Beer please

Are you sad, mad, depressed, happy, or confused? Then I have just the thing for you…beer, and by “I” I mean Sweetwater. Being from Atlanta, Sweetwater has always had a special place in my heart (though right behind Yeungling…mmm Yeungling) being of course not only from Georgia but also from Atlanta.  For those of you that don’t know, Sweetwater gets its name from Sweetwater creek which it is located next to. It also takes its water and then through a combination of ingredients, chemistry, and black magic produces the greatest elixir/curer of ailments and feelings alike/ the great social equalizer/ the muse for both great and not so great thinkers/ the number one reason for bastard babies everywhere…beer. Now what’s better than beer? Lots of beer! And what’s better than lots of beer? Lots of beer with lots of people looking for a good time! Enter Sweetwater brewery.

For $10 (and make sure it’s cash) they will let you into their magical beer producing facility, where not only do you get a tour through the brewery, but also 6 tickets good for 6 half glasses of beer. Lucky for us the bartenders are always more than generous and usually fill up your glass at least three quarters if not all the way. You also get the luxury of trying out several of their different flavors, usually just whatever they have on hand. And with the weather heating up, both the inside and outside bars are great to hang around. Oh and I almost forgot, you can even bring your dog, as long as you stay on the outside patio (sorry no tour for you). For those of you keeping up, that gives you pretty much the perfect storm for trying to pick up a girl. Liquid courage – check, Girls – check, adorable puppy to make her come and talk to you – check, endless opportunities – double check.

So check them out. Google them. At the very least, next time you go to order a cold one, ask for Sweetwater.

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Hello old friend…kinda

As a proud member of one of the south’s most revered and honored clubs you can only imagine my excitement at discovering the newest location of the famed, often imitated, never replicated, lip lickingly delicious…The Taco Stand.

For those of you lucky enough to know what I am talking about…Go Dawgs! For the rest of you who did not spend your glory years in the city with 97 downtown bars, made up girls in red and black dresses, drunken chants of go dawgs, and victory rings of the chapel bell, you are in for a treat.

While The Taco Stand is one of those places that will never win a culinary award for excellence, it’s combination of college hang out ambiance, beer specials, cheap margaritas, and Mexican food that’s good enough to keep you coming back, make it a land mark most Athenians, past and present, keep fond, if perhaps hazy, memories at.

10595 Old Alabama Connector, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Lucky for us I haven’t been the only one feeling the pangs of times of old. And thus the newest Taco Stand location in Alpharetta was born. This new location takes everything that was great about the Athenian Taco Stands and classes it up for the more mature post hay day crowd.

They were able to take the menu and add a slight sophistication that allows you to see and taste the familiar undertones of the original with the added maturity that a worldlier crowd demands.  To add to this they have removed the self serve aspect, added an excellent wait staff, trivia, and live music. In other words, everything required for an excellent neighborhood bar.

So next time you are looking for a good watering hole and are up in the North Point area, stop by and enjoy the familiar yet refreshingly Atlantasised taste of The Taco Stand.

 

 

Oysterfest – A recap of sorts

So let’s begin with a recap of our beloved Atlanta Oysterfest. Now a disclaimer here folks, there are 2 different celebrations of oysters and libations in Atlanta in February, and we’ll do our best to bring a recap of both to you – but for this post, we’ll feature the blessed little event enjoyed by all at Park Tavern on this Saturday past.

A 30 dollar ticket fee buys entrance into a wonderland of seafood creations and incredible libations to be shared with several hundred young Atlantans on a day made for fun! Okay, that’s really stretching the truth, and I’m pretty decent at that, but the truth is the fried oysters were okay, the drinks were strong – and though the selection was limited (Red Stripe, Red Stripe Light, and Corona were the beers of choice), and the place was crawling with good looking girls trying to shake off a bad case of February cabin fever. The live bands had some decent original tunes and covered the typical college-esque band party necessities from the ’80’s pretty well, and all in all a pretty decent way to spend a Saturday.

Next up in the same locale will be Luckyfest which will be focused upon St. Patrick’s Day, and if you can’t make it to Savannah for the drunken free for all that ensues upon yon olden streets on the Georgia coast, Luckyfest is a decent substitute.

And you have a pretty decent chance of getting lucky.

As for Oysterfest, give the day a B+ overall, though for the 30 dollar ticket price, at least a free basket of grub should’ve been included. Choices were fried shrimp; raw, steamed, or fried oysters – all around 10 bucks a basket. Beer was $5 for a small Red Stripe, $10 for a large. Liquor drinks – who really drinks a mixed drink at something like this? Very un-dudelike. So the shenanigans could get a little pricey, but for sipping beer and shaking off the cabin crusties, it was a decent time.

The big, classic Oysterfest event is coming up on the 25th of February at Steamhouse Lounge – it’s a damn good time and I’d highly suggest anyone devoid of anything to do that day attend. Particularly if the walls are starting to close in during the doldrums of February.