Saturday, November 24, 2018

Check me out kicking it with the Bitch Beer Podcast!


From left to right, BeerBitch.com’s Ashley Powers, Benjamin Guilbault, and Caroline King had me talking about a lot of fun shit. It was a dope time. Take a listen here!
(Photo taken by my bro Lamont.)
Whaddup?!

I have been so crazy on the go working on some major projects including one with New Belgium I am set to announce officially soon, plus deadlines of my articles due for Thrillist.com, Lifestyle Publications, Crafteer.com, and filming for ButterATL, so shit has been hectic. And then it occurred to me that I never posted this fun and increasingly popular podcast I was the feature guest for titled Beer Bitch
It was a humorous, yet often deep discussion about how I began my career, the craft beer scene’s need for more diversity, the roles of women, and other dopeness. And although this was recorded just prior to voting, the topics we covered will make this episode relevant for years to come. Having two women hosting—Caroline King and Ashley Powers alongside engineer Benjamin Guilbault—this podcast session (with a name I had to make sure was permissible to repeat) was truly a blast, and I wish it continued success.
By the way, this recording took place at one of my old stomping grounds, the original Hop City in West Midtown Atlanta; once we got setup, the sipping commenced followed by a very entertaining conversation. Check it out here! (Oh! And that project I mentioned in the first sentence is discussed a bit too in this episode.)

Holla!
Ale

Saturday, November 17, 2018

It’s Three Taverns’ 5th Anniversary


It’s today at the brewery from 
12-10 pm featuring 40+ brews! 
The entire beer list is below.
Click here for info.
Let’s party!
One of the dopest breweries in not only Atlanta, but in the US is celebration numero cinco today!
I am a huge fan of Three Taverns and what they have accomplished since day one. I was there when they were pouring samples of the their launch beers including the legendary Night on Ponce IPA way back in the day. Well now it’s half a decade later and look where we are: 40-plus brews including some gangster bottles to bring home! I want to congratulate the homie, owner and brewmaster Brian Purcell, Nate, and the rest of the team that made Three Taverns what it is today!
Peep the tap list below which is simply bananas, plus my boy DJ Jamad is spinning all day. Hell to the yeah! See you there!


Here is what they are saying straight from the source:

We’re having our 5th Anniversary this Saturday at the brewery from 12-10p. We’d love to see you! And raise a glass w/you! And introduce you to some of our new beers! We’ll have 40+ beers on tap, food vendors, photo booth, a DJ, games, and general merriment will abound. For more information about the anniversary, including our tap list, check out our website.

It's been five incredible years of beer making here at Three Taverns and we’re celebrating in a big way! Join us on Saturday, November 17th, from 12p - 10p. We'll have 40+ beers on tap, a photobooth, music, food trucks, games, and several new beer releases available to-go.
Entry to the 5th anniversary party is $35 and includes: 6 full pour beer tickets (additional tickets can be purchased on site for $5/ticket), take home photobooth images, and a commemorative “5th Anniversary” glass (pictured). Presale tickets are now live via CraftCellr here and will also be available to purchase day-of at the brewery.

5th Anniversary Tap List
• Sour Asylum Draft Truck •
Rapturous
| A 5% raspberry sour
Lord Grey | A 5% Earl Grey tea sour
Enchantress | A 5% cranberry sauce sour with cinnamon and clove
Lord Fog | A 5% Earl Grey sour with lavender, vanilla, and lactose
Lazy Sonker | A 5% blueberry cobbler sour with vanilla and lactose
Rapturous Luxure | A 5% raspberry and cream sour with vanilla and lactose
Enchantress Luxure | A 5% cranberry sauce and cream sour with vanilla and lactose
Peach Luxure | A 5% peaches and cream sour with vanilla and lactose
Strawberry Luxure | A 5% strawberry and cream sour with vanilla and lactose
Cream Weaver | A 5% orange creamsicle sour with tangerine and lactose
Saporous | A 5% passion fruit, guava and cream sour with lactose
Pineapple Upside Down Luxure | A 5% pineapple and cream sour with lactose
Ume Gose | A 5% briny plum gose with sea salt
O’ lantern | A 5% natural pumpkin sour
Opulence | A 5% dry hopped sour w/Belma, Ariana, Huell Melon, and Amarillo

The Parlour Bar
A Night On Ponce IPA | A 7.5% American IPA
Passion On Ponce IPA | Night On Ponce with Passionfruit
Rowdy and Proud | A 6% American IPA
Rowdier and Proudier | A 9% DDH Double IPA
Prince of Pilsen | A 5% hoppy pilsner
Prince of Smoke | A 5% smoked malt pilsner
Three Eyes Blind | A 10% triple IPA
Ghost In You | A 6% hazy pale ale
Production Helles | A 4.5% helles or German-style pale lager
The Dunkel | A 4.5% Munich-style dunkel
Morning Smack | An 8% maple, bacon, and banana imperial coffee milk stout
Double Smack | A 12.5% BBA maple, bacon, banana imperial coffee milk stout
Midnight Snack | An 8% chocolate, cherry, and hazelnut imperial coffee milk stout
Mount Fang | A 12.5% BBA imperial milk stout
Scotch Barrel Helm’s Deep | A 13% Scotch barrel-aged imperial milk stout
Quasimodo | A 10% Belgian-style Quadrupel
Le Peche Mode 2018 | A 6% rustic peach saison
Bohemian Mistress | A 4.8% blackberry and mint open fermented Grisette ale
Tendril | A 4.6% kudzu and muscadine Gruit ale

• Funk Yard Bar •
Inceptus 2017 | A 6% BA Georgia wild ale
Inceptus Blueberry 2017 | A 6% Inceptus variant matured on blueberries
Titus | A 5% BA wild ale
Dominus | A 5% BA boysenberry and cedar dark wild ale
Fortunatus | A 5% BA mixed culture farmhouse ale
Saison Voss Kveik | A 6.5% BA rustic farmhouse ale
Total B.S. | A 6.9% BA brett saison
A Night on Brett | A 7.5% BA Belgian-style brett IPA
In addition to our regular to-go offerings we’ll also have the following new beer releases available to-go on the 17th:
Rowdier and Proudier (12oz/4 pack)
Available for presale now via CraftCellr.
Lazy Sonker (12oz/6 pack)
Available for presale now via CraftCellr.
5th Anniversary Ale (750ml)
12.5% Spiced Strong Ale that is a blend of 5 barrel-aged beers: Helm’s Deep, Mount Fang, Departed Spirit, BBA Dubbel Shot, and DBA Feest Noel. Aroma is full of herbal spiced notes and the flavor is complex with dark fruits, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Available for presale now via CraftCellr.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Here are some things poppin’ in ATL while the holiday season kicks off!



Ponce City Market is just one of the destinations hosting events to get us ready for the holidays. Read below for more activities, specials and events ATL has to offer.


Whaddup!
Atlanta always have something going on especially during the holiday season. Starting on the 13th, it’s on! Here are some very cool events and ideas that pretty much involve pleasing your palate!

Cheers!
Ale

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675 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Tues., Nov. 13 – “Gusto di Italia” Wine Tasting Series
Beginning tomorrow (November 13), Brezza Cucina's Beverage Director Don Pirone will host a wine tasting class the second Tuesday of every month focusing on a different region in Italy. Guests can enjoy an interactive learning and tasting experience centered around four wines from the restaurant's cultivated selection. Snacks will be served from Brezza Cucina's newly debuted Burrata & Raw Bar. Each class begins at 7pm and is $30 to attend, and reservations can be made by emailing candace@brezzacucina.com and keith@brezzacucina.com.

Mon., Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14 – Kids Pizza-Making Classes
Brezza Cucina is now offering Kids Pizza-Making Classes the second Monday of every month! The restaurant's culinary team will teach little chefs how to stretch pizza dough before they top pies themselves and watch as the pizzas bake in the restaurant's wood fire oven. Classes cost $25 per child, including a complimentary glass of wine for mom or dad, and are held from 5-7pm. Participation can be reserved by emailing candace@brezzacucina.com and keith@brezzacucina.com. Upcoming classes will be held on November 12 (SOLD OUT), December 10, January 14, etc. on the second Monday of the month.

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Ponce City Market & The Battery

On Nov. 15 at The Battery location, El Super Pan is hosting a special three-course dinner inspired by South American Parrillada flavors. The barbecue will feature perfectly seasoned and grilled cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and sausages, along with a variety of roasted vegetables, red wine and beer pairings from Chile and Argentina. The night will end on a sweet note with traditional desserts of flan and alfajores. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online.

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1465 Howell Mill Rd NE

Sat., Nov. 17 - UrbanTree Friendsgiving
UrbanTree is hosting a special Friendsgiving event on Nov. 17, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Guests are invited to sip cider, purchase food from Low-Co Motion food truck, and take advantage of a 10% sale on bottles of cider to-go, the perfect fall drink for bringing to the Thanksgiving table.

Fri., Nov. 16 - Hand Picked Comedy
Hand Picked Comedy is back at UrbanTree! This month’s featured performers include Benton Hickerson, Laura Peek, and Olivia Cathcart, all hosted by Ian Aber. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

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S. Main Street, Alpharetta

Through Wed., Nov 21 - Holiday Cakes
South Main Kitchen’s coveted holiday cakes are now available! Made fresh to order by the restaurant’s pastry chef, the cakes are available in two varieties: Coconut Doberge, a vanilla bean cake with coconut German buttercream and flaked coconut and Double Dark Chocolate, a decadent dark chocolate cake made with bittersweet chocolate frosting and Maldon salt flakes.

South Main Kitchen’s holiday cakes can be pre-ordered at the restaurant or by calling (678) 691-4622 with pick-up through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

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123 East Court Square (Decatur)

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The White Bull!
Whether you’re planning an office holiday celebration or a gathering with friends and family, The White Bull has you covered. Offering special lunch, dinner, and hors d’oeuvres menus for semi-private events, The White Bull will work with you to ensure your holiday celebration is a success. Lunch pricing begins at $35/person, and dinner begins at $55/person. Pricing varies for the hors d’oeuvre menu, which can be served at a cocktail-style reception or at table celebrations. See here for The White Bull’s event catering menu options and pricing, and to book an event, email info@whitebullatl.com.

Don't miss wine concierge Kelly of A Cork in the Road and her beer-loving competitor as they pair one beer and one wine with each dish for an exclusive four-course dinner at The White Bull. Guests will select which beverage they think pairs best with each course, ultimately putting the “wine vs beer” debate to rest! A wine enthusiast and experienced tasting consultant, Kelly will help guests define their personal preferences in a fun, approachable way. Guests can expect to come away with a deepened understanding of the flavors, smells, and styles of wine and beer that they prefer most. Tickets can be purchased here for $65 per person.

Join The White Bull’s Beverage Director Matthew Scott as he traces the story of the cocktail. This event series provides attendees with a detailed history of our nation’s most memorable and iconic cocktail recipes, along with tastes of each throughout the lesson. Guests, who must be 21+ to attend, can choose their favorite concoction from the list and work with Matthew to recreate it for themselves.

This Saturday’s topic, “Prohibition in the Dark Ages” will be hosted on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 12:30-2:30pm. The lesson will cover the history of the American prohibition, and the well-known cocktail concoctions that developed as a result. Tickets are $55/person and can be purchased online here.
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675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Nov. 19-20 - Batter Cookie Dough Counter’s One-Year Anniversary
Celebrate one year of edible cookie dough with Batter at PCM! From Monday, Nov. 19 through Tuesday, Nov. 20, the shop will offer an anniversary special to all guests from 11am-9pm. Cookie dough lovers can purchase a scoop of cookie dough and receive a second scoop for 50% off!

Thanksgiving carbs are covered by Root Baking Co.! The newly opened shop inside Ponce City Market is now offering pre-orders for the holidays both online and in person. Selections include heirloom apple pie (made with apple-ginger filling and stone-milled flour crust), chocolate pecan pie, multigrain and sourdough breads, biscotti, lemon and chocolate shortbread cookies, and more. All Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Nov. 19.

Join Williams Sonoma at Ponce City Market for an exciting event celebrating the launch of The Final Table, a new global culinary competition series from Netflix. In the show, chefs from around the world face off as they attempt to master cuisines from nine different countries. While guests don’t have to compete for a title, they’ll get to experience a glimpse of the show brought to life in this special cooking class.
Inspired by the global array of dishes featured on The Final Table, this exciting event will take a deep dive into Spain’s diverse flavors with a special paella cooking demonstration along with additional recipes for guests to bring a special taste of Italy and Mexico back home with them, including Spaghetti al Limone, Chicken Tacos, and Guacamole. Tickets are $10 per person and include a live cooking demonstration and paella paired with cider from friends at Shacksbury Cider. Proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry in their fight against childhood hunger.

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656 N. Highland Ave NE

Calling all Travel Channel fans! The television network will be at Sweet Auburn on Nov. 13 to film for their “Food Paradise” show from 12-2pm. Guests are invited to stop by for lunch for their chance to be featured on the show.

Wed., Nov. 28 - No-Shave November Night
Sponsored by The Shave Barbershop Atlanta, visit Sweet Auburn BBQ to support men’s health on Nov. 28. From 7-10pm, there will be prizes for unique beards, and all guests can enjoy food and drinks specials with raffle proceeds benefiting No-Shave November, an organization devoted to raising cancer awareness.
255 Ottley Drive

Now Available at Lake Burrito!
Local coffee roaster East Pole is now available at Lake Burrito, the Cumming, Georgia-based restaurant serving fresh Mexican cuisine! East Pole’s “Traffic” coffee blend is available on drip by the cup, with iced coffee served alongside the restaurant’s weekend breakfast menu of tacos, burritos, salads and more.

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1317 Logan Circle NW

Just launched - #ThisIsMySecondSelf
Second Self has launched their #ThisIsMySecondSelf campaign, celebrating the side hustles and passions of the community. Inspired by their co-founders story of leaving desk jobs to brew beer, the brewery is asking people to use the hashtag for the chance to be featured on their social media and cheers with friends over free beers!

Now available - Junipa
Second Self has released its cold weather seasonal Junipa (6.4% ABV). A spruce beer inspired by gin, Junipa returns in 2018, featuring ingredients juniper and rosemary. The beer is now available on draft at Second Self’s taproom in Atlanta and on draft and in cans in bars and restaurants throughout Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.

Cheer on the Falcons at Second Self! On Nov. 18, craft beer lovers are invited to the Westside taproom to watch the game. People’s BBQ will be onsite smoking a whole pig and preparing food for purchase, and guests can purchase plates for $15 or an all-you-can-eat option for $25, including side items. Anyone in Falcons gear will also receive a free beer during the game.

Fri., Nov. 23 - Black Friday Sale
Shoppers - include Second Self in your Black Friday route! On Nov. 23, each beer in the tasting room will be $3 and a food truck will be onsite with food for purchase.



Thursday, November 8, 2018

It’s the 2nd Annual Butcher & Brew Fest this Saturday, November 10th in Historic Alpharetta!


 23 craft breweries are about to get their pour on!
Cheers Y'all!
As many of you have seen on especially my Instagram and Twitter, I've been traveling a lot and working on something big regarding diversity in the craft beer community among other things, so forgive the hiatus. Anyway, I am back and of course, my hometown of Atlanta has something popping. This upcoming beer festival called Butcher & Brew Fest happens this Saturday in Historic Alpharetta, GA, from 2-6 pm, and it sounds like an awesome time. We're talking live music, food, games, and yes, brew! I missed the first one and heard great things, so I am rolling to this one; here is the info below and a direct link to tickets so you can join me. 
Look for a lot of other things I have going on via my social media handles, and know that I will stay committed to letting the world know that beer is the most interesting and complex beverage in the world that EVERYONE should enjoy!
Much love!
Here is the official info on Butcher & Brew Fest:
2nd Annual Butcher & Brew Fest To Be Held On Saturday,
November 10th In Historic Alpharetta


Celebration Will Bring Together 23 Craft Breweries from Around the Country
 Portion of Proceeds to Benefit the Atlanta Humane Society


Butcher & Brew Fest, hosted by American gastro sports bar Butcher & Brew in Alpharetta’s Historic Downtown District, will be held on Saturday, November 10th, from 2-6pm. The annual outdoor event, now in its second year and larger than before, will celebrate the best of craft beer and feature food, live music, games and more.

Butcher & Brew Fest will bring together 23 craft breweries from the Atlanta area and around the country, including:

Atlanta Area Breweries:
·         Cherry Street Brewing
·         Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
·         Dry County Brewing Co.
·         Gate City Brewing Co.
·         Good Word Brewing
·         Jekyll Brewing
·         Monday Night Brewing
·         Monday Night Brewing
·         New Realm Brewing Company
·         Orpheus Brewing
·         Red Brick Brewing Co.
·         Red Hare Brewing Company
·         Reformation Brewery
·         Scofflaw Brewing Co.
·         Second Self Beer Co.
·         Steady Hand Beer Co.
·         SweetWater Brewing Co.
·         Terrapin Beer Co.

Out of State Breweries:
·         Bell’s Brewery, founded in Michigan
·         Bold Rock Hard Cider from Virginia
·         Boulevard Brewing Co., founded in Missouri
·         Brooklyn Brewery from New York
·         Currahee Brewing Co. from North Carolina
·         Wicked Weed Brewing from North Carolina

Drinks can be paired with complimentary pretzel necklaces and popcorn, and Pine Street Market sausages and hot dogs grilled on a Big Green Egg will be available for purchase. Fire & The Knife will be playing live music throughout the day, and The Photo Bus ATL will be onsite to capture fun keepsakes.

Early bird tickets are selling out fast, but can still be purchased for $35 here. A portion of proceeds from Butcher & Brew Fest will be donated to the Atlanta Humane Society, a nonprofit organization committed to finding homes for adoptable pets.

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Butcher & Brew is an American gastro sports bar located in the soul of Alpharetta’s Historic Downtown District. It was founded in 2016 by restaurateur Louis Soon and serves an eclectic and extensive collection of craft beers, paired with bold and tasty twists on sandwiches, bowls and shareable fare. The food program is led by Culinary Director Andy Long. Butcher & Brew has been featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Eater Atlanta and Atlanta Magazine. Butcher & Brew is part of Maven Restaurant Group, which also includes neighboring South Main Kitchen. For more information, please visit: www.butcherandbrewshop.com

Butcher & Brew
3 South Main Street
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Whiskies of the World 2018 is about to pour Friday!


Did you get your tickets yet? If not, make sure to use my promo code ALE20 to get $20 off tickets here!

Cheers Y'all!
To all my whisky heads and cigar smokers, this is an amazing experience and to show love since I had such a blast last time, use my promo code ALE20 to get $20 off tickets here. I am rolling already, but they know I have a lot of sophisticated sippers in ATL who want to join me, so come through! It's this Friday. If you're a Scorpio, get someone to get this as a BDay present, ya heard? Here is the official description and link:
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Learn, celebrate, experience! Whiskies of the World gathers the world’s most fascinating brown spirits along with their makers and ambassadors to give its guests an opportunity to sample, learn and experience a night of delicious spirited fun. The tasting will be in Atlanta at the Intercontinental Buckhead on November 2nd. Enjoy whisky, savory food pairings, the outdoor cigar patio and learning from the world's whisky producers.