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Brewery Reviews, Charlotte, Craft Beer Travel, Travel

Unknown Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina

It’s easy to be unknown in Charlotte’s exploding craft beer scene.  From the time Brad Shell, Boss Man at Unknown Brewing, decided to open shop in Charlotte and the taps started pumping beer, the brewery count jumped from one lone brewery to five. Today, a little more than a year after opening, the city boasts ten plus breweries with weekly announcements of additional breweries in the works. Up until I had the…

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Beer Festivals, Charlotte, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Charlotte Craft Beer Week’s Annual Cask Ale Festival at Duckworth’s

What is cask ale?  According to the web site Cask Toronto, cask ale is “beer that is brewed from traditional ingredients and matured in the cask from which it is served. This means that it is fresh and unfiltered and therefore has a unique flavor.  Cask ale is naturally conditioned as a by-product of the secondary fermentation that takes place inside the cask.  It is then served directly, without the use of…

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Charlotte, Eating, Food, Restaurant Snapshot, Travel, United States, Wine

Conversation with Claudia – A Wine Tasting Dinner at Aria Tuscan Grill

I was sitting at my computer staring blankly at an empty white screen trying to think of the perfect blog post to summarize our week long culinary tour of Tuscany.  I flipped through pages of my journal, browsed the hundreds of photos we snapped, and wrote a somewhat decent but brief introduction before getting stuck.  The synapses of my brain just weren’t connecting the gluttonous wine and food filled adventure to a…

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Charlotte, Eating

Fighting to Get Fit at Title Club

It’s not easy being The Wandering Gourmand.  Having this “expert” knowledge of food and drink comes with a price.  There is a lot of sampling – roasted pork belly, brewery tours, wine tastings.  I didn’t realize the toll my love of food and drink was having on my body until I saw a New Year’s Eve photo.  I had become that “chubby” kid.  My back-pain had also reached the level of excruciating…

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Charlotte, Travel

Oh Christmas Lights of Charlotte!

I grew up in Northeast Ohio where Christmas was white.  My father and I would set out on the day after Thanksgiving and begin the ceremony of hanging the Christmas lights.  We wanted to gain an early start to avoid the snowy days that often befall December.  After spending the day testing lights, running extension cords, and climbing ladders, we would stand back to inspect our work, but the lights never looked…

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Charlotte, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Charlotte Brewery Crawl

When I moved to Charlotte six years ago the city was void craft breweries, or micro-breweries as they were called way back then.  Sure, there was Rock Bottom Brewery in Uptown, but have you checked recently?  There’s a Rock Bottom in nearly every major city and then some.  They are as corporate as Anheuser (sorry, InBev).  There was also some brewery up near Mooresville that nobody new the name of, but they…

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Charlotte, Travel

Whitewater Center Thursday Night Riverjam

Upon moving to Charlotte six years ago, we quickly learned that Thursday nights were for live outdoor music.  Back then, it was Alive After Five at Wachovia Plaza where a mesh of young bankers would gather on hot summer nights; men still dressed in their blue button downs and women in their almost workplace inappropriate black skirts each with ice cold domestics in hand to a background of live cover music.  For…

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Blogging, Charlotte, Eating, Food, Travel

My First Blog Date and Midwood Smokehouse

My blogging neighbors over at Dee’s Adventures and Looks Like LuLu have both been on blog dates, but to be honest, I thought that was weird.  A little background information here – my wife and I met and dated before online dating became as popular as it is now.  It is existed back then, but most of the people who used it reeked of desperation (I know I pissed off some friends…

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Charlotte, Eating, Food, Travel

A Charlotte Classic – McNinch House Restaurant

New to Charlotte and a little unsophisticated on the dining palette, I asked colleagues and friends where to go for our first anniversary dinner six years ago.  The unanimous answer was the McNinch House in Charlotte’s Historic Fourth Ward.  “Very romantic!”  Everyone raved.  “Perfect for a night out to celebrate your first year of marriage!”  I was intrigued.  “Tell me more?”  I asked.  I learned that the restaurant was located in a…

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Charlotte, Eating, Food, Travel

Ilios Noche Family and Friends Preview Night

From our very first visit, we thought that Ilios Noche was ill.  Not ill in a sick way, but ill in a Beastie Boy’s Ill Communication sic kinda way (that means good).  Many bloggers start out any restaurant, wine, beer, food, or product review with a disclaimer.  The product was sent to me as a free sample by the manufacturer…  The restaurant invited me to dinner to review their new menu… They…

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