2nd Annual Dames and Dregs 2019 – A Photo Recap

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.”

IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT COMING TO ATLANTA, GA IN 2020

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant announced today they have signed a lease in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Located in the heart of Buckhead at EDENS’ Lenox Marketplace, the more than 7,770 sq. ft. space will feature Iron Hill’s signature on-site brewing facility as well as seating for approximately 250 in the bar area and dining room, plus additional patio seating. As part of their “20 by 20” initiative, to open and operate 20 locations by the year 2020, the Atlanta Buckhead location will be the company’s 18th location and their second in the southeast.

About Iron Hill

Named after the historic Revolutionary War landmark in Delaware, where General George Washington battled the British, Iron Hill is among the most enduringly successful craft brewers in the United States. Its 22-year consecutive medal-winning streak at national and international competitions is the longest by any independent craft brewery.

Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 16 locations up and down the East Coast, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and South Carolina. Each brewery/restaurant has their own scratch kitchen and craft brewery, allowing individual chefs and brewers the creativity to pair the freshest ingredients with the highest quality grains and hops. For 22 years, Iron Hill has incorporated beer in everything they do. As a result, Finn, Edelson and Davies are viewed as innovative business leaders in their home state of Delaware and in the Mid-Atlantic region. They started Iron Hill at a time when small breweries were just beginning to gain mass appeal around the country and their entrepreneurial, forward thinking helped build them into what they are to date. Each individual location has its own head brewer. Each location dedicates itself to the freshest ingredients and friendly atmosphere for all age groups – helping change overall perceptions about brewpubs one meal, one pint, one community at a time.

Pizza Rules Everything Around Me | Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria Brings Their Love of Music, Art and Pizza To Atlanta

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria ~ West Midtown Atlanta

In 2017, three college friends, Clint Gray, Derrick Moore and E.J. Reed, opened their first Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria in North Nashville. This past May, they brought their Pizza.Art.Music restaurant concept to Atlanta. It is quickly becoming Atlanta’s new favorite artisan pizza destination.

The Experience

Upon entering the West Midtown establishment, you are given your 3 step guide to the ultimate Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria experience. You start by ordering your pizza. There are two options, select one of their Signature Pizzas or Build Your Own. Pizzas come in two sizes, slim (10”) and husky (16”). All pizza dough and sauces are made daily from scratch in the restaurant. Signature pizzas are named after the founders’ favorite hip hop and r&b artist and songs. You’ll find the Cee No Green, Got 5 On It, The Smokin’ Herb, and the Red Light Special on the menu. Look out for their Signature Vegan Pizza, Nothin But A “V” Thing!

I ordered the California Love (Spinach Basil Pesto, S+H House Cheese Blend, Artichoke, Sliced Tomato Blend and Red Onion). I also opted to add shrimp to my pizza. As part of the Slim & Husky’s experience, your pizza is built right in front of you. After selecting all of your toppings, your pizza is placed in the oven to be baked to perfection.

Next, you pay for your food and select your beverage of choice. Slim & Husky’s offers a nice selection of local beers as well as an additional list of craft beers curated by craft beer blogger, Ale Sharpton. If you’re the mood for a refreshing cocktail, check their Ice Ice Babies. I tried the Tea Bozz, a very tasty tea lemonade and vodka frozen treat. Slim & Husky’s also has sweet tea and fountain drinks, including a selection from Stubborn Soda.

Slim & Husky’s
Tea Bozz {frozen tea lemonade and vodka}

You definitely don’t want to leave without ordering their amazingly delicious Cinnamon Rolls. There are 5 flavors to choose from that can be purchased at 2 for $5 or 6 for $12. I tasted all 5 flavors and enjoyed each one. You most definitely should try all 5 flavors! My favorite was the Ms. Berry. The Ms. Berry Cinnamon Roll was made with blueberry and a fresh lemon glaze. Delicious!!

Cinnamon Rolls

Shortly after ordering, your name will be called to pick your pizza up. Be sure to stop by The Drizzle Station to elevate your pizza a couple more notches. There are 6 housemade drizzles to choose from including Jalapeño Cilantro Ranch, Stone Ground Peach Mustard, and Chipotle Pineapple BBQ.

Drizzle Station

Now it’s time to sit and enjoy what’s been carefully prepared for you. My pizza was absolutely delicious! I believe a great pizza starts with a stellar crust. Slim & Husky’s got that right! Their crust is awesome and the sauce is very good! Love that spinach basil pesto! My pizza was perfectly baked and I enjoyed every bite of it.

Slim & Husky’s concept is inspired by Hip Hop and R&B culture, which you will not only see in the naming of menu items, but also in the decor. Murals and paintings beautifully grace their walls and bring you into the world of Slim + Husky’s.

Letitia enjoying her frozen cocktail.
Cool Mural located in the women’s restroom.

You will find ample seating inside the restaurant as well as on their outside patio. I loved how bright and lively it was. All that great natural light was perfect for taking pictures! The vibes were great and I can’t wait to go back! #PREAM

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria

1016 Howell Mill Rd

Atlanta, GA 30318

www.slimandhuskys.com

Hours

Monday 11AM-10PM

Tuesday 11AM-10PM

Wednesday 11AM-10PM

Thursday 11AM-10PM

Friday 11AM-11PM

Saturday 11AM-11PM

Sunday 11AM-9PM

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria

581 Metropolitan Pkwy

Atlanta, GA 30310

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*Thanks Slim & Husky’s for hosting my family and I for an afternoon of amazing pizza. All opinions are that of my own.

Taste & Explore: A Travel Guide to Cleveland, Ohio

Last week I traveled with my mother and daughter to Cleveland, Ohio. It was our first road trip of many together.  We were pretty excited to explore the great city of Cleveland. I had contacted Destination Cleveland for an itinerary of things to do during our stay. Their list included various attractions and places to eat as well. We also had a list of places we wanted to check too. Because we were traveling from Toledo, Ohio, our road trip was only about 2 hours. We left early Wednesday morning to get the most out of our 2 days in Cleveland.

10:45 AM

We arrived in Cleveland at about 10:45 AM. The first stop I wanted to make was to Brewnuts. I’ve been kind of stalking them on Instagram for months now. I really wanted to go early since they have a reputation of selling out early in the day. Brewnuts is located in a neighborhood on the West Side of Cleveland called Detroit-Shoreway. This donut shop is the result of two genius Clevelanders, Shelley & John Pippin, who quite their jobs “to pursue their three favorite things: donuts, beer and Cleveland.” Today, Brewnuts is serving up delicious craft beer based donuts and is being stalked by people like me.

When we arrived at the corner donut a signed that illuminated on the side of the building read “DONUTS & BEER”. I was so excited!! We entered the shop by pulling on a door handle that was a pink rolling pin. Love! The inside was just the cutest! I probably took about 20 pictures before even making it to the counter.

Once we made it to the counter, we were then presented with a major decision. What donuts we were going to get! They all looked amazing! I finally decided on the Hibiscus Limeade. My daughter went for the Mocha Toffee. So how did they taste?? AMAZING!! I tried not to eat all of it and save some for later. That plan did not work out too well. This is definitely a stalk-worthy donut shop in every sense!

12:00 PM

Next, a quick stop to another cool mural by muralist, Victor Ving. I’ve been a fan of his Greetings Tour ever since I discovered on of his murals in my hometown, Toledo. What a cool way to welcome visitors from out of town! I found out where the Greetings from Cleveland mural was from the list of murals on their website. I put the location in my google maps and shorty we were there! Let the photo shoot begin!!

12:45 PM

Our next stop was to our hotel for the night. With the amazing assistance of Destination Cleveland and the generosity of the Holiday Inn Express, I was hosted at one of the most beautiful hotels in downtown Cleveland. Now this is not your ordinary Holiday Inn Express. As soon as you walk up to the building you realize that right away. Located in the renovated 19th century historic Guardian Bank Building built in 1894, this building was once one of the tallest building in America. In 1999, it was converted into a Holiday Inn Express. In 2000, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This hotel has an incredible vintage feel about it that can’t be denied.

Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by valet. Valeting your car is a good idea, with it being a fee of $24 flat, from check-in to check-out. In and outs are allowed as well. Located in downtown area, it’s definitely convenient to just valet and just walk around and explore rather then trying to find parking. Holiday Inn Express is also in walking distance to many coffee shops, restaurants, attractions and even a market.

Check-in was a breeze! My room was even ready early! The hotel attendant provided me with two key cards and some useful tips to make my stay even more comfortable. She also gave me two cocktail tickets to use at the hotel’s Evening Refresher. Nice!

Our room was on the 6th floor. When we got off the elevator, we noticed the floor was hardwood, which continued into our suite. I thought that was a very cool feature of the hotel. My mother really appreciated it because she suffers from allergies. Carpet is definitely not her friend. The room was very nice! It had high ceiling, huge floor to ceiling windows, and a cute kitchen and living room area. There was ample space for all of us. The queen sized beds were super comfortable! Our stay also included free WIFI, hot complimentary breakfast and a 24 hour fitness center.

Later that night, it was a tad bit chilly in the room. The heat didn’t seem to be working, so I called down to the desk and requested an extra blanket. The young lady at the desk ask if I had turned the heat on. I said yes. So she offered to send maintenance up to take a look at it along with a blanket. About 4 minutes later, there was a knock at the door. Maintenance came in to looked at the thermostat and determined it needed to be reset. They left and came back and let me know it should be warm in the room very shortly. And it was! I really appreciated their quick attention to this

*Big Thank You to Holiday Inn Express for hosting me during my stay in Cleveland. As always all options are that of my own.

2:00 PM

After getting settled in our room, we left to explore some more! Our next stop was to the the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 and opened in 1916. Its collection includes “45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts.” All of this FREE OF CHARGE TO ALL!!

Our visit the Cleveland Museum of Art was amazing. There was so much to see! I enjoyed stopping and speaking to Museum employees about the art. You could tell they also had an appreciation of the art and the Museum.

3:30 PM

Before dinner, we made a quick stop to the Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market, West Side Market. Since its opening in 1912, it’s been a Cleveland landmark. This place is incredible! With I’ve 100 vendors offering baked goods, coffee, spices, and meats, it is most definitely a foodie’s playground.

5:00 PM

One block from the market, was another place I found on Instagram while planning my trip to Cleveland, Soho Chicken + Whiskey. I had to visit! I found out that on Wednesdays you can order chicken and fixings À la cart and their prices were very reasonable. Everything on the menu sounded amazing. I ordered 2 wings, rosemary waffles, and roasted asparagus. A plate of warm biscuits with whipped butter and apple butter to share was also included. It’s making me hungry just thinking about how good it was.

Day 2

8:00 AM

Thursday, we got an early start on the day and headed across the street to Pour Cleveland to grab some espresso. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Pour Cleveland is a multi-roaster pour over and espresso bar. They strive to “serve really good coffee and make people happy.” And that is exactly what they did on my visit. The baristas were very friendly and made everyone in my party very happy. What a great way to start the day! In addition to serving and array of espresso and tea beverages, Pour Cleveland also offers fresh pastries, catering, brewing equipment, power sourced tables/ free wifi and good vibes. They even featured my daughter on their Instagram account!

9:00 AM

The day before we noticed a market not too far from the hotel we were staying at called, Heinen’s. Heinen’s is a Cleveland based family-owned grocery store that’s been around since 1929. Today the founder’s grandsons keep the legacy alive with 23 neighborhood stores across Northeast Ohio and the Greater Chicago area. The downtown Cleveland location is a sight to see. Located in the historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda building, this grocery is like no other. It’s definitely a downtown Cleveland landmark. When you walk through the doors you just have to stop and admire the beautiful architecture of the inside. The ceiling is just breathtaking!

Once you get done taking dozens of pictures of the ceiling, you realize this “grocery store” is not just like any other grocery store you have ever been in. This place is a foodie’s paradise. There is an insane selection of artisan cheese, meats, local products, and prepared foods. I imagined this to be the spot to grab lunch if you worked downtown. On the second floor you will find a very large selection of craft beers and wines. They also hold several wine tastings and dinners in this department as well. I was totally in love with Heinen’s!!

10:00 AM

Back up street we walked to find the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Inside this building historic building you with learn about what a bank does in its Money Museum. My daughter enjoyed all of the interactive displays throughout the museum and of course getting a bag of shredded money at the end. The Money Museum is free for all!

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12:00 PM

After a short rest at our hotel, we continued our day of adventure at the Great Lakes Science Center. With the mission “to make science, technology, engineering and math come alive”, they are also making it fun. Just ask my daughter! What a cool place! We started our exploration of the center in Cleveland Clinic Dome Theatre to watch a very interesting film called Amazon Adventure. Watching it under the gigantic 6 story high domed screen made the film even more interesting.

Next we explore the HUNDREDS of hands-on exhibits. It was science overload and we LOVED it!!! My daughter was very sad we had to leave. She could have been there all day. This is a must-do attraction for kids and adults alike.

*Special thanks to the Great Lakes Science Center for providing complimentary tickets to me. As always all options are my own.

4:30 PM

We decided to check out one other local coffee shop before heading back called Passengers Cafe. This Ohio City coffee shop is located in the lobby of the Cleveland Hostel. They offer amazing espresso drinks, bagels, toast, and local pastries. Head upstairs to their cool rooftop situation, perfect for sipping lattes.

5:00 PM

Our last stop before heading home was to B Spot Burgers. B Spot Burgers is located right outside downtown Cleveland in Westlake, Ohio. This restaurant is the brainchild of Food Network Iron Chef, Michael Symon. The menu had so many delicious options! I order The Gobbler with rosemary fries! So good!! AND I was excited to see that they had a pickle bar to further dress my burger. Be sure to check out their happy hour menu for more delicious deals!

Cleveland is an amazing city! I definitely need to come back and do some more exploring. I need about a week there! If you’re planning a trip to Cleveland, Ohio in the near future consider adding these places to your itinerary.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The greatest stories and biggest names in rock and roll shine on at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. The experience includes four theaters, multiple interactive stations and seven floors that tell the story of the world’s most powerful art form. Visitors can pay homage to rock icons and see video, artifacts, memorabilia and other cool, “one-of-a-kind” stuff on display at the Rock Hall. The Rock Hall is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music and the cultural context from which it emerges.

Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Excitement, enrichment and inspiration await during an afternoon of creative play at the new Children’s Museum of Cleveland. From thinking like scientists to embracing their inner artists to designing, building and exploring a pretend city, kids can write their own script in this open- ended learning environment. Families can get hands-on in the new Wonder Lab with water tables and magnetic walls; create their own masterpiece in the Arts & Parts room and discover their own adventures throughout this former Millionaire’s Row mansion, the stately Stager- Beckwith home.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

The Powerhouse, located in the West Bank of the Flats, is now home to the 70,000-square-foot Greater Cleveland Aquarium. The historic building includes eight galleries and over 50 exhibits with aquatic life from around the world. Visitors have the chance to dive right into interactive experiences with stingray and tortoise encounters and aquarium feeding times. One of the most exciting exhibits includes a sea tube that allows visitors to experience life under the sea in a clear, 150’ walk through tunnel.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

From dinosaurs to diamonds, the Museum is a beautiful blend of traditional and interactive galleries that show kids of all ages how history and art connect with the natural world. At the Ralph Perkins Wildlife Center and Woods Garden visitors can marvel at bald eagles, owls, foxes, bobcats, deer and other animals in this 2.2 acre outdoor gallery that connects to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The different mixture of creatures, ranging from endangered animals to animals that have learned to live with humans makes this nature center unique.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & Rainforest

Home to more than 3,000 animals located throughout 165 rolling wooded acres and a two-story Rain Forest full of exotic creatures and striking plant life from across the globe, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rainforest is one of the city’s must-see attractions. Families can get “nose- to-trunk” with a six-ton elephant at the five-acre state-of-the-art African Elephant Crossing, the nation’s first LEED certified major outdoor animal exhibit.

Thank you Destination Cleveland for all your assistance during my stay in Cleveland! I look forward to returning soon! #ThisIsCle

Whabbit Wheat Returns! Spring Is Offically In The Air

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!

  

Crawling Through Ponce City Market With Reformation Brewery

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!

  
Stop #1 King of Pops

Atlas Redeemed IPA ( 6.8% ABV Notes: Citrus Pine Bitterness & Malt)

Blood Orange Pop

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!!!


Stop #2 Hops Chicken

Chicken Wing
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!


Stop #3 Jia

Schezuan Peanuts

Atlas Redeemed IPA ( 6.8% ABV Notes: Citrus Pine Bitterness & Malt)

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.  



Stop #4 Minero

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!


Stop #5 H& F Burger

Veggie Burger (whole wheat bun, crimini mushrooms, barley, brussel sprout slaw, pepper jack cheese)

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!!

For more information about Reformation Brewery visit www.reformationbrewery.com.

The look you get when you said you wasn’t on the Reformation Beer Can Crawl.

Red Hare Brewing Company Root Beer Can Launch 

  
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!
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