Every Monday we bring you the Southern Living Hot List, a roundup of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. Cocktail classes. Learn how to put all those goods on your bar cart to good use at The Courtesy Bar in Orlando. Throughout June, July, and August, the talented tenders of the bar will be hosting themed cocktail-making classes on the first and third Saturday each month. During a garden party theme, learn how to infuse fruits and herbs into light summer sippers perfect for drinking under the hot Southern sun. The classes run a little over an hour and will cost $55, which includes the class, three cocktails, materials, and gratuity.
2. Summer festival. Celebrate summer at the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival in Tryon, North Carolina. Kicking off this Friday, the two-day event showcases all the South has to offer in musical entertainment, from blues to bluegrass and folk to funk. Some of this year’s headliners include the AJ Ghent Band and The Whiskey Gentry. Grab a beer (there will be plenty of local craft options) and cast your votes in the annual Blue Ridge Barbecue cook-off. With an attendance expected of over 20,000, it’s a grand summertime tradition in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
3. Blue jeans dinner. Here’s the perfect excuse to wear your favorite pair of worn-in jeans to a fancy dinner. The Beer + Blue Jeans Dinner at Circa 1886 in Charleston, South Carolina, this Friday will pair local suds from Freehouse Brewery with a selection of Southern dishes by chef Marc Collins. The four-course meal will include shrimp and grits paired with Belgian Golden Ale and Coq à la Bière paired with Folly’s Pride Bitter Blonde Session Ale. Finish on a sweet note with Glazed Carolina Gold Rice Donut Holes paired with the India Porter. Tickets run $55 per person and don’t include tip or tax.
4. Anniversary party. Raise a glass to help Sub Noir Brewing Company in Raleigh, North Carolina, celebrate their one-year anniversary in style. This Saturday, June 14, they’ll be hosting an anniversary party complete with the tapping of a special cask of their Flanders Red Ale made with tart cherries and berries at 4 p.m. Food trucks will be catering the event. Starting at noon, Urban Entree will be serving up lunch, followed by Dump Pho King Truck at 4:30. Not Just Icing will be bringing the sweet treats from 2 to 6 p.m.
5. Boutique bowling. Carrying on the boutique bowling alley craze, Atlanta’s The Painted Pin opened this weekend to much ado. Hit the lanes and nosh on “upscale alley” fare like peppered bacon and pimiento cheese, fried oyster sliders, and rum-raisin bread pudding bites. Mixologist Trip Sandifer’s full cocktail menu includes some signature sippers like the Moscow Mule Slushie made with vodka, lime, and ginger beer, and an extensive list of classic cocktails like an old fashioned, sidecar, and negroni. Or just keep your eye on the game. A dark oak bar and gas lanterns set the mood for the ultimate in convenience: lane-side beer taps.