Friday, June 1, 2012

This Weekend: The Hip Hop Beer Fest! Beer Geek Brunch! Beer Bingo!

Get ready for the first Hip Hop Beer Festival EVER!
Yep, people have been asking why I have been so under the radar lately, but now you know! I have been busting my tail to get my beer list together for the High Gravity HipHop Beer Festival. Teaming with Project Manager extraordinaire, Lenox Mercedes, Atlanta’s hip-hop ambassador Dres the Beatnik, and a number of other dedicated cats who believe in this creative fusion of suds and beats, it is now time to get loose! As you well know, I have always been on the mission to spread the love of beer to numerous cultures, lifestyles, and demographics—especially hipsters and newbies to particularly ales and lagers—so this weekend will take it to the next level!
It's this Saturday, June 2nd, from 7 pm to midnight, adjacent to Downtown Atlanta’s Underground indoors at the Georgia Freight Depot, and it's going to be nuts! I am so happy to be a part of history in the making, especially when it is in regards to brew! Look for a diverse menu of 40 ales and lagers ranging from organic lagers to imperial stouts, live music performances, grub, schwag, and even a mechanical bull!
Here is the sneak peek of the venue we were working on this morning. (Shhhhhh!!!)

We even made a Cruisin' For A Brewsin' episode with SweetWater here!
Here is all the info, so come be a part of something that’s never happened before:
High Gravity Hip Hop Beer Festival Information: Here
7 pm – Midnight
June 2, 2012
The Georgia Freight Depot
65 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30312
Before the HGHH Fest, get the Cypress Street Pint and Plate Beer Brunch!
One of my favorite spots to eat, Cypress, is hooking up an awesome beer-themed brunch. You can’t beat that! Here is what they want you know, plus the menu:

Cypress Street Pint and Plate Presents: Beer Geek Brunch
Saturday June 2, 2012 Beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Cypress is excited to host the June installment of their monthly Beer Geek Brunch series. On Saturday, June 2, 2012, guests are invited to partake in a three-course brunch and beer pairing experience unlike any other. This month, the menu will highlight a mixture of southern food classics with the Cypress Street twist; Citrus-based ingredients, aged vinegars, and syrups from around the world will come together to create unique dishes that resident Beer Geek, Rob Merrick, will pair with select brews. Featured paired beers include: North Cost Le Merle, Mother Earth Endless River Kolsch, Dogfish Head Burton Baton, Anderson Valley Brother David’s Double, New Belgium Cocoa Mole. For more information visit or call (404) 815.9243 for reservations.

What:                     Beer Geek Brunch at Cypress Street Pint and Plate 
When:                     Saturday, June 2, 2012
                                    10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  
Where:                    Cypress Street Pint and Plate
     817 W. Peachtree Street (located on Corner of 6th Street &
                                     Cypress St.) 818 Atlanta, GA 30308

June 2012 Beer Geek Brunch Menu
First course
Beer Pairing:  North Cost Le Merle - Saison  ABV:7.9%
 Chilled Beet Soup (vegan)
Noble bourbon oak barrel matured sherry vinegar
* Crème fraiche by request

Spring Radish Salad
Spring red radish, daikon, radish sprouts, shaved cucumber, yuzu vinaigrette
Second course
 Beer Pairing:  Mother Earth Endless River Kolsch - German Kolsc  - ABV: 5.00%

Poached Rainbow Trout Filet
Poached with verjus, served with sautéed asparagus, citron vinegar hollandaise

Beer Pairing:  Dogfish Head Burton Baton - Imperial Double IPA  - ABV: 10.00%
French Toast Sandwich
French toast, fried egg, ham, blended Brie cheese, whipped tullitown bourbon barrel maple syrup

Beer Pairing:  Anderson Valley Brother David’s Double:  Abbey Style Dubbel    ABV: 9.00%
Chicken Salad “Melt”
Mountain bread, curry chicken salad, glazed pearl onions, pickled celery, and fried egg

Third Course
Beer Pairing:  New Belgium Cocoa Mole Spiced Amber Ale - ABV: 9.00%

Cypress Blueberry Maple Breakfast Bread
With Tonic 02:  Tahitian Vanilla Bean & Egyptian Chamomile Blossom Matured Maple Syrup.

Cast Iron apple crisp with Maple whipped cream
Contact: Call 404.815.9243 or visit for more information.

Beer Bingo on Sunday!
And then on Sunday after resting up, how about some Beer Bingo in Athens, Ga.? My man and beer guru Owen Ogletree (Classic City Brew Fest) is throwing it. Check it:

Beer Bingo Is Back!
Taste 12 world-class beers and try to match each beer to a styles list at Owen Ogletree's two upcoming Beer Bingo sessions. It's a great party, enjoyable beer education, and our beer limerick hints are hilarious! Prizes for top scorers include t-shirts, gift packs, brewery tour passes and chances at free tickets to the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting and Classic City Brew Fest! Click below to purchase Beer Bingo tickets today at only $18.50 per person. Each session is limited to only 20 participants. Here they are:

Athens: Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 3:00-5:30 PM
Aromas Craft Beer & Wine Bar - 1235 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, GA
Tickets are on sale now for only $18.50 at

Atlanta: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 3:00-5:30 PM
5 Seasons Westside - 1000 Marietta S.t NW, Atlanta, GA
Tickets are on sale now for only $18.50 at
This is a benefit for Project Safe Women's Shelter. 

 See you sometime this weekend! It should be a crazy one!



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