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friday night brewery tour

it’s pretty obvious that i love beer if you just click through my blog. hehe. part of the reason that i love it so much is because of this awesome city that i live in. that’s right, asheville has also been known as beer city, usa because there are 14 (that’s right i said 14!) breweires int he city + lots more in the western north carolina area, within an hour’s drive. it’s seriously crazy here.

and the beer is soooo good. now i’ve had beer from all of the breweries, but i have not visited them all. so, my love, paige + i decided that we would visit all of them this fall. some of them we visit quite frequently, so i already have my favorites, but in honoring the local beer scene, i also wanted to see what makes each of the breweries unique. hence, the asheville beer project was born. you can see a list of all of the breweries in my asheville guide {here}. just click on the beer glass!

on friday we decided to knock out two different breweries – neither of which any of us had been to before. one, a local favorite, which has been around for many year + has established itself as not only an asheville favorite, but a favorite of all craft beers across the states. the other brewery is a completely new one to asheville. two totally different experiences for the beer lover.

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why have i not visited here before… like every single freaking day?! i loved every single little cozy, down-to-earth, natural, real, totally asheville-vibe place. and their signature beer, pisgah pale ale, is one of my favorites for sure.

the brewery is located in a manufacturing area outside of town. it looks like nothing but old factory buildings. not fancy. not inviting. not even like anything is even happening there. but, behind the doors and in the building is a super cozy space with a bar, barrel tables, stools, a stage, and a fantastic outdoor area, complete with food trucks that visit during different nights of the week.

basically, it was perfection. the atmosphere and the beer and the food truck food and the bluegrass music. i fell in love. wholeheartedly.

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we left pisgah and headed to downtown asheville, to the new south slope area. the neightborhood about 1 block south of the main downtown area that is the new up and coming hip spot to be. think old warehouses being turned into loft apartments, pubs, breweries, restaurants, etc. it’s a cool area. very “the place to be”.

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the outside of the brewery is cooler than the inside, in my opinion. perhaps because the outside was old and original. the inside had been completely redone in a lofty, industrial style. which was cool, but it was way more planned than the older, more established, laid-back places in asheville (which i prefer). this place was hipster. and it drew an “in” crowd. yet, it was still not pretentious and very relaxing and warm. i mean, asheville is not really capable of being a place where one might feel out of place. everyone is welcome everywhere (except the grove park inn. hehe.).

we walked up to the crowded bar space, grabbed some beer, and sat down at one of the picnic tables in the middle of the room. this is literally a tasting room, no space for a stage or anything. but, it is really dog friendly, as cute dogs were everywhere. we played a few rounds of connect four, because the game was sitting at our table when we sat down. and then we grabbed another game off of the shelf and found ourselves soon wrapped up in a rowdy, crazy, make-your-own-rules drinking game of taboo. it was hilarious and so much fun.

so, while the atmosphere is not my favorite, nor the beer, to be honest with you. i will be back  – to play games and sip on some local beer. because, hey, it’s still local.

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 now, where shall i go next?! cheers, friends!

light + love xx

 

a little new year’s wrap-up.

i had so much fun on new year’s eve that i just can’t stop looking at all of the photos we took (me, lina, charlie, & lanie). it was a crazy, fun celebration – exactly how i thought it would be…

my love and i hit the road early tuesday morning, destination: atlanta, georgia. we headed straight for a few swedish stores (h&m and ikea) to stock up on a few items we were missing. then, we made our way through the city and over to the east side neighborhood known as little five points. asheville people, think west asheville. other people, think asheville. it’s a hippie, funky, vintage, retro, alternative kinda place, which has been around for a while. it’s dotted with thrift stores, hipster clothing stores, coffee shops, and pubs mostly = heaven for me & lina. we met lanie at rag-o-rama, a to die for thrift store that is tres popular. after a little thrifting, we went into a record store that had so many albums i was completely overwhelmed. wow. and, of course, we had to stop in a pub that lanie recommended, the porter, for a beer before heading to lanie and charlie’s house.

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lanie and charlie are a lesbian couple that we became quick friends with when we met. well, lanie and i have been blogging buddies for a while actually. but, we only met face to face for the first time this past september, when lanie and charlie came to the asheville area for some camping. we hit it off greatly, and have been keeping in touch via Facebook and blogs, constantly talking about getting together again. actually, they will be having a commitment/wedding ceremony in october and have asked me to officiate (which i can do, since it will not be a legal marriage. so, yay! and boo, if you get my drift). anyway, lina and i decided to contact them just before christmas and see if they had any NYE plans, which they didn’t. so they graciously allowed us to come & stay with them, and they took on the roll of finding something cool for us to do.

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once we arrived at their home, we took no time dilly-dallying around, but got right to getting ready for our big NYE…. lina and i getting all girlied-up and lanie & charlie sliding into their jeans and shirts and chains and leather jackets. yes, we are the femme (girly girls) and they are the more butchy type (hopefully i am not offending them, i don’t know if they call themselves that). but, it doesn’t matter – we get along so very well! oh, gosh, they are so much fun!

we headed out to a favorite pub of theirs for beer and dinner – and met up with another couple as well. i had a cold beer and fish & chips, so i was totally satisfied. we laughed and joked and just enjoyed the coziness of our booth in the brick store – if you’re in decatur, georgia ever, go there!

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after dinner, we took the train/subway to midtown (downtown) atlanta to head to the main event of the evening. a party called “swank” in a hip, cool, modern bar/lounge/restaurant called 10th & piedmont. it was advertised as a women’s party, but men were invited and welcome too. but that whole “women” thing meant that there were a lot of lesbian couples there i assumed…. and there were. now, lina and i don’t hang out at lesbian/gay places like ever. not that we have anything against it at all. we just mix in with people. and go wherever we feel like going. lgbt focused, or not.  but, this night was going to be a lot about lesbians and women… and it was so much fun. it wasn’t super crazy or wild, as it was an older crowd – like late 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, i guess. so, it was adults, not kids. dancing, drinking, laughing. which is exactly what we did – until way into the new year. i pretty much celebrated it up. they even served us party favors and glasses of champagne at midnight, and then we all counted down. after about 5 minutes of hugging and kissing, it was back to boogie-ing and laughing and keeping the partying going.

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finally about 2 am we dragged our selves out of there, onto the train, and back to the house for some sleep. up and at ‘em new years day meant sitting in our pi’s, drinking coffee, and eating quiche together, reliving the night. of course, i remembered everything because i was not drunk at all during the evening. i didn’t need to  be, i had so much fun just soaking up every little moment. plus i had to drive home on new year’s day.

which i did… lina and i headed home later on in the day and then vegged out before going to bed and passing out until yesterday – when we vegged out again (except lina took down a bunch of christmas stuff). suddenly, last night, as we were watching netflix, i looked outside and saw that there was snow everywhere. we had no idea! so we went outside, took some photos, and reveled in the coziness of beginning our new year with so much fun, excitement, love, and warmth – literally & figuratively. DSC_0117 DSC_0120 DSC_0114

i hope that you have had a great start to your new year, dear friends!

peace & love. xx

this is what saturdays are made for.

after enjoying every single moment of being in the urban jungle of asheville, it is time. time to head away from the city and out into the wilderness of the surrounding mountains. time to ditch the school books and job stress, and get real. did you know that the wilderness is literally only about 15 minutes by car from our apartment?! can you imagine how excited that makes me?!

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so typical asheville. so urban. so funky. so much to love.

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a faaaaabulously funky cafe i visited yesterday. i fell in love.

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this secret, hidden garden spot i stumbled upon yesterday inspired me to make today a day in the woods.

so, lina and i are gonna pack our cooler, grab a blanket and chairs, swing our cameras around our necks, and have ourselves an adventure. time to unplug. get away. and commune with the beauty of the natural world.

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lina getting some blogging done this morning before we head out. a perfect morning.

time to feel our souls and soak up the mountain air. 

here’s to saturdays all around the world. peace & love.