Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Here are six awesome beer events you can’t miss!

This was the Secret Stash Bash trophy in 2014. Who will win it this year?! I took this when TMAC's Head Honcho
Adam  Anacker proudly held this up last year.
From Brick Store’s Changing of the Guard to Secret Stash Bash (plus my beer dinner), make plans now!


With so much poppin’ off in ATL to end the month of February and then make the big step into March, I had to post a few of the events starting with tomorrow’s Changing of The Guard at the Brick Store, one of the world’s most revered beer bars. To add on a personal note, I just completed the first session of my sold out (Thank You!) Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairing with Hop City and Scout Mob at Krog Street Market; the final two sessions are next Monday. As a follow up, I have a beer dinner themed around merging winter and spring justly titled Season Hopping with the award-winning restaurant Food 101 in Sandy Springs on March 5th at 7:00. I am about to post the full menu and details in a separate post, but for now, here is what’s in store for the next two weeks that I figured to be super dope.  
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Okay, here we go…

Brick Store’s Changing of the Guard Celebration
February 26, 4 p.m.
Me: So my homey Tim Ensor is passing the baton of beer management duties at the world renowned Brick Store so that he can put full time into his My Parents’ Basement beer bar venture. Therefore, this is an once-in-a-lifetime event this Thursday starting at 4 p.m. Be there and splurge with your homey and some the most exotic suds you can ever put to your lips! According to Tim, they have Bell’s Hopslam, Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme, Creature Comforts Southerly Love, Boulevard Za Tart, Red Brick 100% Brett A-Town Brown, Terrapin French Toast Wake N Bake, and the one I can't wait to try, the Westbrook 4th Anniversary among other hard-to-finds! It's gonna be nuts!

Fourth Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
February 28th, 12 to 6 p.m.
I say: Beer and all-you-can-eat BBQ? Wait, and bourbon? Nuts!
They say:
WHAT:            4th Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
WHO:              Produced By Trigger Agency
WHERE:        Atlantic Station Grounds
WHEN:           Saturday, February 28, 2014, 12 to 6:00 p.m.
Special VIP admission runs from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., followed by general admission beginning at 2:00 p.m.
They Say: The Fourth Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, produced by The Trigger Agency is returning to Atlanta under the big tents at the Atlantic Station on February 28, 2015. This year’s event will benefit The Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation and Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta & DeKalb, Inc.
The all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza features a special VIP Bacon and Whole Hog session from Noon - 6pm.  The General Admission session runs from 2 pm to 6 pm. Over 5,000 enthusiasts are expected to attend this salute to some of the South’s best assets. 
At the event, attendees can taste over 60 craft beers, sip 40 styles of bourbon and eat lots of southern style BBQ. Admission includes a souvenir sampling glass for guests to try out all the unlimited beverages the festival features. Some of the best barbeque Pit Masters will be on-site cooking up their most mouthwatering dishes. Barbeque selections will include pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chicken, and sausages with all the fixins you can imagine.
More info is here: or call 800-830-3976.
There is plenty of parking around the site, however please drink responsibly and bring a designated driver.
Decatur Stirs
This weekend!
I Say: Just look it up because it sounds pretty chill. I mean, come on! A series of mixology workshops, sippin’ cocktails, and an awesome brunch that’s this weekend. Oh, and Leon’s Full Service is a part of it.
They say: For more information or to buy tickets, go to

Come ‘Season Hopping’! 
My Food 101 Beer Dinner
Thursday, March 5th, at 7:30
Click here!
I say: After doing my sold out Girl Scout Cookie beer pairing, it’s time to take dishes to a more hearty, hot and finger lickin' level by pairing some seriously gangster beer with amazing fare ingeniously crafted by the acclaimed Executive Chef Justin Keith and Sous Chef Cooper Sweat. And of course, there are always some surprises whenever I do an event if you know what I mean! Go here to reserve seats leading to an unforgettable night of sippin’ and culinary indulgence!
My partners say: Atlanta’s favorite southern eatery is partnering with Ale Sharpton (me!) to squeeze the last few drops out of winter and celebrate the coming spring with a menu and beverages inspired by the transition of the seasons.
Reservations will sell out quickly as space is limited, with tickets available at here for $50 (a crazy deal!) apiece. Each ticket includes the full dinner with five pairings, all of which will be served in Food 101’s private dining room beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 5. For diners with allergies or special requests, please call 404.497.9700 to speak with a member of the Food 101 team. 

For additional announcements, events, specials and other news, please follow Food 101 on Facebook or on Twitter.

The Secret Stash Bash
The Prado’s Taco Mac and 5 Seasons, Sandy Springs, GA, March 7th
I say: This is the shiiiizzzzznit for beer lovers! (Besides my beer dinner at Food 101). Basically, some of the world’s best breweries are coming together and pour more than 40 amazingly hard-to-find gems for folks during two shifts on Saturday, March 7th. Session 1: 1:30-4:00 pm
Session 2: 5-7:30 pm
They say: The time has come for some of the greatest breweries you have ever known to break out the extra special beers from their brewer's Secret Stash. Expect the unexpected: rare beers, cellared beers, barrel-aged, blended, Brett, wild, and everything in between. Not only will you get to taste over 40 amazing beers in one setting, there will be notable brewery folks on hand to talk to you about their unique creations.
•           Only 450 attendees per session
•           Souvenir Tasting Glass
•           No long lines
•           No clueless volunteers
•           No common beers
•           Knowledgeable brewer representatives

See you soon!



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