Touring the Roswell Breweries…

Abbey of the Holy Goats

Two new breweries – Abbey of the Holy Goats and Gate City Brewing – have opened in Roswell, Georgia this year with another one – Variant Brewing – planning to open later this year. On a recent Friday Night, I went and toured both Abbey of the Holy Goats and Gate City with a friend of mine that’s also into craft beer.

Our first stop on the two-stop brewery tour was Abbey of the Holy Goats. We intentionally started here since the tasting room is open from 5-8pm on Friday nights (1-4pm on Saturday) while Gate City is open until 9pm. Abbey of the Holy Goats is located in an older industrial/business center near Mansell Road and was started by Kathy Davis who is one of the first females to own and operate a brewery in Georgia.  Kathy focuses mostly on Belgian-style ales and I was honestly blown away by the quality of the beers. The “Goats in the Garden” (Saison with Elderflowers), “Goats of the First Order” (Session Beer w/ lots of flavor), “The Lazy Goat” (Belgian-American Pale Ale), and “The Goat’s Obsession” (Belgian-Influenced, Dark Double IPA) were all fantastic. The tasting room was also very cool with its medieval theme. It’s not the fun, party brewery…it’s all about the beer and goats, of course.

After we finished our tasting tickets, we headed to Gate City Brewing. The brewery is located on Canton Street in popular Downtown Roswell. Gate City initially contract brewed at Reformation Brewing in Woodstock until the brewery was completed earlier this year. As we were walking up to the door, we could hear a band playing at Gate City and the brewery was packed with people. The atmosphere is very lively and fun. The beers are starting to get there. I honestly wasn’t a big fan of the first couple of beers that they released, but I had a couple of better beers at the brewery. One of the best things about Gate City is its location. It’s a great place to go before you hit dinner on Canton Street and it looked like many people in there had that idea. In fact, after we left Gate City, we went to Roux on Canton which has a small but great craft beer list. Roux usually has a couple of rare or hard to find craft beers on their draft list and the food is good and cheap.

If you’re looking for something to do in Roswell, I highly recommend checking out Abbey of the Holy Goats and Gate City Brewing. And make sure you call Uber at the end of the night…IMG_5152

-Billy Holcombe

Richards’ Southern Fried is Now Open!

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Back in 2012, Chef Ron “The Angry Chef” Eyester hosted the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival in Morningside and invited several chefs to participate in a little friendly fried chicken competition. Chef Todd Richards, representing the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead at the time, won the award (or rubber chicken) for “Best Fried Chicken” and returned again the following year as Executive Chef of The Shed at Glenwood, and WON again.

I was lucky enough to be a judge at the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival both years and I thought Richards’ fried chicken was the best that I had ever tasted. When I heard that he was opening a fried chicken spot at Krog Street Market, I may have started drooling in anticipation.

Well, the day is finally here and Richards’ Southern Fried is officially open at Krog Street Market featuring classic, hot, and Richards’ HOT Fried Chicken. I went down for lunch and loved the Richard’s HOT Chicken Sandwich. I spoke briefly to Richards while I sat at the counter and he indicated that he will continue working at White Oak Kitchen as well as Richards’ Southern Fried.

Congratulations Chef Todd Richards…you deserve it!

Address: Krog Street Market – 99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307
Website: www.richardssouthernfried.com

– Billy Holcombe

Que and Brew for a Cure

Two of Atlanta’s favorites are coming together on Sunday, March 20th from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30p.m. for a fundraiser. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and SweetWater Brewery are hosting a fundraiser for Fox Bros. current general manager, Cynthia Montoya, who was diagnosed with Stage II pancreatic cancer in 2015. The Fox Bros. are teaming up with some of the best pitmasters and chefs in the country – to put on this fundraiser at SweetWater Brewery to help with Cyndi’s medical expenses. SweetWater Brewery offered their space and Sysco is sponsoring the event via product donation for all the chefs.

“Cynthia Montoya is the heart and soul of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q,” says co-owner Jonathan Fox. “She joined our family eight years ago as a server and quickly became a favorite of our regulars. Her love of our guests, our BBQ, and our staff grew and we promoted her to a manager and, eventually, general manager. Her energy and dedication made her a beloved family member since day one. When your family needs, you drop what you’re doing and help. That’s what we’re doing here.”

Pitmaster and Guest Chef Line Up

Fox Bros Bar-B-Q

Atlanta, GA

Mike Mills and Amy Mills of 17th Street Barbecue

Murphysboro, IL

Southern Soul Barbeque

St. Simons, GA

Sam Jones Barbecue

Winterville, NC

Home Team BBQ

Charleston, SC

Billy Duerny of Hometown Bar-B-Que

Brooklyn, NY

Peg Leg Porker

Nashville, TN

Pat Martin of Martin’s BBQ Joint

Nashville, TN

Kevin Rathbun

Atlanta, GA

Ford Fry

Atlanta, GA

Eddie Hernandez and Mike Klank of Taqueria del Sol

Atlanta, GA

Chris Hall and Todd Mussman of Local Three

Atlanta, GA

Tickets are $30 and include food tastings, a tour of SweetWater, and six 6 oz. pours of SweetWater beer. Live music will be provided by opening act Main Street Exiles and headliners The Sundogs present “The Tom Petty Show”.  A silent auction will be held at the event, featuring great items including a signed Falcons jersey, VIP tickets to the Shaky Knees Festival, and passes to the 2016 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.

Tickets will be available for purchase on February 15 at https://sweetwater.xorbia.com/que–brew-for-a-cause

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Milton’s Garden Dinner Series Kicks Off on May 17th

Miltons Garden Dinner Just steps away from the back door of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in Historic Crabapple grows a beautiful one acre garden with over 90 different varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The restaurant hosts several events in the garden each year including the upcoming “Garden Dinner Series” kicking off on May 17th. For the Garden Dinner Series each month, Chef Derek Dollar will be preparing a four-course family style meal with wine pairings served in the garden. Before dinner, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a reception with libations and a tour of the garden. The May event already appears to be sold out, but tickets ($125 each) are available for the following dates:

  • June 14, 2015
  • July 19, 2015
  • August 23, 2015
  • September 20, 2015
  • October 11, 2015

Tickets can be purchased at www.miltonscuisine.com.

Roswell Restaurant Week Returns Feb 2 – 8

Roswell Restaurant Week returns next week with a new spin. Instead of just enjoying a prix-fixe menu from your favorite Roswell restaurant or a new one that you’re dying to try, organizers have created Dine Out Roswell where customers ask for a special “Dine Out Roswell” menu at participating restaurants and earn stickers to be entered into a contest to win 52 meals worth of gift cards. Below is a graphic from their website with more info:

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The Dine Out Roswell menus from participating restaurants have not been posted yet (as of January 28th), so you may want to check the www.dineoutroswell.com website for updates as we get closer.

You may be disappointed to find that many of Roswell’s top restaurants including Table & Main, Osteria Mattone, and Vin 25 are NOT participating this year in Dine Out Roswell. However, those three restaurants have created their own 3 course/ $25 “restaurant week” menus from February 3rd – 8th that look awesome. Here are menus for Table & Main and Osteria Mattone below:

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Say It Ain’t So, Joe

Chef Joe Truex

As the AJC and many media outlets have reported, Executive Chef Joe Truex is leaving Watershed after 4 years to help develop a pizza restaurant in the Mall of Dubai. I had an opportunity to work with Truex back in 2012 when Watershed was moving from Decatur to Peachtree and he quickly became one of my favorite Atlanta chefs with his magnetic personality and creative dishes.

A Louisiana native, Truex opened Repast in Atlanta in early 2006. It won Esquire’s “Best New Restaurant” later that year and was named “Atlanta’s Best Restaurant of 2009” by Jezebel Magazine. The economic downturn forced its closure in 2010, but Truex had already moved on to Watershed to replace legendary chef, Scott Peacock.

Replacing a chef like Scott Peacock is almost impossible, but Truex was finally able to put his stamp on the menu when Watershed moved to Peachtree. Chef Joe Truex will certainly be missed, but I have a feeling we will see him back in an Atlanta kitchen (hopefully his own restaurant) at some point soon.

Photo Credit: Letter B Creative