Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

72 Hours in Milwaukee – Beer, Brats, Cheese. Repeat.

Day 1 – 72 Hours in Milwaukee 1:15 pm I take a seat in the balcony above the Milwaukee Public Market. Below me, a bustle of people go about doing their daily routine at the many stands selling everything from warm meals to fresh produce and meat, beer, wine, and coffee. It’s a flurry of activity that happily reminds me of the vibrancy I experienced at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona. As…

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Europe, Food, Travel

Where to Eat Breakfast in Belfast – From Belfast Baps to an Authentic Ulster Fry

“Northern Ireland has had so little to be proud of that we cling to our food,” our tour guide describes Belfast’s food scene. Dotted throughout Belfast are reminders of the nation’s violent past – peace murals that are anything but peaceful, schools still divided by religious and political beliefs, and neighborhoods decorated with either Union Jack or Irish flags. As the dust settles on the Good Friday Peace Agreement, the world is…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel

April Craft Beer Report – NoDa Brewing, Triple C Brewing, Wilmington Brewing Company, Front Street Brewery, Flytrap 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 craft beer report. April marks the end of my wife’s favorite beer season of chewy stouts, rich porters, and hearty winter warmers and the beginning of my favorite beer season of bright hops,…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel, Travel, United States

Good City Brewing – Bringing West Coast Hops to Milwaukee

As I wrap up coverage of the Twin Cities, this edition of Brewery Spotlight provides a glimpse at where The Wandering Gourmand is going next – Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I chose to highlight Good City Brewing first because the brewery epitomizes everything about Milwaukee’s rebirth in craft beer. While Milwaukee is the original Beer City, USA (the birthplace of Pabst, Miller, Schlitz, and Blatz), the city was slow to participate in the beer…

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

New Ulm, Minnesota Day Trip – August Schell Brewery, Buffalo, and a Glockenspiel

As we ventured off the interstate from Minneapolis towards New Ulm, Minnesota, I was reminded about how vast and beautiful the United States of America truly is. The farmlands and prairies we passed on the hour-and-a-half drive were alive with greens of a thousand different hues. Our final destination for the day was August Schell Brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota. But first, we had a few other fun stops planned to learn…

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

Stillwater Day Tripping – Where to Find Craft Beer in Stillwater

One of the things that amazed me the most about Minneapolis, and Minnesota in general, is the amount of things to do there. Who knew you could easily spend a week’s vacation in a state that’s frozen a good portion of the year? When that snow melts though, the scenery is lush and the temperatures are pleasantly mild.     While I spent most of my time in Minneapolis at a travel…

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Brewery Reviews, Craft Beer Travel

March Craft Beer Report – Four Saints Brewing, Left Nut Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Basic City Beer

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. March was a tough month for beer. I was sick for most of the month. The little beer I did drink, I really couldn’t taste. Thankfully, I was healthy…

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Eating, Food, Travel, United States

Mall of America Food Tour – Seriously? Seriously!

There aren’t many things that I hate more than malls and hotel food. Just the thought of walking through the claustrophobic, shiny corridors makes me clam up. And then there’s the lights and signage and digging through store racks for something that might look good on me. No thanks. I’ll do my shopping with StitchFix. And hotel food? Seriously? Why eat in your hotel when there’s an entire city to explore? Why…

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Blogging, Income Report

February 2017 Travel Blog Income Report – All I Do Is Win

My wife and I are huge Miami Hurricanes fans. While we no longer live in Miami, we’re fortunate enough to live smack dab in the middle of ACC country here in Charlotte. Over the years, we’ve traveled to watch our beloved Canes play at UVA, Va Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Chapel Hill, Clemson, and Georgia Tech. Before each game, the home team rocks their sound system with DJ Khaled’s All I Do…

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