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A Day at the Zoo with Brews from Sweewater, Eventide, Monday Night & Many More

BrewAtTheZoo

If you weren’t at this years ‘Brew at the Zoo’ make sure to make plans to be at next years. This event was a blast to say the least. They had everything…  beer tasting stations from several breweries, wine tasting stations for those who wanted a beer alternative, several small bands playing live music throughout the zoo, a huge tent with DJ’s playing until 9:30pm and under the tent… more beer tasting stations, beer pong table sponsored by the Atlanta Hawks (in which you win prizes, we got a few) , lots of free Powerade & water from Dasani (to help you sober up before the drive home) and my favorite… a giant blow up Skeeball (which I sincerely hope they have again next year), and off course WILD ANIMALS.

IMG_1211What we expected was a nice leisurely walk through the zoo while sipping on some brews, what we got was a night of fun, humor and entertainment. About the only complaint I have, was the food. Food was available for the hungry masses, but choices were few and prices were steep. Over $16 for one bun and two patties with cheese thrown on top, is a bit over what I prefer to pay. The burgers were not delicious, but merely substance to curb further intoxication. My advice for next year, try not to eat there – eat before and after if you can; but I realize for many, this will not be an option. My advice to the venue, bring in food trucks. The event managers did such a great job at offering a variety of different brews and entertainment, but completely dropped the ball on food. Even though I was highly disappointed about menu choices, the event was all in all a success and we will be back next year.

We arrived right before 5:30pm and waited for the gates to open eagerly with everyone else. When at last the gates did open, a flood of people headed strait towards the first beer station, containing brews by Sweetwater brewery (a group favorite). We quickly realized that if we stayed there, we’d be in line forever. The plan then became to get towards the back of the zoo as fast as possible, where the hope was, lines would be shorter. At first the plan worked, but it didn’t take long before other people had the same idea.

IMG_1181The event was advertised to be from 5:30pm – 9:30PM but we noticed that many of the sample stations towards the back of the Zoo had a last call time of 7:45pm , this was disappointing at first since we soon realized that due to wait times in line, there was no way we could ever stop by all the sample stations, but as the night went on… and people reached their limits, disappointments soon faded. We took our time walking around, looking at animals and taking pictures and eventually ended up back in front where the Sweetwater brewery station was. There we enjoyed a couple more drinks, some live music and got a few souvenirs from the gift shop.

Even though the Sweetwater station had a later last call time, we decided to head toward the big white tent where a lot a sound was coming from, after hearing that’s where all the action was. After getting inside the tent and seeing all of it’s offerings, we stayed there for a while before deciding to get a bit to eat and then heading back to finish out the night. The energy throughout the park was great, everyone seemed to be having a good time and I have to admit , some of the comments I heard people say while slightly intoxicated and staring at animals where hilarious. Although a few people took it way to far (ie. one girl on her hands and knees throwing up in the bushes) most people where aware of their limits and headed them.

Check out more pics from this years event here: http://ontapoftheworld.net/2016-brew-at-the-zoo/

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The First of Several Events Coming to you from Orpheus , Ale Yeah & Homegrown

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A collaboration between Ale Yeah and Homegrown, last night’s all you can eat crawfish boil was well worth attending. $45 a head for three beers (not explicitly mentioned BTW) and all you can eat crustaceans this event may have been slightly confusing at the start due to the vague facebook post but in the end it was a rewarding experience.

The beer furnished was a selection of Orpeheus favorites: Atalanta ( by far the best paired with seafood, a sour of supreme decency) , The Rites ( an IPA that does not pair with seafood) and Lyric Ale ( a raison that is light and very drinkable).

I arrived at homegrown with collaborator Drew and his wife Desi 20 minutes early, so we took a quick stroll across hwy 20 to the gentrified part of town and quickly consumed two $7 Thai wheat drafts. Regardless of where I am or how good the beer is it is an insult to me when a draft beer is priced over $5. I get slightly upset. So having teased our bellies with a single overpriced beer and lightened our wallets of $20 we used our beernergy to quickly walk our way back to the restaurant, admiring the bullet holes in the overpass signs and the unappealing industrial housing on the way.

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Arriving 20 minutes late we were greeted and allowed to seat ourselves at a plainly decorated 50 ft table adorned with buckets of beer on ice. Surprisingly this event was not as packed as I expected. I can only assume it has to do with the lack of outreach and not some inner hatred for crustaceans – beer aside, $45 for an all you can consume seafood feast in Atlanta is not highway robbery. The food was decent for under-skilled northerners ( being originally from Savannah I could have offered a few critiques).

The highlight of the night, outside of never-ending crustaceans, was the corn. Lathered in butter and cooked with lemons it was truly an eye opening experience for me. I will most certainly be cooking my corn in this manner for the duration of my existence. Overall, this low-key mixture of a local eatery and a brewery was fantastic , if not under attended , and I hope more people make the effort in the future.

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A Trip to Dog Town

So I manageBand and Beersd to turn an impromptu trip to the bay area area to see my dad, who suffered a recently near death experience, to a trip to tour one of my favorite breweries, Lagunitas (still a win in my book.)  Myself, my father’s most recent baby mamma, and my baby sister dedicated an afternoon (after ensuring dad wasn’t gonna croak on us, of course) to a beautiful day of drinking.

When we arrived at the brewery, I was immediately impressed how a mainstream breweries managed to maintain a rather intimate atmosphere.  The first stop was to the gift shop to grab some swag, and pre-game our tour.  Our tour group was pretty small (about 15 folks) and it definitely had its perks.  We were guided to the employees lounge to obtain our liquid gifts.

Our booze tender and guide made an excellent job of making us feel right at home.  She was very knowledgeable and answered any questions about the story behind our favorite brews and the mastermind behind it all, Tony Magee.  I had a great time getting free bee…I mean knowledge (did I mention the tour is entirely free?)  Your history lesson for today is to research the St Patrick’s Day Massacre at Lagunitas.

The actual tour was impressing.  Lagunitas is serious about keeping their product a quality one we can all enjoy, all while keeping it green.  In addition to their Petaluma location, Lagunitas has started a massive operation in Tony’s hometown Chicago, where I’ll be certain to visit.

Our visit to Lagunitas wrapped up with a bit of surprise.  As if there wasn’t already enough free quality beer in my belly, it was service appreciation day.  A taco food truck was exactly what I needed to curb my ever rising buzz, and accompanied with a live band and more drafts to keep me hydrated made this a tour I won’t soon forget.