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Beer Trails: Combining Scenery and Suds in the South

first_imgThe Southern Appalachians have their share of trails: bike trails, hiking trails, paddle trails—and now,  thanks to the craft brewery boom, beer trails. Explore multiple breweries and find quick access to the South’s best adventure. Here are six beer trails worthy of your precious weekends.Brew Ridge TrailVirginia—35 miles Nelson County is the epicenter of Virginia’s first craft beer boom, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Starr Hill, Blue Mountain and Devils Backbone. Brewing has grown in the county, and now you can link up almost half a dozen breweries via a scenic mountain ramble. The hiking isn’t too bad, either.South Street BreweryKick the trip off in downtown Charlottesville and order the easy drinking Satan’s Pony, a malt-driven amber ale. southstreetbrewery.comStarr HillPay homage to Virginia’s first craft brewery in Crozet. Starr Hill has revamped some of their classic beers and introduced outstanding new IPAs. Jump on their imperial IPA, King of Hop, which is loaded with citrus. starrhill.com Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain helped pioneer the new wave of hop farming in Virginia, and you can see the fruits of their labor at their Afton brewery, which houses two expansive hop fields. Full Nelson is a solid pale, but try to get your hands on Blue Reserve, which uses only home-grown Cascade hops. bluemountainbrewery.com **Burn CaloriesDetour onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and climb Humpback Rocks, a fin of rock with killer views that come after 800 feet of climbing in one mile.Wild Wolf Brewing CompanyWild Wolf’s backyard is ridiculous—a white-fenced beer garden set amongst the hardwoods—and it’s the perfect road trip distraction. Order the Blonde Hunny, an unfiltered wheat beer, and bring your appetite—Wild Wolf runs a farm to fork restaurant that gets most of their ingredients within 30 miles. wildwolfbeer.com Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone has grown significantly (they’re actually owned by Anheuser Busch now), but their Basecamp campus in Roseland still has adventure-hub charm. DB Brewing made a name for themselves with their Vienna Lager, and it’s still a solid option, but consider their Gold Leaf lager for something a bit more crisp and sessionable. dbbrewingcompany.comThe Beerwerks TrailVirginia—80 milesThe only problem with the Shenandoah Valley? There’s so much to take in, it can be hard to focus. You have the Shenandoah River running through the heart of the pastoral valley, which is framed by the rugged peaks of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, as well as Shenandoah National Park. You’ve got the A.T., the best mountain biking in Virginia, paddling, road cycling…and now beer. A dozen breweries are scattered along the valley’s new Beerwerks Trail. We’ve picked a few highlights to help you focus. beerwerkstrail.com Great Valley Farm BreweryGreat Valley Farm Brewery is a small farm brewery located on 27 acres in the Natural Bridge area. We specialize in producing beers in the Belgian farmhouse tradition using many ingredients from our farm, as well as other local farms. Please stop by to enjoy a beer and the scenic views of the southern Shenandoah Valley. http://greatvalleyfarmbrewery.com/Stable Craft BrewingYou have five breweries to choose from between Waynesboro and Staunton. We say hit Seven Arrows Brewing (sevenarrowsbrewing.com) on your way to Stable Craft, just outside of Waynesboro, which operates a working hop and horse farm on the site of the brewery. Get one of their IPAs and have it poured through their Randall, which infuses the beer with a different fruit or herb each day. stablecraftbrewing.com**Burn CaloriesHead into Shenandoah National Park and tackle the road climb on the southern end of Skyline Drive that gains more than 1,000 feet in 10 miles on its way to the top of Loft Mountain. nps.gov/shenHarrisonburg, VirginiaThis small college town has become a hotbed of beer, so prepare for a quick walking tour that takes in four breweries. Brothers Craft Brewing, on the north end of town, is in an old Coca-Cola plant (order their pale ale, called The Great Outdoors; brotherscraftbrewing.com). Then hit Restless Moons (get the Negative Externalities IPA if it’s on tap), Three Notch’d (Jack’s Java Espresso Stout for a kick; threenotchdbrewing.com) and finish at Pale Fire, where you’ll order the medal winning Salad Days Saison.**Burn CaloriesGet a trail pass from Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and knock out a couple of dirty loops on Massanutten’s rugged Western Slope, just outside of downtown. svbcoalition.orgThe High Country Beer TrailNorth Carolina—40 milesYou could knock out every brewery on this High Country route in a day if you were ambitious, but you’d be missing the entire point of this trip. While the beer is good in the High Country, the adventure is better. Along this 40 mile trail that connects four breweries, you have either lift-served mountain biking or downhill skiing depending on the season, a legit peak scramble, some of the best road biking in the country, and even a bit of bouldering if you’re game.Blind Squirrel Brewing CompanyLocated in a lodge in sleepy Plumtree, Blind Squirrel has been knocking out solid beers quietly since 2012. Show up on Saturday and you can take a tour of the brewery. Order the Nut Brown Ale. Because it’s a squirrel brewery. Bonus: There’s a zipline course and disc golf course on site. blindsquirrelbrewery.comFlat Top BrewingMake a pit stop in Banner Elk for shuffleboard and a pint of Rollcast, a super crisp and refreshing Kolsch. flattopbrewing.com**Burn CaloriesHead to Grandfather Mountain State Park for a five-mile hike/rock scramble along the Grandfather Trail to Calloway Peak. Or knock out a 20+ mile road ride that combines a choice piece of the Blue Ridge Parkway (crossing the Lynn Cove Viaduct) and US 221.Lost Province BreweryGet an education in hops at this young brewery in downtown Boone by ordering the Lost Province IPA side by side with the Lost Province Mosaic IPA. You’ll see what the addition of specific hop strains can do for a beer. lostprovince.comAppalachian Mountain BreweryAMB might be on the outskirts of town, but it’s the center of craft brewing in the High Country. Order anything—it’s all good—but we’re partial to Long Leaf IPA. appalachianmountainbrewery.comBooneshine BrewingLess than a mile from AMB, Booneshine is a tiny brewery without its own taproom. You can watch the gang make beer through the window, then step next door to Basil’s for a sample at their bar. Get a flight, or go with the Sencha Saison, a Belgian farmhouse-style beer brewed with ginger and green tea. booneshine.beer**Burn CaloriesRocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, in Boone, has several miles of cross country trails built for progression so you can work on your tabletops, skinnies and drops. rockyknob.wordpress.comBlue Ridge Beerway—Virginia70 miles Roanoke is rapidly becoming Virginia’s hub of good beer, and Deschutes choosing the city for its East Coast expansion brewery helps solidify the city’s reputation. But there’s no need to wait until Deschutes opens its doors to enjoy the hop-bounty of the area. The new Blue Ridge Beerway connects five independent breweries operating in and around Star City.Sunken City Brewing CompanyNamed after the city that sits 300 feet below the surface of Smith Mountain Lake, Sunken City is a small, 25-barrel brewpub with a killer taproom and beer garden near the shore of the lake. Order the Dam Lager, a malt-driven amber lager. sunkencitybeer.com**Burn CaloriesPaddle a piece of Smith Mountain Lake’s 500 miles of shoreline. Bridgewater Marina has paddle boards ($60 a day; bwmarina.com).Chaos Mountain Brewing CompanyA rotating list of food trucks, live music and the occasional cornhole tournament makes Chaos Mountain a lively pit stop. You’re ordering the Squatch Ale, a malty Scotch ale with plenty of caramel goodness. chaosmountainbrewing.comSoaring Ridge Craft BrewersDowntown Roanoke’s first craft brewery has become a community center thanks to regular yoga classes, game nights and family fun days (with bounce houses and climbing walls!). Order the Virginia Creeper Pale Ale for the perfect balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness. soaringridge.com Big Lick Brewing CompanyYou can walk from Soaring Ridge to Big Lick, a nano-brewery that manages to put out an impressively diverse lineup, many of which are named after local personalities. Try the Jack Taylor’s House Party, an amber ale named after a morning talk radio show host. biglickbrewingco.com**Burn CaloriesExplore Park, on the edge of downtown, offers 1,100-acres and 14 miles of mountain biking and trail running (explorepark.org). Or head to Mill Mountain for a mix of greenways and purpose-built singletrack overlooking downtown (playroanoke.com).Flying Mouse BreweryHead out of town and into the mountains for the Flying Mouse, a brewery that’s within walking distance of the Appalachian Trail and directly on the TransAmerica 76 Bicycle Route. With the tagline “Life’s an adventure, drink accordingly,” I think you should order a flight and see which of the four flagship beers you like best. flyingmousebrewery.com**Burn CaloriesHead straight for the A.T.’s McAfee Knob, and the best Instagram post of your week is nearby.Brewly Noted Beer TrailTennessee + Virginia, 48 miles While Tennessee was a bit slow to the craft beer game, the state has been catching up at breakneck speeds, particularly in East Tennessee, where the Tri-Cities of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol have become a beer hub. The Brewly Noted Beer Trail links several craft breweries together while passing some of East Tennessee’s most underrated hiking and mountain biking.Johnson City Brewing CompanyStart in the very hip downtown of Johnson City. With a little luck, you’ll have the chance to try JCBC’s Community Brew, which uses hops gathered from customers. johnsoncitybrewing.comYee-Haw Brewing CompanyHit Yee-Haw, in the renovated Tweetsie Train Depot, for an Eighty Shilling Scottish Ale, which is all malty goodness in a sessionable 5% ABV. yeehawbrewing.com**Burn CaloriesHead south of town and climb a three-mile loop on Buffalo Mountain, which includes the White Rock Trail, where mountaintop cliff outcroppings provide big views to the east.Sleepy Owl BreweryCruise through downtown Kingsport for a stop at Sleepy Owl, which got its start through a successful Kickstarter campaign. You’ll find a bunch of different IPAs on tap, but go with the slightly sweet Honey Ale if it’s available. sleepyowlbrewery.com**Burn CaloriesExplore an eight-mile loop in Warriors’ Path State Park, where singletrack cruises along the shores of Fort Patrick Henry Lake. Watch for the rocky downhill on Boneyard.Bristol, Tennessee/ VirginiaYou’re gonna stroll into Virginia on this two-stop walking tour of small town beer. Grab a Mex-I-Can Backfire, an easy drinking Mexican-style lager, at Studio Brew. And buy your designated driver one of Studio’s homemade Big E’Z’ Root Beers (studiobrew.beer). Wander over to the one-year-old Bristol Brewing, in the historic bus station, and order the Red Neck Amber. Because it’s called “Red Neck Amber.”LoCo Ale TrailVirginia—30 miles (by bike)Loudoun County is best known as Virginia’s wine country, but the area now has 17 breweries churning out beer in the midst of rolling farms. While it might be tempting (and a bit dangerous) to hit all 17 breweries in a single trip, we recommend you focus your efforts by grabbing a bike and knocking out a handful of breweries along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, which runs from D.C. to Purcellville. A 30-mile one-way ride on the trail will run you by half a dozen breweries. Here are the highlights.Beltway Brewing CompanyBeltway was built to be a contract brewery, producing beers for breweries all over the region. Their small taproom is a showcase for the beers brewed on the premises, so you never know what you’ll get, but the diversity is usually impressive. beltwaybrewco.com Old Ox BreweryLocated at mile 25 on the W&OD, Old Ox is a cyclist’s retreat known for impromptu cornhole tournaments. Order the Black Ox, a rye porter that balances the roast character of the porter with the spice of the rye-heavy malt bill. oldoxbrewery.com Leesburg, VirginiaYou can knock out two breweries within a couple of blocks of each other at the halfway point. Crooked Run is a low-key nano-brewery with five rotating taps. Look for their Jake o’ Lantern, a spiced butternut squash ale, in the fall (crookedrunbrewing.com). Stroll over to Loudon Brewing Company for a pint of their flagship Loud and Brewing, which is all about the Cascade and Chinook hops (loudonbrewing.com), on their shady deck.Belly Love BrewingOn Purcellville’s Main Street, and near the end of the W&OD, Belly Love has a fairly swanky taproom with solid pub fare. Order the Narcissist, a malt-forward but still crisp lager (bellylovebrewing.com). Bonus: If you still have legs, you can tack on two more breweries in Purcellville—Corcoran Brewing and Adroit Theory.last_img read more

A credit union interview with Sprout Social

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What tools do credit unions use to manage social media? It is important that any tool you choose enables you to find and engage with the customers and conversations that matter most to your business. Obviously, I think Sprout Social is a great choice. But as you evaluate tools, you’ll want to look for the core features your team needs. These can include publishing, engagement and analytics, and a user-friendly platform that allows your team to quickly get up to speed. A tool with fantastic mobile apps is also imperative as so much of social management happens on the go.How can credit unions keep up with mentions or member complaints? Delivering the best possible member service should be a priority for credit unions. To extend that experience from in-person to online, it is best to start with powerful and effective social listening. Social listening includes tracking brand mentions across social platforms (for example, keywords, branded hashtags, and mentions of your CU’s name that don’t include your handle). It also enables your team to engage with customers, respond to complaints, and address both positive and negative messages.How do credit unions measure success?Like any business, each credit union should have its own strategic goals and key performance indicators on social media. For teams that primarily use social media to provide customer support, these KPIs might include their response rate and speed of issue resolution. Another common objective is raising brand awareness, in which case the metrics that matter might include impressions, follower growth, website referrals and brand mentions. continue reading »last_img read more

WBC Gives Go ahead for Joshua, Fury World Title Fight

first_imgAnthony Joshua and Tyson Fury relished the opportunity to talk up their British rivalry as they received the go-ahead for an undisputed world title clash next year.The WBC has confirmed Fury has no restrictions to prevent a blockbuster battle with Joshua after WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte suffered a shock loss to Alexander Povetkin last weekend.Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC president, has revealed how Joshua was in line for a WBC title fight earlier in his career, but the governing body would still welcome a fight between their belt holder and the WBA, IBF and WBO champion. Sulaiman told Sky Sports: “Joshua fought for the IBF title when he was WBC No 2, and he received an opportunity, so we understand and appreciate that he got an opportunity and went in a different direction, however, the WBC was the first organisation to rank him, ranking in the top 10, top five.“We knew the value of Joshua.“Joshua to do an ultimate unification with Wilder, if he wins, or Fury if he retains, would be magnanimous.”Unified champion Joshua remains confident he can topple Fury, predicting how he would overpower the WBC champion during an appearance on ‘A League of Their Own.’“First six, I know I’m going to take him out,” said Joshua. “I’ve had a shorter career, so I’m fresher. Been in the deep end longer, so I’m used to the pressure.“I believe I’m going to handle the pressure and I’m going to take him out.”“I believe I’m better than Wilder, faster, whatever you want to call it. I reckon I’m going to be doing this for another 10 years.”Fury made a typically swift response on social media, saying: “I would batter Joshua inside the first round.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ten Future CNAs to Earn Fully Funded Scholarship and Direct Pathway…

first_imgFacebook124Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has partnered with Providence Health & Services to offer a fully funded one-month direct pathway to work for ten future nursing assistants.Providence Mother Joseph Care Center will select ten aspiring Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) to receive a scholarship that will fully fund their education, supplies, and certification costs.  Successful students will have the opportunity to be hired by the care center upon graduation and certification.Each spot in the new CNA training and education program is worth over $1,100 in tuition, fees, books, supplies, and certification costs.  The funding is provided by the Providence St. Peter Foundation and classes and labs will run through SPSCC.To learn more about the scholarship and program, interested students should attend an open house information session on July 26, 2017.  The session will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in building 34, room 209, at SPSCC’s Olympia Campus.  Advance registration is suggested.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, October 12, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cooler air is here and will dominate the upcoming forecast period. We will see temperatures average 4-12 degrees below normal through the upcoming 16-day period except for 3 days…next Friday and Saturday the 19th and 20th, and then Friday the 26th.  While the air is cooler, we expect a large part of the coming forecast period to be dry, which should facilitate a return to good harvest progress. Today we see sunshine dominate through at least the early to mid-afternoon hours, and then we start to see clouds build. A minor batch of moisture is set to move over the state from later tonight through tomorrow morning, and we are thinking a set of bookends from 10PM through 9AM. We expect coverage to be 70% of the state. The rest of the weekend is dry with sunshine dominating statewide on Saturday. We may see evidence of some patchy frost Saturday morning, mostly in northern and western parts of the state. Sunday brings more sun in the north, but clouds will be building in southern Ohio later in the afternoon and evening. We should see low relative humidity values and good drying. Rains start to develop after midnight Sunday night through sunrise Monday. The heaviest rains on Monday happen in the midday and afternoon hours. Also, the bulk of these rains affect southern areas more than north. South of I-70 we expect .25”-1” rains with 85% coverage. North of I-70 though, we see mostly clouds and rain totals of a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch.  The map shows a snapshot of action Monday midday. Another colder batch of air moves in behind the Monday system. A hard frost is likely over parts of the state Tuesday morning, but, Tuesday brings plenty of sunshine and kicks off a dry period that runs all the way through the following Thursday. The bulk of this 10-day window from this Tuesday to next Thursday will be dry, allowing for good evaporation rates (even in the cool air) and a wide-open harvest window. A well-organized front moves in for late in the extended forecast period. We look for .25”-.75” over 80% of the state for the 26th into the 27th.last_img read more

Sania Mirza tempted to play singles, will take a fresh call depending on knee condition

first_imgHaving achieved reasonable success in doubles, Sania Mirza is now tempted to get back to playing singles and the Indian tennis star is already working towards her new goal.Sania and her doubles partner Nuria Llagostera Vives finished runners- up at the China Open last week.She is satisfied with her performance this year.Despite her success in the doubles, Sania still nurtures hopes of playing singles again, although her troublesome knee may be a roadblock in her comeback.”It’s been a pretty good year for me. I won a ( Grand) Slam and made it to five WTA finals. I have one more tournament left in Moscow before the season gets over,” Sania said here in the Capital on Monday.”I am tempted to play singles again and have been practising since the US Open.It’s tough and all about working day in and day out but I will take a call.”A lot depends on my body, especially my knee. Besides, it does take a toll on one’s body and if I do play singles, then I have to go through the qualifiers and then I have to play doubles as well. Everything will depend if my knee can hold so much pressure,” pointed Sania, who once reached a career- high 27 in the WTA singles rankings.Sania last played in singles in June. The Hyderabadi suffered a spate of injuries which saw her singles ranking tumble to 286. She then decided to switch her focus completely to doubles.Of late, Sania has also switched her doubles partner quite frequently and is likely to come up with another partner in the mixed doubles.Elena Vesnina, Bethanie Mattek- Sands and now, Sania is playing alongside Nuria.The Indian is however, yet to decide whom she will team up with in the next season.AS FAR as her mixed doubles pair is concerned, Sania has decided on her partner but did not want to reveal his name. She, however, did make it clear that she is not pairing with Mahesh Bhupathi with whom she won the French open this year. Their relatioship was strained following the selection controversy before the Olympics.”There are a lot of things on which I have to take a call with regard to my doubles and mixed doubles partners.With Nuri, I am playing right now but for how long – I will decide about it later probably at the end of the year. I don’t know if I’ll play the Aus- tralian Open with her.”I have already figured out my mixed doubles partner but I don’t want to reveal his name right now. Mahesh is definitely not an option.” Sania was here in the Capital at the tennis Nationals and plans to visit her cricketer husband Shoaib Malik in Johannesburg for the Champions League T20.The last tournament Sania played was in China Open and with Nuria, she made a great effort to reach the finals before Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova ended their title dreams.Before, China Open Sania made it to four WTA finals and expects to finish off the year on a high.”As a tennis player one shouldn’t be satisfied. I know I have had a good year but there are still a lot of things that need to be worked upon.”I have a tournament in Moscow which will be the last tournament for me this year and then we have the Australian Open before which I’ll have to take a few important decisions,” said Sania.advertisementlast_img read more