ATL by Night Highlights for Oct 5th – 7th

I feel like you should start thinking ahead to October, because the spring and the fall is when this city goes INSANE with things to do at all times of the day and night.

The weekend of October 5th-7th kicks off a wonderful, event-filled month in Atlanta. First off is the A3C Festival, a hip hop music and culture event that is both a conference and a music festival. Most of the conference panels, meet and greets, and networking activities are scheduled October 3-5, leaving Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th dedicated to musical acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Wayne, Talib Kweli and Young M.A.

Also happening but a separate event: the 8th annual Atlanta Hip Hop Day. This free, two-day music festival will be happening downtown at Woodruff Park. It will feature artists such as Skooly, Kwony Cash, and Lil Zane. Hosted by DJ Scream of 96.7 The Beat, this Saturday-Sunday outdoor get together will definitely make heads bounce, if not break some backs with sick beats.

Steve Aoki is playing at Ravine on Saturday, October 6th. Aoki hasn’t played in Atlanta for two years, and it feels like FOREVER since Midtown got that lit on a Saturday. This time, Aoki will be taking the EDM fire inside Ravine–no outside block party! It is going to be air conditioned for your sexy good times. Will there be cake thrown? Will this party be as crazy as I think it will be? I hope the answer to both questions is “YES!”  UPDATE: Beware Presents says there will definitely be cake thrown!

529 in EAV is throwing a great hip hop concert on Friday, October 5th titled We Are The Gard featuring Bumpy Knuckles, Breakbeat Lou and Opio. This is an official A3C Festival showcase, so you are guaranteed to hear something exquisite from the lineup. Free admission with A3C festival 5-day pass or tickets at the door

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The Sweet Auburn Music Fest is happening over Irwin Street this weekend as well. The two-day, FREE and family friendly music, food and arts gathering has a lot to offer: “From upcoming hip hop acts, to timeless R&B & Gospel stars, to Rap veterans, to Alternative Greats, the Sweet Auburn Music Fest has it all.”

What about the games and watch parties?? Sidebar is hosting UFC viewing party on Saturday afternoon and a Falcons-Steelers watch party on Sunday.

Looks like the start of a jam-packed October in the A–keep having fun, Atlanta!

 

 

 

 

Ravine Is The Newest Venue On The Midtown Scene

Friday, 17 August, marked the grand opening of Ravine, an entertainment venue that occupies the space of what used to be called Reign. I am not allowed to call Ravine a “club” because, to be fair, it is not. When I write my neighborhood nightlife scene guide, I will have to categorize places into venues, clubs, bar & food with live music, and pop ups

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Before I go into the music headliner of the inaugural evening, I need to talk about the venue. First off, parking is $20–that is decided by the parking company who watches over the lot, just fyi. VIP parking is available, too. The staff are all very nice and congenial–even the huge, imposing dudes hired for security and VIP area management. Bathrooms were spacious and had friendly attendants. Ravine is not just about music and DJs, but more about hosting private and sponsored events. Want to host DJ Snake here? Awesome. Want to have a bar mitzvah in a sick venue? Affirmative. Does your company want to have a lit end of year party/meeting with a live band? You’re covered.

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Ravine has two levels. The right side of the main floor is dedicated VIP seating areas, with a bar in the back right. The left side is a long, well-staffed bar that didn’t bleed too bad into the main floor. Upstairs is the main VIP seating area that houses up to five parties (it started getting difficult to do math with the strong drinks being poured, so pardon me if I get that wrong). Shout-out to Ed, who was doing a fantastic job of overseeing the entry area of the lower left VIP stairs next to the stage.

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Beware Presents brought us two acts that evening: SixSixMusic as the opener and Loud Luxury as the headliner. Loud Luxury is a Canadian production and DJ duo Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace, based in Los Angeles. The two met while going to school, and collaborated on songs together. After seeing a Porter Robinson show in 2016, they were inspired to create the song “See It Again.” In 2017, they remixed Martin Garrix‘s song “Scared to Be Lonely”–which brought them to the spotlight and enabled them to do further remixes that propelled them to touring and playing festivals.

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The floor finally got packed around 1 a.m., and I found that I still had a little more personal space than usual–so that was good. I have read Reddit and Facebook Atlanta EDM-based group posts debating the dress code at Ravine: I would say I saw patrons dressing slightly nicer than Opera and IRIS, but not all dripping bling and stiletto heels. Also, and this is important to me, it wasn’t hot inside the venue. If anything, I was cold–which is oh so important when dancing for your life and keeping your makeup looking sickening.

Friday evening was magical, indeed. Not only did I get free Krispy Kreme donuts on the way home, some guy in upstairs VIP started throwing money down on the dance floor making it rain a shower of one dollar bills! Shout-outs to Rachel behind the bar and Stephanie in the women’s bathroom: it was my pleasure shoving some people out of the way in order to collect some free money and tip y’all in cash.

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Okay, so here it is: Did I enjoy my time there? Yes. Was the sound great? Yes. Ravine has invested in a British-designed Funktion-One sound system and the depth was just right for the size of the venue. Lights and lasers? Yes, Ravine uses ROBE lighting systems. It’s not a huge setup, but it enhances the DJ(s) just fine. The large LED screen in the back is really the main draw for your eyes.

I would definitely go back for a music artist I really like. Ravine says it will soon announce other non-music acts and events, so stay tuned! I’m excited to see who else Beware Presents will book, as well. I’m going to recommend Steve Aoki for those of you who are looking for a WILD party; he’ll be there on Saturday, 6 October. You may even get famously caked!

Keep dancing, Atlanta!

District Is Atlanta’s Newest Versatile Entertainment Venue

District, Atlanta’s newest dance club and private event venue in the Armour District neighborhood, had a fantastic opening night on Saturday, July 14th.

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The building, located at 269 Armour Drive NE near Sweetwater Brewing Co., officially opened on July 14th with a patio party. The event featured Halogen & Friends, doing their Housewerk Open Air multi-DJ set. A small VIP area sat above the main patio area, overlooking a nice crowd of 20- and 30-something year old patrons.

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Halogen & Friends played until 11pm; at which point ticket holders for the headlining act, Cazzette, were allowed indoors into the main stage and dance floor areas. Cazzette, an EDM artist hailing from Sweden, laid down some future house beats to the delight of everyone there. District even brought in some dancers for the crowd to enjoy!

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I checked back in two weeks later during the open format sessions dubbed “The Future” and “We Are The City.” I briefly chatted with Rich Stine, the Operations Manager of District. “District is more than just a club; it’s a private events venue, too. We are hosting Jezebel Magazine’s “20 Most Eligible Atlantans” on August 2nd and will continue to serve as a corporate or private events venue during the week while focusing on music events on Friday and Saturday.”

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District is a great multi-purpose entertainment space.With patio space and a bar available upon entry, that opens up for the possibility of day parties (who doesn’t love a good brunch party?). Are you a person who likes a nice seating area and clean restrooms when you party? District has two floors of ample seating areas and spacious, fresh restrooms on each floor–a pretty thoughtful design that is difficult to find in the club and event scene. Another feature that District possesses is a kitchen area located in the back. This means that your private event can be catered to without hassle and executed perfectly! “Either day or night, week day or weeknight, District can host your events,” Stine said firmly.

“We have an LED display that is found nowhere else in North America, we have a premium sound system” he added. He’s right, the lights and the sound are amazing–you can spend a good amount time pondering life’s choices while staring at the moving and synchronized light fixture overlooking the main floor. Those of you who aren’t fans of the LED screens and/or lasers would love this setup!

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Getting back to the music… open format nights may not be for everyone, so District is featuring artists in August that will come from all parts of the world to entertain us here in the ATL. Morten will be there on August 10th to lay down some tracks from his latest album, “ADUMU” which dropped in June. For now, local acts like Crespo (pictured above), DJ EU and DannyM are going to bring you life in the late hours of the weekend.

Tickets range from $10 – $15 depending upon the act, you can walk up to District and purchase admission there if you can’t purchase online. Hosting a group or need VIP seating? Email the host, Steve, and he will get in touch with you. Did I mention there is free parking? There is free parking! There is also valet service and a waiting area out front for taxi needs.

Keep dancing, Atlanta!

National Tequila Day is Today!

Hangovers are no joke once you are past the age of 25, but if there is one thing that will convince me to drink on a week night it’s tequila specials! National Tequila Day is today July, 24th and I’ve researched the best places to celebrate the holiday here in Atlanta. Read below to find out about the specials sure to make your hump day a little more painful this week!

  • Zocalo (187 10th St NW):
    • $5 House Margaritas, $6 Espolon Shots, $8 Espolon Margaritas, $8 Don Julio Shots, $10 Don Julio Margaritas, and Live Music!
    • Area: Midtown

 

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Celebrate the release of SweetWater Brewery’s new herb-infused G13 Beer this Friday!

Imagine a beer that smells just like a fresh batch of herb and tastes just as good. Well if that’s your idea of a perfect world, you’re in luck! SweetWater Brewing Company is getting ready to release their new herb-infused brew, the G13 IPA, at their upcoming release party! Come join the celebration of the 420 strain at SweetWater Brewery this Friday, July 13, from 4:20 p.m.-10 p.m. and see what the hype is all about. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! If you need more convincing, they will be offering pints of G13 beer for the catchy price of only $4.20; the first 100 people to buy a pint will get a limited edition glass! There will also be food, live music and special tours to sweeten the deal.

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If you’re a skeptic, SweetWater is in the business of making believers. I had the honor and privilege of getting up-close-and-personal with the G13 IPA during our podcast with English Nick and SweetWater Brewery several weeks back and it changed my life. I just lifted the glass and let the magic happen. If I hadn’t had my eyes open, I would’ve thought I was inhaling the real thing.  This beautiful hybrid is the love child of beer and herb connoisseurs alike.

Don’t be fooled! There’s no herb in the beer, it’s just the master brewers at Sweetwater mimicking the taste of the culturally renown G13 government strain of marijuana (as seen in the opening scene of Pineapple Express). Aside from the distinct aroma, the G13 beer touts a taste worth mentioning. The taste does not invoke the Woodstock vibes as intensely as the scent, but does have a certain familiarity. Imagine if you could take the “special” flavor from a “special” brownie and imbue that quality unto a humble IPA. The weed-buttery essence (again, all from the natural flavors of the beer) is complemented perfectly by the crisp bitter of the IPA, bringing each sip to a happy, mellow, and tasteful harmony.

 

This is a beer anyone could pick up and drink, much like its parent beer the Sweetwater 420. Not too bitter, not too sour, not too soft. There’s much to be said for the love that went into this beer, and it shows with the complexity and interwoven layers of flavor that find their way into every sip of this beer. I can’t wait for it to hit shelves (and my fridge) but in the meantime, this launch party is your chance to see if the hype is true or if we’re all just blowing smoke!

You don’t have to take my word for it. In fact, our entire team was pretty impressed, and that’s saying a lot. Never mind the fact that English Nick openly advocated for the new G13 beer on our podcast. He was probably more excited than all of us combined! We didn’t stop at the taste-testing though. By the end of the night, we were all balancing a pint of G13 on one hand and talking business on the other, just like the professionals that we are. What can I say? We know how to have a good time!

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I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a pretty good reason to party! See you there.

Event location: SweetWater Brewery, 195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324 

Be sure to check out our weekly events calendar for all the top things to do in Atlanta!

The Red, White and Brews Bar Bash

Is that a Charcoal Grill I smell? Maybe some fresh Apple Pie?

Are those Fireworks exploding in the night’s sky?

Is that a Flag of Red, White and Blue?

Well, we all know what that means: it’s Independence Day.

The day we celebrate how Americans came together in order to counterattack a bunch of evil E.T.s that invaded and—wait, wait that’s the movie Independence Day?

Regardless, we all know what the 4th of July truly means for the U.S. of A.: partying. And to kick off this patriotic weekend, I spent my Saturday at the Red, White and Brews Bar Bash.

Hosted by the Atlanta Bar Tours, this bar crawl was anything, but boring. With the slogan, “Make America Drink Again”, the Giant King and I knew to come thirsty.

The crawl took place throughout the Buckhead bar area and began at the Lost Dog Tavern. At check-in, patrons were given a map, free beads, and a raspberry-vodka comp shot. (It was really tasty too.)

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Atlanta Bar Tours’ Crew

Some of the participating bars and restaurants included: Buckhead Saloon, Churchhill’s Pub, Red Door Tavern, Moondogs, and so many more. Each establishment provided complimentary shots, $3-$2-$1 drink specials, or different food offerings.

Once we received our gear, the Giant King and I made our way next door to the Red Door Tavern for some drinks. I got a tequila sprite and the Giant King got a vodka-water. Had to start off easy, ya know?

We then decided to head back over to Lost Dog Tavern for some good music and games. At Lost Dog Tavern, bar-goers had the option of playing either cornhole or water pong. This Gnome Queen had to see if her skills had lessened any since school ended.

While my throwing wasn’t the best, (I play soccer and run) I was able to maintain a solid lead over the Giant King. Until he came back and destroyed me. C’est la vie.

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Patriotic Cornhole

From Lost Dog Tavern, we made our way to Buckhead Saloon. Here, we took some shots and ate some tacos while watching Atlanta United decimate Orlando City. ‘Twas a good game.

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Throughout the course of the night, the Giant King and I primarily focused on the $1 shots. I do enjoy some shots.

At each location, patrons could be spotted by their fabulous choices of red, white and blues. From bald eagle t-shirts to American flag stilettos, this bar crawl was the most ‘Murican dream for all to see.

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And while this hadn’t been my first crawl with the Atlanta Bar Tours, it was definitely one of my top favorites. The atmosphere of each establishment, the walking-distance and the overall camaraderie between patrons was extremely appreciated.

To end our night, the Giant King and I made our way to the Elbow Room for their $8 18-inch pizza special. We may have had a little too much of it once we got home.

But hey, that food-coma was totally worth it all.

So have a patriotic Happy 4th of July from the Queen of the Gnomes, and keep the fireworks away from trees mmk?

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ATL by Day InterBrew English Nick Jake

InterBrews Ep. 1 – The G13 Experience with English Nick & Sweetwater Brewing

Welcome to Episode 1 of our new ATL by Day InterBrews series, “The G13 Experience with English Nick & Sweetwater Brewing!”

As a part of our focus on local Atlanta, this series will be all about putting the spotlight on Atlanta celebrities, artists, and residents while indulging in Atlanta’s latest and greatest brews. The interview hosts include veteran podcasters Chester & The Shrew from Unfinished Business, and members of our own team. For our first installment, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with English Nick of 97.1 The River and 10 High / Dark Horse’s Metalsome Live Karaoke. He’s been in the Atlanta music scene for decades and knows a thing or two about beer. Check him out at Metalsome Karaoke at the Roxy tomorrow!

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Our venue for this podcast was Atlanta’s own Sweetwater Brewery! They set us up with a fantastic tasting list including their new G13 “herb-infused” beer, Tropical Lover, Triple Tail, and Coffee Porter. Jake, a member of Sweetwater’s marketing team, will join in the later part of the podcast to guide our group through their tasting journey. Listen to the interview below to hear why this episode earns the title “The G13 Experience”.

Click the audio link below to listen, or listen at the Unfinished Business page here!

We had a great time and we’re looking forward to working more with our guests and hosts, and making more Interbrews! Keep an eye out for Episode 2!

Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl

Were you in Edgewood this weekend?

Well, an exciting event occurred this past Saturday: the first-ever Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl “The Clockwork Dungeon”.

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Hosted by the Atlanta Drunks & Dragons, the inaugural Bar-Crawl included 12 exciting Tabletop Games and 4 Team-Factions which each moved from Josytick Gamebar, The Beer Garden and Noni’s.

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Each Team-Faction began and ended at Level 5 with approximately 5 Adventurers per table not including their DM.

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Adventurers, DMs, and Spectators were also encouraged to dress-up in their best cosplay.

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Black Pudding Faction
While I was unfortunately only able to come right before the Final Battle, the overall atmosphere of each bar had been incredibly enthusiastic.

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The Purple Worms at The Beer Garden

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The Beer Garden
While I do love my Joystick, I remained predominately at The Beer Garden with the Giant King and my BFF “Bartleby the Wise” from Raleigh, North Carolina.

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“I really enjoyed the experience of watching the Crawl and how everyone was cosplaying,” said Bartleby.

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Bartleby the Wise & The Gnome Queen
At 6 P.M., the initiative for the Final Battle was rolled.

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The monster? A Giant Red Slaad.

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The “Slaadi” are large bipedal frogs which can sometimes appear humanoid. A dire aspect of a Red Slaad is its ability to reproduce by infecting a living host, so this was no small Boss Fight.

The Boss Fight was designed uniquely for the Bar-Crawl experience; instead of health, the Slaad needed 30 consecutive hits to be defeated.

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The Purple Worm Faction
However, players needed to be very strategic in their approach. One wrong move, or missed dodge would leave an adventurer infected with a Slaad egg. These eggs, if allowed to mature, would erupt from the adventurer’s chest causing an instant death.

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The Pink Pixies at The Beer Garden
During the Final battle, the Pink Pixies had landed the most hits on the Red Slaad, but victory was an overall group effort with each Team-Faction contributing.

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The Raffle Prizes
The night concluded with an after-party which included a cosplay contest and a raffle for fun prizes.

All and all, the Atlanta Dungeons and Dragons Bar-Crawl was a resounding success and you all know that the Gnome Queen will be at the next one.

Top Atlanta Beers and Breweries for the Summer 2018

This article comes to you from our new author, the Shrew! Photos come from the Shrew and the Breweries listed below.

Before we begin, there’s something I should get out of the way.

I am a beer snob.

If you feel to urge to roll your eyes while reading, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Now, with that out of the way I can formally introduce myself.

My name is Drew and I am here to walk you through Beer in Atlanta through the eyes of someone who thinks they know more than others.

As a native resident, I have seen Atlanta’s beer scene grow tremendously in the last few years. Not only has it grown in the number of breweries and brewpubs, but in quality as well.

A few years ago I became obsessed with trying to get my hands on the latest and greatest beers throughout the country. I have traded beer hundreds of times with strangers on the internet, which I chronical on my Instagram @Hop_Culture (3,200 followers but who’s counting?)

My goal here is to get you up to speed on which beers you should be looking for in stores, as well as which breweries & brewpubs you should be Instagramming at.

Drew’s Top 5 Atlanta Shelfies for the Summer

Shelfie – noun – a beer that can be easily found year-round on the shelf at a local beer or liquor store.

1. Creature Comforts Tropicalia (IPA)

This was an easy one. When Creature Comforts first released Tropicalia to the masses, it was a frenzy to try and get your hands on. Since they have expanded production, it has become MUCH easier to find in stores. Hell, you could probably find it at a grocery store these days in their new fancy packaging. To me this beer is a staple of every good beer fridge. Not too hard to find and an incredibly balanced IPA. If you have been turned off by IPAs in the past, give this one a shot. Not too heavy or bitter, with a great fruit balance.

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2. Cherry Street Steppin’ Razor (DIPA)

Personally, I have never made the trek out to Cumming to see Cherry Street in person. Recently their beer starting popping up in stores and Steppin’ Razor was the first I picked up. This Double IPA alone is good enough to make me get in my car, sit on 400 for 2 hours, just to try it fresh on draft. I dig the 16 ounce cans, the can art, and more importantly, the beer. Steppin’ Razor has the ABV of a Double IPA, but drinks like a single. Good opaque color, tons of fruit flavor, and easy drinking. What more could you ask for? Very easy to find in stores, and a great way to impress Mark from Accounting to shut the fuck up about how Bell’s Two-hearted is the best IPA.

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3. Monday Night Brewing Han Brolo (Pale Ale)

Ever wake up the morning after drinking IPAs all night and want to stab yourself in the face? Your body was asking you to scale the ABV back, but you had to get drunk enough to sing karaoke at Dark Horse? We’ve all been there. This 4.7% Pale Ale will keep you alert and confident enough to sing Livin’ on a Prayer for the 4th time in 3 weeks. Candidly, my first years in Atlanta, I thought Monday Night beers were somewhat boilerplate. The past 18 months or so have changed dramatically for them. They have been cranking out exceptional beers, this included. Han Brolo is a great crush-able pale that doesn’t have the bite of what you would expect from “older style” Pale Ales. Want to look sophisticated on your Tinder date that you wish you hadn’t agreed to? Bring this beer!

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4. Orpheus Serpent Bite (Dry-Hopped Sour Saison)

Do you have a friend that is weirdly obsessed with sour beers and always wants you to take a sip? Well, that’s because they’re delicious, and Serpent is no exception. You should grow up if you don’t like sour beers. Jokes aside, some folks are typically taken aback by the sour/funky taste. Like some style of beers, it takes a little getting used to. Serpent Bite is an amazing summer beer. Its refreshing as shit! With citrus, floral, and sour flavors, this beer is must have at a BBQ or pool day. Sour beers need love too, people.

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5. Three Taverns – Prince of Pilsen (Hoppy Pilsner)

Not ready to dive into the world of sours and IPAs? Or, maybe you just truly don’t like those styles (grow-up). This delicious Pilsner might be perfect for you or your dad who keeps complaining about how none of your beers taste like PBR. This beer is refreshingly crisp with the perfect balance of bite. Citrus aroma city. Grab these for a family outing so you can numb your mind when having to explain who Pusha-T is to MeeMaw.

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Drew’s Top 3 Atlanta Breweries/Brewpubs for the Summer

Torched Hop

Hands down my favorite brewpub in Atlanta. They have jumped on the Hazy IPA bandwagon and are frankly killing it. Add that to a killer food and specialty cocktail menu, there’s nothing these guys don’t do well (don’t quote me on that). Take an afternoon to grab lunch and beers. Play some Mario Kart or board games. Possibly hit a can release? You’ll be a better person because of it.

Monday Night Brewing

As previously stated, Monday Night was a fun spot to get friends together and grab some craft beer. The décor is neat, the staff is friendly, and it had a great vibe. The beer was PRETTY GOOD. Now, whoa boy, the beer at MNB is kick-ass. With the addition of the Hop-Hut, not only are they serving their experimental IPAs (which are fantastic), but also doing can releases a couple of times a month. You can find me there on release days with an obnoxious brewery t-shirt trying to look cooler than I actually am.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

It is impossible to search “Brewpub Atlanta” without Wrecking Bar coming up. There’s a reason for that! The food is great, the beer is better, and it’s built in a god-damn Victorian house. Wrecking Bar recently started canning their beers and producing experimental projects which have resulted in some wonderful offerings. Parking is a pain, but entering Wrecking Bar is what I imagine being welcomed into Heaven is like.

Honorary Mentions – Brewery/Brewpubs

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Monday Night Garage

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A Memorial Day Weekend

What a Memorial Weekend! As you all know by now, this Queen of the Gnomes loves going out and having fun with friends. And what better way to kick-off the summer season than in Edgewood and Decatur?

My weekend began Friday night where I attended a humorous game of Pathfinder. The game began around 7 and concluded at the late hour of 2 A.M. Only 5 characters were taken hostage, and unfortunately we’ll only know of their dark fate at the next encounter. (I don’t understand a word I just said either).

The next day, I was up early at 8 A.M. (I know horrendous) to head over to Dad’s Garage in Edgewood. Here, I was allowed an exclusive look at their upcoming web-series: “The Garage”. The series follows a dramatization of the lives of a few of the Improvisers which includes my loving Giant King. As of now, filming is set to wrap around June summer and will premier later this year.

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Dad’s Garage Theatre Company

My next activity was a 4-mile jog around the Atlanta BeltLine. If you haven’t adventured around the BeltLine, I definitely suggest the Eastside Trail which hits most of the Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward areas. The scenery and Graffiti highlight the uniqueness and beauty of the ATL, and showcases the creativity of many local aspiring artists.

Afterwards, I spent the rest of my day and evening at Joystick playing Guess Who and Mad Gab. Joystick is one of my favorite bars in due to the ever-changing cocktail menu and game options. While I may have lost each round of Mad Gab (I had never played before), the Memorial Weekend was going incredibly well.

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Joystick Gamebar

On Sunday, I again started my day over in the Edgewood area, this time at Krog Street Market. The Market was bustling with locals and out-of-towners, both of whom were in complete awe of the food stalls and shops. The Market features a variety of restaurants from Bar Mercado to Richard’s Southern Fried Chicken. I myself was on a business venture where unfortunately I had to remain strong in the face food of temptation. It was difficult, but I preserved.

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Victory Sandwich Luau

Later on, I attended the annual Victory Sandwich Luau in Decatur Square. The Luau had an unlimited BBQ buffet and offered a variety of new summer drinks.  My order: “Sucker In a Three Piece”; think a Manhattan, but stronger.

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Food Menu and Sucker In a Three Piece

While I awaited for the Giant King, I made my way over to the SOS Tiki Bar. Here I met Christin, who explained that her friend John was from out of town and wanted to know where they should go next.

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This Queen of the Gnomes of course had the hook-up. For beer I suggested Twain’s, The Square Pub, and Brick Store; Raging Burrito & Taco for margaritas, and live music at Eddie’s Attic. Once the Giant King arrived, I parted ways with my new friends and wished them a happy bar-hop. For the rest of the evening, the Giant King and I partied around Victory and ended our night with a game of Bocce Ball at Leon’s Full Service. After the long, cold winter I finally regained my title as Queen of Bocce Ball which had been lost back in October.

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On Memorial Day, I began at the Stone Summit Climbing Gym for a hearty cardio and bouldering workout. For those of you interested in a new type of exercise, I thoroughly recommend climbing at Stone Summit. With three locations in Midtown, North Atlanta, and Kennesaw, Stone Summit provides a fun and unique way to get fit and meet new people.

I then ended my weekend at one of my friend’s houses for cookout where I grilled an assortment of chicken, hotdogs, and veggies.

It was definitely an exciting weekend for this Gnome Queen and hopefully you all had just as much fun.