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Athens named among the South’s most underrated food cities

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

USA Today named Athens, Ga., one of the South’s most underrated food cities. Athens-based Creature Comforts was one of a handful of destinations cited in the article.

By Caleigh Derreberry

As home to the University of Georgia, Athens is mainly known as a college town. But it got a national nod for its dining scene.

USA Today called Athens one of the South’s most underrated food destinations. The article put a spotlight on smaller locales with notable cuisine. Baton Rouge, La., Birmingham, Ala., Lexington, Ky., and Greenville, S.C. also made the list.

The article gave props to chef-restaurateur Hugh Acheson’s ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Terrapin Hammer 58 Pale Ale

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Baseball season is heading toward playoff time, college and pro football are kicking off, and Atlanta is crazy for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, United FC and Major League Soccer.

For me, anyway, it’s the best time of year to be a sports fan. And it’s the best time to enjoy a well-made pale ale — a venerable British style that American craft brewers made their own with all-American ingredients, most notably the likes of Cascade, Chinook and Centennial hops.

Call it ingenuity or serendipity, but bright, citrusy American pale ales make a perfect match for all the foods we love ...

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What’s next for Hugh Acheson?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Hugh AchesonPhotography by Andrew Thomas Lee. Chef Hugh Acheson has built an interesting mix of businesses since he landed on the culinary map with Five & Ten in Athens in 2000. Along with a stint as a Top Chef judge and authoring three cookbooks (one of which won him a James Beard award), Acheson also operates Empire State South in Midtown, the National in Athens, and Spiller Park, a Ponce City Market coffee shop that has a second location opening soon in Toco Hills. But after just two years, his Italian-inspired restaurant in Savannah, the Florence, closed in June. “Losing the ...

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Another popular New York-based Middle Eastern eatery is headed to Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Falafel and shawarma sandwiches are on the menu at Mamoun’s. / Photo courtesy of Mamoun’s Falafel

If you were one of the many people who stood in line when New York-based Halal Guys opened its first Atlanta location earlier this year, there’ll soon be another place for you to queue up.

Mamoun’s Falafel is set to open six locations in metro Atlanta and Athens. No addresses have been announced, though real estate options are being explored in both markets.

Founded by Syrian immigrant Mamoun Chater 45 years ago in New York, Mamoun’s serves up traditional Middle Eastern dishes including ...

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Get $2 tacos and $5 Patron shots at Tin Lizzy’s on Tuesdays

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Get $2 tacos and $5 Patron shots at Tin Lizzy’s on Tuesdays./ Photo Credit: Melissa Libby & Associates.

Holy jalapeño! Head to Tin Lizzy’s on Tuesdays to munch on $2 tacos from the restaurant’s special list and toss back $5 Patrón tequila shorty shots. With these wallet-friendly prices, it’s easy to turn Tuesday into a party with your favorite people.
Various locations, tinlizzyscantina.com.

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Stock Up: Who needs fresh blueberries? We’ve got juice. We’ve got ketchup. We’ve got vinegar.

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Blueberry season is upon us. Depending on how badly your farmer’s crop was hit by last winter’s cold snap, you may or may not find local blueberries at the market. But you can definitely find delicious products made from the blueberries of seasons past.

Blueberry Ketchup

What is ketchup anyway? It needs to be tangy. It needs to be sweet. It should have some spice to it, although that doesn’t mean heat – just flavor.  It needs to be a complement to grilled meats and must have the right consistency so it works for dipping. And, as it turns out, ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Terrapin Chopsecutioner Bat Wood Aged IPA

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Credit: Terrapin Beer Co.

It’s opening day at the Braves new home at SunTrust Park. And the ballpark and The Battery, the adjacent restaurant and retail complex, are big news. But some the biggest, most unlikely buzz has been about a new beer from Terrapin, dubbed Chopsecutioner.

Despite what you may have heard or read, Chopsecutioner is not aged on baseball bats. It is aged on wood chips from baseball bats with some additions of wood spirals.

And it is not “a whopping 7.3 percent alcohol level.” It is in fact a lower alcohol, ballpark-friendly version of Terrapin’s best-selling ...

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Popular Athens brunch spot opening second location

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

UGA breakfast sausage, mushrooms, spinach and cheddar cheese scrambler with grits and a biscuit at Mama’s Boy. photo from Facebook

Popular Athens brunch spot Mama’s Boy specializes in southern cuisine in a modern dining atmosphere. The second Mama’s Boy will open at The Falls of Oconee Shopping Center off of Macon Highway in late July, reports The Red and Black. 

Biscuits, bacon and fried green tomatoes draw a large crowd to brunch each Sunday. With the growing popularity of Mama’s Boy, co-owner and alumna of the University of Georgia Cooper Hudson said they had been looking for a second location ...

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Atlanta, you deserve a beer today. Take comfort in this brew.

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cosmic Debris Double IPA. Credit: Creature Comforts.

After a fire yesterday caused the collapse of I-85 in Buckhead at the height of rush hour and today’s news that closures and repairs are expected to take several months, Atlanta is bracing for severe traffic issues for the foreseeable future.

Who needs a drink?

Beer lovers can take comfort in this non-traffic news: Creature Comforts Brewing Co. is bringing back one of my favorite seasonal releases, Cosmik Debris Double IPA, at a time when the newest and freshest hops are available. Look for it in the tasting room in Athens now, and around Atlanta in ...

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Wild Heaven Beer opening second brewery and taproom on Beltline

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Eric Johnson and Nick Purdy pose for a photo at the site of their new brewery on the Westside on Wednesday March 22, 2017. Credit: Chris Rank/ Rank Studios

With the Georgia General Assembly’s passage of SB85 allowing direct sale of beer by Georgia breweries, Wild Heaven Beer has announced plans for a second brewery and taproom location at the Lee + White development in Atlanta adjacent to the Beltline’s Westside Trail.

The freestanding building, including over 21,000 square feet of space with room for expansion, includes a large area overlooking the Atlanta Beltline perfect for patrons to enjoy ...

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Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Terrapin’s “Walking Dead” Lucille stout

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Credit: Terrapin Beer Co.

It’s been a very busy time for Terrapin Beer.

In July, the popular Athens craft brewery announced the big news that beer behemoth MillerCoors had struck a deal to take a majority stake in the company.

In October, Terrapin and the Atlanta Braves announced a new Terrapin Taproom and brewery, which is set to open in April at the Battery Atlanta, adjacent to SunTrust Park, the new home of the Braves in Cobb County.

But for fans of “The Walking Dead,” the recent re-release of Terrapin The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA in 6-pack ...

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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q fundraiser, cocktail making class and more in metro Atlanta this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Gin Margot at Bar Margot. / Photo Credit: Andrew Thomas Lee

Fundraiser at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Cocktail making class. Cookie decorating. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Make it a family affair. Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar invites families to decorate Valentine’s Day cookies from 5-9 p.m. during SPARK, Springdale Park Elementary School’s family focus night.
794 N. Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-7249, atkinspark.com.

Thursday, Feb. 9: Fox ...

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Beer Pick: What to drink at your Super Bowl party

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Creature Comforts Bibo. Credit: Creature Comforts.

Q. What beer should you drink while you’re watching the Falcons beat the Patriots?

A. A fresh Pilsner from a Georgia craft brewery.

Sparkling, refreshing and appropriately hoppy, in one form or another, the golden style of lager known as Pilsner has been the world’s most popular beer for a very long time.

And as such, it’s the kind of beer that will appeal to both your Miller-drinking uncle and your beer geek neighbor.

Pilsners can reveal a delightful dance of malts and hops with a depth of clean, crisp flavors and wonderfully ...

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Beer Town: More details on Creature Comforts new Athens brewery

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Creature Comforts’ five original employees. From left to right: Adam Beauchamp (Co-founder & Brewmaster), Katie Beauchamp (Tasting Room General Manager & Community Outreach), Chris Herron (Co-founder & CEO), Blake Tyers (Wood Cellar & Specialty Brand Manager), and David Stein (Co-founder & Head Brewer). Credit: Creature Comforts.

The news is out. Creature Comforts, the Athens brewery that produces Tropicalia IPA, is expanding with a second, much larger brewery operation, and the help of $475,000 from an Athens-Clarke County economic development fund.

The announcement last week confirmed what had been an open secret, and made Tropicalia fans happy in the hope that ...

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Creature Comforts expanding with new Athens brewery

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Creature Comforts’ five original employees. From left to right: Adam Beauchamp (Co-founder & Brewmaster), Katie Beauchamp (Tasting Room General Manager & Community Outreach), Chris Herron (Co-founder & CEO), Blake Tyers (Wood Cellar & Specialty Brand Manager), and David Stein (Co-founder & Head Brewer). Credit: Creature Comforts.

Creature Comforts, the Athens brewery that produces Tropicalia IPA, arguably Georgia’s biggest buzz beer, is expanding with a new Athens brewery in a new location. And a big part of that expansion is in order to keep up with demand for Tropicalia and other Creature Comfort beers.

According to a press release, the brewery will invest ...

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Unlimited pancakes at this chain restaurant and more in Atlanta this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bite into a burger while enjoying a Afro-beat fusion performance at Venkman’s. Photo credit: Henri Hollis.

Unlimited pancakes. Dance calories away. There are lots of food and fun happening around metro Atlanta this week, so add one or all three of the following events to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.

Now thru Feb. 14: Go here hungry. During iHop’s all-you-can-eat pancakes promotion, guests can order buttermilk pancakes as often as they wish, any time of day. Diners can opt to top pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, cinnamon apple or peaches for an ...

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Wild Heaven brewmaster Eric Johnson on how his worst beer idea became a brewery staple

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Photo by Ethan Payne 13 Questions is a weekly series where we ask chefs and industry folk 13 questions to get to know them outside of the kitchen. Eric Johnson is the brewmaster at Wild Heaven Craft Beers. What’s the most annoying beer trend? Two things: I have great admiration for anyone who makes these styles, but the unmitigated love that IPAs have creates almost an exclusion of any other style. My hope is it’s an American fad that fades with the saturation of the market. Also quick sours, which are sour beers that are basically made in 48 hours but marketed in ...

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Wild Heaven brewmaster Eric Johnson on how his worst beer idea became a brewery staple

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Photo by Ethan Payne 13 Questions is a weekly series where we ask chefs and industry folk 13 questions to get to know them outside of the kitchen. Eric Johnson is the brewmaster at Wild Heaven Craft Beers. What’s the most annoying beer trend? Two things: I have great admiration for anyone who makes these styles, but the unmitigated love that IPAs have creates almost an exclusion of any other style. My hope is it’s an American fad that fades with the saturation of the market. Also quick sours, which are sour beers that are basically made in 48 hours but marketed in ...

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Beer Town: Terrapin’s Brian ‘Spike’ Buckowski on the MillerCoors deal

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Terrapin co-founder and vice president of brewing development, Brian “Spike” Buckowski. Credit: Terrapin Beer Co.

Last month, in big news, beer behemoth MillerCoors struck a deal to take a majority stake in Terrapin Beer Co., the popular Athens craft brewery. This month, the transaction was completed.

Terrapin was founded in 2002 by Brian “Spike” Buckowski and John Cochran. The partners sold a minority interest in the company to MillerCoors’ craft brewing division, Tenth and Blake Beer Co., in 2012.

That deal was controversial among beer geeks. But it kept Terrapin within the definition of an “independent” craft brewery, defined ...

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Jerry Slater’s next restaurant will be in Athens

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Jerry Slater’s next restaurant will be in Athens
Photo by Pableaux Johnson

Reynoldstown’s H. Harper Station may have closed in April, much to the anguish of local cocktail enthusiasts, but owner Jerry Slater is staying busy hosting a pop-up series of mixology classes near Emory—and looking for his next restaurant location.

For the next three weeks, Slater will offer instruction in the proper recipes, tools, and techniques to make some of summer’s most popular drinks, and relate the history behind some quintessential American whiskey cocktails. Classes are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. in the space behind the General Muir at the Emory Pointe development on ...

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Jerry Slater’s next restaurant will be in Athens

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Photo by Pableaux Johnson Reynoldstown’s H. Harper Station may have closed in April, much to the anguish of local cocktail enthusiasts, but owner Jerry Slater is staying busy hosting a pop-up series of mixology classes near Emory—and looking for his next restaurant location. For the next three weeks, Slater will offer instruction in the proper recipes, tools, and techniques to make some of summer’s most popular drinks, and relate the history behind some quintessential American whiskey cocktails. Classes are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. in the space behind the General Muir at the Emory Pointe development on Clifton ...

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Jerry Slater’s next restaurant will be in Athens

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Photo by Pableaux Johnson Reynoldstown’s H. Harper Station may have closed in April, much to the anguish of local cocktail enthusiasts, but owner Jerry Slater is staying busy hosting a pop-up series of mixology classes near Emory—and looking for his next restaurant location. For the next three weeks, Slater will offer instruction in the proper recipes, tools, and techniques to make some of summer’s most popular drinks, and relate the history behind some quintessential American whiskey cocktails. Classes are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. in the space behind the General Muir at the Emory Pointe development on Clifton ...

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Vegan bakery opens in Atlanta’s Edgewood Retail District

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

Vegan bakery Cinnaholic opened its first Georgia location in Atlanta’s Edgewood Retail District.  Photo: Cinnaholic.

Calling all vegans with a sweet tooth: Vegan bakery Cinnaholic has set up shop in Atlanta.

The concept, which gained traction after an appearance in May of 2014 on reality TV show “Shark Tank,” has opened doors at 1230 Caroline St., in the Edgewood Retail District. Cinnaholic is known for its vegan cinnamon rolls, which can be customized with one of 30 different frostings as well as toppings from cookie dough to fresh fruit to nuts. It also sells brownies and cookies. All of its products ...

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Beer Town: 6 tastes of tart, refreshing gose to beat the heat

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Second Self Maverick & Gose. CONTRIBUTED BY Second Self.

On Saturday at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, I’ll be leading a discussion and tasting with a panel of Southern brewers, titled Tart, Fruity, Refreshing: Beers to Quench Your Thirst and Challenge Your Palate.

In my mind, that could include anything from a classic Belgian saison to an American raspberry sour. But one style that is suddenly enjoying an unlikely surge in popularity — and can fulfill every aspect of the tart, fruity and refreshing formula — is gose.

Pronounced “gose-uh, like rose-uh,” this ancient, low-alcohol German beer is ...

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Beer Town: 6 tastes of tart, refreshing gose to beat the heat

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Second Self Maverick & Gose. CONTRIBUTED BY Second Self.

On Saturday at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, I’ll be leading a discussion and tasting with a panel of Southern brewers, titled Tart, Fruity, Refreshing: Beers to Quench Your Thirst and Challenge Your Palate.

In my mind, that could include anything from a classic Belgian saison to an American raspberry sour. But one style that is suddenly enjoying an unlikely surge in popularity — and can fulfill every aspect of the tart, fruity and refreshing formula — is gose.

Pronounced “gose-uh, like rose-uh,” this ancient, low-alcohol German beer is ...

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