Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Chapter Room is pouring Lonerider’s Exclusive Barrel Aged Porter tonight!

My dude and Lonerider Outlaw Zack aka Z-Diddy showing off their gangster tap handle.
Come to the ultimate man cave for the debut of the Lonerider Jack Daniel's Whiskey barrel-aged 
DeadEye Jack Porter!

What’s up!!!

Come to the Georgia Chapter Room tonight (formerly known as The Fred) starting at 6 p.m. at the base of the T. Mac—Prado location in Sandy Springs to taste their brewing collaboration with Lonerider Brewing out of Raleigh, North Carolina. The absolutely delicious Jack Daniel's Whiskey barrel-aged DeadEye Jack Porter will be poured alongside the Eve, Red Spur, and Shotgun Betty brews by Lonerider. I luckily got a lil' taste when I was at the brewery filming the video which is here:
 Ale Sharpton Cruises For A Brewsin' with Lonerider and T-MAC
The Chapter Room is always an awesome sipping destination due to its intimate and posh environment, great grub, lovely staff, and of course, gangster brew.

See you there!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s Third Annual Beer Geek Carnival is Tonight!

It’s Carnival time in Midtown once again from 7 to 11 pm! See my video covering the first one below!

So I just got back from New York and as usual, Atlanta has a ton of things going on to welcome me back. The first major event I am hitting up is tonight, Tuesday, from 7 to 11 at one of my favorite brew spots not only in Atlanta, but nationally, Cypress Street Pint and Plate! My homies Billy, Rob, Ryan, Fran, new team member Executive Chef Matt Deckard (formerly T.MAC and the extra gangster Deckard’s), and the rest of the crew are celebrating the Third Annual Cypress Street Beer Carnival! I filmed it on my Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Web series and it turned out to be one of the best episodes I ever did. (Shout out to Mike Moore and the AllWays Open Creative Fam!) You can check it out here
 Billy and Ale at the first Beer Geek Carnival

This year is going to be a blast as well, featuring The Imperial OPACircus, cellared brews by Clown Shoes, a dunk tank, and Cypress’ consistently delicious grub themed after carnival eats including funnel cakes, corn dogs, corn dogs, and even fried Oreos and Snickers to name a few. I better see y’all there!
Below is the official press release for all the details. Man it’s good to be home!
Cypress Street Pint and Plate Presents the Third Annual Beer Geek Carnival

                Featuring Craft Beer, Classic Carnival Fare, a Dunk Tank and Circus Performers Including Jugglers, Fire Eaters,  Stilt Walkers and an Aerialist 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 7 to 11 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. Cypress Street Pint and Plate is once again bringing the "Cypress Street Beer Geek Carnival" to Midtown Atlanta.  
As part of Cypress Street's ongoing weekly Beer Geek series that explores and celebrates all things beer, the third annual Beer Geek Carnival will take over Cypress Street's expansive patio and feature the talented performers from The Imperial OPA Circus. Stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters, and aerialists promise to dazzle as beer lovers are invited to enjoy a variety of cellared Clown Shoes brews and offerings from the expansive craft beer menu. Carnival goers can even take a stab at dunking Cypress Street's co-owner Billy Streck and Rob “BrewRu” Merrick in the massive dunk tank. Of course, it wouldn't be a carnival without delicious classics such as corn dogs and mini funnel cakes along with temptations like fried Oreos and Snickers.
For more information, please visit the Cypress Street Facebook page at

About Cypress Street Pint and Plate and Beer Geek Tuesdays: 
Cypress Street Pint and Plate is located on the corner of 6th street and Cypress Street at 817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125, Atlanta, Georgia. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2:30 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until midnight.  Every Tuesday, Cypress Street’s resident Beer Geek, Rob Merrick, hosts Beer Geek Tuesday - a casual exploration of all things beer including food and beer pairings to rare casks and tap takeovers.  For more information, please visit or call 404.815.9243. Follow Cypress Street on Twitter and Instagram at @CypressStreet and Facebook at

WHAT:                                 Third Annual Cypress Street Beer Geek Carnival

WHEN:                                 Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7 to 11 p.m.

WHERE:                              Cypress Street Pint and Plate
                                                817 West Peachtree Street, Ste. E125
                                                Atlanta, GA 30308

COST:                                   Free with cost of food and drink.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Check Out Eric Nine’s Art and Pabst Tonight at Star Community Bar!

AllWays Open Creative, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Star Community Bar present: 
The Green Room Exhibit
9 p.m. – until… 
August 16th, 2014 at Star Community Bar 
(437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307)


Although I am in New York to speak at a memorial service for late, great godfather, and NFL player Wilbur Young (RIP) this weekend, I still stay dedicated to the home team, and wanted to make sure all my Atlanta people were going to an awesome art exhibit posted by the extremely talented Eric Nine!
Little Five Points’ beloved Star Community Bar is hosting a display of what my brother and business partner of our AllWays Open Creative agency masterfully did to their “Green Room” tonightAugust 16th, at 9 p.m. And guess what? It is supported by beer! Yep, Pabst Blue Ribbon is sponsoring E-Nine as he spent a good part of his late July and August blessing the walls of the chill haven some of the coolest bands use from around the nation and abroad. Below is the press release I hooked up (A-Hem!) with all of the info. And yo, the T-shirt Eric designed and will be giving away while supplies last is sick! Don’t believe me? That's the design at the top.
As always, thank you for supporting AllWays Open. I can’t wait to unveil what we have coming up next. (Hint: Latin ConTEMPOrary II at Loews Hotel Atlanta on September 19! This was last year’s video. Yep!)

AllWays Open Creative, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Star Community Bar present:
The Green Room Exhibit
Star Community Bar
437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
9 p.m. – until…
August 16th, 2014

On August 16th, 2014, at 9 p.m., the AllWays Open Creative agency and America’s beloved brewer—Pabst Blue Ribbon—will be tapping into the brilliant mind of Atlanta, Georgia’s beloved artist Eric Nine as he unveils his jaw-dropping revamping of Star Community Bar’s legendary green room.
Serving as one of Atlanta’s premier venues to showcase the city’s rock bands and visiting music talent from around the world for now officially 20 years in Little Five Points, Star Community Bar’s “Green Room” is experiencing a complete transformation thanks to Mr. Nine’s gifted strokes of vibrant paint. The result is a surreal and brilliant mural for everyone to have free access for one night only.
On Saturday, August 16, Pabst, the Star Community Bar and AllWays Open will welcome everyone 21 years old and over to the Green room to exhibit what future musicians will be surrounded by while waiting to perform and relaxing after. Embracing themes ranging from fantastical landscapes to Star Wars-influenced characters, this is one work of art that will certainly embellish Star Community Bar’s interior d├ęcor for years to come.
Other highlights include body grooving DJs Ree de la Vega and Camille on the ones and twos; live performances by Atlanta’s own 4ize and Grip Plyaz; and of course, giveaways including a limited edition T-shirt and print designed by Eric Nine (while supplies last); and of course, ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon brew to quench everyone’s thirst.
This is one event not to be missed!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Three Taverns/Saltyard Beer Dinner is tonight!

The wait is over! Here are some answers to questions I received...

Tonight is the night and after doing a lot of features on the our upcoming Beer Dinner tonight at 7 pm, including interviews with Saltyard's Executive Chef Nick Leahy HERE and Three Taverns Founder and Brewmaster Brian Purcell HERE, the time has come. To answer a few more questions I received today, here ya go:

Is the $55 all-inclusive including tax and gratuity? 
Absolutely! It is a hell of a deal at the end of the day. Everyone will leave happy. 

I didn't make reservations. Can I just show up? 
Yep! While supplies last that is. It still would be nice to call ahead because there are only so many mussels we can cook, though

I don't eat pork. Can I have something else besides the sausages for the first course? 
We've got you covered. No problem. You will be eating something else that fits your dietary restrictions. 

What about parking? 
It's complementary valet! 

Besides that, just come on by and let loose. You know we will!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Beer Dinner Interview Part 2: Meet Three Taverns Brewing’s Brian Purcell

After interviewing Chef Nick Leahy about our upcoming beer dinner Thursday, it’s the brewmaster and founder of Three T’s turn. Learn what the new brews are on deck for the rest of the year too!

Hey Craft Beer Sippers!

When laying the groundwork to do a beer dinner with Executive Chef Nick Leahy at his wonderful restaurant, Saltyard, one of the objectives was to go local regarding the brewery we wanted to work with. While there are truly some fantastic brewers from around the city of Atlanta we could choose, Three Taverns was not only one of the newest to hit the streets, but also provided a traditional Belgian-style twist to what they are distributing throughout Georgia. To add, everything from their refreshing Single Intent to their strong, dessert-like Quasimodo quad have consistently reaped accolades and pair perfectly with various types of cuisine. Ultimately, Chef Nick agreed it was a match made in beer heaven, so I gave Three Taverns Owner and Brewmaster Brian Purcell a ring and he was down immediately.
After celebrating his brewery’s first birthday this past July, Brian happily made our beer dinner on Thursday, August 14th at 7 p.m. his top priority. (Did you make your reservations yet? If not, you better hurry and call the Saltyard at 404.382.8088! Walk-ins are welcome, but it wouldn't hurt to call ahead.)
In Part Two of my interview series (Part 1 was with Chef Nick here), I sit down with Brian aka Busy B and talk about how gangster this upcoming beer dinner is going to be through his eyes. Here we go!

Me: After looking at the menu, what pairings excite you from this upcoming dinner? 
Brian and his better half, Susie.
Really, the pairing that excites me most is Three Taverns beer and Chef Nick Leahy. Nick's cultured international experience and global perspective alongside his commitment to local sourcing is a perfect match to my open-minded American approach to traditional Belgian-style beers. Like Nick, my travels overseas and experience with old world beer and food culture has influenced my love for the time-tested monastic approach to brewing, and the Belgian love affair with beer and food cooked with beer.
It doesn't get more Belgian than the way Nick has used our beers as one of the ingredients to the amazing dishes prepared for this dinner. While the Fresno chile-spice character in the mussels paired with A Night In Brussels has me salivating, I'm probably most excited for the grand finale—the desert made and paired with my personal favorite Three Taverns beer, the indomitable Quasimodo, a savory Belgian-style 10 percent [ABV] quadrupel. 

Great answer on all fronts. I dig it. Let’s talk about the new beer you are bringing to the table during the first course.
The reception begins with Pils Mundial, our newest beer that we brewed to commemorate the World Cup [Copa Mundial]. It is a crisp Euro-style pilsner dry hopped with Falconer's Flight 7C's for a distinctly American citrus hop aroma and bite. While this is the only non-Belgian style beer in our portfolio, it is the beer of choice throughout Belgium and the rest of the world for sports. In fact, it was so well received and heavily lauded during the World Cup, we've decided to rename and relaunch it as our newest core beer at the end of the month.
We'll be introducing the new Pils Mundial name and packaging design for the first time at this dinner. Coming to market on draft and in six-packs the first week of September, we hope to inspire a new love and appreciation for the beer sensation first brewed in 1842 in the bohemian city of Pilsen which now represents 90 percent of the beer consumed in the world today.

I purposely waited to get my first sip on at the dinner. I can’t wait to see you got down with that! Speaking of new brews in your portfolio, what's next for Three Taverns including the second coming of Recluse?
We definitely have some new beers coming in the next few months, including the second season [of Theophan The Recluse. [Yes!]We just brewed this season's first batch of the Recluse, our dark and mysterious Belgian-style Russian Imperial Stout that will be ready for release in October. This year's version will have everything that was loved last year with even more depth of body and intensity of flavor.
Before the Recluse there is Le Peche Mode, our new saison fermented with natural Georgia peach juice from Lane Orchards conditioned in 750ml bottles; that releases the end of August. But I may be most excited about a very limited release: It’s a Bourbon Barrel Aged version of Quasimodo we're calling Heavy Bells slated for a September release. The first preview of this beer was a huge hit at our one-year anniversary, and it will be available at select bars on draft and in the big 750ml bottles as well.
Oh, and I can't forget this year's release of Feest Noel, our Christmas quad that was only available on draft during last year's winter holiday season. We are working on what may be our most beautiful label yet with this year's release in the big bottles and on draft in November and December.

You know I am an artwork fanatic so that’s what’s up! As for the upcoming brews, you have my readers drooling for real. Any closing words before the big event tomorrow?
[Laughing.] I'm just excited about hanging out with you and Nick, along with the crowd that comes for the dinner. I love people and nothing beats those moments when we gather around the table over good food and drink and a kind of magic happens. I'll drink to that. Cheers!

Cheers bro! 

As I always say, I loooooooove beer dinners. This one is going to be a good one! Like I said, if you can't make reservations here, walk-ins are cool, plus, if you have a thing with pork, we can take care of that too. Just come through and have a blast with us for the love of beer...and gourmet fare!

Tot ziens! [Look it up.]