Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wait, wha...? Beer sneakers?! Yep!

Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery launch limited-edition trail running shoe! 

Whoa!
For all sneaker and shoe lovers in general like myself, I need to get a pair of these on principle alone! Beer kicks? Hell yeah! Below is the official press release and information. Nice job Merrell and Dogfish
Whatcha think?
I say dopeness!
Ale

Straight from the press:
Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 
launch Limited-Edition Trail Running Shoe! 
Made from sustainable materials, the Agility Synthesis x Dogfish shoe brings a fresh take on trail to tavern
Outdoor performance brand Merrell and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery have launched a cobranded trail running shoe inspired by two of their shared passions: the outdoors and beer. The limited-edition Merrell Agility Synthesis X Dogfish trail runner is now available in select retail stores and on Merrell.com, and will also be sold on September 29th at Dogfish Head’s annual Dogfish Dash in Milton, DE.
Available in a “SeaQuench” colorway for men and women, the design of the shoe is inspired by the most thirst-quenching beer Dogfish Head has ever brewed: SeaQuench AleSeaQuench Ale is now the best-selling sour beer in America, and is recognized by its signature sea-foam green can and off-centered ingredients, including black limes and sea salt, all of which are incorporated into the shoe design.
“Today’s adventurous beer drinker is seeking more from their alcoholic beverages than ever before. They’re looking for a beer that’s not only intensely flavorful, but that fits into their active lifestyle. Brewed with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt, the thirst-slaying, citrusy-tart mashup that is SeaQuench Ale satisfies all those needs,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “Partnering with Merrell, leaders in the active lifestyle footwear category, to release this sweet SeaQuench-themed shoe is a great reminder to folks everywhere that you can ‘have your beer and drink it too.’ Maintaining an active lifestyle is all about balance – go for a trail run or a gym workout, then reward yourself with a cold can of SeaQuench Ale.”
Merrell and Dogfish Head, two outdoor-loving brands, both believe wild spaces urgently need to be sustained and protected. With that in mind, the co-branded shoes are made with a more sustainable choice wherever possible. They include reclaimed scrap rubber, BLOOM® algae foam instead of petroleum, recycled plastic, and more.
Alongside the launch of the Agility Synthesis X Dogfish shoe, Merrell will be donating $10,000 to The Conservation Alliance, whose mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. Merrell is a pinnacle member of The Conservation Alliance and to date, has provided more than $1 million in funding to assist their efforts.
“We’ve enjoyed building upon the shared beliefs of Merrell and Dogfish Head,” says Sue Rechner, President of Merrell. “We’re very proud that our partnership also provides support for The Conservation Alliance and reduces our impact through the use of recycled materials and sustainable processes.”

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Steer Me! Car Reviews—Part Three: More impressive automobiles for 2019!


The Genesis G70 (above) continues to impress along with Chevy's new Traverse trims and Toyota Highlander models!
Photo courtesy of Genesis.

As we enter the fall, here are some more automobiles to consider that me and my Steer Me! team of journalists find very impressive for 2019. Enjoy!
Photos courtesy of automakers


2019 Chevy Traverse AWD Premier and High Country
Popular due to its practicality, roominess, 4G LTE WiFi, OnStar system, and comfortably fitting up to seven adults, Chevrolet’s design team added an impressive facelift to the new Traverse’s list of accolades; the custom Silver Ice Metallic body coat, 20-inch “Gloss Black” wheels with red accents, daytime running lamps, and roof rails gave the 2019 Premier edition a welcomed sporty-meets-aggressive appearance. It’s 3.6-liter, V-6 heart, nine-speed automatic transmission, plethora of safety options including an “SOS” button for emergencies, “Teen Driver” technology, eight-inch color touchscreen, and numerous apps for extensive mobile device capability are just few of the numerous attractions to add to its resume. Simply put, this room crossover SUV is perfect for whatever the family demands.
Note: The Traverse comes in an amazing seven trims, and the highest level is the High Country. This impressive version comes with emergency breaking, adaptive cruise control, leather interior, IntelliBeam high beam assist, and signature SkyScape power sunroof with tilt coupled with a back fixed skylight with sunscreen for optimal stargazing.   
Price: $48,200 (MSRP); $50,045 with all options
For more information, visit Chevy.com.



2019 Genesis G70
For the past few years, Genesis has truly claimed its place in the industry as a prestigious luxury brand at highly competitive pricing. The smooth, attractive G70—coming in two different turbocharged engines—provides amazing value, with the Prestige 2.0T starting at $34,900 for all its pampering amenities, Nappa leather interior, a Surround View monitor, responsive handling, and generous warranty package. The 3.3T edition terrorizes the streets with 365 horses packed under the hood; multiple driving modes seamlessly customize the riding experience. Ultimately, this sedan is highly recommended and shamelessly one of my favorite brands on wheels.
Price: Starting $34,900 (MSRP); $43,750 for the 3.3T option
For more information, visit Genesis.com.



2019 Toyota Highlander XLE- V6 AWD
The 2019 Highlander also comes in the SE AWD  (left) and Hybrid Limited pictured above.
Journalist Andrea Janise says…
The 2019 Toyota Highlander is a great all-around mid-size SUV that will meet the needs of every member of the family with seating for up to seven people. The amenities include leather trimmed, heated seats and mirrors, 8” touch screen and backup camera, moonroof, push to start and smart key entry. Perfect for those summer road trips with its 3 zone auto climate control, plus it’s safety features includes Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) with pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert and steering assist. Equipped with 8 airbags and a blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert, the Highlander will ensure that you get to and from each destination safely. The Toyota Highlander offers 22 MPG combined city/highway. Price: $40,680 as reviewed.
For more information, visit Toyota.com.

Look for more soon!
Cheers!
Ale



One Musicfest is this weekend!

They are celebrating 10 years of music history!
Yo!
As I do every year, One Musicfest is the best music festival for hip-hop, soul, and people Atlanta has every year. Don't believe me? Look at the acts on this poster. I try to go every year and get busy on the photos; this was one of my best coverage shots so far. I also interviewed the founder of the Fest in my Interviews With Brews series, J Carter, here. Look for more collaborations soon!
Hope you can make it! Go here for last-minute tickets!

Peace!
Ale

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hey beer lovers, Georgia Fortnight is in full swing!


From now through the 26th, beer pours lovely in Georgia!

Yep! Atlanta is already an awesome beer city, but you can never be mad at another reason to celebrate ales and lagers being poured here. Thanks to Georgia Fortnight, some of Georgia’s major sud slingers got together to make a whole week special with beer dinners, new releases, and special tappings. Below is the schedule. I hope to see you at some of these. Shout out the homie Mary Fiorello aka Hops Diva for passing it on.

Cheers!
Ale

August 17, 2019
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Mexican Siberius Maximus bottle release/GA Beer Festival 12-4 p.m.
        Ticket holders will receive:
        Two 500 ml bottles (with the option to purchase a third bottle) of Mexican Siberius
        Entry into the festival with 20-30 beers in addition to Wrecking Bar beers
        Food from El Tesoro  and our own Chef Nick
        Frozen Margaritas
        Live music from a mariachi band

SweetWater Brewing Company
Chocolope Release - SweetWater’s fall seasonal
        Brownies and cookie pairings
        First 144 receive Strain glass

New Realm
        Full food menu from our scratch kitchen featuring several new menu items, Live music all day long
        Tapping of at least 3 new beers: Expected Turbulence Hazy Pale Ale, Hazy Dragon NE Pale Ale & a vintage 2018 keg TBD
        $1 from each Expected Turbulence Hazy Pale Ale and Hazy Dragon NE Pale Ale poured from 7-9 p.m. will be donated to the GCBG.
August 18, 2019
Eventide Brewing                                                                                                                     Hangover Brunch with The Real Mexican Vittles
Menu:
        Chilaquiles with eggs, by request                                                            
        All Tacos with scrambled or fried eggs on top
        Tortilla and fried egg breakfast
        Mexican Breakfast Bruschetta
        Breakfast quesadillas
        Breakfast Bowls 
        Micheladas
        Beermosas

August 18, 2019
SweetWater Brewing “Throwback Sunday”
$15 ticket with six 6 oz. pours
Souvenir glass to take
Free tours
Holly Street Band from 2-5 p.m.
Cellar Beers on draft
             2015 Festive
             2017 Happy Ending

August 17-19 2019
Park Bar – Downtown
SweetWater Brewery tap takeover

August 22, 2019
Twain’s
First Can Release & Beer Can Chicken!

August 22, 2019
Sceptre Brewing Arts
Crowler release

August 23, 2019                                                                                                                         Creature Comforts Brewing Company Snow Tire: “The Silent World” Black Lager Release – Plus a silent disco and the opening of their new green space.

August  23-24, 2019
Riverdog Outpost
SweetWater tap takeover

August 24, 2019
Creature Comforts Brewing Company Snow Tire: “Eukaryote” Release – a Limited 750 Dry Hopped Table Beer Release

August 24, 2019
Pontoon Brewing
Brownie Bash 2019 Festival around the release of Brownie Batter Batch Sweet Imperial Stout and eight new Brownie Batter Batch releases.

August 25, 2019
Pontoon Brewing
We've got your cure to the Sunday Scaries! That post Brownie Bash hangover can be cured with #SundayFunday at Pontoon Brewing. Enjoy BOTTOMLESS Bromosas for $20 from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.. Orange juice options include traditional orange, tropical and orange banana in our tart cherry pineapple sour! $9.99 Hooch Bier Blonde pitchers & $14.99 core beer pitchers all day. Orange Pineapple Blonde and Michelada specials available as well!


Atlanta Brewing Company
Atlanta’s oldest brewery will be selling 4-pack bottles mix & match of our Conjuring Cultures series for $25! Bellum variants will be on tap for Sunday only.

August 28, 2019
Lincoln Fill Station - details TBD

August 28-31 2019
Gate City Brewing / Variant Brewing Company
Variant and Gate City will be releasing Walking Distance Volume 2 - identical NEIPA's featuring / highlighting different southern hemisphere dry hops. Variant is using New Zealand Nelson Sauvin and Gate City is using Australian Galaxy.   
August 28-30, 2019
Butcher and Brew – Alpharetta:  Draft feature with a multiple SweetWater Brewing taps
Loyal Q – Old Milton – SweetWater Brewing tap takeover
Loyal Tavern – Roswell – SweetWater Brewing tap takeover

Ceviche – Alpharetta – SweetWater Brewing Draft Feature 420 and G13

Ceviche – Roswell – SweetWater Brewing draft feature

Shade Street Food – Alpharetta – SweetWater Brewing draft feature

Mac McGee’s – Roswell – SweetWater Brewing Draft Feature 420 and G13

Mellow Mushroom – Brookhaven – SweetWater Brewing tap takeover


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hop on the Atlanta Beer Bus to Athens, GA September 1st!


Click here to book your ticket!
Whaddup!
On Sunday, September 1, the Atlanta Beer Bus hits up Athens, GA to visit four breweries and then it’s back to Atlanta! I’m definitely rolling so come join me here before it sells out! As you can see from the LaGrange trip we did here, I had a blast!

Here’s the breakdown…
·         Leaving from Atlanta Brewing at 10 a.m. (returns around 8 p.m.)
·         Visiting: Akademia Brewing, Creature Comforts, Southern Brewing, and Terrapin
·         Atlanta Beer Bus buys the first pint at each location* (*pint is included with purchase of food at Akademia)
·         Price is $50 per person

See you there!
Ale

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Steer Me! Car Reviews — Part Two: 2019 Bangs for the buck!

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport Elite could be Top 10 car of the year!

These automobiles keep you financially responsible, yet still impressively deliver the bells and whistles.

In the next installment of Steer Me!, we found some awesome 2019 automobiles that are not only solid, reliable, and gracious with amenities, but still forgiving on the wallet.  
(All photos are courtesy of automakers.)

2019 Toyota Camry SE
A bestseller for more than a decade and for good reason: It’s continues to be reliable, mechanically sound, and consistently comes with awesome resale value. For an added edge, its aggressive, sporty design is heavily applauded as one of the most attractive sedans on the market. The 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine packs 203 horsepower, while still a never-thirsty combined 32 miles per gallon; “Audio Package” with ETUNE 3.0 Audio Plus with App Suite; stellar safety ratings; and a price tag under $30K maintains the legendary status of the Camry. Keep the other trims including a Hybrid SE in mind as well. You won’t lose no matter the style you choose under this sedan's umbrella.
Price: $25,550 MSRP; $29,899 fully equipped as reviewed.
Please visit Toyota.com for more information.


2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD
Mazda has had a remarkable run especially in the design department, and this time they took the “Go big, or go home” philosophy seriously with the CX-9 to accommodate the demands of large families. Still attractively sleek regardless of its 3-row, seven-passenger capacity, the Signature is the highest grade of the trims starting at $45,365, boasting Auburn Nappa leather seating; LED signature grille accent lighting; and genuine Santos Rosewood trim. Sedan-like qualities such as all-wheel drive, plus a punchy SKYACTIVE 2.5T Turbo Engine with Sport mode maxing 250 horsepower, trailer stability control, a separate rear entertainment system, and a 5-star safety rating average keep loved ones safe and sound. Boosting the cool factor, our review model was sitting on 20-inch alloy wheels and highly recommended Machine Gray Metallic exterior; all of this still stayed under $50K fully stocked. For slightly cheaper, yet equally sound considerations, the CX-9 comes in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims as well.  
Price: $45,365 fully equipped as reviewed.
Please visit Mazdausa.com for more information.


2019 Honda Passport AWD Elite
Thankfully, Honda has tossed their conservatism on especially design out the window. This all-new Passport SUV especially has Millennials taking notice, crediting its curvy, yet muscular exterior dressed in a stealthy Modern Steel Metallic rolling with 20-inch alloys. (The multi-angle backup camera is a lovely assistant when you want to back that thang up as well.) Under the hood further proves the automaker’s aggressive upgrades, packing 280 charging horses with 3.5-liter VTECH V6 engine, Intelligent Traction Management, and 9-speed automatic transmission. Even with all its good looks, the storage space may still fight to be the true headliner: Under the floor panel, Honda found a way to have more compartments and a spare tire, 60/40 rear seat splits, a best-in-class total of 100 cubic feet of packing space, and the ability to provide up to five adults comfort. This stylistically rugged SUV has the potential to be a Top 10 Steer Me! vehicle of the year. And yes, their entertainment system comes with the heavily requested volume knob for easier control. Way to step it up in all areas, Honda!
Price: $43,680 MSRP
Please visit Honda.com for more information.


Monday, August 12, 2019

The Good Boys movie is coming our way this weekend, August 16!


The creative minds behind Superbad, Pineapple Express and Sausage Party take on sixth grade hard in the outrageous comedy, Good Boys.

Yes, as many of you know, I review movies too, and I have been looking forward to this comedy called Good Boys dropping this Friday, August 16th!
In fact, we worked their media team, Allied, by representing them in the Atlanta Beer Olympics at Buckhead Saloon where we won a lot of events and simply had major fun as Ale and Allied’s Team Good Boys! (Shout outs to Jamal, Josh, Jaclyn, and Lamont for holding it down and being awesome sports!) 
(Team Good Boys: Jaclyn, Lamont, Josh and Jamal)

Here is the info straight from the source. See you there!

Good Boys
After being invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max (Room’s Jacob Tremblay) is panicking because he doesn’t know how to kiss. Max and his best friends Thor (Brady Noon, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams, Fox’s The Last Man On Earth) decide to use Max’s dad’s drone – which Max is forbidden to touch – to spy on a teenage couple making out next door. But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is destroyed. Desperate to replace it before Max’s dad gets home, the boys skip school and set off on an odyssey of epically bad decisions involving some accidentally stolen drugs, frat-house paintball, and running from both the cops and terrifying teenage girls (Life of the Party’s Molly Gordon and Ocean’s Eight’s Midori Francis). 
The film hits theaters on Friday August 16. You may view the trailer here.

Cheers!
Ale

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Steer Me! Car Reviews -- Part One

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland is one of the stunners we reviewed this year!
(Photo courtesy of Jeep.)

Here are some of the most impressive vehicles that we reviewed so far at the midpoint of 2019.


While traveling and exploring cities throughout especially the US, finding the right automobile to fit all your needs can be cumbersome especially with all the new, high-tech features they can provide, safety features, stunning looks, and value. Well since I review cars alongside the team of other Steer Me! journalists who have a fondness for automobiles, we want to share a few of the standouts so far this year. Here is Part One of the series covering everything from trucks, to SUVs, hatchbacks, and sedans you should consider.
(All photos are courtesy of automakers.)

 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland 4x4
 
The Rubicon is also available.
With the newest luxury SUVs, stocked sports vehicles, and sleek sedans doing their best to be eye candy, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator has turned the same amount of heads—if not more—while navigating through the streets and highways of Atlanta. And for good reason. The Jeep brand is one of the most popular especially among millennials and the adventurous lately, and this highly anticipated revamp took almost 30 years to answer the prayers of its pickup enhancement to return. Our review model, the Gladiator Overland 4x4, was a stunner upon site, maintaining the welcomed boxy, rugged Wrangler frame dressed in a black clear coat; the 18-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum Wheels, Premium LED Lighting package, exclusive convertible capability, and yes, 5-foot cargo bed stocked with a 115-volt AC outlet, further warranted the stargazing.
Its 3.6-liter V8, 24-valve heart and 8-speed automatic transmission with Selec-Speed Control is complemented by electronically enhanced Trailer Sway, Stability, and Roll Mitigation controls which come standard to justify the “Overland” moniker. The cabin is cozy with a more roomy back seat compared to competitors, numerous safety features, and the latest in connectivity, plus there are a plethora of options including Cold Weather Group (heated seats, steering wheel, remote start), and Premium Audio Group (8.4-inch display, Alpine audio system, GPS) to further pamper all passengers. The Trailer Tow Package (boasting a class-leading 7,650-pound towing capability) and Jeep Active Safety Group (rear park-assist, blind-spot detection, forward collision warning) come highly recommended as well.
All in all, the Gladiator has successfully rewarded all the loyalists who patiently awaited its return. -- A.S.
Please visit Jeep.com for more information.


2019 BMW X4 xDrive 30I
The BMW X4 turned heads about as well as it turned curves along the Atlanta streets with its dark graphite metallic exterior and chrome 20” Runflat Tires. The xDrive 30I version came equipped with a panoramic moonroof, a rear view camera with a full surround 3D view to ease the tension when backing out of a parking space and Apple CarPlay compatibility with enhanced USB and Bluetooth along with its own Wi-Fi Hotspot. This truly is the ultimate driving machine, as their tagline states. If you are going to own this luxurious vehicle, getting the Premium Package is a must with heated steering wheel, heated seats, and the ability to control the radio with a gesture using your index finger in a circular motion to turn the radio up and down. Great on gas at 25 MPG city/highway, gives you one less thing to worry about when you are driving around. Thumbs way up! – Andrea Janise
Price: $61,545.00 fully equipped
Please visit Bmwusa.com for more information.


2019 MAZDA 3
Simply put, the Mazda 3 sedan is competitively priced with a plethora of bells and whistles. For starters, the automaker’s signature stunning Soul Red Crystal Metallic finish color is renowned—and emulated—throughout the industry. The smooth ride, low road noise, adequate acceleration, and competitive gas mileage make the 3 a winner for the perfect road trip.
Its interior on point with a user-friendly entertainment system, comfortable seating, and a stylish finish. The futuristic exterior design successfully embraces its Japanese roots, enhanced with a curvaceous frame, stylish grill, and sleek headlights definitely boost style points. Having mercy on the bank account, this handsome sedan gets decent gas mileage—25 mpg city/ 33 mpg highway—as well. Don’t be surprised if this model gets numerous head turns on the road; it earned it with a solid infrastructure and tech features to match. -- L.K. Byron
Price: $30,840
Please visit Mazdausa.com for more information.



2019 Nissan Rogue SL FWD
The 2019 Nissan Rogue is outstanding in terms of its features and price. With a 2.5 liter engine under the hood and 19” alloy wheels gripping the concrete, the Rogue comes equipped with standard equipment including a 7” color screen with multi-touch control, BOSE premium audio system with 9 speakers throughout the cabin, 2nd row seat A/C vents, push button start, remote engine start, heated front seats, heated leather wrapped steering wheel, and the handy motion activated rear lift gate. The Premium and Platinum Reserve Package on our model came with a stunning monarch orange exterior paint and tan quilted leather seats. Getting an impressive 29 MPG city/highway makes the Rogue excellent for women who stay on the go. – A.J.
Price: $35,130 for model reviewed
Please visit Nissanusa.com for more information.

Look for more 2019 and 2020 Steer Me! reviews coming soon!




Monday, July 1, 2019

10th Edition of Montréal Complètement Cirque is set to amaze July 4 to 14!


Photo by Andrew Miller
The 'City of Festivals' is going to be LIT in July!

There is no mystery that I consider Montreal, Quebec one of my favorite cities to visit in the world. Whether it’s for the food, culture, historical architecture, the sound of French being spoken as freely as English, or the arts, I don’t need much of an excuse to explore this amazing metropolis. Addressing the latter attraction, the annual Montreal Jazz Fest has had me return at least six times, and while its 40th birthday is going on during my visit the first week of July, it’s the 10th Edition of Montréal Complètement Cirque that has me literally strutting to my direct Delta flight to the “City of Festivals.” For 11 days from July 4 to 14, more than 425,000 will flock from all over the world and join me to revel in the magic Montreal has produced over the years. This official website description gives us an even better idea of what’s in store:

Photo by Andrew Miller
MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE is a Festival that brings people together across the city every July with a stunning circus program. For 11 days, Montreal moves to the rhythm of circus arts. Its venues, streets, parks, and sidewalks become stages to showcase colorful, high-flying performances from here and around the world.
An event not to be missed, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE presents diversity in all its forms and expressions by creating moments where the most talented artists from the circus world come together to perform.
Created in 2010, it is the result of a collective dream that brings together TOHU—the project’s driving force—along with the support of Cirque Éloize, Les7 doigts de la main, Cirque du Soleil, the National Circus School, and En Piste. Together, they pooled their expertise, resources and will to create the first North American international festival dedicated to circus arts.

And as if I needed another excuse to be in Montreal, the city just so happens to be hosting Cirque du Soleil’s 35th anniversary as well! Sheesh! (They are also coming to Atlanta in October for their Volta production, so go here for more information.)
And with that, here is a link to more information, how to get tickets, and when indoor and free outdoor performances are taking place here. Hopefully you too can be a part of this historic event, but if not, I will definitely be documenting my visit. Be sure to follow my Montreal adventures on Instagram, Twitter, because honestly, with Montreal, it's not work, it’s a labor of love.
Au revoir!
Ale

Follow The Montréal Complètement Cirque on Twitter at @mtlccirque and on Instagram here, @mtlccirque.


Friday, June 7, 2019

Meeting the Reverend Al Sharpton meant so much.

I am still on a high after meeting the man I pay homage to 
every time I am referred to as Ale Sharpton.

Whoa!
After my awesome Forbes article written by Gary Stoller went viral this past Wednesday, I was floored by the positive response and praises from my followers, family, friends, and even strangers who simply wanted to show me love. I truly appreciated it. And then it happened: I got a message from a PR representative of the Reverend Al Sharpton requesting my presence; he happened to be in Atlanta for the African American Leadership Summit. After reading the article documenting my great respect for him explaining why I named myself Ale Sharpton, the Reverend wanted to link, take pictures with me, and show support for my endeavors. You know I was tripping! I always wanted to meet him in person and tell him what the article stated and it actually was happening. I honestly didn't know what to expect but was ready to embrace whatever. I wasn't missing this. 
When we linked up at his headquarters on the West End, I gave Reverend a big hug and he asked me questions about me, including upbringing, schooling, and what motivated me to be "Ale." I broke it down, then we took some pics, and then he was off to catch a flight. He was sharp, very polite, showed no celebrity arrogance, no shunning of alcohol consumption (he doesn't drink), or straight-up negative energy. Most importantly, it was his official validation of using the Sharpton name. It was a very cool, chill vibe. He went on to post it on his Instagram, I did the same the next morning here, and we both followed up by Tweets here and here, and Facebook posts. God is amazing.
Photo by Andrea Janise.
I am looking forward to building as Ale Sharpton and continue the journey of helping make the craft beer industry a great, enlightening, industrious, and inclusive one, while meeting great people along the way. 
And for you reading this, thanks for riding along with me. I couldn't do it without you. 
Peace!
Ale



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Check out what Creature Comforts has poppin' in June!

Creature goes big with cans, has a new gangster BA Stout, 
and a tap room full of deliciousness!
Photos are all Creature's.

Whaddup?!
I have been traveling heavy if you can tell from my Instagram, and had a blast recently in Ann Arbor. Please check out my #cruisinforabrewsinannarbor hashtag for all the dope spots I hit up while there.
Anyway, here I am back in ATL and this announcement caught my eye off the bat! No doubt, packaging in 16-ounce cans are the thing now, so Athens, GA’s Creature Comforts made it imperative to jump in on the fun with their legendary Thor-lovin’ Tropicalia and crushable Classic City Lager in four-pack tall boys June 1st. They also have a new Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout called Life in Flux from its recently expanded wood cellar at 13%; it’s encased in a 750-mL bottle flaunting their always consistent eye-poppin’ artwork.
Last, their taproom has a gangster list for those lucky enough to be there. Check it here!
Peep the info on everything straight from the source below.
What a 5th year CC is having!

Holla!
Ale
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The new BAIS 'Flux' joint looks fuego! 
Creature Comforts says:

16oz Cans Available this June! 
Starting June 1st 4-packs of 16-ounce cans of Creature Comforts' year-round offerings, Tropicália and Classic City Lager, will be available. The cans will be released from the brewery's tasting room on June 1st and in the market shortly following the onsite release. Tropicália cans will be offered in Athens only for the initial launch, and Classic City Lager will be in the Athens and Atlanta markets.

From the wood cellar: Life in Flux
Creature Comforts Brewing Company's next limited release from its recently expanded wood cellar, Life in Flux, will debut this June. Life in Flux will be available in 750mL bottles from the brewery’s tasting room June 1st.

Life in Flux is a blended imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels at 13% ABV. The brewery blended select barrels from its wood cellar that best represent the beauty of its current whiskey barrel-aged stout collection. The blend consists of stouts ranging from 17-25 months in barrels. Creature Comforts plans to release a blend of Life in Flux annually. The intent for each vintage is to represent a snapshot of the brewery’s barrels from a specific moment in time.
More information about Life in Flux can be found here!

Kick Off Summer at Creature Comforts

We're excited to announce we're kicking off the start of summer with several releases from our tasting room on June 1! Check out our website here for all the info!

Peace!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Here is the video from the Piano Keys pouring at Argosy in ATL!

Evidently, this celebration pouring my Piano Keys Imperial Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Stout collaboration with New Belgium, and fellow brewing friends Crowns & Hops, Hopstix, Down Home, Khonso, and Arches at the Argosy on March 21st, was LIT! 
Thanks for everyone for coming through! A special thanks goes to Crowns for hosting this with me. 

It's Hip-Hop Trivia's Anniversary!

If you know your hip hop, 
come prove it this Friday at Aisle 5!

Monday, May 13, 2019

The very last of my Piano Keys Imperial Stout gets poured on Tuesday, May 14th!

It's going to be at City Tap in 
Midtown ATL from 4:30 to 6:30. 
Come through!

New Belgium execs and special guests will be in attendance. Come show them how ATL's beer scene is one of the best and most diverse in the nation.
I appreciate y'all! 
Ale


Friday, May 10, 2019

Dope Mother's Day Eats in ATL!


STK is one of the delicious destinations to consider. 
Photo by CWPR

Here are some mouthwatering options for all the mothers out there!

I want to wish all the mamas who deserve to be pampered and treated to a meal or three at one of Atlanta’s many restaurants this Mother’s Day weekend. These listings come direct from the sources. Book your reservations fast!
I miss you, Brenda.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
Ale
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Celebrate Mother’s Day With Brunch at STK Atlanta, 10:30 a.m. 
Known for its high-energy atmosphere and exceptional, signature and seasonal offerings, STK Atlanta is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special brunch for all ages on Sunday, May 12, 2019.  From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m, the acclaimed Midtown steak and seafood house will be treating guests to a chef-driven Mothers Day Brunch Buffet featuring sweet and savory brunch essentials, a raw bar, a carving station and a "dessert playground”.  A live DJ along with classic mimosas, a mimosa bar, Bloody Marys and classic brunch cocktails will only add to the experience. STK’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffett with be available for $79 per person and $22 per child, plus tax and gratuity.  STK’s full dinner menu will be available from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information or to make reservation, visit https://stksteakhouse.com/venues/atlanta or call 404-793-0144.  STK Atlanta is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets in the 12th & Midtown development. For more information or to make reservation, visit https://stksteakhouse.com/venues/atlanta or call 404-793-0144.  STK Atlanta is located at 1075 Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta on the corner of Peachtree and 12th Streets in the 12th & Midtown development.


Atlas Offers Complimentary Bubbly and a Rose for Moms 
Celebrate Mother’s Day with an unforgettable dinner at Atlas. Moms will be treated to a complimentary glass of bubbly, a single stemmed rose and are invited to enjoy a spectacular three-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person created just for the occasion by Executive Chef Christopher Grossman and Pasty Chef Christian Castillo. 
The full chef-driven dinner menu, which changes daily, will also be available.  Guests are also invited to view the restaurant’s acclaimed art installation featuring 30 pieces from esteemed artists including Foujita, Monet, Chagall, Modigliani and Soutine.  Located within the St. Regis Atlanta, Atlas celebrates the very best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences.  With a focus on curating fresh ingredients from local farms, this chef-driven restaurant brings unparalleled culinary experiences to the capital of the South. 
For more information or to make a reservation, visit atlasrestaurant.com.  Atlas is located at the St. Regis Atlanta at 88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.  


Treat Mom to Brunch and Bottomless Mimosas at Dantanna’s 
With two convenient locations, Buckhead and Downtown, Dantanna’s is celebrating moms this Mother’s Day with a curated brunch menu and, of course, lots of bubbles.  On Sunday, May 12, 2019, moms are invited to enjoy a brunch menu created just for Mother’s Day by Dantanna’s very own Chef Monique Barrow. As if that wasn’t enough, moms can also take take advantage of bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Buckhead location and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Downtown location, while enjoying a delectable brunch. The Buckhead location will also have its full brunch menu available, which includes favorites like: Monkey Bread; Cured Salmon-Avocado Toast; Eggs Dantannas Style;  Crab Cakes Benedict; and much more. The expansive wine, beer and cocktail menu will also be available at both locations. Dantannas Buckhead is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326. Dantannas Downtown is located at1 CNN Center #269, Atlanta, GA 30303. For more information visit www.dantannas.com or call 404.760.8873 for Dantanna’s Buckhead and 404.522.8873 for Dantanna’s Downtown.


Celebrate Mom During a Special Brunch at The Brasserie at PARISH
One of the top brunch destinations in Atlanta that is conveniently located in Inman Park right on the BeltLine, The Brasserie at PARISH is getting an early start on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th. Featuring a mouthwatering menu, brunch lovers can celebrate Mom from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and take advantage of a complimentary photo booth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where they can print off photos and add them to their favorite social media sites. With inspired familiar American food, an inventive beverage program, and warm hospitality, PARISH will also be serving a Mother’s Day dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 404.681.4434 or visit parishatl.com. Parish is located on the Atlanta Beltline at N. Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307 and boasts a dog-friendly patio.. Stay connected on Twitter at @parishATL and Instagram at @ParishInmanPark and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ParishFood-and-GoodsInman-Park.  


TWO urban licks Will Serve a Fiery Mother’s Day Brunch
TWO urban licks is serving up a special brunch just for Mom this Mother’s Day featuring live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  While enjoying acclaimed Executive Che Michael Bertozzi’s fiery brunch and lunch creations including traditional favorites and signature items, guests can take advantage of a complimentary photo booth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where they can print off photos and add them to their favorite social media sites. Those looking for a later celebration can celebrate Mom with a delicious dinner between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. TWO urban licks is conveniently on the Atlanta BeltLine in the Old Fourth Ward and boasts a completely renovated patio just in time for spring. To make a reservation, call 404.522.4622 or visit twourbanlicks.com. Two Urban Licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306.


Experience Bully Boy's Eastern Seaboard Fare for Lunch and Dinner on Mother’s Day
Making a splash in Atlanta's dining scene, Bully Boy, will be open special hours from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in honor of Mother’s Day. Featuring an array of Eastern seaboard fare created by Executive Chef Michael Bertozzi, moms and their hungry guests can dive into Virginia Oyster Sliders, BBQ Georgia White Shrimp, Main Jonah Crab Roll and much more. Imbibers looking to toast to the holiday can sip on a nostalgic cocktails, local and coastal craft brews and full-bodied wines. To make a reservation, visit, www.bullyboyatl.com, or call 678-904-5607. Located at 828 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 the beltline restaurant opens for dinner at 5 pm every day.


Enjoy a Special Mother’s Day Brunch at The Shed at Glenwood, 10 a.m.
The Shed at Glenwood, the popular neighborhood brunch and dinner destination nestled in cozy Glenwood Park and Grant Park, is hosting an expansive Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet created by Executive Chef Quintles Swain on May 12th, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Known for its intimate atmosphere, friendly service and seasonal offerings, adults and kids alike can enjoy an array of brunch traditional brunch favorites and signature items from assorted pastries to shrimp & grits, biscuits and gray, and much more.  The Shed’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet is available for $35 for adults and $15 for kids. For more information, visit www.theshedatglenwood.com or call 404.835.4363. The Shed at Glenwood is located at 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE, Atlanta, GA 30316.  


Celebrate Mother’s Day During Park Tavern’s Annual Brunch, 
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Sunday May 12, 2019, Park Tavern will once again host an unforgettable Mother’s Day brunch on its expansive patio overlooking picturesque Piedmont Park. One of its most popular annual events, guests are invited to celebrate Mom while enjoying an exuberant buffet boasting interactive stations including a Biscuit Bar serving flaky buttermilk biscuits with fried chicken, chef-attended omelet and carving stations, and a French toast and Belgian waffle station with the works.  Brunch goers will also be treated to a mouthwatering buffet featuring Eggs Benedict with candied bacon, blackened salmon over warm quinoa salad, Applewood smoked bacon, sausage, garlic green beans, asparagus salad with toasted walnuts and goat cheese, pastries, a dessert bar, and more.  New to this year, imbibers can enjoy endless champagne, mimosa and rosé wine offerings from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. during Park Tavern’s Mother’s Day Brunch Bubbles experience for $54.95.  
General Admission is $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids ages 7 to 12, and kids 6 and under are free.  To make reservations and purchase tickets, visit www.parktavern.com or call 404-249-0001. 


Fúdo Offers Moms Complimentary Sparkling Rosé
On Sunday, May 12, 2019, Fúdo, is inviting moms to toast to a special Mother’s Day in the heart of Downtown Chambee with a complimentary glass of sparking rosé. Hungry moms, friends and family are also invited to nosh on artfully presented sushi and sharable plate selections of authentic Japanese cuisine, such as Spicy Mega Tune Roll, Over The RainBow Roll, Pan Seared Dumplings, Shumai, Edamame and much more. To make a reservation or for more information, visit www.fudoatl.com or call 678.691.7088. Fúdo is located at 5070 Peachtree Blvd Suite A100 Chamblee, GA 30341. 


Brunch the Day Away in Winder at Bistro Off Broad This Mother’s Day
Brunch lovers are invited to take a day trip with mom to Bistro Off Broad, a chef-driven dining destination located in historic downtown Winder, Georgia, on Sunday, May 12th for a mouthwatering and locally-sourced Mother’s Day brunch created by Executive Chef Alex Friedman. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., diners can nosh on Buttermilk Malted Waffles, French Toast, Biscuits & Gravy, La Boucherie and Eggs and much more. Moms looking to add bubbles to their Mother’s Day plans can sip on bottomless mimosas and bellinis, along with bottomless Bloody Marys. Reservations are encouraged. Bistro Off Broad is located at 16 E Candler St, Winder, GA 30680. For more information, visit http://www.bistrooffbroad.com.


Portico Global Cuisine
Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Taking the family out for Mother's Day Brunch is a gift for everyone. You do something nice for you mom (check!) and you do something nice for yourself (check and check!). And there's no better place to enjoy it than Portico at Le Meridien where you can enjoy a cold seafood bar, carving station, yummy entrees and dessert, live jazz plus a build-your-own Bloody Mary station and bottomless Mimosas. Portico at Le Meridien is located at 111 Perimeter Center W, Atlanta, GA 30346. For more information, visit https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/atllm-le-meridien-atlanta-perimeter/.