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The summer has arrived, and that means that the beer festivals are moving outside. Seasonal specialties are now on tap, and breweries around the country are rolling out the kegs and offering some new stuff on tap. If you’re looking to toast to the warmer weather, here’s three beer festivals where you can do just that this June:
Omaha Beer Fest
We’ll assume that the final preparations are now underway for the third annual Omaha Beer Fest, as things are set to take place on Friday and Saturday—June 7 and June 8. The lagers and ales will be flowing at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, as the fun is set to run between 5pm and 9pm the first night, and then between 4pm and 8pm on Saturday. Advance general admission tickets cost $30, and that gets you unlimited two-ounce samples and access to Beer Academy sessions. Blue Blood Brewing Company, CIB Brewery, and Jaipur Company are just a few of the breweries scheduled to be in attendance—cheers!
St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
The best in beer are scheduled to gather over in St. Louis at Forest Park, as the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival does its thing on June 14 and June 15. Buffalo Brewing Company, Six Row Brewing Company, and of course plenty of options from the folks at Anheuser-Busch will all be on hand to show off their seasonal sips. There’s a few different general admission sessions from which to choose, and each will set you back $35 if you order online. Your ticket includes unlimited beer samples from over different local breweries, and organizers are even bringing in plenty of live entertainment as well.
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Someone told us the other day that the word 'Brooklyn' has entered the French lexicon—as an adjective, used to describe something that's super trendy. While we think that's going overboard, nobody can deny how fashionable the borough has become over the past 10 years, and that popularity isn't likely to dwindle anytime soon.
Most tourists tend to migrate towards northern Brooklyn when they visit, and while we love us some Williamsburg and Bushwick, there's another new 'hood that's emerging as a ground zero for art, culture and lip-smackin' good eats: Gowanus.
For better or worse, the neighborhood is best known as the home of the Gowanus Canal—a.k.a. one of the most toxic bodies of water in the country—though that's all about to change, as city officials recently announced a multi-million dollar project to clean up the gunky waterway and make Gowanus a little easier on the eyes (and the nose).
This is all great news for visitors, though locals have been tuned into this spot—with its growing artillery of cool performance venues, cozy coffeeshops, and (yes) clam shacks—for quite some time.
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If you’ve ever wanted to get drunk with a skunk this weekend is the time to do it. Memorial Day weekend seems to be a hit with zoos across the country, as they’re rolling out the beer as well as the animals. Here are a few spots to cool off with a sudsy drink while checking out some critters:
Brew at the Zoo - Atlanta
In addition to the bears and the beers there will also be live music, free rides on the train and on the carousel, and games like Pongo Ping Pong. (We have no idea what that last one is, but after a few samples we’ll be up for a game.) The zoo's got more than 1,500 animals on hand to entertain you while you're busy sipping and sampling your way through each and every exhibit. Advance tickets will set you back $43, and that’ll get you access to unlimited opportunities to enjoy both wine and beer (5:30-9:30pm, Saturday, May 25.).
Zoo Brew – Memphis
Cut out of work a little bit early on Friday, as the brew at the zoo fun in Memphis does its thing between 7pm and 10pm on May 24. That means you can get in some quality time with the animals—and alcohol—and still have the weekend to attend family picnics and other less than fun activities. Here the tickets will go for $40, but there are always VIP options ($60) as well. Live music and plenty of food round out the options, so be sure to raise a glass to the aardvarks, zebras, and everything in between.
Cheers! Let’s raise a glass to United Airlines, as they’re bringing a new spirit to the in-flight beverage cart. They’re calling on an Austin, Texas based company to provide all the vodka to their flights all around the world. It’s Tito's Handmade Vodka that is now the exclusive choice of United Airlines.
We’ve got to admit that we’ve never had a sip of Tito's Handmade Vodka, but we’ve heard good things. We like that it's a somewhat local company, as the new United has family ties down in Texas—thanks to Continental.
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The weather is getting warmer, and May has officially arrived on the calendar. That means it’s time to head outdoors and reconnect with nature—or at least just visit the critters over at the neighborhood zoo. Sure we love to see the animals do their thing, but it’s even better with a beverage in one hand. Here’s three brew at the zoo events taking place this May.
Brew at the Zoo – Zoo Miami
It’s already time for Zoo Miami to do their brew at the zoo thing, as the animals and exhibits are waiting for you to swing by on Saturday, May 4 between 7 and 11pm. Despite its location at the zoo, it sounds like this event is one of the biggest beer festivals in the city. Plenty of brewers and breweries will be in attendance, and they’re promising more than 100 different lagers and ales to sip and sample. Unlimited samples are yours to enjoy for just $35—in advance—or $40 at the door. The fun rounds itself out with plenty of live music including an appearance by Naughty by Nature—remember them?
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
When most people think of Caribbean specialties, it's rum, conch, stews, johnnycakes, jerk chicken, or even banana ketchup which comes to mind, but when we visited the U.S. Virgin Islands recently we noticed another culinary trendan abundance of fruity soft drinks.
Whether you call it soda or pop, in the USVI it comes it every imaginable shape, color, and flavor. In St. Croix we sampled a fizzy Pineapple drink and a Coconut soda, but the most memorable by far was Champ's Cola.
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Here's a video clip of Seth Rogen talking about hangover flying on Conan O'Brien from earlier this month. Given the staggering number of ways that this is directly in our wheelhousecelebrity travel, booze travel, a full post we once did about hangover clauses in airline tickets, etcit's almost embaressing that we missed it when it went up.
In fairness to us, we were probably drunk.
In a city already bursting at the seems with thousands of cafes and coffee shops, opening a new one might not seem like the best business decision. Unless you're Monocle. With a cafe already in Tokyo, the always-busy team at Monocle is about to open the doors to the newest member of their growing empire: Monocle Cafe London.
Set to officially open April 15th, we were lucky enough to see the cafe during its "soft open" phase.
The cafe sits on a sleepy road with other small businesses and is a short, six-minute walk to Marylebone High Street where you'll find Daunt Books and other distinctly London shops (and a Starbucks, of course). The cafe is hard to miss with its prominent black and white canopy providing shade over the few outdoor stools and one round communal table.
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When it comes to food and travel they pretty much go hand in hand. That’s why we took a look at some citywide food festivals taking place this month, as checking out a new place with a side of delicious is always a good option. As the weather gets warmer it’s finally time to come out of hibernation, and here are three picks to do just that this April.
Pebble Beach Food and Wine
Just like the name indicates this food and wine event takes place over in Pebble Beach, California, as the chefs, cooks, and sommeliers are set to do their thing between April 4 and April 7. In total they’re offering up like 22 different wine tasting options, 8 different specialty dinners and lunches, and appearances from over 30 different chefs from around the globe.
As far as the events are concerned there are some pricier packages that include all kinds of different things, but if you are just looking to piece together your own options that’s fine too.
We found available wine and beer tasting events for as little as $100 per person, but if you’re looking for an interactive lunch or dinner—expect to shell out at least $200 per person. It might be a little bit of a splurge, but we say it’s worth it—maybe except for Guy Fieri Cooking Demonstration, as we’re pretty sure that’s available for free anytime you want over on Food Network.
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At least according to the calendar we’ve officially made it through the winter, and now that April is here it’s time to move the beer festivals outdoors. The lagers, ales, and everything in between have been rolled into parks, squares, and plazas across the country. So pick a festival and raise a glass to the season at these three beer festivals—cheers!
Los Angeles Beer Festival
Start figuring out what you and your friends are doing this weekend, as it’s already time for the Los Angeles Beer Festival. Things are scheduled to start flowing on April 6, and there are a couple sessions from which to choose. Stuff takes place at Paramount Studios, and it’s $40 per person for the afternoon session as well as the evening session—the latter runs between 5pm and 8pm.
Local and international beers will be on tap, there will be plenty of food from trucks, and there’s even music to keep you motivated as you work through unlimited samples and sips. Angel City Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Lost Coast Brewery are just some of the breweries scheduled to be in attendance, so you know this is going to be a good time.
Upstate New York is becoming known as a wine aficionado’s dream and we've even reviewed some of the wineries ourselves. However, if you’re not a huge wine fan or simply want to bypass some of the bachelorette party groups in Hummer limos, there are two great spots worth checking out in the region:
No, this is definitely not an April Fools joke. North Carolina has declared that April will be "Beer Month" throughout the state. There are plenty of options for getting sloshed across all of NC, from a Beer Lover's Weekend at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro to a tour of the Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, to limited-edition beer flights in Blowing Rock.
The official NC Beer Month website has tons of event recommendations as well as a trip planner that focuses on specific regions (coast, mountains, piedmont).
Just make sure that you get some Bojangle's Chicken in between the beer runs.