Although I’m very much a cocktail enthusiast, we switched things up a bit and took it to the brewery for the latest #MeetMeAtTheBar meetup, which took place over the weekend at the Wild Heaven Craft Beers brewery in Avondale Estates, Georgia.
A great time was definitely had as those in attendance sampled a variety of craft beers and were also treated to a pulled pork sandwich buffet complete with homemade coleslaw. I also raffled off a few Lushworthy prizes including two cocktail sets (full size bottle of Smirnoff Light with cocktail shaker), Stella & Dot jewelry, and beer bottle koozies. Thanks so much to everyone who came out!
Check out a few pics from #MeetMeAtTheBar below and stay tuned for an announcement about the next #MeetMeAtTheBar.
Now that preseason is in full swing it’s time to #RiseUp yet again for the home team. Yes! Go Falcons! I had the opportunity to attend the Atlanta Falcons’ first preseason game using tickets I snagged on ScoreBig.com. Here’s a quick and simple run down of ScoreBig, it’s kinda like Priceline, but for event tickets. You have the opportunity to “bid on tickets and save up to 60% below box office price.” When you bid on tickets there’s even a cool, little bar that shows you how likely you are to win a bid based on the price you suggested. Oh, and if your bid is denied you have to wait 24 hours to place another bid.
My first bid for tickets in the Five Star seating area at the Georgia Dome was denied, so I had to try again the next day. On my second attempt I ended up scoring two tickets in Section 138, Row 13 at the Dome for $47 each. I had to wait a little while for my e-tickets to be delivered and I have to admit that the wait made me a little paranoid since I’ve never used ScoreBig before. They were finally emailed to me and we of course had no problem getting into the Falcons/Dolphins game.
During the game, I snagged myself a cup of SweetWater 420 and watched the Falcons whoop the Dolphins. Okay, “whoop” is probably a bit of an exaggeration, but I’m trying to warm-up my smack talk game for the season. Back to the SweetWater though…Getting your hands on any craft beer at the Georgia Dome is a bit of a feat. We literally had to walk around half the Dome to find a vendor selling the good stuff. And if we arrived at that particular vendor five minutes later we would have arrived after the booze cut-off time, something I was completely unaware of since I haven’t been to a football game in eons.
I was also hoping to drink my SweetWater 420 straight from the can. To be honest, I just wanted a super Lushworthy, Instagram pic with my can of SweetWater 420 and the field in the background. Great idea, right? Didn’t happen though because apparently SweetWater 420 cans can be used as projectiles by angry fans.
If you plan on keeping it responsibly Lushworthy at any game this season you may want to check out this Information Guide. And if you’re in the market for tickets to any Falcons games be sure to check out ScoreBig.
* A $100 ScoreBig credit was provided, but the thoughts in this post are fully my own.
A few days ago, I had the opportunity to attend an “Eat. Tweet. Repeat” media event held to promote Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, which began yesterday (August 9). Downtown Atlanta is definitely trying to put itself back on the map, so it was pretty cool checking out the various food and drink options available downtown. Among the three restaurants we had the opportunity to visit were McCormick And Schmick’s, Thrive, and Ted’s Montana Grill. We tried a variety of bites from each of the three restaurants, but I was of course most interested in the cocktails.
The award for Most Lushworthy definitely goes to the margarita at Ted’s Montana Grill. All of their mixers are made in the restaurant, and that added step definitely made for a great cocktail. The Lemon Drop martini from McCormick And Schmick’s was another winner. Be warned, it does come with a sugared-rim. Despite the dreaded, sugared-rim it was a tasty and welcomed sip on a day when a refreshing cocktail was a must. Also worth noting is the crab cake from Ted’s Montana Grill. It’s loaded with crab and comes with a side of guacamole for all you guac addicts out there.
All three of the restaurants we visited during “Eat. Tweet. Repeat” are of course among the numerous restaurants taking part in Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, which is sponsored by Celebrity Cruises. As part of Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week you can indulge in gourmet prix-fixe menus that range in price from $15 to $35 up until August 17. To view a list of participating restaurants and their menus, visit AtlantaDowntown.com.
For all our Lushworthy readers in Atlanta, I’m pleased to announce that the next #MeetMeAtTheBar meetup will take place on Saturday, August 16 from 2 to 5 P.M. at the Wild Heaven Craft Beers brewery in Decatur, Georgia. I was initially planning on taking the Happy Hour route with #MeetMeAtTheBar, but I’ve visited a few Atlanta-based breweries over the past few weeks, and I love ‘em!
A visit to the Wild Heaven Craft Beers brewery usually costs $12, but they’re offering $2 off for #MeetMeAtTheBar attendees on August 16. So, for only 10 bucks you get a souvenir glass and six complimentary tastings. Oh, also included in that $10 is a boozily amazing way to spend your Saturday afternoon. There may even be some prizes in the mix for those in attendance. (Prizes from the last #MeetMeAtTheBar included Kiehls gift sets and Lolita martini glasses…Just saying)
Be sure to send a RSVP to email@example.com and I look forward to seeing you all next weekend!
Atlanta’s movers and shakers had the opportunity to #FlyBeyond last week thanks to UrbanDaddy and Grey Goose Le Melon’s “Fruit Of Kings” event. I had the opportunity to attend the exclusive fete, which was held last Tuesday (July 29) at Whiskey Blue in the W Buckhead, and I was really excited to finally have the opportunity to try the new Grey Goose Le Melon. Created using the Cavaillon melon, Grey Goose Le Melon was used in all four of the cocktails featured at “Fruit Of Kings.” I’ve listed all four below and I’ve also gone ahead and included their ingredients in case you want to mix them up at home.
Melon Mule – Grey Goose Le Melon, ginger beer, and fresh lime.
Melon Royal – Grey Goose Le Melon and lemon-lime soda.
Fizz – Grey Goose Le Melon, Manzanilla Sherry, orgeat, fresh lemon, and soda.
Southern Sip – Grey Goose Le Melon, fresh grapefruit juice, ginger beer, Benedictine, melon ball and sage.
I have to say that I was really surprised at the addition of ginger beer to two of the Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails. I’m still on the fence about the “Melon Mule,” but the “Southern Sip” was a much smoother sip (pun intended). And as a big fan of Grey Goose’s “Le Fizz” cocktails, my hands down favorite from the “Fruit Of Kings” event was the “Fizz” cocktail. Sweet, fizzy, boozy goodness! My kind of party.
In addition to a variety of Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails, guests were also treated to tunes from DJ Don Cannon and had the opportunity to sample a handful of melon-inspired bites. Speaking of which, I’ve clearly been sleeping on the delicious combination that is melon and smoked salmon. Delish!
Check out a few pictures I snapped from the “Fruit Of Kings” event below.
As much as I love the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, it can definitely be overwhelming at times. The annual festival, which will take place from May 29 to June 1, includes various dinners, seminars, and tasting tents. The tasting tents alone are enough to bring foodies and boozies (is that a word yet?) to their knees with joy.
In case things get a little too overwhelming, I’ve gone ahead and created somewhat of a Lushworthy-inspired tasting tent cheat sheet for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF). Below you’ll find the names of a handful of brands that will all have tents during the festival. I’ve also included a brief description as to why I think you should check ‘em out. Oh, and the three digit number in bold at the end of each description shows where you can find their tent on the official festival map.
Campari America - With over 45 spirits to its name, you can be sure that Campari America will be slinging some must-have cocktails during AFWF. 191
Savannah Sweet Tea Lemonade Bourbon – I’m not terribly familiar with this brand, but since I’m obsessed with the city of Savannah, bourbon, and both sweet tea and lemonade, this sounds like a solid tasting tent winner. 186
Wines Of Chile – If you’re a lover of all things vino then I’m sure you’re quite familiar with the wines coming out of the Southern American country of Chile. It’s said to be some of the best in the world. Even if you’re not a wine lover you should still indulge in at least a few sips. 209
With Cinco de Mayo taking place on a Monday (womp womp), a number of people including myself got the party started a little early this year. Over the weekend I hosted a Cinco de Mayo get together in my backyard, which proved to be most ideal given the picture perfect weather on Saturday. The margaritas were of course plentiful thanks to Sauzatequila who sent over a bottle of Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila and their new Sauza Sparkling Margarita Watermelon.
Sauza has plenty of unique margarita recipes, which I’ve listed below, but I was in the mood for something a little more traditional, so I stuck with a basic margarita. But for presentation’s sake I did add a handful of strawberries and lime slices to the pitcher of margaritas. Definitely a wise move. It looked pretty darn amazing and drew a bunch of ultra-inquistive “Mmm…what’s in this?!” from partygoers. Also, I have to say that I love the convenience of the Sauza Sparkling Margarita line. It’s a ready-to-serve beverage, so there’s no mixing involved. Just pour and add a garnish if you like, and you’re good to go.
Now we all know that no Cinco de Mayo shindig is complete without some serious grub. In addition to Herdez salsa and chips, I also made a bunch of quesadillas using Herdez’ Traditional Chipotle Mexican Cooking Sauce. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but they were thee bomb. Not the bomb, but thee bomb. For some tragic reason I’ve never made quesadillas using any type of sauce and now that I have it’s definitely an ingredient I will always use. As you can see from the picture below, I used the Herdez cooking sauce while sauteing the chicken and jalapenos, which were later placed in the quesadillas along with some shredded cheese.
I’ve been planning on posting a Lushworthy guide to CounterPointfor a few weeks now, but I’ve basically procrastinated my way through those few weeks. Tsk tsk, I know. So, when a friend of a friend on Facebook commented on a post on CounterPoint with the following message: “I hope they have beer!” I knew I had to get my Lushworthy guide up ASAP. The people clearly need this. So, here you have it!
Heineken House!!! – Yes! I was hoping there would be some kind of booze-sponsored lounge at Counterpoint. And here you have it. The Heineken House is described as “a multi-sensory experience, featuring a Live Art Pyramid as the core…the pyramid features 12 massive live art walls to be hand-painted over the three days at Counterpoint this spring.” They’ll be plenty of ice cold brew on deck, but no word yet on if that brew will be complimentary.
Where’s The Booze?! – So, the folks at CounterPoint have created this handy little map to show you where all the stages, eateries, the Heineken House, and of course the bars, are. The places where you can buy drinks are represented by a green mug of beer. There’s a total of five bars in the main festival area. There’s also a bar at the campgrounds area.
BYOB Or Nah? – If you’ll soon have the pleasure of camping out at CounterPoint then yes, you do get to bring your own booze. Restrictions for the campgrounds are as follows:
You’re allowed to bring your own personal beer, wine and liquor into the campgrounds as long as it’s for personal consumption and within reason.
One case of beer, a box of wine, or one liter of liquor per person.
No glass bottles or containers! We’d hate to take your booze from you, but we will.
You must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID in order to consume alcohol.
Every time I attend a beer or liquor festival here in the Atlanta area and proceed to document the festivities on social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc.), I get a lot of responses along the lines of “I can’t believe that was this weekend!” or “Why didn’t you tell me about [insert random booze festival here]?” So, since we’re gradually working our way into booze festival season, I figured I’d help you guys out a bit and list all the Lushworthy festivals I’m aware of. And if you have any festivals you’d like to add, feel free to chime in via the comments section or shoot me an email and I’ll gladly add on to the list. Oh, and FYI, this list only consists of spring/summer festivals.
The Atlanta Hawks and Fizz invited local, brew-centric minded media to a sneak preview of the 2014 HAWKtoberfest during a recent game at Phillips Arena.
We were treated to a suite, snacks, and beers during the game, along with a tour of the event space. During the game we spoke with representatives from the Atlanta Hawks and Fizz to acquire everything you need to know about attending HAWKtoberfest.
What is HAWKtoberfest?
The Atlanta Hawks’ 2nd Annual HAWKtoberfest will take place at Philips Arena and celebrates Atlanta’s local craft breweries! You can enjoy offerings from local breweries, talk with the brewmasters, enjoy live music by Yacht Rock Revue, and sample craft beer treats from Happy Hour Confections.
What is the date and who are the Hawks playing?
HAWKtoberfest will take place at Philips Arena on March 21, 2014 during the Hawks vs. New Orleans Pelicans game from 6 PM to the end of the third quarter.