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Month: April 2017

TEFAL Actifry XL Express Review

TEFAL Actifry XL Express Review

We don’t often have home made chips and possibly never have ready frozen oven chips however from time to time chips are exactly what you need to go with the meal you are preparing.  TEFAL Actifry has been around for some time and I have […]

New York City: 9/11 Memorial and Museum

New York City: 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Do you remember where you were on the 11th September 2000? I remember standing in the showroom of the company I was working for staring at the big televisions on the wall in complete silence and horror. The attacks on the Twin Towers of the […]

North Carolina: Aviator Brewery – Craft Beer Brewing

North Carolina: Aviator Brewery – Craft Beer Brewing

On previous visits to North Carolina I have visited a vineyard and winery as well as a moonshine distillery so it just seems to fall into order that this time I take a tour around a craft beer brewery!  Aviator Brewery is located in Fuquay Varina, NC about three miles from my sister’s house.

On the Main Street of old Fuquay Aviator Brewery also have a bar – The Tap Room,

a store – The Bottle Shop

and a restaurant called The Smokehouse, all within walking distance from each other.

First stop though was the brewery for a brewery tour.  What do you do when you fly private aircraft and have some down time – you start brewing beer of course!  When you have so many friends stopping by for a glass and the owners of the airplane hangars say that is too many people then what? You move premises and start craft brewing on a much larger scale and Aviator Brewery is born.

When you get to the premises and whilst you wait for the next tour to begin you can sample some of the many beers on offer and of course buy a pint to drink whilst you wait.  There is outdoor seating and a few games to keep you occupied!

The beers all have creative names and very creative ABV strengths rising up to around 13%!

The rise in craft beer brewing in North Carolina surged when the limit for ABV was raised to 15% in the state with Raleigh, the state’s capital city having over 20 craft brewers alone and a total of just over 175 craft beer breweries spring up throughout the state.
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After tasting some of the beers on offer we began our tour around the brewery.  The whole process is done in a compact and ultra modern environment.  It is a very slick operation with only 23,000 sq ft of space to brew and can now fill 300 cans per minute!

A quick pit stop for a pint before finishing our tour.  Cheers!!

Aviator believe that beer should be put into cans to better care for the amber liquid inside.  Cans make sure the beer is not affected by sunlight or air as is possible with bottles.  It is also easier to recycle cans.

Our guide said “Anyone can make a beer, the craft is hiding the alcohol taste and leaving the beer taste.”. There were loads of pallets loaded with beer cans waiting to be filled,

shrink warpped and packed ready to be shipped out.

Mr R certainly enjoyed trying some of the beers on tap the day we visited!!

Following our tour we proceeded to The Tap House and sat outside on a warm Spring evening, drinking beer and listening to live, local music – pure Southern comfort!

We visited Aviator Brewery with a Groupon voucher thereby we received branded glass each and free beer to take home.  I was not required to write a positive review.  As usual all opinions and photos are my own. No photos may be reproduced in any form without my express permission.

Win a Chance to Get Carried Away with this Giveaway from Wham FlexiBags and Square Carry-alls

Win a Chance to Get Carried Away with this Giveaway from Wham FlexiBags and Square Carry-alls

How many times have you looked for the perfect carry-all but never have what you need to hand.  Wham have a new range of Flexi Bags and Flexi Square Carry-alls out now in a lovely range of spring colours and hand sizes. There are endless […]

Mexico City: Hotel Geneve – Cosmopolitan and Charming Hotel

Mexico City: Hotel Geneve – Cosmopolitan and Charming Hotel

On a recent trip to Mexico City a couple of months ago we stayed at the Hotel Geneve, one of the oldest hotels in Mexico City. As you slowly make your way through crowded and busy street you certainly don’t expect to arrive at this […]

A Birthday Party at Pizza Express

A Birthday Party at Pizza Express

My granddaughter (Little Miss) recently turned nine years old.  Where did the time go? I remember being handed a little 5lb12oz pink bundle and suddenly she is fast growing into a gorgeous young lady!!

Little Miss’s mother is a Manager at Pizza Express in Milton Keynes at the Hub. Pizza Express do birthday parties for children where they get to make their own pizza, have it cooked then sit down to eat it.

Little Miss invited several of her friends as well has her two cousins, Big and Small and her step sister and two step brothers.

Sitting next to her best friend from school is a very happy young lady.!

All the ingredients are ready and the dough has risen ready for pizza making.

A quick lesson from Mum how to treat your dough to get it ready to toss in the air.

“Look kids, this is how you toss a pizza”. They all thought that was great fun!

Small is certainly having fun.

“Ta-Dah” as Big presents his dough ready for the tomato sauce.

Little Miss gets shown how to spread the sauce by her mum.

“Look Nanny I made a pizza” chirped Small.

Pizzas all cooked and time to settle down and eat their creations.

Time for the birthday girl to blow out her candles.

And a final dish of ice cream before all making our way home, the children clutching the pizza that they couldn’t eat there.

If you have ‘Little People’ and are looking for an alternative birthday party give Pizza Express a thought.
I did not receive anything from Pizza Express and was not required to write a post about the party.  As usual all opinions and photos are my own.  No photos can be reproduced without my written permission.
St Albans: Sopwell House – An Oasis of Luxury in Hertfordshire

St Albans: Sopwell House – An Oasis of Luxury in Hertfordshire

I was invited to lunch at Sopwell House in St Albans with fellow blogger Fiona (London Unattached) which was very convenient for me as I live just 10 minutes away in St Albans.  I picked Fiona up at St Albans train station and off we […]