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Der Biergarten: Gluhwein and a Side of Sauerkraut

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/16/19

Move over hot sauce, there’s a new elevated condiment in town, Sauerkraut! We made our way downtown to visit Der Biergarten to taste their German-centric fare and sip on their holiday cocktails. From affordable and delicious meat and cheese plates (Gemischte Wurst Und Käseplatte) to a perfectly cooked pork shank (Schweinshaxe) to something we never knew we loved, Sauerkraut, as well as a hot holiday drink tradition Glühwein, Der Biergarten is an immersive German experience in the heart of Atlanta. Ready for an adventure?

Starting with the sips, being during the holidays, they had everything form a spicy cocoa, red beer in a take-home boot, and our favorite find of the night: Glühwein. This traditional winter and holiday drink from Germany that drinks like a hot Sangria, a mix of red wine and spices. It was warm on the cold night and totally different than anything we’ve had before, with the savory, sweet of the red wine and earthiness of the clove spice on the back end. It doesn’t sound like something we’d ever like but surprised us! Along with a great selection of German bier, wine, and fun cocktails, try something new!

Who doesn’t like a good meat and cheese plate? This one was chocked full of jaeger, which is a German dry-aged traditional sausage, hard cheeses, plus a lot of bread to pair it with. We felt this was a REALLY good deal for the price and John decided this was one of the best meat and cheese plates in the city. He knows; he’s a charcuterie fanatic. Also enjoyed the pretzel (Risenbretzel) which was buttery, salty, warm, and hearty. Make sure to use the mustards they bring, as well. Go sweet the with the Bavarian Mustard or spicy with the spicy Mustard. Either way, a good tasty bite.

Then there’s the pork shank. The way it was cooked, rotisserie style with skin on, locks in the flavor and tenderness of the meat, while interesting mix of spices like clove and an herb that taste of licorice, give the crust a rich, unique flavor. Mix it with the savory au jus and the side of sauerkraut. That hits the spot. Speaking of the sauerkraut, not typically a favorite, this was the best we’ve ever found with that typical sour vinegar flavor on the back but hidden for most of the bite by the utilization of bacon. Yes, bacon! It’s savory and sour and a good accoutrement to the savory of the pork. Insert mind blown emoji here.

Are you hungry yet? We are! Meet us down at Der Biergarten!

2020 Atlanta Winter Wine Festival

Date: Saturday, January 18th

Time: Noon or 6 pm

About: The 4th annual Atlanta Winter Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, January 18th at City Winery with two sessions: noon -4pm and 6-10pm. We will have over 50 wines as well as a selection of beer and cider to choose from. There will be a live band, DJ Q-tip, and food will be available for purchase. The wine list will be added to the website soon. Tickets are now on sale: $45 in advance, $50 after Jan 9th, and $60 at the door.

More Information:

https://www.atlantawinefestivals.com/winter/

Atlanta Winter Market 2020

Date: Tuesday, January 14th to Monday, January 20th

Time: Varies

About: Retailers and designers will experience nearly 50 events, seminars, gourmet demonstrations, lounges and celebrations – including the first-ever staging of Party for Life in Atlanta – at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® this January. New year, new name: Atlanta Market! Programming across the AmericasMart campus will connect market attendees with influencers, tastemakers and thought leaders sharing actionable tips and trends. In addition, AmericasMart will host 100+ food and beverage amenities including happy hours, complimentary breakfasts, snacks and more throughout the campus. Note: This event is only open to the industry retailers, designers, and buyers. If you’d like to attend you’ll need to apply at AmericasMart for credentials.

More Information:

https://www.americasmart.com/

AMERICAN AXES AXE THROWING OPEN IN MARIETTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/15/19

AXE THROWING ARRIVES IN COBB COUNTY

Cobb County’s First Dedicated Axe Throwing Facility Ribbon Cutting January 21

American Axes is opening its doors to their first location. Since Monday, December 16th, American Axes has been hosting select small groups and individuals for a soft open prior to opening in full to the public on January 10. Conveniently located 10 minutes or less from the Battery, Marietta Square and Kennesaw State University at 821 Livingston Court SE, Suite G, Marietta, GA 30067, American Axes is excited to become part of the Cobb entertainment community.

“We are very excited to be a new member of the thriving Marietta and Cobb County entertainment community,” said owner, Dan Fisher. The sport of Axe Throwing has grown substantially over the past decade. So much so that now the sport’s championship games are broadcast nationally on ESPN. As the sport continues to grow, American Axes is excited to bring a high-quality Axe Throwing facility to Cobb County that is different from others in the greater Atlanta-area. Amenities include:

− VIP space to host groups of up to 12 people that has dedicated TV and audio

− Main throwing room has single target lanes for added safety
− Several TV’s that will play local sports
− Vintage video game console
− Outdoor theme that celebrates the National Parks
− Lanes designed with highest standards of craftmanship and safety in mind

“Our tagline is Safe, Easy, Fun and our guests will experience the time that we took in the details to provide our guests with a safe and fun experience that is easy to learn,” said Fisher. The commitment to safety is paramount and American Axes took extra measures not taken by most venues to create single target lanes.

UNCORKED ATLANTA WINE FESTIVAL WINTER 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/14/19

Saturday, February 22nd at Noon

The Fairmont

Join us on Saturday, February 22nd for the next edition of Uncorked Atlanta Wine Festival at The Fairmont, in West Midtown.
From 12:00pm – 4:00pm enjoy complimentary wine and craft beer tastings (over 50 varieties), music performances, and fun wine-themed activations. Tickets can be purchased here.

Tickets Include:
Souvenir Uncorked Atlanta Tasting Glass
Complimentary Wine and Craft Beer Tastings (50+ varieties)
DJ and Music
Food Available for Purchase

Pricing Information:
SUPER EARLY: $25 – First 300 Tickets
Regular ticket prices increase from $30 – $54 in advance and $60 at the door (if available)