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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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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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Excellent Exhibits

If you like a good museum and an even better exhibit — you’re in the right place. Check out a couple of our favorite exhibits that you can go see right now before it’s too late!

 

History Refused to Die

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Where: Alabama Contemporary Art Center

When: Until December 20, 2015

Featuring over 75 works, 15 self-taught artists from Alabama tell the textured story of African Americans in the South through visually compelling artwork from the collection of William S. Arnett and the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Recently, History Refused to Die has also added a special video installation by Tom Leeser. The Alabama Contemporary Art Center allows visitors free admission on Fridays to give everyone the chance to see this amazing exhibit.

The Life and Work of Emma Langdon Roche

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Where: Historic Oakleigh House

When: Until December 31, 2015

In 1914, Mobile native Emma Langdon Roche documented and collected sketches of passengers from the last slave ship to enter the United States. Her work, Historic Sketches of the South, is now on display at the Historic Oakleigh House. Visitors can catch a glimpse of Africatown through Roche’s  realistic and honest sketches.

Chocolate! The Exhibition

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Where: Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

When: Until January 17, 2016

Finding its way to the Southeast for the first time, is an exhibit you can see and TASTE. That’s right, we’re talking about CHOCOLATE!  Chocolate! the Exhibition has treated visitors with a unique experience unlike anything else. Visitors will learn just how this sweet bean has shaped history one bite at a time through scenic elements, original video, interactive displays, rich imagery and graphics, and approximately 150 objects.

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Where: History Museum of Mobile

When: Until April 3, 2016

The History Museum of Mobile has partnered with International Museum Institute of New York to present over 100 reproductions of the legendary King. Establishing itself as the richest discovery of all time, these treasures changed everything archaeologists knew about Ancient Egypt and have helped us understand the amazing civilization.

Size Matters

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Where: Mobile Museum of Art

When: Until February 14, 2016

Through massive murals, monumental sculptures, or small icons, viewers are pulled into the artwork for a visual experience unlike anything else. With free admission for visitors on Thursdays, there’s no reason not to escape the cold this winter and check out Size Matters along with the other new exhibitions.

 

 

 

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Dedicated to all the things that make you say, “That’s SO Mobile.”  We are excited to launch this blog, a first-hand experience of Mobile straight from the people who know it best, the locals.

From behind-the-scenes at local events to the flavors that go into some of the tastiest dishes around, this blog is all about the Mobile experience.

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