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Taproom Talk

One of my favorite series on the blog! In Taproom Talk, I ask brewers where they frequent for food and drink. It’s an insider’s look for the best in local food and drink.

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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…

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Craft Beer Travel, Taproom Talk, Travel, United States

Bang Brewing – Exploring St Paul’s Food and Craft Beer Scene with an Organic and Sustainable Lens

There’s a lot that can be said about Bang Brewing. They’re organic, minimalist, and housed in a grain silo. They’re the exact opposite of the over the top beers that seem to be catching headlines today. Yet, Bang Brewing is capturing all the attention they want in their hometown of St Paul, Minnesota. I stopped into Bang Brewing back in May after a whirlwind brewery tour of St Paul. I’d say it…

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Taproom Talk: Salty Nut Brewery in Huntsville, Alabama

I happened to drop by Salty Nut Brewery in Huntsville, Alabama at probably the most inconvenient time for their team of brewery owners. The brewery was in the process of relocating from the original location to their new home in Yellowhammer Brewery’s old facility at 2406 Clinton Ave W.  In fact, co-owner Jay Kissell was waiting for his permit to officially open the taproom at any moment. It actually came after I…

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Taproom Talk: Straight to Ale in Huntsville, Alabama

In this edition of Taproom Talk, I sat down with Matt Broadhurst, Operations Manager at Straight to Ale in Huntsville, Alabama. As our conversation unfolded and the tap room opened, a few regulars also chimed in. This very well could be the most entertaining Taproom Talk interview I’ve conducted to date as I not only learned more about Straight to Ale but also the local Huntsville food and craft beer scene through…

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Taproom Talk: Zeta Brewing in Jacksonville, Florida

Taproom Talk is a new series where I sit down with a brewer or brewery owner and discuss the local food and beer scene. The goal of the series is to help readers properly plan a beer vacation, highlighting the best of craft beer and food, through the eyes of a local expert. As I have visited each brewery highlighted, TWG side notes are tossed in throughout the post. The inaugural edition features…

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