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

A Fall Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip (with a stop for beer…)

All week long, the Ford Mustang GT Convertible sat in front of my house, taunting me with my every passing glance. “Drive me… Drive me…” I could hear her whispering. Instead, I stood sadly in my front window, staring out at her cherry red paint and black convertible top, imagining what it would feel like to get behind the wheel and let her ponies roar. If only I could fit a car…

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Beercation Itineraries, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Boone Beercaion: A Boone Brewery Guide

Asheville is often considered the darling of North Carolina’s impressive craft beer movement. However, the sheer number of breweries can make a beer weekend in Asheville over-whelming. Instead of lingering over a pint or three, we slam a flight we can’t even remember drinking before moving onto the next brewery. For beer travelers looking for a more relaxed beer weekend in a similar mountain setting, there are plenty of other options in…

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Food, Travel, United States

Couples Getaway to Blowing Rock, North Carolina

We reached our breaking point. After eleven months as new parents – and with less date nights than I can count on one hand – tensions were rising. It seemed like the littlest things set both of us off. We needed some serious couple’s time without the responsibilities of parenthood, and we needed it pronto. That’s not an easy order when you live a plane ride away from the closest family member…

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

Daytrip to Wilmington to Visit the USS North Carolina Battleship and Area Breweries

I know. I know. Our vacation to Carolina Beach wasn’t going to be a work or blog trip. The notepad was staying at home and the camera was to be reserved for special family moments. This was our time to spend with Deacon on his first trip to the beach and a chance to reconnect with each other as we re-evaluated the next chapter in our life with Shannan’s lay-off. In fact,…

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Craft Beer Travel, Destination Beer Travel Guides, 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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Beercation Itineraries, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Jacksonville Beach Beercation: 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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Brewery Day Drives, Craft Beer Travel, 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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Brewery Reviews, Charlotte, Cooking, Craft Beer Travel, Food, Travel, United States

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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Hotel Review, Travel, United States

Hotel Review – King and Prince Resort in Saint Simons Island, Georgia

I was running late and was more than a little annoyed as my car crossed the Torras Causeway from the mainland to St. Simons Island, Georgia. As life goes with a newborn, I didn’t get much sleep the night prior. Deacon was up crying (more like eardrum shattering screaming) and waking up wasn’t easy. My wife and I opted for the snooze button one too many times. Alas, I had an appointment…

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