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The Business of Beer

Beer is a huge worldwide business. It is the world’s most widely consumed and probably oldest alcoholic beverage; it is the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea. Interestingly, the Czech Republic is the world’s largest per capita consumer of beer. Folks there each consume 42 gallons per year of the brew. In second place – no surprise – is Ireland where those jolly folks annually drink 32 gallons per person. Rounding out the top five counties in consumption are Austria, Germany and Romania. The United States actually ranks 15th in the world in per capita consumption. Continue reading

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On the “Hot Tamale Trail” Through the Mississippi Delta

Where is the Mississippi Delta. And what is the Hot Tamale Trail through the Delta? Well, I’m glad you asked. Herewith, my excellent adventure on the Hot Tamale Trail through the Mississippi Delta. Continue reading

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Today is Friday the 13th.

What gives with this superstition? Is there some evidence to support the fear? Or is Bubba “Beam” Lowtower, III, the Sage of Catherine, Alabama right when he eloquently says, “there ain’t nothin’ to it.”
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90-Year Old Coppersmith Still Turning Out Lanterns

When Bill Paulk opened his coppersmith company in 1985 at age 64 he says it was as “a retirement business.” Now 26 years later at age 90, Paulk gives no hint of real retirement. He is still handcrafting copper lanterns. Continue reading

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An Adventure Into Prehistoric Alabama

Deep in the heart of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta lies a mysterious island, studied for centuries by explorers, archeologists and historians. As the crow flies, the island is only 24 miles north of downtown Mobile, Alabama. But by other measures, it’s eons away. The site is accessible only by boat. Continue reading

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New Boutique Hotels for Mobile and (Maybe) Fairhope, Alabama

It’s interesting in the current economy that a trend toward small, upscale boutique hotels seems to be gaining traction. The trend is fueled by upscale travelers who disdain the cookie cutter franchised hotels. Boutique hotels tend to have a “wow” factor upon entering the lobby and a better room experience.

In Mobile, Alabama the recently opened Fort Conde Inn is an example. The Inn is the restored Hall-Ford House, which actually is Mobile’s second oldest standing home. Continue reading

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Mobile, Alabama Housing Market Improves, Baldwin County Slips

Slow improvement in the Mobile real estate market is shown in the latest available numbers. The median sales price of a single family residence in Mobile rose in June to
$116,500, an increase of almost 6 percent over the previous month. The total number of sales was up by 2.6 percent.
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