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A Somewhat Comprehensive List Of All The Atlanta-Based Booze Fests I Can Think Of

Beer FestsEvery 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.

March 21 – HAWKtoberfest – Phillips Arena

April 5 – Beer Carnival – Atlantic Station

April 5 – Hogs & Hops Atlanta – Masquerade Music Park

April 18 – 20 – SweetWater 420 Fest – Centennial Olympic Park

April 26 – Hip Hop Beer Fest At The Brewery – Three Taverns Brewery

April 26 – Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest – Heritage Green

April 27 – Buckhead Wine Festival – Andrews Entertainment District

May 29 – June 1 – Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – Midtown Atlanta

June 7 – Brookhaven Beer Fest - (Umm…Is behind the Brookhaven MARTA station an adequate location?)

June 21 – Atlanta Summer Beer Fest – Masquerade Music Park

July 4 – Red White & Brew – Georgia Aquarium

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For A Day Foundation Atlanta To Host Cocktail Fundraiser At 200 Peachtree This Tuesday

Cocktails FundraiserFor the second year in a row, the For A Day Foundation Atlanta, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization committed to children battling cancer and other blood disorders, will host their Cocktails For Kids Annual Fundraiser. The event will take place at 200 Peachtree on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM and will cost only $20 per person ($30 at the door).

Here’s a little more info on the event via their Eventbrite ticket page. And I hope to see all my fellow Atlantan’s out sipping for a cause when this event takes place on Tuesday!

“Cocktails for Kids is an annual fundraiser that benefits For a Day Foundation- Atlanta, a 501c3 non-profit that provides therapeutic event programming for children battling cancer and other chronic illnesses at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Our mission is simple; bring a smile to a child’s face, even if that child has not smiled in weeks.This year we are proud to announce an unforgettable evening at 200 Peachtree. There will be a silent and live auction as well as a raffle. Tickets are $20 and they include one drink and tapas! Cash bar also provided. All proceeds from the evening go straight back to the children! To make a donation to For a Day Atlanta or for more information about the foundation, please visit our website at www.ForaDayAtlanta.org.”

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The Good & The Bad From The 2013 Speakeasy Cocktail Festival

IMGP0981Over the weekend, I again had the opportunity to check out Atlanta’s Speakeasy Cocktail Festival. The annual cocktail festival, founded by Gary Cobb, first kicked off last year, so I was really looking forward to seeing how the event would fare in its second year. Since there was a fair amount of highs and lows this year, I figured I’d share ‘em with you guys in this blog post. Check ‘em out below.

The GOOD

Wayyy Better Venue – The theme of the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival is of course centered around 1920′s speakeasies and that theme was a lot more visible this year at Opera Nightclub than it was at last year’s ginormous Georgia World Congress Center exhibit hall. Opera may be a mega-club, but it also makes for a pretty nice event venue and was a near perfect choice for the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival.

More Cocktails – Although it’s called the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival, it definitely seemed there was a lack of cocktails last year. Instead, brands were pouring liquor straight and there was also a handful of beer options (and Atlanta’s got plenty of beer festivals). This year, I’m pleased to say that there were a lot more cocktail samples available. Favorite cocktail from the festival? Jim Beam’s “Spiked Apple Cider.” Man, you guys need to get into that! Simple, but friggin’ delicious.

Lack Of Excess – Last year, there was a lot going that really should not have been going on at the festival. There was a car show that was way more “random-old-car-parked-in-the-middle-of-an-exhibit-hall” than it was car show. And the gambling area was entirely too big, which made it look vacant most of the time. They seemed to do away with a lot of the extra stuff this year and it was a wise choice.

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Lushworthy Pics: Music, Art & Brew Merge At The Heineken Mural Project VIP Party

Heineken Mural Project 5With the A3C Hip Hop Festival and last night’s annual Flux Night art party, Atlanta has been absolutely crazy this weekend, but I am in no way complaining. From rooftop parties sponsored by Heineken to music industry panels held in Speakeasy-style bars, I had the opportunity to check out a variety of events over the weekend, but I have to say that my favorite was the Heineken Mural Project VIP party. Held smack dab in the middle of Castleberry Hill during Flux Night, the party took place in a previously abandoned building and included a solar stage powered by Tree Sound Studios and 3 Little Digs.

We arrived at the party just in time to see DJ Maseo of De La Soul spin a few tunes before being treated to a performance from renowned deejay and producer, DJ Premier. And man, did he play some jams! Lot’s of soul and 90′s R&B. He came in with some Aaliyah, switched it up a little with Groove Theory’s “Tell Me,” and then took us back to the 70′s. Pair that with some complimentary ice-cold Heineken and a live art installation courtesy of Heineken Mural Project street artists Chor Boogie, Clogtwo, Inkten, Marka27, Angwy Woebots, and Atlanta’s own Paper Frank, and it was a great night.

I haven’t had the opportunity to check out the murals in person yet, but they did show video projections from each of the mural locations throughout the night and they all looked pretty impressive. For more information on the murals, as well as their locations, visit the Heineken Mural Project website.

Kudos to Mali Hunter and the Retnuh Agency for bringing such a unique experience to Atlanta.

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Boos! And Booze At The Netherworld VIP Party (Pictures)

IMGP0652Earlier in the month, I received an invite to attend the Netherworld Media & VIP Party, and you know I wasn’t going to pass on the opportunity to enjoy a Lushworthy libation or two before being scared to death, so I was all in. As Netherworld is one of the most celebrated haunted attractions in the Southeast it was nice to be able to bypass the crowds during their media event, which took place weeks prior to their opening on September 27th.

Before that whole “being scared to death” thing took place, myself and Talaia from WholeYum.com enjoyed a few sips of Black Box Wine and entirely too many delicious cupcakes while chillaxin’ in the media/VIP area. And then…it was on. We entered into Netherworld’s ginormous haunted house after receiving the A-Okay from the gypsy woman standing at the entrance and were almost immediately met with a few subtle, but impactful scares (think serial killer hiding in the corner).

I’m of course not going to breakdown my entire walk through Netherworld (spoilers aren’t just reserved for “Breaking Bad” finales, ya know?), but it’s definitely a fun and frightful experience. It’s a little more on the fun end for me, but for those with a fear of all thing’s that go bump in the night then it should be a chilling experience.

For more information on dates and to purchase a ticket, visit the Netherworld Website.

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RSVP For Free Tickets To Miller Lite’s “Stand Up. It’s Miller Time” Finale In Atlanta

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The nationwide “Stand Up. It’s Miller Time” comedy competition has gone on to make stops in New Orleans, Chicago, Dallas, and Charlotte in the hopes of finding the country’s funniest comedians, and later this month the competition will head to Atlanta for a finale hosted by actor Marlon Wayans. Marlon will also serve as guest judge along with Donnell Rawlings and together they’ll choose which comedian will go home with the $10,000 grand prize.

If you happen to reside in or around the city of Atlanta, Miller Lite is giving you the chance to join in on the fun as an audience member at the August 29th finale. All you have to do is head over to StandUpItsMillerTime.com to RSVP. I’m sure spots will fill up soon, so be sure to get your RSVP in ASAP.

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Davio’s Atlanta Introduces Liquor-Infused, Homemade Italian Ice To Its Summer Menu

Davio's Boozy GranitasYou gotta love when summer treats like the Italian ice are given the Lushworthy treatment and at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Atlanta they’re serving up just that thanks to their boozy granitas. A combination of sugar, water, and select flavorings, the granita is pretty similar to the Italian ice and at Davio’s they’re created using Limoncello, Chambord, Vanilla Stoli Vodka, and other boozy ingredients.

On top of providing a refreshing break from the heat or serving as a sweet post-dinner treat, Davio’s boozy granitas, which were created by Pastry Chef Kathleen Miliotis, are also pretty affordable at only four dollars each. Be sure to get your hands on one fast since they’ll only be available up until August 30. You can find a list of Davio’s homemade, boozy granitas, as well as specific ingredients, below.

Lemon Verbena with Limoncello – Water, sugar, lemon juice, Limoncello, and fresh lemon Verbena leaves.

Wild Berries With Chambord – Water, berry puree, sugar, and Chambord.

Georgia Peach Melba with Peach Schnapps – Water, Georgia peach, puree, sugar, and Peach Schnapps.

Greek Yogurt With Stolia Vanilla – Plain Greek yogurt, water, sugar, and Vanilla Stoli Vodka.

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The Five Most Lushworthy Events To Check Out At The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

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Each year, thousands of Atlantan’s and plenty of out-of-towners converge in Midtown Atlanta for the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The foodie’s come out in droves at the annual event, but as someone who’s had the opportunity to attend the festival I can tell you that there’s plenty of wine tastings, cocktail classes, and beer seminars to keep all you Lushworthy individuals more than satisfied. The May 30th kickoff for the festival is approaching fast, so I’ve gone ahead and compiled a minor cheat sheet for those of you struggling to choose what events you want to attend.

Ramos Gin Fizz – Look, you guys are afraid of gin. I get it. Gin is arguably one of the most intimidating spirits out there, but it’s time to face your fear folks. So, why not rid yourself of your gin fears and also learn how to make the New Orleans favorite, the “Ramos Gin Fizz” during this cocktail class?

Sip Down Under – Australia wine? Yes, please. During this seminar you’ll have the opportunity to sample both “world-renowned vintages” and “lesser-known, up-and-coming gems” from the land down under…mate.

Cocktails & Confections – Oh hells yes! At this cooking demonstration, Gary Crunkleton and Plinio Sandalio will teach participants how to infuse desserts with various cocktail ingredients.

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Atlanta’s Park 75 Serving Up Boiled Peanut Hummus & Flying Dog’s Old Scratch Amber Lager This March

Flying Dog Amber Lager

If you’re familiar with Park 75, the swanky restaurant located in Atlanta’s Four Seasons Hotel, then I’m sure each month you eagerly await the announcement of their monthly special. This month’s special is inspired by March Madness and boasts somewhat of a sporty theme. The restaurant will offer Flying Dog’s Old Scratch Amber Lager for only $6 and once those munchies kick in you can indulge in their other monthly special, the boiled peanut hummus. Hummus is still kind of growing on me so I’m not entirely sure how I feel about boiled peanut hummus, but I’ll try anything at least once and hey, it’s only five bucks. The March Madness special will be available everyday in March from 5 to 7 P.M.

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Lushworthy Week In Review: Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Officially Launches, “Whippets” With Ocean Catering Company’s Chef Shane & More

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Now that we’re nearing spring and the warmer months, we can certainly expect to hear a lot of exciting news when it pertains to the beer, liquor, and wine industries and any place that happens to sell those delicious beverages. So much so that I’m going to introduce a new “Lushworthy Week In Review” column just so I can fill you guys in on any news, events, etc. that I may have missed during the week. And here goes…

Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Launches During All-Star Weekend

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Bacardi will soon add yet another flavor to its growing line of flavored rums. Joining the likes of Bacardi Limon, Bacardi Coconut, and a handful of other flavors is Bacardi Pineapple Fusion. Bacardi’s newest addition will consist of a combination of pineapple and coconut rums and officially launched during the NBA All-Star Game festivities last weekend. You can expect Bacardi Pineapple Fusion to hit stores in April.

“Whippets” & Catered Bites From Chef Shane & Ocean Catering Company

Pinnacle And Whippets

To introduce their newest client, Chef Shane and Ocean Catering Company, Caren West PR held a private shindig in downtown Atlanta to give a handful of bloggers, journalists, and others in the food/beverage industry a taste (literally) at all that Chef Shane is cooking up. Also on hand at the event was Wild Heaven Craft Beers and Pinnacle Vodka who were of coursing serving up plenty of “Whippets” (Whynatte and Pinnacle Whipped Vodka). The “Whippets” also proved to be a nice companion to OCC’s Angus sirloin sliders, Sloppy Joe’s, and mini creme brulees. And in case you need help getting Lushworthy at your next event, OCC also provides beverage services to its clients.

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