Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wait, wha...? Beer sneakers?! Yep!

Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery launch limited-edition trail running shoe! 

Whoa!
For all sneaker and shoe lovers in general like myself, I need to get a pair of these on principle alone! Beer kicks? Hell yeah! Below is the official press release and information. Nice job Merrell and Dogfish
Whatcha think?
I say dopeness!
Ale

Straight from the press:
Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 
launch Limited-Edition Trail Running Shoe! 
Made from sustainable materials, the Agility Synthesis x Dogfish shoe brings a fresh take on trail to tavern
Outdoor performance brand Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery have launched a cobranded trail running shoe inspired by two of their shared passions: the outdoors and beer. The limited-edition Merrell Agility Synthesis X Dogfish trail runner is now available in select retail stores and on Merrell.com, and will also be sold on September 29th at Dogfish Head’s annual Dogfish Dash in Milton, DE.
Available in a “SeaQuench” colorway for men and women, the design of the shoe is inspired by the most thirst-quenching beer Dogfish Head has ever brewed: SeaQuench AleSeaQuench Ale is now the best-selling sour beer in America, and is recognized by its signature sea-foam green can and off-centered ingredients, including black limes and sea salt, all of which are incorporated into the shoe design.
“Today’s adventurous beer drinker is seeking more from their alcoholic beverages than ever before. They’re looking for a beer that’s not only intensely flavorful, but that fits into their active lifestyle. Brewed with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt, the thirst-slaying, citrusy-tart mashup that is SeaQuench Ale satisfies all those needs,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “Partnering with Merrell, leaders in the active lifestyle footwear category, to release this sweet SeaQuench-themed shoe is a great reminder to folks everywhere that you can ‘have your beer and drink it too.’ Maintaining an active lifestyle is all about balance – go for a trail run or a gym workout, then reward yourself with a cold can of SeaQuench Ale.”
Merrell and Dogfish Head, two outdoor-loving brands, both believe wild spaces urgently need to be sustained and protected. With that in mind, the co-branded shoes are made with a more sustainable choice wherever possible. They include reclaimed scrap rubber, BLOOM® algae foam instead of petroleum, recycled plastic, and more.
Alongside the launch of the Agility Synthesis X Dogfish shoe, Merrell will be donating $10,000 to The Conservation Alliance, whose mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Merrell is a pinnacle member of The Conservation Alliance and to date, has provided more than $1 million in funding to assist their efforts.
“We’ve enjoyed building upon the shared beliefs of Merrell and Dogfish Head,” says Sue Rechner, President of Merrell. “We’re very proud that our partnership also provides support for The Conservation Alliance and reduces our impact through the use of recycled materials and sustainable processes.”

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Steer Me! Car Reviews—Part Three: More impressive automobiles for 2019!


The Genesis G70 (above) continues to impress along with Chevy's new Traverse trims and Toyota Highlander models!
Photo courtesy of Genesis.

As we enter the fall, here are some more automobiles to consider that me and my Steer Me! team of journalists find very impressive for 2019. Enjoy!
Photos courtesy of automakers


2019 Chevy Traverse AWD Premier and High Country
Popular due to its practicality, roominess, 4G LTE WiFi, OnStar system, and comfortably fitting up to seven adults, Chevrolet’s design team added an impressive facelift to the new Traverse’s list of accolades; the custom Silver Ice Metallic body coat, 20-inch “Gloss Black” wheels with red accents, daytime running lamps, and roof rails gave the 2019 Premier edition a welcomed sporty-meets-aggressive appearance. It’s 3.6-liter, V-6 heart, nine-speed automatic transmission, plethora of safety options including an “SOS” button for emergencies, “Teen Driver” technology, eight-inch color touchscreen, and numerous apps for extensive mobile device capability are just few of the numerous attractions to add to its resume. Simply put, this room crossover SUV is perfect for whatever the family demands.
Note: The Traverse comes in an amazing seven trims, and the highest level is the High Country. This impressive version comes with emergency breaking, adaptive cruise control, leather interior, IntelliBeam high beam assist, and signature SkyScape power sunroof with tilt coupled with a back fixed skylight with sunscreen for optimal stargazing.   
Price: $48,200 (MSRP); $50,045 with all options
For more information, visit Chevy.com.



2019 Genesis G70
For the past few years, Genesis has truly claimed its place in the industry as a prestigious luxury brand at highly competitive pricing. The smooth, attractive G70—coming in two different turbocharged engines—provides amazing value, with the Prestige 2.0T starting at $34,900 for all its pampering amenities, Nappa leather interior, a Surround View monitor, responsive handling, and generous warranty package. The 3.3T edition terrorizes the streets with 365 horses packed under the hood; multiple driving modes seamlessly customize the riding experience. Ultimately, this sedan is highly recommended and shamelessly one of my favorite brands on wheels.
Price: Starting $34,900 (MSRP); $43,750 for the 3.3T option
For more information, visit Genesis.com.



2019 Toyota Highlander XLE- V6 AWD
The 2019 Highlander also comes in the SE AWD  (left) and Hybrid Limited pictured above.
Journalist Andrea Janise says…
The 2019 Toyota Highlander is a great all-around mid-size SUV that will meet the needs of every member of the family with seating for up to seven people. The amenities include leather trimmed, heated seats and mirrors, 8” touch screen and backup camera, moonroof, push to start and smart key entry. Perfect for those summer road trips with its 3 zone auto climate control, plus it’s safety features includes Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) with pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert and steering assist. Equipped with 8 airbags and a blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert, the Highlander will ensure that you get to and from each destination safely. The Toyota Highlander offers 22 MPG combined city/highway. Price: $40,680 as reviewed.
For more information, visit Toyota.com.

Look for more soon!
Cheers!
Ale



One Musicfest is this weekend!

They are celebrating 10 years of music history!
Yo!
As I do every year, One Musicfest is the best music festival for hip-hop, soul, and people Atlanta has every year. Don't believe me? Look at the acts on this poster. I try to go every year and get busy on the photos; this was one of my best coverage shots so far. I also interviewed the founder of the Fest in my Interviews With Brews series, J Carter, here. Look for more collaborations soon!
Hope you can make it! Go here for last-minute tickets!

Peace!
Ale

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hey beer lovers, Georgia Fortnight is in full swing!


From now through the 26th, beer pours lovely in Georgia!

Yep! Atlanta is already an awesome beer city, but you can never be mad at another reason to celebrate ales and lagers being poured here. Thanks to Georgia Fortnight, some of Georgia’s major sud slingers got together to make a whole week special with beer dinners, new releases, and special tappings. Below is the schedule. I hope to see you at some of these. Shout out the homie Mary Fiorello aka Hops Diva for passing it on.

Cheers!
Ale

August 17, 2019
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Mexican Siberius Maximus bottle release/GA Beer Festival 12-4 p.m.
        Ticket holders will receive:
        Two 500 ml bottles (with the option to purchase a third bottle) of Mexican Siberius
        Entry into the festival with 20-30 beers in addition to Wrecking Bar beers
        Food from El Tesoro  and our own Chef Nick
        Frozen Margaritas
        Live music from a mariachi band

SweetWater Brewing Company
Chocolope Release - SweetWater’s fall seasonal
        Brownies and cookie pairings
        First 144 receive Strain glass

New Realm
        Full food menu from our scratch kitchen featuring several new menu items, Live music all day long
        Tapping of at least 3 new beers: Expected Turbulence Hazy Pale Ale, Hazy Dragon NE Pale Ale & a vintage 2018 keg TBD
        $1 from each Expected Turbulence Hazy Pale Ale and Hazy Dragon NE Pale Ale poured from 7-9 p.m. will be donated to the GCBG.
August 18, 2019
Eventide Brewing                                                                                                                     Hangover Brunch with The Real Mexican Vittles
Menu:
        Chilaquiles with eggs, by request                                                            
        All Tacos with scrambled or fried eggs on top
        Tortilla and fried egg breakfast
        Mexican Breakfast Bruschetta
        Breakfast quesadillas
        Breakfast Bowls 
        Micheladas
        Beermosas

August 18, 2019
SweetWater Brewing “Throwback Sunday”
$15 ticket with six 6 oz. pours
Souvenir glass to take
Free tours
Holly Street Band from 2-5 p.m.
Cellar Beers on draft
             2015 Festive
             2017 Happy Ending

August 17-19 2019
Park Bar – Downtown
SweetWater Brewery tap takeover

August 22, 2019
Twain’s
First Can Release & Beer Can Chicken!

August 22, 2019
Sceptre Brewing Arts
Crowler release

August 23, 2019                                                                                                                         Creature Comforts Brewing Company Snow Tire: “The Silent World” Black Lager Release – Plus a silent disco and the opening of their new green space.

August  23-24, 2019
Riverdog Outpost
SweetWater tap takeover

August 24, 2019
Creature Comforts Brewing Company Snow Tire: “Eukaryote” Release – a Limited 750 Dry Hopped Table Beer Release

August 24, 2019
Pontoon Brewing
Brownie Bash 2019 Festival around the release of Brownie Batter Batch Sweet Imperial Stout and eight new Brownie Batter Batch releases.

August 25, 2019
Pontoon Brewing
We've got your cure to the Sunday Scaries! That post Brownie Bash hangover can be cured with #SundayFunday at Pontoon Brewing. Enjoy BOTTOMLESS Bromosas for $20 from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.. Orange juice options include traditional orange, tropical and orange banana in our tart cherry pineapple sour! $9.99 Hooch Bier Blonde pitchers & $14.99 core beer pitchers all day. Orange Pineapple Blonde and Michelada specials available as well!


Atlanta Brewing Company
Atlanta’s oldest brewery will be selling 4-pack bottles mix & match of our Conjuring Cultures series for $25! Bellum variants will be on tap for Sunday only.

August 28, 2019
Lincoln Fill Station - details TBD

August 28-31 2019
Gate City Brewing / Variant Brewing Company
Variant and Gate City will be releasing Walking Distance Volume 2 - identical NEIPA's featuring / highlighting different southern hemisphere dry hops. Variant is using New Zealand Nelson Sauvin and Gate City is using Australian Galaxy.   
August 28-30, 2019
Butcher and Brew – Alpharetta:  Draft feature with a multiple SweetWater Brewing taps
Loyal Q – Old Milton – SweetWater Brewing tap takeover
Loyal Tavern – Roswell – SweetWater Brewing tap takeover

Ceviche – Alpharetta – SweetWater Brewing Draft Feature 420 and G13

Ceviche – Roswell – SweetWater Brewing draft feature

Shade Street Food – Alpharetta – SweetWater Brewing draft feature

Mac McGee’s – Roswell – SweetWater Brewing Draft Feature 420 and G13

Mellow Mushroom – Brookhaven – SweetWater Brewing tap takeover


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hop on the Atlanta Beer Bus to Athens, GA September 1st!


Click here to book your ticket!
Whaddup!
On Sunday, September 1, the Atlanta Beer Bus hits up Athens, GA to visit four breweries and then it’s back to Atlanta! I’m definitely rolling so come join me here before it sells out! As you can see from the LaGrange trip we did here, I had a blast!

Here’s the breakdown…
·         Leaving from Atlanta Brewing at 10 a.m. (returns around 8 p.m.)
·         Visiting: Akademia Brewing, Creature Comforts, Southern Brewing, and Terrapin
·         Atlanta Beer Bus buys the first pint at each location* (*pint is included with purchase of food at Akademia)
·         Price is $50 per person

See you there!
Ale