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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Blogging, Income Report

December 2016 Travel Blog Income Report – Exactly What I was Expecting

Before we get started and you begin to panic at my results, please note that my December Travel Blog Income Report is exactly what I was expecting. As I explained last month, I had just come off a couple of months that can best be described as a rough patch, and some residual affects did bleed into December. Oh, and my neighborhood was hit by a minor tornado. As a member of…

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Beercation Itineraries, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Huntsville Beercation – It’s Like Space Camp but with Beer

Huntsville may not come to the top of mind when planning a beer weekend, but it should. The city has all the trappings of what helps make other cities great beer destinations – an entrepreneurial spirit, an independent attitude, and lots of friendly locals. Oh, and did I mention that Huntsville also has space? That’s right, Rocket City is home to NASA and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Yes, you can…

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Craft Beer Reviews, Craft Beer Travel

December Craft Beer Report – Twenty-Six Acres, Currahee, Milwaukee Brewing, Phoenix Ale, Firestone Walker, Wooden Robot

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. My December Craft Beer Report is both eclectic and repetitive all at once. Beers drank include local beers around Charlotte, a trip to the North Carolina Mountains, Christmas in…

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2016 Year in Travel (and Blog) Review!!!

Are you like me and tend to only remember the bad things that happened over the past year? Summarizing the year with thoughts of 2016 was a year, 2017 has to be better, or I’m glad 2016 is behind me. I think it’s a natural tendency as we head into the New Year with new beginnings and new resolutions to want to make a clean break from the past. In order to…

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SnapChat Fun: That Day I Became Possessed by a Werewolf

I admit it. I’m more than a little obsessed with SnapChat.       From a viewer’s perspective, I love watching others’ videos of adventures around the world. SnapChat offers that behind the scenes glimpse into a place that a polished blog post doesn’t. Through SnapChat, I was able to go backstage at the Olympics in Rio with Expat Edna, get an inside glimpse of an American living in Paris with Leah…

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Food, Wine

Congratulations to Zevenwacht Wine Estate!

A huge congratulations to my friends at Zevenwacht Wine Estate in Cape Town! Their 2015 Chardonnay was recently included on the prestigious wine list at La Promenade in the Loire Valley, France. The South African wine is the first non-French wine ever to be included on the Michelin star restaurant’s list. Read the rest of the details in the press release below. I became acquainted with Zevenwacht Wine Estate on our African…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Brewery Snapshot – Good People Brewing in Birmingham, Alabama

In this month’s Brewery Snapshot, I dropped into to Good People Brewing in Birmingham, Alabama. Good People Brewing is one of the first breweries that comes to mind when mentioning Alabama craft beer. As Good People Brewing is the oldest operating brewery in Alabama, most consider them to be pioneers in the state’s growing craft beer movement. While I’ve sipped on several Good People Brewing beers on my various trips to Alabama,…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Brewery Spotlight – Summit Brewing in St Paul, Minnesota

Mark Stutrud, Founder and President of St Paul’s Summit Brewing, is that brewery legend not many have heard of unless they live in the Twin Cities area. While the brewery he founded 30 years ago is the 29th largest brewery in the country, 75% of those 130k barrels are sold within Minnesota.     In an industry where it seems like weekly a favorite craft brewery sells out to big beer in…

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