Craft Beer, Europe, Travel

Things to Know When Attending Starkbierfest in Munich

Thinking of planning a trip this fall to Munich to attend Oktoberfest? If it’s an authentic German festival you’re after, then I’d recommend thinking again. It’s true that Oktoberfest may be one of the world’s largest parties with over 6 million people in attendance over the 16-day event. However, how many of those people do you think are actually German? Not as many as you’d believe. Instead, consider attending Starkbierfest, Munich’s lesser-known…

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Craft Beer

SnapChat Fun! NoDa Brewing Hop Drop N Roll and Ramble on Red Review

In this second episode of “Beer with Bryan,” I review two beers that were included in the judges’ swag bag from the Kayem Artisan Sausage food truck competition that I blogged about earlier in the week. Each of the judges received a mix four-pack from NoDa Brewing. The video reviews NoDa Brewing Hop Drop N Roll IPA and Ramble on Red.     Also included in our four-pack was Jam Session Pale…

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Craft Beer, Food

Kayem Artisan Sausage Food Truck Competition at NoDa Brewing

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Kayem Artisan Sausage to help judge my first food competition – the Artisan Affair at NoDa Brewing. Not that I would normally pass up a free meal (you’ve seen my income reports…), but the deal was sweetened when I learned that the competition was between four Charlotte based food trucks.     Each food truck was to incorporate a Kayem Artisan Sausage into…

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Blogging, Income Report

June 2016 Travel Blog Income Report (And Traffic, Too)

A freelance writing and blogging career is a lot like a sales career. Some months are amazing. You demolish your numbers, hit the big bonus, and treat yourself to an item from your wish list (fellow Financial Peace Graduates will understand that last one). Then, the next month is an absolute disaster. Your commission is half of what it was last month. Dinners out change from Ruth Chris to Ryan’s Buffet –…

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Craft Beer, Travel, United States

Hotel Review – King and Prince Resort in Saint Simons Island, Georgia

I was running late and was more than a little annoyed as my car crossed the Torras Causeway from the mainland to St. Simons Island, Georgia. As life goes with a newborn, I didn’t get much sleep the night prior. Deacon was up crying (more like eardrum shattering screaming) and waking up wasn’t easy. My wife and I opted for the snooze button one too many times. Alas, I had an appointment…

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Craft Beer

SnapChat Fun! Schlafly Hop Trial SMaSH Pack Review

I’ve been having a ton of fun over on SnapChat this past month. It’s raw, real, and unedited and allows for some quirky creativity. As an example, check out the “story” I did this week on my Schlafly Hop Trial SMaSH Pack review.     About Schlafly Hop Trial SMaSH Pack The Schlafly Hop Trial SMaSH Pack is a limited edition mixed 12 pack that hits the stores July 4th. Inside the…

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Asia, Craft Beer, Craft Beer City Guide, Travel

A Guide to Beer in Dubai

Even though some of the earliest documented brewing traces back to Sumeria in the Middle East, Dubai tends to be a desert when it comes to beer and alcohol (pun intended). Although the rules around the sale of alcohol may be stricter than in other areas, there are still lots of places to choose from. Thankfully, nearly every spectrum of travel style is covered by Dubai’s plentiful choice of hotels. And yes, many have…

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Travel, United States

Tips for Visiting New York City With a Baby

Our recent trip to New York City was the first time I truly feel that I failed Deacon as a father – a down on my knees begging for forgiveness kind of fail. Luckily, he’s only seven months old and wasn’t quite aware of what was going on around him. It was our last day in the city. Shannan left for work, and it was my job to make sure Deacon got…

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United States

Hipmunk Hotels: Creative Food Festivals in Keystone, Ashland, and Glendale

I’ve been covering a lot of food festivals here on The Wandering Gourmand and in my freelance writing. My recent interest in food festivals is peaked for a variety of reasons. First, food festivals help further define the “eat local” movement by highlighting local ingredients and their many creative uses. Second, many food festivals honor local traditions that date back generations. Third, as most of these festivals are family friendly, they are…

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Blogging, Blogging Tips

Lessons Learned From My Son

Last Saturday should have been beautiful. It was the first summer weekend in Charlotte when I wasn’t out of town or it wasn’t raining. The skies were bright and the temperatures were in the mid-90s. It was the perfect day for soaking in a watering hole as so many Charlotteans do on hot summer afternoons.     Friends invited us out on their boat for an afternoon of swimming and cooking out….

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