Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel

February Craft Beer Report – Catawba Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Pizza Port Brewing, Burgeon Beer Company, Benford Brewing

Whether a brewery sends me a courtesy sample, I visit a brewery on a press trip, or I just stop in a brewery because beer, I drink a lot of beer. Each month, I summarize my favorites in a monthly craft beer report. February was off the charts good beer-wise. In fact, I had a hard time narrowing this list down to something publishable. Alas, I know readers don’t want to read…

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Travel, United States

Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina – Your Much Deserved Mountain Retreat

“A French wine is like a hard to get woman,” said Phillipe Brainos, Head Sommelier at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina. “You keep asking her out, and a thousand times she says no. But then, she finally says yes.”     Brainos love of nuanced, refined taste is the epitome of all that Old Edwards Inn and Spa stands for. From the moment you arrive – greeted with…

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Craft Beer Travel, Destination Beer Travel Guides, Europe, Travel

Belfast Beer Guide – More than just Guinness and Harp

I realize that a beer guide to Belfast might sound a wee ridiculous. It’s Northern Ireland, after all. Doesn’t beer flow like the rain falls from the sky? Isn’t there a pub on every corner? All very true statements. But this isn’t a pub guide to Belfast. This is a Belfast beer guide intended to highlight the city’s growing craft beer scene by directing readers towards the best restaurants, pubs, and beer…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Surly Brewing – Great Beer, Even Better Food

February’s edition of Brewery Snapshot, featuring Surly Brewing, pauses coverage on Northern Ireland for a moment and foreshadows where The Wandering Gourmand plans to take readers next – to the Twin Cities. I was in Minneapolis last May for a travel writers’ conference. And, of course, no conference is just about the conference for me. It’s also about exploring the local craft beer and food scene any chance that I get.  …

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Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Food, Travel

Lough Erne Food Tour Review – My First Taste of Northern Ireland

I was tired. The kind of tired you only feel after a restless, overnight flight. The kind of tired where both your body and mind tell you that you should indeed be sleeping. But something presses you on. Adrenaline, maybe? The excitement of a new land? This is how I felt as I loaded onto the Erne Water Taxi for their Lough Erne Food Tour in the Fermanagh lake region of Northern…

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Blogging, Income Report

January 2017 Travel Blog Income Report – A Fresh Look on a New Year

For almost three-years, I’ve been bumping along at this fulltime writing “career” making anything but a fulltime living. As 2017 approached, I was ready to throw in the towel. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. It wasn’t for a lack of effort. I’m working harder now than I ever have, but my income remains stagnant, averaging around a thousand dollars a month. I could make more money slinging beers…

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Craft Beer Reviews, Craft Beer Travel

January Craft Beer Report – Lenny Boy Brewing, Straight to Ale, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Full Spectrum Brewing

Whether a brewery sends me a courtesy sample, I visit a brewery on a press trip, or I just stop in a brewery because beer, I drink a lot of beer. Each month, I summarize my favorites in a monthly craft beer report. January was slow both travel and beer-wise for me. I intentionally didn’t plan any trips as I wanted to dedicate the month to properly planning for 2017 business goals….

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Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

72 Hours in Belfast – Beer, Food, Politics, and Beauty

Day 1 – 72 Hours in Belfast 9:33 am – Not the Way to Welcome a Travel Writer As a travel writer, I don’t expect a lot from a host destination. I don’t expect them to slaughter the fatted calf, open a bottle of their rarest vintage, or offer up the village virgin. What I do expect is for them to let me into the damn country – which almost didn’t happen…

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Europe, Hotel Review, Travel

Gourmand Worthy Hotels – Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

As if you couldn’t tell from my previous hotel reviews, I like to be spoiled. Even in my beercation itineraries, I tend to recommend higher end hotels. Sometimes, my readers give me pushback. “I prefer Airbnb. Much cheaper.”     That’s true. However, when I travel, I want to be spoiled. I want the finest linens available to grace my skin, beds that I can sink into, and staff that bends over…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Europe, Travel

Brewery Snapshot – Boundary Brewing in Belfast, Northern Ireland

I’m pretty stoked about this month’s Brewery Snapshot, which features Boundary Brewing in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Not only does the post paint a bright future for what’s in store for Northern Ireland’s craft beer scene, it also kick starts a new series on the blog focusing on beer and food in the once troubled country. I couldn’t think of a better way to launch a series on Belfast than with Boundary Brewing….

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