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Barley + Rye: At the bar with TCM programmer Millie De Chirico

Ten years have passed since Millie De Chirico first started at Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Atlanta readers might know her as the Queen of TCM Underground, but at work she's the newly-promoted manager of programming, making viewers' classic dreams come true. The Georgia State grad who once DJ-ed at WRAS Album 88 has returned to her alma mater in pursuit of a masters in moving image studies, where she's boning up on the theoretical side of the movies we all love to watch.

Barley + Rye: Atlanta Hawks shine spotlight on local craft beer brewers

When the Atlanta Hawks host the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, March 21, game attendees of drinking age are in for a perk. Hawktoberfest, the basketball brand’s take on a Philips Arena craft beer competition, starts at 6 p.m. and goes through the third quarter. For the second year in a row, Hawktoberfest offers fans of professional sports and local craft beer what so often seems like a red herring—the chance to drink the kind of beer you buy for yourself at home, at a major sports venue. And the church said, Amen.

Barley + Rye: Pop-up chef Jarrett Stieber connects with Atlanta’s best drink makers

Last fall, pop-up chef Jarrett Stieber launched Eat Me Speak Me at Candler Park Market, a two-part dining and drinking experience that quickly culled a loyal following. Like most pop-ups, the concept was pretty straightforward. Stieber would cook a succinct menu inspired by locally-sourced ingredients, and then with the help of a tiny map and password, you’d end the evening in a secret location imbibing with fellow diners. Setups like this allow chefs in the process of establishing themselves an opportunity to connect directly with adventurous eaters, and in Stieber’s case, gives him a work-life flexibility uncommon to the average line cook.

Barley + Rye: Love, beer, and doughnuts at Cypress Street Pint & Plate

Good news for all the lovebirds, love-weary, and those in search of affection—Cypress Street Pint & Plate has got all the Valentine’s Day bases covered next week. The Midtown bar and restaurant is hosting two events where the only requirement is that you like beer.

Barley + Rye: Nathan Berrong of Three Taverns talks forthcoming styles

Plenty of beer lovers dream of leaving their desk job to seek their fortune (and please their palates) in the beer industry. Some, like Nathan Berrong, actually make the leap. He recently joined the craft beer ranks at Three Taverns in Decatur, leaving a full-time job at CNN for the whirlwind role of selling local beer.

Barley + Rye: ESS and Paper Plane bartenders on naming cocktails

What, exactly, is in a cocktail name? Bartenders can be both inspired to name their drinks, and flummoxed by the pressure of capturing its spirit. Names can either entice or detract guests from ordering, so the decision usually comes with considerable thought. I spoke with two barkeeps about their process.

Barley + Rye: At the bar with councilmember Kwanza Hall

As part of Barley + Rye, the magazine’s weekly beer and cocktails column, we bring you conversations with interesting Atlanta figures over drinks. This is our first installment, featuring councilmember Kwanza Hall.

Barley + Rye: SweetWater debuts The Giving Kitchen’s Second Helping IPA

SweetWater Brewery is set to launch a limited release of The Giving Kitchen’s Second Helping IPA next week, a collaboration that will benefit the nonprofit created to support Metro Atlanta food industry employees during unforeseen hardship. The Giving Kitchen (TGK) was inspired by the community support chef Ryan Hidinger of Staplehouse received, following a stage four gallbladder cancer diagnosis this time last year. Hidinger and his wife Jen were on the cusp of moving their much loved supper club into a brick-and-mortar location when news of the cancer struck. [Editors note: Ryan Hidinger passed away on the day we published this blog post. He leaves behind a community unified by his battle, as evidenced by the generosity he inspired.]

Barley + Rye: Molly Gunn of The Porter offers tips on starting a beer cellar

This might come as news to novice beer drinkers, but it’s true. Beer, like wine, has the ability to age gracefully, developing deep flavor notes and complex aromas far beyond what’s initially bottled. I spoke with Molly Gunn, co-owner of The Porter Beer Bar and purveyor of their extensive vintage beer list housed in a custom-made cellar, about starting up a personal collection.

Barley + Rye: At LEON’s, new leadership, same swag

A major change of guard took place at LEON’s Full Service earlier this fall, but if all goes as planned, the only difference guests will note is new leadership. Longtime LEON’s barkeeps Shanna Mayo and Kathryn DiMenichi now co-manage the heralded program after restaurant-opener Miles Macquarrie headed down the road to oversee drink happenings at Kimball House. Mayo and DiMenichi share around 20 years of bar experience between them, and spearhead a stellar team that make, pour, and expertly recommend their way around craft cocktails and beer, and an inviting wine list.

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