Travel, United States

48 Hours in Carlsbad, California

Day 1 – 48 Hours in Carlsbad 10:38 am Who schedules a 45 minute layover in LAX? This guy. My flight arrived 15 minutes early but ground control held us for a half hour. I now have 24 minutes to change terminals. I hit the ground running, praying that I make my flight given the wait for the shuttle bus. There goes any notion of grabbing lunch to bring on the plane….

Read more
Charlotte, Travel, United States

How to Plan a Charlotte Winery Crawl

This story is sponsored by Charlotte Limo, which offers smart, fun, and safe choices for exploring Charlotte area wineries. Please note that I’ve been to and approve of each destination mentioned below. A winery experience is something that soothes the senses. In the age of hustle and bustle, it’s nice to be able to sit back and relax in a low key environment with a glass of your favorite vintage in hand….

Read more
Craft Beer Reviews

June Craft Beer Report – Country Boy Brewing, West 6th Brewing, Blue Stallion Brewing, Alltech, Haint Blue Brewery, Fairhope Brewing

Whether a brewery sends me a courtesy sample, I visit a brewery on a press trip, or I stop in a brewery because beer, I sample a lot of beer. Each month, I summarize my favorites in a craft beer report. It’s been a heck of two months filled with travel and a bit more freelance work than I was expecting (which is a good thing). Thus, I’m getting my June Craft…

Read more
Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Mother Bunch Brewing and the Story of a Modern Alewife

I thought a great way to wrap up my mini-series on Phoenix’s craft beer scene was with a Brewery Snapshot on Mother Brunch Brewing. I visited Mother Bunch Brewing last September on a whirlwind tour of breweries lead by Arizona Brewery Tours. As my guide for the day, Hoppy Motto, explained, our itinerary included breweries in the “Beermuda Triangle” – Mother Bunch Brewing, Helton Brewing, Helio Basin Brewery, and Wren House Brewing….

Read more
Beer Flights, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Beer Flights – A Helton Brewing Beer Review

Brian Helton opened Helton Brewing a year ago in the midst of Phoenix’s rapid growing beer scene. While many breweries need several months to work out the kinks with their recipes and equipment, Helton Brewing opened their doors with taps pouring well thought out and brewed beers – thanks to Helton’s decades long career as a store brewer and then regional brewer with Rock Bottom Brewery (he even racked up a few…

Read more
Craft Beer Travel, Taproom Talk, Travel, United States

A Look at Phoenix’s Food and Craft Beer Scene with Wren House Brewing Brewer Preston Thoeny

Wren House Brewing is located in a 1920’s era bungalow in Central Phoenix’s Green Gables neighborhood. The brewery opened two years ago and epitomizes everything a neighborhood brewery should be. I stopped by to interview Preston Thoeny, Master Brewer, on a Tuesday afternoon, and the quaint, white tile splashed taproom was packed with business folk catching an after-work beer, tourists exploring the greater Phoenix beer trail, and neighborhood locals stopping in for a…

Read more
Craft Beer Reviews, Craft Beer Travel

May Craft Beer Report – Granite Falls Brewing, Salty Nut Brewery, Straight to Ale, Wooden Robot Brewery, Birdsong Brewing

Whether a brewery sends me a courtesy sample, I visit a brewery on a press trip, or I just stop in a brewery because beer, I sample a lot of beer. Each month, I summarize my favorites in a craft beer report. The beginning of May marked a stop at Granite Falls Brewing for a freelance assignment. Granite Falls Brewing is a brewery I’d seen around North Carolina in the grocery…

Read more
Craft Beer Travel

Fathers Day Gift Ideas for Beer Lovers

I’m about to say what most dads are afraid to admit but want to. Father’s Day gifts are lame. Sure, it’s cute when our daughter sees us wearing the tie they picked out with little pink duckies on it, but we stuff it in our briefcase as soon as we get in the car to avoid embarrassment at work. And no, we don’t need another box of golf balls. We buy these…

Read more
Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

72 Hours in Milwaukee – Beer, Brats, Cheese. Repeat.

Day 1 – 72 Hours in Milwaukee 1:15 pm I take a seat in the balcony above the Milwaukee Public Market. Below me, a bustle of people go about doing their daily routine at the many stands selling everything from warm meals to fresh produce and meat, beer, wine, and coffee. It’s a flurry of activity that happily reminds me of the vibrancy I experienced at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona. As…

Read more
Europe, Food, Travel

Where to Eat Breakfast in Belfast – From Belfast Baps to an Authentic Ulster Fry

“Northern Ireland has had so little to be proud of that we cling to our food,” our tour guide describes Belfast’s food scene. Dotted throughout Belfast are reminders of the nation’s violent past – peace murals that are anything but peaceful, schools still divided by religious and political beliefs, and neighborhoods decorated with either Union Jack or Irish flags. As the dust settles on the Good Friday Peace Agreement, the world is…

Read more