Thursday, May 21, 2015

Restaurants Turn Up The Heat! Part One

With a fork in one hand and a drink in the other, we can now love summertime as much as
Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff!

Whaddup!!!

The weather is starting to truly get on the beautiful side and restaurants want to make the spring and summer that much more desirable. Well, to help you select what awesome eat and drink events, promotions and weekly specials to indulge in especially during the end of May and all of June, here is Part 1 of Restaurants Turn Up The Heat! Of course, this wouldn’t be complete without beer involved, so make sure you check out what One Eared Stag, Food 101, and Smoke Ring have in store concerning Sierra Nevada and Monday Night Brewing. There is a great fundraiser by the restaurant collabo with Fox Bros. and Taqueria Del Sol aka “Foxeria Del Sol” as well. These write up are straight from the source. I also included their Twitter handles, websites, phone numbers and Facebook links so that you can stay in the loop. Look for Part 2 soon!
Have fun!

Cheers!
Ale


Weekdays Throughout May | Food 101 | Spring Fling
Spring Break never ends at Food 101! The Barrel Bar will be celebrating the good weather with special deals on drinks and seafood every weekday during May. Sidle up to the bar and grab a glass of our limited-release spring punch, guaranteed to be better than anything you drank on spring break “back in the day.” Paired with Chef Justin Keith’s signature seafood specials, the only throwback at Food 101 is the price. Come on in and live a little – the water’s just fine!
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
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May 20 – June 10 | Canoe | Song of the South
Song of the South is back at Canoe just in time for spring! Every Wednesday night from7 to 10 p.m. beginning April 15 through June 10, Song of the South will feature live, local music for your enjoyment. So come gather along the riverside, with a drink in hand, and listen to some of Atlanta’s best musical artists!
Spring 2015 schedule
May 20  Cicada Rhythm
June 3   Kate & Corey
4199 Paces Ferry Rd. NW Atlanta, Ga. 30339
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May 28 | Fox Bros. and Taqueria Del Sol | aka “Foxeria Del Sol”
On Thursday, May 28, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Taqueria del Sol are joining forces again for Foxeria del Sol. Held at the Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Foxeria del Sol will benefit Hogs for the Cause, a nonprofit organization that operates as the premier funding source for pediatric brain cancer outreach services in the United States. Foxeria del Sol is a four-course dinner kicking off at 6:30p.m. featuring a cocktail hour with signature appetizers from Taqueria del Sol and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Course 1 - Wilted Salad, ghost pepper dressing, smoked shrimp; Course 2 - Whole Hog, fresh homemade corn tortillas, serrano salsa, green chile-black eyed peas; Course 3 - Smoked Brisket, chipotle style tabasco sauce, burnt ends fried rice, sweet potato chips; Course 4 - Peach Natilla, cinnamon crispas. Tickets are $125 per person. For tickets and more information visit xorbia.com/e/gom/foxeriadelsol.
1238 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta GA, 30307
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June 13 | Watershed On Peachtree | Chef Zeb Stevenson At Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Stop by the Peachtree Road Farmers Market at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 for a seasonal demo from Chef Zeb Stevenson of Watershed on Peachtree! Chef Zeb will talk to his commitment of using local ingredients while preparing a seasonal dish incorporating only ingredients available at the market. Peachtree Road Farmers Market is located at 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information, please visit peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com.
1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
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June 25 | Smoke Ring | Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner
Chef Jordan Wakefield of Smoke Ring has partnered up with the brewing geniuses at Sierra Nevada to create the perfect midsummer beer dinner. Featuring a selection of the acclaimed brewery’s rarest and lightest beers, Chef Wakefield’s five course dinner reaches the highest potential of the summer cookout. From the grilled romaine Caesar to cedar plank smoked salmon bouillabaisse, the dinner’s creativity pairs perfectly with Sierra Nevada’s deep bench of seasonal and limited-run beers. The dinner will take place at Smoke Ring on Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. and will cost $55. To reserve a spot for your party, call (404) 228-6377.
309 Nelson St. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30313
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July 19 - August 2 | Greyfield Inn | Island Camp
Spend your summer soaking up the sun at Greyfield Inn’s Annual Island Camp. Located on beautiful Cumberland Island, there are plenty of educational and recreational activities for every age and interest level - it’s fun for the entire family. Days at Island Camp will be filled with activities such as guided kayak tours, sea turtle watching, cooking workshops and much more! Space is limited, visit greyfieldinn.com or call 1-888-357-7617 for reservations and pricing.
4 North Second Street #300, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
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Weeknights | One Eared Stag | $1 Beer And Oysters
How much selling do we really have to do here? One Eared Stag is serving up 7 oz. Miller High Life pony bottles and fresh oysters on the half shell for $1 each, Monday through Friday from 5 - 7:00 p.m., throughout oyster season. The oyster selection changes daily and is based on what's fresh and available from our sources, but the High Life is forever. This deal is only available at the bar, so get here early before it fills up!
1029 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
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Mondays | One Eared Stag | Monday Night Fried Chicken
Chef Robert Phalen is teaming up with Monday Night Brewing for One Eared Stag’s Monday Night fried chicken. Each order will be served with three pieces of chicken and two side items for only $15. Guest also have the option of upgrading a whole chicken for $22 and two whole chickens for $32. This event will take place every Monday night staring at 5p.m. what better way to enjoy your Monday night than with plate of Chef Phalen’s signature fried chicken and Monday Night Brewing.
1029 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
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Mondays | Food 101 | Avoid Monday Meltdown
Feel like you are having one of those days? We have the perfect fix for you. Avoid Monday Meltdown at Food 101 all night long. All draft beer, house wine and sangria are only $4.00! Do yourself a favor and join us for a pick-me-up tonight.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
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Tuesdays | Food 101 | Ladies’ Night
Ladies, come join us at the barrel bar for drinks. Tonight and every Tuesday is Ladies’ Night at Food 101 starting with wine half-off! Bring your girls, grab a drink and make Food 101 your weekly spot for Ladies’ Night!
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
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Wednesday’s | Paleo Wednesday | Table & Main
Need a healthy mid-week pick me up? Stop by Table & Main for Paleo Wednesday where the restaurant’s special of the night is paleo friendly. Upcoming menu items include “Paleo” Meatloaf made from hen of the wood mushrooms, cauliflowers mash, peas and carrots and “Breakfast for Dinner,” featuring sage breakfast sausage, poached eggs, Hollandaise, bacon braised lettuce, and sweet potato has browns. Mark your calendars today!
1028 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075
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Wednesdays | Watershed On Peachtree | Fried Chicken Wednesdays
Need a cure for your humpday blues? Head over to Watershed on Peachtree every Wednesday during lunch and dinner to experience what Southern Living and Food & Wine Magazine has named the Best Fried Chicken in the South! Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at watershedrestaurant.com or by calling 404-809-3561.
1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309
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Wednesdays | Food 101 | Wine Down Wednesday
You are almost there! You made it to Wednesday, so why don’t you “wine down” with Food 101! Each month we focus on a different wine region for our guests to enjoy. Enjoy a flight of 3 wines for $10 or $12.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
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Thursdays | Food 101 | Thirsty Thursday
It’s Thirsty Thursday friends! Do you know what that means? It means $5 margaritas, mojitos and Tito’s martinis. Grab your friends and quench your thirst with these great deals.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
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Sundays | Watershed On Peachtree | Sunday Jazz Brunch
Sick and tired of the same ole’ brunch experience? Break the habit by joining Watershed on Peachtree for their weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch. Imagine relishing Chef Zeb Stevenson’s Chicken and Dumplings, Brioche French Toast, Fried Sweet Potato Pie and other southern classics to the sweet tunes of live jazz from Ruby Red’s Band. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at watershedrestaurant.comor by calling 404-809-3561.
1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309
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Sundays | Cibo E Beve | Fried Chicken Special
For one day only, Chef Linda Harrell is serving up a Southern classic – Fried Chicken. On Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m., Chef Harrell will be serving up 3 pieces of fried chicken with seasonal sides (2 vegetables and 1 starch). For $17, guests can feast on the ultimate comfort food. Mark your calendars because the fried chicken is only available while supplies last.
4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342
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Sundays | Food 101 | BBQ & Bourbon Brunch
What could possibly make BBQ and Bourbon any better? The answer is brunch of course! Enjoy our Sunday Smoked menu featuring delectable sides like our ranch style baked beans and southern cole slaw which washes down perfectly with our mouth-watering bourbon. But that’s not all; we have live music every Sunday from local bands! The fun begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m., so head on over to Food 101 for a sweet-southern Sunday.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza challenge me to do beer pairings!

Screamin' Sicilian enters Ale's house with pizzas!
 What’s up fellow craft beer lovers?!

What's up fellow craft beer sippers?!

It’s no mystery that I love doing a lot of creative things with craft brews from all over the world, from doing tastings with celebs and shot callers, to hosting and curating beer dinners to name a few. Well lucky for me, a well-respected pizza company with a killer marketing campaign called Screamin’Sicilian got word of my fondness to pair ales and lagers with virtually anything fare-wise, so they offered me an intriguing challenge: Pair brews with a few of their circular creations.
Now I do love pizza, but I try to chill on the dairy and meat as much as possible. However, when I read how this Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company takes pride in using high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients including their signature stone-fired crust serving as the base, plus they truly respect the beer industry (check out their website), I was in.
One of the coolest things about this pizza maker is when you go to their site, they have a “Pizza Finder” where you simply type in your zip code and boom! The freezer section at a Publix two blocks away had their prominent and extra fly packaging—a thick-mustached, gaping mouth serving as a window to what the toppings of each of their pies looked like. Again, Sicilian’s witty descriptions and slick packaging kill it, so they already scored points on that alone; I majored in marketing so there ya go.
Anyway, using some coupons the company provided, I grabbed some pies, invited a few gourmands to my pad, scooped a few brews from Hop City along with a few bottles from my extensive stash that I thought would pair well with them, and we threw down! (Note: I primarily chose beers that are pretty much available nationwide to help ya out no matter where you are.)
Below, I have the three pizzas we baked, and the brews that won top honors to pair with each one. Check it out:

Screamin’ Sicilian’s Bessie’s Revenge

Their description: We begin crafting Bessie’s Revenge, a monument to cheesiness, by starting at the bottom – a.k.a. our unique, stone-fired artisan crust. Each crust is perfect in its imperfection serving as the ideal host to copious amounts of our zesty secret-recipe sauce. And let’s talk sauce. Ours is made lovingly with vine ripened tomatoes that have been kissed by the sun. We then drown those tomatoes in ridiculous amounts of shredded Wisconsin mozzarella and white cheddar and add slices of freshly cut Wisconsin buffalo-style mozzarella cheese gathered from the finest purveyors in America’s Dairyland. These people know cheese!
Then just when you think we’ve gone too far, we finish it off with a gentle kiss of grated aged Parmesan and Romano cheeses from — you guessed it — WISCONSIN.
My Beer: I started with this all-cheese joint, and their description was truly on point. To cut through all that richness, balance the salty element with some sweet, and get everyone’s buzz on early, the Victory Golden Monkey Belgian-Style Tripel at 9.5 percent ABV hit the spot! It’s effervescent texture scrubbed the tongue, and the Monkey’s fruity, yet spicy profile perfectly paired with this pie that was pretty damn delicious. Victory’s more hoppy Prima Pils at 5.3 percent came in second.


Screamin’ Sicilian’s Mambo Italiano

Their description: This is the pizza to take with you when you’re going to the mattresses. We call it the Mambo Italiano. Our thick and chunky secret-recipe, small-batch tomato sauce rides shotgun on a stone-fired artisan crust. And, that crust is made from individually rolled tender balls of dough to create a foundation that could bring Mama to tears. Then we “badda bing, badda boom” this pie with ridiculous amounts of whole milk mozzarella smuggled in, excuse me I mean purchased, from Wisconsin. We know people in the cheese business if you know what I mean. Before you even know what hit you, we pull out the big guns – rough-chopped, thick-cut pepperoni and huge, mouthwatering Italian meatballs that throw a bag over your taste buds and go to town on them.

My beers: With so much going on this pizza, I approached this two ways—provide a beer that solely refreshes and doesn’t complicate things—or go to the extreme and pour something to make it a truly explosive, complex tasting experience. With that, I chose the Atlanta-based SweetWater 420 West Extra Pale Ale (5.7 percent) and the Ballast Point Sculpin Habanero India PaleAle (7 percent). 
As I suspected, half of the crew went with the 420 because of its easy drinkability, subtle hoppiness, and crisp finish didn’t overwhelm the pizza’s meat, cheese, and overall abundance of flavors. The other half said “Hell yeah!” to the Habanero because they loved the heat, it stood up to all the meat (especially the rough-cut pepperoni), and basically added peppers to the pizza. Fans of anything spicy would concur with this one!


Last but not least, I chose an even more complex pizza and transitioned the prior liquid pepper theme to the Supremus Maximus, which actually had peppers as some of the toppings, along with black olives, fire-roasted onions, pepperoni and sausage. Boom!


Screamin’ Sicilian’s Supremus Maximus
This is my shot, I had to show this one love!
Their description: Our Supremus Maximus Supreme pizza rules over all other pizzas like the great Caesars, surveying its kingdom from high atop Mount Pizza. Supremus Maximus’s domain is built upon a foundation of individually rolled dough balls made of wheat, water, olive oil & yeast to create our stone-fired crust, each perfectly imperfect in its artisanal shape. Next, Maximus commands that it be dressed in profound quantities of the finest whole milk mozzarella cheese from Wisconsin, the heart of America’s Dairyland.
Maximus continues with heaping piles of buffalo-chopped, thick-cut pepperoni and enormous orbs of Italian sausage steeped with seasonings and spices that overwhelm the senses with joy & euphoria. Like a crown upon its mighty brow, the Supremus Maximus adorns colorful and effervescent strips of fire-roasted onions and red & yellow bell peppers, and black olives complete its glory.
Beware, one bite and Supremus Maximus’ conquest of your mouth will be complete and its rule will last for one thousand years.

My beer: I wanted to cool things down a bit with this last one after hitting my team off with the Ballast Point Habanero joint, so I went the fruity route, brew-wise. With all of those vegetables on top, I thought about what would pair well with a salad, complement some of the sweetness of the sauce, yet give the meats their own stage. With that, the 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer (4.7 percent) brewed with fresh watermelon surprised everyone; they said they got like a gazpacho effect with meat added and truly appreciated this adventurous pick.
While the Hell Or High scored major points for originality, my Ommegang Rare Vos Belgian-Style Amber Ale (6.5 percent) selection hit a unanimous home run because it was just as complex—spicy, slightly sweet, yet light enough to cut through all of the pizza’s ingredients. (And one person was allergic to watermelon.)

I closed the tasting session with dessert—Three Taverns’ Theopan The Recluse Imperial Stout (9 percent)—and then I kicked everyone out followed by a lovely nap.

Publix was sold out of the Friar Cluck Chicken Parmesean Pizza, so I will be on the lookout for that one, but nonetheless, these Screamin’ Sicilian folks know what they’re doing; I was very impressed with their pizza. I am a New Yorker so that says a lot! Anyway, definitely check them out; they strongly support the craft beer movement. I totally appreciated them reaching out to me. Show them some love!

Okay y’all, I gotta start cruisin’ for a brewsin’ once again. I mean, hell, it’s Craft Beer Week!
Cheers!

Your homey,

Ale


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Check out the awesome (and interactive) Infographic for Craft Beer Week!

Thanks to CraftBeer.com,, it is further confirmed that U.S. craft beers kick ass!

Whaddup!!!

My CraftBeer.com homies put me on to their latest infogram because they know I love cool graphics, popping color, beer, and a quick fix for information while I am on the go. This one above along with the extra dope interactive map here landed it during the spirit of Craft Beer Week! Scan over any region and a fun fact pops up!
Only one small beef: I wish Georgia, where I live, got more love than the three "Ps" and the haytin' restrictions that still curb our gangster brewers throughout the state! We still manage to brew liquid dopeness with or without our archaic laws thanks to the 14% ABV limit we implemented about a decade ago. In all fairness, the fun fact still reflects our potential though.
By the way, they have a beer calendar of things going on nationally this week here!
Please keep supporting the art of brewing. You know I do!
Thanks again, CraftBeer.com! Keep reppin' the craft.

Holla!
Ale

Monday, May 11, 2015

I choose Orpheus Brewing for '15 U.S. Breweries to Watch in 2015' article


Check out this latest FirstWeFeast.com article...

Whaddup!

So as many of you know, I often contribute to the awesome website owned by Complex Magazine, FirstWeFeast.com. This time, they asked me to name and write up what I consider to be the next U.S. brewery to watch out for in 2015. I hooked it up here.
Last time, I justly named Monday Night here and Burnt Hickory here; this year, Orpheus got the nod. 
What's even more awesome is that fellow Atlanta, Georgia-based scribe Austin L. Ray chimed in as well, showing love to ATL's Wrecking Bar and Creature Comforts in Athens. I happily covered both of them throughout my blog and on FirstWeFeast,com (herein the past, proving great minds think alike; the more journalist coverage, the merrier! Now it's Orpheus' turn. 
My point is, Georgia's beer game is whippin' some ass! 
Keep it up!

Holla!
Ale

Friday, May 8, 2015

You MUST see this video!



Whaddup!!!

Check me out rolling with world renowned Champion Drift Driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Road Atlanta. Please click on the screen or here. This is just the Instagram version. I am going to load the full one later on along with a full description of the day. Just know that I had a blast! Oh wait, I think you can see that according to this video by GoPro. Ha! 
Be sure to follow his wild, street-terrorizing maneuvers on Vaughn's Instagram and Facebook Page. I was inside his gangster 2015 Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR. He will be at the Formula Drift race tomorrow at Road Atlanta too! Peep the link here and hit it up! You know who to cheer for.

Unforgettable!

Cheers!
Ale