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The Wal-Martization of Beer


First, let me say, I don’t care for Wal-Mart. Second, I should, in full disclosure tell you that more than once, when I was near overdrawn and my kid was hungry, I have shopped there. Gasp, eye-roll, stink-eye. I know. I feel it myself. Don’t hate me. We’re just getting to know each other here. Look, I recently read that it’s easier to be moral about your shopping purchases when you have the money to do so. I can be all high and mighty about the mom and pops but my bank account reminds me I need to run a damned tight ship when it comes to my food budget; couple that with the proximity of the big box and the price of gas and the occasional trip to Wal-Mart is going to happen. As reported in Bloomberg earlier this week, Wal-Mart has been positioning itself to be world’s biggest beer seller. They are planning to double their alcohol sales by 2016. They want the largest piece of the beer market. The beer market? It’s currently a 45 BILLION dollar industry and growing. How are they planning such a feat? They are planning to take over the beer world by …

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10 Must Do Fall Activities


linn-cove-viaduct1. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and photograph the foliage. Peak color this year is October 15th. One of the most often photographed places is the Linn Cove Viaduct, a bridge that wraps around Grandfather Mountain and gives you a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Day 14: Old School Fika


i'm not perfect. and there are some days that you just can't do everything you want or plan to do. you know that feeling... like 24 hours in a day are not nearly enough. and the way the weeks have been speeding by are not helping the matter. some days it's just not possible to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together...

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Green Man Brewery’s Harvester

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My Asheville amble of autumn ales is awesome!See what I did there.Dark and mysterious....Well, anyway. I recently found myself at Green Man Brewery or, as locals like to call it, Dirty Jack's. It is called that because of their original relationship wi...

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Day 13: Going around the world just to find home.


confession time: i have been to this cafe a few times already. ok, A LOT of times already. i guess you could say that i like it. but, what do i like some much about it, you ask? i actually can't really put my finger on it. i mean, the atmosphere - the global theme and all that - is right up my alley. there are cozy spots to sit inside. the coffee is good. and cheap. and there are places to sit in the windows. i mean, seriously, that in and of itself makes it cool, right? on top of all of that, there is ample outdoor seating. cute, little wrought-iron tables & chairs. and it is right in the middle of a great area, with tons of people. all stuff that i like very much. all things that make a top choice of cafes in my book.

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