inch bundt cakes.

 

Cinnaholic

Perfect for your valentine, but also great for kids, friends, teachers, and office celebrations. From mini cini-rolls to chocolate covered strawberries, Cinnaholic can satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. You can pick up at any of their locations, or order online to have it delivered in time for your VDay celebrations.


For a Fun Valentine’s Day Experience...

Your 3rd Spot

Want to make it a fun night out, hit up Your 3rd Spot for Valentine’s Day for all the excitement and entertainment available with dozens of retro games, bowling, darts, indoor curling, a DJ, photobooth and astrologist offering readings. Chef Stuart Rogers will be serving a Valentine’s tasting menu featuring exquisite dishes such as strawberry oysters, lobster tempura and an array of award-winning small plates. All-inclusive gaming and tasting packages range from $40 - $133 with the latter including flowers, cocktails and caviar service with dinner.

 

Monday Night Brewing

Toast with your Valentine with a delicious IPA at Monday Night Brewing. Beginning on February 9th, the new addition to their beer list, “Think I’m In Love” India Pale Ale is the perfect limited Hop Hut release that will help you celebrate the holiday. This beer also has space on the can to write the name of your special someone. Grab one while it lasts.

 

Atrium at Ponce City Market

Hop over to Ponce City Market and visit Atrium on Valentine’s Day for dinner and vibes. At 5pm, a DJ will spin while guests enjoy a 3-course menu that include filet mignon, lobster and shaved truffles. The night will be full of surprises with rosé, bubbles and a complimentary polaroid for every couple for $85 per person.

 

Foxhall Resort

For the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience, plan an overnight getaway at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville. Located just a 30-minute drive from Atlanta, but you will feel like you are even further away from the bustling city. During the month of February, Foxhall is running its Love is in the Air" promotion on Fridays and Saturdays. It includes a box of chocolates and a bottle of Champagne upon arrival and brunch for 2 at the Pheasant Blue restaurant.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Andrea

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

WESTSIDE MOTOR LOUNGE’S MARDI GRAS DAY PARTY IS THIS SATURDAY!


Whaddup?!

You know I always want to keep you up to date on what especially Atlanta has going on, and this weekend is definitely poppin’. Below are the details for another dope event is a Mardi Gras Party at one of my favorite outdoor/indoor venues based in Georgia’s capital­—Westside Motor Lounge—this Saturday, February 10, from 1 to 5 pm. It’s going to be a heavenly happy hour for oyster lovers; Westside is serving them up chargrilled, roasted, and fried oysters complimentary until they are gone. There will also be more N'awlins-inspired eats and “Big Easy cocktail specials” for $5. And how Westside always gets down regarding sounds, they will have DJ Skooter and this time the WML Brass Band to boogie down to. See you there!

Below is all the information direct from the source.

Holler!

They Say:

 

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL AT WESTSIDE MOTOR LOUNGE’S MARDI GRAS DAY PARTY 

 Bringing the Big Easy to Atlanta With Fresh Oysters, Live Music, Authentic Eats, Cocktails and More

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Let the good times roll at Westside Motor Lounge on Saturday, February 10, 2024, during their first-ever Mardi Gras Day Party. Invoking the spirit of the Big Easy, the indoor-outdoor food, beverage and entertainment experience will host an all-day bash featuring authentic sights, sounds and flavors of New Orleans. The party starts promptly at 1 p.m., with an oyster happy hour featuring complimentary chargrilled, roasted and fried oysters until they run out. Chef George Lopez will also be serving up a special N'awlins menu filled with his favorite offerings that will pair perfectly with Big Easy cocktail specials including $5 frozen hurricane slushies, Sazeracs, daiquiris and mint juleps. Party goers will also be treated to high-energy sets by the WML Brass Band along with a soulful soundtrack of New Orleans funk, zydeco, jazz and blues courtesy of DJ Skooter. For ages 21 and up, tickets to Westside Motor Lounge’s Mardi Gras Day Party are $30 and include one drink ticket for a complimentary cocktail. Leashed dogs are welcome. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.westsidemotorlounge.com. Westside Motor Lounge is located on the corner of Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway at 725 Echo Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318. Stay connected on Instagram @Westside_Motor_Lounge


WHAT: Westside Motor Lounge Mardi Gras Day Party

WHEN:  Saturday, February 10, 2024
1 p.m.  to 5 p.m. 

WHERE:  Westside Motor Lounge, 725 Echo Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318

WITH:  WML Brass Band and DJ Skooter 

TICKETS:   For ages 21 and up, tickets are $30 and include one drink ticket for a complimentary cocktail. Tickets are available for purchase at www.westsidemotorlounge.com. The event is pet friendly. 

PARKING: Limited free parking at the venue and paid parking are available in the adjacent parking garage. Uber and Lyft are encouraged. 

CONNECT: Stay connected on Instagram @Westside_Motor_Lounge

 

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Eventide Brewing turns 10 on saturday, February 10th!

 



Any time a brewery can exist for more than a decade especially during these turbulent times and rising costs, I have to give them props and show love! And with that, here is a special shout out to Eventide Brewing based in my hometown of ATL’s Grant Park. I have visited and covered them since they opened their doors (and the co-founder is in my Fantasy Football Beer League), so there has always been a connection. They know how to party, entertain, and keep guests quenched with their array of ales and lagers. On Saturday, February 10, they are officially blowing out 10 candles on site with a “Daydreams of a Decade” theme. Peep the dope can above and check out the official information below straight from the source. Tickets can be bought here: eventidebrewing.com/upcoming-events

Happy born day, Eventide!

See y’all there!

They Say:

Eventide Brewing celebrates 10 years with Daydreams of a Decade anniversary party on February 10!

Grant Park’s favorite neighborhood brewery, Eventide Brewing, invites the community to toast a milestone - its 10th anniversary - with a grand party themed Daydreams of a Decade on Saturday, February 10. 

The event promises a day filled with nostalgia, entertainment and plenty of great craft beer, where guests can “hop” into a world of whimsy and joy.

Key features include an interactive photo wall where guests can claim a free beer if they spot themselves, making it a “picture-perfect pint” moment, along with an exciting raffle. The raffle's grand prize is a coveted weekday evening reservation in Eventide’s Biergarten event space, valued at $700, truly a “dream come true” for any beer enthusiast.

Event Highlights:

Re-release of Cosmic Daydream Hazy IPA: A fan favorite, Cosmic Daydream makes a triumphant return, offering attendees a taste of one of Eventide Brewing's most beloved brews. This will surely have guests “floating on cloud nine.”

Raffle and games: Attendees can participate in a raffle with exciting prizes and enjoy a range of engaging games suitable for all ages.

Coloring station for kids: The celebration is family-friendly, with a dedicated coloring station to keep the little ones entertained, turning their “colorful daydreams” into art.

Food and refreshments: A selection of local food vendors will be present, offering a variety of delicious options to complement the brewery's array of beers.

Music: The event will feature live music during the celebration. 

And more: The anniversary party promises additional surprises and activities, ensuring a memorable experience for everyone.

The event is all ages until 6 p.m. when it’s 21 and up. 

For more information about the event, please visit: eventidebrewing.com/upcoming-events.

COST:  

Free entry for designated drivers; guests under 18

$5 - Casual Fan: Includes two game tickets and an NA beverage

$15 - Top Fan: Includes one free beer and five game tickets 

$50 - Super Fan: Includes two free beers, 10 game tickets, Eventide pint glass, stickers and throwback t-shirt

$75 - Enthusiast: Includes three free beers, 15 game tickets, one to-go sixpack, Eventide pint glass, stickers and throwback t-shirt

$90 - VIP: Includes free unlimited draft beer and 10 game tickets 

WHEN: 

Saturday, February 10, Noon to 10 p.m.

WHERE:

Eventide Brewing, 1015 Grant Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30315

 

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Friday, December 22, 2023

It’s time for another Ale Sharpton Gift Guide!

Outdoor gear giant Backcountry is so dope, 
it has me dressing for the Arctic no matter the weather! 

Cheers!

 time for another one of my Gift Guides which, of course, can always be used for holidays, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or whatever! From cigars to cologne, awesome events, a special outdoor gear section, and more, this one is especially for the gents who deserve a lil’ love.

As usual, I include my two cents on each gift idea followed by its official description straight from the source. The link is provided so just click on and fill your cart!

A few couple things: Since I’m in Georgia’s capital, the events are located in ATL, so make that an excuse to get here if you reside out of town. If your purchase is made at the last minute or something that needs to be mailed, just show the recipient the receipt with the date you bought it to show you're “on time,” ya dig? (I’ve been there and it works especially if you follow through!) And, of course, this guide can be used throughout the year, so feel free to come back and see if there is a perfect fit.

Enjoy!

 

Renowned concert curators Zero Mile is bringing the iconic soul group The Spinners to one of the most incredible concert venues in the nation, Atlanta’s The Eastern, on Friday, December 22. If you’ve had the pleasure to be around some good soul music throughout your life, then your ears had to be blessed with a number of Spinners hits including “I'll Be Around,” “The Rubberband Man,“ “How Could I Let You Get Away,” and “Could It Be I'm Falling In Love,” to name a few. Note that this is a sit-down concert so folks can kick back and enjoy. Doors open at 7 pm, and the show begins at 8. Get tickets here. Enjoy!

They Say: Timeless in a way that few other acts today are, The Spinners are one of the most iconic and enduring groups in R&B history. With a towering legacy spanning over six decades, The Spinners created and came to define the smooth sound of Philadelphia Soul, channeling the highs and lows of romance and heartbreak into a catalog of classic hits, beloved across generations. They earned six Grammy nominations, 18 Platinum and Gold Albums, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and selling millions of records worldwide in the process. A fan favorite drawing large crowds to sold out performances both at home and abroad, The Spinners have left an indelible impact, not only on music history– but on the hearts of millions of fans throughout the world.

 

You can’t lose getting the newest addition to the portfolio of one of the best cigar makers in the world, Cohiba! The new Cohiba Rivera is the first in the lineup using a San Andrés wrapper and Nicaraguan Condega filler. Hook up someone’s humidor with these no-joke sticks.

They Say:

The artisans at Cohiba are proud to present Cohiba Riviera – the newest full-time offering within the collection. Cohiba Riviera represents new territory for Cohiba. This cigar is the only box-pressed offering by Cohiba, as well as the only Cohiba to feature a San Andrés wrapper and Nicaraguan Condega filler. Highly regarded for its naturally cooler climate, abundance of fresh running water, humid breezes off the Gulf coast, and its volcano-enriched soil, the San Andrés valley has consistently delivered excellent quality leaf to the cigar industry. Named after the surrounding geography that helps make the San Andrés Valley so special, Cohiba Riviera pays homage to the respected San Andrés wrapper and the valley from whence it came. Cohiba Riviera – Experience Luxury.

Blended, bottled, and boxed by hand, Atlanta-based celebrated renaissance man Chris Classic's Savoir Faire fragrance line is one of the most extraordinary in the industry boasting scent combinations that will have everyone wanting to get a whiff of Dad. Arguably the most popular selection—Soul Café—has notes ranging from tobacco, to blood orange, patchouli, private musk blend, amber wood, lavender, and even Arabic coffee to name a few. When it comes to his different selections, I honestly love ‘em all! Visit Classic’s site for his eyewear, haberdashery, jackets, bags, and other amazing products for both men and women as well. He’s a baaaad dude.

They Say: These fine fragrances are for men and women. Inspired by the diaspora, hand blended in Atlanta, they are created using quality ingredients.  The olfactory experience will vary uniquely from person to person. In other words, you won't be smellin' like everybody else. As with the previous unisex Savoir Faire fragrances, Soul Cafe opens rather strong. The dry down is beautifully complex and offers a multitude of options for the various wearers to exude. Savoir Faire is proudly a Black owned fragrance brand.

Yep! It’s winter season and vests are in, so why not rock a Waxed Down Puffer Vest that’s crafted to combat various inclement elements while still looking fly? ORVIS knows the outdoors, so rest assured, this is a confidence booster for layering up and dealing with whatever Mother Nature has in store.

 

Go here to get tickets for February 17, 2024 happening direct at the brewery.

A brewing company celebrating 27 years in an incredible accomplishment, and SweetWater is doing it in a major way! Besides pouring all their beers including special releases for their birthday celebration on February 17, 2024, they are bringing Atlanta’s own EarthGang to the stage. A hip-hop duo consisting of artists Olu and WowGr8, they are co-founders of the musical collective Spillage Village, with JID, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, 6lack, Mereba, and Benji. Put it this way, EarthGang is critically acclaimed and part of Dreamville, the label founded by one of the greatest rappers in the world, J. Cole. You know this is going to be an awesome show. Get your tickets here ASAP!

They Say: SweetWater Brewing Company proudly will celebrate its 27th anniversary on Feb. 17, 2024, with a fusion of beats, bass, and twang headlined by Atlanta’s own EarthGang. The brewery will transform its Atlanta taproom and facility into an intimate venue for the celebration, which will also include performances by Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country band and DJ Maddy O'Neal. The brewery is also excited to share some special new beers, including unique takes on SweetWater’s flagship 420 series, along with limited edition anniversary beers brewed specifically for the party.

For more information including securing tickets, click here and celebrate 27 amazing years!

 

Ovation for Men owner Shawn Crenshaw proudly boasts his fragrance’s ability to balance a variety of notes including cardamom, leather, tobacco, vanilla, vetiver and amber into every application. Although this Eau De Parfum aims to crown particularly Black men with an olfactory aura of power and excellence, everyone is invited to experience an Ovation.  

 

Originally based in New York City, renowned trendsetter Brandon Franklin and his brand of haberdashery continues to kill it in Atlanta’s Buckhead District where celebrities, the city’s elite, and overall people who want to be seen flock to make sure their hat game is on point. Set up a custom fitting appointment and standout from the rest in style. Rest assured, a hat from Mr. Franklin will be the talk of any event you step in.  

They Say: Like their many celebrity clients, consider yourself royalty and wear a customized crown handcrafted at BM Franklin & Co. Originally based in New York City, this renowned trendsetter of haberdashery has a successful location in Atlanta’s Buckhead District and recently has a second store in Ponce City Market. Set up a custom fitting appointment and standout from the rest in style. Rest assured, a hat from Mr. Franklin will be the talk of any event you step in. 

Backcountry: Cold gear for the cold year!

With winter coming in full force for ’23 and into the new year, why not embrace the cold looking fly? I linked up with the outdoor gear aficionados Backcountry and saw the heat they were bringing. Plain and simple, I was won over with all their color combos, quality of materials, and collaborations with one of my favorite brands revered for keeping us dry, GORE-TEX. The rest is history! I featured a crazy jacket, a “bib pant” set when the cold days get seriously real, a gangster backpack for any occasion, and a duffel that will turn heads no matter where you are. Check these out…

 

Backcountry Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Jacket

They Say: Men’s The Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Jacket is your ticket to achieving that coveted 100-day skiing or snowboarding season. With GORE-TEX’s waterproofing and durable ski fabric, it excels in diverse terrains. The updated fit ensures comfort and agility, and it even boasts the stylish Manastash Panel Colorway, a collaboration with Manastash, making it a statement piece as you conquer the slopes for the season of your dreams.

 

Backcountry Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Bib Pant - Men’s

They Say: Gift thrill-seekers an epic winter adventure with Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Bib Pant. Designed for 100 days of stylish and comfortable shredding, these burly bibs excel in mobility and durability. Featuring GORE-TEX waterproof tech, canvas-like face fabric, and versatile zip-off bibs, they’re your invitation to conquer snowstorms and pine trees while staying cool with mesh-lined thigh zippers. More than gear, it’s a ticket to unforgettable mountain experiences.

 

Backcountry All Around 40L Duffel

They Say: The All Around 40L Duffel, the smallest in Backcountry’s lineup, is the ultimate go-to bag for car camping, family visits, or transporting gear to adventure launch points, boasting rugged construction capable of withstanding various terrains, from sandy deserts to alpine excursions.

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So whatever the occasion that warrants giving gifts, the items and events I listed here—plus my other gift guides on this site and beyond—will certainly aim to please. Note that this list will be constantly updated with new joints that cross my path, so check back periodically. I got you!

And with that, embrace the spirit of giving 365! 

 Peace,



 

 

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Friday, November 17, 2023

It's three taverns' 10th Anniversary!

 

Whaddup?!

What I consider one of the best beer companies in the Southeast, Three Taverns, is celebrating a decade of brewing excellence this Saturday, 11/18, at the O.G. Parlour location here. More details direct from the source are below, and you can get tickets here. It's going to be a banger (peep the tap list) and hope to see you there!


Three Taverns says…

Can you believe it’s been a decade already?! Join us for a 10 year blow out celebration in Decatur on 11/18 complete with over 50 beer choices, seltzers and slushees, specialty to-go offerings including a collab with our friends at Halfway Crooks, 10 year commemorative glass, delicious food options, live music and a vintage goods market with top Georgia makers. Click the link for more info and to secure your ticket.

In addition to enjoying our delicious beer, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a 10 year anniversary tee shirt* to commemorate their experience.

*Limited Availability

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Monday, October 2, 2023

Come the screening of Award-winning film 'One Pint At A Time'!

 

This Thursday, October 5th, at Scofflaw Brewing (1738 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30312) will be a day themed around inclusion, equity, and work opportunities in the beer industry! There will be a…

·         Career Fair (12-4pm)

·         Panel Discussion (5-6pm) on diversity and equity with some of Georgia’s beer industry leaders

·         Screening of One Pint At A Time (7pm), and a Q&A with the film’s producers.

·         The debut of the Black Is Beautiful 2.0 IPA brewed by Atlatucky , and Scofflaw Brewing to support the National Black Brewers Association 

Admission is FREE for this event! RSVP here!

Here is all the information below:

Career Fair (12 - 4 pm)

Inspired by the film, there will be a career fair in the afternoon for those looking to learn more about the craft brewing business. Whether your interest lies in production, taprooms, marketing, sales, graphic design, or other roles within the industry, this event offers a unique opportunity to connect with local breweries and apply for open positions.

Panel Discussion (5:00 - 6:00 pm)

There will be a panel from 5 to 6pm with some prestigious members of Atlanta’s diverse brewing community to discuss their roles and efforts to promote more equity in the beer industry. There will also be a Q&A after this panel, followed by the screening for the award-winning documentary One Pint at a Time set for 7pm.

Co-Host Jen Price, Founder, Crafted For Action

Co-Host Ale Sharpton, Craft Beer Ambassador/Entrepreneur

Fenwick Broyard III, Vice President of Brand impact, Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Ally Duffy, Head Brewer at Wild Leap Atlanta
Erick Mitchell
, Supply Chain Manager, Scofflaw Brewing Co

Fish Scales, Head Brewer, Atlantucky/Nappy Roots 

Kimerie Swift, Sales Director, Pabst Brewing Co.

Screening of "One Pint at a Time" + Q & A Session (7 pm)

Discover the vibrant world of craft beer and diversity in brewing at the Atlanta Premiere of One Pint at a Time. Featured at more than 100 festivals worldwide and recipient of over 50 awards and nominations, this ground-breaking film takes you deep into the lives of Black and Brown brewery owners as they navigate the challenges of the ever evolving and fiercely competitive beer industry.

Access + Parking

The event will be held at the Scofflaw Brewing, located at 1738 MacArthur Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30318. Ample parking is available at the brewery as well as surrounding streets. Parking is FREE, but please do not park in areas designated “No Parking” by applicable signage. Rideshare is always encouraged if you plan on enjoying some pints.

About The Film

Craft beer generates tens of billions of dollars annually for the US economy. Despite beer’s Egyptian and African heritage, these traditions have been mostly forgotten and are rarely found in American brewing culture. Today, Black-owned breweries make up less than 1% of the nearly 9,000 breweries in operation. Eager to shift the historical perception of who makes and drinks beer, Black brewers, brand owners, and influencers across the country are reshaping the craft beer industry and the future of America’s favorite adult beverage.

Click here to learn more about the making of One Pint at a Time.

 

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