Friday, November 27, 2015

Dope Brew Events on Black Friday!

Three Taverns releases the gangster Feest Noel today! See below...
Peep these ridiculous lineups from breweries 
and craft beer bars in Georgia!

Ya Thirsty?

So after sleeping off the “itus” from all the food we ate on Thanksgiving Day, Friday provides an opportunity to either walk it off shopping and fighting at the crack of dawn or drinking it off at these seriously dope craft beer celebrations throughout Georgia. From Burnt Hickory’s bottle waxing of their incredible 2015 Noggin Knocker Egg Nog Stout to Catch 22’s jaw-dropping imperial stout tap takeover, good luck trying to pick which ones you allocate your Friday hours to! It’s game on now! These are direct from the source:

My dude and Catch 22 owner Rich Miley has goes hard today! Catch 22 Gastropub in Athens, GA says…
The start of our EPIC draft list for Black Friday:
'14 Goose Island Bourbon County
'15 Founders KBS
'15 Founders Breakfast Stout
'12,'13 Founders Imperial Stout
'11,'12,'15 Bells Expedition Stout
'15 Oskar Blues Ten FIDY
'15 Prairie Artisan Ales BOMB
'13 Evil Twin Even More Jesus
'13 Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
'13 Evil Twin Biscotti Break Natale-Pretty Please with a Cherry on Top
'14 Humboldt Black Xantus
'15 Sweetwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
'15 Starr Hill Bourbon Barrel Aged Shakedown
'15 Reformation Winter Scout
'15 Cherry Street Brewing Chattanooga whiskey Balzac the invincible Russian Imperial Stout with coffee and chocolate.
'15 Southern Brewing Tut Hill Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
'15 Mother Earth Silent Night
'15 Burnt Hickory Maps and Legends
'15 Rum Barrel Aged Knoggin Knocker
'15 Jailhouse Heaven Hill BBL Breakout Stout
'15 Terrapin Tiramisu-Hoo
Special Bottles:
12 Creature Comforts See The Stars, pouring at 12, 3, and 5 on Friday
1-'11, 10-'12, 2-'13 Founders KBS
Oskar Blues Death by Coconut
2- Wicked Weed Dark Arts Espresso on Saturday
4-Wicked Weed Tequila Barrel Aged Dark Arts on Saturday
Ladies, we will be having a Husband/Boyfriend/Father/Son sitting service while you go shopping. We are only charging for food and beer. You drop them off and pick them up and we will take care of the rest. If you ladies want to stay here instead of shopping that works.

Some call it Black Friday, we call it by another name--5am. Skip the sales and gather together with us over the gift of good beer.
Join us at Reformation Brewery @ 5am: Breakfast. Black beers. Early bird first taste and preview of a (to be announced) special December bottle release--first hour only.
While they last, free donuts from Ray's Donuts to the first 100 through the door, plus $3 sausage biscuits, and breakfast pizza for sale from Uncle Pepper's Pizza.

Draft List:
Pioneer: Black IPA
Pioneer: Coffee & Cinnamon Stark
Nitro Declaration, Imperial Stout
Winter Scout, Tart Winter Ale
Stark, Refreshed Porter
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Declaration (small pours only; no growler fills)
Plus our usual anchor lineup
Doors close at 8am and re-open at 5:30pm per our usual public tour and tasting schedule. More information here:

It’s Black Friday! 11/27 12-8 at Burnt Hickory Brewery!
We will be doing an EVENT/DEBUT of the 2015 Noggin Knocker!
Let others shop. You need some knocker!
It's $50.00. Gets you a chance to wax/label/hand number your own bottle with personalized greeting from BHB! What a GREAT present for your lil’ Devil in your life!
*36 onsite beer samples (Noggin Knocker will be pouring)
*72 oz. of Noggin Knocker to go. (we suggest 3 22oz bottles)
So take a break from all that boring shopping and come see us. Needless to say supplies are limited of the NK.

Come beat the Black Friday blues with our special tour release of our newest creation: Redneck Christmas Stout! It is a special version of our Export Stout, brewed with Peppermint and Mocha Coffee. A perfect beer to get you all jollied up this winter!
Starting at 4pm on Friday November 27th we will have 1 keg of Redneck Christmas Stout on draft as well as Shawn Wilcox Band performing. We will have a food truck here to curb those appetities from shopping all morning as well! Come celebrate our new beer with us!
We will also be offering this special tour on Sunday November 29th from 4-6pm, for those that can’t make it out on Friday! On Sunday "Shadowood" will be doing a live set in the tap room! We will be offering the same package on both days!
Tours and Tastings this day will be one price, $25.
Your tour purchase will include up to 36oz of beer from our taproom, including one samplle of the Redneck Christmas Stout, a souvenir pint glass, a facility tour, live concert, and a bottle of Redneck Christmas Stout as our gift to you!

Mark your calendars for a very special Three Taverns Holiday Extravaganza on Sunday, Nov 29th, 2-6pm, for the very limited bottle release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Feest Noel. This is a ticketed event that will include 2 complimentary bottles of BBA Feest Noel, special tour of the brewery with tastings of up to 36 ounces of beer, including BBA Feest Noel, and live music from Atlanta’s favorite jazzman, Joe Gransden and his quintet.
Decorated beautifully for the festive Christmas season as only The Parlour can be, and with the live sounds of holiday jazz from Joe, once again voted in Creative Loafing as the 2015 Best Local Jazz Act, this is a holiday party not to be missed.
After a year of aging Feest Noel in a small number Willet barrels, the familiar spice aroma and flavor from this Christmas quad meld beautifully with the aroma and flavors of bourbon and wood. This is a very limited release and most of the bottles will only be available at this event. Ticket price is $40 with a limited number available. See you after Thanksgiving!

Blue Tarp says…
We will be releasing our Novemberfest Märzen, Pepon (Spiced Pumpkin Sour), and Last Place Imperial Stout as well.  In addition we will have 3 casks on - Fünk Weisse Cask w/ Persimmons, Yes Face IPA Cask, Yes Face EBS Cask.  And the return of Armeniaca, our Brett Farmhouse ale with Apricots, and Cherries Jubilee en Fuego!  
Tours include Glassware, Tastings, a BBQ plate from Pop Daddy's Smokehouse, and Take Home Beer.  Two Tour Options to choose from. 
We will have live music from Ross Childress, formally of Collective Soul, and Stephen Wines – Playing together as Blue 42! (music from 3-7 pm)
All together we will have 13 Beers on Draft (4 Sours), 3 Casks, 10 different options To-Go in Crowlers. See for a complete list. 

Red Brick Brewery releases…

The Southern Roots American Brown Ale
This brown ale is brewed with real sweet potatoes and a blend of ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. It sports a malty body that gives notes of pecans and toasted marshmallow.
Food Pairings
Sweet potato casserole, turkey, cranberry sauce
Alc. by vol.
6.0% ABV
Bitterness, Color
30 IBU, 24 SRM
One-time release
Release Date
November 2015
Hop Variety
Serving Conditions
50 Degrees in a Red Brick pint glass

Park Tavern says…

The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park will glide back into the hearts of Atlantans on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015, when it opens for the 2015-2016 season. Located in the spacious Garden Tent at Park Tavern on the Atlanta BeltLine, this favorite Intown holiday tradition will once again feature modern amenities for day and night skating including a covered rink that is 85 feet long and 40 feet wide and comfortably accommodates 200. Open through Presidents Day, Monday, February 16, 2016, Atlantans and visitors alike can enjoy unforgettable ice skating experiences including all day skate sessions, Frozen-themed children’s birthday parties, 'Skate After 8' for ages 18 and up, and a number of special events including a high-energy NYE show courtesy of Yacht Rock Revue. 

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Check out my beer pairings for Turkey Day on Beer Guys Radio!

From Saisons to Bourbon Barrel Aged Quads, these brews will make your Thanksgiving grubbing that much more amazing!

Hey Homies!
Happy Thanksgiving first and foremost.
As for us beer lovers and those interested in switching things up, we make sure that wine is no longer monopolizing the table during this awesome interview with me and the Beer Guys Radio, Tim Dennis and Aaron.Williams. The topic is helping our listeners pair craft suds with the bird of honor, stuffing, pies, etc., and make your tongue dance from today until the leftovers are gone throughout the weekend.
Breweries we shout out include the Bruery, Orpheus, Boulevard, Lindemans, Cigar City, Unibroue, New Castle, Brasserie Dupont, Three Taverns, SweetWater and a gang of others.
Peep the interview here, and beer and dine in culinary bliss!

Cheers Y'all!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Who is this year’s Hop King? You Judge today!

Hit up the Brick Store for the climax of the Epic Blind Flight IPA Tournament

It’s about to go down for hop heads like me at one of the best beer bars in the world, Decatur’s own Brick Store Pub, during their annual Epic Blind Flight IPA Tournament! Today they serve up the six finalists of 18 possible contestants the public selected over the span of three weeks. At 11:00 am, the Brick Store is tapping the elite hoppy sextet to see which brewery will win top honors as the best IPA of the year according to hundreds of ballots being submitted during November.
Peep ‘em:
Alpine Duet
Ballast Point Sculpin
Bells 2 Hearted Ale
Creature Comforts Tropicália
Three Taverns’ A Night on Ponce
Wicked Weed Pernicious

Besides voting for which is the best out of the finalists, try and blindly pick what each one is. Of course, it’s a lot easier knowing the five contestants compared to the initial field of sweet 16, but hey.
The winner will be announced at 9 p.m. I can’t wait to see who the Hop King will be this year!
Also, look for my Annual Ale Sharpton Gift Guide coming soon too!



Monday, November 16, 2015

Thrillist Nominates Me For Atlanta's Mayor!

How dope is this?


Okay, so I get back home from kicking it in Blue Ridge, Georgia and staying in one of the Mountain Top cabins to get a breather literally (love the mountain air), and I see Twitter homies pumping this article out when I wake up: "Thrillist Atlanta's 15 People Who Should Be Mayor Of Atlanta." 
First, Hilton Hotels retweets it (thank you), and then PR queen Caren West and media specialist Catherine Koonce hit me up. 
I was so blown away by this; especially when I kid around saying I am the Mayor of Beer in ATL and do the best I can to let the world know how gangster this city is when it comes to ales and lagers. A tear is shed.
A definite shout out to Thrillist Editor Mike Jordan for writing this clever piece and including me and my AllWays Open Creative team (Eric Nine, Mike Moore, and Truth) in the company of some MAJOR playas including Elton John, Killer Mike, Mike LaSage, Grant Henry, Steven Koonin, Bem Joiner, JC Winter, Janelle Monáe, Arthur Blank, L.A. Reid, Ford Fry, Ludacris, and Clark Howard. Super dope!
Oh, and an extra shout out to the brilliant Chris Watkins for taking that flick of me doing a video in front of Hop City on Marietta Street!
Trust me, if I was mayor, ATL would be even more cray in a good way for beer and art, and the traffic would be better some 'effin how. I do want to commend Mayor Kasim Reed on what he has done, though. 'Nuf respect. 
Long live The A!

Love y'all!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Three awesome events in ATL starting today!

The Brick Store goes hop-crazy during their Blind Flight IPA tournament!
The Brick Store, SouthBound and Food 101 throw down!


I just got back from an awesome trip to Baltimore seeing all my people and getting my culinary touring on; I hunted down the best crab cakes in the world (look up #crabcakehunt on Instagram), had a magnificent brunch at Miss Shirley’s (look here), and visited my second home—Max’s Taphouse here. Upon my return home, I was welcomed by some awesome events popping off starting this Tuesday, followed by the ridiculously dope, five-chef dinner I am helping host at Food 101. Here are three can’t-miss events you need to strikingly consider hitting up if you lucky enough to be in Atlanta.

Brick Store Pub’s Epic Blind Flight IPA Tournament Part 2
Tuesday, November 10, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030

One of the best beer bars in the world, the Brick Store, is hosting the second round of their "Epic Blind Flight IPATournament" tomorrow. Co-owner and homey Dave described it for ya here:
“We need YOUR help to determine one the best IPA's in the land. Here's how it works. We are going "Blind Flight" style again for this From 5:00 to 7:00. Five Beers each Tuesday beginning next Tuesday the 3rd, followed by the 10th and then the 17th. The top 2 from each of these weeks will move on to the "Top 6 IPA Showdown" on Tuesday the 24th.”
Last Tuesday, Round 1 of the IPA Blind Flight included Bell’s Two Hearted, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Great Divide Titan, Creature Comforts Tropicália, and Dogfish Head 60 Minute. The Tropicalia beat Bell's by a sip to be ranked #1, but they both will be poured in the semi-finals on Tuesday November 24. This is dope idea for hop heads (like me), right? Cheers to the Brick Store. Oh, their food is official too! Here are the remaining entries…
Avery IPA
Ballast Point Sculpin
Boulevard Single Wide
Cigar City Jai Alai
Founders Centennial
Jekyll Hop Dang Diggity
Smuttynose Finest Kind
Stone IPA
SweetWater IPA
Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Three Taverns A Night On Ponce
Victory Hop Devil
Wicked Weed Pernicious

Southbound hosts a wine tasting with six food pairings!

Southbound Restaurant will host a Northern Italian wine tasting with winemaker Mario Andrion of Castello di Verduno
On Tuesday, November 10th from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm, Southbound restaurant will host a Northern Italian wine tasting with winemaker Mario Andrion of Castello di Verduno. Wine tastings will include Barolo, Barbaresco, and the unique Basadone, along with food pairings by Southbound’s Chef Bethany Colvin. Please see menu below, and guests can reserve their spot here.
NV Castello di Verduno Brut Rosé 'S-ciopét' 
Salmon Mousse, cucumber

2012  Langhe Nebbiolo
Lamb Lollipop, huckleberry gastrique

2012 Verduno Basadone
Foie gras torchon on sourdough cracker

2010 Verduno Barbaresco
Mushroom Duxelle Roulade

2009 Verduno Barbaresco - Faset Vineyard
Smoked Catfish Brandade in piquillo pepper

2006 Verduno Barolo - Massara vineyard
Smoked Short Rib Rillette, toast

And of course, there is my event with Food 101 on Thursday Night!
Food 101 is turning 16!
It’s the "Ghost's from Chef's Past" celebration featuring past and current chefs, equaling five courses paired with beer and a cider I helped pick! Here are the details. It starts at 7 p.m. so book your tickets here asap!

See you soon!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Food 101 Anniversary Dinner is going to be dope!

Ghost's from Chef's Past goes down November 12th at Food 101!

What's up?!

If you happen to be in Atlanta on November 12th, eat a part of history as one of the city's best restaurants, Food 101 in Sandy Springs, celebrates their Sweet 16 with a gangster lineup of five chefs who have all worked with this phenomenal eatery during its longevity. Take a look at this roster in the image above! 
I am posting the finalized menu later on today so get your tickets here. I am pairing three course, plus as I always do with anything I am involved in, making sure everyone leaves with something (but that's a surprise). 
Simply put, book your seat before it sells out!

Here is the official write up straight from the source:

Food 101 is turning 16!

Join us for a celebration "Ghost's from Chef's Past" featuring our past and current head chefs!

Jordan Wakefield - sous 2007-2010, Now exec chef/owner "Smoke Ring"
Ryan Smith - sous 2010-2011, Now exec chef "Southbound"
Ron Eyester - exec chef 2001-2003, 2005-2009, Now chef/owner "Rosebud, Family Dog, Diner"
Justin Keith - current exec chef 2001-present,
Cooper Sweat - current sous chef 2012-present.

The evening will be an exclusive event with cocktail hour beginning at 6:00 PM. The 5 Course Dinner with wine and beer pairings from Orpheus, SweetWater Brewery, Biltmore Winery, The Last Colony and Ale Sharpton will partake from 7:00-9:00PM at Food 101. We will be featuring live music throughout the evening along with special one on one time from our exclusive chef's. Please join us for what we know will be an amazing and special evening you won't want to miss.

See you there!

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