Haint Blue Takes on the Great American Beer Festival

We are thrilled for our friends at Haint Blue Brewing Co. who will soon hit the road for Colorado where the Great American Beer Fest awaits them!

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The talented team is entering their crowd-pleasing saffron saison {Marianne} into the competition (October 5-7) in Denver, Colorado!

The Great American Beer Festival awards gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 96 beer-style categories. We admit– we are a little bias, but Marianne should absolutely come home with a gold!

We’ll keep you updated on their adventure straight from the team in Denver.  In the meantime, check out their website on how you can get a taste of Marianne!   http://haintbluebrew.com/

 

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Stories Are Brewing

We had the pleasure of hosting our first Craft Beer Blogger last month and what a fun couple of days that was!  In case you didn’t know, Mobile is quite the up-and-coming brewery scene as three breweries are either under construction or set to open soon. It’s exciting times for our historic city that loves to celebrate!

It was a hot afternoon in June when Bryan Richards of  The Wandering Gourmand landed in Mobile from his home in Charlotte, NC.

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Meet Bryan!

When one of the first things out of his mouth made us laugh  – we knew this was going to be a fun couple of days with our new friend.

We set him up with the folks who are opening the three Mobile breweries –  Haint Blue Brewing Co., Serda’s Brewing Co and Iron Hand Brewing for tours and interviews. We also drove across Mobile Bay to give him a taste of Fairhope Brewing Company.

When we weren’t meeting with those fine folks,  we took him to our local craft beer establishments where visitors and locals alike hang out and drink cold brews.  Loda Bier Garten, Old Shell Growlers and The Haberdasher welcomed this beer lover {and his questions} with a bottomless mug.

In between his visits, he ate. And ate…and ate…and ate.

We make no secret that Mobile’s food scene is downright delectable.  With Bryan’s audience being craft beer enthusiasts,  we wanted to match the cuisine appropriately.

Bryan sank his teeth into burgers from LoDa Bier Garten and Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, devoured a hot dog from Drew Drop Inn, destroyed beignets from Panini Pete’s, chowed down on tacos and sushi from OK Bicycle Shop/Liquid Sushi and showed the Eggs Cathedral from Spot of Tea who was boss. We should also mention the moment of silence that occurred when he tasted the Corned Beef Hash that Tony cooks up at Bob’s Downtown Diner.  

It was a full couple of days for Bryan {pun intended} but he couldn’t of been a better sport!

Since it was his first trip to Mobile, we had to make sure he saw more than just beer and food. {Not that Just beer and food is a bad thing} He road a duck boat with Gulf Coast Ducks, toured the Mobile Carnival Museum, popped into The Fort of Colonial Mobile and we took him on a drive throughout our historic districts.  We even did some excellent convincing that he should load up his family and move to Mobile!  {We’ll keep you posted on that one.}

Bryan was super cool which made our week with him super cool.  

He asked for the Mobile experience….. we think he got it!

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Click HERE to read Bryan’s first story on Mobile!

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Family Fun Along Alabama’s Gulf Coast

We love any chance we get to work with incoming travel media. So, it was so nice to spend a little time with this writer when she was visiting Mobile last month!  Take a look at her Alabama Gulf Coast experience by clicking the link to her story in below!

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Gorgeous photo by Tara Settembre of Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Thanks, Tara for the incredible story in the Huffington Post!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/southern-charm-family-fun-in-alabamas-gulf-coast_us_5970e281e4b0f68541cd631e

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Mobile Mardi Gras in the Big Apple?

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you — yes, we said Mobile Mardi Gras was in the Big Apple!  In fact, Mobile Mardi Gras took over Times Square!

Alabama Tourism Department ‘Sweet Home Alabama’  took to the streets of NYC for the second year with one-of-a-kind experiences.  They kicked off their activations with a celebration, right in the middle of Times Square as New Yorkers and tourists were thrown a Mardi Gras celebration on a custom-built float.

There were beads, there were MoonPies and there were REVELERS.

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The takeover was a big hit and taught thousands of New Yorkers that Mobile is the home of America’s Original Mardi Gras!

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Join us for Mobile Mardi Gras 2018 that kicks off on January 26 with Fat Tuesday on February 13!

 

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Bloggers Who Celebrate!

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the fabulous folks behind the international travel blogs MariaAbroad, 2TravelDads, Zengrrl, and RoadTrips  for several days in Mobile — and let us tell you—it was a FUN couple of days!

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They rode an Airboat, kayaked the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, visited museums, toured one of our up-and-coming breweries and ate their way through Mobile! Not a terrible couple of days, right? 

Their stories about their time in Mobile are being published and they have us reliving our time with Maria, Rob, Michele and Rene.

 To read each story, click the image below! We hope you enjoy their stories just as much as we enjoyed having them!

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Rene’s articles, all in Danish, can be found on RoadTrips iUSA.

This tiny but mighty group of characters embraced all the charming and quirky things about Mobile and had us laughing for three straight days!

Rob, Maria, Rene and Michele — we celebrate you for celebrating Mobile!

 

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RTJ TRAIL TURNS 25!

Did you know that Mobile has championship golf courses right in its backyard?  Meet Magnolia Grove – a 54 hole beauty that’s carved through indigenous hardwood and pine. It’s a golfer’s paradise and one of the championship courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail {RTJ}.

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Nearly 12 million rounds of golf have been played on the RTJ Trail since opening 25 years  ago!

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To mark the 25th anniversary, a series of celebrations are taking place across the Trail, with the milestone being recognized at our very own, Magnolia Grove tomorrow {Thursday, June 15.}   And, in honor of this very important milestone – golfers will be able to play Magnolia Grove on Thursday, June 15 for $25, including cart.  {To make reservations call 251.645.0075.} 

RTJ’s 25th festivities will kick off at 11 am tomorrow with a news conference and celebration to follow!

Congratulations, RTJ Trail!!

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