September farmers market and Bramwell Oktoberfest

Sept Farmers Market
September is a great month at the local farmers market. It’s the change out between summer and fall crops. You get some of both.

I love to visit a farmers market this time of year here in Southern Appalachia, but I also know that the summer garden season is coming to an end.

Apple harvest is in full swing and cider production is well underway. Local wineries and cideries are busy places now. It will likely be a few months though before we get to taste the magic of the 2014 vintage, especially for the red wines and hearty ciders that need a good bit of time in the barrel to mature. Continue reading “September farmers market and Bramwell Oktoberfest”

State of Origin Craft Brew Festival revisited

State of Origin Festival
The first annual State of Origin Craft Brew Festival was held June 14, 2014 in Morganton, NC.

Definitely one of my favorite beer events of the past year was the State of Origin Craft Brew Festival in Morganton, North Carolina. I’m all in when it comes to local ingredients in local beer, and that is where this festival excelled.

Put together by Todd Boera and others at local Fonta Flora Brewery, this festival was unique in that it brought together over 20 breweries, each bringing beers with North Carolina ingredients.  The following video gives you an 8-minute look at the 2014 festival held on June 14.

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Charleston Brewing does Anton Lutz tribute

Anton Lutz and Ryan HeastingsCharleston Brewing Company released a new IPA the other day that is a tribute to Bavarian hop breeder Anton Lutz. Lutz is best known for his development of the much sought after Mandarina Bavaria hop, which has a distinct honeydew melon aroma to go along with its strong tangerine and citrus. His hop varieties accentuate fruit in both taste and aroma but are softer and less piney-resiny than the popular West Coast IPA hop varieties. Continue reading “Charleston Brewing does Anton Lutz tribute”

End of season beer at Power baseball park

Power Park Draft Shack
Power Park
Enjoying the final baseball game of the season at Appalachian Power Park

It’s with mixed feelings that I attend the final home game of season for the West Virginia Power single A baseball team. The team was pretty mediocre this year and failed to create the kind of interest needed to maintain a big regular attendance. They finished in the middle of their division with a .500 record. But then again, it was Continue reading “End of season beer at Power baseball park”