Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last minute dinner plans for New Year's Eve!

ATL has a lot of options below, and I'm eating at 
Loews Hotel!

Happy New Year's Eve!

Besides the events I listed in a prior post here going on throughout Atlanta, Loews Atlanta Hotel (1065 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA  30309) just sent me their dinner menu for tonight and it's bananas! Besides the seafood including crab, meats, appetizers, sides (truffle mac & cheese), salads and desserts, the price at $85 (plus tax and gratuity) seals the deal for me, so I am there...again! (I went last year and was blown away.) And Lord knows I've been to this posh hotel numerous times in the past due to the numerous art events I produced with my AllWays Open Creative Agency, weekend DJs we booked for them, and overnight escapes once in a while, but the food is another MAJOR component to my constant patronage thanks to Master Chef Olivier Gaupin and Pastry Chef John BellBut lucky for you, there are a couple of seats left, so call now and book them for the time slots available so that you too can bring in 2015 in culinary bliss! 
Below is the menu for tonight themed by the seasons. Need I say more? There are also awesome specials on drinks where you can get four (4) hours of open bar premium spirits at $140 or four hours of open bar with VIP service for $180 (plus tax)! 
To add, DJ Silk Wolf is lighting up the lobby on the ones and twos for free throughout the evening! 
Regardless of what you do for this evening and the games tomorrow, I want to wish you safe and festive New Year. I have love for all of you who have visited my site and made it grow exponentially this past year. I can't wait to show you what I have in store for 2015! Just know I have your best interest in mind. 

Much love and cheers! 
Your homey,

Fresh oyster, stone crab claws, steamed shrimp, king crab Legs
 Salad station:
Winter greens, our great selection of topping, hummus

Classic beef wellington, morel mushroom and Andouille sausage
Duxelle, port and rosemary reduction
Smoked rib roast, onions, béarnaise, horseradish crème fraiche
Salt crusted halibut, Georgia onions and bacon jam, lemon tarragon beurre blanc
Sous vive smoked Atlanta salon, creamed leeks, caviar lemon preserve

*Truffle Mac & Cheese
*Steamed Asparagus
*Creamed Potatoes
*Lentil & Ham Hock Stew
*Wild Mushroom Fricase
*Creamy Grits
*Tomato-basil Fondue

Created by our own Pastry Chef John Bell


Friday, December 12, 2014

Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’s Annual Last Minute Gift Guide

Get your shoppin' on! These gifts are kickass!

Hoppy Holidays!

It’s that time again and I wanted to make sure your Holiday shopping goes that much easier, so look no further than my annual Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Last Minute Gift Guide! I am launching this one a little bit earlier than usual so that you have time to receive deliveries on all of these cool gift ideas that were either pitched to me, I used, I came across on the Net, or just thought you—my cherished readers—would consider.
I get a lot of love for doing these gift guides (plus I tremendously enjoy doing them) over the years, so here is 2014’s Holiday edition featuring everything from inventive beer paraphernalia to original gift certificate ideas, travel hot spots, books, gadgets, clothing and more! Did I mention beer? 
Anyway, hook up your friends, family, that special someone…or yourself!  

*I will be updating this site until it is hitting the last second so look for my announcements of additions on my Twitter account (@alesharpton).
As promised above, I said I would add gifts periodically leading up to Christmas Day so here ya go!:

Northern Brewing Gift Card
Want a Christmas buzzer beater? Here it is!
To really make things last minute, I added another awesome gift that can be bought even on the day of Christmas (or whatever Holiday you celebrate)!
We have what they boast to be the largest homebrew supplier in the country (which I truly believe)­—Northern Brewer—providing the opportunity to buy an Email Gift Card for beer brewing supplies that’s delivered directly to the recipient’s email address. These great folks also have wine and cheesemaking kits in case you really want to turn your pinky up, so go for it!

Mountain Top Cabins in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Head for the mountains!
At the top of my list for favorite getaways is Blue Ridge, Georgia and staying at one of the luxurious cabins Mountain Top provides. You should certainly consider getting one and taking people you can tolerate and enjoy for a weekend (or week) of woosah!
Indoors, you can do everything from play pool, watch satellite television, start a fire, roast marshmallows outdoors at a fire pit, release stress in a hot tub, make an extravagant meal in a gourmet kitchen, play board games…basically do the things you never get the chance to do during your regular hustle and bustle life. Plus, the fresh air will prompt you to explore the outdoors and visit Blue Ridge’s gorgeous environs, its charming downtown (especially hit up the Blue Ridge Brewery, the Irish pub called Boro Inn, score growlers at Out Of The Blue, and dine at the delicious Harvest On Main); also take the family to the nationally renowned Mercier Orchards (the turnovers are to die for). The best way to do this is to get a gift certificate (see above) so that you or your recipient can plan trips accordingly. They have great deals at Mountain Top so this is the perfect present for anyone including yourself!
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Zippo Hand Warmer
Show Old Man Winter who’s boss!

Speaking of camping in the mountains, the longtime Zippo lighter and accessory company would certainly enhance the trip and ensure you can literally handle this chrome Hand Warmer. Fitting into virtually any pocket, it comes with a filler cup, warming bag, and up to 12 hours of function time, so anyone can brave the outdoors that much easier for only $19.95.

Buy someone some ‘Uncommon Goods’!
The website has something for even the most finicky individual.
I go hunting for sites that sell extra cool items and this is one of them! Uncommon Goods features extraordinary, yet often practical gifts created by a community of artists, craftsmen and makers. They really got me with their collection of beer paraphernalia. From brew kits to glasses that come with an opener at its base, there is a gang of gifts to choose from. They even acknowledge the creators of practically every item they sell.
The All About Beer Card Deck aka Ace of Brews is one of my faves that they have to offer because I love me some spades and everyone playing gets an insightful beer fact on every card! This is chump change at $15.95.
World Bottled Beers: 50 Classic Brews to Sip and Savour
Drinking…err, reading is fundamental.
How about a hardcover beer book that's die-cut to the actual size of a bottle featuring 50 of the best tasty ales and lagers the world has to offer? World Bottled Beers: 50 Classic Brews to Sip and Savour is a gangster page turner for your tabletop; it promises to consistently spark up good conversation and earn you cool points on the regular. Award-winning Beer Writer Adrien Tierney-Jones, Art Director Sarah Rock, and Photographer Simon Murrell feature the country of origin, alcohol by volume, and an expert review makes this a no-brainer for any beer enthusiast. MSRP at $14.99, but there are great deals here.
Filson 72-Hour Bag
A bag equipped with a charging station? Bag it!
I truly dig cool bags that are both fashionable and practical, so this Filson 72-hour bag is certainly up my alley. Besides its rugged-meets-hipster look, it boasts a waxed exterior to weather inclement environs, and get this: It comes with a concealed Joey charging system in the front pocket for your gadgets to save you from searching for wall outlets like an electrician! ($425)
The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Carbon Watch
For the true ballers who want to know what time it is…
I have received a little feedback from some gents with a heavy wallet asking me to post some items in future gift guides that are, shall we say, lavish? Well here you go! Hublot watches are at the top of the game when it comes to timepieces. (I mean come on, they are getting numerous shout outs in rap songs now so there you go!) Anyway, there are only 100 of these Big Bang Ferrari Ceramic Carbon watches available on the market for a mere $29,800. What do you get?
·         The Case: 45 mm. Polished and Satin-finished Black Ceramic 
·         The Bezel: Yellow Composite Resin Lower Bezel with six H-shaped Black Titanium Screws 
·         The Dial and Hands: Sapphire Dial. Yellow Appliques Satin-finished Black-plated Hands with Yellow Luminescent Black and Yellow Chronograph Second and Minute Counter Hands 
·         The Movement: UNICO Manufacture Self-winding Chronograph Flyback Movement with Column Wheel 
·         The Power Reserve: 72 hours 
·         The Straps and Clasp: Black Rubber and Black Schedoni Leather Straps with Yellow Stitching. Black PVD Titanium with Carbon Insert Deployant Buckle Clasp 
Lavish enough for ya? Hit up this site for details...and drooling.
The Innis & Gunn Scotch Whisky Porter
From their seasonal Porter to some recipes with their original, I&G does it big in Scotland!
Spice up your holidays with the new Scotch Whisky Porter straight out of the
Edinburgh, Scotland-based brewing headquarters of Innis & Gunn. These guys have always received accolades for the barrel-aged concoctions that pair well with just about anything (especially cigars), so now it’s time for this tasty Porter that’s matured over oak infused with a Scotch Whisky at a warming 7.4% ABV. Aroma and tasting notes include caramel, toffee, roasted coffee beans and a porter must—cocoa. I dig it and so will your recipient of this gift! More info on Innis & Gunn can be found here
Oh! And if you are a fan of the Original Innis & Gunn brew, grab a few bottles and get your mixology on with these two delicious recipes below:
American Born Moonshine
The only time you would want to be mooned!
Presented in slick, patented mason jars topped with a cork-like closure and filled with the pure ingredients of true moonshine—corn, sugar and water—here comes a line of award-winning spirits straight from Nashville, Tennessee. Just entering the Atlanta market, American Born brilliantly pays homage to the unaged corn whiskey and rum recipes from way back in American history boasting three flavors—Original (103 proof), Apple Pie (83 proof) and Dixie Sweet Tea (83). Find out where these potent winter warmers are on their website, Now let’s get mooned, American Born style!
Prep Sportswear
Represent with these old school gear!

Being a sports fanatic, I came across Prep Sportswear who boast how they offer “the largest array of custom fan apparel” representing all the major sports including baseball, hockey, football, basketball, soccer, and others. Well I had fun going through all the squads they had available from all over the world, so I thought you would too. I also like how they give you the opportunity to customize it down to the color, size and of course, team. So find a city, college, sport and squad you want to rep and order a shirt, towel, hoodie, or whatever and rock it! is the official website and you can find some great deals on especially college t-shirts here. Go team!
The “Can-Era” Lens Drink Cooler
This has a shot of being the coolest koozie ever!
Okay, back to reality for those who may be a few dollars short of buying that $30,000 Hublot watch above. this “Can-Era” Lens Drink Cooler from is one of the coolest koozies I have seen, period. Keeping our hands warms while holding a cold brew for events like tailgating or whatever, this will certainly get some looks your way. Especially from needy photographers who will try to steal it when you put it down. It looks that real. Cop this and other kooky paraphernalia at You have to register in their site to get the prices for some reason, but go old school and call 'em: 1-800-592-0293. Hit up Amazon for a great deal here as well.
The Unibroue Éphémère Canneberge
Cranberries in brew? Hell yeah!
Chambly, Quebec’s Unibroue, the maker of one of my favorite beers in the world—La Fin du Monde—now presents their latest seasonal release, Éphémère Canneberge, a delicately spiced white ale brewed with ripe cranberries at 5.5 percent ABV.
“I'm especially proud to say that we are one of the few breweries in the world to referment 100 percent of our ales directly in the keg, one keg at a time. This is also the case for our Cranberry Éphémère,” Brewmaster Jerry Vietz boasts. “This festive version of the Éphémère is a white ale flavored with fruit and spices, with fine bubbles and a white lacy head. It has a delicate cranberry flavor, with just the right balance of sweetness and acidity.”
As its name suggests, Éphémère is a series of fruit ales that started in the spring of 2001, featuring apple, blackcurrant, peach, and raspberry. Now it’s cranberry’s turn. And the bottle art is kickass. Here’s Unibroue’s Beer Sommelier presenting their Cranberry Éphémère and their Éphémère beercocktail. For more info, hit up
Happy Socks
Kick it in these fly stockings, ya heard?
I love socks. These are hot. I want them. Period. Straight from Sweden for $12 a pair, you will go bowling or try on shoes in random stores just to show these babies off. They have some pretty slick underwear too! Check 'em out here and if you are in Atlanta, hit up the slick boutique store on 1048 North Highland, William Wren.
2015 SweetWater 420 Fest
Grab some early bird special tickets to see the legendary Snoop Dogg!
Now this is one helluva gift you can get while the gettin’ is good. Do you see this lineup? Go here for details and to cop some early bird special tickets for this jam on April 17th through the 19th.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

From gift cards to special offers, ATL restaurants deliver for the Holidays!

The world renowned Chef Kevin Gillespie showing off his coffee.
Great holiday gift selection from Atlanta restaurants, chefs and more!

Hey you!

So after featuring what some local restaurants are doing for the Holiday season here, a sea of other restaurants graciously joined in to let us know what they are doing to make things just a bit more joyous in December. From specials at Chef Kevin Gillespie’s General Store (above), to gift cards from some of ATL’s top eateries including Ray’s Restaurants and The Pig & the Pearl in Atlantic Station, here we go! These are descriptions straight from the sources.

Happy eatin’ and sippin’!
Atlantic Station's The Pig & The Pearl has some serious sauces!
The holidays are a festive time for gift giving, but what if you are stumped on what to get your foodie friends and family?  Fear not, for below is a great round-up of local products that will be sure to please everyone on your list.

Chef Kevin Gillespie Treats
For those with coffee-fiend friends, check out what Kevin Gillespie has brewing in his General Store.  He is selling his signature “Red Beard’s Delight” coffee, his own special blend from his pals at Jittery Joe’s in Athens, Georgia, for $14 a canister.  A bright, well-rounded, easy-drinking coffee, it is perfect for automatic drip and French press alike.  Grab a coffee mug ($10) to go with it, and the total price is $21.  Other great finds include $25 Gunshow t-shirts. Visit to fully browse the great gift ideas and order a signed copy of Kevin's new cookbook, Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World ($30).  Everything you need to know about selecting, cooking and enjoying pork is included.  The book will be released and shipped on March 31, 2015.

White Oak Pastures
Georgia’s most beloved and renowned farm offers some incredible one-of-a-kind holiday gifts through its convenient online store.  The Holiday Meat Packages shop sells farm-fresh meats delivered from the farm to the front door.  One of the best finds is the “Holiday Gift Box Four" ($300), which includes a pastured duck, pastured goose, grass-fed tenderloin roast, grass-fed prime rib roast, a medium pastured turkey and a pastured guinea hen.

Outside of the fresh meat selections, browse the online shop for other farm-inspired items like Campessino whole bean coffee ($11), grass-fed beef tallow candle in vanilla scent ($4.99) and White Oak Pastures clothing.  For a truly unique gift, check out Madeline Smiles handmade grass-fed jewelry.  Following the practice of utilizing every part of the cow, Madeline processes the sun-dried bones collected from the farm to make beautiful earrings and necklaces starting at $42.

The Pig & the Pearl
The delicious barbecue sauces prepared by Todd Richards at The Pig & the Pearl make perfect stocking stuffers for those in the family who like things spicy.  Flavors include Hot, Hotter and Bourbon Hot Sauce and are available to purchase at the Atlantic Station restaurant for $8 a bottle; three for $21.

Orpheus Brewing
Whether you are stocking up for the holiday party or looking to gift your beer connoisseur friends, Orpheus Brewing makes the perfect local pick.  Even better, flagship beers Atalanta and Lyric Ale are now available in cans.  Both brews are decorated with commissioned designs from Atlanta artists Brandon Sadler and Peter Ferrari, giving the cans a unique twist.  Six-packs are available at local retailers and package stores.

Gift Cards
You can't go wrong with gift cards, and the following Atlanta restaurants have sweetened the pot with some great deals:

·         Aqua blue: Receive a $25 bonus card with purchase of a $100 gift card.
·         Bantam + Biddy: Give the gift of fresh this year and enjoy an additional $10 gift card when you purchase a $50 gift card now through December 31.  Gift cards are available at all Bantam + Biddy locations including Ansley, Crescent, Avalon and Lenox.
·         Chick-a-Biddy: Purchase a $50 gift card this holiday season and get an additional $10 gift card.  Offer valid until December 31.
·         Communitas Hospitality: Fans of 10th& PiedmontG’s Midtown and HOBNOB can enjoy a great offer of $20 free each time you purchase $100 in gift cards for the hospitality group.  Purchases can be made online at here.  Cards cannot be used the day of purchase and expire on  March 23, 2015.
·         FLIP Burger: Receive an additional $10 gift card with a $50 gift card purchase or an additional $20 with $100.  The bonus cards expire on March 15 and are not valid on the day of purchase.
·         Hearth Pizza Tavern: Buy a $50 gift card and receive an additional $10 gift card, available now through January 1.
·         Parma Tavern: Available now until January 1, purchase a $50 gift card and receive an extra $10 gift card.
·         The Pig & the Pearl: Now through December 31, enjoy an additional $20 when you purchase $100 in gift cards for the holidays.
·         Marlow’s Tavern: Guests who purchase a $100 gift card will receive an additional $20 gift card from the restaurant.  Offer is valid through December 31.
·         RA Sushi: Now through December 31, RA Sushi is offering its fans an additional $10 bonus card with every $50 gift card purchase.  The bonus gift cards are valid from January 2 to March 31, 2015.
·         Ray's Restaurants: In addition to a special gift ($25 value; while supplies last) with all in-restaurant gift card purchases of $100 or more at Ray's On The RiverRay's At Killer Creek and Ray's In the City, the restaurant group is also offering a 20% bonus on all gift card purchases of $25-$975 and a 25% bonus on all gift card purchases of $1,000 or more.  These offers are valid through the end of January.
·         Ted's Montana Grill: Fill your stockings with Ted's gift cards.  Receive 15% off when you purchase $500 or more.
·         The Shed at Glenwood: Guests can enjoy an additional $20 in gift cards with a $100 purchase now through the end of the year.
·         Tin Drum: Purchase a $25 gift card and receive a free entrée.  The offer is valid now through December 28 at all Atlanta-area locations.
·         Tin Lizzy’s: Give the gift of Atlanta’s favorite Tex-Mex this holiday season.  Purchase a $100 gift card and get an additional $20 gift card.  Offer is available only with a $20 minimum gift card purchase at a Tin Lizzy’s location now through December 31.  The bonus cards may be redeemed January 1 through February 28.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cypress Street's Beer Geek Tuesday goes hop-crazy with four dope breweries tonight!

Sierra Nevada, Terrapin, SweetWater and Ballast Point 
throw down at Cypress!

As many of you know, I love Cypress Street Pint & Plate and Beer Geek Tuesdays is one of the 100s of reasons. Here is the info for tonight which features four of the best breweries in the nation pouring two of their hop-crazy brews for out enjoyment. There's even a raffle. Come through!

Hoppy Holidays!

Monday, December 8, 2014

ATL restaurants throw down for the Holidays starting tonight!

Spots like Cook Hall, One Eared Stag and others do it big in December!

So I just go word that some of Atlanta’s most revered restaurants are making our Holidays and New Year’s that much more festive by pleasing our palates with some awesome events, dinners, and celebrations in December.
From One Eared Stag’s Monday Night Chicken featuring the city’s beloved Monday Night Brewing and Avoid Monday Meltdown at Food 101 tonight, to Livingston’s Santa Brunch, Seven Lamps’ Cotton Ball, and Proof & Provision’s third annual NYE White Trash Bash (hmmmm…), Atlanta continues to be the shiiiizzzznit! Look for more events on this site soon! The descriptions are straight from the sources are below.

December 12│Livingston Restaurant + Bar│“Share The Party” Holiday Luncheon
“Share the Party” at Livingston Restaurant + Bar during their first-annual holiday luncheon on Friday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The “Share the Party” Holiday Luncheon is geared toward small offices and groups that would like to celebrate the holidays without throwing a full-blown holiday party. The event will feature stunning holiday decor, live piano music and a seasonal buffet from Executive Chef Michael Semancik that will be offered for $35 per person plus tax and 20 percent gratuity. Due to limited space, guests are encouraged to make reservations prior to December 5 to guarantee their spot. Please email or call 404.897.5000 to make your reservation and prepay for guests in your party.
659 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
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December 14 & 21│Livingston Restaurant + Bar│Santa Brunch
Livingston is celebrating the holiday season with a brunch that is enjoyable for the whole family. On December 14 and 21, Livingston will host a Santa Brunch featuring a sprawling Southern-style buffet of seasonal fare and kid-friendly options.  The highlight of the event will be a special visit from Santa from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. A professional photographer will be on site to capture holiday memories. Printed photographs will be available for purchase for $5. Livingston is offering a special discount code to Santa Brunch-goers. Guests are encouraged to visit and use the code “SANTA” to receive 10 percent off matinee showings of The Nutcracker on December 14 and 21. Livingston Restaurant + Bar’s Santa Brunch will take place from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on both Sundays, December 14 and December 21. Brunch will cost $30 for adults, $15 for children 12 & under and be free for children under 3. Reservations can be made by calling 404.897.5000.
659 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
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December 14 | Seven Lamps | Cotton Ball
Seven Lamps celebrates its second anniversary (“the gift of cotton”) with the Cotton Ball on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., and chef Drew Van Leuvan has assembled an all-star lineup of some of Atlanta’s most iconic chefs to join him in a special dinner, including: Hugh Acheson, Bruce Logue, Hector Santiago, Ryan Smith and Zeb Stevenson. Bar talent will include Seven Lamps’ own Kevin Bragg accompanied by Michael Searles, Kellie Thorne, Tiffanie Barriere, Scott Mayer, Ian Cox and Madison Burch. Dinner will consist of a seven course meal with wine and cocktail pairings and will cost $125 per person (inc. tax and gratuity). Advance purchase required, tickets are limited and can be purchased at For more information, visit or call(404)-467-8950.
3400 Around Lenox Road NE, #217, Atlanta, Ga. 30326
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December 19 | Cook Hall Concert Series | Danny Hutchens and Donna Hopkins
Summer may be over, but our compelling Fall Concert Series is still going strong right into winter. Enjoy the final fall nights listening to great live music at Cook Hall every third Friday of the month.  This installment is an exciting two for one with performances by Danny Hutchens and Donna Hopkins. Danny Hutchens has been writing, recording, and performing his songs professionally since 1994. Donna Hopkins, the Alabama-bred crooner, is a triple threat as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Three hour complimentary valet parking is available for guests. For more information about our Fall Concert Series, contact us at 404-523-3600.
3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30326
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December 21, 23 & 26 | Holidays at The Stag | One Eared Stag
Chef Robert Phalen has lined up a week of reasons to celebrate the season with Stag happenings. On Sunday, Dec.21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the One Eared Stag bar, the Holiday Punch Party will kick off the week of Christmas. For $25 per person, guests will receive a first round on the house, including special holiday cocktails for the occasion and passed appetizers from chef Phalen. The Eve of Christmas Eve Supper (Tuesday, Dec. 23 from 7 p.m. – close) guests are invited for a traditional holiday dinner from chef Phalen. Food will be served family style from the farm table. Cost per person is $100 (including tax and tip), which includes wine pairings of three reds and three whites and a welcome cocktail and hors d’oeuvres to start the evening. Seating is limited; reservations are required and must be made by calling (404) 525-4479. One Eared Stag going full English on Friday, Dec. 26 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with Boxing Day Brunch. The special menu for the day will include a traditional English breakfast, Butcher’s Plate and Pullman’s Lunch. A One Eared Stag-exclusive cask of Terrapin Beer Co.’s Wake & Bake will be tapped for the occasion.
1029 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307
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December 31 | Cook Hall | New Year’s Eve with Moontower
Ring in the New Year in style at Cook Hall with live music from Atlanta’s favorite party band, Moontower! The band will take the stage at 10 p.m. and continue playing all the way into 2015! There is no cover charge for this event. Cook Hall will be serving dinner until 9:30 p.m. so be sure to join us for our a la carte dinner menu with festive Blackboard Specials from Chef David Gross and toast to the New Year with a signature craft cocktail.
W Atlanta - Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta Ga. 30326
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December 31 | Proof & Provision | New Year’s Eve White Trash Bash
If you're looking for New Year's Eve plans that are awesome, free, and trashy, look no further! Proof & Provision is hosting their third annual NYE White Trash Bash on December 31 (duh), from 5 p.m. until your friends carry you out. Guests will enjoy free passed apps, beer cocktails, and an inspired redneck playlist. If you're still going at midnight, stick around and toast the New Year with complimentary Miller High Life ponies for all! No cover, no reservations. Just get here.
659 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308| 404.897.5000
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December 31 | Livingston Restaurant + Bar | New Year’s Eve
Ring in 2015 at Midtown's favorite party destination, Livingston Restaurant + Bar, with dinner and a night of dancing! A limited dinner menu of seasonal favorites will be served from 5 to 11:30 p.m., compliments of Executive Chef Michael Semancik. Diners may choose between a three-course menu for $55 or a four-course menu for $65. A separate menu featuring small plates with a la carte pricing will be available in the Bar + Lounge. DJ Yvonne Monet will kick the dancing off at 9 p.m.and keep the party going into the night. The party will continue as the clock strikes midnight with a balloon drop and complimentary champagne for toasting. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 404.897.5000 or by visiting Livingston’s website at and clicking on the reservations tab.
659 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 | 404.897.5000
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Mondays | One Eared Stag | Monday Night Fried Chicken
Chef Robert Phalen is teaming up with Monday Night Brewing for One Eared Stag’s Monday Night fried chicken. Each order will be served with three pieces of chicken and two side items for only $15. Guest also have the option of upgrading a whole chicken for $22 and two whole chickens for $32. This event will take place every Monday night staring at 5p.m. what better way to enjoy your Monday night than with plate of Chef Phalen’s signature fried chicken and Monday Night Brewing.
1029 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307 | 404.525.4479
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Mondays | Food 101 | Avoid Monday Meltdown
Feel like you are having one of those days? We have the perfect fix for you. Avoid Monday Meltdown at Food 101 all night long. All draft beer, house wine and sangria are only $4.00! Do yourself a favor and join us for a pick-me-up tonight.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342 | 404.497.9700
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Tuesdays | Food 101 | Ladies’ Night
Ladies, come join us at the barrel bar for drinks. Tonight and every Tuesday is Ladies’ Night at Food 101 starting with wine half-off! Bring your girls, grab a drink and make Food 101 your weekly spot for Ladies’ Night!
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342 | 404.497.9700
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Wednesdays | Food 101 | Wine Down Wednesday
You are almost there! You made it to Wednesday, so why don’t you “wine down” with Food 101! Each month we focus on a different wine region for our guests to enjoy. Enjoy a flight of 3 wines for $10 or $12.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342 | 404.497.9700
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Thursdays | Food 101 | Thirsty Thursday
It’s Thirsty Thursday friends! Do you know what that means? It means $5 margaritas, mojitos and Tito’s martinis. Grab your friends and quench your thirst with these great deals.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342 | 404.497.9700
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Sundays | Food 101 | BBQ & Bourbon Brunch
What could possibly make BBQ and Bourbon any better? The answer is brunch of course!  Enjoy our Sunday Smoked menu featuring delectable sides like our ranch style baked beans and southern cole slaw which washes down perfectly with our mouth-watering bourbon. But that’s not all; we have live music every Sunday from local bands! The fun begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m., so head on over to Food 101 for a sweet-southern Sunday.
4969 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30342 | 404.497.9700
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

A gift guide infographic for what men want!

This one's based on what men want, and what women buy!

Before I put out my Annual Last Minute Gift Guide early next week, I wanted to help you out a little bit with this, well, informative infographic sent to me by my homies at Avalaunch Media. Using some hardcore research, this one is based on what guys want and what women actually buy. 
Here it is below and the link to it is here. Let me know what you think!

Hoppy Holidays!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SweetWater hosts "Drunk Santa" event w/ 5 different Festive Ales today!

They had me at Bourbon Barrel Aged Festive Ale!

Man, SweetWater Brewing Co. is always doing some crazy sh*t and I love it! Here is their next kooky event to ring in the Holidays that pops off tonight at their brewery, Thursday, December 4th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., called Drunk Jewish Santa (I did not make this up), who will actually be on site for their tours (also 5:30-7:30 p.m.); everyone who gets their photo taken will walk away with a free 4x6 print to take home, plus he’ll be giving out some free goodies for both the naughty and the nice. 
And the real hook is how they are breaking out five specialty brews straight from their cellar and taps to serve up, including:
2011 Festive
2012 Festive
2014 Festive
Tennessee Whiskey Barrel Aged Festive
Bourbon Barrel Aged Festive 
They also have a Toys for Tots drop box; anyone who opens their heart and brings a toy will get an $8 souvenir pint glass ($2 off normal price). Sound good? Here are all the details: Drunk Jewish Santa Event

It should be a blast as always when it comes to SweetWater. 



Argosy pours first U.S.Trappist Ale tonight!

East Atlanta's Argosy taps the first keg of the Spencer Trappist Ale at 6 p.m.! 
Read below on the strict rules of being a Trappist beer below, too.

One of my favorite spots in not only Atlanta, but in the U.S. is doing it big once again. Tonight, starting at 6 p.m., the Argosy is tapping the keg of the Georgia's newest addition to the craft beer world, the Spencer Trappist Ale at 6.5% ABV. It's a crisp, refreshing, fruity Belgian-style golden ale and America's first Trappist beer (specifically at Saint Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts) so this is a historic event. 
There are only ten Trappist beers carrying the prestigious ATP label (Authentic Trappist Product) according to their official website including Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, Westvleteren, Mont des Cats, Engelszell, and, of course, America’s Spencer.
My homies Don, Armando and the rest of the Argosy posse will also be doing a pizza pairing with fig and caramelized onion jam, Chimay Trappist cheese, topped with arugula. 
Oh yeah, and you can keep the glass! See ya there!

*As an added bonus, I wanted to hook you up with what it takes to be a Trappist beer straight from the source...

The strict Trappist Beer breakdown:

Direct from the International Trappist Association, here are the STRICT requirements to be labeled an Authentic Trappist Product:
Trappist beers are one of the most well-known products which Trappist monasteries produce and sell commercially.
A Trappist beer is not the same as an Abbey beer
Of all the beers in the world, only eleven may carry the name “Trappist”:  the beers of Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Mont des Cats, Rochefort, Westvleteren, Westmalle, Mont des Cats  Stift Engelszell,Zundert (NL) and Spencer (USA). 
The  "Authentic Trappist Product"  label
Ten trappist beers carry the ATP-label: the beers of Achel, Chimay, La Trappe, Orval, Rochefort, Westvleteren, Westmalle, and the beers of Stift Engelszell (Gregorius and Benno), Zundert (NL) and Spencer (USA).
A “Trappist” has to satisfy a number of strict criteria proper to this logo before it may bear this name: 
1.       The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, either by the monks themselves or under their supervision.
2.      The brewery must be of secondary importance within the monastery and it should witness to the business practices proper to a monastic way of life
3.      The brewery is not intended to be a profit-making venture.  The income covers the living expenses of the monks and the maintenance of the buildings and grounds.  Whatever remains is donated to charity for social work and to help persons in need.
Trappist breweries strictly comply with all health and safety standards as well as consumer information standards.  Their advertising and communication is marked by honesty, soberness and a modesty proper to the religious setting in which the beer is brewed.

The procedure to receive the ATP-label
Only members of the International Trappist Association are able to submit an application for the right to use the "AUTHENTIC TRAPPIST PRODUCT" logo for a product (for example, a liqueur) or for a category of products (the whole line of liqueurs) produced by the monastery in question.
After the application has been received, the chairman and the members of the Board of Directors of the International Trappist Association will begin an evaluation procedure.
This can take several months.  The procedure includes assembling an extensive dossier, an on-site visit to check the production regulations and the quality demands as set by the ITA, and of course a tasting of the products concerned.
At the end of the procedure, the Board of Directors of the ITA will decide whether or not to grant the right to use the "AUTHENTIC TRAPPIST PRODUCT" logo for the products concerned.
This ATP license is valid for five years.


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