Thursday, July 2, 2015

Check out how much is going on in July!

From restaurant celebrations to major events perfect for the 4th and throughout July, this month is on and poppin’!

Whaddup!

It’s now July and I consider this to be one of the most festive, event-packed months of the year. To confirm, day one has already made history with Georgia finally allowing breweries to sell growlers directly from the source, so folks are running to get their canisters filled at dope spots like Burnt Hickory, Three Taverns, Monday Night, SweetWater, Wild Heaven, Terrapin, Orpheus…Crazy! And that’s just the beginning.
Peep all of these great 4th of July restaurant celebrations, beer-themed throwdowns, and straight up fun-filled events going on especially in Atlanta. Along with my commentary below, I provided descriptions of each event compiled straight from the source.
All in all, it’s going to be one helluva month in the A!
Here we go…

Watershed On Peachtree celebrates the 4th of July with their famous Fried Chicken
I say: World famous for the way they fry the bird, they make it a special occasion on the 4th. Give my boy and Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson a shout out for me.
They say: Looking for the ultimate Fourth of July feast? Watershed on Peachtree and Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson will be serving the restaurant’s famous fried chicken and biscuits for $16 per person. Side orders including mashed potatoes, collard greens, and slaw can also be purchased for $5 per person. Place a pre-order and take on the go or join us at Watershed for both the fried chicken special and full menu for your 4th of July celebration. All pre-orders must be placed by noon on Friday, June 26, and will be available for pick up beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. Please call 404.809.3561 to place all fried chicken pre-orders and note that all orders are final. Reservations are recommended for in-house dining. (1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309; watershedrestaurant.com; 404.809.3561)

Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew 
July 4, 2015, 7-10 p.m.
I say: Now here’s a baller way to enjoy the 4th with exotic fish, more than 50 different local brews, dinner, plus a killer view of the fireworks show Centennial Olympic Park takes very seriously!
They say: Come celebrate Fourth of July with dinner, drinks and the best view of Centennial Olympic Park’s firework show at Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew (225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)! The event will begin at 7 p.m. and features an all-American BBQ dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering and live performance by Atlanta-favorite, The Regulars Band. Guest can enjoy complimentary caricature drawing by local artists, Team Artboy, and OMG! photo booths while sampling beer from over 50 national and local brews, including Georgia’s own Sweetwater Brewery, Terrapin Brewery, Orpheus Brewery and Eventide Brewery. A full list of brews that will be available can be found here.
Red, White, & Brew will be held in Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom where guests can enjoy views of beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks. After dinner and drinks, guests will head up to the Aquarium’s parking deck rooftop to view Atlanta’s No. 1 fireworks show in Centennial Olympic Park, beginning approx. at 9:40 p.m.
General admission tickets are $55 and include a Red, White & Brew souvenir tasting glass. Aquarium members may purchase tickets for $45. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/experience/support/how-to-donate/fundraising-events/red-white-brew

Cook Hall hosts Peachtree Road Race Viewing Party and second annual All-American Cook Out July 4th.
I say: Cook Hall is one of my favorite eateries who truly takes pride in their craft beer and cocktails paired with top notch cuisine. Well they are giving us a full day of kickin’ it with the Peachtree Road Race Viewing Party followed by a cookout! I can dig it!
They say: Cook Hall will open at 7 a.m. for breakfast, including the patio which offers guests a prime view of the Peachtree Road Race. For the duration of the race, guests will enjoy $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas and a music set from Atlanta’s own DJ Hakim. Additionally, there will be a grab and go breakfast for racers with bottled water, fresh fruit, and other healthy race day fuel. Beginning at 4 p.m., Cook Hall will be kicking off their second annual All-American Cook Out on the patio. Expect boozy slushies from Tito’s Vodka and all-American fare like hamburgers and hotdogs. Live music from Jacob Deaton & Friends will get going at 7 p.m. and continue into the night. Admission is free and complimentary 3-hour valet parking will be provided.  Cook Hall is located at 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta Ga. 30325. For more information, call 404.523.3600.

Tavernpointe  Peachtree Road Race Party on July 4th
I say: Sip and eat in style while watching Peachtree Road Race runners…well…run! I have been waiting for this spot to launch and this is one of their first events open to the public. Go!
They say: Come visit Tavernpointe at the Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July! In partnership with Springer Mountain Farms, the restaurant, which will open in late July, will be providing a sneak peak of their menu with samples of their Smoked Peruvian Chicken for everyone watching the race. Nestled in front of Peachtree and Spring streets, Tavernpointe provides a perfect view of the world’s largest 10K. The event is complimentary, so bring the entire family for a little fun on the Fourth!
1545 Peachtree Street, Suite 101, Atlanta, Ga. 30309
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Meehan’s Public House-Buckhead hosts Pints For Patriots on July 4th
I say: Here’s a belly-filling way to be patriotic!
They say: Celebrate the Fourth of July with BBQ, beer and raffles at Meehan’s Pints for Patriots! Pints for Patriots kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a live DJ beginning at 4 p.m. Chef Brian O'Rourke has crafted a special BBQ menu and the chicken, pork, toast and collard greens will all be locally sourced. All food, beer and raffle proceeds benefit our local heroes through the Catalyst Sports Veterans Initiative.  The Catalyst Veterans Initiative serves veterans who have incurred a physical or mental injury or illness while serving our country. Don’t miss out on this chance to celebrate and support our veterans this Fourth of July at Meehan’s. (322 East Paces Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30305; meehansbuckhead.com ½; 470.355.5116)


Table & Main serves up fried chicken served family style on July 4th
I say: Family-style meals are almost necessary with all this tech and cell phone distractions breaking up conversations. Here is a delicious way to get to talking and enjoying real life again!
They say: hat better way to celebrate Independence Day this year than with a family picnic with delicious fried chicken! This Fourth of July, Table & Main will be closed for normal service, but will be offering a family style meal for four featuring their famous fried chicken, cole slaw, mac n’ cheese, baked beans, cornbread, and potato chip cookies for $79. Orders can be placed beginning on Tuesday, June 23, by calling 678.869.5178. The last day to order will be Wednesday, July 1, and upon ordering, guests will be provided a time between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for pick up on July 4. Don’t miss out on this tasty addition to your Fourth of July celebration! (1028 Canton St, Roswell, Ga. 30075; 678.869.5178)
  
Pre-Order Your July 4th Feast Fox Bros. BBQ 
I say: Their BBQ is official. Get on it! Just get those orders in by Friday, 5:30!
They say: Make it a picnic to remember with a little help from Fox Bros. BBQ. Pre-order your favorite Fox Bros. smoked meats and sides and take them to-go on July 4th. Fox Bros. BBQ will be accepting pre-orders on all order sizes up until Friday, July 3rd at 5 p.m. The restaurant will open early at 10 a.m. for guests to come pick up their orders. Call the catering line at 404.414.0826 to place your order. Fox Bros. BBQ is located at 1238 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Watch live at Rí Rá as Irishman Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor takes on Jose ‘Scarface’ Aldo in the Ultimate UFC Fight Card July 11th.
I say: I’ve heard of fights at the bar, but this takes the cake, UFC style. Rí Rá is going for Conor McGregor out of Ireland. Surprise, surprise. Ha! Should be a good one!
They say: Watch Irish sensation Conor McGregor take on Jose Aldo live at the pub on July 11th in the most anticipated fight in the history of the UFC. Rí Rá is hosting the UFC 189 pay-per-view fight night featuring a blockbuster double header fight card that will see the Brazilian defending his Featherweight title against the Irish superstar (Ri Ra Atlanta, 1080 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309).
Champion Robbie Lawlor will battle it out with top contender Rory McDonald for the Welterweight Strap and Irishman Cathal Pendred takes on John Howard in the Preliminary Card along with a host of other fights kicking off at 8pm. The main card takes place at10pm followed by the headline event between Aldo and McGregor. This will definitely be a fight night not to be missed with all of the action live from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas! 
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from FreshTix https://www.freshtix.com/events/ufc-189-atlanta. Enjoy drink specials throughout the night including $5 Fireball, $4 Abita Draft and $3 Bud/Bud Lite. DJ Dirti hits the decks after the fight and continues the party late into the night.

101 Concepts presents Salad Wars between July 13 and August 16
I say: A little friendly competition among top chefs in Atlanta is a super dope way to feed your body greens!
They say: Watch our chefs go head to head by creating unique salads to celebrate the warm summer weather and fresh local ingredients. Chef Linda Harrell (Cibo e Beve), Justin Keith (Food 101), Jordan Wakefield (Smoke Ring), Erick Torres (Meehan’s Atlantic Station), Brian O’Rourke (Meehan’s Buckhead), Oscar Aguero (Meehan’s Downtown), Stephen Welch (Meehan’s Sandy Springs) and Heather Murray (Meehan’s Vinings) will be busy all month developing the mouthwatering salads, in an effort to claim the title of Salad King (or Queen)! Official voting will take place in-house. Salad Wars is running at ALL 101 Concepts locations July 13 through August 16! Come support your favorite neighborhood chefs in 101 Concepts – Salad Wars!
101 Concepts- All Locations
Cibo e Beve: 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta Ga. 30342
Food 101: 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta Ga. 30342
Smoke Ring: 309 Nelson Street SW, Atlanta Ga. 30313
Meehan’s Buckhead: 322 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta Ga. 30305
Meehan’s Downtown: 200 Peachtree Street, Atlanta Ga. 30303
Meehan’s Sandy Springs: 227 Sandy Springs Place, Atlanta Ga. 30328
Meehan’s Vinings: 2810 Paces Ferry Road NW, Vinings Ga. 30339
Meehan’s Atlantic Station: Atlantic Station, Atlanta Ga. 30318

Cibo E Beve makes Tuscan Summer Favorites on July 14
Looking for the perfect way to spend your summer evening? Join us at Cook’s Warehouse on July 14th at 7 p.m. for a Tuscan Summer cooking class led by Cibo e Beve’s own Chef Linda Harrell. Chef Harrell will teach guests how to create some of her Tuscan Summer favorites, including her Burrata with organic heirloom tomato salad, Tuscan Brined Chicken with cavolo nero and potatoes and Tiramisu ai Frutti di Bosco. Tickets are $50 and there are 30 spots in the class. For tickets or more information, please visit www.classes.cookswarehouse.com. (4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30342; ciboatlanta.com  404.250.8988)

Watershed On Peachtree’s 20 For $20 Wine Tasting July 14
They say: Join us for our 20 for $20 Tuesday Wine Tastings held monthly from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wine tastings feature 20 tastes for $20 along with chef’s choice light bites. The theme changes each month, so be ready to add diversity to your wine cellar with whites, reds and rosés from various regions around the world. Please note tax and gratuity is not included. To RSVP, please email rsvp@watershedrestaurant.com. (1820 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30309; watershedrestaurant.com; 404.809.3561)

Red Pepper Taqueria Celebrates Two Years in Buckhead on July 14th
Celebratory Fiesta Featuring Food and Drink Specials, Live Music, and More!
I say: Red Pepper’s food is banging. I am definitely stopping by their Buckhead spot!
They say: Red Pepper Taqueria is celebrating the two-year anniversary of its Buckhead location with a giant fiesta on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. As a special thank you, Executive Chef and Owner Chef Mimmo Alboumeh is hosting a Customer Appreciation Pre-Party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring two hours of complimentary signature margaritas, beer, and specialty tacos for guests who RSVP and check-in on Facebook. Beginning at 6 p.m., live music will set the soundtrack for the rest of the fiesta as partygoers are invited to enjoy a special two-dollar menu honoring two years of success that includes $2 Braveheart smoked beef brisket tacos, $2 margaritas, $2 Tecate cervezas and $2 “Mexican Break” shots. Of course, Red Pepper's full dinner menu and oyster bar will be available along with its extensive tequila, local craft beer and signature cocktails selections. For more information, please visit Red Pepper Taqueria at www.eatredpepper.com or call 404-869-2773.

Celebrate the Wing Café’s 20th Anniversary on July 17th!
I say: I dig this spot because they are one of the most dedicated eateries to the craft beer movement. A great selection and good people. It’s always a fun time at Wing Café. Congrats!
They say: The Wing Cafe is here and proud to present to you our 20th Birthday Celebration and Orpheus Toga Dinner on Friday, July 17th at 8 p.m. (2145 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062; 770-509-WING)
1st Course: Orpheus Chickataur! The Wing Cafe's 20th Anniversary Brew; Paired with a Smoked Cheddar Bruschetta
2nd Course: Orpheus Lyric Ale paired with Tuna Salad
3rd Course: Orpheus Atalanta paired with a Bacon Wrapped Scallop with Corn Chowder
4th Course: Orpheus Peace.War.Truth.Lie paired with a Korean Noodle Salad with Kimchi and Chicken
5th Course: Orpheus Transmigration of Souls finished off with a Peach Cobbler and Peach Ice Cream
Cost is $40 and Limited to 65 People. Sign up today!  Pass it on to friends and family for them to sign up on eventbrite.com or call at 770-509-9464. See you all there. (And we might even have a screening of Animal House! Toga, Toga, Toga, Toga!)  

July 19 - August 2 Greyfield Inn Island Camp
I say: Get your island on with the fam!
They say: Spend your summer soaking up the sun at Greyfield Inn’s Annual Island Camp. Located on beautiful Cumberland Island, there are plenty of educational and recreational activities for every age and interest level; it’s fun for the entire family. Days at Island Camp will be filled with activities such as guided kayak tours, sea turtle watching, cooking workshops and much more! Space is limited, visit greyfieldinn.com or call 1-888-357-7617 for reservations and pricing. (4 North Second Street #300, Fernandina Beach, Fl. 32034; greyfieldinn.com1.888.357.7617)

Davio’s Atlanta Introduces Italian Microbrews
Take a seat at the bar and enjoy a taste of Italy.
I say: This is one of the most classy and delectable restaurants in town. To balance out their extensive wine selection, Davio’s blesses their drink menu with some excellent ales direct from Italy including the exotic Birreria Le Baladin Nora. They will also have the Birreria Le Baladin Super Baladin, BeerBera, and Oyster Stout starting in July. Stop by and see how well they pair with their amazing steaks, fresh pastas and other dishes. Oh, and the halibut is niiiiiice!
They Say: Libation lovers rejoice, Davio’s Atlanta is now pouring one-of-a-kind beers from microbreweries across Italy. Much smaller than the typical large-scale corporation brewery, microbreweries are independently owned operations that are characterized by their emphasis on quality, flavor and personal brewing techniques. The exclusive craft beers now available at Davio’s include LoverBeer BeerBera, which hails from Marentino outside Turin, in Northern Italy and is spontaneously fermented and brewed with Barbera wine grapes, and Oyster Stout, inspired by the Nordic tradition, it is a dark colored stout. During the brew, fresh oysters are added with their shells to produce a pleasant, not too strong salty ending. Visit Davio’s Atlanta to taste our new brews this summer! Reservations are recommended. 
For more information please visit www.davios.com/atl or call 404.844.4810.


Look for more July listings soon! Be safe while you kick it hard this month!

Cheers!

Ale

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Check out my latest FirstWeFeast beer tasting!

This one is with dead prez's DJ mikeflo!

Hey Y'all!

I hope you good dads out there took advantage of my two Annual Father's Day Gift Guides I posted for ya here and here!
Anyway, I juuuuust got back from kicking it hard with my brother from another mother, Willie The Kid, at his hometown in Grand Rapids, Michigan for an awesome beer fest hosted by one of the best breweries in the world, Founders. Stay tuned for pics, something Willie and I have in the works, and more coverage about my entire stay in that great city. I also got some love in Detroit too! 
Me and Devin the Dude sippin' Unibroue.
Photo by homey Maurice Garland
Upon my Atlanta arrival, I see that one of the best sites I write for, FirstWeFeast, just posted another installment of my curated beer tastings with celebs, musicians, and hip hop aficionados. The very first one I did was with Devin The Dude almost exactly six years ago! It was June 19, 2009 to be exact. 
Well here is the latest edition with my globetrotting homey, entrepreneur, stylist, rocker, spinner, musician and pure talent mikeflo. After returning from a show in Paris with his group dead prez, Rakim, Busta Rhymes and EPMD (Whoa!), I took him to the extra gangster beer bar in East Atlanta, Argosy, where my man Armando set us up; I selected six ales from some of the most gangster breweries throughout the U.S. including Great Divide, Evil Twin, Burnt Hickory, Boulevard, Ballast Point, and Creature Comforts for Mike to enjoy. My bro Lamont was on the lens. 
Here is the full article. Mr. Flo is starting to become quite the ale enthusiast as you can see from his impressive interpretations. He also did a fantastic job fulfilling my request to compare each beer to a rapper! Willie did it with me last time here and it was hit! This one with Mike is equally dope. Thanks for checking it out in advance.
And please make sure you keep in ear out for what I am doing with mikeflo soon too. You will dig it!

Enjoy! 
Ale

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ale Sharpton’s Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide

We have an on-time Guide, and now here’s the buzzer beater version!

Okay y’all, are you trying to make a dad happy or not? If you are not going with the latter option, here are some more options besides the awesome gift ideas I brought you in the initial 2015 Ale Sharpton Annual Father’s Day Gift Guide to choose from. I swear if you get him another tie or generic card with nothing in it, he will snap! Trust me!
Enjoy!
Ale

Make Pops one the first to break in the Eventide Brewing Tasting Room!
If your dad is in Atlanta and loves beer, make him a part of history and be one of the first to visit the brand new Eventide Tasting Room in Grant Park (Address: 1015 Grant St SE, Atlanta GA 30315) that opens to the public officially June 20th, from 2 pm to 6 pm! Sure there are a lot of breweries in Georgia, but how often do get you to christen a new addition to their growing business? It’s only $12 for 36 ounces of any beer(s) Dad wants plus a special glass. Cost will be $12. That will get you 36oz total of any beer(s) you choose, and you get to keep your glass. Kick it! More info is here.

Brews With A View Beer Dinner at Nikolai’s Roof
On Wednesday, June 24th, at 7:00 p.m., the classy spot known as Nikolai’s Roof (Hilton Atlanta 255 Courtland Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303) is presenting BREWS WITH A VIEW—Savor the Flavors of Summer, which is Belgian beers paired with gourmet dishes of a four-course dinner for a mere $60 per person plus tax & gratuity. Crafted by Chef de Cuisine Stephanie Alderete and Executive Sous Chef Olivier De Busschere, one of the dishes include crustacean broth, butter-poached escargot, petite herbs and lemon pan-roasted squab. And the beers?  Tripel Karmeliet Blond Kwak, Vanderghinste Oud Bruin, and La Trappe Quadrupel further solidify this is no joke! Oh, this includes complimentary valet parking and that’s awesome because I HATE paying for parking. Call 404.221.6362 to reserve your place now!

Take Dad to the free official Hawks Draft Party!
Okay, so maybe our beloved Atlanta Hawks didn’t make it to the Finals; it was a great season nonetheless and the party doesn’t stop! Speaking of party, there is a FREE draft party on June 25th where we see who the Hawks pick at #15 to make our city’s team that much more explosive and dangerous! Doors open at 6 pm, so be sure to register in advance to guarantee your spot in advance on Hawks.com. An RSVP guarantees express entry. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at select concession stands in the arena. And in case you are truly a fan, the Hawks own picks No. 50 and No. 59 also.

Hip Sips
I also got some spirits on deck! Here is a recipe and a few bottles that will surely bring a smile to Pop’s face including this gangster cocktail made with Van Gogh Oranje Vodka justly called Vincent's Manmosa, a more manly version of the Mimosa:
Vincent's Manmosa
12 oz. Wheat Beer (e.g. Hoegaarden)
1 oz. Van Gogh Oranje Vodka
3 oz.  Fresh Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with fresh ice then strain into a pint glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Or how about an eight-year-old Canadian rye whisky expertly blended with fine Amontillado Sherry from the Jerez region of Spain? Look no further than Tap Rye Sherry Finished 8 Year Old Canadian Whisky!
For a sweet, smooth and absolutely delicious snifter filler, go with the Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky, boasting the blend of cask-aged 3-, 5- and 7-year old rye whiskies and pure maple syrup from Quebec!

Custom Bottle Opener
Make Dad a customized bottle opener. Just go here, send them an image and he will be poppin’ bottles literally with a customized utensil he can truly call his own. I got one made with my logo and totally dig it!

AmaWaterways’ 2015 BeerCruise on December 14
I had a ball with AmaWaterways and will continue to show love after experiencing their Tulips BeerCruise touring the Netherlands two months ago. (See some of my coverage here.) It was phenomenal thanks to the staff, eventful agenda, and gangster breweries we visited along the way. 
Well there is another one on deck (Ha!): AmaWaterways’ 2015 BeerCruise is set to sail on December 14 from—get this—Prague, aboard their AmaPrima. Beer expert, writer and my homey Don Russell aka “Joe Sixpack” out pf Philly will be hosting this one. Dad will LOVE you even more, trust me! Pricing for the Beer Cruise onboard AmaPrima starts at $2,899 per person. Here’s the info.

Happy Father’s Day to all who apply. I hope this helps!

Cheers!

Ale

Thursday, June 11, 2015

It’s the 2015 Ale Sharpton Annual Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Scandal's Olivia Pope hearing what her dad wants from this list. Good luck with that!

It's time to make Dad happy during the one true day he gets all to himself!

What’s up!

As I consistently find out every year during my travels, there are so many great dads out there who do whatever they can to make sure their kids have the best in life. Hence, I have done a lot of research and received numerous pitches to be in this year’s edition, resulting in what I think the best one of them all so far. 
From kickass beer-centric gifts like stainless steel growlers, books, brewing kits mimicking what the President Obama brews in the White House, t-shirts, new brews on the shelves, and club memberships, to travel packages to Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, a hard-cased dopp for toiletries, top-shelf spirits, and numerous other gifts that will make any Dad say, “Hell yes, you actually thought this through!”
So without further ado, pour a beer and sift through these extra dope choices to make your dad, husband, or any man with a kid tap dance!
Oh, and I will be adding some last-minute entries to this list periodically so check back soon!

Happy shoppin’!
Ale

The DrinkTanks™ Growler
If you hate flat beer, this stainless steel growler is the answer!
Through crowdfunding, Nicholas Hilla and his late father made their dream a reality: They delivered an awesome growler that is stainless steel, leakproof, punks traditional screwcaps in terms of carbonation preservation, and boasts that it keeps beer cold for up to 24 hours! To add, if it’s in the fridge, beer stays fresh for about a week! I hate how quick brews go flat in growlers, so this DrinkTanks container could be the answer! Oh yeah, besides being dishwasher safe and BPA free, these state-of-the-art growlers come in 13 different vibrant colors too! More info is here.

Southern Beer Tours’ Baseball Package
This one’s a hit!
After kickin’ it for two hours at the awesome Wild Heaven brewery for six tastings before heading to Turner Field, the day continues with a game to see the Atlanta Braves against the New York Mets (who are actually decent this year!) on Saturday, June 20th at 3:00 pm. This chauffeured package includes a General Admission ticket and a signature, delicious, alcohol-absorbing Chick-Fil-A sandwich for a mere $65! SBT also includes a souvenir glass and gift bag with the tour! Pickup is at the Lindbergh TMac (Taco Mac). Go here for all the info and get your beer tourin’ on!


The BrewTees.com T-Shirt of the Month Club
Step Dad’s t-shirt game up!
Sign Pops up to get a new t-shirt from a microbrewery like Stone, Evil Twin, and Wired to name a few every month thanks to BrewTees.com’s T-Shirt of the Month Club! The designs are pretty slick, it won’t be a piece from the macros, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving! Plus, each t-shirt comes with a lil’ goody. If you have commitment issues to do the monthly program (they give you choices of three months, six months and a year), just go on their site and pick the shirt you want (the prices are hella reasonable at like $20), and then bless Dad’s wardrobe with some t-shirt love. Go here for all the deets and tell ‘em Ale sent ya!

Brew the beers the White House makes!
Create and sip what the POTUS loves thanks to Northern Brewer.
Northern Brewer, one of my favorite  online retail homebrew  supply shops, helps us stay patriotic with homebrew kits that emulate the original brews made by the White House kitchen staff, including President Obama’s faves—the White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter. Of course, Northern Brewer has hundreds of other kits, supplies, and accessories, but what better way to celebrate July 4th than with these joints? Here’s the jump to the official website.


The Beer Connoisseur Unique Global Beer Club
Membership has its privileges.
The first beer magazine I have written for, The Beer Connoisseur, just launched The Beer Connoisseur® Club and have a Kickstarter campaign here where you can have your dad’s name recognized for his contribution, support an awesome magazine, and get some cool schwag when he does. I love how they made me the first member with the cool card boasting “Ale Sharpton.” 
They say: All club members receive a magazine subscription and ALL ACCESS website membership that includes an interactive Beer School. A custom membership card generates discounts and incentives with the BC Network Global Partners. The list of partners includes breweries and brewpubs, international breweries, cideries and meaderies, retail and homebrew stores, plus a number of beer-centric products and services. In addition, the club’s director and staff are dedicated to acting as a BC Concierge service for members to help facilitate beer-related travel activities and find hard-to-get event tickets. Members will be invited to exclusive club events and can participate in an online community.

Circa 39’s ‘Would You Wynwood?’ package
Send Dad to Miami!
Let Pops bask in the sun, get his people-watching on, and indulge in Wynwood Arts District’s stunning art! I did a post on Wynwood here because it is an amazing section in Miami that continues to be adorned by murals painted by world-renowned artists. 
Hip boutique hotel Circa 39 based on the celebrated “Wunder Mile” along Miami Beach (also known as Mid-Beach) has an awesome package called “Would You Wynwood?” starting at just $219/night, 10 percent off best available rates, plus one full-day bike rental in Wynwood andget this—a Wynwood Brewing Company tour and tasting! Oh, and let’s not forget the daily breakfast and a complimentary craft cocktail at the WunderBar located on the property. (And don’t worry, they have local selections from the brewery as well.)
By the way, the representatives noted that the Wynwood Art Walk takes place the second Saturday of every month, which I have done and it is totally worth the brief exercise. So plan accordingly because Dad will dig it!

The Grommet presents: Tooletries
Dopp it the hard way!
I love The Grommet site because it sifts through the thousands of product submissions by start-up companies and entrepreneurs, and only three percent get selected. I visit it often to see what’s new. Besides the growler, I travel a lot and thought the Tooletries—a hard-case dopp kit—was a cool accessory any traveling dad would appreciate. Always sweating how your luggage is handled during flights, clippers, electric razors, cologne bottles and other breakable items are held down by removable silicone netting, plus there’s waterproof neoprene lining for extra security.
Check out the details here and bag...I mean...case this!

Uncle John’s Beer-Topia
Book it.
The increasingly popular Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series has been entertaining us while on the flushing throne for more than 25 years with books full of time-killing fun facts on various subjects. Now it’s beer’s turn with the Uncle John’s Beer-Topia: A Heady Brew & Beer Miscellany. Here’s what they list this page-turner packs:
• The histories and origins of all the different styles of beers
• Interesting (and weird) beer flavors
• The science of beer, and how it’s made
• Crazy beer-related news stories
• Beer terminology
• Funny microbrew names
• Drinking games
 Instead of the typical rolled newspaper under his arm, Al Bundy would love this as a Father’s Day gift!

Hip Sips...

Unibroue Éphémère Pear
Gettin’ fruity widdit.
It’s a new addition to the Éphémère beer series from one of the best breweries in the world, Unibroue. I did the Cranberry here. Now it’s the Pear’s turn cased in 750 ml cork and cage bottles, and on tap at various bars and restaurants across the country. Refreshing, fruity, and delicious. Sip this with a pinky up in a tulip glass or flute for extra class! More click here for more the full description.

Red Hare Gangway IPA aged in Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Barrels
Get Red Hare’s first bottled beer!
Marietta, Georgia-based brewery Red Hare is putting their first bottled beer on the shelves (they have solely been cans in the past), so this is seriously a collector’s item. Luckily, the beer in it is awesome as well! It’s the 22-ounce, Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila barrel-aged Gangway IPA (6.2% ABV) that’s only available in Metro Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. To make it even more special, Red Hare is only one of three breweries throughout the US that was selected in Jose Cuervo’s Cask Ale barrel swap program.

DeLeón’s Reposado
An exotic trip to Mexico without Dad leaving the house!
Speaking of tequila, hook Dad up with a little DeLeón’s oak-aged Reposado made from 100 percent Highland agave. I even through a recipe in there for ya courtesy of the distillery, the DeLeón Old Fashioned, which “…takes the standards of the Old Fashioned category to the next level,” they boast. Get it at any package store with class.


DeLeón Old Fashioned
1 ½ oz DeLeón Reposado
¼ oz Mezcal
1 bar spoon agave nectar
2 dashes of angostura bitters
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over clean cubed and cracked ice until thoroughly chilled.  Strain into a rocks glass over a single, clean, large format rock.  Garnish with an orange peel.

Boom!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stone Saison!

I can’t wait to try this one!

What's up craft beer lovers!

To continue my updates of brews being released for our enjoyment during the warm months (you lucky West Coasters are excluded from weather being seasonal), there is a new joint to pour made by one of my favorite breweries—Stone!
This time, it’s their new Saison at six percent ABV that just hit the shelves. After reading the ingredients, I MUST grab a six of this sipper, including lemon thyme, lavender, lemon zest, “grains of paradise” aka Aframomum melegueta from the ginger family sourced from Africa, and a slight dose of heat from Habanero peppers. Sounds dope, right? Well here is their official breakdown below straight from the brewery.
Go here for more info as well.

Happy Sippin’!
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Stone Brewing Co. is reintroducing its take on a traditional Belgian farmhouse ale, using Southern California ingredients grown on its 19-acre farm. Stone Saison is brewed with lemon zest, grains of paradise, lemon thyme, lavender and a small dose of habanero peppers, making it the quintessential refresher for the warm-weather months. Starting today, the beer returns in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft to retailers, restaurants and bars in markets where Stone beers are sold.

“Before we began brewing batches of this year’s release, we looked at a few ways to slightly improve on last year’s recipe for Stone Saison,” said Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “The herbs and spices remain the same, but we adjusted the proportions to create a refined combination highlighting each ingredient while offering a perfectly balanced flavor profile overall.”

Grown at the craft beer company’s Stone Farms, lemon thyme and lavender contribute floral, citrusy aromas and flavors, while lemon zest and grains of paradise add vibrant grapefruit and white pepper notes that mingle with restrained, earthy heat brought on by habanero peppers. These homegrown specialty edibles balance exceptionally well with the subtle banana and clove qualities courtesy of Stone’s house strain of Belgian yeast. The resulting beer finishes with a crisp, dry and refreshing mix of spices, red apple and a hint of heat.

Cheers!!!