• White Street Beer
    Beer & Friends

    My Local – Revisited

    {xtypo_dropcap}I{/xtypo_dropcap}t has been almost a year since I first wrote about what was to become the first brewery local to my home. White Street Brewing Company opened its doors one year ago (September 15th). Did the brewery live up to the expectations I set forth in my original article? Absolutely. The brewery/taproom has become everything that I had wished it to be in the original article. A place for clubs to meet. The White Street Brewers Guild (Homebrewing) and the Wake Forest Area Runners meet there to name just a few. Is it a place you can just stop by after a long day and grab a beer? Most certainly.…

  • wsblogo
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    My Local

    {xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he term “Local” refers to a pub, formally public house, a drinking establishment fundamental to the culture of Britain, Ireland, Australia, Newfoundland, and New Zealand. In many places, especially in villages, a pub can be the focal point of the community. This writer sees nothing wrong with branding a soon to open brewery and taproom in his American town as his “local”.  At Noon on September 15th, the White Street Brewing Company in Wake Forest, North Carolina, will open its doors and dispense their first beer to a paying customer (it might even be me). I have watched as an idea has gone from napkin sketches to a fully functioning brewery.  I have been privy to designs, I have watched…

  • Martinsville Speedway
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    Drinkin’ and Drivin’

    Let me just start off this article with a disclaimer.  This article does not endorse the act of operating a motor vehicle after the ingestion of quantities of alcohol.  Actually, this article goes in the opposite direction.  We drank and they drove. Ah, welcome to the rolling hills of southern Virginia.  It was predicted to be a crisp weekend for our annual race weekend camping (motor-homing) trip to Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, VA.  The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was rolling into town to put on two races for those coming from around the region and some from across the country.  There would be a truck race…

  • Three Little Beers
    Beer & Friends

    How to enjoy a Beer Festival

    Summer beer festival season is upon us.  From the World Beer Festival to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the Great British Beer Festival to any number of CAMRA events, there is a festival to be had almost every weekend somewhere in the world.  Beer festivals are quite a bit of fun, but that fun can be spoiled if you find that you have drank a bit too much.  From past experience, this is easy to do.  In order to get the most out of attending a festival, while being responsible and not being annoying the following are some steps that you might keep in mind while attending. 1.  Make sure that…