Friday, August 18, 2017

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


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

Whaddup?!

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

Garnished with coffee beans

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

Cheers Y’all!

Ale

Monday, August 7, 2017

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

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

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



Amuse Bouche

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Taverns Rapturous Raspberry Sour Ale


Monday, July 31, 2017

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

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

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

| PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES |

Shrimp al a Plancha
grilled watermelon, cotija, cilantro

Wontons
pimento cheese, candied bacon, sweet thai chili

| DINNER |

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

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

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

Bourbon Butter Cake

dark chocolate, raspberry mousse, almond tuille

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Check out my CraftBeer.com article on Brick Store Pub’s 20 years!

I loved writing about this legendary beer bar based in Atlanta for one of the dopest sites in the beer world.
One of my pics. The front of the world renown Brick Store Pub.

Whaddup!
I just got back from Denver, but while I was there, I was excited to see that the Web’s authority of craft beer justly called CraftBeer.com posted my article featuring the 20 years of one of the world’s most revered beer bars, Decatur, GA’s own Brick Store Pub.
The pic I took of Dave Blanchard, the co-owner of BSP.
I have a little history with CraftBeer.com; I know many of them (especially their brilliant editor Jess), and they did a dope article on me not too long ago that had a brother floored! Well, since I never wrote for them, Jess loved the idea I pitched to them: a feature highlighting the 20th year of Brick Store being in business. She happily said, "go for it!" With that, I put the pressure on myself to kill it and go extra hard. Don’t get me wrong, I give every article I pen full dedication, but personally knowing the Brick Store Pub staff for years and with the BSP being one of my favorite spots to chill, this had to be next-level work in a lot of ways. Trust me, it’s often more difficult to write about something you know a lot about because you want the world to know as much as possible, hence editing becomes the most laborious. 
This article was undoubtedly one of the most challenging I have ever written, but also one of the best in my opinion. Plus, I had the liberty of shooting whatever I wanted as well, so I went all in while learning about everyone involved during the process. Shout outs to Dave, Todd, Ryan, Mike, Tom, Erin, Dan and everyone else who helped with this article.
I hope you enjoy this piece, because I meant every word.
Here’s to two decades of being gangster, Brick Store. I am on my way to the pub celebrate it!
And to my readers of this blog, I love y’all! Your support keeps me going and loving what I do.

Ale

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bell’s Two-Hearted dethrones Pliny The Elder after eight years!

Zymurgy Magazine Announces 2017 “Best Beers In America” and Bell’s kicks major ass!

Whaddup!
My American Homebrewers Association homies just announced the results from their Zymurgy Magazine 15th annual Best Beers in America survey. 
For eight straight years, Russian River Brewing Company’s world-renowned Pliny the Elder double IPA had been running things at the number one spot, but Bell’s Two Hearted Ale IPA breaks the streak and becomes 2017’s most gangster beer in America according to Zymurgy’s thousands of homebrewing posse members. Whoa!
Photo by Bell's Brewery.
In AHA’s official press release, director Gary Glass says, “As homebrewers, Zymurgy readers have more refined palates than most for tasting beer. The Best Beers in America survey reveals which beers are leaving the biggest impression on the minds—and mouths—of these discerning beer drinkers.”
Survey participants voted online for their 20 favorite commercial beers “available for purchase” in the United States in an online voting system.
Bell’s CEO Laura Bell, the daughter of the brewery’s founder Larry Bell, says in the same release, “This is an incredible honor for us. We got our start as homebrewers—that’s how my dad got going—so we really identify with the homebrewing community. We take a lot of that spirit into what we do today.”
Representin’ Kalamazoo, Michigan, Bell’s also won the top-ranked US brewery and came in second to Stone Brewing for the best beer portfolio as well. Even Ice Cube didn’t have as good a day as this! The top ten rankings of the three categories are below and are posted in full here. Congrats to everyone who got recognized in the survey!

Top-Ranked Beers (T indicates Tie):
1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder
3. Founders Breakfast Stout
4. Three Floyds Zombie Dust
5. Bell’s Hopslam
T6. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
T6. The Alchemist Heady Topper
T8. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
T8. Sierra Nevada Celebration
10. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

Top-Ranked Breweries:
1. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Comstock, Mich.
2. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
3. Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.
4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mills River, N.C.
5. Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif., Richmond, Va., and Berlin, Germany
6. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.
7. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
8. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
9. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif. and Chicago, Ill.
10. Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, Calif.

Top-Ranked Beer Portfolios (T indicates Tie):
1. Stone Brewing (31 beers)
2. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (27 beers)
3. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (25 beers)
4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (24 beers)
T5. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (22 beers)
T5. Lagunitas Brewing Company (22 beers)
T7. Boulevard Brewing Co. (21 beers)
T7. Founders Brewing Co. (21 beers)
9. Avery Brewing Co. (19 beers)
T10. New Glarus Brewing Co. (18 beers)
T10. Odell Brewing Co. (18 beers)


Cheers!
Ale