Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Alpine has ‘Windows Up’ all year plus two more gangster IPAs on deck!

No doubt, ‘Windows Up’ IPA is my shizznit! And there will be more? Hell yeah!

Getting back into the swing of things after a killer 20th anniversary celebration at SweetWater this past Sunday and then a flood of work following it on Monday, here is my first of many Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ updates. So much is going on so be ready!
First up, one of the top three IPAs I've had so far in 2017 is the Alpine Windows Up IPA. Reppin’ Cali, this brew is simply phenomenal and I love the name. I am sure you get it if you are reading my site. Ha! Here is its official breakdown straight outta Alpine:
“Windows Up is a single IPA made with Mosaic and Citra hops. It pours a hazy straw color and is topped with bright white beer foam. Piney aromas mingle with fruity notes, while hints of citrus fruit and an overall lingering resinous quality lend a touch of complexity to this dank IPA and is 7% ABV.”
Well, I got the good news that that there will also be an Exponential Hoppiness Double IPA followed by the Bad Boy Double IPA in the Spring. They know their IPAs so expect nothing but continued greatness.

Stay tuned for more news on what Alpine has poppin’. For more info, hit up AlpineBeerCo.com.



Saturday, February 18, 2017

The SweetWater 20th Anniversary Party is here!

Me and SweetWater co-founder Freddy B clownin'.
It’s sold out so I hope you got your tix!
Yo, yo!

Yep, the biggest brewery in the Southeast is about to go hard in celebrating their two decades of serving us their extensive portfolio of “heady beers,” launching their often fearless—and risqué— marketing, and just overall killing it in the beer scene for so damn long! I have covered them since they opened their doors way back in 1997 and especially on this blog here, befriended their always personable staff, and continue to share their amazing growth since its inception by Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney.
Well now it’s 20 years, there is their all-new sour facility called the Woodlands open to partygoers, and the numerous festivities for the dayt promise to be turnt up! Oh yeah, and the brew will be crazy!

Their next major event will be 420 Fest so make sure you book a ticket for that too!
Here’s to 20 more, SweetWater! 

Here is what’s on tap for Sunday straight from the source:

Sunday, February 19
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ticket Price: $30
Celebrate 20 Years of Heady Beers with:
§  Moe. ripping the lid off this joint!
§  Custom 20th Anniversary glassware with (10) tasting tickets, 1 tasting ticket will give you entrance into our new Woodland’s facility where you can sample one of our sour/barrel aged beers.
§  Specialty drafts and casks throughout the building!
§  Souvenir beer to go
§  Food Trucks onsite with goodies for sale.
§  Shuttles running from the SIP Coffee at the Lindbergh MARTA station to the Brewery. Parking is VERY limited onsite, so MARTA, UBER, cabs, etc. will be your best bet!
§  Entry at 2:00pm, Last Call at 5:30pm, Taps Off 5:45, Event Ends at 6:00pm.
Please note: SweetWater is a 21+ venue. All guests must have a valid ID. No ID = No Entry. (Children may attend with a parent or guardian). Also, due to the scope of this event, please leave the fur babies at home. Ticket Price @ the Door: $40



Monday, February 13, 2017

Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’s 2017 Last-Minute Gift Guide

Besides what I wrote for VinePair, here are four more gifts you should consider.

Hey Lovers of Beers, Significant Others, Gadgets, or…. Beer!
My piece on VinePair
Okay, y’all, you know I love writing up gift guides because I like to be in the know with what's out there, and do them for a lot of different magazines and websites. My latest was a fun Valentine’s Day-themed one for the awesome libation-driven site, VinePair; it was specifically for beer lovers called Gifts For Your Beer Lovin’ Valentine (check it out). I included some great items by BUILTNY, Sub-Zero, and even Stone’s Enjoy By…February 14 to name a few.
Well, there were a couple of other items I wanted to include for beer enthusiasts who were more on the electronics side since tech gadgets are often in conversations at the bar. Scoop ‘em up today at a BestBuy, Verizon store, Target, or at least online and show your significant other a receipt so they can expect it and still give ya a hug. Even if you are flying on a solo mission, I am sure you would value every gift below.

ASUS ZenPad Z10
Get your tablet surfing, show watching, and gaming on with LTE-advanced ASUS ZenPad Z10, boasting a crispy 9.7-inch wide-angle display, solid sound, and blazingly fast downloading due to the Hexa-Core processor. The catch: It’s a Verizon exclusive, so I hope you have the carrier with the check mark!

FitBit Charge 2 Heart Rate and Fitness Wristband
Yep, everyone is rocking one of these it seems, so you would be getting your mate up to date. (Hey, that rhymed!). Anyway, this shows you care about your loved one’s health, plus it keeps them in tune with their body. The Charge 2 is also a standout because it has the exclusive PurePulse feature with continuous heart rate monitoring, auto-exercise recognition, multi-sport tracking for a concise workout summary including real-time stats, interchangeable bands, gives smartphone updates, guides breathing sessions and even tracks sleep. The latter will help when dreaming about IPAs you can’t get in your city.

Groove Life Ring
Wedding and engagement rings can get clunky and uncomfortable when biking, powerlifting, or doing any other activities where the bling can get in the way. Enter the Groove Life ring that will keep you fully committed to your mate no matter what you do because it’s made of flexible silicon, is waterproof, breathable, and is forgiving for any regimen! Heck, even wear it on a night out since they come in numerous styles and colors. As an added plus, use the promotion code “LOVE” and get 50 percent off on their site. Dope, right?

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
Okay, envision this: You and your main squeeze are making dinner together, cleaning the house or simply chilling with a glass of brew or wine. Turn on the Bose SoundLink Mini, activate that special playlist you made on your phone just for that occasion via Bluetooth, and boom! It’s on! Colors include carbon, pearl or the limited edition black/copper exteriors.  The sound is impressive for such a little guy complete with a charging base that you can put anywhere, free of playa-haytin’ wires.

Hoppy V-Day!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

The 2017 Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Hampton+Hudson is one of the many throwing down on the 14th!
Guest blogger Andrea Janise (@atlfoodwriter) lets us know which V-Day dinners are gangster with beer in mind throughout ATL.

For the 2017 edition of Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’s Valentine’s Day Dining Guide, I thought it would be perfect for beloved food writer Andrea Janise (@atlfoodwriter) to bless us all with some dinner specials going on throughout Georgia’s capital with beer in mind. Where applicable, I even threw in a side note every once in a while in a while. Whatever you pick, make reservations asap.
Thanks Andrea!

Valentine’s Day Restaurants for Beer Lovers
By Andrea Janise
No need for beer to take a back seat on Valentine’s Day. While chocolates and flowers dominate the day, several Atlanta restaurants are making sure beer lovers don’t miss out when Cupid’s arrow strikes as well. Whether you are looking for craft beer as the main attraction or not, these eateries boast a little something for everyone, complete with entertainment, mouth-watering food, delectable desserts and of course, a great beer list.

Nine Mile Station
Ponce City Market
675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Nine Mile Station, located on the rooftop of downtown’s Ponce City Market, is Atlanta’s newest beer garden and will be serving up a craft beer with beautiful skyline views to create a romantic atmosphere this Valentine’s Day. They offer a special, four-course menu for $75 with beer, wine or cocktail pairings for an additional charge.  
Ale says: Look for libation experts Rob “Brew-Ru” Merrick and Ryan Crocker to help pair your fare with something from their awesome beer list.  

Hampton + Hudson
299 North Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

No matter if you are “single” or a “double” this year, the folks at Hampton + Hudson are making plans for the perfect cozy evening. Join them for a four-course dinner for two ($65) or opt for any of their themed specials: oysters and caviar for $18; oyster shooters for $8; strawberry and celery salad for $13; steak and scallops for $32, and their chocolate pudding cake for $8. Even if you are just looking for a “night-cap” to the evening, any beer -loving valentine will enjoy a Harlow’s Vegan Cupcake and beer pairing for $12 per person. 

Hop City and Krog Street Market
99 Krog St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

What’s better on Valentine’s Day than dinner and a movie…and beer? Hang out at Krog Street Market for a double treat; at 5:30 pm, stop by for Dinner + A Movie at KSM featuring the 80's cult classic, Dirty Dancing, and then mosey on over to Hop City to stroll the aisles with your sweetie. Pick up a six-pack of craft beer to take home or sit side-by-side at the bar and toast with the perfect Valentine's Day ale. You can walk around with your beers around too! 

TWO Urban Licks
820 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Two Urban Lick’s always brings a chic and sexy atmosphere any night of the year, so why not join them for the most romantic one? This Valentine’s Day, in addition to the live band and views of the Beltline and Atlanta skyline, Chef Michael Bertozzi has put together a special menu for you to share with your special someone. Menu highlights include the Prime Porterhouse for two served with twice baked potatoes, chicory salad and bordelaise sauce; Wood Oven Roasted Duck breast “carnitas style” served with house made tortillas, avocado, cilantro and lime; and Whole Red Snapper served crispy with a warm Vietnamese salad and cilantro ginger broth. Pair your meal with beer from a local brewery, too! Lick’s beer list includes selections from Sweetwater, Monday Night Brewing, Wild Heaven and Terrapin, to name a few.

740 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, 
Atlanta, GA 30312

Venkman's is fulfilling beer lovebirds' dreams by hosting a Valentine's Day Beer Dinner featuring Athens own Creature Comforts brewery. Enjoy a lively 5-course meal from Executive Chef Nick Melvin, complete with curated craft beer pairings to accompany each course (think: Bibo, Southerly Love, Get Comfortable IPA, Tropicalia, and Koko Buni) Tickets are $127 with tax and tip included, making this the ideal date night for true beer aficionados. 

3125 Piedmont Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Change things up this Valentine’s Day and add a little hookah to the night’s festivities. Enjoy a night of delicious Middle Eastern food, drinks and hookah as Divan will be offering a three-course menu including a champagne toast for $55 per person. Menu selections include basil sea scallops, kufta (turkey) meatballs, kabobs, and baklava cheesecake. As far as beer, Divan offers a wide variety of beers from all around the world, such as Efes from Turkey, Almaza Pilsner from Lebanon and Atlanta’s own Sweetwater craft beers.

1180 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Tap is calling all singles this Valentine’s Day. Executive Chef Tyler Williams is focusing on the bachelors and bachelorettes with a fun themed menu full of delicious bites, complete with $5 drafts and a complimentary glass of champagne for all ladies on solo missions. Couples need not apply.

Dantanna’s Surf and Turf
3400 Lenox Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30326

Always great for special occasions, Dantanna’s, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with special four-course dining options for both couples and singles. Pricing depends on the selection, as they are offering either a 40-ounce porterhouse for two at $120, filet and lobster surf n’ turf for $125, or Cioppino for $90. The four-course dinner also includes choice of appetizer, signature soups or salads, and a sharable dessert. If you are single, no problem; their “Lonely Hearts” Valentine’s Day menu includes choices like the T.V. Dinner - four foil compartments of mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruit cobbler and choice of fried chicken or Salisbury steak; or the Lonely Cowboy: grilled bone-in cowboy ribeye, coffee rub, fried red potatoes, black beans, and a fried egg. In addition to the Valentine’s Day special menus, guests can also take advantage of Dantanna’s extensive wine, cocktail and beer list.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Creature Comforts' 2017 Athena Paradiso is coming!

Photo by Creature Comforts.
One of Georgia’s favorite Berliner Weisse’s is coming back on February 11th!
Short and sweet, here is the scoop on one of the best breweries in the U.S., Creature Comforts, launching their 2017 version of Athena Paradiso. I say 2017 version because they flip the fruit fused into their Athena Berliner Weisse with every batch; this one is made with tart cherry, raspberry and cranberry. Try it for the first time on February 11th at the brewery in Athens, GA, and/or wait for the cans to hit the shelves throughout Georgia shortly after.
Get some!