Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Who is this year’s Hop King? You Judge today!

Hit up the Brick Store for the climax of the Epic Blind Flight IPA Tournament

It’s about to go down for hop heads like me at one of the best beer bars in the world, Decatur’s own Brick Store Pub, during their annual Epic Blind Flight IPA Tournament! Today they serve up the six finalists of 18 possible contestants the public selected over the span of three weeks. At 11:00 am, the Brick Store is tapping the elite hoppy sextet to see which brewery will win top honors as the best IPA of the year according to hundreds of ballots being submitted during November.
Peep ‘em:
Alpine Duet
Ballast Point Sculpin
Bells 2 Hearted Ale
Creature Comforts Tropicália
Three Taverns’ A Night on Ponce
Wicked Weed Pernicious

Besides voting for which is the best out of the finalists, try and blindly pick what each one is. Of course, it’s a lot easier knowing the five contestants compared to the initial field of sweet 16, but hey.
The winner will be announced at 9 p.m. I can’t wait to see who the Hop King will be this year!
Also, look for my Annual Ale Sharpton Gift Guide coming soon too!



Monday, November 16, 2015

Thrillist Nominates Me For Atlanta's Mayor!

How dope is this?


Okay, so I get back home from kicking it in Blue Ridge, Georgia and staying in one of the Mountain Top cabins to get a breather literally (love the mountain air), and I see Twitter homies pumping this article out when I wake up: "Thrillist Atlanta's 15 People Who Should Be Mayor Of Atlanta." 
First, Hilton Hotels retweets it (thank you), and then PR queen Caren West and media specialist Catherine Koonce hit me up. 
I was so blown away by this; especially when I kid around saying I am the Mayor of Beer in ATL and do the best I can to let the world know how gangster this city is when it comes to ales and lagers. A tear is shed.
A definite shout out to Thrillist Editor Mike Jordan for writing this clever piece and including me and my AllWays Open Creative team (Eric Nine, Mike Moore, and Truth) in the company of some MAJOR playas including Elton John, Killer Mike, Mike LaSage, Grant Henry, Steven Koonin, Bem Joiner, JC Winter, Janelle Monáe, Arthur Blank, L.A. Reid, Ford Fry, Ludacris, and Clark Howard. Super dope!
Oh, and an extra shout out to the brilliant Chris Watkins for taking that flick of me doing a video in front of Hop City on Marietta Street!
Trust me, if I was mayor, ATL would be even more cray in a good way for beer and art, and the traffic would be better some 'effin how. I do want to commend Mayor Kasim Reed on what he has done, though. 'Nuf respect. 
Long live The A!

Love y'all!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Three awesome events in ATL starting today!

The Brick Store goes hop-crazy during their Blind Flight IPA tournament!
The Brick Store, SouthBound and Food 101 throw down!


I just got back from an awesome trip to Baltimore seeing all my people and getting my culinary touring on; I hunted down the best crab cakes in the world (look up #crabcakehunt on Instagram), had a magnificent brunch at Miss Shirley’s (look here), and visited my second home—Max’s Taphouse here. Upon my return home, I was welcomed by some awesome events popping off starting this Tuesday, followed by the ridiculously dope, five-chef dinner I am helping host at Food 101. Here are three can’t-miss events you need to strikingly consider hitting up if you lucky enough to be in Atlanta.

Brick Store Pub’s Epic Blind Flight IPA Tournament Part 2
Tuesday, November 10, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030

One of the best beer bars in the world, the Brick Store, is hosting the second round of their "Epic Blind Flight IPATournament" tomorrow. Co-owner and homey Dave described it for ya here:
“We need YOUR help to determine one the best IPA's in the land. Here's how it works. We are going "Blind Flight" style again for this From 5:00 to 7:00. Five Beers each Tuesday beginning next Tuesday the 3rd, followed by the 10th and then the 17th. The top 2 from each of these weeks will move on to the "Top 6 IPA Showdown" on Tuesday the 24th.”
Last Tuesday, Round 1 of the IPA Blind Flight included Bell’s Two Hearted, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Great Divide Titan, Creature Comforts Tropicália, and Dogfish Head 60 Minute. The Tropicalia beat Bell's by a sip to be ranked #1, but they both will be poured in the semi-finals on Tuesday November 24. This is dope idea for hop heads (like me), right? Cheers to the Brick Store. Oh, their food is official too! Here are the remaining entries…
Avery IPA
Ballast Point Sculpin
Boulevard Single Wide
Cigar City Jai Alai
Founders Centennial
Jekyll Hop Dang Diggity
Smuttynose Finest Kind
Stone IPA
SweetWater IPA
Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Three Taverns A Night On Ponce
Victory Hop Devil
Wicked Weed Pernicious

Southbound hosts a wine tasting with six food pairings!

Southbound Restaurant will host a Northern Italian wine tasting with winemaker Mario Andrion of Castello di Verduno
On Tuesday, November 10th from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm, Southbound restaurant will host a Northern Italian wine tasting with winemaker Mario Andrion of Castello di Verduno. Wine tastings will include Barolo, Barbaresco, and the unique Basadone, along with food pairings by Southbound’s Chef Bethany Colvin. Please see menu below, and guests can reserve their spot here.
NV Castello di Verduno Brut Rosé 'S-ciopét' 
Salmon Mousse, cucumber

2012  Langhe Nebbiolo
Lamb Lollipop, huckleberry gastrique

2012 Verduno Basadone
Foie gras torchon on sourdough cracker

2010 Verduno Barbaresco
Mushroom Duxelle Roulade

2009 Verduno Barbaresco - Faset Vineyard
Smoked Catfish Brandade in piquillo pepper

2006 Verduno Barolo - Massara vineyard
Smoked Short Rib Rillette, toast

And of course, there is my event with Food 101 on Thursday Night!
Food 101 is turning 16!
It’s the "Ghost's from Chef's Past" celebration featuring past and current chefs, equaling five courses paired with beer and a cider I helped pick! Here are the details. It starts at 7 p.m. so book your tickets here asap!

See you soon!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Food 101 Anniversary Dinner is going to be dope!

Ghost's from Chef's Past goes down November 12th at Food 101!

What's up?!

If you happen to be in Atlanta on November 12th, eat a part of history as one of the city's best restaurants, Food 101 in Sandy Springs, celebrates their Sweet 16 with a gangster lineup of five chefs who have all worked with this phenomenal eatery during its longevity. Take a look at this roster in the image above! 
I am posting the finalized menu later on today so get your tickets here. I am pairing three course, plus as I always do with anything I am involved in, making sure everyone leaves with something (but that's a surprise). 
Simply put, book your seat before it sells out!

Here is the official write up straight from the source:

Food 101 is turning 16!

Join us for a celebration "Ghost's from Chef's Past" featuring our past and current head chefs!

Jordan Wakefield - sous 2007-2010, Now exec chef/owner "Smoke Ring"
Ryan Smith - sous 2010-2011, Now exec chef "Southbound"
Ron Eyester - exec chef 2001-2003, 2005-2009, Now chef/owner "Rosebud, Family Dog, Diner"
Justin Keith - current exec chef 2001-present,
Cooper Sweat - current sous chef 2012-present.

The evening will be an exclusive event with cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 PM. The 5 Course Dinner with wine and beer pairings from Orpheus, SweetWater Brewery, Biltmore Winery, The Last Colony and Ale Sharpton will partake from 7:00-9:00PM at Food 101. We will be featuring live music throughout the evening along with special one on one time from our exclusive chef's. Please join us for what we know will be an amazing and special evening you won't want to miss.

See you there!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Jams: Throw down with Outkast’s Big Boi tonight!

Party For A Cause!


Here is something off the chain to enjoy tonight in the ATL! I mean come on, if you don’t think Big Boi knows how to party with his stellar career as one half of Atlanta’s beloved Outkast, then who does?!
Here’s the scoop of his Halloween bash at Stankonia tonight straight from the source.
Just be safe and watch out for zombies!


Big Boi’s Dungeon Party is about to go down!
After a two-year hiatus, Big Boi hosts the ‘Dungeon Party’ at legendary Stankonia Studios to support his wondrous charity, the Big Kidz foundation tonight!

The Dungeon Party: Big Boi Announces the Return of His Highly Anticipated Halloween Party

After A Two Year Hiatus, Big Boi Will Host The ‘Dungeon Party’ At Legendary Stankonia Studios
Big Kidz Foundation to Benefit from Atlanta’s Biggest Night of Tricks and Treats

WHAT: Multi-Platinum Hip Hop Artist Antwan “Big Boi” Patton one-half of the Grammy-winning duo Outkast will host the highly anticipated Costume party themed “The Dungeon Party”. This hot ticket event has become a tradition among Atlantan’s who love a good party as they dress up as their favorite superhero, celebrity, ghoul and goblin. Guests can expect to enjoy a tasty menu from T.I.’s restaurant Scales 925, three open bars, a chance to win up to $500.00 in cash and prizes and a surprise performance by Big Boi.

WHO: Big Boi and many of his celebrity friends, business leaders and Atlanta’s Socialites will be in attendance. Every Guest is a VIP!

WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2015, Doors Open at 9 p.m. Media Interviews with Antwan “Big Boi” Patton will be held promptly at 11 p.m. All Media must confirm attendance prior to event, by email: media@bigkidzfoundation.org or contact Media Director, Jessica Manning 404.313.7602.

WHERE: Legendary Stankonia Studios, 677 Antone Street, Atlanta, GA  30318

HOW: General admission tickets can be purchased at www.bigkidzfoundation.org or by calling 404.287.8556.

This fundraiser was created to help the Big Kidz Foundation provide programs that create cultural exposure through music, art and literature. It is the mission of the Big Kidz Foundation to help develop well-rounded youth in underserved communities.

 So cool, it's scary!