Author Archives: Myrydd Wells

6 local beers to warm you up this winter

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Atlanta’s craft breweries are in the giving mood this holiday season. The beer makers have responded to the cold, dark days with fittingly similar brews, as stouts, porters, and brown ales have officially replaced the summer’s hoppy and citrus-infused flavors. Whether it’s a last-minute gift, a way to combat the gloomy weather, or a means of surviving upcoming family gatherings, there are lots of reasons to try these local winter seasonals. Scout the StorytellerPhotograph courtesy of Reformation Brewery Reformation Brewery’s Scout the Storyteller Reformation calls this winter beer a “festive stout,” and it’s easy to see why. Made with fresh ...

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Next to an East Cobb gas station, Marietta Donuts serves up fresh yeast doughnuts and apple fritters

Source: Atlanta Magazine

An assortment from Marietta DonutsPhotograph by Lia Picard Two years ago Sokcheat Heng, the owner of Marietta Donuts, left Battambang, Cambodia for Boston with hopes of becoming a successful entrepreneur in the U.S. He had owned a home supply business in Cambodia but liked doughnuts and knew that his friends in Atlanta could help him learn how to make them. While living in Boston he met his girlfriend and business partner, Sophal Chhim, and together they packed up and moved to East Cobb. Friends had scouted out a storefront adjacent to a Shell gas station at the busy intersection of ...

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A fondant swan cake helped land Atlanta’s Molly Brodak on the Great American Baking Show

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Molly Brodak’s chamomile lime swan cake with honey Swiss meringue buttercreamPhotograph courtesy of Molly Brodak A three-dimensional swan, a lemon pepper-flavored portrait of Killer Mike, and six near-identical cookies decorated likes mermaids complete with iridescent golden seashell bras—these are just a handful of the creations Molly Brodak has whipped up in her kitchen this year. As if being a Kennesaw State University professor and successful writer (she’s penned an award-winning book of poetry and an acclaimed memoir) weren’t enough, Brodak has taken her sweet tooth to another level as a contestant on this season of ABC’s the Great American Baking ...

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9 Atlanta coffee shops and cafes where you can get work done

Source: Atlanta Magazine

East Pole CoffeePhotograph courtesy of Jonathan Wade As a freelance writer, technically all that I really need to do my job is a laptop and a wi-fi connection—but comfy furniture, a good soundtrack, readily available caffeine, good snacks, plentiful outlets I don’t have to passive-aggressively battle a stranger over, a certain decibel level of background noise, an aesthetically pleasing environment, and decent lighting help, too. (Is that too much to ask?) While everyone’s individual definition of an ideal work spot varies wildly, there are a handful of places in Atlanta that have nailed the formula in Goldilocks-fashion: not cavernously dark, ...

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Atlanta breweries can finally sell beer directly to customers. Here’s how they’re celebrating.

Georgia brewers earned a major victory this past spring when Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 85, which finally allows breweries to sell beer directly to customers. The previous law, a headache for craft brewers, only allowed breweries to sell tours that included 36-ounces of “free samples.” Now patrons to Georgia breweries can sit at the bar and order however many drinks they’d like, or take home a case or six-pack. Many Atlanta-area breweries are celebrating this weekend, with a few parties starting as soon as the law goes into effect at midnight on September 1. If you want to raise a glass, here’s where to go: Second Self Beer Company Everyone in the brewery at midnight on September 1 gets a free pint. Try…View Original Post

A quick primer to African food in Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Beef Bobotie at 10 Degrees SouthPhotograph courtesy of 10 Degrees South With 54 countries, Africa is the most ethnically and linguistically diverse continent in the world, and foods and flavors change drastically from region to region. North African cuisine draws in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, while South African dishes are a hodge-podge of world cultures. In West Africa, each country has its own version of jollof rice, a popular tomato-based one-pot dish. Atlanta is home to restaurants from nearly every region of the vast continent. (Unfortunately, some of our favorite Central African restaurants have closed in recent years.) Let ...

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Wild Heaven Beer launches a coconut IPA to honor Atlanta brewer Dan Rosen

Source: Atlanta Magazine

“To Dan!” double coconut IPAPhotograph courtesy of Wild Heaven Beer On June 6, Atlanta’s craft beer community mourned the loss of one of their own when Dan Rosen, the cofounder of Mazurt Brewing Company, died in an apparent hit-and-run incident on Briarcliff Road. While Mazurt is a brewery-in-planning—it doesn’t yet have a brick-and-mortar location but distributes its products through the festival circuit—it’s already earned a name for itself. At the Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Day festival, Rosen and his business partner, Hamp Covington, won awards for two years straight for their vanilla Russian imperial stouts aged in hollowed coconuts. The beer was ...

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Monday Night Brewing has a brand-new look (and two new beers)

Source: Atlanta Magazine

With its new brewery, the Garage, expected to open in late September, Monday Night Brewing has given itself a complete makeover, switching from bottling to canning for most of its beers, redesigning the packaging, introducing two new brews, and retiring two old favorites. Monday Night Brewing’s revamped core beer lineupPhotograph courtesy of Monday Night Brewing The new cans, designed by Monday Night cofounder Jonathan Baker, each feature a white background with vividly colored ties. Each tie has a pattern that is symbolic of the brew—Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale features Tartan, Blind Pirate Blood Orange IPA features oranges and swords, Slap ...

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How Golda Kombucha owner Melanie Wade turned “grandma’s weird mushroom tea” into a business

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Golda Kombucha founder Melanie WadePhotograph courtesy of Golda Kombucha Melanie Wade focused her eyes on the ceiling as she lay awake in bed. She had just arrived at her grandmother’s house in Virginia, and as a reward to herself for enduring the stress of an all-day drive, she grabbed a small jar of fermented kombucha tea. It was one of the first times that Wade would try what she’d once dubbed “grandma’s weird mushroom tea.” (There are no actual mushrooms in the drink, but the bacteria and yeast used in the fermentation process resembles a mushroom cap, hence the nickname.) ...

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Arches Brewing’s United in Red beer makes debut at Holeman & Finch

Source: Atlanta Magazine

  Arches Brewing’s new United in Red alePhotograph courtesy of Arches Brewing Holeman & Finch Public House is probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think of pre-gaming a soccer match. The restaurant has no TVs, nor does it offer $2 Bud Light specials. This Saturday, though, fans who come decked out in their best Atlanta United gear will get a free pour of a brand new beer called United in Red. The red ale, which fuses American malt and Munich specialty malt, is the latest brew from Hapeville’s Arches Brewing, and it’s a tribute to ...

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How do you make lemon pepper wet wings from FX’s Atlanta? This YouTuber will show you.

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Binging with Babish shows how to create Atlanta’s lemon pepper wet wingsScreenshot via YouTube Andrew Rea, better known as Binging with Babish, has more than one million YouTube subscribers thanks to his viral cooking videos that demonstrate how to make foods from movies and TV shows. He has showed viewers how to create Ross’s Thanksgiving “moistmaker” sandwich from Friends, Carol’s beet and acorn cookies from The Walking Dead, and Spongebob’s famous Krabby Patty. Today he published a video on how to make the lemon pepper wet wings that entranced Paper Boi and Darius on Atlanta. Rea did his homework before ...

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium shows off new concessions: What to grab and what to skip

Source: Atlanta Magazine

By now you’ve likely heard about the big dining names coming to Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Iberian Pig, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Antico, and Kevin Gillespie’s Gamechanger, to name a few. Concentrics (One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks) is even operating a full-service restaurant, Molly B’s, that will be open on non-game days. But what about the rest of the stadium’s concessions? While we didn’t get a chance to try the much-talked-about $2 hot dogs and $3 pizza slices at a stadium-sponsored media preview this morning, we did get to taste a few of the more premium (but still fairly priced for a ...

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After cars hit the building twice, Ammazza won’t reopen until next year

Source: Atlanta Magazine

  This is what Ammazza looked like after a car crashed into the building in June. A second car hit it in July.Photograph courtesy of Hugh Connerty When the hood of a car plowed through the front wall of Ammazza in June, no one could have predicted that another car would crash into almost the exact same spot of the building nearly a month later. The popular Neapolitan pizzeria sits at the intersection of Randolph Street and Edgewood Avenue, a site that has earned two “no turn on red” signs and a whole lot of recent attention. On the morning ...

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The future of the world-famous Ghetto Burger

Source: Atlanta Magazine

A memorial to Ann Price, the founder of Ann’s Snack Bar, hangs in the restaurant. Price passed away in 2015 at age 72.Photograph by Darnell Wilburn Atlanta lost a food legend in April 2015. “Miss Ann” Price might not have been known for winning high-minded culinary awards, but her hallowed Ghetto Burger and her fiery demeanor made her one of the city’s most authentic and longstanding small business owners. Restaurant Eugene chef Linton Hopkins—himself a James Beard award winner—can attest to that. “I am as inspired by Miss Ann and the way she expressed herself through her burger as I ...

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Brandon Smith wants to sell you a fresh Georgia peach

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Brandon Smith found slinging peaches more exciting than a life working in personal finance.Photograph by Jack Deese The line at Brandon Smith’s booth is one of the longest at the Freedom Farmers Market on a typical muggy Saturday morning in May. Customers flock to his table, ready to exchange a few bucks for large sacks full of fat Georgia-grown peaches from Dickey Farms—the oldest continually-operating packing house in the state. Come mid to late July though, Georgia’s iconic state fruit is going to be much harder to come by, thanks to a cataclysmic season that, according to Smith, cost the ...

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The Guac Stop at Atlantic Station might be the most Millennial event ever

Source: Atlanta Magazine

You know what Millennials love more than anything else in the world? Avocados. The burrito-makers at Chipotle don’t need to tell us that guacamole costs extra—we know. In fact, our deep commitment devouring the avocado’s holy greenness spread over a fresh piece of Artisan toast has completely destroyed our ability to afford a down payment on a house. Bummer. But this week, Atlanta Millennials have a reason to celebrate. We can consume our weight in free guacamole at The Guac Stop, a touring pop-up from national brand Wholly Guacamole that will set up shop all-day at Atlantic Station from Wednesday through ...

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The Brick Store Pub: 20 years and lots of beer

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Dave Blanchard, Tom Moore, and Mike Gallagher, the founders of the Brick Store PubPhotograph by Josh Jameson On June 27, 1997, the Brick Store Pub in Decatur opened its doors for the first time. It was a cloudy, humid Friday evening, and founders Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher, and Tom Moore had no idea that the neighborhood pub they’d built would become known as one of the country’s best beer bars, with accolades from popular publications such as Beer Advocate and RateBeer. The three friends and business partners were early champions of a 2004 law that raised the alcohol limit for ...

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Scraps, a new TV series about food waste, teams up with chef Steven Satterfield

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Steven Satterfield (L) and Sur la Table chef Joel GamoranPhotograph courtesy FYI Network/ “Scraps” Wait! Before you toss out your bacon grease, turnip stems, or lopsided blueberries, Sur La Table national chef Joel Gamoran wants you to think twice. In a new TV series for FYI Network, Scraps, Gamoran travels the country and meets with chefs who are passionate about ending excessive food waste. The chefs cook together, explaining creative ways to use ingredients you might have otherwise sent to the dump, and then serve up a grand meal with the finds. And this week on the series, Gamoran stops ...

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If you can take a lunch break, you should. Here’s where to go in Atlanta.

Source: Atlanta Magazine

This morning, my colleague popped into my office doorway. “Hey, you still free for lunch today?” I’d thrown the suggestion out a few days ago—we were long overdue for a conversation that had nothing to do with magazine deadlines. But at her question, about 30 alarms went off in my head. No, absolutely not. Not with that massive story that has to launch on the website today and the research I need to do for that interview tomorrow and, oh yeah, the article about going out to lunch I promised the dining editor I would write two days ago. “Or, ...

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Drink This: Lawn Dart

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The base for this citrusy liqueur from Old Fourth Distillery is a cane sugar spirit, which brothers Jeff and Craig Moore infuse with lemons. “We hand-peel 75 lemons per run,” says Jeff. Then it’s blended with spicy cold-pressed ginger juice. Even more lemons are added during the maceration stage to give the spirit its canary color. Although Old Fourth released Lawn Dart last December, its refreshing taste makes it perfect for summer parties and porch-front sipping. Crack open a bottle, pour a couple ounces, and drink it straight, like its Italian cousin limoncello. You can purchase Lawn Dart at Green’s; ...

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Here’s what you can eat inside SunTrust Park

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The brand new home of the Atlanta BravesPhotograph by Myrydd Wells When the Atlanta Braves play their very first regular season home game at SunTrust Park on April 14 (against the San Diego Padres) fans will have a whole slew of new dining options to choose from. Beyond the typical hot dogs and burgers, the stadium will sell fancy french fries, catfish tacos, cannoli, even sushi, alongside local favorites like Fox Bros Bar-B-Que, Gu’s Dumplings, and Chick-fil-A (which will have a window just for milkshakes). Not to mention all of the eats offered at the nearby Battery, which will boast a restaurant from Atlanta native chef Todd ...

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Here’s what you can eat inside SunTrust Park

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The brand new home of the Atlanta BravesPhotograph by Myrydd Wells When the Atlanta Braves play their very first regular season home game at SunTrust Park on April 14 (against the San Diego Padres) fans will have a whole slew of new dining options to choose from. Beyond the typical hot dogs and burgers, the stadium will sell fancy french fries, catfish tacos, cannoli, even sushi, alongside local favorites like Fox Bros Bar-B-Que, Gu’s Dumplings, and Chick-fil-A (which will have a window just for milkshakes). Not to mention all of the eats offered at the nearby Battery, which will boast a restaurant from Atlanta native chef Todd ...

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Steven Satterfield, Ryan Smith among Atlanta’s 2017 James Beard Award finalists

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The nominations for the annual “Oscars of Dining” are in, and three Atlanta chefs and two Atlanta restaurants have been named as 2017 James Beard Award finalists. Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and Staplehouse chef Ryan Smith will both vie the title of Best Chef: Southeast, and Miller Union was also nominated for Outstanding Wine Program. Design firm Meyer Davis earned a Restaurant Design nomination for its redesign of Ford Fry’s St. Cecilia. Chef Asha Gomez also earned a Book Award nomination for her first cookbook, My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen. Gomez recently ...

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Steven Satterfield, Ryan Smith among Atlanta’s 2017 James Beard Award finalists

The nominations for the annual “Oscars of Dining” are in, and three Atlanta chefs and two Atlanta restaurants have been named as 2017 James Beard Award finalists. Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and Staplehouse chef Ryan Smith will both vie the title of Best Chef: Southeast, and Miller Union was also nominated for Outstanding Wine Program. Design firm Meyer Davis earned a Restaurant Design nomination for its redesign of Ford Fry’s St. Cecilia. Chef Asha Gomez also earned a Book Award nomination for her first cookbook, My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India into a Southern Kitchen. Gomez recently closed her Inman Park restaurant, Spice to Table, to focus on her lifestyle brand, DYAD. And finally, Atlanta magazine’s former restaurant critic Bill Addison, who became…View Original Post

Eventide Brewing launches The ‘A’ IPA as its third canned beer

Source: Atlanta Magazine

IPAs are arguably the hottest type of craft beer on the market right now, and in Atlanta alone, there are dozens of popular choices. Creature Comforts’s Tropicália. Three Taverns’s A Night on Ponce. Scofflaw’s Basement. In a market so saturated, how can any new offering compete? That’s exactly why Eventide’s brew master, Geoffrey Williams, took his time in perfecting the brewery’s latest release, The ‘A’ IPA. The A will be Eventide’s first year-round offering since 2014, and will join the brewery’s other canned year-round options: the Kolsch and the Pale Ale. “We’re trying to give a little love back to ...

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