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Has it only been one year?

Could The Wandering Tortoise actually be celebrating just its first anniversary? I know it’s true, but it does seem hard to believe. Anyone that has been in the Wandering Tortoise know it is a special spot. Seeing that tap list when you walk in makes that clear, but it goes a lot deeper than that. The Tortoise is owned and operated by people that love beer and love providing a great place to enjoy beer. The owners, Justin and Shay, just get it. The Wandering Tortoise has been at the top of its game since opening because they have the experience and understanding of what it takes to make something special. They know it’s about the people. That’s clear with everyone they employ and every collaboration/partnership they bring into their shop. We all know that every business is dependent on making money, but some are different, some of these places are so genuine and driven to provide the best experience that sometimes they don’t seem to care. Continue reading

Blues and Brews 2017

Blues and Brews

Last month, I ran for beer and Public Television (not necessarily in that order).

As a fairly new, and introverted resident of Cookeville TN, I am always excited to find events for grown-ups that will keep me involved in the community while helping me avoid my natural inclination to hide at home under the covers and plot how to collect more cats.

The WCTE Haunted Half Marathon and The Blues and Brews Craft Beer Festival were such occasions. An added bonus (or perhaps the selling point for each), was that WCTE provided a package deal in which race participants could also purchase a discounted VIP ticket to The Blues and Brews Craft Beer Festival, both events benefiting WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS. I run sometimes for health (mostly mental), and I am a craft beer enthusiast (which is arguably also for mental health), so it seemed like a good combination of events for me. I could spend the morning running, then spend all afternoon recovering from the run by filling and refilling my 3oz commemorative taster glass with delicious, guilt-free beer. Continue reading

Quite Some Time Ago

Shortly after I reached the age of 21, (quite some time ago) I moved to CO – a state known for skiing, mountains and beer. Until that point, Budweiser, Coors and Miller High Life (the proverbial Champaign of beers) was all I knew of beer. I didn’t much care what it was when I was 21; I was just excited to drink anything legally. But, after I moved Fort Collins, CO, home to New Belgium and O’Dell’s, I experienced the complexity and adventure of craft beer and the Champaign of Beers kind of lost its celebratory appeal.

Since then, I’ve moved a few more times. Each time, I worried that I may not be able to get the beer I had grown so fond of in CO. Fortunately, the craft beer scene has been rapidly expanding, and so I was able to get New Belgium beers as well as a variety of other microbrew delights in my new respective cities.

A year ago, we moved to a relatively small city of 30,000 in central TN for my husband’s job. Having spent most of my life in the West and in relatively large cities, I was completely ignorant to what living in Cookeville, TN (part of the Bible belt) would be like. I worried, again, that the only beer that would be available would be the High Life.
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