Saturday, March 7th at 6pm

Location: Opera Nightclub

Chandelier Wishes and Caviar Dreams


By Liz and John Attaway

Every time I walk the red carpet into Opera nightclub, I immediately start hearing the theme song to The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. It’s a place filled with wonder, as I have decided is, chandelier wishes and caviar dreams. I kid, but it is a beautiful venue with ornate operatic elements, a full stage, VIP seating and a beautiful patio area. In this first annual, first time, Atlanta Wine Party put on by the wildly popular Atlanta Beer Festivals team goes upscale with their new Atlanta Wine Party. It was like going to a high end event with ladies all dressed up in their party dresses and men in their collared shirts and coats then juxtaposed by the regular beer festival goer with their pretzel necklaces. It made for wonderful people watching.

I love wine but don’t know a ton about it and the Atlanta Wine Party was a learning experience for me. I know I really like whites much more than reds and here is why: it’s the crisp, apple tones with some earth and tart mixed in for good measure that appeal to me. I’m not too keen on the ones with too much grapefruit, oak, or smoke. For reds I prefer lighter, brighter ones that aren’t sweet yet not dry. Of the whites at Atlanta Wine Party, I really enjoyed the Kendall Jackson Avant Sauvignon Blanc. This is a new line for Kendall Jackson and I’m glad they did it. My favorite wine of the night. It was crisp and slightly tart, but not too dry. Sav Blancs can sometimes have too much grapefruit notes, but this one didn’t. I was also surprised by Barrymore Pinot Grigio, which is Drew Barrymore’s signature wine. It was a good blend of dry and sweet with apples and citrus notes. My other favorite white of the night. On top of that there were many other red or whites wines to try beyond my two favorites that were good but none really stood out.

There was also beer for those less wine enthusiasts. I’m not sure why you would go to a wine party if you didn’t like wine but I’m sure there were guys and gals that went just because their friends wanted to go or the girl their dating made them go. So this beer was for you! Terrapin and Orpheus, two local breweries were front and center in the beer area. For the Terrapin lover there was their mainstay, the Hopsecutioner in full force hop glory. John loves his Hopsecutioner! I find it tastes like soap but he likes that type of thing. The beer that stood out for me was Orpheus Tart Plum Saison, Atalanta. To me this Saison is more like a sour with a wild sour mash, a tart with plum notes and a little bit of a sour aftertaste. It’s like a Sour Patch kid without the sweet aftertaste. They even put cold press plums in it. Orpheus Brewing is located in midtown near Piedmont Park and is known around Atlanta for its unique Sours and Saisons.

Finally, behind a body guard and a velvet rope, if you were lucky enough to walk up the stairs to VIP, you could watch the party going on below you in style. Our favorite part of the VIP experience was the backstage area where you could watch the DJ from behind and see all the people dancing beyond that. What. A. View. Not only was the view and ambiance stellar, so were the wines and food spread. The champagne was so popular that they were totally out but they had all types of high end wines in white, red, and even Rose. The VIP party goers were treated to a Charcuterie, cheese, bread, and vegetable smorgasbord. They all looked to be having a ball.

If you missed this party, there are several upcoming events and festivals with Atlanta Beer Festivals. Hogs and Hops is on Saturday, April 11th. Here’s their website for more information:




ATLANTA, March 5, 2015 –Happy Ending Productions unveils full weekend schedule for the 11th annual 3-day SweetWater 420 Festival April 17-19, 2015 at Centennial Olympic Park, presented by SweetWater Brewing Company. General admission and VIP “Big Fish” single day tickets are now available for purchase here.

Headliners day-by-day schedule includes:

Friday, April 17

Snoop Dogg, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids and Beats Antique

Saturday, April 18

Cage the Elephant, Primus, Gov’t Mule and The Floozies

Sunday, April 19
311, Moe. and Slightly Stoopid and The Wailers

Visit for detailed weekend festival schedule for all stages, Relapse 420 Comedy Tent, ‘Not-So-Silent-Disco’ and SweetWater Experience.

“Planning is well underway to transform Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park into the ultimate festival experience and tickets are moving quickly. We have limited three day tickets remaining and with the release of our single day ticket options we expect to sell out soon,” stated Jennifer Bensch, President, Happy Ending Productions LLC.

Limited corporate private chalets to accommodate up to 30 people located at premium viewing area near main stages are available. To learn more contact

Receive discounted tickets to SweetWater 420 Festival Official After-Parties at Atlanta’s Terminal West featuring Pigs on the Wing April 17 and Break Science April 18.

More information including ticket, lodging, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities can be found at Follow on Twitter and Instagram @420Fest, and on Facebook at

SweetWater 420 Festival is produced by Happy Ending Productions, offering promotion, production, and event operations and logistics management. Happy Ending Productions’ client list includes Camp Bisco, Counterpoint, Bonnaroo, Hookahville and tour support for Phish, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and more.

About SweetWater 420 Festival
The 11th annual SweetWater 420 Festival will be held April 17-19, 2015 at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. Three stages will accommodate 48 musical acts representing with the most diverse and talented line-up in the festival’s 11-year history. The SweetWater Experience will offer a unique variety of samplings and school patrons on craft beer, Planet 420 will offer eco-friendly tips and the Not-So-Silent Disco will keep the party going. For more details and ticket purchase visit and follow on Twitter/Instagram at @420Fest or on Facebook at

About SweetWater Brewing Company
Living by the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream,” SweetWater Brewery has been blazing its own path in craft beer throughout the Southeast since its inception in 1997. With a brewer calling the shots, quality of beer—and life—are always most important in crafting a lineup of lip-smackin’ brews. Widely known for its flagship 420 Extra Pale Ale, SweetWater also serves up an ever-evolving Catch & Release seasonal lineup of brews and an offbeat, one-off Dank Tank series. SweetWater invites folks to join them for tours and tastings of their Atlanta brewery every Wednesday through Sunday. Visit for more info about SweetWater, or hang out with your social thang out by following SweetWater on Twitter/Instagram @sweetwaterbrew, or on Facebook And always remember; drink ‘em if you got ‘em!




Saturday, February 28th at 12pm

Location: Atlantic Station

Porkus Maximus


 By Liz and John Attaway

On a beautiful, warmer, almost spring day with the Atlanta skyline looming over Atlantic station was the 2015 Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. What a way to kick-off the spring festival season where you could almost feel spring starting! From all types of beers, to high end bourbons, to food truck after food truck of BBQ, the festival had a little something for everyone and then some. This year’s crowning glory was the first annual Shrine of Swine where porkus maximus was achieved with an hourly whole hog tasting.

The first thing on the agenda was finding new and exciting beers to sip. John and I agreed Heavy Seas was one of the best with their Loose Cannon, which was John’s favorite and mine was the Strong Scottish Ale in the Desert Island Series. It’s an 8% APV limited beer with notes of malt and chocolate, yet drinkable and light enough to have more than one. Loose Cannon is Heavy Seas flagship beer, which is an IPA with three different hops with notes of grapefruit and pine (Soap anyone?). Other beers we enjoyed were Jekyll’s Export Stout, which is a local brew out of Alpharetta. What I like about the Export Stout is an Imperial Stout with very deep malt notes, dark roast, raisin, and a hint of smoke. Second was Finch’s Stash Stout which had deep chocolate notes, as well as Southern Tier’s Chokolat. Both were heavy on the chocolate and reminded me of hot cocoa. Yum.

Along with the beer, the Tasting Tent was an exceptional place to learn about some local breweries. First up was Red Hare with their four year-round beers: Cotton Tale Pale Ale, Watership Brown, Gateway IPA and the Long Day Lager. John liked the Gateway and Cotton Tale, while give me the Watership Brown all day. What I enjoyed about the Watership Brown are the chocolate and malt notes. The other brewery was Monday Night. One of my favorite local beers is the Drafty Kilt from Monday Night and is one of their mainstays. I’ve discussed Drafty Kilt before but it’s dark and roasted Ale but drinks like a stout with a light touch. I could drink it all day. Now just to get out to both breweries!

BBQ. As I mentioned before was Shrine of Swine, in its first year it was an instant sensation that everyone was talking about. Beyond the whole hog tasting general attendees could purchase BBQ from the plethora of food trucks offering pulled pork sandwiches to beef brisket. The lines got long so they must have been offering up some serious grub. If you were lucky enough to go VIP, they had pulled pork   Shane’s, Pork rinds with pimento cheese from Smoke Belly, several offerings from Pit Master BBQ and much more including Pork Belly and flavored bacon. Let’s also not forget Salvage Jerky was handing out Sriracha Bacon. Yum.

Overall, it was a fun-filled warm day in late February. We watched giant Jenga, saw a heated game of corn hole, and enjoyed the warm weather.