Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Some cool ATL eat and drink spots for the Saints vs. Falcons!

Are you ready for some football? Hell yeah! 
Here are some restaurants to watch the big game this Sunday!

What's up!!!
As many of you know, I am a rabid sports fan and it’s almost football time! From doing the time-robbing fantasy leagues, to simply rooting for a favorite team, here are some spots to do some serious tailgating in Atlanta especially during the Falcons vs. Saints game at 1 p.m., September 1. Whatever it's STATS right down the street from the Georgia Dome, to the new Smokebelly BBQ in Buckhead, get your eating and sipping on while yelling at the top of your lungs to kick off the NFL’s first week this Sunday.
These descriptions came directly from the source, so see which destination works best for you. They all sound pretty damn enticing. 


Smokebelly BBQ
Recently opened Smokebelly BBQ invites Falcons fans to watch the game on the patio or at the bar to enjoy signature dishes and brew selections. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy the variety of beer options, including more than 40 craft beer selections like the Carolina Sky Blue, Evil Twin Hipster Ale, Lagunitas IPA and Allagash White. Pair it off with Smokebelly’s already famous barbecue plates. For more information, visit smokebellybbq.com or call 404-848-9100.

Atkins Park – Virginia-Highland
To celebrate the Saints vs. Falcons, Atkins Park in Virginia-Highland is hosting a tailgate event including food specials off the Big Green Egg, beer features from Goose Island, raffles and more, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Guests can catch the game on the new 120-inch big screen in the family-friendly dining room. Head outside after the game for a cornhole tournament hosted by Cornhole ATL. Registration is $30 per team, and all of the proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information or to make a reservation, visit atkinspark.com or call 404-876-7249.

Beloved Atlanta chef Shaun Doty is flapping his Falcon-loving wings to cater tailgate parties with Bantam + Biddy’s famous Southern-inspired, farm-to-table main dishes and side items. Falcons fans can enjoy the famous fried chicken tenders with wasabi honey sauce, or a variety of sliders including options like white truffle chicken salad, BLT and roast beef and horseradish. Great side options include homemade creamy macaroni and cheese, and Anson Mills Sea Island red peas and rice. For more information including pricing and locations, please visit bantamandbiddy.com.

Hearth Pizza Tavern
Football games mean pizza, and Sandy Springs’ Hearth Pizza Tavern is offering its to-go specials for the big game, including this swell deal: Purchase four large pizzas with one or more toppings and receive one complimentary pizza with one topping. Additional to-go options include “Missy’s Intense Hearthbread” and the Parmesan truffle fries. For more information, visithearthpizzatavern.com or call 404-252-5378.

Craving pretzels and beer-cheese dip? Head over to HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Midtown to catch the big game, and enjoy tasty bites at the spacious bar or on the patio. In addition to pub fare, a comprehensive craft beer list includes a mix of American and imported high-gravity beers – draft and bottled. Complimentary valet parking is available. For more information, visitcommunitashospitality.com/hobnob or call 404-968-2288.

RA Sushi
Roll into fall tailgating with colorful and refined Asian cuisine by ordering catering from RA Sushi. Fresh selections include to-go sushi platters like the maki maki with the spicy yellowtail, Philadelphia and California rolls, or the Tsukiji combo including a variety of nigiri and sushi rolls. Pricing varies per platter and more details are available at www.rasushi.com/atlanta.

There’s no better place to catch the game downtown than STATS, Atlanta’s famous sports bar located just minutes from the Georgia Dome. STATS caters to groups ready to cheer on their team, so reserve one of the main dining room party tables or seven high-top “beer” tables including a personal beer tap. STATS also provides a unique viewing experience with 70 high-definition televisions, plus supreme audio quality. For more information, visit statsatl.com or call 404-885-1472.

Terminus City
Staying in for the game? For those hosting their own viewing party, Kevin Gillespie’s new concept Terminus City is offering its signature, down-home cuisine for to-go catering options. Select items include whole-hog barbecue and country-fried steak along with sides like fried okra, Brunswick stew, shaker-style slaw, squash casserole and creamed corn. Orders are required in advance. Visit the Facebook page or call 404-380-1886 for more information.

Willy’s Mexicana Grill
No matter who the big cheese is in your group, practically everyone gobbles up queso dip. Enjoy Willy’s Mexicana Grill's catering options to create your own unique spread of Tex-Mex favorites including a build-your-own taco, fajitas or nachos bar, plus fresh guacamole, salsas and, of course, queso. For more information and restaurant locations, visit willys.com.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cypress Street hosts the 7th Annual End of Summer Pig Roast!

Get ready to kick it the last days of summer with Cypress Street, SweetWater brew, grub, and good times!


Even though I am heading to Charlotte, NC, to explore what I hear is a great city, I couldn’t leave Atlanta without  letting you know what’s going on this weekend in my hometown. For starters, one of my favorite spots, Cypress Street, is throwing down with their 7th Annual End of Summer Pig Roast on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. And for you collectors, there's a special limited edition SweetWater/Cypress Street pint glass for ya!
Below is the official info, but just know that whenever Cypress does something, it’s a good effin’ time! Even if you don't eat swine, their menu is pretty much flawless. I am a big fan of the Chicken Quinoa Wrap, wings, and cheesesteak to name a few. Plus, they just brought my homey Executive Chef Matt Deckard on board, and fresh grilled salmon is now on the menu on Fridays and Saturdays! It doesn't hurt that Cypress has one of the best patios in the city, plus their addition of two more washrooms makes constant imbibing that much more convenient. Ha!
Last, just know that while you kick it hard in the A, I will have an extra dope and informative food and drink guide to the city of Charlotte for ya when I get done Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ this weekend. Fair trade? 

Be safe and enjoy this weekend! Look for my Tweets throughout the weekend at @alesharpton and Instagram @realalesharpton regarding other things going on in ATL along with what I have popping off in Charlotte. 



A Yearly Pig Pickin' Tradition with Live Music, Cold Beer, a 100 lb. Whole Hog and More  
 Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cypress Street Pint and Plate will host its annual end of summer pig roast on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Now in its seventh year, join the Cypress team on their expansive patio for a day filled with fantastic fare, ice-cold SweetWater brews and live music. Of course, a pig roast is nothing without its star attraction - a 100lb. succulent, whole hog, that Cypress will once again smoke overnight for everyone's feasting pleasure.  Hungry attendees have the option of  purchasing individual plates of pork and the fixings or anything off of the regular Cypress menu.  $55 VIP pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase through midnight Monday, August 25th, granting partygoers a limited edition SweetWater/Cypress Street pint glass; one limited edition official Pig Roast artwork from Chris Neunschwander; six tickets that can be used for brews and barbecue; and access to VIP special SweetWater beer.  VIP tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information on the event or to purchase VIP pre-sale tickets for the seventh annual event, visit www.cypressbar.com

WHAT:             Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s Seventh Annual Pig Roast

WHEN:            Saturday, August 30, 2014
                        11a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:          Cypress Street Pint & Plate
                         817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125
 Atlanta, Georgia

COST:   $55 VIP pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase through midnight Monday, August 25th, granting partygoers a limited edition SweetWater/Cypress Street pint glass; one limited edition official Pig Roast artwork from Chris Neunschwander; six tickets that can be used for brews and barbecue; and access to VIP special SweetWater beer.  VIP tickets will not be available for purchase the day of event.                              
 The event is FREE to attend and the regular menu is available. 
CONTACT:      For more information, visit Cypress Street online at www.cypressbar.com and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CypressStreet. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @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 at @CypressStreet and Facebook at Facebook.com/CypressStreet.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

There's an awesome Back-To-School Beer Dinner tonight at 5 Seasons - Prado!

It's beer dinner time once again!

If I were you, I would call and see if there are still a few seats left for this event tonight featuring 5 Seasons Brewing's renowned upscale gastropub fare by Executive Chef David Larkworthy and the brewing excellence of the legendary Kevin McNerney at the Prado in Sandy Springs! I am heading there in a few hours to get my eat and sip on! Will ya join me? It starts at 7 p.m. Here is the awesome menu:
Call 5 Seasons for last-minute reservations at 404.255.5911 It is located at 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA in that shopping center right off of the 285/Roswell Road exit.

See you there I hope!


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.