Thursday, October 8, 2015

October is crazy in ATL and today’s events prove it!

Besides my b-day (A-hem!), check out some of the gangster events poppin’ off during the tenth month!

I appreciate all your birthday wishes first and foremost. Shout out to Steph Curry’s daughter because I truly do feel blessed.
Anyway, Atlanta is going to be off the meter from tonight going forward and I want to share the news with my favorite people—YOU! From Three Taverns launching their first lacto-fermented sour beer at their brewery, to STK hosting the The Veuve Clicquot En Route Truck, a documentary premier at Sound Table by my dude Bobbito and Stretch Armstrong, Venkman’s hosting free music nights, and a beer dinner at Reformation for starters.
And as for the weekend, forget it! BET Weekend including Future’s party (also on the sidebar), Party At Ponce’s bash (see the sidebar), ATL Pride events, A3C… CRAZY! Regardless how effed up traffic is going to be, it’s worth it! I am going the lazy route and just posting the media release versions for the events, but I have an excuse: It’s my birthday!

Have a good weekend and thanks for the love!

Three Taverns Launches New Sour: Asylum #1!
Looking for an alternative to the onslaught of pumpkin beers this October? Then join us this Thursday night at the brewery when we launch the first in our new series of lacto-fermented sour beers. Sour Asylum #1 is a light, pleasantly acidic, 3.8% sour session beer brewed with 100% pilsner malt, soured with lactobacillus in the kettle, fermented with our house lager yeast and dry hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy. While the “new” DOR regulations may be stopping our standard beer-to-go tours, special event tours are still in play. This unique tour will be $25 and includes a special facility tour with details on the souring process, tastings in The Parlour of up to 36oz., live music, and a Three Taverns glass growler with a 64oz. souvenir fill of Sour Asylum #1. This will be the only tour option for the evening.
Early reviews of Sour Asylum were solid this past Saturday at the GCBF where the keg tapped out early. This is the first of what will be an ongoing series of experimental draft-only lacto-fermented sours, with a new one launching every 4-6 weeks. Expect to see Sour Asylum #2 in early November with a decidedly Thanksgiving theme.
Cheers and hope to see you tonight.

The Veuve Clicquot En Route Truck Heads To STK Atlanta Tonight!
Join Midtown’s Chicest Steakhouse for a Champagne-Infused Evening Featuring a DJ, Photo Booth, Dining, Imbibing Specials and More

Adorned in Veuve Clicquot’s iconic yellow hue, the Clicquot En Route truck is making its way around the country and will be stopping at STK Atlanta on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy an exciting, champagne-infused evening featuring a DJ, photo booth, calligrapher, games, giveaways, and gourmet bites created by STK’s Executive Chef Mark Alba. Each hour “Veuve on the Clock” specials will be announced, offering guests a chance to partake in a variety of champagne specials.
From 6 p.m. to 6:59 p.m., champagne lovers can indulge in Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and Non-Vintage Rosé for just $6; from 7 p.m. to 7:59 p.m., the price rises to $7 and so on until the clock strikes 9 p.m. Those party goers that stay for dinner will receive 15% off their check and also have the opportunity to purchase a magnum bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label for $150. Finally, in anticipation of the Clicquot En Route truck’s arrival, STK will be serving a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label or Non-Vintage Rosé paired with STK’s signature truffle fries out of custom Veuve Clicquot mini-mailboxes, available for $19, the entire week leading up to the event. To make a reservation or to learn more, visit

What:                        The Veuve Clicquot En Route Truck Visits STK Atlanta
When:           Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where:         STK Atlanta
                                    1075 Peachtree Street
                                    Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Connect:       Website – I
            Facebook – |
            Twitter – @stkatlanta | @veuveclicquot | #clicquotmail
            Instagram - @eatstk | #stkatlanta

About Veuve Clicquot: 
Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the champagne industry as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and premium quality. These values, set forth by the ground-breaking and extraordinary Madame Clicquot and maintained by generations of Clicquot drinkers, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For more information, please visit Veuve Clicquot on Tumblr or

Stretch and Bobbito | ATL Premiere Screening
the Sound Table + FroLab
Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Atlanta, GA
The Atlanta Premiere of this exceptional documentary will take place on Thursday, October 8 at the Sound Table (Space2), featuring a live Q&A session with Bobbito & Stretch immediately following the film. Here is the link.

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
During the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their radio show exceed 300 million. The late night program had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population as well. All would loyally tune in for the humor just as much for the exclusive tunes. Stretch and Bobbito brought a unique audience together, and created a platform that changed music forever.
Directed by Bobbito Garcia
95 minutes. Saboteur Films, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m., diners at Foundation Social Eatery are in for a special treat with beer flights available from Reformation Brewery and live music on the patio from Kyle Vincent. For more information on this Foundation Reformation Resurgence, call 770.641.8877, visit or like the Facebook page.

Venkman’s Delivers Free Live Music Tonight Through October 28
 Venkman’s, Atlanta’s hotly anticipated dining and live music concept from Yacht Rock Revue front men Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson, will have free live music every night through October 28. Venkman’s music lineup includes all genres, from bluegrass to funk, and ramps up in energy and volume throughout the week.
Chef Nick Melvin, who has earned acclaim in local kitchens and as the founder of Doux South Pickles, has created a stacked menu full of creative takes on classic comfort food, which guests can enjoy before the music or when they take a break from dancing. Venkman’s favorites include the Smoked Trout Beignets with celery slaw and apple ketchup, as well as the Cast Iron Fried Chicken with charred radish and turnip salad. Be sure to grab a delicious concoction from Bartender Bradford Tolleson, like the soon-to-be-famous Ecto-Cooler cocktail, before you tear up the dance floor.
Venkman’s doors open at 5 p.m. and food service begins at 5:30 p.m.  The kitchen is open from 5:30 until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 until 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Venkman’s also offers a late night menu for one hour after the kitchen closes.  For a full schedule and show times, visit For more information, visit or call (470) 225- 6162.

On October 8 at 8:30 p.m.:
Yacht Rock Schooner covering Steely Dan
The 8-man Schooner specializes in the smooth sounds of the late '70s and early '80s.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sweetwater Brewing Pours Their Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Today!

The launch party is today and the 750 ml Cork & Cage bottle hits the stores on Monday, October 5th!


SweetWater has been going extra hard this year with all of their expansion to more states up north and the launch of the Cork & Cage series—potent, experimental small-batch brews topped with yes, a cork and cage. 
The first Cork & Cage joint.
The first release of this series was the excellent peach-infused The Pit & The Pendulum Wild Ale; this time around, my constant wishes of them making a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout being realized. This silky smooth sipper at 11.2% ABV is a good one! I had a taste last week during a private media preview. Now we can actually bring a bottle home on Monday, October 6th. To confirm my praises, come through to the brewery today starting at 1 p.m. SweetWater says, “The Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a supremely rich, full-bodied imperial stout laced with subtle notes of chocolate and bourbon, acquired while aging in bourbon barrels.” I concur.
“The brewery has played with barrel aging for special releases at anniversary parties, tours and craft industry events, but this is the first barrel-aged beer we’ve released for sale,” Nick Burgoyne, part of the brewing team that created the stout, adds. “This stout is ripe for the cooler weather – it has the burly and warming characteristics of bourbon; I imagine drinking it out of a snifter by the fire. Might even have to buy a proper smoking jacket for this one.”
Speaking more on the release party at the brewery, the first 100 early birds get a limited edition Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout snifter, plus there will be a S’mores bar and yes, the Atlanta Falcons game will be on. The admission including a tour and tasting tickets is a measly $10 a person!
For more info, visit

See y’all there!


Monday, September 28, 2015

Come to the Branzini & Beer Patio Party this Saturday!

It’s a seafood and Belgian beer fest from 2 to 4 on October 3rd. Try and win a ticket via Twitter with the hashtag #AleBranziniTrivia!*

Happy Monday! (Mmmmmph.)

Okay, it’s time to get back in the swing of things and begin the week after a rainy, but still action-packed weekend. Taste of Atlanta was a blast where I helped judge the Barcraft completion (congrats Paige Lane of Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall for winning the finals!), along with the Atlanta Beer Festival at Turner Field to name a few festivities.
Well, to keep the ball rolling, here is another event that I am working with this Saturday: It’s the Branzini & Beer Patio Party at Lure on October 3rd from 2 to 4 pm. Lure is already the bomb, extra classy inside and out, plus their seafood is top notch. Well this Saturday, they will flex their culinary muscle while pairing nine Belgian beers including lambics right on their chic patio!
For a mere $49.70 per person (including tax and gratuity), you’ll get:
·         A grilled whole branzino
·         Mini patty melts with charred onions and smoked oyster butter
·         Croquettes aux crevettes (Belgian-style shrimp croquettes)
·         Baby kale salad with smoked Georgia trout, muscadines, scuppernongs, and pecans
·         Moules frites (mussels with Belgian-style double-fried French fries and mayonnaise)
·         Cast-iron braised endive with béchamel, ham, and gruyere
·         A selection of nine Belgian beers and lambics
While tickets are limited and can be purchased here (, I am going to give you a chance to win one with a lil’ trivia I worked out with Fifth Group Restaurants
*The first to get each question right by replying with the right answer and using the hashtag #AleBranziniTrivia will win the ticket! Sound good? I am going to post my first question on Twitter in exactly ten minutes after my initial announcement about the contest with the hashtag #AleBranziniTrivia so look out for it! I will space them out by about ten minutes apart so you will have time to get your Google on! You know your homey Ale wants to hook you up any way I can. 
Good luck! If not, splurge, buy a ticket, and get your grub on with me on Saturday!



*Congratulations to @LGSims300o and @ATLRenner for winning the trivia! Here are the answers to the questions:

Question One: How many restaurants does Atlanta’s Fifth Group Restaurants operate? 
Answer: 7! South City Kitchen Midtown, South City Kitchen Vinings, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco, The Original El Taco, Alma Cocina, Lure

Question Two: What do they popularly call Branzino in Portugal?
Answer: Robalo

Friday, September 18, 2015

Beer Fest time! This one is at Turner Field next Saturday!

The weather should be perfect for this joint.


Quick and to the point, I haven't been to a beer fest in a while. Here is the next one in ATL. See ya there! Here is the necessary info below. They had me at 200-plus beers!:

Great Atlanta Beer Fest at Turner Field
Saturday, September 26, 2015 3pm-8pm
200+ beers and ciders, 30+ wine options; Live Music, College football on big TVs
Tickets: $45 advance, $55 day of event



Thursday, September 17, 2015

I Am Moderating the ‘Hopportunity Knocks’ Beer Panel Tonight!

Come check out panelists reppin’ Three Taverns, Orpheus and Hop City talking about ATL’s beer culture while FREE beer's poured for attendees at Ponce City Market’s General Assembly!

Yep, it’s me up to something again!

This time, I am more than happy to host General Assembly’s panel on the best beverage known to man—and woman—beer (!) during their annual Made In Atlanta Week. Based in the all new Ponce City Market, general Assembly specializes in assisting future leaders in the advancement technology, food, fashion, and pretty much anything hip; tonight, they invited locals Three Taverns, Orpheus, and awesome one-stop beverage paradise Hop City to discuss Atlanta’s beer culture, history and future tonight! 
I, along with Hop City Owner Kraig Torres and the panelists will be providing our expertise while the participating breweries make sure no one’s thirsty including SweetWater during this free event. It starts with a beer tasting at 6 pm followed by the panel I am leading at 7. Of course, I am working on some other surprises as well. Sign up ASAP here to attend if you haven’t already. 

Here’s the skinny straight from General Assembly:
At Hopportunity Knocks, panelists from your favorite breweries in Atlanta will gather to share insights into the professional world of beer. You'll hear from the brewmasters themselves about their early days and how their vision transformed into the local companies we know and love. Drink and learn about everything from what beer making looks like as a hobby to where experts see the future of local breweries in Atlanta.
Beer tasting 6 pm
Panel discussion 7 pm
Made in Atlanta Week: A week to celebrate great things being made in our city. We are bringing together people from all backgrounds and industries to foster collaboration through education. We have partnered with several Atlanta companies and organizations to bring you a whole week's worth of knowledge through a series of panels, discussions, presentations, and fireside chats. Some of the most exciting companies and organizations in the Atlanta Food, Design, Big Business, Fashion and Beer scenes will be joining us every day.

See y’all there!