Introducing the Local Beer Blog, North Carolina Beer Month, and a Saturday Durham beer tour!

If you know me, you know that two of my main passions in life are food and music – but over all, I prize my relationships with friends and family. It was incredibly exciting for me to see all three come together when I discovered that one of my old friends from our music days, David Ackley, shares his passion for craft beers on the site Local Beer Blog.

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Snakebite Cocktail

Happy Monday! Here’s a quick and delicious shandy (beer cocktail) to kick off your week — or perhaps drown your sorrows that another work week has begun? 🙂

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Flavored coffee taste test: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice vs. Vanilla Chai-Spiced

I picked up a canister of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee last time I was at the grocery, and thought I’d do a quick review and comparison to the beloved and discontinued Vanilla Chai-Spiced (VCS) Coffee.

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Do you miss Trader Joe’s Vanilla Spiced Chai Coffee?

The blog has received a lot of discussion around the TJ’s Vanilla Chai-Spiced Coffee, which is now apparently discontinued, but seems to be a big favorite!

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The Bloody Brando at Southern Rail

Now that the humidity has finally broken in North Carolina I’d recommend heading over to personal favorite The Station/Southern Rail and enjoying a Bloody Brando on the outside patio — their tasty version of the classic cocktail, a Bloody Mary. The delicious cocktail takes its name from its maker (a local guy named Brandon), who has a wonderfully short and cryptic website dedicated to the tomato mix here.

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