48 Hour Beer Guide, Craft Beer, Travel, United States

St Simons Island Beer Guide

While St Simons Island, Georgia may stand out as a foodie destination, they are a little behind when it comes to craft beer. It’s not for lack of trying though. The issue is that Georgia’s archaic, distributor and big beer controlled laws make it difficult for craft breweries to open and survive. There isn’t a single brewery in the region.     However, restaurants, bars, and bottle shops do what they can to…

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Travel, United States

72 Hours in St Simons Island, Georgia

Day 1 – 72 Hours in St Simons Island 2:43 pm Annoyed. I’m running late for the welcome reception at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St Simons Island, Georgia, racing the clock to get there at a reasonable time. Traffic, as they say in the South, is moving “slower than molasses.” I’m tempted to honk at the little old lady in front of me but stop myself. She’s…

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Blogging, Income Report

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

July is the month where I should give up… Back in January, I set specific goals for the year. By July, I wanted to hit 10k a month in traffic. By October, I wanted to cover the mortgage plus fulltime childcare with income from my blog and writing. My first goal has reached its deadline, and I failed. I’m off by over 2k hits. To add insult to injury, I also had…

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48 Hour Beer Guide, Craft Beer, Travel, United States

48 Hours in Jacksonville Beach: A Jacksonville Brewery Tour

Okay craft beer lovers, how many of us have found ourselves sitting on the beach and grumbling as we choke down a lime spiked island lager. “If only I could get my hands on a decent IPA!” we cry out. Heck, we’d probably even accept one from the archenemy of craft beer, InBev’s Goose Island… I know I raise my hand as guilty. I love my beer and my beach.    …

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Travel, Travel Tips

Simple Tips for Staying Healthy on a Beach Vacation

If you’re like me, then the last thing you want to think about on a beach vacation is exercise and diet. After all, we go on vacation to escape our daily routines and to break the rules. Why do we need tips for staying healthy on a beach vacation? However, nothing is more frustrating that when we come home and the scale tells us we gained ten pounds from a week of…

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Charlotte, Craft Beer, Food, Travel, United States

Daytrip to Shelby to visit Bridges Barbecue Lodge and Newgrass Brewing

Since our vacation was postponed, Bryan and I decided to treat ourselves to a weekend daytrip to Shelby. Honestly, we just needed to get out of town for an afternoon. As you might have guessed, our destination involved both food and craft beer.     Shelby, North Carolina is about a 45-minute drive from Charlotte, and it’s home to one of our new favorite breweries – Newgrass Brewing. We’ve been crushing on…

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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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