Thursday, June 28, 2012

'50 Best Beers in the U.S.?' What do you think?


Pliny the Elder wins 4th year in a row!


Whaddup!
There is this poll that runs every year thanks to the homebrew publication Zymurgy Magazine regarding what their readers think is the best beer in the U.S. Well its been ten years and running, and it looks like Russian River's Pliny the Elder Double IPA out of California is reigning supreme for the fourth year in a row! I got my hands on some Pliny thanks to man J.D., the beer pimp of Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Connecticut and a fellow Sierra Nevada Beer Camper who hooked me up with a bottle last weekend when we were in Chico. (Thanks homey!)
Honestly, I am not mad at what the 16,445 pollsters picked, but I know of some gangster breweries out there that should certainly get a nod in the future, including Utah's Epic and Uinta, Ithaca, Three Floyds, Brooklyn, and of course, some Georgia guys who are kickin' tail like SweetWater and Terrapin when it comes to multi-state access. Of course, it's all about distribution and exposure, but hey, I'm just sayin'. Anyway, one thing is for certain: America has a ton of hop heads because the first 19 flex some serious muscle in the IBU department. I damn sure am one of 'em! 

So congrats to this Top 50 list. I will have to admit that I have had every single one of them and truth be told, none of them suck. Seriously. My challenge is for you to try 'em all as well. To show love to those who got snubbed, feel free to add to this list in the comment section and/or on my twitter handle (www.twitter.com/alesharpton). I will certainly chime in and post what you guys think deserves justice in a week or so. Sound cool? Let's do it!

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell's Two Hearted Ale
3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
4. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
5. Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
6. Bell's Hopslam
7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
8. Stone Ruination IPA
9. Sierra Nevada Torpedo
10. North Coast Old Rasputin
11. Firestone Walker Union Jack
12. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
13. Bear Republic Racer 5
14. Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
15. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
16. Firestone Walker Double Jack
T17. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
T17. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
19. Stone IPA
20. New Belgium Fat Tire
21. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
22. Avery Maharaja
23. Founders Breakfast Stout
24. Left Hand Milk Stout
T25. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
T25. New Belgium Ranger
T25. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
28. Deschutes The Abyss
29. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
30. Surly Furious
T31. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
T31. Rogue Dead Guy
T31. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
34. Troegs Nugget Nectar
T35. Lagunitas IPA
T35. New Belgium La Folie
T37. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
T37. Founders KBS
T37. Russian River Blind Pig IPA
41. Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
42. Victory Prima Pils
43. Great Divide Yeti
T44. Alaskan Smoked Porter
T44. Anchor Steam
T44. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
T44. Samuel Adams Noble Pils
T48. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
T48. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
T48. Russian River Pliny the Younger

Monday, June 25, 2012

MillerCoors brings Ice Cube & Co. to ATL! Word!

Congrats to my 5 trivia winners who get to see 
Ice Cube, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled, DJ Drama and Atlanta's next upcoming MC! 

Whew!
Things have been nuts this past week, including hitting up Cali for one helluva awesome beer experience! (Stay tuned for details!) Speaking of the West Coast, when I got back to Atlanta, MillerCoors hit me up with an opportunity to hook up five of my fellow beer lovers with a pair of tickets to see rappers Ice Cube, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled, DJ Drama and a handful of MCs competing for Coors Light's "Coldest MC" in Atlanta. The contest is called "The Search for the Coldest" and it will be held this Thursday, June 28th, at the posh Club Reign in Downtown Atlanta (1021 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309) with doors opening at 7 p.m. With such a line-up, it was a no-brainer to show love to my followers and give them an opportunity to win the stubs. 
Now, MillerCoors and I have worked together in the past on a few events including me hosting the 2nd Annual MillerCoors T.A.P. Awards, and featuring Blue Moon and Leinenkugel's on my beer list for the High Gravity Hip Hop Beer Festival, the first of its kind in the world! Evidently, we both share love for the world of Hip-Hop, so why not continue to spread it?
Ice Cube going solo in 1989 and birthing the classic debut,
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted!
With that being said, I ran some trivia only the truest of rap aficionados would know involving the living legend on the mic, Ice Cube! I mean, come on, from his unforgettable verses with N.W.A., to his starring role on Boyz N Da Hood, and remarkable discography including two classic solo albums Amerikkka's Most Wanted and Death Certificate, why wouldn't I base trivia on him?



Here was the question I posted on my @AleSharpton Twitter:

Ice Cube's cousin is also legendary in the rap scene, and is responsible for starting one of the most influential cliques of lyricists the genre has ever seen. Hint: Members in this crew birthed a classic in '93. Who is this MC?

Within seconds, I received an overwhelming response by email (alesharpton@gmail.com) and by direct message on Twitter (so that no one else could see the answer) and only the first five to get it right took home a pair of tickets for Thursday. 
The answer? Del The Funkee Homosapien
Del's one of my favorite MCs (just witness his mastery here) and had Ice Cube featured on his seriously funky debut album in 1991, I Wish My Brother George Was Here. Ice Cube also did some production on this album. (Also check out Del's space age classic, Deltron 3030. Bananas!!!) Thanks to Ice Cube's influence and status in the rap game, Del, along with a legion of others have been able to bless our ears with some West Coast flavor.
Congrats to my winners @ericnine @frmmxwlove @lilgsims3000 @eastsidered and @thrillistatl
You are true Hip-Hop Heads! For everyone else, there will be more competitions, I promise.
Special thanks goes to  The Garner Circle PR firm and, of course, MillerCoors. 

And as Ice Cube says, "Yayeeyayee!"
Ale

Thursday, June 28 at 8:00pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Reign Nightclub
(1021 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I'm heading to Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp! Hell yeah!

Cheers to my sister's friend's son for modeling a happy face for me! 
Does he rock or what?!
How hyped? This HYPED! 


Be ready as I take my ongoing Cruisin' For A Brewsin' series to Chico, California to brew a beer from scratch with one of the greatest, most innovative, consistent and revered breweries in the U.S., Sierra Nevada! Yep! Your homey Ale Sharpton and a handful of other lucky beer enthusiasts, pub owners, and aficionados from around the country are flying to Northern California for a full tutorial on making the world's greatest beverage, have a "friendly" debate on what the hell we are going to make with a plethora of ingredients to choose from, and then actually do it all within two days! This is called Sierra Nevada Beer Camp and we are going to be Beer #80. What's even cooler is that, under the guidance of Brewmaster Terence Sullivan & Co., our beer will undoubtedly be gangster and sold throughout North America! 
I am so excited and blessed to be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so it would only be right to take you with me, right??? 
Well let's go! Look for photos, a vid or two, and a fun-filled recap on my adventures in Chico. The pressure will build to create a delicious, inventive 80th edition to this prestigious roster of well crafted sippers, and I welcome it pounding my chest because it should be pretty damn awesome! 
Peace!!!
Ale

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Beer Geek Tuesday Tonight!

This should be pretty damn fun!

ATL’s 38th Annual StarChefs Gala was incredible!


Some lovely ATL foodies showing Ale some love at StarChefs!

5 Season Brewmaster (and homey) 
Crawford Moran gets ranked ATL's top dog!

Man, I had a ball at the 38th Annual StarChefs.com Gala that was hosted at the Goat Farms Art Center last Wednesday, June 13th. It was an awesome event with Atlanta’s burgeoning chefs showcasing their flair for inventive cuisine. The final count was about 400 people as we walked around to taste some wild bites paired with a gang of wine and, thank goodness, brew!!! In fact, my homey, FiveSeasons Westside and North Brewmaster Crawford Moran, saw me and pulled me to side to sample some of the goodies he had on deck for the stellar evening. I was joined by AJC Beer Writer Bob Townsend, Terrapin Brewery Co-Founder and Brewmaster Spike Buckowski, and a few other beer nuts who toasted off his brewing mastery. 
5 Seasons' Brewmaster Crawford (left)
and the Farm Burger Posse.
It turns out that C.M. had been selected as the top brewer in the metro Atlanta/Athens craft brewing scene aka the Artisan Brewer award by StarChefs! This prestigious honor is officially described as an award given to “…the individual brewer in the region who is creating the best, most unique, highest quality beers in the craft-brewing scene.” Trust me, after tasting a number of Crawford’s signature concoctions over the years, it is well deserved! Cheers, C-Diddy!
The HD1 gangster dog!
As for the grub, there were some crazy things on deck (Abattoir’s octopus hot dog anyone?), but HD1 and Flip Burger’s collaboration—the Pastrami Dog with Ox Tongue-Australian Beef Short-Rib Hash and Rusky H Dressing prepared by my main dude Jared Lee Pyles—had me coming back for more like a Pavlov experiment!
Anyway, walking around this remarkable Goat Farm (which looked like the ruins from a WWII bomb site in Europe that was transformed into something useful), I took some cool shots of all the hip folks who joined me in one of the most memorable food events to date. Check out some of my photos as well as the eclectic, yet delectable dishes, burgeoning chefs, beer pairings and award winners! Make it a point to visit these restaurants in the very near future. Evidently, Atlanta’s food scene is off the meter!

Atlanta Gala Tasting Menu
Chefs
The beer was so good, my dude Empire State South's
Ryan Smith forgot to remove the cork!
 
Shane DevereuxThe Lawrence
Potato Gnocchi, Pearl Onion, Chicharrónes, and Fennel Frond Pistou
Ryan SmithEmpire State South
Duck-Pistachio Terrine, Burnt Bourbon Mustard, and Pickles
Adam EvansJCT. Kitchen & Bar 
Wood-fired Virginia Clams, Crispy Pork Belly, and Croutons
David CarsonBacchanalia
Australian Lamb and Onions Three Ways and Natural Jus
Tyler Williams, Abattoir
Octo Dog, Teriyaki, and Pickled Ginger
Robert PhalenOne Eared Stag
Shaved Radishes, Whipped Lardo, and Radish Top Gremolata
Guy WongMiso Izakaya
Crispy Garlic Shrimp with Congee

Pastry Chefs
Terrapin Brewery Brewmaster
Spike B. getting his chill on.
Aaron RussellRestaurant Eugene
Coffee-roasted Beets, Caramelized White Chocolate, Georgia Olive Oil, and Buttermilk Sorbet
Chrysta PoulosWoodfire Grill
Vanilla Noodles, Hazelnut Croquant, Big Bison Ale Ice Cream, and Micro Cilantro

Artisan Chef
Todd ImmelStar Provisions' Meat Department
Juniper-brined Cervena Venison Loin, Cherry Compote, and Pickled Mustard Seeds

Hotel Chef
Anthony GraySouthern Art and Bourbon Bar at the InterContinental Buckhead
Chicken Fried Veal Sweetbreads, Country Ham, Sage Waffles, and Bourbon Cream

Sustainability Chef
Terry KovalFarm Burger
Pickled Beef Tongue, Leek-Sweet Onion Purée, and Pickled Mustard Seeds

This homey won the
'Best Apron' Award!
Concept Chef
Richard BlaisHD1Flip Burger
Australian Beef Pastrami Dog with Ox Tongue and Tripe and Rusky Dressing

Restaurateur
Brian LewisSTG TrattoriaBocado
Swiss Chard Ravioli, Ricotta, Lemon, and Basil

Community Chef
Taria CamerinoSugar-Coated Radical
Creamed Swiss Chard Tart

Mixologist
Miles MacquarrieLeon's Full Service
Blood Water: Death's Door Gin, Lime, Ginger, Orgeat, and Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

He tried to prove his taste buds
were more advanced than mine!
Athens Chef
Peter DaleThe National
Grilled Australian Lamb Chop, Lamb Kefte, Tabbouleh, Feta, and Pecan Muhummara

Athens Sustainability Chef
Whitney OtawkaFarm 255
Pan-seared Salmon, Sugar Snap Peas, Carrots, Fennel, Green Garlic, and Pea Tendrils

Sommelier
Seth Roskind4th&Swift
Beverage Pairing with Chefs' Dishes

Host Chefs
Chad ClevengerAlma Cocina
Braised Goat Huarache, Rajas, Queso Cotija, and Tomatillo de Arbol Sauce
Shayne VaughanEleven at Loews Hotel Atlanta
Petrossian Caviar Blini

Winners:
·         Restaurant of Distinction Award: Restaurant Eugene
·         Art of Presentation Award: Adam Evans, The Optimist
·         Artisan Award: Todd Immel, Star Provisions
·         Rising Star Brewer: Crawford Moran, 5 Seasons
·         Rising Star Barista: Emily Letia, Empire State South
·         Mentor Award: Hugh Acheson, Empire State South
·         People’s Choice Favorite Dish: Anthony Gray, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

Extra info courtesy of the Reynolds Group PR Firm:
The proud national supporters of the 2012 StarChefs.com Rising Stars Awards included Steelite International, Meat & Livestock Australia, Hobart, Jade Range, Cervena Venison, Vitamix, Fresh Origins, Meiko, Edward Don, and Verterra/Aspenware. Additionally, local sponsors include the Goat Farm Arts Center, Fifth Group Restaurants and Bold American Catering, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, Peachtree Tents & Events, Wholesome Wave, The Atlantan and the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

About Rising Stars Revue
The Rising Stars awards recognize up-and-coming chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists from around the country who represent future leaders of the national culinary scene. Each year, StarChefs.com selects four American cities in which to name its Rising Stars.Candidates are nominated by the StarChefs.com Advisory Board, previous winners, local media and the StarChefs.com website, as well as through StarChefs.com’s editorial research. Winners are then selected by the StarChefs.com editorial team.

About StarChefs.com
Since 1995, StarChefs.com has served as a leading magazine for culinary insiders in the restaurant industry. StarChefs.com’s original culinary content is driven by in-person tastings and interviews around the world. Its mission is to catalyze culinary professionals’ success and give them the tools they need to overcome their specific challenges. In addition to featuring top chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, StarChefs.com’s Culinary JobFinder is the leading job board connecting culinary and hospitality professionals to careers in the foodservice industry. StarChefs.com™ features more than 30,000 published pages of original, chef-focused culinary content, and it generates traffic of more than 30 million hits per month. It has also been nominated for “Best Website for Food and Nutrition” by the James Beard Foundation.

About the Goat Farm Arts Center
The Goat Farm Arts Center is an acclaimed visual and performing arts center in Atlanta. Once an underutilized historic site, the property went through a major expansion and was revitalized in 2009. The expansion added 65,000 square feet of work studios now occupied by over 350 creatives and 20,000 square feet dedicated to five new performance and exhibition halls and spaces. The center now hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, traditional and experimental theatrical performances, film screenings, contemporary dance performances and art exhibitions. The Goat Farm received "Best Visual & Performing Arts Center on the Rise" in 2011 from Atlanta Magazine.

About Wholesome Wave
Wholesome Wave Georgia strives to turn the tide in favor of fresh, local and wholesome
food, to benefit the community. Their mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy and locally grown products at producer-only farmers markets in the state of Georgia. The organization doubles the value of state and federal nutrition benefits for low-income shoppers by creating financial incentives with local farmers.

About Fifth Group Restaurants and Bold American Catering
Fifth Group Restaurants has been an Atlanta institution since opening their first restaurant in 1993. A decade later, their portfolio now includes six restaurants and Bold American Catering, a full-service catering and events company, all of which continue to offer Atlantans a myriad of dining options, locations, styles and cuisines. Committed to providing warm service, creative menus, and inviting atmospheres, Fifth Group Restaurants offers both intimate experiences and a creative force behind many of the city’s most talked about events.

Cheers!
Ale

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday in Atlanta is Brewtiful!


I had a ball at Wrecking Bar's Anniversary on Friday. They are at it again today, slinging some new, limited edition growlers with the government label so that you can fill 'em up legally! You just have to be one of the first 100 to come in today.
Speaking of Anniversaries, shout out to Thinking Man Tavern in Decatur. Nine years deep, they are still doing their thing! I will be there to celebrate with them after I kick it Jailhouse Brewery, Eagle and Lion Pub, and finally, 5 Seasons Brewery on the Westside thanks to Atlanta Beer Tours!

Get on the wagon and chill with them every Saturday! I sure the hell am!

Cheers!
Ale

Friday, June 15, 2012

Wrecking Bar’s First Anniversary is going to be nuts!


It’s been a year already and I love how this great gastropub just down the street from Little Five Points is kicking so much tail. I was there on the first day and ever since, it has been a great meeting place for us beer nerds, people who want a damn good meal (my homey Benny from D.C. has to go here immediately to get their burger when he touches down in Atlanta), a when it comes to beer you can’t get anywhere else, they do it with excellence!
So, from Friday, June 15, at noon, through the weekend, here’s what’s in store. Congrats Wrecking Bar!

First off, the first 100 people to arrive on Friday and Saturday will receive a free growler! That’s pretty damn cool.  

Second, they will be showing live broadcasts of Euro soccer matches on our big screen.

And third, here is the list of beers they’ll be rotating all weekend. Evidently, 20 taps will be flowing with some absolute craziness! 

Anniversary Weekend Beer List
1.       Kolquittsch Kölsch - A light-bodied, low-hopped, and smooth German ale.  5% ABV  23 IBU
2.       Altlanta Amber - An easy-drinking, amber-brown German beer.  5.3% ABV  33 IBU
3.       Victor IPA - A complex, hoppy, medium-bodied ale - named after the original property owner, Victor Kriegshaber.  6.7% ABV  80 IBU
4.       Jemmy Stout - A dark stout, yet with light body and creamy head.  6.0% ABV  47 IBU
5.       Hale St. Hefeweizen - A light, refreshing German wheat beer.  5.5% ABV  14 IBU
6.       Sauvin Pale Ale – A refreshing English-style Pale Ale that uses NZ Sauvin hop exclusively – very unique berry-like flavor and aroma.  5.3% ABV  36 IBU
7.       Papillon Witbier - A refreshing Belgian ale low in bitterness and with slightly citrusy and spicy aromas and flavors.  5.4% ABV  16 IBU
8.       Husker2 Imperial Red Rye - A strong American red ale with high hop bitterness and rye spiciness.  9.2% ABV  77 IBU
9.       Husker Red Rye - In the middle between an Amber Ale and IPA, easy drinking!  5.8% ABV  37 IBU
10.   Punch Yo Momma Smoked Porter - A subtly-smoked, smooth dark brown ale.  6.2% ABV  36 IBU
11.   Siberius Maximus Russian Imperial Stout - A thick, rich stout perfect for cold nights or with dessert!  10.7% ABV  74 IBU
12.   Evan Williams Single Barrel Aged Belgian Dubbel - An orange-red, moderately strong, malty, complex Belgian ale aged for 2 months in a Evan Williams Single Barrel.  8.5% ABV  20 IBU
13.   Belgian Smoked Porter – Our Smoked Porter (#10 above) fermented with Belgian yeast.  6.4% ABV  36 IBU
14.   Jemmy Dean Breakfast Stout - Our Jemmy Stout masterfully blended with Java Vino coffee.
15.   Whiskey Barrel Aged Scotch Ale - A rich caramel-malty strong Scottish Ale aged in a Collier & McKeel Tennessee Whiskey Barrel.  8.5% ABV  18 IBU
16.   Hefe Smoked Porter  - Our Smoked Porter (#10 above) fermented with Hefeweizen yeast.  6.1% ABV  36 IBU
17.   Barrel Aged Imperial Red Rye (5 gal Oak Barrel) – Our Imperial Red Rye (#8 above) aged in an oak barrel that had contained Rye Manhattan cocktails just prior to beer.  9.5% ABV  77 IBU
18.   Bourbon Vanilla Smoked Porter (11 gal firkin) – Our Smoked Porter (#10 above) aged with Four Roses Bourbon, oak, and Tahitian vanilla beans.  6.3% ABV  36 IBU
19.   Whiskey Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (5 gal Oak Barrel) - Our Smoked Porter (#10 above) aged in a Collier & McKeel Tennessee whiskey barrel.  6.3% ABV  36 IBU
20.   Spanish Cedar Aged Victor IPA – Our Victor IPA (#3 above) aged with Spanish Cedar.  6.7% ABV  80 IBU
21.   “American” Hoppy Hobbit Session IPA –  A very easy-drinking low alcohol IPA.  3.8% ABV  61 IBU
22.   Chardonnay Barrel Aged Spring Break TRIPel – our Belgian Tripel that has been aged for two months in a French chardonnay wine barrel.

Shout out to the Sandages & Co. You have done an awesome job and I wish ya many more years!
Ale

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cool Beer Stuff for Father’s Day!



Hook Pops up and show him love through brews!

Hey, it’s the weekend and some of ya just got paid. Get your shopping on for Father’s Day with everything from titanium-laced sunglasses serving as bottle openers to an awesome deal on one of the best beer festivals in the South, Hotoberfesta sweeeeeet SweetWater beer cooler, a butterfly knife top popper, free pints given out by ATL restaurants, a chance to win a trip to Belgium! 
And this is only the first installment!
Now let's do this...

 $20 tix to HOToberfest Beer Festival? Friggin' cheap!
First, be one of the 100 folks to grab $20 tickets to one of the best beer festivals in the South, HOToberfest. My homeys and HOToberfest founders Alan, Tryon, and Denise hit me up and wanted to run this exclusive deal on my site first, so I had to show them—and you—love. It's in Atlanta and all the info is right here, so you better be there. Come on, more than 200 different beers in the fall? A no-brainer!

Chill out with SweetWater Brewery's 24-pack cooler
SweetWater Brewery is kickin’ major fishtail in the Southeast, (the number one selling microbrewery in fact), and now they have this slick 24-pack cooler so you can pack it with the brews that make them the big fish! Check out their other hippie-inspired gear in their Schwag Shop too.


Kickass Sunglasses that open bottles!
Kickstarter’s site (www.kickstarter.com) is an ingenious way to get start-ups funding around the world, and I received an email from some cool cats who are making JackHawk 9000 Sunglasses— Risky Business-looking shades that serve as bottle openers! I mean, come on, they have arms made from unbreakable, aerospace grade titanium. And the lenses? They say, “We picked the highest quality polarized lenses available. They provide the greatest solar protection (filtering out UVA/UVB/UVC light and blue light up to 400nm) and are coated with Iradium to reduce glare and improve scratch resistance. The hinges were designed to meld metal to metal and are vacuum welded to the arms, so they won't break.”
See what I'm sayin'?


Take Pops to Belgium thanks to Affligem Brewery!
Or at least try to get this sick poring tray and glasses.

Thanks to DRAFT Magazine, the awesome beer Affligem, and Visit Flanders, there is the possibility for a lucky person to win a trip for two to Belgium, while 200 other winners will score an exclusive Affligem (pronounced Aff-li-gem with a hard “g”) pouring tray including the slick glassware (pictured). All you have to do is watch this video, complete the entry form, and answer the question Bart Simpson could answer.
Winners are selected randomly and the contest ends July 16, 2012. Good luck!


Spread wings with this Butterfly Bottle Opener!
Pop one for Pops like Two Bit from The Outsiders!
There is not much say except this has got to look cool when you open a bottle with this gadget! 
Two Bit from The Outsiders is the guy I think about whenever “butterfly” comes up. He made that knife so damn cool! (If you don’t know who I am talking about, you had a loser English teach since you weren't assigned to read that classic book by S.E. Hinton., let alone show you the flick with one of the most ultimate all-star casts you will every see.)  Anyway, here’s the link courtesy of Gizmodo.com.


Feed Dad and they'll kick in a pint...or three!

Last but not least, Dad has to eat, right? Here are some eateries that are feeding bellies and offering pints for free! God bless ‘em!

Grill Specials, Free Pints and more for all Dad’s at TWO urban licks!
TWO urban licks is hosting “Dad’s Day Off” this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17th! Give your Dad a relaxing day away from the grill and let TWO do all the work. Chef Cameron Thompson will offer added grill specials, straight from TWO’s acclaimed rotisserie, alongside TWO’s regular menu to give Dad a Father’s Day worthy feast. TWO will also offer a complimentary pint to every Dad as a token of appreciation. Bring the family and enjoy! For more information visit twourbanlicks.com or call 404.522.4622.

Free Pint for all Dad’s at TAP!
Join TAP this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17th, where Dad’s will enjoy a free pint! TAP will be offering all Dads, dining with their families, a complimentary pint all day long to celebrate! Bring your family to celebrate. Make your reservation today! For more information visit tapat1180.com or call404.347.2220.

Celebrate Father's Day at  Murphy's
Come to Murphy’s this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17th, to enjoy our hearty brunch dishes that are the perfect way to dote on Dad!  Feast on dishes such as our Corned Beef Hash, Chilaquiles or the Murphy's Burger. The celebration will continue with 'Big Daddy' dinner specials that are sure to delight, starting at 5 p.m. For more information visit murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com or call 404.872.0904.  Reservations encouraged for dinner.

FLIP this Father’s Day
Show Dad how much you love him; treat him to FLIP this Father’s Day! To celebrate, FLIP will be offering a Rib Eye Burger N’ Beer combo to all Dads. For just $14 Dad can enjoy this FLIP Burger topped with Slow Cooked Prime Rib, B-1 Steak Sauce, Spicy Arugula and Horseradish Foam alongside his choice of any of FLIP’s draft beer selections. This Burger N’ Beer combo will be offered all day long, and at both the Howell Mill & Buckhead locations, on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17th. For more information, visit flipburgerboutique.com.

Brew and a Dog for Dad at HD1
What better way to celebrate Dear Ol’ Dad, than with a Dog and a Brew Combo. For $8, enjoy the Red Haute Dog (Brisket Chili, Pimento Jack, Sweet Onion) with any Avery Brewery Can. Choose one of the following options from this Boulder Brewery…Joe’s American Pilsner, India Pale Ale, Ellie’s Brown Ale or the White Rascal.
Phone: 404-815-1127.

Look for more Father’s Day hook ups next week!
On the outro, here’s “Be A Father To Your Child” by Ed O.G. and Da Bulldogs!

Cheers!

Ale

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Erykah Badu Goes TOTALLY Nude??? Kinda!

The uncut video link is below!
There is a beer reference below...somewhere.


Okay, I usually talk about brews, but I love having my own site so that I can do whatever the hell I want! Since music is my life and am a big fan of Erykah Badu (plus I included her in my interview with Jazz great Roy Ayers), when I heard she took things to the next level regarding, ummm, exposing for her true self for the world to see in another nude music video, I had to post it! She drove especially the gents nuts with her "Window Seat" video by showing off her assets here: 




But the cover she did of Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" with rockers The Flaming Lips made "Window" look like a Pixar flick. Shout out to the sparse music and creative direction of George Salisbury, but I am definitely curious to what her past lovers including phenomenal MCs Andre 3000, Common, and Jay Electronica (in that order) have to say! Anyway, for the artistry of it, see for yourself before the haters ban it!!!


Here's the link:


Before your jaw totally hits the floor, though, sources report that when her "privacy" appears (I took it back to grade school with that one!), it is actually Erykah's younger sister Koryan Wright, with the stage name Nayrok Udab who did this GAP ad with her:



But still...
Regardless, as for the beer reference, I'll drink a Foothills Brewing cocoa-infused Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout (9.75 percent) to that!!! 




Let me know what you think!
Peace!!!


Ale

Monday, June 4, 2012

High Gravity Hip Hop Beer Fest Was CRAZY!


This goes to you, and you, and you...
(Above) Dres the Beatnik and I are cheesin' ear-to-ear during the First Annual High Gravity Hip Hop Beer Festival this past Saturday, June 2nd. Trust me, it was bananas! Here, we are on stage kickin' it with DJ Jamad on the one's and two's. Shout out to the HGHH Founder Lenox Mercedes

I am still recovering from an incredible weekend in Atlanta. We're talking the beer brunch at Cypress Street Pint and Plate on Saturday...
The French Toast Sandwich was bangin'!

...And my brother Rashad's birthday at Deckard's Tavern on Sunday...
Happy B-Day, Rashad Suede!

... but Hosting the High Gravity Hip Hop Festival Beer Fest, the first ever Hip Hop Beer Fest, with Dres the Beatnik, Lenox Mercedes, J. Coger, DJ Jamad, and the rest of the crew was absolutely bananas! (That's a good thing, folks). Here is Lenox, the founder, and your homey Ale chilling during the calm before the storm.


I loved being the man in charge of all the brews, and since we received so much love regarding what we had to pour bottomless glasses of that night, I will be posting the legendary list of brews tomorrow as a reference to your future trips to fine package stores and pubs across the world right here on this site. There will also be some great flicks to recap one of the most historic moments in Atlanta when it comes to suds and beats!
Thanks again to you and all the hundreds of hipsters for coming through and supporting our first festival. The mission was accomplished: merging the two of the most beautiful works of art, Hip Hop and Craft Brews, into something incredible! And trust me, it's just the beginning!!!

Peeeeeeeace!!!
Ale

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
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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 www.cypressbar.com 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 http://cypressbar.com/ 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 http://www.Brewtopia.info

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 http://www.Brewtopia.info
 
This is a benefit for Project Safe Women's Shelter. 


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

Cheers! 
Ale