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



Friday, September 7, 2018

The Brooklyn Mansion is coming to ATL!


Get your tickets here!
Photo by Ty Worthington
You know I love dope beer events and this is definitely one of ‘em!
Cheers Y’all!
One of the most renowned craft breweries in the world, Brooklyn Brewery, is making more movies than a mobile with their gangster ‘Mansion’ party that travels throughout the U.S. When I first heard about this concept, I knew it was something a lot different from your typical tastings, beer festivals, tap takeovers, you name it. Well below is the breakdown and I am attending the Atlanta version next Friday, September 14th at 787 Windsor in Mechanicsville (see the sidebar for more info and tickets), as well as its Pre-Party at Victory the night before. Go here to get your tickets. The next one after that will be in Minneapolis on October 26-27.
Check this official write up straight from the Brooklyn Brewery website. 
See you there!

Welcome To Beer Mansion 2018 

Brooklyn Brewery says: We are lucky enough as drinkers to exist in an unparalleled golden age of beer. The beverage itself has been a part of human life since the dawn of time. But this era of nearly unlimited choice, experimentation, style worship and iconoclasm, storytelling, and sheer fun has never existed before. As brewers, we think is something worth celebrating, and worth celebrating on a massive scale. Every day finds a new beer release, a brewery opening, a favored bartender holding down a shift, a revamped tasting room strutting its stuff, a birthday party, or simply a few kegs of something tasty. We love those parties. From the highest brows to the lowest dives, the loudest shows to the humblest game nights, the camaraderie and passion are a continual source of inspiration.

Plus, there's beer. Like, a lot of beer. And that's inspiring too.

Beer Mansion combines our favorite parties into one. There are four distinct celebrations within the Mansion's walls: The Show, The Bazaar, The Arcade, and The Speakeasy. Each of these represents a certain type of party experience, and all of them celebrate beer. On any other night, you would have to pick and choose which you would attend, but inside Beer Mansion it's as simple as walking down the hall. Each room is filled with games, music, tech, surprises, and of course, beer from us and some of our local friends in each city.
The most important thing to remember at Beer Mansion is that there is no "right way" to experience it. Poke around, find your favorite spots, and try as many beers as catch your eye.

The only "wrong way" is to stand still. And honestly, even then you'd probably have a lot of fun.

Catch us on the road this year and come explore. We'll be waiting for you.

Peace!
Ale

Friday, August 31, 2018

Hit up the One MusicFest next weekend in ATL!

Along with all of the other guests you see above including my bro NAS, Big Boi and Monica just got added to their gangster list!

Whaddup!
Straight to  the point, One MusicFest is one of the dopest music festivals of the year! Get your tickets before it's a wrap. It's on September 8th and 9th and the website is OneMusicFest.com. Get your tickets here. There are still a few left including their posh VIP option. By the way, peep my Interviews With Brews segment with the founder J Carter we filmed last year here. It was a helluva good time.
See ya next weekend!
Ale 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Movies you shouldn’t sleep on.

 Get your popcorn ready! (And brews if they serve ‘em.)
Spike Lee is bizzzzack with BlacKkKlansman!
(Photo by Vibe.)

Cheers Everyone!

It’s the weekend and I want to make sure for those of you wanting to get out of the house - whether you want to go on a date night, hang with the homies, or make it a solo flight- here are some movies worth checking out. Most of them I can happily say concluded with follow-up conversation and an overall relief that there are productions that still go outside the box a bit. This is especially true with Sorry To Bother You which I discuss a bit below. It was simply bugged out. Have an open mind for it and look for the hidden messages throughout the film.
Anyway, here are my picks of flicks while they are still in theaters—even if they're playing at the joints that charge a quarter of the original ticket price—along with the recent release of the heavily lauded BlacKkKlansman. My reviews are like you coming up to me and asking what I think or what I would post on my Instagram handle. (Go get a late pass if you don’t know it: @realalesharpton). My brother Lamont Byron aka L.K. breaks down Equalizer 2 for ya with a more descriptive assessment too.
One of the movies I haven’t had the chance to see yet that’s definitely on my agenda is Eighth Grade. It looks like my kind of humor and original writing. Stay tuned for that one.
Enjoy the weekend and beyond!
Ale
I say: Honestly, I get a little hesitant to see anything with “2” following it; the majority of the time, results are not favorable. But then again, anything Denzel signs on for is going to be solid at the least. D-Dub and his team do a stellar job of taking roles that dodge bombs. This one continues the trend with a lot of action, an original screenplay, some very necessary messages regarding today’s perception on the youth, relationships, and who to trust. Oh, and a lot of ass kicking perfectly balanced with Denzel’s gift as one of the greatest actors of all time. My kind of film.
Wait For It: The staircase scene.


Contributor L.K. Byron says…
The Equalizer 2 once again the extremely well-casted Denzel Washington as Robert McCall. Usually in the case of sequels, the original is hard to match. In this case, “a worthy follow-up to its predecessor,” would not be an understatement. After a few successful revenge jobs, McCall is settling into regular everyday life—the routine he yearns for. But that mission of peace unfortunately doesn’t last long after he finds out a close acquaintance has been harmed. McCall is now thrust into a warpath, and this time it’s even more personal. Unfortunately for his adversaries, they missed the memo: You don’t disrupt McCall’s bliss or harm those worthy of being in his inner circle. As viewers, we benefit from the mistakes of the wrongdoers as McCall’s spankings get more captivating and shocking as the movie ensues.
“From start to finish, Equalizer 2 is suspenseful, action packed, and seasoned with the perfect amount of unforced humor. You will not want to leave your seat once this thrill ride begins.”

Official Synopsis: Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed - but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
Run time: 125 minutes


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Sorry To Bother You

I say: I really had no idea what this movie was about and felt I needed to go in with that mentality. No teasers, trailers, reviews from other folks…nada. I just know that you will bug out with the shockers they have in store. Alongside the humor and plethora of hidden messages, this is a very necessary film to address a lot of the racism, hard times financially, materialism, the influence of today’s media, and simply having a voice for what you believe in.
Wait For It: The company’s party throws a shocking curve ball. That’s all I can say.

Official Synopsis: Sorry To Bother You tells the story of Cassius Green, a 30-something telemarketer with self-esteem issues, who discovers a magical selling power living inside of him. Suddenly he’s rising up the ranks to the elite team of his company, a company which sells heinous products and services. The upswing in Cassius’s career raises serious red flags with his brilliant girlfriend, Detroit, a sign-twirling gallery artist. But the unimaginable hits the fan when Cassius meets the company’s cocaine-snorting, orgy-hosting, obnoxious, and relentless CEO, Steve Lift. SORRY TO BOTHER YOU is unlike anything you have ever seen. It is a searing social satire about greed, racial dynamics and capitalism in a universe not unlike our own. Prepare yourself for something outrageous and totally original.

Run time: 107 minutes


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BlacKkKlansmen

I Say: From the jump, for someone who has had so much of an impact on my life, it was a no-brainer to attend the advanced media screening of Spike Lee’s latest project. An added bonus was continuing to witness John David Washington’s steady momentum of carving his own lane in the acting world and losing the initial label as Denzel’s son. To his credit though, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. And that’s one hell of an accolade. Alongside Blumhouse, the homie Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw team continue their incredible run as producers as well. Shout out to Adam Driver’s performance as well.
BlacKkKlansmen is based on a remarkably true story, provides some comforting laughs to balance out the seriousness of the film, and overall discloses how racism back then is sadly revitalized under today’s American “leadership.” Its frankness is truly timely and necessary.
Now a lot of viewers are claiming that this is the best movie Spike Lee has ever directed; considering Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X, that is highly debatable, but evidently this film is stated in the same sentence as the aforementioned classics so it already wins. Definitely check it out and be affected. 
Wait For It: Spike’s signature low-angled, dolly shot.

Official Synopsis: It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron’s commitment to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out, BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as bracingly relevant in today’s tumultuous world.
Run time: 135 minutes


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 Mission:Impossible – Fallout
I say: If you want to get a good dose of action and see how Tom Cruise somehow still manages to jump out planes and avoid Father Time’s curses, this one’s for you.
Wait For It: Any action sequence, so I guess the whole movie.

Official Synopsis: The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
Run time: 110 minutes

Peace!
Ale