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The Green Machine Raleigh Brew Tour

31 Jul

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So here it is Raleigh folks! The post you’ve all been waiting for, a recap of the one and only Green Machine Raleigh Brew Tour! If you haven’t already heard, I’ve recently started offering a an amazing option to partake in a Raleigh Brew Tour with Grand Touring Transportation’s own “Green Machine” bus.  On this 4(ish) hour tour, green machine guests visit 3 local breweries for tours, craft beer samples, and lots of fun!

Our breweries include:

Aviator Brewing Company

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Big Boss Brewing Company

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Raleigh Brewing Company 

Raleigh Brewing Logo

Sounds wonderful, right? Well lets get to the recap then!

We started at our first stop, Aviator Brewing, in Fuquay Varina. We were greeted at the door by a whole bunch of Aviator bartenders and brewers! We started off with some samples at the bar, then headed into the back for a tour and a description of the brewing process..

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The thing I found most interesting about Aviator was that they have completely stopped bottling their beers, now they ONLY can them. The reason behind the madness you ask? While some claim that beer just tastes better in a bottle, the cans actually preserve the beer better by keeping the sunlight and every little spec of air out because of the crimping process. And you know what else? Its better for the environment! That sounds good to me.

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After enjoying a beer outside on the terrace, we moved on to stop #2, Big Boss Brewing in Raleigh.

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Here we were greeted by some Big Boss Brew Masters for a totally private, VIP experience. Big Boss only allows tours through the back once a month… so the Green Machine Raleigh Brew Tour peeps really get some special treatment here! After tasting three of their most popular beers at our special bar, we were given our VIP tour of the brewing process and even got a sneak peek at a special mix they had brewing – their pumpkin ale. My favorite! They starting bottling this special brew just a few days later, I CAN NOT WAIT until fall comes so I can devour every single bottle they have. If they serve it with cinnamon sugar around the rim of the glass, I may actually never leave the Big Boss taproom for the entire pumpkin ale season.

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The Sol Tacos food truck was outside for the night, so after grabbing a delicious bite to eat we moved on to our 3rd and final stop, Raleigh Brewing, in.. can you guess? Raleigh!

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at Raleigh Brewing we were able to taste a bunch of yummy samples of their most popular brews, what to do you think of their custom flights? I was just as excited about their presentation of the samples as I was about the beer — how cool are those trays?! After playing a round of darts and enjoying the weather at their outdoor seating area, we had to call it a night! Normal brew tour guests have the option to be dropped off downtown – but we had a big day coming up and had to be awake by 8am, so we decided to be responsible adults and head home.

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But let me tell you this, we had such an AMAZING time on this tour. Every single person at every brewery we went to, were so happy, welcoming and just loved beer and wanted to share that passion for craft beer with us. How fabulous is that? I am beyond excited for the next tour, so that I can share all this excitement with the people of Raleigh!

Some lovely brew tour guests

Some lovely brew tour guests

If you’re interested in the tour, check out our website for more info: RaleighBrewTour

Our super awesome brew tour t shirts

Our super awesome brew tour t shirts

Want to learn more about the breweries before you go, and keep up with whats happening after the tour? Follow us on twitter with the links below! Click on the brewery names at the beginning of the post to be directed to their websites…

:: RaleighBrewTourTweets :: BigBossTweets ::  Aviator Tweets :: RaleighBrewing Tweets ::

Thanks for reading, can’t wait to see you on the tour!

Cheers,

Sara

Raleigh’s Annual Beer Festival as a… vendor?

8 Apr

Every year, our amazing city of Raleigh puts on a world beer festival with dozens of brewers and vendors from North Carolina and beyond, and this year I was invited by the amazing All About Beer magazine to be a vendor at the festival to promote the party bus! Let me start off with the fact that I am really upset I lagged on my picture taking.. I always do that! #annoying 

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So, people get so excited about this festival that the tickets sell out every year for BOTH sessions, not to mention that the tickets are 45 bucks a pop! The cool thing about that is that I was able to set up a booth for both sessions (12 -4 and 6 – 10) which let me meet literally hundreds of people in just 12 hours. I knew a 12 hour festival day would be tough so I hired an assistant for the day. When I say hired I obviously mean slave labor begrudgingly given by my wonderful boyfriend.

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We started our day off with a healthy mango smoothie that I concocted on a whim.. I am so proud of how amazing this smoothie tasted that I instagrammed a picture of it and I am now reproducing it here:

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We were of course running late (Wes needs a lot of time to do his hair), so by the time we got downtown and realized there were roadblocks everywhere and no place to drop off our stuff we got a little stressed, Wes actually dropped me off 8 blocks away with 3 bags of crap and made me walk right through a walk for ALS that was also happening downtown that day – it took him 45 minutes to find parking! Cray.

By the time I found vendor check in I was about an hour late but all the other people seemed to be late too so it ending up working out perfectly. I was escorted to my booth right in the middle of all the North Carolina local brewers and I set up camp! Since we weren’t technically selling anything or giving out beer I knew I had to give out free goodies to get people to come talk to me, so I ordered green bottle opener key chains, (that the company messed up and didn’t replace in time so I had to give them out all crazy looking — see pics ughhh) and brought some of our awesome GT cups and the last of our Capital Ready Mix Coozies – oddly enough the capital coozies were the biggest hit! 

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About 2 hours into the first session we were starting to run out of free stuff but we met some awesome people who were really excited about the party bus! By 3:30 came around everyone was starting to get a little drunk and crazy, and we were fresh out of goodies so we packed up and walked to Starbucks to recharge, put our feet up for a bit and go to the bathroom in the Marriott since we were using DISGUSTING porter potties all day.. those things get nasty quick!

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I was really excited for session 2 to start because that’s the one all of our friends were going to be at! Learning from session 1 we decided to give out the rest of our goodies early and then when everyone was starting to get drunk, pack up the booth and enjoy the festival ourselves. Around 8:15 we packed up and walked around to all the brewers and tasted some awesome beers! By 9 we were so exhausted that we didn’t even go out for a drink with our friends after (I guess this is what it feels like to be getting old! haha!) so we hit up a food truck before leaving which was basically a food truck dedicated to GRILLED CHEESE AND FRENCH FRIES. Like, really? Heaven. We both got the one with Gouda and pesto mhmmmm. 

All in all, I am so happy we decided to be a vendor for the world beer festival! We met tons of amazing people and really got the word around town that we’re here and ready to party — woo hoo! I must admit though, I feel really cool that I have a business I get to promote! #dreamscomingtrue 

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Munich Springfest and The Steins That Come With It.

23 Apr

ImageSo its that time of year again! Don’t let the photo fool you… no, its not yet time for Oktoberfest but it is time for SPRINGFEST! Or Frühlingsfest as they growl in German.

I don’t think Springfest needs much explaining but if you are one of the neophytes that have never been to a beer festival in Germany I’ll give you a little run down with these bullet points:

1. There is an endless supply of beer

2. They are sold in different sizes. The most popular/important size being the Stein (approx. 1 litre. yay!)

3. About every 15 minutes the band plays the “ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit” which is a lovely folk song that ends with hundreds of drunk people “prosit-ing” their steins

4. If you stand on the table to chug your stein (like many awesome people do) you better finish it. If not, you will be boo-ed, or worse…

5. Munich is home to the greatest beer festivals in the world. Other cities, beware, you can’t compete with the Germans.

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My first time experiencing Oktoberfest was great since I got to indulge in the amazing bratwurst and other traditional Bavarian food. But two years have gone by and I am now a vegetarian. Therefore, I was forced to snack on unexpectedly incredible chocolate covered fruit… please see photo below:

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(I know what you’re thinking.. the chocolate covered bananas seem tricky to eat in public and in fact, they were. I advise you to go with the same routine as eating a regular banana in public, something I like to call the “rip and slip”. First you rip off a bite-sized piece of banana then slip it quickly into your mouth before attracting unwanted attention).

Moral of the story..

Go to Munich. Drink Beer.

Much love and Namaste,

Sara

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