Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Winter Beer Carnival is Coming!

I just got back and ATL welcomes me back with suds galore!

So I just returned from kicking it and covering the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (thanks Ford!) and as soon as I got off the plane, I did a kickass Heavy Seas Brewery Pub Crawl that spanned from Downtown Decatur’s Taco Mac, to Square Pub and ending up at the Brick Store; followed by the Allagash takeover at Thinking Man Tavern down the street (the “Thing 2” brew was awesome!). Man it's nice to be home!
Everyone loved the
2013 Ford Fusion!
Finally catching a breather, grabbing a SweetWater Happy Ending Imperial Stout and editing some work at a super cool brew spot called Napoleon’s in Togo Hills with my brother Lamont, I get an email that someone saw my ugly (or handsome if you're not a hater) mug on a CNN video called The Life of an Auto Show Model  (check it out here) featuring the Auto Show. Cool! I wish I kept my hand off my face, but hey, they still had your homey in the beginning.
After getting back to business, I check my email and lookee here: an announcement posting everything going on during the 3rd Annual Winter BeerCarnival in the ATL! Remembering how much of a ball I had last year at its outdoor Midtown location last February, I have no doubt that this year’s Carnival is going to be even better; this is especially true after looking at the crazy beer list. From all kinds of games, to ice slides, a jamming DJ, grub, and VIP tent, it was a jamming time sipping some of the world’s best suds. Am I going this year? Hell to the yeah!
The Winter Beer Carnival is going down on Saturday, February 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Atlantic Station this time around, and besides all the 100-plus craft brews lined up (including product from New Belgium Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Bell's Brewery, Chimay, Founders Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, La TrappeRogue Ales, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Stiegl, Unibroue, and my local homies SweetWater Brewing Company and Wild Heaven Craft Beers, among a ton of others), there will be ciders and even gluten-free cold ones available, so every picky palate is covered. General and VIP tickets are on sale now for ages 21 and up at and 877.725.8849.
See you there, homies!

Coupled with more facts and figures, here’s the updated list (and there could be more!):

The 3rd annual Winter Beer Carnival on Saturday, February 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. is a rain or shine event and is produced by Premier Events and TA Presents. This year’s event will be held at a new location, Atlantic Station’s special event site at 20th Street at Fowler Street and 241 20th Street in Atlanta, Georgia. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 day of the event. VIP tickets are $60 and grant patrons exclusive access to the best craft brews available, private bathrooms and early entry to the event beginning at 2 p.m. $20 tickets for designated drivers in advance and $30 day of the event are also available. Tickets are on sale now and available at and 877.725.8849. For more information about the 2012 Winter Beer Carnival, visit Stay connected on Facebook at and on Twitter at @beercarnival.

Abita Amber
Abita Mardi Gras Bock
Abita strawberry
Abita Turbo Dog
Allagash White
Anchor Steam Brekle’s Brown
Anchor Steam Liberty
Bass Ale
Belhaven Wee Heavy (VIP)
Bell’s Best Brown Ale
Bell’s Hop Slam
Bell’s Porter
Bell’s Two Hearted
Blue Moon Belgian White
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
Boddington’s Pub Ale
Bridgeport Hop Czar
Bridgeport IPA
Brooklyn Brown Ale
Brooklyn Lager
Brooklyn Local 1 (VIP)
Chimay Grande Reserve (VIP)
Chimay Premier (VIP)
Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale
Dales Pale Ale
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Dogfish Head Namaste (VIP)
Dundees Variety Pack (Honey Brown)
Duvel (VIP)
Estrella Damm Daura Gluten Free
Founders Centennial IPA
Founders Red’s Rye PA
Full Sail Pale Ale
Full Sail Sessions Black
Fuller’s ESB
Fuller’s London Pride
Gordon Biersch Variety (Marzen, Blonde, Festbier)
Gordon Biersch Winterbock
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti (VIP)
Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Scotch Ale
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (VIP)
Hacker-Pschorr Dunkle Weisse
Holy Mackerel Golden Ale
Holy Mackerel Panic Attack
Innis & Gunn (VIP)
Innis & Gunn Rum Cask (VIP)
Jailhouse Breakout Stout
Jailhouse Mugshot IPA
Jailhouse Slammer Wheat
Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black
Kopparberg Pear Cider
Kopparberg Strawberry-Lime Cider
La Trappe Quadrupel (VIP)
Lagunitas Farmhouse Hop Stoopid
Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
Lagunitas Maximus
Leffe Brune
Legbiter Ale
Liefman’s Goudenband (VIP)
Longhammer IPA
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat Circus Boy
Magic Hat Howl
Moreland Brewery Ruddles County
Napa Smith Bonfire
Napa Smith Crush
Napa Smith Organic IPA
New Belgium 1554
New Belgium Fat Tire
New Belgium La Folie (VIP)
New Belgium Mothership Wit
New Belgium Ranger IPA
New Belgium Snow Day
New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale
New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale
New Planet Tread Lightly Ale
Ommegang Abbey Ale (VIP)
Ommegang Rare VOS (VIP)
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Peak Organic IPA
Peak Organic Winter Session Ale
Penn Dark Lager (VIP)
Penn Pilsner (VIP)
Penn St. Nickolaus Bock Bier (VIP)
Red Brick Hoplanta
Red Brick Laughing Skull
Red Brick Porter
Red Brick Vanilla Gorrilla
Red Brick Wee Heavy- Brick Mason Series
Red Hook Mudslinger
Rogue American Amber
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Rogue Mocha Porter
Samual Smith Winter Welcome
Shiner 102
Shiner Frost
Shock Top Belgian Wheat
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA (VIP)
Southampton Double White
Southampton Imperial Porter
Southampton IPA
Southampton Saison (VIP)
Spaten Optimator
Spaten Premium Lager
St. Patrick’s Ale
Stella Artois
Stiegl (VIP)
Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Ale (VIP)
Stone Russian Imperial Stout (VIP)
Stone Smoked Porter (VIP)
Stoudts Double IPA
Sweetwater 420
Sweetwater Dank Tank (VIP)
Sweetwater Exodus Porter
Sweetwater IPA
Terrapin Easy Rider IPA
Terrapin Hop Karma IBA
Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
Unibroue La Fin Du Mounde (VIP)
Unibroue Maudite (VIP)
Unibroue Trois Pistoles (VIP)
Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier
Weihenstephan Korbinian
Weihenstephan Vitus
Well’s Banana Bread (VIP)
Well’s Bombadier Ale (VIP)
Widmer Drifter Pale Ale
Widmer Pitch Black IPA
Wild Heaven Invocation Golden Ale (VIP)
Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy Brown
Woodchuck 802 Dark and Dry
Woodchuck Amber
Woodchuck Pear Cider
Woodchuck Winter Seasonal Cider
Youngs Double Chocolate Stout (VIP)

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