Sunday, June 26, 2016

It’s the Wild Bunch II today!

Kick it at the Argosy and support The Giving Kitchen with some of ATL's best in the culinary scene!

After Eventide’s Citrus Grove Hefeweizen launch (it was great!), Venkman’s brunch, the Brick Store’s awesome 19th anniversary, Tacos and Tequila honor my late mom’s birthday, and then an awesome two fights on CBS, a good rest was a must to conclude Saturday in ATL. Now it’s Sunday and the second annual Wild Bunch at the Argosy in East Atlanta is the move starting at 6 p.m. (followed by Game of Thrones’ bittersweet season ender) to support one of the greatest causes in the South, The Giving Kitchen. Here is the official write up. I hope to see you there!

They Say:
We are proud and excited to present the second year of Wild Bunch! Tacos, cocktails, beer, and bands! Last year was legendary and we raised over $10,000 for The Giving Kitchen. More of the city's favorite chefs, bartenders, and bands have been added to make this one of the year's most unique and memorable experiences. $25 gets you admission and 5 drink/food tickets (extra drink and taco tix available for $5).

Check out this ridiculous lineup:

Tacos by:
Steven Satterfield of Miller Union
Hector Santiago of El Super Pan Latino Sandwiches & Bar
Angus Brown and Nhan Le of So Ba Vietnamese Restaurant and Octopus Bar
David Bies of Ticonderoga Club
Josh Hopkins of Empire State South
Jeff Wall of Kimball House
Allen Suh of Gaja Restaurant & Bar
Michael Person of Argosy

Cocktails served by:
Miles Macquarrie of Kimball House
Greg Best and Paul Calvert of Ticonderoga Club
Kellie Thorn of Empire State South
Trip Sandifer of The Painted Pin
Shanna Mayo of AMER
John Wayne of The Pinewood
Brandon Kemp of The Bookhouse
Bobby Dudley of The SOS Tiki Bar
Adam Rowe of Leon’s Full Service
Philip Frobos of Argosy

Bands!: Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound, The Oblivians), Chris Lopez (The Rock*A*Teens), Jesse Smith (Gentleman Jesse & His Men), Little Francis (, and DJ sets by Lance and April Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital!

Breweries!: Creature Comforts, Three Taverns Craft Brewery, Wild Heaven Craft Beers, Orpheus Brewing, Terrapin Beer Co., Second Self Beer Company

Spirits!: Redbreast Whiskey, Altos Tequila, Anchor Distilling Company, Virgil Kaine, Pisco Control C, Old 4th Distillery, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, and High West Distillery!

Old school Westerns by Videodrome!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brick Store and Eventide throw down on Saturday!

One of my favorite pics of Dave, the co-owner of the Brick Store, disclosing his freakdom.
What’s up for the weekend in ATL? This!


Two dope events are going down on Saturday, June 24th, and I wanted to make sure you were aware. (Well, actually three in case you are a Game of Thrones fanatic and can’t wait for the season finale on Sunday night.) Anyway, one of the best beer bars in the world, the Brick Store Pub, is celebrating 19 fantastic years being simply stellar. The taps start pouring at 11 a.m. I will definitely be in the house while they dedicate this day to five Georgia breweries supplying some serious hard-to-finds.
Speaking of local, Eventide Brewing is celebrating a year of their awesome tasting room being open by doing a launch of their Citrus Grove Hefeweizen here with a complete package of awesome giveaways. See below for details on both gangster events.
Oh yeah, and Venkman’s is about to hook up a lip-smackin’ brunch every Saturday starting in July, so I will be tasting everything to, uh, make sure everything is in order. I am sure it will be a must-go!


Okay, time for the details for this Saturday:

It’s the Brick Store 19th Anniversary!
My homies Dave, Michael, Ryan, Todd, Chainsaw… man, everyone: Congrats!
Peep this gangster beer list courtesy of Three Taverns, Wild Heaven, Creature Comforts, Orpheus, and Terrapin providing some rare-ass kegs! For sure, there will be other goodies in store, but this is what’s advertised starting at 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

From Three Taverns…
Sherry Barrel Aged Sour (no name yet)
Good Word/Three Taverns Collab Brett Saison
Cucumber/Basil SOur Asylum
Day of the Departed
Inceptus 2015
Tripel 3 Year

From Terrapin…
Cinnamon Rolled Wake N Bake
Sound Czech
Grapefruit Hopsecutioner
Free Spirit
Terrapin 14th Anniversary
Watermelon Gose

From Creature Comforts…
Double Koko Buni
Smoked Peach Bibo

From Orpheus…
Bourbon Barrel Aged Arktos
Those Who Cast Shadows
Atalanta Reserve
Even The Furies Wept
Abandon All Hope

Wild Heaven…
Wise Blood
Height of Civilization
Peach and Apricot Gose
Barrel Aged Eschaton

Citrus Grove Release Party!
They Say: The tasting room is upon its first anniversary and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by having a release party for the much anticipated Citrus Grove Hefeweizen. Tickets include tour, up to 36 ounces in tastings, an Eventide 32-ounce growler filled with Citrus Grove to take home with you, live music and more! Tickets are available for purchase on our website here.

Be safe and have a blast!
Your homey, 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

This Rolls-Royce VISION Next 100 concept is incredible!

When RR sent this to me, my jaws dropped!

As many of you know, I have a Brewsin' element and a Cruisin’ element for virtually everything I cover; this Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 concept is the epitome of luxury for the latter. It hit the floors in London earlier today. In their press release, Rolls-Royce says, “It provides a fully authentic look into the potential demands and desires of the wealthy connoisseur of the future.”  
Well I am definitely saving up, putting up all my chips in my fantasy football squads since I won three Super Bowls last year, and hoping to drive one of these bad boys somehow. Ha!
On the real, I have covered the “Double R” (as the late, great Tupac would say) on a few press trips like their Wraith here, but this is definitely on the next level. Period.
Okay, enough writing. Shout outs to Giles Taylor, the Director of Design I posted at the very end, and everyone a part of this time warp on wheels.  Oh, and I hope you have taken advantage of Part One and Two of my Annual Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guides. This VISION would've been on it! Now peep it:

With the Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100 we were mindful not to dwell on the past. We wanted to be as innovative as possible and at the same time transcend the design history of the marque”.

Giles Taylor, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Annual Last-Minute Father's Day Gift Guide! Part One

Shock Dad with these awesome gifts!

Once again it’s on!

Time is ticking away and you need that “Last Minute” buzzer-beater before June 17th hits, right? Well I’m giving you a week and change to consider these great Father’s Day gift ideas below. As always, I hit the streets, surf the Net, get a ton of submissions, and utilize my long list of resources to make sure the dad you hook up won’t silently cuss you out when your back is turned.
As most of you know, there is no mediocrity on this site, and the following gadgets, beer-themed accessories, apps, trips, cars, smell goods, beverages, books, and events confirm it: I only want the best for my readers! In fact, I did so much work that this guide has to be in Two Parts!
So check out what I posted below in Part One including everything from kickass Frye products to slick book bags by Herschel, a spa date at the Mandarin HotelCREED cologne to make Dad smell like royalty, a 2016 Ford Mustang GT…man, anything you pick will be sincerely appreciated. Honestly, this is the best Last-Minute Gift Guide yet!
To all the dads who deserve it, Happy Father’s Day!
Now get your shoppin' on!

Your homey,

The FRYE Company Gift Card
Getting anything made by FRYE is a win. This boot, bag and shoe authority continues to make America proud and the stylish consistently happy since 1863. Add Dad to that list with a gift card and send him on his way to shopping bliss whether it’s online or at one of their fine stores throughout the U.S. Atlanta's in the Ponce City Market is awesome!

Herschel Supply Co. Backpacks
One look at these moderately priced book bags and you can see why Herschel is blowing up worldwide. Based in Vancouver, Canada, this hot tote supplier has something for everyone from hipsters to corporate executives who want to make a statement rocking these joints over their shoulders. Their color combinations are extra dope. Period.

CREED Cologne
Originating in London, England, the CREED family has created some of the most extraordinary colognes and perfumes worldwide for generations using some of the most exotic ingredients. It's no wonder everyone from celebrities to royalty swear by them. Honestly, I love 'em because they last a long time on your skin, how eccentric their scents are, and the compliments received regularly. My favorites are their Himalaya and Aventus fragrances, but I need to try them all. Trust me, a bottle of anything by CREED will beat other smell goods by a nose every time.

Barnsley Resort Sporting Clay Instruction
Be it stress, a love for sports, or simply wanting to blast something, hook Dad up with clay shooting lessons at one of Georgia's most revered destinations, Barnsley Resort. I have been there numerous times and I strongly recommend hanging at their heavily stocked beer garden and maybe an overnight stay after. Try and say hello to the celebrated Fairy Godmother while you are out there. She is awesome!
They Say: For visitors seeking to ignite a sense of adventure or sharpen skills, the challenging clay shooting course features 15 stations with a diverse layout of shots ranging from an open field to the forest as well as over reclaimed bauxite mine ponds. Partnering with Caesar Guerini, a leading manufacturer of Italian made over and under shotguns, Barnsley Resort offers a world-class shooting school with NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) certified instructors and is led by Skip Smith, one of only a few Level III certified instructors in the United States, who brings unparalleled experience and technique to his classes. Sporting clay rates are $60 for 100 targets.  Private shooting instruction is $135 per hour and includes gun rental.  The one-day shooting school is $475 and the two-day is $950, with rates including equipment, guns, ammunition, lunch, and eye/ear protection.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Who doesn’t love to woosah? I had the chance to get full-body massage at one of Atlanta’s ritziest hotels, the Mandarin Oriental, and almost cried when my 80-minute session concluded. It was that good! 
Give Dad that same experience along with a steam bath, whirlpool, private pool, and other gems their state-of-the-art spa provides. To add, there is a 1 hour 20 minute Age Rebel Men’s Facial special where patroons receive a 20 percent discount on any products purchased from the ESPA Men’s Product Line through June 30th. The facial includes a steam, deep cleanse, and enzyme peel, plus a neck and shoulder massage. For reservations, call (404) 995 7526 or email Believe me, Pops will love you even more!

Homebrew Supply
Does Dad brew or is at least considering to? A kit by Homebrew Supply Company will get him prepared to be the next Sam Calagione in no time! From recipes for a refreshing Summer Nights Grapefruit Pale Ale to a robust, hearty Peanut Butter Cup Stout, watch Pop’s face light up when you take a sip of one of his sudsy masterpieces. They have all the supplies, instructions, and ingredients as well (including a home-distilling kit), so it’s a one-stop shop!

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
With the ridiculous traffic in especially Atlanta, Georgia, letting loose a little steam in an Andretti hi-speed kart, plus an array of games, beers, wines, cocktails, sports on the multiple flat screen TVs, and house-made grub will lower Dad’s blood pressure for sure! Providing two locations, take him out for a day or hook him up with a membership featuring monthly coupons!

The Biltmore
I had the pleasure of experiencing the Biltmore’s Land Rover Driving School in Asheville, NC, where you take some of the best automobiles SUVs known to man and test out the various terrains their 8,000 acres of land have to offer. From crossing streams to heavy duty off-roading, it was simply unforgettable. My bucket list includes me going back to enjoy the numerous other activities and dining options this historic estate boasts. Oh yeah, Dad will love the Biltmore, too.  I got carried away!
They Say: Adventure craving families can stay on the go with a multitude of options from biking, rafting, fly fishing, sporting clays, a Land Rover Driving School and traverse 8,000 acres of land. Give dad a break from the grill and plan a perfect meal on the grounds with plenty of scenic spots to picnic in the summer gardens or make a reservation at Deerpark’s Father’s Day Brunch held between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For children of age, take a winery tour with Dad and taste award-winning wines from the estate. The curious-minded are sure to be satisfied with one of the many tours Biltmore offers, a particular favorite the Rooftop tour, will show Dad exquisite views of the mountains and estate. Turn Father’s Day into a weekend at the newly opened Village Inn, centrally located in Antler Hill Village, a quaint area with shopping and dining options galore. With so many activities to share with Dad, guests will not have to worry about spending the day doing the same thing twice.

HTC 10
Picture this: Dad smiling when he gets handed the new Verizon HTC 10 phone that claims being the world's first OIS front and back. With crystal clear photos that would make National Geographic blush thanks to 12 million UltraPixels and faster laser focus, this mobile gem will make his memories that much fonder for years to come.

2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible California Special
If you are really balling, can imagine that lucky father walking outside and seeing this baby in his driveway? Terrorizing the streets and highways courtesy of a 5.0L, V-8 engine powered by 435 horsepower, Ford did a solid job maintaining the Mustang tradition with some welcomed enhancements. This is especially true in the California package sporting 19-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, a black rear spoiler, a custom grille and gas cap, black side mirrors, and gangster racing stripes. The results include seemingly countless accolades from the most discerning auto journalists such as myself.

Make sure you check out Part Two of the Last-Minute Gift Guide for more ideas!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Who’s rolling to the Ballast Point beer dinner at Double Zero? This guy!

One of the best breweries in the nation, Ballast Point, throws down at Double Zero Napoletana on Wednesday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m.


It’s beer dinner time and I am excited about this one. With Ballast Point, who excels with both beer and spirits, teaming up with one of the most gangster eateries in ATL—the contemporary Italian-themed Double Zero Napoletana—it was a no-brainer to book a seat. You should too. Check out the menu below. It's a steal for $59 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.
Call (404) 991-3666 and reserve a seat; this is the Facebook link. 
See you there!

Your homey,

Amuse Bouche
·         Fried pork belly with smoked peach glaze, pickled pearl onions
·         Paired with: Pardon The Interruption - Ballast Point Old Grove Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Creme de Peche, Elderflower Liquor

Course One
·         Octopus ceviche, tarragon, yuzu, spicy mango salsa 
·         Paired with: Mango Even Keel Session IPA

Course Two
·         Radicchio and Bellamy Blue tortellini, grilled pineapple, honey Beurre Blanc 
·         Paired with: Pineapple Sculpin IPA

Course Three
·         Habanero Sculpin tempura fried prawn, wasabi aioli, kimchi
·         Paired with: Thai Chili Wahoo Wheat Ale

Course Four
·         Coconut Calm Before the Storm Beer Float