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Beer Flights, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Beer Flights – Pizza Port Brewing Carlsbad Beer Review

Of the breweries on my itinerary for Carlsbad, California, I was most excited to visit Pizza Port Brewing. With the company’s 90-plus Great American Beer Festival medals coupled with the fact that Pizza Port Brewery is not widely distributed on the East Coast, you can easily understand why. Pizza Port Brewing traces its roots back to 1987 when brother and sister team Gina and Vince Marsaglia purchased a struggling pizza parlor in…

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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….

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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….

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Good City Brewing – Bringing West Coast Hops to Milwaukee

As I wrap up coverage of the Twin Cities, this edition of Brewery Spotlight provides a glimpse at where The Wandering Gourmand is going next – Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I chose to highlight Good City Brewing first because the brewery epitomizes everything about Milwaukee’s rebirth in craft beer. While Milwaukee is the original Beer City, USA (the birthplace of Pabst, Miller, Schlitz, and Blatz), the city was slow to participate in the beer…

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Brewery Day Drives, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

New Ulm, Minnesota Day Trip – August Schell Brewery, Buffalo, and a Glockenspiel

As we ventured off the interstate from Minneapolis towards New Ulm, Minnesota, I was reminded about how vast and beautiful the United States of America truly is. The farmlands and prairies we passed on the hour-and-a-half drive were alive with greens of a thousand different hues. Our final destination for the day was August Schell Brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota. But first, we had a few other fun stops planned to learn…

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