This past Saturday, craft beer enthusiasts gathered in downtown Atlanta to celebrate women, the original brewers, at the 2nd Annual Dames and Dregs Beer Festival. The beer fest featured 40+ breweries, over 120 beers poured, including 16 exclusive pours. It’s was a good time!! Can’t wait for next year! Check out some of my photos!!
About Dames and Dregs
“An Atlanta-based experience that seeks to empower and educate the community by celebrating the female contributions to brewing, both in the present and throughout history. We strive to create an enticing, supportive, and inspiring atmosphere, featuring the hard work and talents of female-led breweries, brewers and brewery employees who are women, as well as female-led businesses and non-profit organizations within the community.”
A few days ago the Atlanta Braves played their final game at Turner Field. Their brand new stadium, Suntrust Park, is being build in Cobb County. Set to be complete in Spring of next year. While it is uncertain the final fate of Turner Field, this past Saturday it was the location of the 6th and final Great Atlanta Beer Fest at the baseball park. This year, beer fans had the opportunity to enjoy their cold craft beer on the field. Over 200 breweries were represented in Saturday’s beer festival.
I enjoyed just kicking back in the stands, catching up with my fellow beer lovers, and sipping on my favorite craft beer. It was pretty awesome! The next Atlanta Beer Festival event is Boos and Brews on October 29th. Be there!
Today Atlanta Beer Festivals held their Hogs & Hops festival at the Historic Old Fourth Ward Park. This part food, part beer festival has become a favorite among Atlanta festival goers. Today was the most perfect day to be out enjoying tasty bites and awesome craft beer. Check out the photo story below for all of the highlights.
What do you do when it’s National Beer Day and you just happen to have a coupon for a tour and tasting at one of your favorite local breweries? You grab your beer buddy who also has this same coupon and get down to Monday Night Brewing is what you do! It was the perfect weather to sit on their patio and enjoy a tasty craft beer.
I was very excited that their new release, Slap Fight was available to taste as I hadn’t had a chance to try yet. I started with that! Not only is the IPA a great tasting beer, the can is awesome too! I love the color of it and the image on it is just hilarious! We also received a souvenir Slap Fight glass to take home!
I also had their Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt from their Clip-on Series. So tasty!! I couldn’t leave without having my current favorite beer, Fu Manbrew. The perfect Spring/Summer beer! It’s just an all around great tasting beer. It was the perfect companion to my dinner tonight! Thanks to an awesome promotion by UberEATS, dinner was free!! UberEATS delivers food from some of Atlanta’s best restaurants right to you. Tonight’s promo was $25 dollars towards your meal. Yes! I ordered my food from Flip Burger Boutique, since I really wanted one of their Turkey Burgers. I also ordered Sweet Potato Tots, Kale Slaw, and Sweet Potato Pecan Salad. Yummy!! For all of that, I paid 5 cents out of pocket! Best Dinner Ever!
This afternoon, fans of the local brewery, Red Hare Brewing Company, came out to celebrate the re-release of their spring seasonal beer, Whabbit Wheat. If you haven’t had it, you’re really missing out. It’s a lightly hopped American wheat beer with notes of apricots and peach. It definitely taste like spring in a glass.
In addition to the Whabbit Wheat, guest were able to taste three Whabbit Wheat specialty cask: Clove Banana, Chocolate Strawberry, and Raspberry Wheat. Tasty!! My favorite of the three, the Chocolate Strawberry Wheat. I need them to go ahead and can that. Like right now. Today.
To help soak up all this tasty beer, El Nopal was there serving up some tasty Mexican cuisine. I had a Diablo Shrimo Taco and a Fish Taco with Chips and Salsa. It paired perfectly with the selection on beers on tap. These tacos had so much flavor! I kinda of want one right now.
In between the raindrop we enjoyed the sounds of Chris Weinholz, who was sanging out on the patio. He sounded great! He has a new fan for sure.
Just when we thought the fun was over, it was announced that there was a brewery tour starting in a few minutes. Cool! I’m in! The tour was lead by Owen , who told us all about the process of brewing and canning beer. Thanks Owen!
All in all, it was a great Saturday spent. Thank you Red Hare Brewing for a good time AND a six pack of delicious Whabbit Wheat!! See you at the next event!
Yesterday, I joined Reformation Brewery on a Beer Can Crawl through Ponce City Market. Reformation Brewery, established in 2013, is located in Woodstock, Georgia. It was very nice meeting some of the staff and fans of the brewery. It was a beautiful day to drink great craft beer and explore Ponce City Market at the same time. Our Beer Can Crawl started at one of my favorite places to get a frozen treat, King of Pops!
Let me just start by saying that this combination was the best way to start a crawl. With IPA being my favorite type of beer and me being a major King of Pop fan, I was in heaven. The citrus notes of the Atlas Redeemed IPA took the flavors of the Blood Orange Pop to another level. Yummy!!!
Cadence Reformed Belgian Ale ( 6.9% ABV Notes: Deep fruit aroma and hints of caramel)
If you’ve never been to Hop’s you should go right now. This place has some seriously good chicken. And with six different sauces you are sure to have a favorite. You can tell just how good the chicken is by the long lines of people waiting for the fried goodness. On this stop Hop’s Chicken was paired with Reformation’s Cadence Reformed Belgian Ale. I really enjoy this with the chicken. You got the hints of fruit and caramel right away. Very tasty!
So I’ve never been to Jia,but I will be back very soon. I took a look at the menu and saw more than a few dishes I would like to have. On this stop of the crawl we had the Schezuan Peanuts. Now at first we were like peanuts??? We’re here to have peanuts?? They must be some awesome peanut. And that they were. I couldn’t stop eating them! They were in some sweet, salty, soy tasting sauce. I know it was much more to them than that, but they were really good. They were paired with the Atlas Redeemed IPA.
Charcoaled Chicken Taco (unripe mango, lime pickled red onion, cotja, Pallia de Oaxaca)
Stark Refreshed Porter ( 5.5% ABV Notes: Roasted hints of mild chocolate)
This taco! AMAZING!! For real! It was so much going on in this taco that you just have to slowly eat it to really experience all the flavors properly. One of the best tacos I’ve had! Then comes its pairing, Reformation’s Stark Refreshed Porter. So good. It was my favorite of all the beers. So chocolaty, so rich, so much flavor. I want one right now!
Providence Belgian Ale ( 9.2% ABV Notes: A sweet aroma and citrus finish)
Did you read the Veggie Burger description? Yes, the burger was all that. And some. I’ve had once before and felt the same. It’s just plain delicious. It was paired with the Providence Belgian. Again, another perfect marriage of flavors.
Thank you Reformation Brewery for such a lovely Saturday afternoon. And thanks for the Reformation caps! Goodtimes!!
This past Saturday, Atlanta braced for a would be winter storm. Although it was very cold and there were some morning snow flurries, it was definitely not a snow day situation. In fact, over 900 craft beer enthusiast braved the frigid temperatures, to attend Red Hare Brewing Company’s Root Beer Can Launch Party. I was really looking forward to it and was really happy the roads were not at all slippery.
Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent microbrewery located in Marietta, Ga. They started selling beer in 2011 and in the following year, became the first craft beer brewery in Georgia to can their beer. I first became familiar with Red Hare in 2014, when I volunteer at the Red Hare Chase 5k & 15k. That was so much fun and it was my first taste of their craft beer. I became a fan and still am a fan to this day.
My most favorite is the Watership Brown Ale. It’s just plain good. Today they featured a specialty cask, Jacked Rabbit Coffee Lager, which was so deliciously awesome! Very tasty! Not only is their craft beer great, but they brew a fantastic root beer. And now, it’s available in a can to be enjoyed in the comforts of your own home. Yes!
I wound definitely say that the Root Beer Can Launch was a success. It was packed! Everyone was having a grand time. Admission to the launch included a case of root beer, a limited edition root beer glass, limited edition tshirt, 6 beer pours, and a root beer float. Oh! And the incredible sounds of The Real Deal Blues Band! So much awesomeness!!
The Patty Wagon was also on site serving up some good eats to complement the brews. I had the turkey burger. Yummy!
We had a great time! As usual my friend Leslie and I found some cool people to take selfies with! It’s never ever a dull moment with us!
Visit www.redharebrewing for more information about the brewery and upcoming event!