Friday, December 21, 2018

It’s Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’s all-new Movemaker Series!

Guest writer Stephanie Grant profiles Second Self brewer Zuri Coleman.

Cheers Y’all!
It’s been an eventful, productive and often controversial 2018 in the craft beer scene, and I had quite an experience covering every minute of it. For the upcoming new year, I want to definitely do a lot more profiles on what I call the “Movemakers Series”—basically, enterprising individuals who are making moves whether it’s in the craft beer world and, sometimes, beyond; they will not only have an extraordinary story, but are all about influencing the landscape in a beneficial, progressive way. Second,  I also want to provide guest writers—both aspiring and seasoned—who want to cover this wondrous industry an opportunity to share their thoughts from time to time on this site. Combing these two goals, here is an article by Stephanie Grant, a bourgeoning writer who also lives in Atlanta. We mutually agreed a piece on Second Self’s brewer Zuri Coleman would be a great start, so here we are. So please, enjoy. I mean hey, why wait for 2019? Let’s get it poppin’ now!
Happy Holidays everyone, thank you for the support, and let’s look forward to another unforgettable year!
Take it away Steph.

The Movemaker Series presents:
Guest writer Stephanie Grant (L) and Second Self brewer Zuri Coleman.
Second Self brewer Zuri Coleman
Written by guest contributor Stephanie Grant

Thousands of years ago, women were ideal in the production of beer, but today’s popular assumption is that anyone associated with ales and lagers are bearded white men. Females make up a small percentage of brewers in the nation, and Georgia echoes the numbers seen at a national level. I was able to sit down with one of Atlanta’s most respected brewers, Second Self Brewing’s Zuri Coleman, who also happens to be one of the select few women brewing in the city. We talked about how she got her start, her plans for the future, and the current state of diversity in the craft beer scene. As a black, queer woman, Coleman’s mere presence as quiet, humble, and soft spoken breaks the expectation of who you would expect to be brewing beer. She started out at Second Self more than three years ago without any prior brewing experience. Through hard work, determination, and initiative, Coleman was able to move from volunteering in the taproom to working as a full-time brewer.
Your homie, Stephanie, Zuri, and Jason Santamaria,
co-founder of Second Self
Like most beer lovers, Coleman’s journey started in college where the choices were the usual cheap, adjunct-loaded beer and sweet mixed drinks. One day, a friend brought Coleman a Blue Moon, and while it was not technically a craft beer, this sip still helped her realize that there was more to the beer world’s flavor profiles than what she was used to drinking.
From there, Coleman couldn’t go back to drinking the cheap brews she was used to, and started to venture out to growler and bottle shops. Filling up her first vessel with Heavy Seas’ Below Decks, a barley wine aged for a year in red wine barrels. Eventually, she visited her first brewery—Atlanta Brewing Company—though Monday Night Brewing became her go-to destination during study breaks.
But it was a visit to Second Self based on Atlanta’s west side that led to Coleman being one of a handful of female brewers in Georgia. During a visit to the brewery, she noticed that they could use a little help behind the bar so she offered her services. After a few months, Coleman started washing kegs and by the end of the year, began dabbling into assisting in brewing.
“Chris [Doyle] and Jason [Santamaria] never doubt their employees’ abilities to try new things in both brewing and day-to-day work,” Coleman explains. “So when I was a keg washer and expressed an interest in learning more about fermentation and taking on more responsibilities, there was no hesitation in teaching me more about the process.”
When Coleman became interested in brewing, head brewer Chris Doyle and assistant brewer Austin Brumley happily started teaching her how the brewhouse works. Second Self even provided her spare time while on the clock to study for the American Brewers Guild.
It wasn’t long before Coleman decided to pitch an idea for a beer—the infamous Margarita Gose. Inspired by meeting friends weekly for margaritas, there was one night when they weren’t able to meet up, so Coleman grabbed the margarita mix from her car brought it back home, and the rest became historic.
“While kegging [Second Self’s] Maverick and Gose that week, I decided to open a keg and pour in the [margarita] mix for the taproom that weekend,” Coleman recounts. After being well received, Second Self modified the recipe during the following year to include more natural ingredients including lime juice and orange peels. It’s not difficult to find a margarita gose at your local craft beer shop now, but Coleman’s was one of the first of its kind.
Coleman and Brumley manage the brewhouse, and contrary to popular belief, brewers don’t spend their days drinking. Coleman says it’s a fun job, but working in the brewhouse can be exhausting. While she’s happy to call Second Self home, she doesn’t think she’ll be throwing around bags of grain and working in the heat forever. One day she hopes to transition to a management position and potentially consult on new and existing spaces in the industry.
For now, Coleman thoughts are on future brews, including one using the Pink Boots Society Hop blend for International Women's Day on March 8th. But before that, Second Shelf has a few more collaborations in the works for an event in February.
“We're letting other breweries make their version of Second Self beers, and we'll serve them at the brewery during our Alter Ego party on February 22,” Coleman explains. Stay tuned for more details.
We couldn’t end our conversation without talking about diversity, a recurring topic in the beer world; I wanted to get Coleman’s take on what breweries and beer bars could do to make people from all walks of life not only feel welcome, but be a part of it. She says that a lot of places talk about how much they love diversity, but it’s important to act on what you’re saying by supporting minority communities with your actions.
“Allow them to host, sponsor their events, and hire them for a wide range of positions,” Coleman says. “Include them in your advertising and don’t pander. And don’t show the same minority in all your photos; we see you. We notice when we see people that look like us and when we do we feel more welcome.”
Coleman also wants us to expand our definition of diversity beyond black people and women. She says, “It’s important to highlight women in the industry, but there are other groups in the brewing industry we should highlight as well. The brewing industry should work towards including people from all walks of life, whether they’re a person of color, gay, or transgender.”
Zuri Coleman has done some incredible work at Second Self in the short time she’s worked there, and she undoubtedly has more cool things up her sleeve.
Until then, make sure to stop into Second Self to try out one of their many great beers on tap. And hey, maybe Coleman will have a new one she came up with to pour.  

About guest writer Stephanie Grant
Stephanie Grant has had many loves in her life, but craft beer continues to capture her heart; she’s an Atlanta native who loves experiencing a new city's culinary and  craft beer scene. When she doesn't have her fingers on a keyboard, Stephanie's in the kitchen passionately experimenting with pairing food with ales and lagers. You can follow her beer adventures on Instagram at @shelovescraft


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Check me out kicking it with the Bitch Beer Podcast!


From left to right, BeerBitch.com’s Ashley Powers, Benjamin Guilbault, and Caroline King had me talking about a lot of fun shit. It was a dope time. Take a listen here!
(Photo taken by my bro Lamont.)
Whaddup?!

I have been so crazy on the go working on some major projects including one with New Belgium I am set to announce officially soon, plus deadlines of my articles due for Thrillist.com, Lifestyle Publications, Crafteer.com, and filming for ButterATL, so shit has been hectic. And then it occurred to me that I never posted this fun and increasingly popular podcast I was the feature guest for titled Beer Bitch
It was a humorous, yet often deep discussion about how I began my career, the craft beer scene’s need for more diversity, the roles of women, and other dopeness. And although this was recorded just prior to voting, the topics we covered will make this episode relevant for years to come. Having two women hosting—Caroline King and Ashley Powers alongside engineer Benjamin Guilbault—this podcast session (with a name I had to make sure was permissible to repeat) was truly a blast, and I wish it continued success.
By the way, this recording took place at one of my old stomping grounds, the original Hop City in West Midtown Atlanta; once we got setup, the sipping commenced followed by a very entertaining conversation. Check it out here! (Oh! And that project I mentioned in the first sentence is discussed a bit too in this episode.)

Holla!
Ale

Saturday, November 17, 2018

It’s Three Taverns’ 5th Anniversary


It’s today at the brewery from 
12-10 pm featuring 40+ brews! 
The entire beer list is below.
Click here for info.
Let’s party!
One of the dopest breweries in not only Atlanta, but in the US is celebration numero cinco today!
I am a huge fan of Three Taverns and what they have accomplished since day one. I was there when they were pouring samples of the their launch beers including the legendary Night on Ponce IPA way back in the day. Well now it’s half a decade later and look where we are: 40-plus brews including some gangster bottles to bring home! I want to congratulate the homie, owner and brewmaster Brian Purcell, Nate, and the rest of the team that made Three Taverns what it is today!
Peep the tap list below which is simply bananas, plus my boy DJ Jamad is spinning all day. Hell to the yeah! See you there!


Here is what they are saying straight from the source:

We’re having our 5th Anniversary this Saturday at the brewery from 12-10p. We’d love to see you! And raise a glass w/you! And introduce you to some of our new beers! We’ll have 40+ beers on tap, food vendors, photo booth, a DJ, games, and general merriment will abound. For more information about the anniversary, including our tap list, check out our website.

It's been five incredible years of beer making here at Three Taverns and we’re celebrating in a big way! Join us on Saturday, November 17th, from 12p - 10p. We'll have 40+ beers on tap, a photobooth, music, food trucks, games, and several new beer releases available to-go.
Entry to the 5th anniversary party is $35 and includes: 6 full pour beer tickets (additional tickets can be purchased on site for $5/ticket), take home photobooth images, and a commemorative “5th Anniversary” glass (pictured). Presale tickets are now live via CraftCellr here and will also be available to purchase day-of at the brewery.

5th Anniversary Tap List
• Sour Asylum Draft Truck •
Rapturous
| A 5% raspberry sour
Lord Grey | A 5% Earl Grey tea sour
Enchantress | A 5% cranberry sauce sour with cinnamon and clove
Lord Fog | A 5% Earl Grey sour with lavender, vanilla, and lactose
Lazy Sonker | A 5% blueberry cobbler sour with vanilla and lactose
Rapturous Luxure | A 5% raspberry and cream sour with vanilla and lactose
Enchantress Luxure | A 5% cranberry sauce and cream sour with vanilla and lactose
Peach Luxure | A 5% peaches and cream sour with vanilla and lactose
Strawberry Luxure | A 5% strawberry and cream sour with vanilla and lactose
Cream Weaver | A 5% orange creamsicle sour with tangerine and lactose
Saporous | A 5% passion fruit, guava and cream sour with lactose
Pineapple Upside Down Luxure | A 5% pineapple and cream sour with lactose
Ume Gose | A 5% briny plum gose with sea salt
O’ lantern | A 5% natural pumpkin sour
Opulence | A 5% dry hopped sour w/Belma, Ariana, Huell Melon, and Amarillo

The Parlour Bar
A Night On Ponce IPA | A 7.5% American IPA
Passion On Ponce IPA | Night On Ponce with Passionfruit
Rowdy and Proud | A 6% American IPA
Rowdier and Proudier | A 9% DDH Double IPA
Prince of Pilsen | A 5% hoppy pilsner
Prince of Smoke | A 5% smoked malt pilsner
Three Eyes Blind | A 10% triple IPA
Ghost In You | A 6% hazy pale ale
Production Helles | A 4.5% helles or German-style pale lager
The Dunkel | A 4.5% Munich-style dunkel
Morning Smack | An 8% maple, bacon, and banana imperial coffee milk stout
Double Smack | A 12.5% BBA maple, bacon, banana imperial coffee milk stout
Midnight Snack | An 8% chocolate, cherry, and hazelnut imperial coffee milk stout
Mount Fang | A 12.5% BBA imperial milk stout
Scotch Barrel Helm’s Deep | A 13% Scotch barrel-aged imperial milk stout
Quasimodo | A 10% Belgian-style Quadrupel
Le Peche Mode 2018 | A 6% rustic peach saison
Bohemian Mistress | A 4.8% blackberry and mint open fermented Grisette ale
Tendril | A 4.6% kudzu and muscadine Gruit ale

• Funk Yard Bar •
Inceptus 2017 | A 6% BA Georgia wild ale
Inceptus Blueberry 2017 | A 6% Inceptus variant matured on blueberries
Titus | A 5% BA wild ale
Dominus | A 5% BA boysenberry and cedar dark wild ale
Fortunatus | A 5% BA mixed culture farmhouse ale
Saison Voss Kveik | A 6.5% BA rustic farmhouse ale
Total B.S. | A 6.9% BA brett saison
A Night on Brett | A 7.5% BA Belgian-style brett IPA
In addition to our regular to-go offerings we’ll also have the following new beer releases available to-go on the 17th:
Rowdier and Proudier (12oz/4 pack)
Available for presale now via CraftCellr.
Lazy Sonker (12oz/6 pack)
Available for presale now via CraftCellr.
5th Anniversary Ale (750ml)
12.5% Spiced Strong Ale that is a blend of 5 barrel-aged beers: Helm’s Deep, Mount Fang, Departed Spirit, BBA Dubbel Shot, and DBA Feest Noel. Aroma is full of herbal spiced notes and the flavor is complex with dark fruits, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Available for presale now via CraftCellr.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Here are some things poppin’ in ATL while the holiday season kicks off!



Ponce City Market is just one of the destinations hosting events to get us ready for the holidays. Read below for more activities, specials and events ATL has to offer.


Whaddup!
Atlanta always have something going on especially during the holiday season. Starting on the 13th, it’s on! Here are some very cool events and ideas that pretty much involve pleasing your palate!

Cheers!
Ale

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675 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Tues., Nov. 13 – “Gusto di Italia” Wine Tasting Series
Beginning tomorrow (November 13), Brezza Cucina's Beverage Director Don Pirone will host a wine tasting class the second Tuesday of every month focusing on a different region in Italy. Guests can enjoy an interactive learning and tasting experience centered around four wines from the restaurant's cultivated selection. Snacks will be served from Brezza Cucina's newly debuted Burrata & Raw Bar. Each class begins at 7pm and is $30 to attend, and reservations can be made by emailing candace@brezzacucina.com and keith@brezzacucina.com.

Mon., Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14 – Kids Pizza-Making Classes
Brezza Cucina is now offering Kids Pizza-Making Classes the second Monday of every month! The restaurant's culinary team will teach little chefs how to stretch pizza dough before they top pies themselves and watch as the pizzas bake in the restaurant's wood fire oven. Classes cost $25 per child, including a complimentary glass of wine for mom or dad, and are held from 5-7pm. Participation can be reserved by emailing candace@brezzacucina.com and keith@brezzacucina.com. Upcoming classes will be held on November 12 (SOLD OUT), December 10, January 14, etc. on the second Monday of the month.

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Ponce City Market & The Battery

On Nov. 15 at The Battery location, El Super Pan is hosting a special three-course dinner inspired by South American Parrillada flavors. The barbecue will feature perfectly seasoned and grilled cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and sausages, along with a variety of roasted vegetables, red wine and beer pairings from Chile and Argentina. The night will end on a sweet note with traditional desserts of flan and alfajores. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online.

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1465 Howell Mill Rd NE

Sat., Nov. 17 - UrbanTree Friendsgiving
UrbanTree is hosting a special Friendsgiving event on Nov. 17, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Guests are invited to sip cider, purchase food from Low-Co Motion food truck, and take advantage of a 10% sale on bottles of cider to-go, the perfect fall drink for bringing to the Thanksgiving table.

Fri., Nov. 16 - Hand Picked Comedy
Hand Picked Comedy is back at UrbanTree! This month’s featured performers include Benton Hickerson, Laura Peek, and Olivia Cathcart, all hosted by Ian Aber. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

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S. Main Street, Alpharetta

Through Wed., Nov 21 - Holiday Cakes
South Main Kitchen’s coveted holiday cakes are now available! Made fresh to order by the restaurant’s pastry chef, the cakes are available in two varieties: Coconut Doberge, a vanilla bean cake with coconut German buttercream and flaked coconut and Double Dark Chocolate, a decadent dark chocolate cake made with bittersweet chocolate frosting and Maldon salt flakes.

South Main Kitchen’s holiday cakes can be pre-ordered at the restaurant or by calling (678) 691-4622 with pick-up through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

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123 East Court Square (Decatur)

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The White Bull!
Whether you’re planning an office holiday celebration or a gathering with friends and family, The White Bull has you covered. Offering special lunch, dinner, and hors d’oeuvres menus for semi-private events, The White Bull will work with you to ensure your holiday celebration is a success. Lunch pricing begins at $35/person, and dinner begins at $55/person. Pricing varies for the hors d’oeuvre menu, which can be served at a cocktail-style reception or at table celebrations. See here for The White Bull’s event catering menu options and pricing, and to book an event, email info@whitebullatl.com.

Don't miss wine concierge Kelly of A Cork in the Road and her beer-loving competitor as they pair one beer and one wine with each dish for an exclusive four-course dinner at The White Bull. Guests will select which beverage they think pairs best with each course, ultimately putting the “wine vs beer” debate to rest! A wine enthusiast and experienced tasting consultant, Kelly will help guests define their personal preferences in a fun, approachable way. Guests can expect to come away with a deepened understanding of the flavors, smells, and styles of wine and beer that they prefer most. Tickets can be purchased here for $65 per person.

Join The White Bull’s Beverage Director Matthew Scott as he traces the story of the cocktail. This event series provides attendees with a detailed history of our nation’s most memorable and iconic cocktail recipes, along with tastes of each throughout the lesson. Guests, who must be 21+ to attend, can choose their favorite concoction from the list and work with Matthew to recreate it for themselves.

This Saturday’s topic, “Prohibition in the Dark Ages” will be hosted on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 12:30-2:30pm. The lesson will cover the history of the American prohibition, and the well-known cocktail concoctions that developed as a result. Tickets are $55/person and can be purchased online here.
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675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Nov. 19-20 - Batter Cookie Dough Counter’s One-Year Anniversary
Celebrate one year of edible cookie dough with Batter at PCM! From Monday, Nov. 19 through Tuesday, Nov. 20, the shop will offer an anniversary special to all guests from 11am-9pm. Cookie dough lovers can purchase a scoop of cookie dough and receive a second scoop for 50% off!

Thanksgiving carbs are covered by Root Baking Co.! The newly opened shop inside Ponce City Market is now offering pre-orders for the holidays both online and in person. Selections include heirloom apple pie (made with apple-ginger filling and stone-milled flour crust), chocolate pecan pie, multigrain and sourdough breads, biscotti, lemon and chocolate shortbread cookies, and more. All Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Nov. 19.

Join Williams Sonoma at Ponce City Market for an exciting event celebrating the launch of The Final Table, a new global culinary competition series from Netflix. In the show, chefs from around the world face off as they attempt to master cuisines from nine different countries. While guests don’t have to compete for a title, they’ll get to experience a glimpse of the show brought to life in this special cooking class.
Inspired by the global array of dishes featured on The Final Table, this exciting event will take a deep dive into Spain’s diverse flavors with a special paella cooking demonstration along with additional recipes for guests to bring a special taste of Italy and Mexico back home with them, including Spaghetti al Limone, Chicken Tacos, and Guacamole. Tickets are $10 per person and include a live cooking demonstration and paella paired with cider from friends at Shacksbury Cider. Proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry in their fight against childhood hunger.

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656 N. Highland Ave NE

Calling all Travel Channel fans! The television network will be at Sweet Auburn on Nov. 13 to film for their “Food Paradise” show from 12-2pm. Guests are invited to stop by for lunch for their chance to be featured on the show.

Wed., Nov. 28 - No-Shave November Night
Sponsored by The Shave Barbershop Atlanta, visit Sweet Auburn BBQ to support men’s health on Nov. 28. From 7-10pm, there will be prizes for unique beards, and all guests can enjoy food and drinks specials with raffle proceeds benefiting No-Shave November, an organization devoted to raising cancer awareness.
255 Ottley Drive

Now Available at Lake Burrito!
Local coffee roaster East Pole is now available at Lake Burrito, the Cumming, Georgia-based restaurant serving fresh Mexican cuisine! East Pole’s “Traffic” coffee blend is available on drip by the cup, with iced coffee served alongside the restaurant’s weekend breakfast menu of tacos, burritos, salads and more.

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1317 Logan Circle NW

Just launched - #ThisIsMySecondSelf
Second Self has launched their #ThisIsMySecondSelf campaign, celebrating the side hustles and passions of the community. Inspired by their co-founders story of leaving desk jobs to brew beer, the brewery is asking people to use the hashtag for the chance to be featured on their social media and cheers with friends over free beers!

Now available - Junipa
Second Self has released its cold weather seasonal Junipa (6.4% ABV). A spruce beer inspired by gin, Junipa returns in 2018, featuring ingredients juniper and rosemary. The beer is now available on draft at Second Self’s taproom in Atlanta and on draft and in cans in bars and restaurants throughout Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.

Cheer on the Falcons at Second Self! On Nov. 18, craft beer lovers are invited to the Westside taproom to watch the game. People’s BBQ will be onsite smoking a whole pig and preparing food for purchase, and guests can purchase plates for $15 or an all-you-can-eat option for $25, including side items. Anyone in Falcons gear will also receive a free beer during the game.

Fri., Nov. 23 - Black Friday Sale
Shoppers - include Second Self in your Black Friday route! On Nov. 23, each beer in the tasting room will be $3 and a food truck will be onsite with food for purchase.



Thursday, November 8, 2018

It’s the 2nd Annual Butcher & Brew Fest this Saturday, November 10th in Historic Alpharetta!


 23 craft breweries are about to get their pour on!
Cheers Y'all!
As many of you have seen on especially my Instagram and Twitter, I've been traveling a lot and working on something big regarding diversity in the craft beer community among other things, so forgive the hiatus. Anyway, I am back and of course, my hometown of Atlanta has something popping. This upcoming beer festival called Butcher & Brew Fest happens this Saturday in Historic Alpharetta, GA, from 2-6 pm, and it sounds like an awesome time. We're talking live music, food, games, and yes, brew! I missed the first one and heard great things, so I am rolling to this one; here is the info below and a direct link to tickets so you can join me. 
Look for a lot of other things I have going on via my social media handles, and know that I will stay committed to letting the world know that beer is the most interesting and complex beverage in the world that EVERYONE should enjoy!
Much love!
Here is the official info on Butcher & Brew Fest:
2nd Annual Butcher & Brew Fest To Be Held On Saturday,
November 10th In Historic Alpharetta


Celebration Will Bring Together 23 Craft Breweries from Around the Country
 Portion of Proceeds to Benefit the Atlanta Humane Society


Butcher & Brew Fest, hosted by American gastro sports bar Butcher & Brew in Alpharetta’s Historic Downtown District, will be held on Saturday, November 10th, from 2-6pm. The annual outdoor event, now in its second year and larger than before, will celebrate the best of craft beer and feature food, live music, games and more.

Butcher & Brew Fest will bring together 23 craft breweries from the Atlanta area and around the country, including:

Atlanta Area Breweries:
·         Cherry Street Brewing
·         Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
·         Dry County Brewing Co.
·         Gate City Brewing Co.
·         Good Word Brewing
·         Jekyll Brewing
·         Monday Night Brewing
·         Monday Night Brewing
·         New Realm Brewing Company
·         Orpheus Brewing
·         Red Brick Brewing Co.
·         Red Hare Brewing Company
·         Reformation Brewery
·         Scofflaw Brewing Co.
·         Second Self Beer Co.
·         Steady Hand Beer Co.
·         SweetWater Brewing Co.
·         Terrapin Beer Co.

Out of State Breweries:
·         Bell’s Brewery, founded in Michigan
·         Bold Rock Hard Cider from Virginia
·         Boulevard Brewing Co., founded in Missouri
·         Brooklyn Brewery from New York
·         Currahee Brewing Co. from North Carolina
·         Wicked Weed Brewing from North Carolina

Drinks can be paired with complimentary pretzel necklaces and popcorn, and Pine Street Market sausages and hot dogs grilled on a Big Green Egg will be available for purchase. Fire & The Knife will be playing live music throughout the day, and The Photo Bus ATL will be onsite to capture fun keepsakes.

Early bird tickets are selling out fast, but can still be purchased for $35 here. A portion of proceeds from Butcher & Brew Fest will be donated to the Atlanta Humane Society, a nonprofit organization committed to finding homes for adoptable pets.

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Butcher & Brew is an American gastro sports bar located in the soul of Alpharetta’s Historic Downtown District. It was founded in 2016 by restaurateur Louis Soon and serves an eclectic and extensive collection of craft beers, paired with bold and tasty twists on sandwiches, bowls and shareable fare. The food program is led by Culinary Director Andy Long. Butcher & Brew has been featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Eater Atlanta and Atlanta Magazine. Butcher & Brew is part of Maven Restaurant Group, which also includes neighboring South Main Kitchen. For more information, please visit: www.butcherandbrewshop.com

Butcher & Brew
3 South Main Street
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Whiskies of the World 2018 is about to pour Friday!


Did you get your tickets yet? If not, make sure to use my promo code ALE20 to get $20 off tickets here!

Cheers Y'all!
To all my whisky heads and cigar smokers, this is an amazing experience and to show love since I had such a blast last time, use my promo code ALE20 to get $20 off tickets here. I am rolling already, but they know I have a lot of sophisticated sippers in ATL who want to join me, so come through! It's this Friday. If you're a Scorpio, get someone to get this as a BDay present, ya heard? Here is the official description and link:
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Learn, celebrate, experience! Whiskies of the World gathers the world’s most fascinating brown spirits along with their makers and ambassadors to give its guests an opportunity to sample, learn and experience a night of delicious spirited fun. The tasting will be in Atlanta at the Intercontinental Buckhead on November 2nd. Enjoy whisky, savory food pairings, the outdoor cigar patio and learning from the world's whisky producers.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

From The Earth Brewing Company turns 1!



It’s the celebration of another awesome Georgia brewpub’s anniversary throughout the October 26-28 weekend!

Yep!
It has evidently been an amazing first year for Roswell, Georgia’s newest brewpub From The Earth. Already garnering honors from renowned publications including USA Today as one of the nation’s top 5, the FTE family is planning for its first anniversary throwdown this weekend. Always fans of live music, fare straight from local farmlands, and of course variations of beer crafted on site, they have a bright future ahead for them and their burgeoning fan base. I will definitely be sliding by to celebrate with them. I had the pleasure of shooting a lot of their food for them and many times making sure it tasted as good as it looked, it guarantees to be a blast! Judging from the press release below, they are not holding back on the festivities and special beer list being poured. Get the tickets for their weekend-long birthday party here.
Congrats to the husband and wife team of Lisa and Tim Stevens for such a successful first year and wish for many more!
Cheers!
Ale
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From The Earth Brewing Company to celebrate one year anniversary

From The Earth Brewing Company, located in Roswell, GA, is set to celebrate its one year anniversary with 16 house beers and three days of live music. The First Anniversary Fest is scheduled for October 26-28 weekend.
“This first year has gone by quickly and it’s been a wild ride,” states owner and operator Tim Stevens. “We knew we were onto something opening in the East Roswell area, but had no idea the response would be so huge, so we’re celebrating our successful first year in style.”
From The Earth will host its “First Anniversary Fest” starting Friday, Oct. 26 with live music, special seasonal and limited edition beer, food, and more at their brewery. Musical guests include From The Earth All-Stars (featuring members of Tedeschi Trucks Band), Todd Nance & Friends, Bloodkin, Jeff Mosier & Friends, Hoodoo Moon, Honeywood, Tray Dahl the Jugtime Ragband, and The Tyler Neal Band with special guests.
Attendees of the First Anniversary Fest will enjoy popular year-round offerings, plus all-new seasonal brews including (but not limited to) October (Marzen); You Wreck Me (Tropical IPA); Goin’ Out West (West Coast IPA); Golden Spiral (Golden Ale); Ball of Confusion (German Ale); Moon Dance (Berliner); Midnight Rider (Porter); Cosmonaut (Imperial Stout); Brown Eyed Girl (Nut Brown Ale); Apple Bottom (FTE Apple Cider); Smoked Midnight Rider with Nocino; Citra dry-hopped Golden Ale; Raspberry Moon Dance; Passion Fruit Goin’ Out West; Farmhouse (Saison); and Rebirtha (Belgian Strong).
“We’ve never released so many new beers on a single day before,” Stevens says. “If you appreciate good beer, there’s no place else you’re going to want to be that weekend.”

For tickets to the First Anniversary Fest and to see the complete music line-up, go to: https://www.ftebrewing.com/shop/1st-anniversary-fest-ticket-sales

For more information, visit www.FTEBrewing.com, follow From the Earth on Twitter (@Fromtheearth_ga) and Instagram (@fromtheearthbrewing), call (770) 910-9799. For media inquiries and interview requests, email Lisa Stevens at lisa@fromtheearthbrewingco.com.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Decatur Beer Fest is coming the weekend!

It goes down from 12 to 5 on Saturday, October 20!
I had a ball last year! 2018 promises to be even better!

Yo! It's about to be on!
The Decatur Beer Festival is one of my favorite beer fests of the year and it’s finally here this Saturday, noon to 5 in Downtown Decatur's historic Square! Make sure you grab your tickets. Seriously. And the VIP section always brings it. Trust me, all the fellow beer geeks will be there for this one. Peep the list of breweries here. To add, one of the world’s greatest beer bars, the Brick Store, is adjacent to it, so you will NEVER be thirsty throughout the day. See ya there!
Here is the official write up:
Enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting and music on the square in downtown Decatur, Georgia. Each general admission ticket includes a special tasting glass and unlimited sips from more than 80 breweries. Rock out to live music throughout the festival, while a DJ keeps you moving between sets. Get the ultimate beer festival experience with a VIP ticket.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Scofflaw denies latest controversy supposedly offering ‘free beer to Trump supporters’ in the U.K.


After a press release from an independent PR firm offering Trump supporters free beer in the U.K., Scofflaw says they were ‘idiotic’ to promote that.

Yep. 
More controversy arises in the craft beer scene, and I happen to live in the city where two major “WTF?!” moments have occurred this month; they both involved politics. While the Monday Night Brewing episode with Georgia Governor candidate Brian Kemp went down in mid-September which I addressed here, I get another wave of inquiries regarding Scofflaw Brewing supposedly supporting Donald Trump overseas in the U.K. Both breweries are based in Atlanta. The latter issue has garnered global attention.
After celebrating Scofflaw's second anniversary last weekend with them and having a lot of really good friends on their staff, I didn’t want to believe it. Even their equally brazen brewing partner BrewDog heard about it and immediately took action on social media, on their website, and their BrewDog beer bars the U.K., Brussels, and Berlin once initially receiving the Trump promotion via a press release from an independent PR firm hired to represent Scofflaw in the U.K. They eventually called what went down ‘fake news” but still utilized the platform to “support love, not hate” also with free beer via this Tweet.
Well to counter the allegations and troubling press release, co-founder and president Matt Shirah states the concept as “…absolute nonsense,” denies any knowledge of the initial release, and just sent out the press release below straight from their desks. Stay tuned for more on this. Again, as I stated in my aforementioned post on Monday Night, I really think it’s a bad idea for breweries to mess with politics. Shit like this happens. I trust things smooth over for Scofflaw. Especially with them denying anything to do with this. I believe them.
Peace,
Ale
*As an update, this press release has been sent directly from the PR firm who originally sent out the tasteless release. 

News
For Immediate Release

Scofflaw Brewing Co. outraged at misrepresentation by an agency in the UK Georgia brand head butts the false social media post released without knowledge or consent on their behalf.

ATLANTA (September 28, 2018) – Scofflaw Brewing Co. is appalled by the inaccurate posts released yesterday morning by a UK agency that Scofflaw hired to promote its UK tour. Those posts were released without Scofflaw’s knowledge or approval. The agency issued a follow-up release asking the thousands of journalists to whom they sent the original, to disregard the information, saying: “You may have received an email with incorrect information regarding Scofflaw Brewery entering the UK market, encouraging Trump supporters to join them for a beer. PLEASE NOTE, THIS WAS INCORRECT INFORMATION AND IS NOT A MESSAGE FROM THE BRAND.
Please accept my huge apologies for the confusion and do not run the piece.” Scofflaw owner Matt Shirah directed his commentary accordingly, “This post is absolute nonsense. While we definitely have country roots, no one at Scofflaw Brewing or those associated with our brand, is now or has ever been, rooted in hate. We do not tolerate hate — that’s just idiotic.” “We welcome anyone who enjoys good beer. Scofflaw’s ascension in the States and our presence here in the UK is propagated in hard work and humble beginnings. This misinformation shared over social media today is simply wrong … we could care less about your political viewpoint, only that you like our beer.”

SCOFFLAW BREWING ...THERE'S A LITTLE DISSENT IN EVERYTHING WE DO.
About Scofflaw Brewing – Co-founded by Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman, Scofflaw Brewing opened in August of 2016 and has been named by BeerAdvocate, USA Today and Craft Beer & Brewing as one of the best new breweries in America.

Visit us at 1738 MacArthur Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 or follow on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing. www.scofflawbeer.com






Friday, September 21, 2018

The 8th Annual Great Atlanta Beer Fest is coming!


It goes down at the new Georgia State Stadium on October 13th, 1-5  pm. I’m there!
Yo!
I am always having a blast at the Atlanta Beer Festival events hanging with fellow Georgia beer geeks and sipping what’s new. Well the 8th annual Great Atlanta Beer Fest is coming Saturday, October 13th from 1-5 p.m. With more than 150 beers to choose from, plus over 25 wines, ciders, live music by the talented DJ Q-tip, games, and food available for purchase, it should be crazy as usual. (Peep the sippin’ list here.) What’s even more dope is that this is taking place at the newly flipped Georgia State Stadium—you know, the Braves’ old stompin’ grounds of Turner Field? (755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315)
For tickets, get the early bird joints! Here is the info:
Tix are $40 in advance, $45 after October 4th, and $50 at the gate. (Sales tax and ticket fees will be added.) For more deets and whatever, hit up the official website: Greatatlantabeerfestival.com

See ya there!
Ale

Friday, September 14, 2018

Monday Night Brewing deals with backlash from GA governor candidate Kemp's visit.


I talk directly with MNB co-founder Jonathan Baker about it.

So I woke up this morning ready to post my new Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ video I did with SweetWater Brewing, but I got a couple calls and texts about Monday Night Brewing “hosting an event” with the very controversial Georgia Secretary of State and governor candidate Brian Kemp. I thought I should get this out the way before showing y'all how much fun I had at 'Water and end the week on a good note. 
Now I try to stay away from politics when in the beer scene—or pretty much any public atmospheres—because it can get heated and passions can escalate especially in Georgia. I just know who I am voting for and want the best for where I live and beyond. We need things to get better. Period.
Anyway, with such a history being associated with Monday Night over the years including posting one of my first blog posts covering their homebrewing events on Mondays in ATL in 2010 here, hosting my company’s first Heroes Villains comic art exhibit, documenting their numerous collaborations with Nappy Roots like this, plus numerous other instances, the news did concern me. No lie. So before I could reach out to see what the deal was, I saw this Tweet from Monday Night that linked to this post on their site about their "Core Beliefs." It was well written in my opinion. They also objectively included a link to this article by Atlanta Magazine which gave me a better idea of what went down. After I read both inserts, I texted Monday Night co-founder Jonathan Baker (who I just had brews with two days ago at their original location to sample the new Piranha Dealer IPA), and asked him if he wrote the press release. He said he did and then we continued a lengthy discussion. We talked about what went down and how we both agreed it was indeed a mistake because they have done so much to diversify their audience. (Let’s just say Kemp continues to enforce the impression that racial harmony is not one of his priorities as governor.) With MNB setting up their second location called the Garage in the predominately Black section of the historic West End, having the aforementioned Nappy Roots partnerships, and my good friend Mike Jordan’s monthly LIT book karaoke event alongside his wife Jacinta to name just a few of the instances solidifies what their true mission appears to be as an Atlanta brewing company.
Jonathan definitely sounded regretful of how things went down and are currently perceived, which fueled his spirited write up disclosing what the brewery's true ideologies are. He also mentioned they had an event they were working on with Kemp’s opposition, Stacey Abrams, prior to the Kemp visit but decided not to include that in his write up; he kept the focus on their overall values. He also said this to me:

“We messed up. We didn’t fully think through our decision to allow the NFIB to endorse Kemp at our facilities, I completely understand people’s concern. We have been doing some soul searching as owners and hope to make it up to people through our actions moving forward.”
-          Jonathan Baker, Co-Founder of Monday Night

So with that, let’s see how things progress. I trust they will do the right thing. In the meantime, due to my years of experience with Jonathan and the rest of the Monday Night crew including everyone from their tap pullers to brewmaster Peter, we will still have brews together. And maybe leave politics out of it.
Most importantly, please make sure y’all vote.
Ale