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Brewery Reviews

Whether I have an in-depth interview with a brewer (Brewery Spotlight) or just pop in on my personal beer explorations (Brewery Snapshot), I visit a lot of breweries. Brewery Reviews highlights some of my favorite breweries in the United States and beyond.

Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Brewery Snapshot: Westvleteren 12 at Sint Sixtus Abbey in Belgium

On Monday, I began a new series on the blog covering my trip to Belgium last spring. On Tuesday, terrorists launched a series of cowardice attacks in Brussels. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Belgium. Based on the advice from friends, I considered delaying the series. However, as I pondered this decision, the justification for not publishing the articles became more and more unclear. Was it out of sensitivity…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Brewery Snapshot: De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium

This edition of Brewery Snapshot* takes a look at De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, Belgium. With the brewery’s limited hours – Saturday’s from 2-6:00pm – many beer tourists overlook Struise on their beer pilgrimage to neighboring Saint Sixtus Abbey to drink Westvleteren 12. This is a huge mistake. Struise brews creative and innovative beers that are a pleasant contrast to the discipline and tradition of a Trappist Brewery. Besides the beer, Struise…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel

Brewery Spotlight – Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Florida.

Brewery Spotlight is a new series on the blog where I take a deeper look at a brewery with behind the scenes interviews and tours. Unlike my Brewery Snapshot series, which provides a quick overview of why you should visit a brewery, Brewery Spotlight provides more of the story and inspiration behind the beer.      As I sat staring at my beer flight that included a few extras, I realized that…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Brewery Snapshot – Aardwolf Brewing in Jacksonville, Florida

Brewery Snapshot is a new series on the blog where I review a brewery that really captured my attention. Unlike my Brewery Spotlight series, which takes deeper look at a brewery through behind the scenes tours and interviews, Brewery Snapshot is meant to provide a brief overview of what the brewery offers and why you should visit / seek out their beers.     When I sat down at the steel top…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Olde Hickory Brewery Review in Hickory, North Carolina

I love a craft beer story where a founder has a vision beyond just brewing quality craft beer. It’s why I geeked out so much a couple of months ago when I wrote a review of Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, North Carolina. Both the craft beer and business nerd in me stood in admiration of brewery founder Sean Lily Wilson. Not only is Fullsteam Brewery producing high quality beer, they also helped…

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Africa, Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel

Mitchells Brewery in Cape Town, South Africa

I wasn’t excited when I saw that the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa was on our African Culinary Adventure itinerary. So what if it’s Africa’s largest shopping and entertainment center. I didn’t travel around the world to shop. I came to taste and adventure. I could see its usefulness for dinner, but outside of the evening hours, I wanted nothing to do with it, let alone an entire afternoon. So…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Fullsteam Brewery Review in Durham, North Carolina

Fullsteam Brewery – Beer Brewed the Hard Way. Many a craft beer fan wanted to throw their can, bottle, or pint glass at the TV when they saw Budweiser’s “Brewed the Hard Way” advertisement during the Super Bowl. But then again, none of us wanted to waste good beer in such a frivolous manner. (I guess that’s because we’re all beer dissectors?) Instead, we began an intellectual war through blogs and YouTube….

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Best Craft Breweries

Unless you’ve been living under a Bud Light can for the past five years, you’ve probably noticed and enjoyed the explosive growth of the craft beer industry in the United States. Cities that were once brewery dry now boast ten plus breweries each offering something unique to the beerscape. With so many breweries, it’s hard to choose a favorite. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we all have one, whether it’s a…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Best International Breweries

So far in the Best… in the World we’ve been to the best restaurants in the world, relived some of the best meals in the world, and partied it up at some of the best bars in the world. This week kicks-off the portion of the series that I’ve been most anticipating – the Best Breweries in the World. This stretch will be divided into two parts. This week, some of the…

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