• Mountain Layers Brewing Gets Tanks!

    I was enjoying a leisurely morning at the house when my friend Ben called. “Are you at La Dolce Vita?” “No, I’m at home.” “They’re moving tanks in at Mountain Layers Brewing.” I got dressed,…

  • Why Fear Big Beer?

    There are always going to be big guys and bullies. There is always going to be competition and challenge. Why fear it? They started small, or smaller, like you. They chose their path,…

  • Ales and Kindness

    I can’t continue to write about craft beer in my neck of the woods and not mention Nantahala Brewing Company. Here in Bryson City, NC where the Appalachian Trail crosses Hwy 74 just…

  • The Geeky Bartender

    One of my favorite places in Bryson City to hide out and enjoy a craft pint is The Cork & Bean Bistro. Their beer selection is always fresh and always centered around North…

  • Haywood Smokehouse

    A VW van pulled up in front of my house…..and I got in. We grabbed our fiddle player and headed NE out of Bryson City in search of tourists to entertain. This was…

  • Beer or Coffee? How ‘Bout Both!

    My two favorite times of the day are morning and beer:30. Rich, bold, black coffee before a breakfast consisting of a muffin when I’m in a hurry or a bacon, egg, kale burrito when…

  • Hoppy Trout Brewing Company

    We wrapped up a show at Andrews Brewing Company around 9pm and asked the bartender if there was somewhere nearby to get food. She recommended Hoppy Trout Brewing Company. This is one thing…

  • New Belgium Asheville

    Last month my husband AJ and I attended the opening of New Belgium’s taproom in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. It was Tuesday, May 2nd and even though it was a weekday,…