Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March Madness, Ale Style!

Kickin' it at the Secret Stash Bash on March 7th with the homies! From left to right, Gary aka G-Unit (IG, @craftybrewer3000), Willie The Kid (@TheWillieTheKid), Lee aka L-Boogie (@TheThirstyGiant), Kenny Anderson (@Chibbs_1) and Tyler aka T-Diddy (@GreenFlashTyler) all got their sip on!
(Photo by my bro Lamont)
This month continues to be nuts regarding beer!

Cheers Y’all!

I think March Madness will have a totally new meaning in my life after all the events and happenings I have taken on so far along with what’s on deck. 
My Girl Scout Joint! 
Photo by @AtlFoodWriter
From hosting my Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairing with Hop City and Scout Mob, to making two satellite radio appearances on ABL’s Day 1 Radio at 52:30 (hear it here) and BeerPopShow Podcast; my awesome beer dinner with Food 101; schooling basketball legend Kenny Anderson on beer during the Secret Stash Bash; four article deadlines; contributing to EBONY Magazine writing about ales; and hosting the Blood, Sweat and Beer documentary during the Atlanta Film Festival last Sunday (which was EXCELLENT), I trust you see what I mean! Oh, and I still did my March Madness brackets although they suck this year.
Speaking of the Blood, Sweat and Beer film, I had a blast showing some southern hospitality to the directors, editors, funders, and filmmakers—Alexis and Chip—leading up to their Georgia debut last Sunday at the historic Plaza Theatre in the Highlands. 
Alexis and Chip killed it!
(Photo by Lamont Byron)
After introducing the viewing, I had the pleasure of seeing this film with about 200 others and can honestly say that I was BLOWN AWAY! It was not only a humorous, informative, and entertaining approach to what it takes to start a brewery, but it honestly pulled at the heart strings while making us thirsty at the same time! I started the Q&A afterwards by simply asking the audience, “Who would have thought beer could bring you through so many emotions?” This one hits home.
I strongly suggest you see this film by going to the official Blood, Sweat, and Beer website here to find out how to get it or get a viewing schedule. Even if you don’t like beer (which is almost blasphemous to even suggest), everyone will enjoy this production, I promise!
Stay tuned for my listing of events coming up in the very near future. I need to take a breather! (Yeah, right. Like that’s gonna happen.)

Much Sippin’ Love!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

An Interview with Blood, Sweat and Beer filmmakers!

Plus a major update on the afterparty 's new venue following the viewing!

Okay, with only a few hours left before the Atlanta Film Fest, Taste Of Atlanta, and yours truly premiere the documentary Blood, Sweat and Beer this Sunday, March 22, at noon (see all the details here), I have two new MAJOR updates:
  • After the screening of the Blood, Sweat and Beer documentary at the historic Plaza Theatre, the afterparty will now be hosted a block away at the Highland Inn Ballroom from 1:30 to 4 pm. in order to make the venue closer and get rid of the need for transportation. This is because we don’t want the threat of rain to hate on our steez and, of course, we've got your back!
  • I had the chance to link up with Alexis and Chip—the dynamic directors and filming crew of the Blood, Sweat, and Beer documentary— here in Atlanta last night, and hooked up an interview to give everyone a more detailed inside scoop of the film. They just arrived from Maryland, so we didn’t waste any time grabbing a cold one (or three) and talk about the happenings during the production of this awesome project. Here is Alexis and Chip breaking down some of my questions:

Ale: What influenced you to do this project?
Alexis: Chip and I both love craft beer! We travel a lot—especially during the screening our first documentary The Dream Share Project (www.thedreamshareproject.com) at colleges across the U.S.—and our favorite thing to do after an event is find local breweries or fun beer bars to check out. We noticed such fast and exciting growth in the craft beer world, we thought there had to be some good stories out there in the industry.

I can dig that! What was the most difficult hurdle in making this film?
Alexis: This production was created and self-funded by Chip and I! We did everything from set up interviews, to travel, to film, to edit, to pick out music...it was all us, which seems a little crazy in retrospect. Last November, we were lucky enough to have a bunch of wonderful people donate to a Kickstarter we did, which helped raise the funds we needed for finishing the movie off including sound mixing, color correction, etc.

Wow, you really were grinding to make this a reality. What did you learn the most regarding the brewing industry?
The brewing industry is a very collaborative one; people love to work together to make good brews and support one another. That kind of camaraderie isn't something you necessarily see in other industries.

Amen to that. What was your most memorable experience during the filming?
Alexis: One of my favorite experiences was being at the DC Homebrewers Club, filming their meeting at Bluejacket, when all of a sudden the homebrewers started freaking out! Charlie Papazian (Association of Brewers and GABF Founder) had wandered into Bluejacket and their meeting! We had literally just emailed him that day to set up an interview in Colorado in the next two weeks, and when we introduced ourselves he was like "It's you guys! You just emailed me!" That was pretty weird, yet awesome at the same time.

That is crazy! What was your favorite beer (both of you) during the making of the movie?
Alexis: Tough question! I can't pick a fave, but there was some awesome stuff I drank, including Cigar City Cafe Con Leche, Firestone-Walker Velvet Merlin, all of the insane sours I tried at Cascade Brewing in Portland, Oregon, Eagle Rock Revolution extra pale ale, Green Bench's Saison De Banc Vert, Backshore Brewing S’mores Stout, the Brew Gent's Chai Wheat...too many to name!
Chip: I also loved the Cigar City Jai Ali, Dogfish 90-minute (my go-to beer), Mountain Sun Girl Scout Cookie Stout, everything at Hair of the Dog in Portland, Oregon, all the Bruery bottles we were lucky enough to score, Backshore Brewing Fist Pumpkin Ale, Brew Gent's Imperial Red…like Alexis said, too many! A lot were actually consumed during the editing too.

Now those are some crazy brews. Wowzaz! So what's next for you?
Alexis: Our next project is ongoing! We are planning a 25-plus city screening tour to bring Blood, Sweat, and Beer across the U.S.! 

Here is how we can follow this necessary documentary across the country. Follow…
Twitter: @bloodsweatbrew
Instagram: @bloodsweatbeermovie


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Come see the documentary Blood, Sweat, and Beer!

The Atlanta Film Festival, Taste of Atlanta, and yours truly will feature this film on Sunday, March 22 plus an afterparty!

Hey Craft Beer Lovers!

As usual, I always have something going on and this event promises to be a major one! Working alongside The Atlanta Film Festival and Taste of Atlanta’s Food On Film, we will be presenting the revered independent documentary Blood, Sweat, & Beer, featuring the fruition of two craft breweries—The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company and Shorebelly Brewing Company—on Sunday, March 22nd at Noon at the historic Plaza Theatre. Killer!
Capturing everything from brewing their first batch of flagship beer recipes to dealing with infuriating lawsuits, this moving film will affect all viewers…and make them thirsty. To quench the latter, there will be an afterparty at Highland Inn Ballroom beginning at 1:30 p.m. Serving up delectable fare from some of Atlanta’s finest eateries and, yes, beer from Georgia’s local breweries, we are partying hard! 
As for your homey Ale, I will be conducting a Q&A directly after the viewing followed by a few of my strongly suggested food and beer pairings at the Callanwolde, so you know it will be a blast! (If you are familiar with how I get down, there will also be a few more surprises on deck!) The most kickass thing is all of this will be only $10 if you get your tickets and more info on Scout Mob here!
On the real, hurry up before they’re sold out! Seriously, that will happen.



Saturday, March 7, 2015

Who Shot Ya Part 2!

From the awesome sign in Cleveland to my favorite of Burnt Hickory's Scott Hedeen above, here are some dope shots!

Hey Everyone!

Since Who Shot Ya? was such a big hit before, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos I have taken during a few of my beer excursions for your enjoyment in this installment of Who Shot Ya? Part 2. I hope you dig 'em.
Oh, and a shout out to everyone who was involved with them including my brother Lamont who took the one with me in it. (I couldn't take credit unless I had a timer. Ha!)
Hope to see you front of my lens soon!

The roulette table at a party I threw at Brunswick's in Marietta, Georgia. Get your roll on!
The great Chef Jason Paolini during the Three Taverns beer dinner at Holeman and Finch.
The Ponce City Beer Fest was a blast. Lamont took this.
A gorgeous bottle selection at Red, Wine and Brew in Burford, Ohio. 
This was at the beer fest at the Delta Hangar. It was definitely a fly experience for brews!
Some taps going up at Hop City.
During my trip to Cleveland, this sign at the Market Garden Brewery made me thirsty!
The one and only legendary DJ Evil Dee showing me some love.
How about some BBQ at Krog Street Market? Grand Champion has your back!
My dudes for life, DJ Jamad (left) and Floyd The Locsmif doing what they do best during my bro Eric Nine's art show
One of the best beers in the world at the Argosy.

Happy Sippin'!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A beer dinner at Food 101? Hell yeah!

A sneak peek of the 3rd course, the Braised Short Rib with Red Wine Reduction. I salivated when I took this shot!
Yes! I’m hosting another beer dinner March 5th and it looks awesome!

Cheers Beer Lovers!

Not only am I a proud gourmand, but I when I pair it with some of the world’s best beers that complement gourmet fare, it results in an unforgettable dining experience. Having hosted beer dinners in the past including the last one with SaltYard here and ongoing Girl Scout Cookie pairing with Hop City and ScoutMob that sold out here, my next one at Sandy Springs’ award-winning Food 101 is going to be pretty damn awesome on Thursday, March 5th!
My first session during the Girl Scout Cookie Pairing last Monday.
I came up with the theme of season hopping, meaning we will include some hearty dishes to keep us warm during the winter while simultaneously ushering the blossoming vibe of the spring. Hence, the name “Season Hopping.” (Did you catch the “hop” reference too?) Besides the sneak peek at the Short Rib course above, here is the full menu below and a description brilliantly written by Green Olive’s Henri Hollis. Please book a seat here and come through. Along with eating and drinking in bliss, there will certainly be some other surprises in store (like I usually do). Shout out to the very talented Executive Chef Justin Keith and Sous Chef Cooper Sweat who plan on putting permanent smiles on your faces!
Thanks in advance for booking your reservation. For a mere $50 for five courses, you can’t lose! (Come on, poutine?!) 
Keep in mind that any dietary restrictions will be catered to if you call ahead. 404.497.9700


Food 101 Sends The Cold Back North With “Season Hopping” Beer Dinner
Atlanta’s favorite southern eatery is partnering with Ale Sharpton to squeeze the last few drops out of winter and celebrate the coming spring with a menu and beverages inspired by the seasons’ transitions 

In the South, indulging in decadent food is one of winter’s only redeeming qualities. However, with the dawn of spring around the corner, green creeps back into the landscape and our diets. On Thursday, March 5, Executive Chef Justin Keith, Sous Chef Cooper Sweat and Atlanta’s favorite beer critic Ale Sharpton will team up to create a dining experience that perfectly captures this moment on the Southern calendar. The four course dinner (with an amuse bouche to start) includes the best of both worlds – a little of the decadence of winter, along with a bit of the lightness and excitement of spring. Each course will be paired with a brew handpicked by Ale Sharpton to perfectly complement both the season and the dish.

Amuse Bouche
Beer Battered Apple / Black Pepper Goat Cheese Whip / Hard Cider Reduction
Beer Pairing: Dupont Pommeau de Normandie

1st Course - Fish
Pan Seared Halibut / Vegetable Risotto / Stewed Tomato Coulis / Herb Oil
Beer Pairing: Westbrook White Thai

2nd Course - Intermezzo of "Southern Poutine"
Hand Cut Fries / BBQ Gravy / 101 Pimento Cheese / Poached Farm Egg
Beer Pairing: Three Taverns Prince of Pilsen

3rd Course - Deconstructed Boeuf Bourguignon
Braised Short Rib / Carrot / Turnip / Mushroom / Potato / Red Wine Reduction / Fried Sage Leaves
Beer Pairing: Monday Night Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale

4th Course - Sweets
Bacon Hushpuppies / Powdered Sugar / Stout Anglaise
Beer Pairing: Burnt Hickory Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout

Reservations will sell out quickly as space is limited, with tickets available at here for $50 apiece (excluding tax and gratuity). Each ticket includes the full dinner with five pairings, all of which will be served in Food 101’s private dining room beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 5. For diners with allergies or special requests, please call 404.497.9700 to speak with a member of the Food 101 team. For additional announcements, events, specials and other news, please follow Food 101 on Facebook or on Twitter.

Food 101 has evolved during the past decade to focus on farm-to-table, cutting edge Southern Cuisine, while featuring several long-time favorites. Executive Chef Justin Keith highlights a bounty of local ingredients prepared with a bold Southern flair that provides a deliciously satisfying dining experience. High standards of quality ingredients and cutting edge cuisine have become synonymous with Food 101, including its Barrel Bar, which features Southern-inspired plates of its own with a cocktail menu built around two dozen bourbons. Food 101 serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday; dinner from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Sunday –Thursday and 5:30 until 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sundays. Food 101 is located at 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30342. For reservations, menus and more information, visit food101atlanta.com. Connect with us on Facebook or on Twitter.