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ADVENTURES IN ATLANTA AMID COVID-19: SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS WHILE STAYING SAFE

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/15/20

Amid these times in our country, you and your family’s health is more important than anything else. With the continued cancellation of events and gatherings, what we’d really like is for you to support your local breweries and restaurants, while staying safe. How can you do that?

  • Purchase gift cards from your favorite spots online.
  • Buy local beer and wine at grocery stores.
  • As long as local restaurants are open: get take-out, curbside, or delivery.
  • Over tip in these lean times.

Once events come back and we get through this together, we will be back at it having more adventures in our beautiful city, recommending restaurants and events, but in the mean time, be nice to each other. It’s time to come together. Cheers!

Galentine’s Day Party and Beer Release Reformation Brewery Smyrna 2020

Date: Thursday, February 13th

Time:  7 pm

About: Link up with your Lady Friends, your Gal Pals, your Sistas From Another Mistahs, cause it’s a Galentine’s Day beer party at Reformation Brewery (Smyrna)! We’ll be pouring up some love for Sporty Girls, Inc., and a Peach Cobbler Sour (8%) to celebrate and raise funds for their mission to bring enrichment and sports to girls 8-18 in Atlanta. With Peaches, cinnamon, and Amber & Honey malt, this beer is a fundraiser to boot! Grab a pint, or a 4pk while supplies last from Reformation taprooms and independent retailers near you, and while supplies last $1 per pint/pack will be donated to Sporty Girls Inc. Plus more!

More Information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1326865247500388/

New Realm Brewing Company: Beer and Bites Perfectly Paired

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/9/20

Walking down the Beltline, it’s hard to miss New Realm Brewery and that beautiful rooftop bar. It’s the perfect place to stop in for a beer, but make sure you go hungry, because they will also rapidly become a food destination. Mark our words, where world-class beer making meets elevated southern fare is New Realm Brewing Company, a patchwork of meatballs and creamy grits, beer can chicken, newly added distilled spirits, and beer aficionados discussing the newest bourbon barrel release. Tasty pairings ahead.

Our first stop on our food adventure is with the Asian-Style Loaded Fries. From the crispy and piping hot mound of French fries to the tender and deep pork, topped with a savory garlic aioli and spicy sriracha, it was a complete and balanced bite. The creaminess of the aioli mixed with the sriracha goes from creamy to spicy and then mellows out with the pork. It paired well with the Hazy Like A Fox or Hoptropolis IPA because of the bitterness of the beer and the spicy and creaminess of the fries balance each other out. What a great appetizer and pairing.

Tackling Liz’s favorite bite next, the Spanish-Style Tomato Braised Pork Meatballs, were a bite of heaven. These gems were light pork meatball, perfectly tender and earthy, topped with tasty marinara and placed on top of creamy, rich grits. The mix of grits and marinara and the richness of the meat was so good that we ate the entire thing. If you could get one thing at New Realm, this is it. As far as pairing, it’s so heavy, we liked the United Lager with it. Something light and easy drinking.

Of the larger plates, we went for the Beer Can Smoked Chicken (featured image). With tender bone-in, skin-on tender, lightly smoky on top of summer succotash (corn), and garlic mashed potatoes, it was a staple southern dish elevated to southern classic. The chicken was tender with slightly smoky flavor throughout and went well with the succotash of corn and the creaminess and depth of the mashed potatoes. You need to take the chicken and mix it with everything else. What a great bite! Since this chicken has the Hazy Like a Fox glaze, of course it pairs well with the IPA, BUT could we suggest the Oaxaca Choca or Doomsday Hound Wooded Reserve (or any stout on their menu)? The chicken is smoky, which to us pairs well with something a little heavier and cuts through the smokiness of the chicken and balances it out! The Oaxaca Choca stout reminds you of Christmas with cinnamon forward nose, mellowing out on the end. What’s better than that and a hearty Christmas-like meal?

John’s favorite was the pizza. We got the Meat Head Pizza and it was crispy, hearty, and filled with all types of meat, it was savory. He ate on that pizza for a couple of days it was so large. It’s a good deal for what you get and make sure you bring a friend to help you finish it! Pro tip: Liz decided she wanted to pile some of the fries with sriracha on her piece of pizza and it was amazing that way. Added spice and creaminess and tons of crunch. As far as beer pairing, you can have anything with it. That’s not a cop-out that’s a testament to the elevated beer brewing skills at New Realm. Pizza and beer just go together from a lager, an IPA, to the Perun Pale Ale to that delicious Chocolate Sea Salt Imperial Ale that literally tasted like a King of Pop Popsicle.

Did you know that New Realm is going to start rolling out more Seltzers and even has started to distill their own liquor? You heard us, you can get a liquor drink or a seltzer right now at New Realm. They have vodka, gin, and bourbon and mixers like soda, cranberry, or even Bloody Mary and Red Bull. So, Next time we walk the beltline, we’re going to make sure to try something new on the New Realm provisions menu and find a new favorite beer. Maybe the Spicy Korean Pork Cheek Buns and another one of the Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series Beers? Maybe a Bloody Mary on the weekend? Yes, please. What are you doing next weekend?

WILD HEAVEN AVONDALE GALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/23/19

Wild Heaven Avondale

Saturday, February 15th at 10:30 am

Our 5th annual Galentine’s Day party at Wild Heaven Beer (Avondale) is Saturday, February 15 from 10:30am-1pm – a half hour longer this year! Your $39 advance ticket ($45 at the door), gets you a roomful of great women to celebrate with, three full pours of delicious Wild Heaven Beer (including Emergency Drinking Beer Mimosas!), brunch from the famed Waffle House food truck, craft supplies, a commemorative stemmed glass (new this year!) plus a flower crown building station to get you ready to show off for the day. Space is limited, get your tickets today! More about the brewery here.

Monday Night Garage Situational Ethics Release and VIP Event 2019

Date: Saturday, December 7th

Time: All day

About: Situational Ethics Day Returns. It’s a celebration of everything great about these imperial stouts. Oh, in case you were wondering, this year’s variants are Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Meadowfoam Honey Imperial Stout, Maple Cognac Barrel-Aged Praline Imperial Stout, Mezcal Barrel-Aged Mexican Hot Chocolate Imperial Stout.  We’ll be pouring these all day long at the Garage, and you can take some bottles home. The event is free, but we are also hosting a VIP event. The VIP event includes unlimited pours, a limited edition glass, adjunct-free cask tastings and a conversation with our Brewmaster on the evolution of our stout program. Plus, special local food pairings from BoxCar ATL, Heaps, and Honeysuckle Gelato. VIP tickets are $60.

More Information:

https://www.freshtix.com/events/situational-ethics-2019