Friday, June 19, 2015

Ale Sharpton’s Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

We have an on-time Guide, and now here’s the buzzer beater version!

Okay y’all, are you trying to make a dad happy or not? If you are not going with the latter option, here are some more options besides the awesome gift ideas I brought you in the initial 2015 Ale Sharpton Annual Father’s Day Gift Guide to choose from. I swear if you get him another tie or generic card with nothing in it, he will snap! Trust me!

Make Pops one the first to break in the Eventide Brewing Tasting Room!
If your dad is in Atlanta and loves beer, make him a part of history and be one of the first to visit the brand new Eventide Tasting Room in Grant Park (Address: 1015 Grant St SE, Atlanta GA 30315) that opens to the public officially June 20th, from 2 pm to 6 pm! Sure there are a lot of breweries in Georgia, but how often do get you to christen a new addition to their growing business? It’s only $12 for 36 ounces of any beer(s) Dad wants plus a special glass. Cost will be $12. That will get you 36oz total of any beer(s) you choose, and you get to keep your glass. Kick it! More info is here.

Brews With A View Beer Dinner at Nikolai’s Roof
On Wednesday, June 24th, at 7:00 p.m., the classy spot known as Nikolai’s Roof (Hilton Atlanta 255 Courtland Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303) is presenting BREWS WITH A VIEW—Savor the Flavors of Summer, which is Belgian beers paired with gourmet dishes of a four-course dinner for a mere $60 per person plus tax & gratuity. Crafted by Chef de Cuisine Stephanie Alderete and Executive Sous Chef Olivier De Busschere, one of the dishes include crustacean broth, butter-poached escargot, petite herbs and lemon pan-roasted squab. And the beers?  Tripel Karmeliet Blond Kwak, Vanderghinste Oud Bruin, and La Trappe Quadrupel further solidify this is no joke! Oh, this includes complimentary valet parking and that’s awesome because I HATE paying for parking. Call 404.221.6362 to reserve your place now!

Take Dad to the free official Hawks Draft Party!
Okay, so maybe our beloved Atlanta Hawks didn’t make it to the Finals; it was a great season nonetheless and the party doesn’t stop! Speaking of party, there is a FREE draft party on June 25th where we see who the Hawks pick at #15 to make our city’s team that much more explosive and dangerous! Doors open at 6 pm, so be sure to register in advance to guarantee your spot in advance on An RSVP guarantees express entry. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at select concession stands in the arena. And in case you are truly a fan, the Hawks own picks No. 50 and No. 59 also.

Hip Sips
I also got some spirits on deck! Here is a recipe and a few bottles that will surely bring a smile to Pop’s face including this gangster cocktail made with Van Gogh Oranje Vodka justly called Vincent's Manmosa, a more manly version of the Mimosa:
Vincent's Manmosa
12 oz. Wheat Beer (e.g. Hoegaarden)
1 oz. Van Gogh Oranje Vodka
3 oz.  Fresh Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with fresh ice then strain into a pint glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Or how about an eight-year-old Canadian rye whisky expertly blended with fine Amontillado Sherry from the Jerez region of Spain? Look no further than Tap Rye Sherry Finished 8 Year Old Canadian Whisky!
For a sweet, smooth and absolutely delicious snifter filler, go with the Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky, boasting the blend of cask-aged 3-, 5- and 7-year old rye whiskies and pure maple syrup from Quebec!

Custom Bottle Opener
Make Dad a customized bottle opener. Just go here, send them an image and he will be poppin’ bottles literally with a customized utensil he can truly call his own. I got one made with my logo and totally dig it!

AmaWaterways’ 2015 BeerCruise on December 14
I had a ball with AmaWaterways and will continue to show love after experiencing their Tulips BeerCruise touring the Netherlands two months ago. (See some of my coverage here.) It was phenomenal thanks to the staff, eventful agenda, and gangster breweries we visited along the way. 
Well there is another one on deck (Ha!): AmaWaterways’ 2015 BeerCruise is set to sail on December 14 from—get this—Prague, aboard their AmaPrima. Beer expert, writer and my homey Don Russell aka “Joe Sixpack” out pf Philly will be hosting this one. Dad will LOVE you even more, trust me! Pricing for the Beer Cruise onboard AmaPrima starts at $2,899 per person. Here’s the info.

Happy Father’s Day to all who apply. I hope this helps!



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