Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Weekend is going to be nuts!

Jazz Fest, Orpheus’ Anniversary, Brews, DJ Kemit’s Birthday, and Awesome Three-Day Brunch on the Beltline to name a few!

Whaddup Y’all!

Since everyone is on a rush to get home and hopefully start their weekend early, I want to help you plan it out by strongly suggesting these upcoming events to hit up around the ATL! And it you want to just chill at the house and grill, the NBA Playoffs, Game of Thrones, spending time with family, taking advantage of sales, and other goodies are always cool to do too. Whatever it is, be safe and enjoy! Now on to what’s poppin’!

The Brunch Trifecta all weekend long by Two Urban Licks and Parrish!
The Concentrics restaurant empire is always on point and they are at it again on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with brunches at both Urban Licks Two and Parrish, so book your reservations asap! Peep the info here and on the flyer.

Jazzin’ it up in ATL!
Yep! It’s the Atlanta Jazz Fest is this weekend, along with their awesome late-night jam session featuring the Russell Gunn Quartet and Lil John Roberts honoring Prince on Saturday night. Click here for more info.

Orpheus’ Anniversary is celebrated all weekend!
Yessir! Peep the flyer. One of the best breweries in the South gets a little more grown. Come blow out the two candles with them this weekend! Go here for details.

Brews at the Zoo is back on Saturday!
Lions and tigers and ales, oh my! Here is the link. Check out my boy Dres the Beatnik and DJ Deliver’s set from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. too!

DJ Kemit and DJ Red Alert throw down!
The legendary DJ Red Alert helps celebrate one of the birthday of one the city’s best body rockers, DJ Kemit, this Saturday. It should be incredible! Go here for details.

Be safe if you are traveling out of town and have a blast! And many blessings to all the soldiers who helped protect us around the world.

Cheers!

Ale

Monday, May 23, 2016

Orpheus Throws Down on Wednesday at Tavernpointe!

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is coming too!

Cheers Y’all!

How was your past seven days? Hopefully some of those hours were spent sippin’ some of the best beer in the world thanks to it being the official American Craft Brewers Week! My Brews.Brims.Beats.II event alongside mikeflo went awesome at Ladybird onb Thursday, with everyone wearing slick hats by Goorin Bros., indulging in Creature Comforts liquid mastery and toasting custom cocktails by Cathead Vodka too. Thanks to the 200-plus folks for coming! I can’t wait for the photos and video shot by Shannon McCollum to come out!
Anyway, after recovering from Sunday’s Wild Heaven anniversary, the ass whoppin’ Golden State received (they will come back), and an entertaining Game of Thrones episode that finally picked up some action, it’s on to this week. 
To set it off, I am definitely going to this six-course Orpheus Beer Dinner at Atlanta Midtown’s Tavernpointe showcasing on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. You should roll as well if you are a fan of delectable fare paired with beer from one of the city’s best breweries! Here is the link to tickets and an official info below.
Also, the Atlanta Jazz Fest is this weekend, so make sure you attend that along with their awesome late-night jam session featuring the Russell Gunn Quartet and Lil John Roberts honoring Prince on Saturday night. Click here for more info.
Look for more awesome events going on in ATL and all over the country later on!

Holla!
Ale


 Tavernpointe Hosts 5-Course Beer Pairing Dinner with Orpheus Brewing  
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Tavernpointe is teaming up with Orpheus Brewing as part of its new monthly beer dinner and social series.  Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a five-course culinary journey created by http://atlantafestivals.com/events/latenight/that will include fresh, seasonal plates paired with beer cocktails created by celebrated Bar Director Madison Burch and hand-selected pairings including Orpheus favorites:  Serpent Bite, The Rites, Lyric Ale and Transmigration of Souls. Tickets for Tavernpointe’s May beer dinner are available for $55 for one person or $90 for two by visiting www.atlbeerdinner.brownpapertickets.com. Gratuity is included. The next monthly beer at Tavernpointe’s will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 and feature Unknown Brewing Co. For more information, please visit www.tavernpointe.com or call404.549.3954

Orpheus Beer Dinner Menu

~ Course 1 ~
Plum Saizon Cocktail
Paired with House Cured Bacon Lollipops, and Sour Cherry Jam

~ Course 2 ~
Serpent Bite
Paired with Butter Poached Rock Shrimp Sweet Onion & Gorgonzola Tartlet

~ Course 3 ~
The Rites
Paired with Spicy Basil Beef over Fragrant Rice and Sautéed Tatsoi 

~ Course 4 ~
Lyric Ale
Paired with Summer Berry Crisp topped with Ginger Spiced Yogurt

~ Course 5 ~
Transmigration of Souls 

Mussels Diablo, White Wine, Calabrian Chili Butter, Garlic Chili paste, Garlic Bread

Monday, May 16, 2016

It’s American Craft Beer Week!

Here is what’s poppin’ in ATL!

As my cousin G joked, he said every week is craft beer week with Ale Sharpton. I can’t say he’s lying, but this is declared the official one May 16 through 22 thanks to my Brewers Association homies! Their CraftBeer.com site goes into this special seven days of sipping bliss thoroughly, including videos, news, and something really cool—TheBiggest Small Beer Ever Made—where more than 4,400 craft breweries from all 50 states make a beer using the same ingredients and recipe to demonstrate solidarity. Now that’s some cool sh*t!
Anyway, since I live in ATL, I need to show how you how this dope city gets down on the beer tip, so look for my updates throughout the week on Twitter, Instagram and the column of the right about all the events going down to support ACBW. 

Brews. Brims. Beats. II
Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall on the Atlanta Beltline
May 19th, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
One of the biggies is something I am hosting, the second edition of Brews. Brims. Beats.! The first one was awesome at The Argosy. The next one is at the ATL Beltline’s Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall on May 19th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wear your favorite hat (especially if you get one from Goorin Bros. but not required); enjoy the launch of Creature Comforts’ Tritonia plus a new batch of Tropicália; cocktails fusing Cathead Vodka and 18.21 Bitters; the awesome DJs Jamad and mikdeflo; and haberdashery galore! Please come through. It’s free and at an awesome spot along the BeltLine!
Here are some more events for ya.
Happy American Craft Beer Week!

Midway Pub’s 2nd Annual BA Beer Ruckus
May 16 - 22
You love barrel-aged beers? Well then this will be heaven for you! Peep the list that gets poured starting today! Go here for the details.
Wicked Weed Myrtille
Bells Traverse City  Expedition Stout
Three Taverns Departed Spirit
Boulevard Rye On, Rye On, Rye On
Abita Bourbon Street Golden
Terrapin BA Monks Revenge
Goose Island Halia
Mother Earth Silent Night (2015)
Foothills BA Peoples Porter
Orpheus Even the Furies Cried
Sierra Nevada BA Narwhal
Anderson Valley Rosy Barl Sour
Wild Heaven BA Eschaton
The Bruery Tart of Darkness (2015)
Ace Cider Chardonnay Barrel
Stone BA Arrogant Bastard
Lost Abbey Agave Maria
Lost Abbey Angels Share
Wild Heaven Funkenrauch
New Belgium Transatlantic Kriek
Sweetwater 19th Anniversary
Unknown Brewing Awkward in Aukland
Lagunitas High Westified
Monday Night BA Drafty Kilt Nitro
Red Brick 20th Anniversary Nitro
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Southbound Cluster Flies
Allagash St. Klippenstein
Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout
New Belgium La Folie
Cherry Street Balzac the Invincible(2015)
Second Self BA Mole Porter



TAP Beer Dinner featuring Creature Comforts
Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.
TAP's Chef David Connolly pairs liquid gold from one of the best breweries in the country, Creature Comforts, with five courses! I will be in there for sure! Go here for a seat.


Wild Heaven’s Second Avondale Anniversary and launch of their new IPA
May 21-22 at the brewery!
I’ve been there with the cats since they poured their first contract-brewed beers at a rooftop event way back in the day. Now they are celebrating with a new IPA and fruit-infused sours at the official headquarters in the Avondale Estates! I’m shedding a tear. Go here.


Tap into Georgia Beer Festival
May 21st, 2 to 6 p.m.
Drink an amazing collective of Georgia breweries pouring brew to support the Dunwoody Nature Center! Click here to get your tickets.

More updates to come!

Ale

Monday, May 9, 2016

The 2016 Craft Brewers Conference in Philly was dope!


My interview with Taphunter was awesome, too! 

Hey Y'all!

Man, I had a blast at the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia from May 3rd to the 6th and finally got a chance to update. I met some great people, caught up with old friends in the industry, saw some awesome innovations to make the world of craft brewing more resourceful, got interviewed by Taphunter, and, yes, sipped some great beer in the process. The week-long event ran smoothly—a tough feat for a convention that hosted more than 14,000 attendees geared to expand their businesses—and the City of Brotherly Love once again demonstrated its dedication for the art of craft brewing.
Rogue, Omaha, Three Taverns, Red Brick,
Max Lager's and Taco Mac in the house!
My bud Alan Raines (Hotoberfest, Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’) joined me in covering CBC, took some awesome flicks of what we explored, and attended some of the kickass gatherings hosted by breweries like Terrapin, Allagash, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, Wicked Weed, Revolution…it was a whirlwind.
I also hit up some craft-centric bars and pubs in the process, including Monk’s Café, Belgian Café, Khyber Pass Pub, BRU, Kite and Key, and McGillan’s Old Ale House to name a few. I had the pleasure to link up with Georgia-based brew aficionados and shotcallers reppin’ Three Taverns, Taco Mac, Max Lager’s, Orpheus, Omaha, Terrapin, Red Hare, Scofflaw, Savannah Distributing, United Distributing, Moon River, Red Brick and ton of other folks. Look for a ton of pictures soon!
Anyway, one of the most memorable things that happened (along with pounding beers with my man—Dogfish Head owner and brewing icon Sam Calagione—and befriending Justin Bieber’s chef Daniel Leal), was being interviewed by Andy “The Beerman” Coppock representing Taphunter.
Andy “The Beerman” Coppock
representing 
Taphunter
Andy (left), his associate Matt O'Rourke, Alan, and I grabbed leather couches a level up from the main show floor, sipped my imperial coffee stout I made with Little Cottage Brewery’s Jon Shari, and talked primarily about the lack of minorities (especially African Americans) in the brewing industry. This is a deservedly hot topic and ongoing discussion that I happily will entertain until things change. Taphunter—a great service that assists us in finding where our favorite beers, cocktails and wines are depending on our location—broke down our interview by posting this on their site:
In this special CBC episode of the Business of Beer with Andy “The Beerman” Coppock, we are joined by Ale Sharpton, world-renowned beer writer. Ale joins us from the busy CBC floor to talk about African Americans and craft beer, turning people on to craft from macro beer, how to sell more beer in urban areas, and much more! You don’t want to miss this special edition podcast.
I also loved how there put our various topics in a time summary so you can go to whatever you’re interested in right below it.
Please check out this interview and let me know what you think. I thank Andy and Taphunter for the opportunity and interest. It really made my trip complete.
Look for the awesome beer dinners coming up this week and my listing of events during Atlanta’s Craft Beer Week the following week too. This especially goes for my event with Creature Comforts, Goorin Bros., Cathead Vodka, and Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall on May 19th, Brews.Brims.Beats. II!

Cheers!

Your Bro,


Ale

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It’s time for the Craft Brewers Conference!

This is the CBC I went to in DC in 2013. It was a blast! 
This is THE industry expo for craft beer taking place in Philly this week, May 3-6.

Whaddup?!

I can’t wait to see all of my brewing homies, check out the newest in gadgetry, attend seminars, get my sip on, and take part in some of the crazy events they have in store going down in Philly aka “Illadelph” this week at the annual Craft Brewers Conference
With more than 10,ooo brewing professionals taking part in this industry-only conference (the largest of its kind in the U.S.), look for my social media shout outs on Twitter and Instagram; photos will also follow. I went to the one in DC and that was crazy a few years ago. With the boom the craft beer scene has witnessed within the last few years, this one is certain to be even more nuts! The Brewers Association always does a tremendous job putting this conference on.
By the way, I am sure this Thrillist article "There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why" will be a topic for discussion especially when it juuuuust won a James Beard Award; I was blessed to be featured in it. To add, a lot of people showed me a lot of love for my necessary follow up to it posted on this blog here. Congrats to writer Dave Infante who had the courage to write it and Thrillist to post it. 
Okay, back to Philly. Be ready because I am taking you with me!

Your homey, 
Ale