Monday, November 20, 2017

Don’t miss Creature Comforts’ triple bottle release on 11/24!

This stellar brewery is releasing Booger Hill, DaySpring, and Golden Door limited 750-mL bottles on the 24th!

Cheers Y’all!
As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Creature Comforts out of Athens, GA, because they are not only one of the best breweries in the state or even the South, but in the nation. It doesn’t hurt that they have some really good people working for them. Well for those who are also CC believers, I am happy to announce that they have a major bottle release to the third power on Friday, November 24th directly at the brewery’s Tasting Room along with the launch of their Bottle Service. It’s going to be their Booger Hill barrel-aged biere de garde at 7.8%; the DaySpring grisette (5.3%); and Golden Door oak barrel-aged, mixed fermentation saison at 6.7% in limited 750-mL bottles. This whole trio should be dope. Go pop ‘em and find out!
The official release and descriptions are here and below straight from Creature.
Peace.
Ale

Bottle Release Day 2017
We hope you will join us in our Tasting Room for our Bottle Release Day on November 24th, 2017. We will be releasing several bottles to-go as well as for onsite consumption. We are looking forward to sharing these special projects with you. For more information about the beers, check below.

Booger Hill is a barrel-aged biere de garde (7.8%) made with local honey from Booger Hill Bee Company. Booger Hill will serve as the second release from our Locally Grown Series, a series we use to showcase local ingredients sourced from farms in and surrounding Athens, GA. This beer was made over the course of 2.5 years and incorporated the disgorging process – a technique commonly used when making sparkling wine.


DaySpring is a grisette (5.3%) made with local wheat from DaySpring Farms. We first released DaySpring (2015) just a year after opening the brewery, and it was the first release from our Locally Grown Series. The 2015 release was the first time we sourced wheat from our friends at DaySpring Farms and we’ve now sourced their grains for several of our beers.



Golden Door is an oak barrel-aged, mixed fermentation saison (6.7%). Golden door is an expression of our house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria – the backbone of our barrel program – and time. The flavor of this beer is driven by its time aging in wood.
 These three limited offerings will be available at the brewery starting on November 24. In addition, we will also launch our bottle service on the 24th for onsite consumption of limited and vintage bottle offerings.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Belgium is coming hard for the cold months!


New Belgium is making sure the holidays are extra cozy with numerous new releases!


Whaddup!
I was blown away when I hit up New Belgium’s new Asheville headquarters last month thanks to the awesome tour and love they showed me while there. I honestly can’t wait to go back! Well to show how busy they have been, here are some dope releases they have coming out to combat the winter months including the Imperial Frambozen (right), the debut of the Blend Like a Brewer variety pack featuring a Cellar Blender Limited Release Sour Ale, the Belgian Reserve Honey Orange Tripel, and the latest Voodoo Ranger Special Release as a Red IPA!

The write up below is straight from the source.  Get your sippin’ on!
Your homie,
Ale


New Belgium has several releases out this month including the return of holiday favorite, Imperial Frambozen.

The brewery is also debuting a Blend Like a Brewer variety pack that encourages beer connoisseurs to get creative and mix beers together for a new take on old favorites like 1554. Plus, the pack includes a Cellar Blender Limited Release Sour Ale–something you can’t find anywhere else.

New Belgium Brewing’s Imperial Frambozen Returns with a Cocoa Twist
Additional releases out this month include a special Blend Like a Brewer Variety Pack, Honey Orange Tripel and Voodoo Ranger Red IPA

New Belgium Brewing’s Imperial Frambozen makes its return, just in time for the holidays. Also debuting this month is a Blend Like a Brewer variety pack that encourages beer connoisseurs to mix New Belgium favorites together in creative ways; Belgian Reserve Honey Orange Tripel, a Golden Strong Ale; and the latest Voodoo Ranger Special Release, Red IPA.

Imperial Frambozen with Cocoa
Frambozen, Flemish for “raspberry,” is the brewery’s celebration of the ruby red fruit found in Belgium’s Framboise ales. The raspberry ale is fermented with real northwestern berries and incorporates a touch of vanilla. This year, the seasonal favorite features an irresistible update – the addition of single origin, 70 percent pure dark Ghana cocoa husks, locally roasted and ground by Nuance Chocolate in Fort Collins. The beer is 8.5% ABV and available in 22oz. bottles in limited quantities.

Blend Like a Brewer Variety Pack 
This variety pack is ideal for adventurous beer drinkers looking for creative new takes on New Belgium favorites. Fat Tire Belgian White,1554Citradelic Tangerine IPAAbbeyTrippel and Cellar Blender – a dark, wood-aged sour ale fermented with fruit – are included in this mix, along with a recipe recommendations for blending the beers together from New Belgium brewers. For example, ½ Abbey blended with ½ 1554 will yield a Monk’s Pajamas, as dubbed by Brewer, Geoff Wenzel. The variety pack is on shelves now and would make a perfect gift for craft lovers (hint, hint).


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Second Self throws down for BDay #3!

ATL's Second Self Brewing turns three!
This is how far we go back. I took this when they were still building the brewery. 

Guest writer Alan Fowler shares his experience with Second Self’s third birthday.

(Okay, I have been all over the place and October was simply bananas! It's to the point where I didn't even notice this cool write up never got posted. Well fittingly, it's #ThrowbackThursday so why not make sure this gets love and recognize Second Self hitting year three? Well boom! Here ya go.)

Whaddup Y'all?!
I can’t cover everything and this time around I was unable to make Second Self’s birthday celebration at their brewery in Atlanta on October 7th. I am so happy for them and I go back to when I tasted co-founder Jason Samtaria’s homebrew four years prior. Well I am all about opportunities, so aspiring writer and photographer Alan Fowler was more than happy to cover this event. Show him some love! (Insert applause here.)
Anyway, happy birthday Second Self. I wish you many more! Take it away Alan!

Atlanta celebrates Second Self Brewing turning three!
Photo by Alan Fowler

Thanks Ale!
Second Self turned three years old over the weekend, adjusted into beer years that means they turned…well, three years old.
To mark the occasion, Second Self put out a specialty menu that was diverse and plentiful featuring all of the beers from the standard lineup as well as a handful of small batch beers only available for a limited time. Jovial beer drinkers were allowed to meander throughout the brewery where specialty bars were set up in addition to the main taproom. Of these specialty bars, “Barrel Island” was a beer lover’s paradise featuring an array of limited barrel aged releases that are as rare as seeing a Sasquatch riding a unicorn. Of these rarities, “Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1” was one that really stood out in terms of flavor and potency; it’s a Russian Imperial Stout with a well-hidden 13.9% ABV that was aged in “BLiS” bourbon barrels. This beer had a dynamic mocha flavor from start to finish and notes of maple and bourbon provided by the barrel tenure. The name suggests that another run of this beer may be on the horizon, and we can only hope so.
In addition to the specialty gems, the main lineup never disappoints and provides some stability in life. It wasn’t a bad idea to pick up a pint of the “ATale” and the clement weather was still warm enough to warrant the refreshment of “Maverick & Gose.” However, history tells us that it will get cold at some point, which means it will be porter season. Second Self has carved out a very impressive selection of porters that serve as wonderful companions to the crispness of fall and the approaching chill of winter. Their “Mole Porter” is a great place to start and the more adventurous will certainly find satisfaction with the “Funky Mole” or “Liquid Mexican Breakfast.”
Second Self has never been afraid to step out into the unknown in search of flavor—a testament to the bold spirit of their founders and team. The last three years have been marked by this spirit and the future is sure to continue in the same manner. Second Self’s taproom is always buzzing with fun events and specialty taps so be sure and check their events page for an overview of upcoming fun and beer releases. It is a great place to catch Atlanta United, or a football game, or to do some yoga; dogs are also welcome to tag along if they are of age (I kid).
Congrats to Second Self on a solid three years, and let’s raise a glass to many more to come! 


Cheers!

Alan


Monday, October 23, 2017

Jekyll launches new Southern Juicy Juice IPA!

This Alpharetta, GA brewery is coming hard with the hops!
Whaddup!
The team over at Jekyll Brewing and I go way back; I have had the privilege of visiting, hanging out and covering them a few times. It is amazing how they have grown since I wrote and shot this Lifestyle Publications piece on them a couple years ago. Well since then, they have expanded and now are getting extra serious about brewing dope IPAs. Representative Jason Dominy was gracious to bring a four-pack of their delicious, all-new 4HUNDY IPA before I hit the Blue Ridge Mountains for my birthday and now I hear the Southern Juicy Juice might be even better! Below is the Juice's official press release and description J.D. sent me. I can't wait to try it when it launches tomorrow! 
Congrats to Jekyll on their success and a special shout out to Lou, Josh, Michael, his lovely wife and the rest of the staff over there! 

Cheers!
Ale

Jekyll Brewing Launches Southern Juicy Juice, A New IPA
Jekyll Brewing is launching a new hazy, citrus-forward IPA called ‘Southern Juicy Juice.’

Jekyll Brewing announced today a new IPA, Southern Juicy Juice. In the same family as their wildly popular Southern Juice, Southern Juicy Juice has an eruption of pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine. Its body is dense and fluffy, similar to other popular “NE-Style” IPAs. And at only 6% ABV, it’s very drinkable and refreshing. Southern Juicy Juice is another beer that was birthed by the freedom that was given to craft breweries on September 1st, 2017, when breweries could sell beers on site in their taprooms, giving them the opportunity to brew more styles and varieties of beers that are smaller batch beers.
Southern Juicy Juice will be packaged in 16-ounce cans and available in 1/6 bbl. kegs. It will be available year-round, but only sold fresh.
Michael Lundmark, CEO and founder of Jekyll Brewing, says, “I am more excited about this product launch than I have been about any other product we have brought to market. It has over five pounds of hops per barrel to really bring the juicy notes forward. With the new law changes in Georgia, we have been able to really put our R&D to work in our tap room. Having 26 taps flowing in our tap room definitely differentiates us as a brewery in Georgia; it also forces us to ‘up’ our game with creativity and max flavor beer offerings. Juicy Juice is hands down among the best beers I have ever had and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. Our brewmaster Josh Rachel has set a new bar for Jekyll Brewing. The future for Georgia beer is bright.”
About Jekyll Brewing
Jekyll Brewing first brought products to market in August of 2013, and has been focused on producing the highest quality craft beer every day while keeping focus on building community.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Check out my Georgia 'Brews to Fall For' article on Creative Loafing!

This was shot at Monday Night's gangster Garage by Joef Davis. Here is the article.
I'm baaaaaack!
I know it has been a while but I don't do a birthday, I do a birthMONTH, and October has been one helluva ride so far! 
Check it out here
So when I got back from Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains after chilling in one of my favorite cabins owned by Mountaintop and leaving the technology behind as much as possible, this article called 5 new Georgia brews to 'fall' for welcomed me. You see, before bouncing, I put in a lot of work and hustle so that I can come back to surprises like this. What an honor it is to contribute to an awesome publication like Creative Loafing! When the super cool editor Hilary Cadigan said to write in my true voice as usual regarding cool beers coming out of Georgia for the fall, I didn't hesitate. I had a long list but was limited to five picks. No worries, there will be more I will cover like Jekyll's 4Hundy IPA and SweetWater's new Dank Tank called Fresh Sticky Nugs, but for now, I featured this quintet that really has me excited about what the season of changing colors has in store in the South. I hope you are too!
And like I said, I do the whole month big so look for more things coming your way including a new episode of Interviews With Brews and my Dare To Pair Art + Food event with Eric Nine and Delirium on October 27th at The Argosy in ATL. It will be dope! The flyer is up on the right.
Thanks to all for the birthday wishes too! I appreciate the love.
Peace!
Ale

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Bitter Southerner has a feature on me!

One of the most influential sites in the South does a profile piece on your homey Ale written by Bob Townsend!
I am so grateful. 
Please read this article brilliantly written by the revered journalist Bob Townsend and you will see why. This is what keeps me going and using the talent God has blessed me with. Plain and simple. Thank you Bitter Southerner and all of you for supporting me. This recognition is truly cherished. 
And to paint the picture of this interview, Bob and I were sitting in Brick Store's Belgian Bar upstairs with only co-owner Dave Blanchard chilling at the bar preparing for the rush about to come in on a Friday. He said afterwards he loved how Bob and I traded commentary. We were sipping Brick Store's farmhouse ale collaboration with St. Bernardus called Baksteen Winkel. I will never forget it. 
Peace,
Ale

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Whoa! Check out Scofflaw’s Beer List for BDAY #1!

One of the best new breweries in the US turns one with this gangster beer list on September 16th!
One of my pics of homey Nathan showing the "Ale Sharpton Pose" some love while hard at work.

Cheers Y’all!

I love when breweries celebrate birthdays because it reflects their hard work, success and happiness serving us what they aspire to creatively quench our thirsts with! This time around, it’s Scofflaw Brewing Company, one of the South’s most talented—and purposely controversial with their infamous middle-finger-to-haters poses—is set to kick it hard this weekend for its first birthday from noon to 8 pm on September 16th!

I am super cool with all of them and truly appreciate what they have done for especially ATL’s beer scene because they stir up conversation, have grown tremendously, provide a lot of opportunities for aspiring brewers, and make damn good beer. It doesn’t hurt that they were ranked #2 of USAToday’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2017 travel awards as well! (I was on that panel of experts so it was cool to see some Atlanta representation.)
And with that, I am happy to post their official press release and the gangster list of brews being poured below.
Here's to many more Scofflaw!
Prost!
Ale


The dope chalkboard designed by my homey reppin' Jameson Studios.
Scofflaw Celebrates One Year Anniversary
Brewery to Serve Extensive Line-up of IPAs, Wheat and Barrel-Aged Beers

To celebrate an inaugural year of unprecedented growth for a new Georgia craft brewery and to say thanks to its fans, Scofflaw Brewing Company will host a One Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, Sept. 16.
In keeping with the brewery’s independent attitude and to mark the recent change in Georgia beer laws, Scofflaw will open its tasting room and outdoor beer garden to all. No tickets are required for entry and customers can order a wide array of beer choices by the glass.
“We’ll be selling cold craft by the pour, like a normal brewery anywhere else in the USA,” said co-founder Matt Shirah, referencing the change on Sept. 1 allowing Georgia brewers to sell individual pours in tap rooms. “We’ll have bottles and cans for sale too. Kids are welcome as always. We’ll do our best to bring the community together now that we’ve gotten through Irma.”
The core line-up of American IPAs will be on tap – Basement, Hooligan, Double Jeopardy, Westside, POG Basement, Sucker Punch and Grapefruit Westside. In addition, there will be four imperial IPAs – Upper Westside, Double Basement, POG Double Basement and the new Goats Milk IPA. The party will also feature the debut of Drop Kick and the return of Lousy. 
Several barrel-aged beers will be on tap. Three variations of the much sought-after Absentium imperial stout series – Vanilla, Coffee and Honey – will be poured as well as Maniac, a strong ale fermented on cherries.
The imperial wheat beer known as Sneaky will also be served in Raspberry and Pineapple Coconut versions. Haole, the brewery’s first pilsner, continues its inaugural tap room appearance. And yep, it’s an imperial version – made with Hawaiian honey and pineapple. Including six casks, 28 different beers will be on tap. (Details on the casks are available on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing.)
The party starts at noon and runs until 8 p.m. The Chip McGuire Band begins at noon, followed by DJ Sky. Food will be available for purchase from DAS BBQ. The brewery urges attendees to use ride services such as Uber and Lyft, cabs or designated drivers.

Here are the Brews!

IPAs
Basement, Hooligan, Westside, POG Basement, Sucker Punch, Grapefruit Westside, Double Jeopardy, Upper Westside, Double Basement, POG Double Basement, Goats Milk IPA, Lousy, Drop Kick.

Barrel-Aged
Absentium Coffee, Absentium Honey, Absentium Vanilla, Maniac.

Wheat Beers
Sneaky Wheat, Sneaky Wheat Raspberry, Sneaky Wheat Pineapple & Coconut

Imperial Pilsner
Haole

Casks
California Love, Black Eye Sucker Punch, Pineapple Basement, Toucan Slam, Arnold Palmer's Basement, Goats Milk #5

About Scofflaw Brewing Co.  
Co-founded by Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman, who developed beers on a one-barrel system in the basement of the home of Shirah’s mother-in-law, Scofflaw opened in August of 2016. It has been named by BeerAdvocate, Paste Magazine and USA Today as one of the best new breweries in America. Follow Scofflaw on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Check me out on NBC’s Atlanta & Company!

This time, we're celebrating 
National Beer Lover’s Day!
Click on the TV screen or here to see this fun episode!
Hey Y’all!
It’s my second time on the fun show Atlanta & Company and this time we’re talking about celebrating September 7th as the official date for National Beer Lover’s Day here
The first go around was hella fun on National Beer Day with my homey Cara Kneer on this episode; this time, it’s with the show’s host Christine Pullara where I featured a lot of beer and glassware from my private stash. The subject was finding beers women were like. I, of course, said that a lot of women I know love brew already, but recommended some popular ones I have won over non-believers with from past tastings.
Check it out and let me know what you think. There is a lot more to come!
Best!

Ale

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It’s the first annual Old Fourth Ward Beer Fest this Friday!

On Friday, Sept 8th, From 7-11pm, My Hood in ATL Gets a Beer Fest!
Whaddup!
Once I heard that my hood in ATL was hosting its first Old Fourth Ward Beer Fest , I had to immediately show love on my sidebar for announcements and post it here! The cool thing is that part of the proceeds go to the developing Atlanta BeltLine. 
With 75 different brews, plus wine, cider and all kinds of festivities, this inaugural launch guarantees to be a good one. And hey, with Atlanta Beer Festivals hosting it, you know it will be on point! Here is the official announcement below; you can get your tickets here
See ya there!
Ale
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The first annual Old Fourth Ward Beer Fest will be held on Friday, Sept 8th from 7-11 pm. The festival will be a fundraising event within the weekend-long Fall Festival, benefiting the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. We will have over 75 beers as well as a selection of wine and cider to choose from. There will be live music, and food will be available for purchase.  The beer list will be added to the website soon. http://atlantabeerfestivals.com

LOCATION:
Old Fourth Ward Skate Park830 Willoughby Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

PRICE:
Tickets are now on sale. $35 advance, $40 after August 31st. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added. $50 at the door. More details and the link to tickets can be found at our event website: http://atlantabeerfestivals.com

ON THE NET:
www.facebook.com/atlantabeerfestivals
Instagram: @atlantabeerfestivals


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cascade Brewing is coming hard in September!


The Sang Noir 2016 project with Bing cherries and more set off the fall!

Photo by Cascade Brewing

Whaddup Sour Heads!

While I'm still embracing this sour style pretty much everyone else is lovin’, I can respect it and Cascade Brewing knows how to brew ‘em!
Straight outta Portland, Oregon, Cascade has released its highly anticipated Sang Noir 2016 project in both bottle and on tap (if you’re lucky).

Here’s their breakdown straight from the source:

Sang Noir is a blend of imperial red ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with Bing cherries. The darkest in Cascade's series of “Sang” projects, Sang Noir features flavors of dark roast malts, bourbon, black cherries and port wine. It comes in at 10.1 percent alcohol by volume.
Sang Noir is a Tier Two offering; Cascade’s new bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.

Plus…
Cascade Brewing also let us know that they have two upcoming releases in September: One Way or Another, plus a collab with Bruery Terreux that drops on September 12th and the Vitis Noble 2016 on the 19th.

Oh, and I love Cascade’s “About Us” joint. Check it:
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from with each project year release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon.
For more inforamtion, visit CascadeBrewing.com and join the brewery on social media @CascadeBrewing. Cheers to the sours; enjoy in a profoundly wise manner.

Happy sippin’ everyone! I’m about to hit the road for a bit and I have a lot of big things on deck so stay posted and follow your bro on especially Instagram and this site.

Peace!

Ale

Friday, August 18, 2017

ATL hosts Shelton Bros Fest, a Wing Showdown and Solar Eclipse Events!


It's going down in Atlanta tonight through Monday. Be ready!

Whaddup?!

Right off the bat, I want to say that my Ale-B-Q Beer Dinner with Sweet Auburn BBQ, Three Taverns and Creature Comforts was INCREDIBLE! Not only did it sell out, but the food was amazing and I received a lot of props from the pairings with the ales I picked from the two breweries. I want to thank everyone for their support. Look for another one coming soon.


I kick it with Creative Loafing!
On to other news and speaking of pairing beers, I am in the new Creative Loafing that dropped this week talking about what specific Georgia beers to pair with wings (to the right). I hope you dig it here! I am also in another feature where I joined a group of fellow gourmands and ranked ATL's best wings. I, along with Brad Kaplan, Angela Hansberger, Adjoa Danso and CL Food Editor Hilary Cadigan hit up a dozen wing spots throughout the city, ate at least two drums or flats each, and then ranked them. It was a blast and I immediately reminisced after reading this hilarious article here. Our comments were off the chain. Ha!


Shelton Brothers Fest and Parties
And now this weekend. Anyone heard of a little ol’ get-together called the Shelton BrothersFest? Of course, I'm being facetious; spanning today and tomorrow, this event is going to be absolutely bananas! Just look at this lineup here. Whoa! I hope to see you there! Gotta thank LiberatorDistributing for bringing pretty much 90 percent of these breweries to the ATL! And as if we couldn't get enough beer, Creature Comforts is collaborating with a few folks during the weekend at the jams below. Well daaaaaayumn!


2nd Annual Southern Wing Showdown
There is also the 2nd Annual Springer Mountain Southern Wing Showdown presented by Taste of Atlanta this Sunday, August 20th that I'm definitely hitting up. There might be a few tickets left so check out this link.
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Solar Eclipse
And then there’s that whole solar eclipse thing. ATL is supposed to be “seeing” 97 percent of the sun covered according to one of my homies, but I strongly advise everyone rock those special NASA-approved glasses or serious eye damage can occur. And with this momentous happening in the works, there are a few spots hosting awesome gatherings for us to enjoy. Here are three that struck my interest direct from the source:

See the eclipse from The Roof at Ponce City Market’s Skyline Park
Looking for the best place to watch history happen? Head to The Roof at Ponce City Market to view the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21Skyline Park will open early at 12:30 p.m. and offer eclipse glasses to the first 300 guests. How Stuff Works will be on site, hosting trivia and a lunar expert to answer all your eclipse questions. Nine Mile Station will open early at 3 p.m.

Park Tavern Hosts Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Featuring Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Cocktails, Beer and Complimentary Takeaways for the first 100 Guests
On Monday, August 21, 2017, stargazers are invited to witness the first solar eclipse viewable since 1984 by joining the fun at Park Tavern’s Solar Eclipse Viewing Party beginning at 12:30 p.m. Overlooking the Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park, revelers can rock out to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon album while sipping on frosty summer beers and cocktails such as the Shakey Mule and the BlueBerry Farm Mule, Moon Pie Drop Shots and more. As a special giveaway, the first 100 guests to purchase a Blue Moon beer, Moon Pie Drop Shot or Fugu Vodka cocktail will receive a complimentary pair of NASA, ISO-approved solar eclipse glasses and a signature Park Tavern souvenir cup. Of course, hungry partygoers can nosh on local favorites including burgers, tacos, salads and sandwiches sushi and more when the kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.This event is free to attend. For more information, visit www.parktavern.com or call 404.249.0001.  

SAVOR bar & kitchen Toasts Off the Eclipse in Style!
Celebrate Aug. 21’s once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse with signature hand-crafted cocktails from SAVOR bar & kitchen! Each purchase of the limited-time cocktails ‘The Eclipse’ and the ‘Dark Sky Martini’ will include solar eclipse glasses* to view the spectacular event. (Until supplies run out.) The cocktails are priced at $12 each and will only be available on Aug. 21.
Here are the cocktails!
The Eclipse
Tequila Blanco
Simple Syrup
Ginger Beer
Midori
Garnished with mint & lime
+
Dark Sky Martini
Kahlua
Vodka
Espresso
Chocolate Syrup

Garnished with coffee beans

Look for more posts on what’s poppin’ next week!

Cheers Y’all!

Ale

Monday, August 7, 2017

Here's the final beer list for the Ale-B-Q on 8/15!

I throw down with Creature Comforts, Three Taverns & Sweet Auburn Barbecue on Tuesday, August 15th!
Sweet Auburn Barbecue's Chef Cameron Floyd and I confirming the perfect pairings. 
Photo by Mike Moore/AllWays Open
Get your tickets here ASAP! They are going fast! Check us out on TV below too!

Cheers Everyone!
This past weekend, Sweet Auburn's Chef Cam Floyd and I went through a very meticulous process deciding what the finalists would be for the upcoming Ale-B-Q on August 15th. I brought my picks from both Creature Comforts and Three Taverns, and we confirmed that they all worked once trying them alongside samples he hooked up! Here is the official menu below. Tickets are HERE!
By the way, did you see Cam and I on CBS last Monday? It was awesome! Here is the link in case you didn't.
Come see us next Tuesday, 8/15, and see why beer dinners (especially with me hosting) are so dope! Again, if you need to sub out some menu items due to dietary restrictions, please call the restaurant and let them know. (678.515.3550) Cam is happy to help provide options. He is VERY dedicated. Thanks in advance for your support. It will be a blast!
See you there!
Ale



Amuse Bouche

Shrimp al a Plancha
Grilled Watermelon, Cotija, Cilantro
Paired With
Creature Comforts Automatic American Pale Ale

Wontons
Sweet Thai Chili, Bacon Marmalade, Scallions
Paired With
Three Taverns Crave Hop Leaf Project Double IPA

Beef Brisket
Grilled Peaches, Jalapeno Gastrique, Feta, Thai Basil
Paired With
Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye Amber Ale Aged on French Oak

Applewood Smoked Diver Scallops
Hard Cider Braised Swiss Chard, Pork Belly, Frisee, Roasted Turnips, Preserved Lemon
Paired With
Creature Comforts Tropicália American IPA

Elk Rib
Smoked Gouda Polenta, Calabrian Chile Oil, Fennel, Radish, Arugula, Plus a ‘Top Secret’ Ingredient
Paired With
Three Taverns Heavy Bell Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quadrupel

Bourbon Butter Cake
Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Mousse, Almond Tuille
Paired With

Three Taverns Rapturous Raspberry Sour Ale


Monday, July 31, 2017

Ale's Dinner Bell: Sweet Auburn BBQ, Creature Comforts and Three Taverns!

It goes down with Creature Comforts and Three Taverns on August 15th at 6:30 pm! 
Whaddup!
Man, July has been a blur! From Montreal to Denver, Birmingham, Charleston and finally back to Atlanta, I love traveling but it's time to settle in for a bit. Especially when I have this awesome Ale B-Q Beer Dinner coming up with one of the most revered BBQ institutions in the South, Sweet Auburn BBQ, based in the Virginia Highlands district. 
As with all my beer dinners, I pick the breweries to partner with and pair a few of their select beers with the delectable cuisine the chef and talented cooking staff want to hook up. This upcoming joint on Tuesday, August 15th will have renowned Chef Cameron Floyd hooking up the awesome menu below. The brew? I'm showing Georgia love and going with Decatur's Three Taverns and Creature Comforts straight outta Athens. Heard of 'em? (Being facetious there.) I have to taste two more brews Three Taverns has for me to pair, so look for the beer coupling of every course soon!
Below is the stellar press release written by my homies over at Blue Hominy. Oh! And if you have allergies or diet restrictions, vegetarian, chicken and seafood options will be available; just kindly let us know so we can accommodate you. We want everyone happy, content, educated and most importantly, full. Sound good? 
See you there!
It's going to be one to remember. 
Much love y'all!
Ale

And now, the menu:
ALE-B-Q MENU

| PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES |

Shrimp al a Plancha
grilled watermelon, cotija, cilantro

Wontons
pimento cheese, candied bacon, sweet thai chili

| DINNER |

Braised Beef Rib
grilled peaches, jalapeno gastrique, feta, thai basil

Applewood Smoked Diver Scallops
hard cider braised swiss chard, pork belly, frisee, roasted turnips, preserved lemon

Elk Rib
smoked gouda polenta, calabrian chile oil, fennel, radish, arugula

Bourbon Butter Cake

dark chocolate, raspberry mousse, almond tuille