Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Ale Sharpton ReCAP: Brews. Brims. Beats.!

All photos by Anthony "Truth" Gary/AllWays Open Creative
Here are some pics from the very first Brews. Brims. Beats. event me and my biz partner mikeflo hosted at the Argosy on August 6th

This is the first of my ongoing ReCAP Series where I reminisce and pay homage to events that were the most memorable over the past few months with photos and a commentary.

There is no better place to start than showing love to everyone who attended the very first installment of Brews. Brims. Beats. hosted by me and the multi-talented mikeflo from dead prez and duo Royal (see our awesome article here). In case you were in outer space (or at least couldn’t make due to unshakable commitments), what we did was have an awesome social gathering honoring our mutual fondness for hats, libations, music and friends. First off, it only made sense to bring in one of the best and classiest hatsmiths in the world, Goorin Bros; with 120-plus years of quality haberdashery, they blessed our guests with a raffle for five hats, coupons, feathers, hat pins and a display for everyone to enjoy. More than 50 folks alone had Goorin hats on; most of them got from the new Goorin shop in Ponce City Market. Others expressed their headgear individuality and a few forgot theirs, but hey, everyone kicked it hard!
Just some of the folks who wore hats at the event!
Then, the blessing to mixology—18.21 Bitters—and the musically forward Cathead Vodka brand teamed up and quenched palates throughout the evening. And of course, beer had to be involved and I picked the best. The Westbrook Mexican Cake Imperial Stout made our first BBB event an even more memorable evening and the perfect kickstarter for Part 2 coming in the fall. All I can say is be ready! For those who supported us, we appreciate you to the fullest. And a very special shout out to the Argosy staff (especially Donald Armando, and Phillip); DJ Yamin Semali; the three beautiful women handling the tickets—Andrea, Jahmelah and Divine; Anthony "Truth" Gary for the photos; Savannah Distribution; and everyone else who made Brews. Brims. Beats. possible. 
We promise the next one to be that much more incredible.
Anyway, enjoy these photos, check out the hashtag #BrewsBrimsBeats all over social media,  and look for the next one coming soon!


Ale and mikeflo

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the new home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC!

ATL's sports scene just got luxurious!


Okay, so besides being a beer man, I love sports and cars which explains Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’. After hearing the news that the soon-to-be-built home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC is going to be named after the luxury auto giant Mercedes-Benz, it provides even more prestige to an already incredible arena set to debut in 2017. 
Mercedes-Benz obviously sees a lot in what Georgia’s capital has to offer going back to their July relocation of corporate headquarters here from northern New Jersey. Now that’s love!
Ultimately, “Hotlanta” is about to be on inferno level in under two years when it comes to both the sports and automotive world! (Oh, and beer of course.)
Read the official press release below for all the details.


It’s Official: Mercedes-Benz Signs Naming Rights Agreement for Iconic New Venue in Atlanta
Future home of Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC

ATLANTA, GA – AMB Sports & Entertainment (AMBSE) today announced Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) will be the naming partner of the new Atlanta stadium, now officially named Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The agreement, which continues through 2042, includes official naming rights and other partnership benefits. The Mercedes-Benz brand will be prominent inside and outside the building, including on the roof; in plaza areas; on directional, on-field and tunnel signage; in club areas; in VIP parking and entrance areas; on the first-of-its-kind video halo board; and in additional areas.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Upon its completion in 2017, the world-class sports and entertainment facility will be home to the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer's Atlanta United. The multi-purpose stadium will also host other major sports and entertainment events, including the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2020.

At a press conference announcing the partnership, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United Owner Arthur Blank unveiled the newly-branded stadium model and spoke about the attributes that make Mercedes-Benz the ideal partner for the stadium project.

"Mercedes-Benz fits all of the criteria we set out in finding a naming rights partner," said Blank. "Their name and reputation fit the iconic image of the building; they are committed to excellence in customer service and experience; their values mesh with those of the Falcons, Atlanta United and the rest of our businesses; and they are a company that embraces the communities in which they do business."

The announcement comes following the July relocation of MBUSA's corporate headquarters from their former setting in northern New Jersey to metro Atlanta.

"We chose Atlanta as the foundation for the future of our company– a place where our brand, our employees, their families and our culture can thrive and grow," said Stephen Cannon, president and CEO of MBUSA. "This stadium is an opportunity to connect our brand to the promise and opportunity that this remarkable facility represents for Atlanta's future."

The press conference was also attended by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

"I'm confident that this partnership will enhance the long-term economic growth and success of both Atlanta and our state as a whole," said Governor Deal. "I am proud to be a part of this effort to create jobs, allow us to more successfully compete for world-class sports and entertainment events and draw even more visitors to support our thriving tourism industry."

Currently under construction in Atlanta's downtown tourist and entertainment district, Mercedes-Benz Stadium represents the latest in design and features for a multi-purpose venue.

Central to the building design is utilization of natural light, with an exterior skin made of ETFE panels and a retractable roof inspired by the oculus in the ancient Roman Pantheon. The stadium will also seek LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification at the highest level from the U.S. Green Building Council.

"Mercedes-Benz represents excellence, superior quality and performance. It is the perfect corporate partner to have naming rights for our new state-of-the-art Atlanta Falcons Stadium in the heart of downtown," said Mayor Kasim Reed. "Atlanta continues to attract leading companies and venues that create well-paying jobs and boost tourism spending in our city. This partnership is another example of our growth as a world-class city and of our will to win."

Sunday, August 23, 2015

My Parents' Basement joins the Heroes Villains Art Extravaganza!


Since you are my people and follow my blog, you get special perks like this leak of the press release that goes out tomorrow. It only made sense that this comic book-themed beer bar and eatery would join my upcoming Heroes Villains art show at Monday Night Brewing on September 1st at 5:30. Look for an awesome piece I am crafting visually documenting this dope spot's birth from building to the finish on this blog later this week. Anyway, get your tickets here asap, treat a friend, dress up, get your sip on and PARTY on a TUESDAY. It's the ultimate DragonCon kickoff which happens two days later. 
See you there!!!


My Parents’ Basement will have a pop-up store in the upcoming superhero-themed art show at Midtown Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing (670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318) on Tuesday, September 1, 2015; 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.!
ATLANTA (August 20, 2015) – Just when AllWays Open Creative’s Heroes Villains Art Show at Monday Night Brewing featuring renowned artists Eric Nine, Dubelyoo, and California-based comic illustrator Anthony Piper was more than enough to make September 1st incredible, the recently launched comic book-themed beer bar My Parents’ Basement has joined the caper. With this exhibit’s theme based on fantasy, it was a no-brainer for MPB to present a pop-up to give all attendees a customized sneak peek of what their venue located in the burgeoning beer hub of Avondale Estates (22 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, Ga, 30002) has in store since its 2015 opening in mid-August.
Representing one third of the trio who founded MPB—Dave DeFeo, Tim Ensor and Lawson Wright—along with Chef Tim Hastings, Ensor says about joining Heroes Villains, “We are so honored to be a part of this. There is no way we could not be involved with something that fits so well with what we are doing and the community we are trying to create.  Let the beer and comic nerds unite!”
And besides striking art, installations, and My Parents’ Basement pop-up, MF Doom’s DJ Morgan Garcia and DJ Rasta Root (DJ of Phife Dawg, Dwele, and manager of Tribe Called Quest) will be moving the crowd; beer authority Ale Sharpton will be pouring two versions of imperial stouts brewed for the first time by Monday Night exclusively for this event; there will be two collectors’ glasses designed by Dubelyoo and Eric Nine; and a few other surprises that will make this evening a can’t-miss experience.
Ultimately, the Heroes Villains art exhibit will leave a lasting memory even Professor X couldn’t erase.
Tickets are available online here (which include a special gift if purchased in advance), and on the day of the event at the Monday Night brewery, September 1st, starting at 1:30.
Ultimately, the Heroes Villains art exhibit will leave a lasting memory even Professor X couldn’t erase.

Hashtags: #HeroesVillainsATL @allwaysopen @mondaynight @alesharpton @dubelyoo @eric_nine @black_antt @craftcomics

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Two Things poppin' today: Red Hare Brewing's 4th Anniversary and Fahamu Pecou's ‘RiTES’ Art Exhibit

 Fahamu Pecou’s RiTES exhibit opens tonight at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University from 6-8 pm.

Cheers Everyone!

I am getting ready to enjoy another day in Georgia. There is always something going on and I do my best to let you know about it! In between promoting the upcoming Heroes Villains Art Show at Monday Night Brewing September 1st produced by my company AllWays Open (click on the sidebar flyer), I can use a break. 
With that being said, here are two events I am definitely hitting up—Red HareBrewing’s 4th Anniversary and brilliant artist/curator/scholar Fahamu Pecou’s RiTES exhibit featuring four artists at Kennessaw State's Zuckerman Museum of Art. Both go down today and I can’t miss ‘em! The official information is below straight from the source.
Oh, and a crazy shout out to my good friend, Atlanta BeerTours co-founder, and BeerPop podcast co-host Aaron Rolka. He will be celebrating his birthday as well starting with Red Brick at 2 p.m. I guess I have three can’t-miss destinations today!
Thanks in advance for supporting everything I am a part of. That means more than you will ever know. You inspire me to keep bringing the beer and art world something fresh as much as possible. Did I mention Heroes Villains? Be sure to follow the hashtag #HeroesVillains on Instagram and Twitter for more info all over the Web.



Red Hare Celebrates Year 4 In Style!

Come kick it today from 2:00-6:00 pm at Red Hare Brewing!

Join Red Hare as they celebrate their 4th year making beer with 4 hours of live music, 15 different draft beers and limited edition souvenir glassware! Go here for all the info!


Fahamu Pecou, Curator
Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University from 6-8pm.
1000 Chastain Road, MD 3104 Kennesaw, GA 30144
August 22 - December 6, 2015

This exhibition considers the formal and inconsistent system of rites of passage in determining how one becomes a man, specifically, a Black man.  In many respects, the show seeks to challenge the concept of an ideal manhood by exploring the various and dynamic methodologies by which the idea of manhood is interpreted, imposed, and performed.

Artists include:  Alexis Peskine, Cosmo Whyte, Jon Goode, and Robert Hodge

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AllWays Open is featured tonight during The Influencers event!

Come check out my creative agency AllWays Open as we talk about the awesome events we have coming up for Atlanta to enjoy!


We will be talking about the upcoming Heroes Villains art show at Monday Night Brewing (see the add on the right sidebar) and other events on deck. And tonight is free with giveaways too!

Thanks in advance for the support.