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The Roaming Gnome’s Top 5 Asheville Breweries for a Weekend Beer Tour

Whether you’re a casual beer lover or a raving hophead then you belong in Asheville, NC.  The artsy mountain town has more breweries per capita than any other city in the country, and more brewing operations (from the likes of Sierra Nevada and New Belgium) are coming soon.

Access to all those suds could be overwhelming to a thirsty weekend traveler, so the Roaming Gnome has selflessly taken it upon himself to test out Asheville’s best tasting rooms to create the quintessential beer lover’s guide:

Highland Brewery

This is the oldest, and currently the largest local brewery in Asheville. Go for the Gaelic Ale and Oatmeal Porter, stay for the outdoor pavilion and live music.

“If you’re there in the fall, get your gob on some Cold Mountain. It goes faster than you can say ‘it goes fast’ which is very, very fast indeed.”—RG
“If you’re there in the fall, get your gob on some Cold Mountain. It goes faster than you can say ‘it goes fast’ which is very, very fast indeed.”—RG

Burial Beer Co.

The new small-batch brewery in the South Slope brewing district, Burial is entirely family-run and very kid-friendly. But that doesn’t stop them from paying incredible attention to craft with creative brews like their Counter Culture Coffee Saison Series.

 “They have toe tags on all their taps. Which is good because you may keel over from beer deliciousness.” —RG
“They have toe tags on all their taps. Which is good because you may keel over from beer deliciousness.” —RG

Wicked Weed Brewing

The polar opposite of Burial, this massive beer haven in Downtown Asheville has fire pits and tasting tables for days. And Belgians, Saisons, and IPA’s for days too.

 “They have a downstairs tasting room, an upstairs tap room and a restaurant. I tried to move in but they didn’t have a bedroom.” —RG
“They have a downstairs tasting room, an upstairs tap room and a restaurant. I tried to move in but they didn’t have a bedroom.” —RG

Green Man Brewery

Also in the South Slope brewing district, this quirky Local favorite started as a brewpub and grew from there. It really hops at night so be sure to include it on your brewery hopping tour.

 “If you ask very nicely they just might give you a tour of their new tank room. I showed them a little leg. Seemed to work.” —RG
“If you ask very nicely they just might give you a tour of their new tank room. I showed them a little leg. Seemed to work.” —RG

Wedge Brewing

In the River Arts District, this brewery takes flights seriously with 8 half pints per taster. The tasting room itself is quite cozy, but the outdoor area is abundant and it’s worth a visit for the amazing mechanical barking dog sculpture alone.

 “Touring the River Arts District makes one very thirsty. Fortunately the Julian Price Pilsner perfectly fixed up that particular problem.”—RG
“Touring the River Arts District makes one very thirsty. Fortunately the Julian Price Pilsner perfectly fixed up that particular problem.”—RG

And finally, no Asheville brewery tour would be complete without a stop at locally –owned Bruisin’ Ales. Named one of the top 10 bottle shops in the U.S. it’s not a brewery per se, but has 1,000 beers in stock, which make for perfect souvenirs.

To start planning your Asheville beer getaway, check out Travelocity’s Asheville vacation page.

2010: Restaurants at the Italy & Mexico Pavilions at Epcot

Editor’s Note: This post is part 40 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary.  Please welcome to The Window Seat Erin Foster, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author.
 
In 2010, new restaurants opened at the Italy and Mexico Pavilions at Epcot. Many guests are unaware of the hundreds of dining options available across the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. From snack carts to fine dining, here’s a quick culinary lesson on the different dining experiences available.

7 Top-Notch Spots for Summer Cocktails

When the mercury’s rising, there’s nothing like a freshly-iced cocktail to cool the sweat on your brow. But which destinations boast the best libations? Check the list below for some history behind your favorite summer drinks–and a few fantastic places to sip them.

1. Hawaii: The Mai Tai
While it’s name conjures images of Hawaii’s blue swells, this 1950s favorite actually originated in California. There’s some dispute over whether it was Oakland or Los Angeles that perfected the popular mix, but there’s no dispute over its enduring popularity. For a more traditional pour, check out Tahiti Nui on Kauai or House without a Key on Oahu.

Food and Wine Travel: A Cheat Sheet

Last night I went to this upscale wine bar to enjoy a glass of wine with a friend. The environment was cozy, the staff friendly, and the wine menu extensive. It was so extensive in fact that I really wasn’t sure what to order! However, looking back I would have loved a little cheat sheet to take with me when I travel and go out, one that I could indiscriminately peek at before dinner to help me choose the best food and wine pairing. Have you ever felt that way? If so, please feel free to steal this cheat sheet from me: