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Wild Heaven West End and Gardens: FINA, You Had Us at Walking Taco!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/20/19

Wild Heaven West End and Gardens introduces new beers and in-house fine foods: FINA.

There was a time we had never been to West End, but with the recent trend to open restaurants, bars, and breweries down there, it’s becoming a must visit locale for anyone interested in Atlanta’s food and drink scene. Case and point: Wild Heaven West End and Gardens. Now with their second brewery and internal FINA fine food, you can sit for a drink, grab a bite, and enjoy the gardens and atmosphere this location has to offer. What we enjoyed most was the hospitality, of course, they have great food and great beer, but their moto is Serve Your Neighbor and they take that to heart. Eddie was so personable, and we really got to chat with him about his passion for Wild Heaven’s beer, as well as their new FINA restaurant. Beyond that, nestled next to Monday Night Garage, Boxcar ATL and Hop City, as well as another brewery coming down the road, you could make a day of it. Did someone say day trip?

Let’s start with what Wild Heaven is known for, their beer. They have staples from their Decatur brewery like Eschaton (Liz’s all-time Wild Heaven favorite), Emergency Drinking Beer, Ode to Mercy, and a ton of others, but what Eddie expressed to us was this location was going to be their more exclusive beers, almost like their “lab” to create and try new things. Garden Beer is a good example! While we were there, Westy was one of their exclusive brews, as well as the Garden Beer series in collaboration with the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The first Garden Beer was lemon, this one called Season Two was peach. That was my (Liz’s) favorite beer we had all day. It was one of those you could work in your garden and sip on all day with a light sweetness, but nothing overbearing. With light peach notes, but enough hop back-bone to support it. The other beer, Westy, almost came off with some Granny Smith apple notes, followed by some hop bitterness. It was well-balanced! I (Liz) don’t usually like IPAs but their Wild Monster Double IPA with prickly pear, which makes it red, is one of my favorite IPAs ever! It’s slightly sweet with the pear, but also has a good balance. I’d get any of these again. John’s favorite was Altair IPA. He said it was smooth and drinkable for an IPA. He got two. That tells you something. Solid beers, check!

Before we get to the food, we’d like to share a story Eddie told us about how Eschaton became a staple beer for Wild Heaven. Back in Athens, Eddie mentioned that he and Eric had an underground supper club called the 4-course man. Clever. One of these nights, Eric did an beer dinner and Eschaton was the one that really caught on that night, and these years later, is still being brewed in the original Wild Heaven location. We loved hearing about how it came about, since that is my(Liz’s) favorite Wild Heaven beer!

There are two words you need to know about FINA, Wild Heaven West End’s in-house fine food establishment: Walking Taco. Yes, they have deliciously creamy guacamole, their Al Pastor Mexican Pizza is creamy, dreamy, and loaded with delicious pork, and their pork rinds are crisp with a KILLER salsa. We’ll get to some of that, but we’d like to highlight the Walking Taco. Eddie mentioned that this comes out of Chicago and is all the rage. No one we’ve mentioned it to has ever heard of it, even one of my friends whose boyfriend lives in Chicago, but it’s really going to catch on. Mark our words, this will be a huge deal! Why you ask? Think about this: take a bag of Fritos with all their salty, crispness, and smoosh all that good taco meat, cheese, pico de gallo, onions, cilantro, and sauce into that bag. Grab a spoon. See where we’re going? It’s crispy, crunchy, salty, sweet, creamy, dreamy, spicy all in one place and if we were asked if there was one food you could have every day for the rest of your life, THIS would be it. Plus, it’s only $4. We’re in love.

Beyond the Walking Taco phenom, we really enjoyed the chicken wings. They were crunchy, large, and had a lemon-peppery dry rub that was tangy, salty, sweet, and had a good bite to them. We were told they were brined for 2 days, roasted, and then dried. Yum. Also, the Salsa Macha that they have with their pork rinds is KILLER. Pork rinds tend to be very salty and take-on whatever dip you put with them. That’s the beauty of using them in that way, this sauce was sweet, very spicy on the back, and so rich that it cut through that salt and really left a meat flavor on the tongue. We want to buy this sauce to go on all our meats! Eddie, are you listening? Put it in a bottle? Finally, we’d like to mention they have a wood-burning pizza oven that Eddie said would NOT be used for pizza. We look forward to the future culinary surprises that FINA will offer, and don’t be surprised if something Lebanese or middle eastern comes out of it.

Whew, we’re stuffed and happy until next time.

Arches Brewing 4th Annual Oktoberfest

Date: Friday, September 20th to Sunday, September 22nd

Time: Varies

About: PROST! It’s time to break out your lederhosen and dirndl, we’re ready for our 4th Annual Oktoberfest! This year we’re upping our game and extending the event over three full days! We’ll be releasing our Festbier along with the newest addition to the Arches Oktoberfest lineup, our Helles Lager!  We’ll have commemorative Arches Brewing steins available, first come first served! This year we have partnered with the talented folks over at Fox Bros Bar-B-Q for a mouth watering menu you won’t want to miss. Make sure to save room! Jeannine Henderson will be onsite selling her world famous German Chocolate Cupcakes as well. As always Oktoberfest garb is encouraged!  Best outfit will take home the crown of Oktoberfest. Only one person can win, will it be you? Atlanta’s favorite brass band FunkCake will be crushing it with some originals but also hitting us up with some traditional Oktoberfest jams… Alpine Folk music anyone?

More Information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2320796034906525/

SECOND SELF BEER 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/16/19

Saturday, October 12th at Noon: All-Day Celebration will Include Outdoor Tap Trucks & Collaboration Beers Including a Chocolate-Inspired Beer Benefitting Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico

Local Atlanta brewery Second Self Beer Company is hosting their five-year anniversary party at their Westside taproom (1317 Logan Cir NW) on Saturday, October 12 from noon-10pm!

Celebrating a half-decade since opening on Atlanta’s Westside, Second Self invites the community to an all-day event featuring 30 different beer offerings both inside the tasting room and outside on the lawn at various tap trucks. In the words of Co-founder and Beer Architect Jason Santamaria, “Since we opened our doors in 2014, we’ve worked with a number of  local businesses in the community that have played an important role in our story.” As a way to say “thank you,” Second Self will roll out unique beers during the party that have been developed through creative collaborations from friends like United Distributors Craft Team, Hop City, Brick Store/Leon’s, Atlys Media, Pulp Hot Sauce, Blue Hominy PR, and World of Beverage Grayson.

Two additional friends of Second Self will also be celebrating their one-year anniversary: local Puerto Rican pop-up restaurant, Mi Abuelas, and coffee roaster Slow Wave Coffee. The three have collaborated to create a hot chocolate-inspired beer for the festivities named El Velorio (translated ‘The Wake’). The beer is reflective of the common cultural practice of serving hot chocolate at a Puerto Rican funeral, and proceeds from each sold will go towards benefitting disaster relief for Puerto Rico. Following the party, Second Self will carry the remaining supply of this beer at their taproom and will sell some in limited distribution.

Other Atlanta organizations also joining in on the fun include Georgia English Bulldog Rescue, Carnival ATL, Terminus Legion, Go Kickball and Friends of the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, as well as a handful of vendors such as  Illegal Food, The Real Mexican Vittles and Psychedelic Snow Co, in which guests can purchase bites to pair with their beers.

Three different ticketing options, General Admission, VIP and Designated Driver, are available for attendees to purchase on Eventbrite prior to the anniversary party and at the door day-off. General Admission tickets ($25) will provide six drink tickets and a take-home souvenir glass. VIP tickets ($75) will include the same souvenir glass in addition to two 16 oz cans of The Wake, unlimited pours throughout the party and entry one hour early as first tasters. Those who plan to drive but still partake in the fun can purchase Designated Driver tickets ($5) and enjoy a selection of non-alcoholic beverages including Cirrus CBD mocktails, coffee, and hot chocolate.

As two Georgia Tech graduates and fraternity roommates who took a leap of faith to open a brewery in their hometown, Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle have seen a huge growth in their business in just five short years. What began as a small taproom has since expanded twice, with increases in production capabilities and growth into markets across Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The team is determined  to not stop at beer but to become a beverage incubator in the South, with a diversity of drink offerings.

Tickets here.

Monday Night Brewing Tie One On 2019

Date: Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th

Time: 2 pm, varies

About: It’s time to Tie One On. We’re celebrating 8 years of Monday Night Brewing with our annual two-day, blow-out party at the Monday Night Garage. We’ve had so much fun brewing, drinking, having conversations and forming relationships with you on this wild ride, and we hope you’ll join us as we cheers to the future and celebrate the journey so far. Day 1 (Saturday) is for 21+. Event is from 2pm-10pm. VIP entry begins at 12pm. Day 2 (Sunday) is for everyone—kids, families, and dogs included. Kids under 18 get in free. Event is from 12pm-7pm. Tickets range in price from $25 for GA to $70 for VIP.

You can expect:

+ Tiki vibes and the juiciest IPAs, featuring a tropical oasis with our mobile Hop Hut at the helm.
+ Live music all day Saturday, culminating with a special Beach Boys-inspired set from Moontower.
+ A unique tap list of over 50 (read: more like 60) of our very best beers. Plus, specialty casks paired with each food station. Casks will be available both Saturday and Sunday.
+ BBQ stations from around the world, including Korean BBQ, barbacoa, and classic Texan presented by DAS BBQ. (There will also be vegan options!)
+ A game room featuring foosball, shuffleboard, cornhole and more from Venture Shuffleboard; as well as giant Jenga and Connect Four from Atlanta Sport and Social Club.
+ The release of our anniversary beer, Tie 8 On—A 13.4% strong ale with Ugandan vanilla. Blended from 8 barrel aged beers hand selected by Brewmaster Peter Kiley and Barrel Program Director Tim McDonnell.
+ Activities for the kiddos all day Sunday, including face painting, bubbles by the Georgia Bubbleman, chalk drawing, and sand castle building.
+ A pop up doggo zone on Sunday featuring treats from Taj Ma-Hound Gourmet Dog Treatsand leash making by Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe.
+ Brewery tours.
+ Atlanta United FC on the big screen on Saturday.

Don’t miss the Saturday VIP Experience!
This ticket will allow a limited number of guests access to the beers and event a full two hours early and includes:
+ First access to 50+ unique, limited beers
+ Two take-home Tie 8 On bottles
+ Limited edition anniversary glass
+ Reusable bottle share tote
+ 10 beer tickets
+ Limited edition 8 year screen printed poster
+ Brewmaster tour

1 drink ticket is valid for 8oz of core/seasonal beer, 4oz of specialty. Additional drink tickets available for purchase on-site for $3 each (8oz of core or 4oz of specialty per ticket).

More Information:

https://www.freshtix.com/events/tieoneon8