Category Archives: Beer

Spring Into the Atlanta Improv with Special Promo

Looking for a unique spot for a date or a fun night out with friends? Or just need a laugh since Atlanta’s seemingly never ending-winter has got you down?

Get your tickets now to the Atlanta Improv. With sets from nationally touring comics and special events happening over the next few months, there has never been a better time to check out the comedy club.

Scroll down for a special offer to save $20 on tickets

Upcoming comics include Ryan Singer, Theo Von and John Caparulo. Not to be missed are the Open Mic Nights on Wednesdays. Each week comedians of all levels and experiences take a turn at standup, along with special guest comedians and the occasional celebrity appearance.

The Atlanta Improv will also host shows during the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival on March 27th, 28th and 29th.

Click here to see the full calendar of upcoming shows

The dinner menu includes an assortment of bar favorites plus sushi created next door by master sushi chef Saito Saito at Czar Ice Bar. There are plenty of creative cocktails as well as wine and beer.

For a limited time, you can save $20 on tickets to the Atlanta Improv. Enter coupon code: Eskimo. The offer is valid through April 30th, and can’t be used for special events.

The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre, located in the Andrews Entertainment District, 56 East Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta 30305
(678) 244-3612

D.B.A. Barbecue Launches Monthly Sauce Making Class

Feeling saucy?

D.B.A. Barbecue is launching a monthly barbecue sauce making class in March. On the last Wednesday of each month the Virginia-Highland restaurant will give barbecue enthusiasts the chance to make their own special blend, along with enjoying plenty of drinks and D.B.A.’s award-winning hickory smoked barbecue.

DBA sauce making classAfter an opening cocktail and snacks, the evening kicks off with a moonshine tasting – three Junior Johnson Midnight Moon moonshines and a Four Roses Bourbon.

Then it’s time for the main event. Owner and pit master Matt Coggin is your entertainer and guide, helping you to create your perfect barbecue sauce – whether you prefer sweet, spicy or tangy.

Once you pick your base and add the sweeteners, it’s time to get creative. With a variety of spices and seasonings, there are limitless flavor possibilities.

DBA Matt CogginThen comes the tastiest part – sampling your sauce and other guests’ sauces with a plate of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken wings and cream corn. There’s also a bowl of banana pudding to end the evening on a sweet note.

You’ll get to take your barbecue sauce home, along with a bottle of D.B.A.’s barbecue sauce and a $10 gift certificate to use at a later date.

The first barbecue sauce making class will be held on Wednesday, March 26th, from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is $40 per person, $70 for two, and $130 for a group of four.

barbecue sauce spicesSpace is limited. To make a reservation call D.B.A. Barbecue at (404) 249-5000 or sign up through their Facebook page.

Upcoming dates for the barbecue sauce class are: April 30th; May 28th; June 25th; and July 30th. All start at 7pm.

D.B.A. Barbecue, 1190 North Highland Avenue NE Suite B, Atlanta, 30306. (404) 249-5000

>> Connect:
Twitter: @dbabarbecue
Facebook: DBABarbecue

photo credit: Teodora Nicolae
Cypress Street Pint & Plate pairing

Sublime Pairings at Cypress Street Pint & Plate

They say opposites attract. And you would think it wouldn’t get any more opposite than beer and doughnuts. This unusual pairing was the feature at a special Valentine’s Day edition of Beer Geek Tuesday at Cypress Street Pint & Plate.

Cypress Street Pint & PlateIntrigue, or maybe just hunger and thirst brought a big crowd to the Midtown bar. Even the outside tables were full – cold temperatures and the threat of ice and snow seemed to be no deterrent. My husband and I took a corner table inside and were greeted immediately by the Beer Geek himself, Rob “BrewRu” Merrick.

Talking with Rob, it’s clear how knowledgeable and passionate he is about beer. He’s also a lot of fun. If you’re new to craft beer, Rob can make it easy to understand. If you’re more experienced, you’ll likely learn about or taste something new.

We took Rob up on his suggestion to try the featured New Belgium beers of the evening. The Snapshot wheat started with sweet citrus, followed by a gentle sourness and clean finish. The Spring Blond Belgian style ale was refreshing with apple and lemon notes, and a slightly bitter finish.

Both Rob and our server Anthony were great about checking in throughout the evening to make sure we were enjoying the beer and food.

The menu looks like a typical brewpub menu, but the quality of the food is far beyond. We started with the BBQ Eggrolls, a southern take on the Chinese dish. Filled with bbq pork and collard greens and served with a sriracha ranch dipping sauce, they were unbelievably flavorful and juicy (make sure you take a bite over the plate). Before my husband and I finished the eggrolls we were planning a return visit for them.

Our main courses were equally as delicious. I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, which was topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, blue cheese and spicy mayo. Every bite was a mix of tangy, spicy and creamy. I don’t think I’ve ever had a buffalo chicken sandwich so good as Cypress Street’s.

My husband ordered the famous Sublime Burger. The ultimate indulgence, it is a half-pound burger topped with cheddar cheese, applewood bacon and caramelized onions between two Sublime doughnuts. Sublime exclusively makes the glazed doughnuts for Cypress Street Pint & Plate. As you might expect for something so over the top, it was delicious. The doughnuts, not as sweet as I had thought they would be, went surprisingly well with the savory beef and bacon. Definitely worth the guilt, or the extra time in the gym.

Sublime doughnuts and beerThen it was time for the main event – three Sublime doughnuts paired with three 4 oz. pours of beer. A Reese’s peanut butter cup doughnut was paired with Lonerider Brewing Company’s Pistols at Dawn; a heart-shaped strawberry-filled chocolate doughnut with chocolate icing was paired with Allagash Saison; and a red velvet cake doughnut was paired with Delirium Noël.

My favorite doughnut was the heart. It was almost a surprise biting in and finding whole strawberries, and they were made even better by the chocolate icing. For me, the pairing that worked best was the Reese’s doughnut and Lonerider beer. The chocolate and peanut butter in the doughnut worked well with the coffee flavors in the Pistols at Dawn.

While not every Beer Geek Tuesday involves an opposites-attract pairing, the evening is sure to include new or unique beers and excellent food.

Beer Geek Tuesdays are every Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm.

Cypress Street Pint & Plate, 817 West Peachtree Street NE. (404) 815-9243

Flying solo this Valentine’s Day? Check out Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s inaugural Valentine’s Day Solo Party. On February 14th beginning at 8 pm, guests will enjoy $1 PBRs and $2 SweetWater IPAs served in classic red Solo Cups. Rob has crafted a special “Love Bites” beer shake for the event, with Frozen Pints Milk Chocolate Stout craft beer ice cream and fresh strawberries, topped with vodka whipped cream and drizzled with a chocolate beer reduction. There will be music from DJ Pat O’Brien, and there is no cost to attend.

>> Connect
Twitter: @CypressStreet
Facebook: CypressStreet

photo credit Teodora Nicolae

Beer Carnival Returns to Atlanta

Step right up to the 5th annual Beer Carnival, bringing food, games, music, and more than 100 beers from around the world to Atlanta.

Beer CarnivalFormerly known as the Winter Beer Carnival, the event is returning to Atlantic Station on a new early spring date – Saturday, April 5th.

This year’s carnival is bigger and better than ever, with more beers, activities, DJs and beyond. From 1pm to 5pm guests will have the chance to sample premium craft beers, seasonal brews and traditional favorites.

Tickets for the Beer Carnival go on sale on Monday, January 20th at 10am online at, and can be purchased by phone at (877) 725-8849.

General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 day of event. Tickets include all the beer you can safely consume, a commemorative Beer Carnival sampling glass (available on a first-come, first-served basis), plus unlimited carnival games and activities (some may require a nominal fee).

Beer CarnivalVIP tickets are $65 and include noon entry and access to the VIP area and its exclusive selection of craft brews, food and private restrooms.

The event is rain or shine, and guests must be 21 years of age or older. Parking is available at the Atlantic Station parking deck. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA to the Arts Center Station and then take the shuttle to Atlantic Station.

For more information about the 2014 Beer Carnival visit

The 5th Annual Beer Carnival, Saturday, April 5th from 1pm to 5pm (VIP entrance at 12pm). Atlantic Station Special Event Site, 241 20th Street at Fowler, Atlanta 30363.

Twitter: @beercarnival

photo credit: Premier Events

Fry’s St. Cecilia to Open January 13

The newest restaurant from Chef Ford Fry is set to open on January 13th. St. Cecilia, located at the corner of Peachtree and Lenox Roads in Buckhead, will feature a menu inspired by northern Italian coastal flavors.

St CeciliaThe name pays tribute to the patron saint of music (and Fry’s love of music), as well as the sirens of Greek mythology who lured in mariners.

The menu created by Fry and executive chef Brian Horn draws from the cuisine of the southern European coast.

“When we started creating dishes for St. Cecilia, we were inspired by the cooking techniques used in the area of Genoa, Italy, the Ligurian coast, the day to day fishing, home-style pasta making – nothing too fancy, just really simple,” said Fry.

Dishes include salt cod beignets; bucatini with Jonah crab, Serrano chili and garlicky crumbs; fluke crudo with blood orange, pink grapefruit, Castelvetrano olive and EVOO; and veal rib chop with cipollini onions, mushroom, pancetta and Madeira.

The dessert menu created by pastry chef Chrysta Poulos is also inspired by Italy, with treats like the panini di gelato, an ice cream sandwich with pizzelle cookies; bomboloni doughnuts filled with housemade ricotta; and zabaglione gelato.

To complement the food, there are European-inspired aperitifs, craft cocktails and a 200-bottle wine list.

For those looking for a post-work or pre-dinner drink, there is a spacious bar and cocktail lounge.

St. Cecilia is located adjacent to the Pinnacle Building. The restaurant will offer dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Valet parking is available.

Ford Fry’s other acclaimed restaurants are JCT. Kitchen & Bar, No. 246, The Optimist and King + Duke.

St. Cecilia, 3455 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. (404) 554-9995.

Gift Ideas for Wine, Beer & Spirits Fans

Finding that perfect gift for the wine, beer or spirits fan is just a few clicks away. Here are the Amateur Gastronomer’s picks for this holiday season:

Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses

musical wine glassesMake music with your Merlot! These glasses hold 25 oz. of wine or non-alcoholic beverages, large enough to play a full A-major scale. The musical notes are labeled with sandblasted fill lines. Just pour or drink to the desired note, then run a moistened finger along the rim. The glasses are made from lead-free crystal and are dishwasher safe.
$65 for set of 2 glasses, available online at

Six-Pack Bike Bag

wine bike bagThere’s a new way to tote wine, beer, sodas and more when biking to a picnic or party. This durable canvas bag has six pockets that can hold all the essentials, and Velcro to secure both sides of the pack together underneath the crossbar. The dividers keep bottles and glasses cushioned while on the move. Please drink responsibly when riding a bike.
$69, available online at

SPARQ Wine Pearls

SPARQ wine pearlsKeep your wine or cocktail chilled without diluting it or affecting the flavor. SPARQ wine pearls are made from hand polished stainless steel. Put them in the freezer for four hours to chill them, then add two per drink. The wine pearls will hold their temperature outside of the freezer for approximately 45 minutes.
$30 for a set of 4, available online at Can be personalized for $40, available online at


ChillsnerFrom the makers of the Corkcicle comes the Chillsner, an in-bottle, drink-through beer chiller. Just freeze for 45 minutes, take a sip of your beer to make room for the Chillsner, then insert and press firmly to create a tight seal. Four flow vents allow the beer to flow smoothly. The Chillsner keeps its cool thanks to a gel that easily freezes, and its stainless steel frame makes it sturdy and easy to wash.
$29.95 for a set of 2, available online at

Mason Shaker

Mason ShakerGive your cocktails a southern shake with this unique four-piece cocktail shaker. The 32 oz. mason jar comes with a stainless steel top that screws on for easy shaking, straining and storing. The inspiration for the shaker came from two best friends who were raised in the south and wanted to stay true to their southern roots.
$29, available online at or in store in Atlanta at The Cook’s Warehouse.

Molecular Mixology Cocktail Set

molecular mixology setCombine cocktails and chemistry for tasty tipples! These molecular mixology sets let you put a new spin on mojitos, margaritas and cosmopolitans. Try them deconstructed, topped with foam, or with “caviar” bubbles that burst with flavor. Each set comes with recipes, tools, additives and silicone molds. Add your own liquor and ingredients.
$30 for each kit or $85 for set of all three, available online at

Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds

Tovolo ice moldThe ultimate tool for Whisky or Scotch fans, this mold produces two large round balls of ice that are perfect for keeping drinks chilled without watering them down. Just fill the molds with water and freeze them for approximately 4 hours. They’re stackable for easy storage in the freezer. The molds are made of BPA free plastic and have a silicone cap, and are dishwasher safe.
$10.95 for a set of 2, available online at or at in store locations in Atlanta.

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LivingSocial’s Craft Beer & Wine Fest

Head to Atlantic Station on Saturday, November 9th for LivingSocial’s Craft Beer and Wine Festival. The event will feature more than 100 craft brews and wines, food trucks, live music and more.

LivingSocial Beer FestAttendees will enjoy unlimited pours in a commemorative mini stein. There will be food from Atlanta’s best food trucks (food not included in ticket price), music from Parker Smith and the Bandwidth and games including giant beer pong.

The festival will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 1pm to 5pm (noon entrance for VIP ticket holders), at the special event site behind Atlantic Station.

Early bird tickets cost $30 per person (price will increase to $35), and VIP tickets cost $45. Click here to purchase tickets from LivingSocial’s website, or call 877-521-4191.

If you’re a new Uber rider you can get $20 off your first ride using promo code LivingSocialBF (from 7am November 9th until 3am November 10th).

LivingSocial Craft Beer & Wine Festival, Saturday, November 9th at Atlantic Station, 241 20th Street, Atlanta.

Taste of Atlanta 2013


Taste of Atlanta is now in its 12th year. What makes it the can’t miss event of the fall? The Amateur Gastronomer found out.

“This day is all about food,” said Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud, The Family Dog and Timone’s. “I think Taste of Atlanta gives people the opportunity to kind of get hyped up about food.”

More than 100 restaurants participated in the three day festival that showcased the city’s vibrant dining scene. It truly was the “food lover’s food experience” — attendees could sample just about any cuisine, from international favorites like Italian, Indian and Japanese to Southern staples like fried chicken and barbecue.

“We’ve just found that this time of year, meat’s pretty popular,” said Matt Coggin of D.B.A. Barbecue. “Why have lentil soup when you can have meat on a stick?”

For festival attendees, Taste of Atlanta offered the chance to interact with the people who source, create and serve the food.

“We love doing the event because it definitely brings people throughout – not just from intown neighborhoods,” said Coggin. “It’s always a great event, we always make new friends.”

“It’s great seeing regular people get excited about food,” said Eyester.

Taste of Atlanta offered education too. Those who were less familiar with the ‘eat local’ movement were able to experience it and understand the importance of it. And at seminars and cooking demonstrations attendees learned new techniques and recipes.

Most of all, Taste of Atlanta showcased just how exceptional the city’s restaurants are.

“I welcome the opportunity to create an awareness about what restaurants in Atlanta are doing and how our dining scene in Atlanta is getting progressively better year after year,” said Eyester.

“Eat out every night!”

Related: Snapshots from Atlanta’s Taste Revival

Evening of Decadence at the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival


Pinstripes and pearls. Feathers and fedoras. Blackjack and burlesque. The 1920s came roaring back Saturday at the second Speakeasy Cocktail Festival.

The event was a celebration of the style and sips of the Prohibition era. Revelers enjoyed 1920s inspired cocktails, and tastes of rum, vodka, tequila, cognac and beyond.

Opera in Midtown provided the perfect location to see and be seen – or not. Guests could take in performances from three floors, or sneak off to side rooms for drinks or cigars.

For those who were feeling lucky, the casino offered poker, blackjack, roulette and craps.

With sensual performances and all the classic and creative cocktails you could imagine, the Speakeasy Cocktail festival was a true evening of decadence.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Health Education & Communication Center of Atlanta. Click here to read about the organizations supported.

Wild Heaven Brewery Groundbreaking

Longtime supporters and beer fans joined the Wild Heaven team Thursday evening to experience the next phase for the craft beer company – a production brewery, located a stone’s throw from Decatur in Avondale Estates.

Wild Heaven groundbreakingAt the groundbreaking, founder Nick Purdy and consulting brewmaster Eric Johnson led the first of what will surely be many brewery tours, spray painting where the tanks, fermenters and even the bathrooms will be.

Afterwards guests took turns swinging sledgehammers through a remaining wall.

Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without Wild Heaven’s brews. In commemorative pint glasses, guests sipped Eschaton, Let There Be Light and one of the two beers that started it all: Invocation.

The Pallookaville food truck provided savory pairings – freshly dipped and fried corn dogs, french fries, pickles and boiled peanuts.

The brewery is expected to open in March 2014. For more information visit

Check out the snapshots below from the Wild Heaven brewery groundbreaking.