Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dope Sip and Eat Events Close Out August!

There are now two Lobster Nights at FLIP Burger Boutique in Buckhead! Photo by FLIP.
FLIP, Tavernpointe, Cypress Street, Holeman and Finch, and others keep our mouths in bliss to end out August!

I'm Baaaaaack!

Just getting back from Green Bay (check out my Instagram featuring 18 posts straight from “Titletown”), I am welcomed by my hometown’s awesome beer, spirit and food events lined up to end out the blazing month of August. Check out what Atlanta has in store!

Lobster Night doubles up at FLIP Burger Boutique!
It is now on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting August 24th!

I had a blast at FLIP Burger Boutique’s very first Wednesday in Buckhead a few weeks ago and left content after indulging in a whole lobster paired with a Tropic├ília! It was the best $19.99 I have spent in a while for an entree, trust! Well it looks like it’s on Saturdays too! Word! Go here for all the details. The official, mother-watering flyer is below.

Cypress Street Pint and Plate Hosts 9th Annual End of Summer Pig Roast!
Saturday, August 27, 2016 Beginning at 11 a.m.
I love me some Cypress and they always know how to host a party! Well his another one to close the summer, their ninth annual end-of-summer Pig Roast on Saturday, August 27, 2016. I am there!

They say: Cypress Street Pint and Plate (817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125
Atlanta, Georgia 30308) will once again host its annual end-of-summer pig roast on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Beginning at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., this year’s pig roast is free to attend to all ages. While the main attraction will once again be a succulent whole hog that the Cypress team smokes overnight, partygoers are also invited to enjoy an array of ice-cold SweetWater Brewing Company brews from the SweetWater Beer truck, live music and exciting giveaways including a SweetWater corn hole set and much more. Hungry attendees have the option of purchasing individual plates of pork with the fixings and homemade sides or ordering off of the traditional Cypress Street menu. For more information for the ninth annual event, visit www.cypressbar.com.

Holeman and Finch Host a Rare Japanese Whiskey Dinner Featuring Nikka vs. Suntory!
Sunday, August 28, at 6 p.m.
Holeman and Finch is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta, and when they do event, they really throw down featuring the best with whatever theme they are going with on any given night. This time around promises to be uber classy—a Rare Japanese Whiskey Dinner featuring Japanese whiskey makers Nikka vs. Suntory going against each other on Sunday, August 28, at 6 p.m.

H&F says: Taste a handful of the most exclusive foreign whiskeys this century has to offer as whiskey specialist Casey Teague discusses the creation and history behind this alluring breed, straying from its Scottish roots, with an accompaniment of Japanese-infused dishes curated by chef de cuisine Spencer Gomez. Travel the world with this five-course menu paired with eight featured whiskeys for $150 per person. Seats are limited, so to reserve your spot please call 404.948.1175.

Menu items include:
Carolina gold rice, smoked duck and Kentucky soy

First course:
Spiced watermelon and feta

Second course:
Beef short rib, shiitake and fried oyster

Rice pudding, peaches and spiced granola  

Featured Whiskeys:
Nikka Coffey Malt
Nikka Coffey Grain
Nikka 17 yr
Nikka 21 yr
Hibiki Harmony
Hakushu 12 yr
Yamazaki 12 yr
Yamazaki 18 yr

Tavernpointe and Jekyll Brewing Beer Dinner
August 31st beginning at 7:30 p.m.

I can’t say it enough: I love beer dinners! This one sounds like a good one in Midtown’s Tavernpointe on August 31st beginning at 7:30. The menu and full description are below.

They Say: On the heels of releasing their new menu focused on crafting Contemporary American dishes that balance simplicity with bold, Latin influences, Tavernpointe has joined forces with Georgia’s own Jekyll Brewing to host an unforgettable beer pairing dinner.  On Wednesday, August 31st beginning at 7:30 p.m., beer lovers can dive into a 5-course specialty menu prepared by Tavernpointe's Chef Sid Blackwell and enjoy hand-selected craft beer pairings from Josh Rachel, Jekyll Brewing's award-winning Brew Master and Co-owner, for just $49 per person including tax and gratuity.
 Tickets for the Tavernpointe and Jekyll Brewing beer dinner are available for purchase for $49 per person by visiting https://www.freshtix.com/events/-tavernpointes-5--course-beer-pairing-dinner-with-jekyll-brewing. Gratuity is included. For more information, please visit www.tavernpointe.com or call 404.549.3954.

Here is the menu:

Course One:
Hop Dang Diggity IPA Beer Cocktail
Firecracker Chicken, Bleu Cheese Mousse, Pickled Watermelon

Course Two:
Big Creek Pear Kolsch
Wild Rocket Arugula, Ginger Dressing, Poached Apples, Goat Cheese Frico

Course Three:
Cooter Brown American Brown Ale
Pan Seared Sea Scallop, Brown Butter Toasted Farro, Pecans, Dried Fruit, Cherry Vinaigrette

Course Four:
Hop Dang Diggity Pineapple/Habanero Infused IPA
Chicken Meatballs, Spiced Tomato Sauce, Dried Cranberries, Tobacco Onions

Course Five:
Seven Bridges Oktoberfest Style Lager
Chocolate Trilogy: Milk Chocolate Mousse, Malt Whiskey Truffles, Spiced Chocolate Ice-Cream

Happy rest of August!

Your Homey,


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Green Bay shows me love on TV!

While Cruisin' For A Brewsin' in Green Bay, their Local 5 WFRV-TV News interviewed me about my adventures!

Cheers Everyone!

Loving to travel and tell you about it in every way possible, it has been an awesome trip so far in Green Bay, WI. From a jaw-dropping tour of the Packers' Lambeau Field, to indulging in some of the best baked goods (Alpha Delights), chocolate (Seroogy's), gourmet fare (OGAN) and beer (Titletown Brewing Company) Wisconsin has to offer, the word got around that I was in town with 24 fellow travel journalists. Of course, our collective play-by-plays of the trip via social media including Instagram and Twitter surely helped using the ideal hashtag #lovegbWFRV-TV took notice. Their talented Meteorologist/Multimedia Journalist Jordan Lamers and his trusty camera met us at the aforementioned chocolate factory to feature us on the 5 and 6 o'clock slots titled, "Journalists Come To Green Bay To Bring More Tourists."
Since we were still site hopping with the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Geiger PR team visiting the charming Nicky's Lionhead Tavern, gorgeous Parallel 44 Winery, historic von Stiehl Winery, and scrumptious a'bravo Bistro & Wine Bar before retiring for the evening, I finally got a chance to see the feature online. Trust me, it was well worth the wait; Jordan killed it! 
It was truly a pleasure being interviewed by WFRV and sharing how wonderful Green Bay is thanks to Geiger, Brenda Krainik, and her Green Bay CVB staff. 
Please check out my Instagram (@realalesharpton), Twitter (@alesharpton), and our collective #lovegb to see why our trip has been so dope. As you well know, I will be posting more shots on this site soon to continue my personal account with you, Cruisin' For A Brewsin' style!

Your homey,


Monday, August 15, 2016

The Southern Brewers Festival is this Saturday!

Chattanooga, TN is hosting a doozy this weekend! 

I have never been to this event but it has been happening for 22 years, so I am intrigued. I mean come on, 60 breweries pouring more than 120 brews on along the Tennessee River? Sounds dope! 
It's from 2 pm to midnight on Saturday, August 20th. Here is the link and the info below:


Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Wicked Weed Beer Dinner at TAP is tonight!

Peep those courses and brews above! Crazy, right?!

Plain and simple, beer dinners are the shizzznit, and Asheville, NC's Wicked Weed is one of the best breweries in the nation! Pair them with Chef Tyler's mastery at TAP and the night promises to be awesome!
I will be there! Will you? Call (404) 347-2220 to set up your reservations. You can also get tickets through Eventbrite at the following link https://quickclick.com/r/gztfa while they last.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Parents' Basement Turns One on Friday, August 12th!

This dope beer bar/comic book store hybrid throws down this Friday. Come show love!

Bang! Pow! Boom!

I was a huge Marvel Comics dude back in the day, and when I heard Decatur, GA’s own My Parents’ Basement would revisit those page-flippin’ memories with my new love, beer, it was on!
Now, after being a part of my Heroes Villains art show at Monday Night Brewing, collaborating on some projects with my homey—ill artist Eric Nine—and serving an awesome beer list daily, MPB turns one on Friday, August 12th! Here is the beer list that gets its taps pulled at 11 a.m. sharp. These guys are a class act. Oh, there are comics, vittles, and some other surprises too, so see you there!
Prairie Birthday Bomb
Stone 2015 Depth Charged Espresso Double Bastard
Lost Abbey Cuvve de Tomme 
Wicked Weed Marina and Old Fashioned 
Westbrook Lemon Coconut Weisse Weisse Baby 
Allagash 16 Counties 
Rodenbach Alexander
The Bruery Quadrupel Tonnellerie and Gypsy Tart 
Verzet Oud Bruin
Evil Twin Liquid Fudge 
Victory Tart Ten
Blackberry Farms Cuvve Dry Hopped, 
Creature Comforts Tritonia and Paradiso 
Cherry Street Barrel Aged Coconut Porter 
Three Taverns Cucumber Basil Sour Asylum and Heavy Bells 
Red Brick Hype Whale
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