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The Pub / Re: automatic tip
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:23:18 AM »
I do not like the automatic gratuity, but understand why they do it. I'm not sure what happened in your case, but I always get my mits on the check and announce if the gratuity is included when with a group. We recently got screwed by poor service and cool food while out with a group of neighbors. I probably will never go back to that restaurant with a group and may not return for awhile period. We've had great service in the past, but had never been with a group.

If it is a place you frequent regularly I would speak with the manager. If it is a place you rarely to never go I would probably let it ride. I doubt you will be getting the money back since you signed the tab.

Events / Re: NHC Hotel question
« on: April 14, 2013, 03:58:17 PM »
My suggestion would be to announce the exact location of the conference well ahead of the blocks of rooms being available. It's much easier to plan rather than having to wait until almost the last minute to find out.

The Pub / Whiz Bang
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:20:28 AM »
Did anyone else hear about this energy drink/beer?

Sounds like hot stuff!

Beer Travel / Re: Fayetteville, NC?
« on: March 31, 2013, 03:01:01 PM »
I was afraid MH might slide when the brewer left. Fayetteville is military and generally beer consumption in that area is more effect than flavor.

Beer Travel / Re: Fayetteville, NC?
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:22:29 AM »
Sorry it took this long to respond. You have two options, Mash House has long been a great brewpub, but their brewer left last year for greener pastures so I'm not sure the beer is still as awesome or not. The other option is Huske Hardware House and to be honest I have never been a fan. I cannot think of any great beer bar in Fayettenam. Grapes & Hops was a good beer store at one time, but I haven't been there in forever.

Stop the presses, there is a Mac's Speed Shop in Fayetteville. 482 N. McPherson Church Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28303 - they generally have a pretty stellar beer selection at the other locations and the cue is good too.

That's about it.

All Things Food / Re: My new Love affair with Pho
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:03:26 AM »
Since this thread is still alive I might as well suggest the Pho alternative from the Asian market which comes in a bowl and you open two packets and add hot water. Even has it's own foldable fork. It's called Pho Bo and works well when you need an instant Photernative.

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All Things Food / Re: My new Love affair with Pho
« on: February 10, 2013, 09:31:25 AM »
You really don't want to make Pho at home. I have, it is a PITA and you end up with soup. Pho Tai is my favorite.

If you're ever in Richmond, VA this is a great place to go, the Pho is cheap and the beer is phenomenal.

Beer list from December

Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 05:28:49 AM »
Hey Tom, is there any method for someone who got the full package to pass along their Thursday seminar pass along to someone else. In reality I'll probably be judging so I could give my pass to someone looking for the seminars that day.

Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:58:53 PM »
I just kept reloading the page and at 2 min to 3 it opened up so I got the package. Then the AHA posted the direct link on FB and I shared it far and wide.

I still think they should go back to a November sign up for the conference. That way it would be available for more than a couple of hours.

Beer Travel / Re: Austin
« on: February 05, 2013, 11:37:31 AM »
Whip In started brewing their own since we visited last year. I have not heard anything about their beer positive or negative.

I kinda dig the no tip thing at Black Star. The beers were pretty tasty as well.

Beer Travel / Re: Austin
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:32:54 AM »
Ya gotta go to Whip In and to Black Star Co-op. I had a good time at Red's Porch and they also have a Flying Saucer, but I had a better time at Gingerman when we were there last spring.

Beer Travel / Re: Madison, Wisconsin
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:28:47 AM »
Great Dane, Ale Asylum, Lake Louie this list goes on.

Beer Travel / Re: top ten brewing cities
« on: January 31, 2013, 08:21:05 AM »
I scratching my head over the Asheville portion. Highland is one of the oldest, but I'm not sure why he focused on French Broad. Anyway, one of the criteria was "nationally recognized breweries" and Asheville ain't got 'em. Pisgah tends to get a bit of beer geek press, but in reality they don't distribute much outside of Buncombe County and NC has 100 counties. We did have one mediocre brewery close recently, but several others are opening. Anyway, fine with me Asheville is off his list, more for me without the rest of the world coming to town. ;)

If you are going, here is the local and surrounding area brewery list for Asheville:
Asheville Brewing (2 locations)
Blue Mountain Pizza
Brevard Brewing
Catawba Valley
Dry County
French Broad
Frog Level
Green Man
Olde Hickory
Oskar Blues
Southern Appalachian
Thirsty Monk South
Tipping Point Tavern
Wicked Weed

Coming in the next two years:
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada

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