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Friday, June 14, 2024

It’s the 2024 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide!

 

Let’s Make Some Dads Smile!

Once again, it’s on! 

As always, I did some digging and received some submissions of dope gifts that would make that special dad, husband, uncle, brother, or whoever else has done a commendable job raising someone grin ear to ear. Besides my two cents with some of the items listed below, I included the descriptions shared directly from the providers for precise information. From smell goods, to palate pleasers, clothing, amazing concerts at one of the nation’s elite music venues, the perfect show for hip-hop heads, and a few other items, here is my 2024 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide. Enjoy!

Any Concert At The Eastern Is A Must!

I Say: Stellar music curators Zero Mile is bringing some serious heat to one of the most incredible concert venues in the nation, Atlanta’s The Eastern, this summer, starting tonight! I’m talking RenderHaus @ RenderATL feat. DJ Pee Wee (A.K.A. Anderson .Paak), Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, and The Lox to mention only a few! Get a dad some tickets and blow his mind!

They Say: The Eastern is a state-of- the art venue in the Dairies complex in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta, located right off of the Atlanta Beltline. The venue boasts a multi-tiered floorplan which offers unrivaled sight lines, top of the line sound and lights, spacious floorplan, and rooftop which includes a covered performance space, bar, restaurant and open-air seating.. Full-service bars are conveniently placed around the venue maximizes flow, efficiency and patron experience. The venue has been designed with artists & patrons in mind, to provide the best live music experience possible.

The Shows I’m Going To:

RenderATL Presents RenderHaus @ RenderATL feat. DJ Pee Wee (A.K.A. Anderson .Paak)

DaniLeigh, D SmokeKAMAIYAHCoco & BreezyDJ JMo

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 7:00 PM

Burning Spear featuring Kabaka Pyramid

Friday, June 21, 2024 - 8:00 PM

The Lox

Saturday, July 13, 2024 - 8:00 PM

Steel Pulse with Jesse Royal

Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 7:30 PM

Scofflaw Brewing Co. Host First-Ever Bourbon Battle

I Say: Just the sound of this event sounds awesome! This is the first Backyard Bourbon Battle brewing powerhouse Scofflaw has ever hosted, and with it being community driven and bridging the gap between spirits and beer, it’s gotta be a must for dads who imbibe. Tickets can be purchased here

They Say: Scofflaw Brewing Co. is thrilled to host their first-ever Bourbon Battle on Saturday, June 15th at their MacArthur Taproom. From 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, local community teams will go head-to-head in the ultimate whiskey barrel-picking challenge. 

Event goers have the opportunity to sample each team's Kentucky Bourbon and cast votes for their favorite barrel. The team with the most votes will claim the coveted Backyard Bourbon Battle Heavyweight Belt, legendary bragging rights, and win their very own custom bottle. 

Scofflaw’s very own Basement Bourbon will be available for purchase at the event. In addition to bourbon battle and tasting, there will be a variety of food options from local vendors available for purchase and live Bluegrass and Folk music from Atlanta’s very own, Clawdad. 

Tickets can be purchased here. Guests must be 21+ to participate in the bourbon tastings but families are welcome to come and enjoy all of the festivities the backyard has to offer, such as cornhole, bocce ball, basketball, and Foursquare. Rain or shine, the battle will be on! 

City Winery Atlanta and Ed Lover Presents:

“The Live Mix-Tape Band” on June 17th at 8pm!

I Say: I had the pleasure of interviewing hip-hop icon Ed Lover over some craft brews a few years ago, and it was a complete honor. His knowledge, experiences, and hilarious personality is unforgettable. Hearing his take on the history of rap fused with a live band at City Winery is ingenious! Go here for tickets!

They Say: Ed Lover Presents "The Live Mixtape Band" - A Nostalgic Journey Through 90's & 2000's Hip-Hop and R&B. Get ready for a musical blast from the past as the legendary Ed Lover takes you on a captivating journey through the golden era of hip-hop and R&B with his unique event, "Ed Lover Presents The Live Mixtape Band."


Sweet Auburn Barbecue is Fired Up for Father’s Day!

I Say: A Wu-Tang Chili Sauce sauce created by Sweet Auburn Barbecue? I’m in!

They Say: Give Dad something he really wants this Father’s Day: high-quality barbecue and a side of making memories with friends and family. This Father’s Day, June 16th, Sweet Auburn Barbecue is gifting all fathers a bottle of Sweet Auburn’s Wu-Tang Chili Sauce to complement their at-home grilling.

This award-winning sauce from the Hsu family helps Dad take his grill master skills to the next level—perfect for chicken wings, shrimp, a dipping sauce for fries or dim sum and more. It doesn't end there, open all day for lunch and dinner, both locations will feature a brisket fried rice special alongside their extensive menu that seamlessly merges southern barbecue traditions with Asian cuisine. Sweet Auburn Barbecue is located in Poncey-Highland at 656 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 and in McDonough at 1828 Jonesboro Rd., McDonough, GA 30253. 

For more information, visit www.sweetauburnbbq.com. Stay connected on Instagram and Facebook at @sweetauburnbbq. 

 

Make Father's Day Sweeter With Sugar Shane’s

I Say: If Pops has a sweet tooth, look no further! Sugar Shane’s is no joke!

They Say: Get ready to wow Dad with the sweetest Father's Day treats, courtesy of Sugar Shane’s Gourmet Bakery. The award-winning dessert brand that took the nation by storm with its ginormous and irresistibly decadent cookies, is serving not-to-miss specials just for dads at its four Atlanta locations from Thursday, June 13th until Sunday, June 16th, 2024. Show him just how much he’s loved with a Father’s Day Cookie Box that includes the Dashing Delta, Cookies N Cream, Walnut Chip, Betty White, Dark Knight and original Chocolate Chip all for $31.99. Not an Atlantan? Not to worry. Sugar Shane’s offers nationwide shipping at sugarshanes.com. Visit Sugar Shane’s Gourmet Bakery in Atlanta at Midtown (398 14th Street Atlanta, GA 30318), Ponce City Market (675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE N 145 Atlanta, GA 30308), Sandy Springs (1110 Hammond Drive Suite 30 Atlanta, GA 30328), and Kennesaw (1635 Old 41 Hwy Ste 107 in Kennesaw, GA 30152). Stay connected on Instagram at @sugar_shanes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sugarshanesatl.

Savoir Faire’s Soul Café Eau De Parfum

I Say: Blended, bottled, and boxed by hand, Atlanta-based celebrated renaissance man Chris Classic's Savoir Faire fragrance line herehere is one of the most extraordinary in the industry boasting scent combinations that will have everyone wanting to get a whiff of Dad. Arguably the most popular selection—Soul Café—has notes ranging from tobacco, to blood orange, patchouli, private musk blend, amber wood, lavender, and even Arabic coffee to name a few. When it comes to his different selections, I honestly love ‘em all! Visit Classic’s site for his eyewear, haberdashery, jackets, bags, and other amazing products for both men and women as well. He’s a baaaad dude.

They Say: These fine fragrances are for men and women. Inspired by the diaspora, hand blended in Atlanta, they are created using quality ingredients.  The olfactory experience will vary uniquely from person to person. In other words, you won't be smellin' like everybody else. As with the previous unisex Savoir Faire fragrances, Soul Cafe opens rather strong. The dry down is beautifully complex and offers a multitude of options for the various wearers to exude. Savoir Faire is proudly a Black owned fragrance brand.

Smell Goods For Dad’s House By Pura!

I Say: Even though I’m an Air Sign, I can’t be the only loving great scents throughout my home. Get one—or many—of the diffusers and scents Pura has to offer and keep dad’s spot smelling phenomenal.

They Say: The Pura 4 Smart Fragrance Diffuser ($49.99) and scent selection are epic gifts that any dad will appreciate. Pura’s diffuser and accompanying smart app allows Dad to customize the fragrance experience to his liking, right from his smartphone. With a wide variety of premium fragrances from Kenneth Cole’s Go Fig-ure to Guy Fox’s Soho to Caswell-Massey’s Lake, Pura has a scent to suit every Dad’s preference. Give the gift of fine fragrance from Pura this year, perfect for any special father in your life! In Atlanta, Pura is available at Ponce City Market, The Container Store, and Dillard's.

Pura 4 Smart Fragrance Diffuser $49.99

Kenneth Cole’s Go Fig-ure $19.99

Guy Fox’s Soho $13.59

Caswell-Massey’s Lake $15.99


 

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Friday, May 31, 2024

Miami’s Museum of Graffiti's 'Sneaker Stories' exhibit is in Atlanta this weekend!

 


Cheers Everyone!

Okay, now you know how much I love sneakers judging by my Instagram posts and the latest event I co-hosted, Ale Max Day 2024. Well now coming to my beloved city of ATL is the Museum of Graffiti’s “Sneaker Stories” straight from Miami. This special event will be hosted at Ponce City Market for one weekend only, May 31 – June 2, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. And guess what? It’s free!

The official information is below. See you there, sneaker fiends!

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Miami’s Acclaimed Museum of Graffiti Pops Up in Atlanta, May 31-June 2

World’s first museum dedicated to graffiti brings limited-time, free sneaker exhibition to Ponce City Market

The Miami-based Museum of Graffiti proudly announces its latest traveling exhibition, "Sneaker Stories" presented by Modelo, will come to Atlanta’s Ponce City Market for one weekend only, May 31 – June 2, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. This free experience will explore the historical ties and evolving relationship between graffiti art and sneaker culture through informative displays featuring rare sneakers and their corresponding art inspiration.


A first-of-its-kind contemporary art museum, Museum of Graffiti exhibits, educates and celebrates the thousands of graffiti artists who have transformed walls in public spaces into vibrant masterpieces. With the “Sneaker Stories” pop-up, the Museum of Graffiti will bring its renowned unorthodox approach to urban art education to Atlanta. Presented as a faux sneaker store, this immersive museum experience will highlight the many seminal crossover collaborations between graffiti artists and global commercial brands like Nike, Adidas and Reebok. Guests will be taken on a 20-year journey of collaboration that has seen sneakers transcend their original purpose to become integral to the fabric of urban culture and art. The exhibition will feature a selection of limited-edition sneakers displayed alongside their original artworks by artists including Futura, Cey Adams, Eric Haze, Claw Money and Faust, who have been tapped to create highly converted footwear that can sell on the secondary market for upwards of $20,000.

"Through 'Sneaker Stories,' we aim to celebrate the artists from the global graffiti art movement who have transitioned from the streets to appear inside the biggest companies in America, like Nike, Reebok and Adidas, and influenced countless others along the way," says Alan Ket, co-founder of the Museum of Graffiti. "Thanks to our partnership with with Modelo, we’re able to bring this unique cultural exploration to Atlanta, inviting the community to uncover the stories behind the art and the artists who have routinely been stigmatized due to the negative connotations surrounding spray paint."

Inside the pop-up, which will be located next to Nike at Ponce City Market, guests can also expect to find Museum of Graffiti’s world-class gift shop, packed with limited edition collectibles, rare books and apparel. At the complimentary sneaker customization bar, courtesy of Modelo, each pop-up visitor can also become a designer with colorful new laces, charms and buckle plates to personalize their own sneakers.

“Modelo can’t wait to kick off this ‘Sneaker Stories’ exhibition alongside the Museum of Graffiti,” said Rene Ramos, senior vice president, brand activation, Constellation Brands. “The relationship and inspiration the sneaker world and the graffiti artform have with each other truly embodies the grit and tenacity Modelo is all about, so it’s exciting to see that come to life in this exhibit.”

A panel discussion entitled “Fighting Spirit Stories” with Cey Adams, moderated by Atlanta’s own Dr. Dax, will take place on Saturday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a limited edition print release and signing. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

About the Museum of Graffiti

The Museum of Graffiti, founded in 2019 in Miami, Florida, is dedicated to exhibiting, preserving and elevating the history and evolution of graffiti art. By highlighting the work of prominent graffiti artists, both local and international, each exhibition explores the cultural and social significance of this art form. The museum boasts a significant collection of rare original paintings, photos, sculptures, ephemera, works on paper and designs that come together to tell the story of how this renegade artform has captivated youth and adults for over fifty years. The Museum has recently become widely recognized for its robust educational programs, pop-ups, workshops and events aimed at promoting graffiti art and its positive impact on communities. For more information, please visit museumofgraffiti.com and follow the brand on social media at @museumofgraffiti.

 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

UniverSoul Circus is now in ATL!


Cheers Everyone!

I have always enjoyed the UniverSoul Circus in ATL over the years, and now they are celebrating 30 years! My brother Jabari worked with them for a while before moving on to Art, Beats and Lyrics, and when he invited me over a decade ago, I was hooked! So whether it’s date night or taking the family out, this is an event not to be missed! Here is the info below straight from the source to get tickets and witness jaw-dropping talent from five different continents. They are here through Sunday, May 26, so get your tickets while you can.

Cheers!


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ATLANTIC STATION WELCOMES 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS
Tent Raising in Pinnacle Lot This Week
Third Stop in Atlanta Tour Features Superstars From Five Continents, Opens Friday, May 17

 
WHO:                  
Atlantic Station Welcomes UniverSoul Circus
 
WHAT:                 
UniverSoul Circus celebrates 30th anniversary in the Big Top with breathtaking acrobatics, thrilling stunts and cultural performances
 
WHERE:               
Atlantic Station | Pinnacle Lot | 1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30363 
 
WHEN:                 
Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 26, 2024 | Show times vary
 
TICKETS:              
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and at the onsite ticket office.                

Visit universoulcircus.com for more info, ticket prices, show times, and schedules.
Follow UniverSoul on Facebook @UniverSoulcircus, Twitter @UniverSoulCirc, and Instagram @UniverSoulCircus.

ATLANTA: Atlantic Station is pleased to welcome the 30th Anniversary of UniverSoul Circus this month. Featuring superstars from five continents, all backed by the infectious beat of World Music, including sounds and dance styles spanning the African diaspora, UniverSoul Circus reimagined itself this year with over a dozen culturally diverse performances. UniverSoul features never-before-seen acts from Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, and Mongolia and a never-before-seen eighteen-person flying trapeze act from China. In a presentation celebrating “Circus Cousins from around the World,” UniverSoul Circus is set to begin for the first time at Atlantic Station Friday, May 17. 
 
"Atlantic Station serves as a bustling cultural epicenter for numerous residents of Atlanta, and we are thrilled to bring the unique experience of UniverSoul to all its visitors,” said Cedric Walker, UniverSoul Circus Founder & CEO.
 
Presented in a brand-new custom purple Big Top imported from Italy, the Big Top is 157 feet wide and 330 feet long, the size of a football field. It is enhanced with advanced state-of-the-art lighting and a sound system that moves and grooves as if it were the show itself. Atlantans will be able to see the tent being raised this week from the connector!
 
"Bringing UniverSoul Circus to Atlantic Station is not just about entertainment; it's about celebrating cultural diversity, unity, and the joy of live performance,” said Starr Cumming, Southeast Retail Director for Hines. “As we continue to seek exciting and enriching experiences to bring to our neighborhood, we are thrilled to welcome UniverSoul Circus for the first time ever. This landmark event promises interactive entertainment and electrifying performances, adding a new dimension to our array of community offerings.”
 
Guests heading to UniverSoul Circus can experience two hours of complimentary parking in Atlantic Station’s parking deck. Alternatively, ticket holders can take MARTA to the Arts Center station and ride the free Atlantic Station shuttle to the event. They will also have easy access to more than 20 restaurants and bars in the 
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Monday, May 13, 2024

The Georgia Craft Brewers Festival is here Saturday!

 


Largest Gathering of Georgia’s Craft Brewers to be held in Atlanta!

Event to bring fifty of the States’ independent craft breweries to West Midtown

Once again, it’s on!

The biggest event featuring the most craft brewers in Georgia—the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival—is coming up the weekend, Saturday, May 18th, from 1-5pm (with VIP entry at 12pm) at Westside Paper in Atlanta! I love this event and strongly recommend that you pull up and meet me there! Here is all the information below including where to get tickets straight from the source.

See you there!



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Mark your calendars for a celebration of Georgia’s vibrant craft beer scene at the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival!

Held on Saturday, May 18th, from 1-5pm (with VIP entry at 12pm) at Westside Paper in Atlanta, the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival is the ultimate gathering of Georgia’s independent craft breweries. This annual event offers attendees the opportunity to sample an impressive selection of beers from breweries across the state, all under one roof.

“As the largest gathering of Georgia’s independent craft breweries, the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival is a testament to the creativity and innovation thriving in our local beer community,” said Joseph Cortes, Executive Director. “Not only is it a fantastic opportunity to discover new brews and connect with fellow beer enthusiasts, but it’s also a chance to support the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild and our efforts to foster a thriving craft beer industry.”

In addition to showcasing Georgia’s finest craft beers, the festival will also support Giving Kitchen, a charitable organization providing emergency assistance for food service workers. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to this worthy cause, further reinforcing the festival’s commitment to community support and collaboration.

“We’re proud to partner with Giving Kitchen and contribute to their mission of supporting our hardworking food service industry professionals,” added Cortes. “By attending the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival, attendees not only enjoy great beer but also make a positive impact in our local community.”

Don’t miss out on the “Official Festival of Georgia Craft Beer”! Join us for an unforgettable day of beer tasting, DJ Kwasi spinning funky beats, delicious food, and community spirit.

Event Details:

·       Date: Saturday, May 18th  

·       Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (VIP entry at 12:00pm)

·       Location: Westside Paper, Atlanta, Georgia

·       Tickets: Available for purchase at www.georgiacraftbrewersfestival.com

·       Website: www.georgiacraftbrewersfestival.com

 

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Get ready for 404 Day!

Peace Y’all!

Being a proud rep of Atlanta for more than 30 years, it’s time celebrate another festive 404 Day! This time, there is a fundraising element thanks to my homies at Monday Night Brewing and Butter.ATL doing The 404 Fund! Of course, 404 is the original area code for this great city (we’ve got like 80 now!) and we all plan on kicking at Monday Night’s Garage this Thursday, from 2pm to 6pm. Make sure to note that ideally at 4:04, there will be an official toast and presentation. Feel free to RSVP here.

Pictured above is the day-drinkin’-friendly 404 Atlanta Lager weighing in at 4.04%, brewed by my boy (and ALE MAX DAY collaborator) Peter Kiley. It will be available throughout the day and beyond.

There is some more info below.  

See you there!

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ATLiens gear up for 404 Day! — a celebration of Atlanta culture that takes places every April 4 (4.04) and named for its OG area code (in case you didn’t know J).

Butter.ATL Founder Brandon Butler and Monday Night Brewing Brewmaster Peter Kiley have announced the launch of The 404 Fund – a donor-advised fund created in partnership with Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Guided by an advisory board made up of local community and civic leaders, The 404 Fund has a mission to support the city of Atlanta through scholarships and grants, youth education and employment initiatives, housing and food insecurity services, and mental health programs.

In tandem with this, Monday Night Brewing has launched 404 Atlanta Lager - of which 4.04% of proceeds will go toward The 404 Fund. Made in Atlanta and for Atlanta, this easy-drinking beer is sure to be ATL's go-to brew for the spring, summer and beyond.

Monday Night Garage will be part of a block party event on 404 Day (April 4), where proceeds will go towards The 404 Fund. A special scholarship check presentation will take place during the celebration at 4:04 p.m.

 Here is more information about The 404 Fund, MNB's 404 Atlanta Lager, and the way to support The 404 Fund can be found HERE.

 

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Friday, March 29, 2024

The 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a stunner!

Cheers Everyone!

Now as many of you know, I review cars for my ongoing series with the prestigious The Atlanta Voice publication, Street Lines, and every once in a while I share an automobile that simply wows me on this website. Well, here is my latest review of the 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Like I said, it's a stunner so I had to share it. Here you go!

Street Lines: 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Experiencing an automobile from Alfa Romeo was highly anticipated, and this 2024 Alpha Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio did not disappoint.

For those seeking a sedan that provides luxury, power, and captivation, this vehicle flaunting the highly recommended “Verde Montreal” tri-coat exterior paint checked all the boxes. More outdoor eye candy includes the 19-inch wheels with Romeo’s signature five-hole spokes and Pirelli performance tires; Brembo brakes; dual mode quad exhaust; front and rear fascias; a carbon fiber spoiler; optional carbon fiber roof; and attractive LED lighting package. Another prominent standout alongside the metallic green body, is the shamrock emblem that tastefully adorns the automobile’s upper side. How about a little history? The signature, four-leaf “quadrifoglio” signifies it’s a high-powered vehicle which dates back to 1923 when Alfa Romeo’s race car driver Ugo Sivocci had a hand-painted green four-leaf clover “Quadrifoglio” on his vehicle for luck during the Targa Florio race. Well, Sivocci was victorious, so that historic good-luck charm is honored to this day in this select trim.

What’s under the hood perfectly pairs with Giulia’s race-driven appearance. The drive is exhilarating thanks to the 2.9-liter, V6 twin turbo engine pushing 505 horsepower, a top speed of 191 mph, and 8-speed automatic transition, operated by rear-wheel drive. And even with all this power, the ride felt light and nimble, thanks largely to the active suspension.  

Inside, the only thing missing is a pair of racing gloves to complement the paddle shifters mounted on the column; carbon fiber drive shaft and steering wheel; leather appointments throughout the cockpit; and wireless charging pad. Entertainment leaves virtually nothing to be desired as well, with the Apple CarPlay/Android connectivity, vibrant 12.3-inch TFT (thin film transistor) color display, 8.8-inch radio screen, and eargasmic 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Be sure to visit Alfa Romeo’s website to learn about all of this car’s safety features and optional packages, including the Quadrifoglio RWD-Package 25P featuring a plethora of driver-assist applications, plus other physical appointments.

Ultimately, ever since Sivocci’s conquering of the checkered flag back in 1923, the Quadrifoglio is still a winner and one of our top cars of 2024.

Price: $86,755 MSRP (Including optional equipment)

Fuel Economy: 17 city/25 highway/20 combined

For more information, visit Alfaromeousa.com.

Photos courtesy of Alfa Romeo.

 


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Friday, February 23, 2024

ALE MAX Returns to Fuse Craft Beer & Sneaker Cultures!

Yup!

It's that time again! Ale Max Day, the event put on by my boy Craig and I, will be in its second year, and it's going to be an even crazier one set for Monday Night Brewing's Garage on March 22, and then the next day in Nashville, TN, at Bearded Iris's Sylvan Supply location on March 23rd! Here is all the info below. Stay tuned for more updates on my Instagram and @ALEMAX.OFFICIAL. Here is the official press release below. Let's get it!

This is the dope Ale Max can we are doing for Monday Night Brewing!

ALE MAX Returns to Fuse Craft Beer & Sneaker Cultures

Second annual ALE MAX joins forces with Nashville hometown favorite,
Bearded Iris Brewing Co. to launch limited-edition, sneaker-inspired IPA
 

Last March, Atlanta-based marketing veteran Craig Stroud and craft beer aficionado Ale Sharpton joined forces to launch the perfect mashup experience with ALE MAX – a series of events timed around Nike Air Max Day (March 26) aimed to deliver a beautifully brewed fusion of craft beer, sneaker culture, and community engagement. This year, ALE MAX is collaborating with Southeastern craft beer heavyweights Bearded Iris Brewing (Nashville, Tenn.) and Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Ga.) to launch a limited-edition brew, ALE MAX 1, alongside events and activations that will excite sneaker and beer lovers alike.  

“Craft beer and sneaker cultures have a long history of subtly crossing paths, but typically not in a very intentional way,” said Stroud about the inception of ALE MAX. “While there have been many individual beer and sneaker launches and experiences, we haven’t come across any that simultaneously tap into the pulse of both. Creating ALE MAX seemed like the perfect way to bring these two passionate, opinionated, and niche communities together.”

ALE MAX Day: A Celebration of Air and Ale (FREE to the public):
Beer lovers and sneakerheads are invited to sport their Air Max and cheers to ALE MAX

Monday Night Garage on Friday, March 22 (7 to 11 pm)
Address: 933 Lee St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

This is the dope Ale Max can we are doing for Bearded Iris Brewing!

Bearded Iris, Sylvan Supply on Saturday, March 23 (4 to 8 pm)
Address: 101 Charlotte Ave Suite 40, Nashville, TN 37209

Bearded Iris Brewing will be presenting flavor-forward interpretations of arguably the most popular beer style in America, the hazy IPA. This limited-edition beer will be inspired by the iconic AIR MAX 1, a sneaker that has left an indelible mark on the shoe world through innovation, style, and fandom since its debut in 1987. This collaboration aims to unite beer advocates with local sneaker enthusiasts, offering an unparalleled sensory experience that fosters community and culture. Attendees can anticipate sneaker showcases, discussions, and the chance to connect with like-minded enthusiasts while sampling ALE MAX 1, a Max IPA at 7.891% will be released in limited cans and draft.

“We came together to design an IPA that pairs old school traditions with new ideas to celebrate Ale Max Day,” said Head Brewer Brandon Tarr. “We are excited to be part of this collaboration that lifts up both sneaker and hop heads alike. The resulting beer is a testament to what a great collaboration can be, different from what anyone would have done on their own, and the result is so much better for it."

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ABOUT BEARDED IRIS:

Bearded Iris proudly hails from Nashville, TN, where Paul Vaughn and Kavon Togrye, two Murfreesboro natives and longtime friends, opened its doors in 2016 with the help of co-founders Matt Miller, Anna Togrye, and Chanda Grubbs, and now has two Nashville taprooms in Germantown and Sylvan Supply. Although frequently recognized for hop-focused beers, Bearded Iris strives to deliver unparalleled freshness and drinkability with every pint, no matter the style, to make ultra-high-quality products highly accessible. This characteristic attention to others and desire to do things a bit differently remains a hallmark of the Bearded Iris brand. Since its founding, Bearded Iris has been named one of the top five best new breweries in America by USA Today and garnered accolades from Men’s Journal, Craft Beer & Brewing, Thrillist, Punch, Paste Magazine, and BeerAdvocate, among others. Discover more at beardedirisbrewing.com or @beardedirisbrewing on Instagram.

ABOUT MONDAY NIGHT BREWING:

Founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2013 by Jonathan Baker, Joel Iverson and Jeff Heck, Monday Night Brewing exists to deepen relationships over some of the best beer in the country – and the world. With brewing operations under the direction of Brewmaster Peter Kiley, Monday Night Brewing offers a wide selection of year-round, seasonal and limited-edition beers and sours that have earned praise by amateur drinkers and established beer critics alike. With quality, craftsmanship and connection at the forefront of its mission, Monday Night Brewing has taken home awards from some of the most prestigious national and international beer competitions, including The World Beer Cup, the Great American Beer Festival, and the US Open Beer Championship, among others.

Monday Night has soon-to-be six taprooms across the Southeast, including: Monday Night Brewing – West Midtown and The Garage in Atlanta, Ga.; Monday Night Social Club in Birmingham, Ala.; Monday Night Garden Co. in Charlotte, N.C.; Monday Night Preservation Co. in Nashville, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn. (coming soon). Learn more at www.mondaynightbrewing.com.

ABOUT ALE MAX:

ALE MAX is a multi-sensorial experience at the center of craft beer and sneaker cultures, leveraging their inherent connectivity to power communities, local and global. Creator/Founder Craig E. Stroud II brings over 25 years of expertise consulting on brand & campaign development, strategy and design for some of the world's most recognizable brands (The Coca-Cola Co., Ford Motor Co., Olympics, HP, McDonald’s, P&G, General Mills and more). For the latest on ALE MAX experiences follow @ALEMAX.OFFICIAL and @ALEMAXDAY.


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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Last-Minute Valentine's Day Restaurant Guide

 

Authentic Italian restaurant Amore e Amore takes Valentine's Day very seriously!
(Photo by Amore e Amore)

Ahhhhh! Don't feel that love in the air? Valentine's Day is a serious thing in Atlanta's culinary scene, and with so many options, beloved foodie Andrea Janise (and also wifey) is burning the midnight oil to make sure we have the 2024 installment of Cruisin' For A Brewsin's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Restaurant Guide

So don't worry about work and life's demands having you procrastinating on making plans and risking the wrath of your significant other, we've got you! From sweet to savory, here's a quick breakdown and the necessary info to make plans and get you taken care of. And with that, take it away Andrea!

Happy VDay y'all!

Andrea Janise says…

As Valentine's Day approaches, the pressure to plan the ideal date can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, in this Last-Minute Valentine's Day restaurant guide, we've got you covered with a curated list of some of the best romantic restaurants and date-night experiences in Atlanta. From fancy romantic dinners to exciting food adventures, there's something for everyone to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Whether you're looking to wine and dine your sweetheart or simply spend quality time with loved ones, we've handpicked a variety of options to suit every taste and budget. So, if you are still deciding what to do on February 14th, let this guide inspire you to create unforgettable memories this Valentine's Day.

For a Romantic Date-Night…

Le Bon Nosh

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Le Bon Nosh with a special, three-course seasonal prix fixe menu. The sustainable menu features natural aphrodisiacs from Chef Forough Vakili for $130 per person.  

 

La Panarda

Stop by Chef Deborah VanTrece’s newest Cascade Heights restaurant, La Panarda, for the “I’m Sending You This Valentine” menu influenced by her time in Italy. Dishes include Lobster Cannelloni with Sweet Pea Puree and Lemongrass Foam, and Red Wine Braised Lamb Necks with Confit Vegetables. Reservations are $85 per person.

 

Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet always provides those romantic Paris-vibes, and Valentine’s Day they will offer a special four-course pre-fixe Valentine’s Day menu, including Georgia coast shrimp salad, seared striped bass and braised short rib, plus a trio of dessert for $110 per person.

 

Carmel

This Buckhead restaurant will host a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner experience featuring highlights from their coastal menu and delectable dishes including truffles, lobsters and caviar for $110 per person. Enjoy wine pairings for an additional $45.

 

5 Church Midtown

For a four-course prix fixe dinner, 5 Church has carefully created a menu that includes indulging treats such truffle lobster bisque, cherry-glazed duck and chocolate raspberry cheesecake and a glass of Champagne for $100 per person or $120 per person for a couple, including a bottle of Champagne.

 

Chops Lobster Bar

For Valentine’s Day, give that special someone the experience at Chops Lobster Bar. This Buckhead Life Restaurant Group location features an exclusive 4-course Valentine’s Day menu that includes A-5 Japanese Wagyu filet mignon and your selection of pristine seafood for $215. per person plus tax and gratuity.


For a Wow Factor…

Amore e Amore

The acclaimed Italian ristorante is truly embracing its name, which means "love and more love", by celebrating the sweetest time of year with Cupid-approved decorations and a special multiple course menu including Heart Shaped Cheese Ravioli ala Valentino in Pink Vodka Sauce, Maine Lobster Tails Fra Diavolo and more beginning Thursday, February 1 and running until Thursday, February 28, 2024. The multi-course Valentino’s Feast includes a complimentary glass of bubbly and is $200 per person.


Brush Sushi

Do something different this Valentine’s Day and enjoy an intimate, tasting-style 7-course dinner at this Buckhead Village restaurant. Guests can get Champagne and caviar bumps while enjoying a diverse sushi selection and Otsumami favorites for $185 per person.

 

Steak Market

The sexy Midtown steakhouse is known for taking fine dining to the next level! Steak Market’s famous tableside service and show-stopping presentations will take romance up a notch on Valentine’s Day. Join them for a three-course, prix fixe dinner featuring delectable seafood and steak dishes and mouthwatering sides and dessert for $150 per person.

 

For a New Valentine…

Bar Vegan in Ponce City Market

If you are looking for somewhere to have a Valentine’s Day inspired drink, Bar Vegan has a lineup of cocktails for the special day.

Cupid’s Arrow – J. Lohr Wildflower, Primativo Primaterra, MYX red sangria, pomegranate, Cointreau, lemon, orange & rosemary

Drunk in Love – Uncle Nearest, lemon, cranberry, cinnamon & topped with Phil Long Cabernet

Love Potion #9 – Mercer + Prince, strawberry, lemon & chocolate bitters

Lovers Quarrel – Patron El Cielo, Patron Reposado, rose cardamom & orange

 

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

Make reservations at Deborah VanTrece’s West Midtown restaurant, Twisted Soul, for their “My Funny Valentine” southern-influenced menu features dishes curated by Executive Chef Robert Butts, including Fried Sweet Potato Ravioli with Orange Cognac Beurre Blanc, and Pecan Gremolata and Cast-Iron Blackened Snapper with Foie Gras Dirty Rice, Roasted Broccolini, and Creole Butter. Reservations are $85 per person.

 

El Super Pan (The Battery)

Head over to the Battery and dine at Chef Hector Santiago’s El Super Pan for a prix fixe Valentine’s Day Latin-American inspired menu in the lively and upbeat restaurant for $75 for two people. Guests can pair Iberian wines for $8-10 by the glass. Reservations are not required.

 

For a Galentine’s Day Celebration

Wild Heaven Avondale

In both locations, Wild Heaven Brewery creates the ultimate Galentine’s Day celebration by setting aside two dates (Feb 10th & 11th) for this popular event. Activities include a enjoy a welcome mocktail, two beer or hard cider pours, including their new release— You Beautiful, Rule-Breaking Moth Galentine’s Sour, a cookie decorating kit from Finca to Filter, various craft activities, and tarot readings for just $40 per person.


Kyma

Throughout the month of February, Kyma is serving a special Galentine’s Day 7-course tasting menu that creates the perfect setting for the ladies. Each day in February (except Feb 14th) you can bring the girls and indulge in traditional spreads, a variety of meze, signature wood-grilled whole fish and finish with a sampling of Kyma's favorite desserts for just $49 per person, and order the Wine Pairing for an additional $49.

 

AltaToro

Take a modern Latin approach to Valentine’s Day by enjoying a four-course prix fixe dinner from Alta Toro using the freshest locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, including Sopa de Trufa y Langosta (truffle lobster bisque with truffle lobster bites, Champagne crème fraîche and red tobiko caviar) and tuxedo panna cotta with dark chocolate, white chocolate and tequila. Pricing is set at $100 per person.


Two Urban Licks

Galentine’s Day or not, dinner at Two Urban Licks is always a vibe. This VDay, guests can share Executive Chef Chad Clevenger’s specials created just for the occasion. Enjoy wood-fired cuisine, live rotating rotisseries, signature cocktails, and sweeten the evening with white chocolate creme Brule’ or a decadent chocolate tart. After dinner, take a walk along the Beltline located steps away from the restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward.

 

For Valentine’s Day with the Family…

Snooze A.M. Eatery

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by bringing the family to breakfast at Snooze A.M. Eatery for a sweet treat. From February 8th – 14th, guests can order the Valentine’s Day special double chocolate brownie pancake - a brownie buttermilk pancake topped with chocolate ganache, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. With locations throughout the Atlanta Area, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate with the whole family.

 

Sugar Shane’s Gourmet Cookies

Offering a Valentine’s Box featuring six cookies for $29.99, mix it up with favorites along with specialty flavors like Love Velvet, Strawberry Dunk and Cupid’s French Toast. With three Atlanta locations and nationwide shipping, there’s still time to get a gift for that special someone, from picky spouses to ride-or-die compadres. Atlantans are also invited to be the first to try Sugar Shane’s new “Mini Bundts” - six-inch bundt cakes.

 

Cinnaholic

Perfect for your valentine, but also great for kids, friends, teachers, and office celebrations. From mini cini-rolls to chocolate covered strawberries, Cinnaholic can satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. You can pick up at any of their locations, or order online to have it delivered in time for your VDay celebrations.


For a Fun Valentine’s Day Experience...

Your 3rd Spot

Want to make it a fun night out, hit up Your 3rd Spot for Valentine’s Day for all the excitement and entertainment available with dozens of retro games, bowling, darts, indoor curling, a DJ, photobooth and astrologist offering readings. Chef Stuart Rogers will be serving a Valentine’s tasting menu featuring exquisite dishes such as strawberry oysters, lobster tempura and an array of award-winning small plates. All-inclusive gaming and tasting packages range from $40 - $133 with the latter including flowers, cocktails and caviar service with dinner.

 

Monday Night Brewing

Toast with your Valentine with a delicious IPA at Monday Night Brewing. Beginning on February 9th, the new addition to their beer list, “Think I’m In Love” India Pale Ale is the perfect limited Hop Hut release that will help you celebrate the holiday. This beer also has space on the can to write the name of your special someone. Grab one while it lasts.

 

Atrium at Ponce City Market

Hop over to Ponce City Market and visit Atrium on Valentine’s Day for dinner and vibes. At 5pm, a DJ will spin while guests enjoy a 3-course menu that include filet mignon, lobster and shaved truffles. The night will be full of surprises with rosé, bubbles and a complimentary polaroid for every couple for $85 per person.

 

Foxhall Resort

For the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience, plan an overnight getaway at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville. Located just a 30-minute drive from Atlanta, but you will feel like you are even further away from the bustling city. During the month of February, Foxhall is running its Love is in the Air" promotion on Fridays and Saturdays. It includes a box of chocolates and a bottle of Champagne upon arrival and brunch for 2 at the Pheasant Blue restaurant.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Andrea

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