Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Free MARTA passes for Falcons fans for first two home games!

Hey Falcons fans, how about 12,500 free BREEZE roundtrip tickets?!

As we anticipate the kickoff to the 2016-17 NFL season, fantasy football and rooting for our home teams, there is another reason to look forward to the beginning of professional football bliss; how do free BREEZE passes to the first two Falcons games sound?
Miller Lite collaborates with United Distributing and Atlanta’s official source of public transportation—Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)—to provide 12,500 round-trip Breeze tickets to fans at designated MARTA stations on Sunday, September 11 against Tampa Bay and Sunday, October 2 against Carolina.
Here are the specifics straight from the official press release:

For the third season in a row, the Original Light Beer is teaming up with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) to provide Falcons fans with safe and free rides to the Georgia Dome on game day. In partnership with United Distributors, Miller Lite will give away 12,500 round-trip Breeze tickets to fans at select MARTA stations on Sunday, September 11 against Tampa Bay and Sunday, October 2 against Carolina.
“We’re proud to continue our partnership with MARTA,” said MillerCoors Alcohol Responsibility Manager Diane Wagner. “At MillerCoors, we believe that drunk driving is 100 percent preventable. Our flagship Free Rides program encourages fans to enjoy the game responsibly while keeping local roadways safe.”
Miller Lite and Atlanta Falcons representatives will hand out free Breeze tickets on Sunday, September 11, and Sunday, October 2, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the H.E. Holmes, Indian Creek, College Park and Lindbergh MARTA stations. Additional route and schedule information is available at www.itsmarta.com
“The Free Rides program is a great opportunity for Falcons fans to ride the light rail during our home opener and October 2nd game,” said Atlanta Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay. “The Falcons encourage fans to stay safe and make smart choices on game day by riding the Miller Lite Free Rides on MARTA.”
Since the Free Rides program’s inception 28 years ago, safe rides have been provided to more than five million people in 26 cities. Since 2014, Miller Lite has provided 65,500 free rides to Falcons fans. The program has earned the full support of state and local law enforcement and is part of MillerCoors overall commitment to preventing drunk driving.
For more information, visit www.MillerLiteFreeRides.com.



Friday, August 26, 2016

Three Movies Launch Today!

Don't Breathe  (Lionsgate) is one of the movies hitting the screens today!
Besides beer, food, cars and sports, I'm a movie buff too! Here are three joints worth checking out this weekend!

Hands of Stone
Running Time: 105 minutes
Rated: R (for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity)
Either you are a fight fan, De Niro fan or Usher fan, this should be a good one! The name “Hands of Stone” originally comes from the controversial boxing great Roberto Duran. This new film revisits his rivalry with one of the best to do it, Sugar Ray Leonard and all the drama behind it.
Official Synopsis: At age 72, legendary trainer Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) comes out of retirement to coach world-class Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán (Edgar Ramirez). Arcel becomes a mentor to the ferocious fighter, convincing him that winning ultimately comes down to strategy. After scoring knockout after knockout, Duran prepares for a bout against Sugar Ray Leonard, the undefeated lightweight champion. Five months later, on Nov. 25, 1980, the two titans meet for an infamous rematch that makes boxing history.

Mechanic: Resurrection
Running Time: 99 minutes
Rated: R (for violence throughout and language)
Jason Statham is a beast and nasty with the martial arts. Here is the sequel of the action-packed Mechanic series!
Official Synopsis: When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman force him to return to the life he left behind, Arthur Bishop's life is in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.

Don’t Breathe
Running Time: 88 minutes
Rated: R (for terror, violence, disturbing content and language including sexual references)
I went to the media viewing of this joint because I dig scary movies. This one is a fusion of SAW, Cujo, and Blair Witch (stylistically that is). I saw it and it was definitely a breath of fresh air from other "horror" movies of late. See what I did there?
Official Synopsis:
Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he's an easy target, the trio invades the man's secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim.

Happy watching!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dope Sip and Eat Events Close Out August!

There are now two Lobster Nights at FLIP Burger Boutique in Buckhead! Photo by FLIP.
FLIP, Tavernpointe, Cypress Street, Holeman and Finch, and others keep our mouths in bliss to end out August!

I'm Baaaaaack!

Just getting back from Green Bay (check out my Instagram featuring 18 posts straight from “Titletown”), I am welcomed by my hometown’s awesome beer, spirit and food events lined up to end out the blazing month of August. Check out what Atlanta has in store!

Lobster Night doubles up at FLIP Burger Boutique!
It is now on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting August 24th!

I had a blast at FLIP Burger Boutique’s very first Wednesday in Buckhead a few weeks ago and left content after indulging in a whole lobster paired with a Tropicália! It was the best $19.99 I have spent in a while for an entree, trust! Well it looks like it’s on Saturdays too! Word! Go here for all the details. The official, mother-watering flyer is below.

Cypress Street Pint and Plate Hosts 9th Annual End of Summer Pig Roast!
Saturday, August 27, 2016 Beginning at 11 a.m.
I love me some Cypress and they always know how to host a party! Well his another one to close the summer, their ninth annual end-of-summer Pig Roast on Saturday, August 27, 2016. I am there!

They say: Cypress Street Pint and Plate (817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125
Atlanta, Georgia 30308) will once again host its annual end-of-summer pig roast on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Beginning at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., this year’s pig roast is free to attend to all ages. While the main attraction will once again be a succulent whole hog that the Cypress team smokes overnight, partygoers are also invited to enjoy an array of ice-cold SweetWater Brewing Company brews from the SweetWater Beer truck, live music and exciting giveaways including a SweetWater corn hole set and much more. Hungry attendees have the option of purchasing individual plates of pork with the fixings and homemade sides or ordering off of the traditional Cypress Street menu. For more information for the ninth annual event, visit www.cypressbar.com.

Holeman and Finch Host a Rare Japanese Whiskey Dinner Featuring Nikka vs. Suntory!
Sunday, August 28, at 6 p.m.
Holeman and Finch is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta, and when they do event, they really throw down featuring the best with whatever theme they are going with on any given night. This time around promises to be uber classy—a Rare Japanese Whiskey Dinner featuring Japanese whiskey makers Nikka vs. Suntory going against each other on Sunday, August 28, at 6 p.m.

H&F says: Taste a handful of the most exclusive foreign whiskeys this century has to offer as whiskey specialist Casey Teague discusses the creation and history behind this alluring breed, straying from its Scottish roots, with an accompaniment of Japanese-infused dishes curated by chef de cuisine Spencer Gomez. Travel the world with this five-course menu paired with eight featured whiskeys for $150 per person. Seats are limited, so to reserve your spot please call 404.948.1175.

Menu items include:
Carolina gold rice, smoked duck and Kentucky soy

First course:
Spiced watermelon and feta

Second course:
Beef short rib, shiitake and fried oyster

Rice pudding, peaches and spiced granola  

Featured Whiskeys:
Nikka Coffey Malt
Nikka Coffey Grain
Nikka 17 yr
Nikka 21 yr
Hibiki Harmony
Hakushu 12 yr
Yamazaki 12 yr
Yamazaki 18 yr

Tavernpointe and Jekyll Brewing Beer Dinner
August 31st beginning at 7:30 p.m.

I can’t say it enough: I love beer dinners! This one sounds like a good one in Midtown’s Tavernpointe on August 31st beginning at 7:30. The menu and full description are below.

They Say: On the heels of releasing their new menu focused on crafting Contemporary American dishes that balance simplicity with bold, Latin influences, Tavernpointe has joined forces with Georgia’s own Jekyll Brewing to host an unforgettable beer pairing dinner.  On Wednesday, August 31st beginning at 7:30 p.m., beer lovers can dive into a 5-course specialty menu prepared by Tavernpointe's Chef Sid Blackwell and enjoy hand-selected craft beer pairings from Josh Rachel, Jekyll Brewing's award-winning Brew Master and Co-owner, for just $49 per person including tax and gratuity.
 Tickets for the Tavernpointe and Jekyll Brewing beer dinner are available for purchase for $49 per person by visiting https://www.freshtix.com/events/-tavernpointes-5--course-beer-pairing-dinner-with-jekyll-brewing. Gratuity is included. For more information, please visit www.tavernpointe.com or call 404.549.3954.

Here is the menu:

Course One:
Hop Dang Diggity IPA Beer Cocktail
Firecracker Chicken, Bleu Cheese Mousse, Pickled Watermelon

Course Two:
Big Creek Pear Kolsch
Wild Rocket Arugula, Ginger Dressing, Poached Apples, Goat Cheese Frico

Course Three:
Cooter Brown American Brown Ale
Pan Seared Sea Scallop, Brown Butter Toasted Farro, Pecans, Dried Fruit, Cherry Vinaigrette

Course Four:
Hop Dang Diggity Pineapple/Habanero Infused IPA
Chicken Meatballs, Spiced Tomato Sauce, Dried Cranberries, Tobacco Onions

Course Five:
Seven Bridges Oktoberfest Style Lager
Chocolate Trilogy: Milk Chocolate Mousse, Malt Whiskey Truffles, Spiced Chocolate Ice-Cream

Happy rest of August!

Your Homey,


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Green Bay shows me love on TV!

While Cruisin' For A Brewsin' in Green Bay, their Local 5 WFRV-TV News interviewed me about my adventures!

Cheers Everyone!

Loving to travel and tell you about it in every way possible, it has been an awesome trip so far in Green Bay, WI. From a jaw-dropping tour of the Packers' Lambeau Field, to indulging in some of the best baked goods (Alpha Delights), chocolate (Seroogy's), gourmet fare (OGAN) and beer (Titletown Brewing Company) Wisconsin has to offer, the word got around that I was in town with 24 fellow travel journalists. Of course, our collective play-by-plays of the trip via social media including Instagram and Twitter surely helped using the ideal hashtag #lovegbWFRV-TV took notice. Their talented Meteorologist/Multimedia Journalist Jordan Lamers and his trusty camera met us at the aforementioned chocolate factory to feature us on the 5 and 6 o'clock slots titled, "Journalists Come To Green Bay To Bring More Tourists."
Since we were still site hopping with the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Geiger PR team visiting the charming Nicky's Lionhead Tavern, gorgeous Parallel 44 Winery, historic von Stiehl Winery, and scrumptious a'bravo Bistro & Wine Bar before retiring for the evening, I finally got a chance to see the feature online. Trust me, it was well worth the wait; Jordan killed it! 
It was truly a pleasure being interviewed by WFRV and sharing how wonderful Green Bay is thanks to Geiger, Brenda Krainik, and her Green Bay CVB staff. 
Please check out my Instagram (@realalesharpton), Twitter (@alesharpton), and our collective #lovegb to see why our trip has been so dope. As you well know, I will be posting more shots on this site soon to continue my personal account with you, Cruisin' For A Brewsin' style!

Your homey,



Monday, August 15, 2016

The Southern Brewers Festival is this Saturday!

Chattanooga, TN is hosting a doozy this weekend! 

I have never been to this event but it has been happening for 22 years, so I am intrigued. I mean come on, 60 breweries pouring more than 120 brews on along the Tennessee River? Sounds dope! 
It's from 2 pm to midnight on Saturday, August 20th. Here is the link and the info below:


Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Wicked Weed Beer Dinner at TAP is tonight!

Peep those courses and brews above! Crazy, right?!

Plain and simple, beer dinners are the shizzznit, and Asheville, NC's Wicked Weed is one of the best breweries in the nation! Pair them with Chef Tyler's mastery at TAP and the night promises to be awesome!
I will be there! Will you? Call (404) 347-2220 to set up your reservations. You can also get tickets through Eventbrite at the following link https://quickclick.com/r/gztfa while they last.

See you there!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Parents' Basement Turns One on Friday, August 12th!

This dope beer bar/comic book store hybrid throws down this Friday. Come show love!

Bang! Pow! Boom!

I was a huge Marvel Comics dude back in the day, and when I heard Decatur, GA’s own My Parents’ Basement would revisit those page-flippin’ memories with my new love, beer, it was on!
Now, after being a part of my Heroes Villains art show at Monday Night Brewing, collaborating on some projects with my homey—ill artist Eric Nine—and serving an awesome beer list daily, MPB turns one on Friday, August 12th! Here is the beer list that gets its taps pulled at 11 a.m. sharp. These guys are a class act. Oh, there are comics, vittles, and some other surprises too, so see you there!
Prairie Birthday Bomb
Stone 2015 Depth Charged Espresso Double Bastard
Lost Abbey Cuvve de Tomme 
Wicked Weed Marina and Old Fashioned 
Westbrook Lemon Coconut Weisse Weisse Baby 
Allagash 16 Counties 
Rodenbach Alexander
The Bruery Quadrupel Tonnellerie and Gypsy Tart 
Verzet Oud Bruin
Evil Twin Liquid Fudge 
Victory Tart Ten
Blackberry Farms Cuvve Dry Hopped, 
Creature Comforts Tritonia and Paradiso 
Cherry Street Barrel Aged Coconut Porter 
Three Taverns Cucumber Basil Sour Asylum and Heavy Bells 
Red Brick Hype Whale
Here are some photos as well I have taken since its inception...



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It's the Ballast Beer Dinner at Georgia Chapter Room tonight!

Are you rolling to tonight? If so, see you at 6!
Here is the official info...

Plus, look out for the rest of the awesome events coming up in the sidebar to the right!
Let's kick it!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What the…?! Six More Beer Happenings This Week!

Monday Night's Jonathan Baker and I went hard at last year's Tie One On!

Monday Night gives us ‘Five,’ Eventide goes Olympic, Terrapin gets fruity with us, plus new brews from Orpheus and Jekyll!

You thought that was it for the week? Hell naw? Part One had some gangster events, but let’s keep it rolling with these joints going on around the ATL this week too, along with a joint in Athens! These descriptions are straight from the source:
Peep it:

Pop some bottles of Orpheus’ Coffee Minotaur today, August 3rd!
I say: Orpheus goes hard today at their brewery! Go here for more info. See you there homies!
They say: We're having a bottle release at the brewery tomorrow for Coffee Minotaur, our whiskey barrel-aged sour with Java Lords coffee. On tap will be Coffee Minotaur, Abandon All Hope, Minotaur, Sirens, Wandering Blues, and all the usual suspects. To-go bomber tours are $15 (up to 3), and tasting tour is also $15.

Eventide Brewing Hosts ‘Training For The Olympics’ Thursday, August 4th!
They say: On August 4 at 5:30 p.m. to get pumped up for the Summer Olympics, Eventide will be hosting ‘Training for the Olympics’ featuring footage of the best US Olympics feats from the past 20 years!  Starting at 5:30 p.m. guests can sip on beer and watch three glorious hours of the US kicking butt and taking names at the Olympics!

Monday Night Gives Us ‘Five’ with Tie One On, Saturday, August 6th, 2-9 pm! 
My bro Lamont holding one up, Ale Sharpton style last year!
I say: I have been covering Monday Night since they were homebrewing after Bible study here. Now look I them! I am shedding a tear…
They Say:
Tie One On 2016 is going to be a doozy! Add this to your calendar…
Tours are $35 and include a commemorative glass, 12 complimentary tasting tickets good for 36oz of beer, and take-home bottle of Tie 5 On (a wild IPA). We'll have a killer lineup of beers, including:
·         2014 Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale
·         2015 Tie 4 On Belgian Quad
·         2015 Garage Series Belgian Amber Ale
·         2015 Brandy-Barrel Aged Tie 4 On Belgian Quad
·         2015 Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale
·         2015 Tequila Barrel Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale
·         Tie 5 On Wild IPA
·         Georgian Imperial Stout
·         Nerd Alert Pseudo Pilsner
·         Super Nerd Imperial Pilsner
·         Fu Manbrew Belgian Wit
·         Eye Patch Ale IPA
·         Slap Fight IPA
·         Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale
·         Drafty Kilt NITRO Scotch Ale
·         Blind Pirate Double IPA
·         5 casks from 5 different Westside neighborhoods
But wait, there's more!
·         Live bluegrass all day
·         Game room courtesy of Venture Shuffleboard
·         Food available for purchase on-site from multiple food carts (not included in ticket price) 
Each tour purchase will include:
·         Super fancy beer glass (until they run out!)
·         12 tasting tickets good for total of 36oz of beer
·         Commemorative 22oz take-home bottle of Tie 5 On Wild IPA (only available at the brewery, and best consumed FRESH!)

Watermelon Party with Terrapin and My Athens on August 7, 4:30 pm to 8 pm!
They Say: My Athens & Terrapin Beer Co. are teaming up for a belated celebration of the release of Terrapin’s Watermelon Gose this summer! Join us for an afternoon of wallowing in everything a late Georgia summer has to offer — juicy melons, juicy beer and a good excuse to let the kids splash around in the sun. Read on for more info and click here for tickets!

Jekyll Brewing launches Seven Bridges Oktoberfest in Mid-August!
They Say: Jekyll Brewing, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, just announced that Seven Bridges Oktoberfest, a Märzen style beer fermented with true German lager yeast, will be available in package and on tap in select markets in Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, from mid-August through October 2016. Seven Bridges nods to both the traditional German Märzen-style as well as new American techniques, by using both Munich malts and Tettnanger hops. While Seven Bridges is traditionally German in nature, the name is wildly regional: inspired by the allegedly haunted CCC Road with seven bridges, in Rome, Georgia. As summer draws to a close, Jekyll Brewing is giving craft beer lovers something to look forward to with the release of a true seasonal brew that celebrates the coming of fall and cooler months ahead.
Go here for more  info.



Monday, August 1, 2016

ATL is Throwing Down With Beer and Eats August!

From beer dinners and Eats & Beats, to new beer releases, ‘The A’ is poppin’!

I’m Baaaaack!

Whaddup, y’all?!
I had an awesome trip Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ in gorgeous Northern California this past week, drove some very impressive automobiles that Nissan is about to launch—2017’s Titan, Armada and Pathfinder—followed by Ford’s Focus Hybrid Sedan, and then explored Carmel, a touch of San Jose, Berkeley, and Oakland. Oh, and I came across some great brews too during my chill time. (Duh!) Honestly, my latest Instagram posts will give you a taste of how much stunning eye candy I witnessed during my visit. Cali is simply stunning visually, not to mention a great host to PERFECT weather.
Of course, I had to come back home to ATL eventually, and I was welcomed with a lot of awesome beer events popping off in August, including:
Also, look out for a Smoke Ring beer dinner featuring Creature Comforts and my collaboration with Food Network Star Chef Jordan Wakefield in mid-August!
Below are details on these events sent straight from the source. I hope to see you at some of ‘em!
Oh, and I have something VERY DOPE in the works that you will dig. If I am quiet, you know I am preparing a riot! (A positive riot, that is. Simply put, cool shit.)
Look for more additions during the week!

Although Cali was dope, it’s good to be back.
Your homey,

Second Self Beer Company and Southbound Brewing release White and Gold IPA, August 1st

They say: Second Self is collaborating with their friends and fellow Georgia Tech alumni from Southbound Brewing in Savannah, GA on this limited release beer. White and Gold IPA is an unfiltered IPA with wheat, giving it more body, and it’s heavily hopped with tropical fruity hops. This beer will available at ALL Taco Macs in Georgia beginning Monday, in addition to restaurants and bars around Atlanta.

The Ballast Point Beer Dinner at Georgia Chapter Room, August 9th
They say: It’s a fantastic five-course pairing with the Brewer/Creator of SCULPIN straight from San Diego. Get your tickets while they are available here.

The Fifth Annual Eats & Beats 2016, August 11
They say: Don’t miss this one of a kind event – Atlanta’s best restaurants,  Children of Conservation & The Giving Kitchen for an unforgettable evening of unlimited food, open bars, live entertainment, phenomenal wine wall and unique silent auction items.
Atlanta’s premiere restaurants including Local Three, Cibo e Beve, Common Quarter, Muss & Turners, The Big Ketch, Smokebelly BBQ, Dennis Dean Catering, Paces & Vine, Eclipse di Luna, Guaco Joe’s, Farmburger, Doraku Sushi, Venkman’s, Food 101, Epic Events, Cook Hall, Davio’s, Wrecking Bar, Watershed, Horseradish Grill, Leon’s Full Service, Kimball House, Red Sky Tapas, Seven Lamps, Chicken & The Egg, Caja Popcorn, Octane, The Southern Gentleman, Southbound and Staplehouse!
Go here for tickets!

The Wicked Weed Beer Dinner at TAP, August 13th
They say: It’s a Wicked Weed Beer Dinner! Join us at TAP as we feature Wicked Weed with a beer dinner featuring some great brews and Chef Tyler Williams’ five paired courses!
When: Saturday, August 13
When: 7:30 p.m.
Price: $80 per person, excludes tax and gratuity
The featured brews will include:
  • Cool Cucumber Golden Ale Beer Cocktail
  • Calimost Honey Grapefruit Gose
  • La Bonte Pear Saison
  • Medora Blackberry and Raspberry Sour
  • Pernicious American IPA
  • Dark Aged Bourbon Barrel Stout
  • Hop Burglar Blood Orange IPA
Mark your calendars!
Call (404) 347-2220 for reservations.

TAP | 1180 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta | tapat1180.com

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