ask Sam about
breakfast and brunch • viewpoints • music venues • value for money • ice cream shop • comfort food • beer gardens
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work at a local Cidery. I am their Sales Person and Brand Ambassador. I enjoy letting people taste cider and smashing all their expectations. I love doing sales because nothing gets me more excited then expanding a brand. Also, free alcohol and the ability to hang with other brewers is a plus.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
The last job I had was the worst. I was a "graphic designer" at a home building company, which basically meant I knew the most photoshop. The company would go buy cheap land, bulldoze it, and build these cheap, cookie cutter homes then sell them to people who shouldn't been buying a house. I would make flyers and maps but would constantly run out of things to do. Eventually, I was filling boxes for sales agents with flyers, toilet paper, and other products so they could sell these houses. I quit after they made me go spy on competitors. It was so shady and super conservative. 0/10 would not recommend.
Were you born and raised in Atlanta? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Atlanta?
I was born in Buffalo, NY then spent the next few years moving to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, back to Jersey, and finally to the Atlanta suburbs. I went to school at Georgia State and moved into the city. 10 years later, I'm still here!
What’s your current hood in Atlanta and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I just moved to Old Fourth Ward from Atlantic Station and it's SOOOOO a much better. The best part is Edgewood with all its bars and restaurants. Another plus is the access to the Beltline, a path formally used for trains and is in the process of being converted into a recreation zone. The worst is Edgewood at night. It gets a little crazy and every bar has a line outside by 11:30. So you have to start a bit early.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I'm a big fan of Alternative music like Portugal. The Man, Phoenix, Sylvan Esso, Frank Turner, Glass Animals, and Haim. Lizzo is another one of my favorites! I love Britpop and have a special place in my heart for Outkast. I am not a fan of this new Country music. The old stuff is fine but when it blends to pop...ick no thanks.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Mostly some K. Flay, Oasis, and Frank Turner. But I have a playlist called Tropical Vibes which really puts a smile on my face.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Bob's Burgers. It evolved as a show about a family in a restaurant to... just family madness. The jokes are so great and they put so much into the music of the series. I got the vinyl pack and the cookbook.
Name some spots in Atlanta that are good for a Tinder date.
I like going to Victory since it's edgy and the food is small. If they are paying, I like going to Gaja in EAV and getting a few things to share. I like biking there so I can dip if the date gets weird.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Ugh... Lena Dunham. I don't consider the voice of my generation and I hate that Girls sends the wrong message about being a millennial today.
Who’s your hero and where in Atlanta would you take them out for a serious hang?
My hero is Lucy Burningham, the author of My Beer Year. Not many women become voices of the brewing industry so I would take her to all the beer spots. We'd go to The Porter for lunch and peruse their 35 page beer menu. Do a small brewery tour by starting at Urban Tree Cider then pop over to Monday Night brewing, Second Self brewing, and Orpheus brewing. Walk on the beltline to burn off the beer calories. Dinner at Noni's and a night cap at Georgia Beer Garden.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Mostly shop online at small shops but I'm a sucker for Anthopologie and will cruise through their sale section. Mostly, I'm rocking Girlfriend Collective leggings and one of my many brewery t-shirts. Gotta support your homies.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Atlantic Station. I lived there for 8 years and there is nothing to do there. It's just a sad, outdoor mall with sub-par food. Unfortunately if I have to go to IKEA I must pass through.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Bike around the city. I never get to because either there's a lot of traffic or it gets to hot by the time I get a moment. I am also v v out of shape.
Where do you go in Atlanta for a casual night out?
The Georgia Beer garden is my favorite place. They only have Georgia Beer and it's a great place to start and get a drink. Down the street is Ammazza Pizza and it's perfect for groups.
Where would you go in Atlanta to celebrate some freaking good news?
Probably Argosy in EAV. Big tables. Big menus. And delicious drinks. Also, their atmosphere is bangin.
What’s your choice of transportation in Atlanta and why?
Unfortunately it is my Kia. MARTA isn't super reliable when you have to get someplace quickly and it doesn't go out to the 'burbs or along major roads. Atlanta is a driving city but after the past few road disasters things are changing. Lyft is cheap so I recommend that.
What are the Atlanta spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Krog Street tunnel and the Canbagetown wall of murals is beautiful and shows people that Atlanta isn't as "hood" as you thought. Jackson Street bridge with the view of the city to give people "Walking Dead" Vibes. And as dumb as it is, the World Of Coke is fun. Plus you get free soda at the end.
What are the Atlanta spots tourists should run from screaming?
Skip Sundial. It's expensive and the food is not that good. Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza are places for high end shopping but finding a parking spot would drive my away. And the Sky Wheel. It's just a Ferris Wheel near the park. You don't get a good view and it's so expensive.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Atlanta. How do you spend it?
Breakfast at Home Grown. Lunch at The Porter. Dinner at Staplehouse (if I could get a reservation). Buy a six-pack of mixed beers and bike around town.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Amsterdam. I'm a sucker for trams and boats. I could ride around on those things all day. Also, love me a good spot to sit and drink beer next to some water.