Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Let’s answer a beer bar employee’s call for help.


A super cool homey, server and bartender at Augustine’s Pub named Kia Presley-Meade needs assistance after dealing with a life-threatening injury

Cheers Everyone.

If you frequent a beer bar or any cool eatery for that matter, there are always going to be one or two standout employees who you’ll eventually befriend. Well after going to Augustine’s in Atlanta's Grant Park district—one of my favorite beer bars close to where I live—I noticed that my homey Kia Presley-Meade was not around for a while so I assumed she was on vacation. Well she was indeed on one for a while that unfortunately went a lot longer than she wanted due to a tragic ending.

See, I got this email from Kia stating that she joined up with the website GoFundMe.com to try and get financial assistance for the ridiculous hospital bills she incurred due to a dreadful fall she took while vacationing in St. Thomas. I was truly horrified by its recount of what had happened to someone I considered a friend. The pictures following the incident made the nightmare of a story a reality. Here is what Kia’s page on GoFundMe.com describes:

Dear Friends,

On July 19th, while on vacation in St. Thomas, I experienced a traumatic accident. Getting out of a friend's car I took a step backwards and fell 7.5 ft onto a pile of boulders. I was put on an emergency flight to Miami where I spent ten days in Jackson Memorial Hospital. I suffered two fractures to my skull, fractures to both orbital bones, and brakes to both wrists.

Now that I am home in Atlanta, I am still faced with monumental obstacles. There is a subdural hematoma, a brain bleed, in my right frontal lobe and I have short term memory loss. My continuing care, which includes appointments with specialized neurologists and a neural psychologist and both physical and occupational therapy, will be costly to say the least. As many of you know I am a server and bartender and have been working in the restaurant industry for many years. My injuries make working impossible. Anything you can give to assist in my recovery while I am unable to work would be sincerely and greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. With your help I will be on the path to full health.

Crazy, right? Well after finding out she was back in town, I asked her what I could do to help. She really liked my idea of posting her unfortunate accident on my site. Well here it is. I completed our meeting at Augustine’s by taking a picture complete with Kia’s two broken arms and well-hidden scars. Afterwards, I saw an update from Kia’s page. Check it:

Much to my delight, yesterday’s doctor appointment went well. Things are healing well and all of my symptoms are where they're supposed to be. I'm making good progress during my first month of recovery. And I got my first major itch inside my cast-WOW! Hope the next three weeks go quickly! Thank you to everyone for their support, prayers, and kindness.

The one positive outcome out of this story is that although Kia has both arms broken which inhibits her from serving and bartending, Augustine’s created a new gig to keep her an active employee by handling paperwork. That’s pretty awesome of them to do that.
Ultimately, GoFundMe.com is a brilliant way to help those in need. This is a perfect case. If you can support her, that would be super cool. Again, here is her link.



Friday, August 22, 2014

The 11th Annual German Bierfest is in Downtown Atlanta Saturday!

Get your sip on with more than 35 Authentic German Beers, plus grub and music for the full experience!


Atlanta has become one of the top U.S. cities when it comes to beer festivals and this weekend Downtown’s Woodruff Park maintains this thirst-quenching reputation. I am definitely hitting up the 11th Annual German Bierfest to refresh my overseas knowledge regarding 35 authentic German beers being poured from 2 to 7 pm this Saturday.
Besides sippin’ on everything from dunkels to hefeweizens, I will be keeping the belly happy with käsepätzle (a German interpretation of mac and cheese), pretzeln (aka pretzels), sauerkraut, schnitzel and other grub straight from G Land. 
I truly had a ball when I went to Germany on a beer trip a few years ago so I am definitely looking forward to bringing back my memory in full force at this Fest. And did I mention the festive sounds of oompah music and the skyscrapers surrounding the event to further enhance your drinking experience in one of the world’s greatest cities? There’s also a VIPizzle section for the serious imbibers who do it big.
See you there in a lederhosen I hope!
Below is the official press release and information. Get tickets here!


Sample More Than 35 Authentic German Beers and Enjoy German Food and Music

WHAT:                 German Bierfest
WHEN:                 Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 2pm-7pm
WHERE:               Woodruff Park - Peachtree St NE at Edgewood Avenue - Atlanta, GA
TICKETS:              GA: $40 advance / $45 after August 15th; VIP packages available
WEBSITE:            www.germanbierfest.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: www.facebook.com/GermanBierfestAtlanta                                        Twitter and Instagram: @germanbierfest
PHONE/INFO:    678-701-6114
E-MAIL INFO:     info@premiereventslive.com

Atlanta, GA- The 11th Annual Atlanta German Bierfest is back for an incredible day filled with authentic German beers, music and food on Saturday, August 23rd in Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta. Festival fans will receive a commemorative sample glass to use to enjoy unlimited samples of more than 35 authentic German Beers.  Atlanta area German restaurants and food vendors will serve up authentic cuisine such as bratwurst, käsepätzle, pretzeln, sauerkraut, schnitzel, and more!  The German Bierfest also features live music and plenty of hands on sports activities fun for the whole family.  Gates open at 2pm and the event ends at 7 pm.

Tickets for the event go on sale on Monday, June 23th via www.freshtixc.com or call 678-701-6114. General admission tickets are $40 and include admission into the event, a commemorative German Bierfest sampling glass and all the beer you can safely consume. A limited number of tickets will be available on June 23rdth at the discounted price of $30 for loyal festival fans that purchase early.  Ticket price increases to $45 after August 15th. Designated drivers tickets are available for $10.

A limited number of private VIP areas are available for groups of 10.  These private tented areas offer seating, access to VIP restrooms, and your choice of a German Bier keg for your group.  VIP ticket packages are $1000.  For more details on VIP ticket packages email: info@premiereventslive.com

Produced by Premier Events in conjunction with the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc., the German Bierfest is a rain or shine event. Patrons enjoying beer samples must have valid photo ID and must be over the age of 21.  No one under 21 is allowed to drink.

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About German Bierfest:  Founded in 2003 by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc., and with only 130 attendees the first year, this festival is the only event in Atlanta that celebrates authentic German culture with food, entertainment and a beer sampling event featuring select German made beers.  Over the years the German Bierfest has grown into an annual event of more than 3,000 offering German beer tastings, German food, live music, games and sporting activities and VIP areas for special private parties.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Chapter Room is pouring Lonerider’s Exclusive Barrel Aged Porter tonight!

My dude and Lonerider Outlaw Zack aka Z-Diddy showing off their gangster tap handle.
Come to the ultimate man cave for the debut of the Lonerider Jack Daniel's Whiskey barrel-aged 
DeadEye Jack Porter!

What’s up!!!

Come to the Georgia Chapter Room tonight (formerly known as The Fred) starting at 6 p.m. at the base of the T. Mac—Prado location in Sandy Springs to taste their brewing collaboration with Lonerider Brewing out of Raleigh, North Carolina. The absolutely delicious Jack Daniel's Whiskey barrel-aged DeadEye Jack Porter will be poured alongside the Eve, Red Spur, and Shotgun Betty brews by Lonerider. I luckily got a lil' taste when I was at the brewery filming the video which is here:
 Ale Sharpton Cruises For A Brewsin' with Lonerider and T-MAC
The Chapter Room is always an awesome sipping destination due to its intimate and posh environment, great grub, lovely staff, and of course, gangster brew.

See you there!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s Third Annual Beer Geek Carnival is Tonight!

It’s Carnival time in Midtown once again from 7 to 11 pm! See my video covering the first one below!

So I just got back from New York and as usual, Atlanta has a ton of things going on to welcome me back. The first major event I am hitting up is tonight, Tuesday, from 7 to 11 at one of my favorite brew spots not only in Atlanta, but nationally, Cypress Street Pint and Plate! My homies Billy, Rob, Ryan, Fran, new team member Executive Chef Matt Deckard (formerly T.MAC and the extra gangster Deckard’s), and the rest of the crew are celebrating the Third Annual Cypress Street Beer Carnival! I filmed it on my Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Web series and it turned out to be one of the best episodes I ever did. (Shout out to Mike Moore and the AllWays Open Creative Fam!) You can check it out here
 Billy and Ale at the first Beer Geek Carnival

This year is going to be a blast as well, featuring The Imperial OPACircus, cellared brews by Clown Shoes, a dunk tank, and Cypress’ consistently delicious grub themed after carnival eats including funnel cakes, corn dogs, corn dogs, and even fried Oreos and Snickers to name a few. I better see y’all there!
Below is the official press release for all the details. Man it’s good to be home!
Cypress Street Pint and Plate Presents the Third Annual Beer Geek Carnival

                Featuring Craft Beer, Classic Carnival Fare, a Dunk Tank and Circus Performers Including Jugglers, Fire Eaters,  Stilt Walkers and an Aerialist 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 7 to 11 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. Cypress Street Pint and Plate is once again bringing the "Cypress Street Beer Geek Carnival" to Midtown Atlanta.  
As part of Cypress Street's ongoing weekly Beer Geek series that explores and celebrates all things beer, the third annual Beer Geek Carnival will take over Cypress Street's expansive patio and feature the talented performers from The Imperial OPA Circus. Stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters, and aerialists promise to dazzle as beer lovers are invited to enjoy a variety of cellared Clown Shoes brews and offerings from the expansive craft beer menu. Carnival goers can even take a stab at dunking Cypress Street's co-owner Billy Streck and Rob “BrewRu” Merrick in the massive dunk tank. Of course, it wouldn't be a carnival without delicious classics such as corn dogs and mini funnel cakes along with temptations like fried Oreos and Snickers.
For more information, please visit the Cypress Street Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CypressStreet.

About Cypress Street Pint and Plate and Beer Geek Tuesdays: 
Cypress Street Pint and Plate is located on the corner of 6th street and Cypress Street at 817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125, Atlanta, Georgia. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2:30 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until midnight.  Every Tuesday, Cypress Street’s resident Beer Geek, Rob Merrick, hosts Beer Geek Tuesday - a casual exploration of all things beer including food and beer pairings to rare casks and tap takeovers.  For more information, please visit www.cypressbar.com or call 404.815.9243. Follow Cypress Street on Twitter and Instagram at @CypressStreet and Facebook at Facebook.com/CypressStreet.

WHAT:                                 Third Annual Cypress Street Beer Geek Carnival

WHEN:                                 Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7 to 11 p.m.

WHERE:                              Cypress Street Pint and Plate
                                                817 West Peachtree Street, Ste. E125
                                                Atlanta, GA 30308

COST:                                   Free with cost of food and drink.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Check Out Eric Nine’s Art and Pabst Tonight at Star Community Bar!

AllWays Open Creative, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Star Community Bar present: 
The Green Room Exhibit
9 p.m. – until… 
August 16th, 2014 at Star Community Bar 
(437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307)


Although I am in New York to speak at a memorial service for late, great godfather, and NFL player Wilbur Young (RIP) this weekend, I still stay dedicated to the home team, and wanted to make sure all my Atlanta people were going to an awesome art exhibit posted by the extremely talented Eric Nine!
Little Five Points’ beloved Star Community Bar is hosting a display of what my brother and business partner of our AllWays Open Creative agency masterfully did to their “Green Room” tonightAugust 16th, at 9 p.m. And guess what? It is supported by beer! Yep, Pabst Blue Ribbon is sponsoring E-Nine as he spent a good part of his late July and August blessing the walls of the chill haven some of the coolest bands use from around the nation and abroad. Below is the press release I hooked up (A-Hem!) with all of the info. And yo, the T-shirt Eric designed and will be giving away while supplies last is sick! Don’t believe me? That's the design at the top.
As always, thank you for supporting AllWays Open. I can’t wait to unveil what we have coming up next. (Hint: Latin ConTEMPOrary II at Loews Hotel Atlanta on September 19! This was last year’s video. Yep!)

AllWays Open Creative, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Star Community Bar present:
The Green Room Exhibit
Star Community Bar
437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
9 p.m. – until…
August 16th, 2014

On August 16th, 2014, at 9 p.m., the AllWays Open Creative agency and America’s beloved brewer—Pabst Blue Ribbon—will be tapping into the brilliant mind of Atlanta, Georgia’s beloved artist Eric Nine as he unveils his jaw-dropping revamping of Star Community Bar’s legendary green room.
Serving as one of Atlanta’s premier venues to showcase the city’s rock bands and visiting music talent from around the world for now officially 20 years in Little Five Points, Star Community Bar’s “Green Room” is experiencing a complete transformation thanks to Mr. Nine’s gifted strokes of vibrant paint. The result is a surreal and brilliant mural for everyone to have free access for one night only.
On Saturday, August 16, Pabst, the Star Community Bar and AllWays Open will welcome everyone 21 years old and over to the Green room to exhibit what future musicians will be surrounded by while waiting to perform and relaxing after. Embracing themes ranging from fantastical landscapes to Star Wars-influenced characters, this is one work of art that will certainly embellish Star Community Bar’s interior décor for years to come.
Other highlights include body grooving DJs Ree de la Vega and Camille on the ones and twos; live performances by Atlanta’s own 4ize and Grip Plyaz; and of course, giveaways including a limited edition T-shirt and print designed by Eric Nine (while supplies last); and of course, ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon brew to quench everyone’s thirst.
This is one event not to be missed!