Friday, February 6, 2015

It's Ale Sharpton’s Annual Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!

From building LEGOS with beer in hand to a brews cruise in Amsterdam, these are gangster gifts!

Hello lovers! (Or likers at least.)

It’s that time again to get something for that special someone and I am here to help! As I do annually, I search high and low for anything extraordinarily cool on the lifestyle tip; be it art shows, travel opportunities, clothing, and other thoughtful options that truly stand out from the run-of-the-mill gifts suggesting you made a quick buy at Walgreens to save face, I've got you covered. And note, some of these events do not happen on February 14th. Instead, just hand them the proof of purchase and build up what you bought leading to when it occurs!
Besides my commentary to introduce the following presents that could score you MAJOR brownie points, I included descriptions straight from the source. Tell my homey Cupid I said whaddup if you see him aimin’ at ya. 
Oh yeah, look for my Annual Valentine’s Day Dining Guide coming out soon, too. It’s stacked!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A membership to the American Homebrewers Association
I say: Ingenious for beer nuts, especially homebrewers! And cheap. $43 bones. The AHA has provided tremendous support to the craft beer scene. Support ‘em back!
They say: Say “Beer mine” with a gift membership to the American Homebrewers Association. A simple and thoughtful gift, an AHA membership offers many benefits, including exclusive offers, merchandise discounts and access to exciting events nationwide. An AHA membership gift card costs $43. The recipient of this gift joins over 35,000 other enthusiasts while enjoying publications, programs and events that educate homebrewers and promote the homebrewing hobby.

Show your cultural side attending the 16th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction
I say: No lie, taking your significant other to an art event and sharing your interpretations of various works rocks! Hell, maybe you will contribute to their cause and go in on a piece to support local geniuses and a cause while you’re at it! Unless you are no joke when it comes to buying art, go Saturday, February 21st.            
They say: ART PAPERS announces its 16th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction, a weekend that has become Atlanta’s most anticipated art event each year and its largest contemporary art auction. This glam event brings together more than 200 renowned and emerging artists from Atlanta and around the world and is expected to draw more than 1,200 attendees to a stunning new location on the Westside BoBo Intriguing Objects. The Art Auction offers art lovers the opportunity to build their collections while enjoying one or both of the great parties.
This not-to-be-missed event is ART PAPERS’ largest fundraiser with all proceeds going to support the programs of ART PAPERS, which include the award winning ART PAPERS magazine, noted lecture series ART PAPERS LIVE, the newly launched Exhibitions program, the ARTIST PROJECT Program, and new digital initiatives. The purchase of artwork also supports the artists in the auction who have generously donated proceeds from their work in support of ART PAPERS’ mission.
Collectors’ Preview – Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Silent Auction & Party – Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Tickets are here:
Facebook event is here: Saturday night is $50 in advance or $65 at the door. 

Reading is golden literally thanks to AUrate!
I say: Buy custom-made gold jewelry at super cheap rates and they donate schoolbooks to the needy. And trust me, this gold won’t turn your finger green. It’s legit!
They say: AUrate New York is a brand new jewelry collection inspired by life in Manhattan that offers real-gold, beautifully designed jewelry. It is sold completely online at a fraction of the price you'd find anywhere else. Committed to community development and charitable giving the company has also launched their "Book for Your Look” program simultaneously with their consumer brand launch. For every piece of jewelry sold the company donates a schoolbook to an underprivileged child attending an under-funded U.S. school. Check out the website at

Legos and beer at MODA? Hell yes!
I say: Come on, you can’t beat this combo, although I can’t guarantee you creation will be an architectural wonder after a few pints, but hey!
They say: Come to MODA for an evening of LEGO building and local beer! On Thursday February 19, from 6pm to 8pm, we’ll be bringing out the LEGOS for some free build time. Sip a local beer while you help us build a LEGO tower or create your own masterpiece. You build, we’ll clean up! Cost is $10 for MODA members, $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the link here or at the door.

An Atlanta Beer Festival featuring BBQ? Hmmm...
I say: Hogs & Hops combines brews and BBQ, a perfect pair. Say whaddup to Mike if you go! He is the tall dude with the walkie talkie running the show.
They say: Hogs & Hops is back again Saturday, April 11 at the Masquerade Music Park, because what goes better together than beer and BBQ? We don't know! That's why we're stoked to offer VIP tickets for just $50 (regularly $65) this week only! VIP tickets include all the beer, BBQ, and other food samples you can handle, plus one whole extra hour of eating and drinking and handling it. Plus there's live music, in case you needed just one more reason to not jump on this.
Present voucher at Hogs & Hops at the Masquerade 
$50 VIP tickets to Hogs & Hops (reg. $65)

How about a perfectly fitting blazer, suit or coat? KNOT!
I say: After I saw what Knot Standard is capable of, a clothing nut like me went nuts! I truly dig their options of gear, how they size you, and the overall process. They had me after reading their company’s name. The customization of fly gear was extra credit!
They say: Knot Standard is an innovative menswear company offering a very modern and stylish line of bespoke suits, shirts, blazers, and accessories.
Co-founder John Ballay probably explains the mission of the company best: “Knot Standard serves the modern guy. This is not your father’s century and our customers don’t want to dress like their dads, in ill-fitting, off-the-rack suits. Thanks to technology and the global economy, they don’t have to,” he says. “We founded Knot Standard to meet the needs of guys like ourselves: aspirational, seeking an upgrade in their personal wardrobe, a more modern, sleeker look but at an attainable price point.” 

Let’s play with a play! 4000 Miles to be exact.
I say: Come on, a play? This is the drama you want in your life. I love the story. You should dig it too. It sounds perfect for bike enthusiasts!
They say: Picture this: an old-world grandmother, new-age grandson and a tiny New York apartment – what could possibly go wrong? Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Time Magazine’s number one Play or Musical of 2012, 4000 Miles rolls into Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre, February 12 - March 1, 2015! Dynamic writer Amy Herzog uses her own feisty grandmother’s experiences and stories to shape the character of elderly Vera in this altogether sensitive and comical story. Audiences are invited to take a trip to New York City’s Greenwich Village and experience the implausible, yet beautiful relationship of two characters, as they embark on a journey to find their place in today’s world.
4000 Miles is a rich, satisfying play filled with humorous moments in an unlikely setting,” says Aurora Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. “Vera and Leo’s bond is deeply touching and serves as a reminder to all of us that we need to stop and take time to cherish life’s little moments.”  
Recommended for adults with a penchant for drama and comedy, 4000 Miles is presented February 12 – March 1, 2015. Tickets can be purchased for $20-$30 per person online at or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222.

AmaWaterways beer-themed cruises in Europe with Don “Joe Sixpack,” Russell. Whoa!
I say: Ummm…a beer-themed cruise from Amsterdam? Need I say more? How about the perfect pairing with this website, Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’? I gotta go!
They say: AmaWaterways is a leading river cruise line with itineraries in Europe, Africa and Asia. The line launched their 2015 brochure this year, featuring an incredible line-up themed cruises, including the line’s first ever beer-themed cruise. Beer buffs will have the chance to sample an array of authentic ales and lagers as they explore the European waterways like never before, with two opportunities to sail next year, including March 31, 2015 aboard AmaLyra and December 14, 2015 aboard AmaPrima. Passengers will enjoy excursions to historic breweries with guided tours, as well as tastings, of course, and educational onboard discussions.  A delectable beer pairing dinner will be presented on both ships by acclaimed beer expert and writer Don Russell. Also known as “Joe Sixpack,” Russell has written a weekly column in the Philadelphia Daily News for the past 15 years, authored three books, won numerous journalism awards and traveled the world in search of great beers. Pricing for the Beer Cruise onboard AmaLyra starts at $2,599 per person; pricing onboard AmaPrima starts at $2,899 per person. Go here for more info:



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