I have spent far too much time in North Carolina this summer. Okay, I guess you can never have enough time at the beach or with friends, but I’ve been three separate times this summer after not going there in yeeeears. And that was a lie after I thought about it for five seconds. I was in Asheville and Charlotte twice last year. Get it together, Elizabeth!
First off, there was the weekend trip to Charlotte to visit Elizabeth at the end of June:
After what was possibly the worst drive ever through hours and hours of traffic and three huge thunderstorms, we arrived with dead cell phones and no way to get into Elizabeth’s apartment (nor did we know the apartment number). Devon and I headed to The Diamond, a diner across the street to borrow an outlet to charge our phones; while we waiting we feasted on delicious gravy fries and much needed beers. We finally has enough phone power to call her and let her know we had safely arrived and not floated away in the flooded streets. What did we do before cell phones?!
After lunch, we went to three breweries located in the NoDa neighborhood. First up, Heist Brewery!
This was probably my favorite of the day–they had a great selection and our bartender was awesome. Next up was NoDa Brewing Company. Not as good beer-wise in my humble opinion, but a cute little space and I loved their little tasting trays.
Lastly, we went to….Birdsong Brewing Company. I had to search for this one because I forgot the name. I guess it left a lasting impression. They did have some sort of jalapeno beer that tasted interesting and you got peanuts to snack on.
After an afternoon of many 4oz. beers, we went to relax for a bit before heading to dinner at Dandelion Market with a few other friends. We got to sit at a huge table in the middle of the room and ended up playing Kings using someone’s phone. Random, but all of their wine was $25/bottle. Why don’t more places do that? We ended the night dancing down the street at RiRa–it was a great night.
After brunch the next day at Zada Jane’s, we hit the road for a much less eventful ride home. We decided to take 29 back home–a slightly longer trip but worth it to avoid the hell that is 95. More travels coming soon…