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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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Travel, United States

Tips for Visiting New York City With a Baby

Our recent trip to New York City was the first time I truly feel that I failed Deacon as a father – a down on my knees begging for forgiveness kind of fail. Luckily, he’s only seven months old and wasn’t quite aware of what was going on around him. It was our last day in the city. Shannan left for work, and it was my job to make sure Deacon got…

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United States

Hipmunk Hotels: Creative Food Festivals in Keystone, Ashland, and Glendale

I’ve been covering a lot of food festivals here on The Wandering Gourmand and in my freelance writing. My recent interest in food festivals is peaked for a variety of reasons. First, food festivals help further define the “eat local” movement by highlighting local ingredients and their many creative uses. Second, many food festivals honor local traditions that date back generations. Third, as most of these festivals are family friendly, they are…

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Beer Festivals, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

The Best Denver Craft Beer Festivals that AREN’T the Great American Beer Festival

Yes, the Great American Beer Festival is amazing and an event that every craft beer faithful should make a pilgrimage to at least once in their lifetime. However, it’s massively overwhelming as it attracts nearly every craft brewery from across the country. It doesn’t really provide beer tourists with a true taste of the local craft beer scene for which the Mile High City and state of Colorado is so well known….

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Brewery Snapshot: Yellowhammer Brewing in Huntsville, Alabama

Of all the breweries that I visited in Huntsville, Alabama, I was most anticipating Yellowhammer Brewing. I had no real “beer” reason for my interest. I had never sampled their product before, nor had I even heard of Yellowhammer Brewing. However, the reaction of every brewer I met on my Huntsville beer tour told me there was something special going on at Yellowhammer Brewing.     The conversations all went like this:…

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Food, Travel, United States

An Edible Tour of Marathon, Florida

Partner Post: The Florida Keys are home to five districts, each with their own personality and attractions that make visitors feel like they are a world away. Stretching only ten miles, the islands of Marathon are right in the middle of the chain of the Keys islands. Traditionally a home to fishing and marine activities and beachside restaurants, the city loves its stone crab, lobster, and other fresh seafood that come straight…

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Travel, United States

Hipmunk Hotels: Unique Southern Vacations in Panama City, Augusta, Durham, and More

Life is slower here in the South. The people are friendlier, the tea is sweater, and the weather is warmer, which is why so many Northerners head this way for their vacations. However, most never stray from the meccas of Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando. Bless your hearts, but if don’t move beyond those tourist hotspots filled with chain restaurants and clichéd fun, then you really aren’t experiencing the best that the…

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