The goal for the day was to stop by three or four breweries and drive to Knoxville in the evening. Since we were near the Biltmore Estate, we drove there first to see if there was a way to drive around the estate without going inside the house. The admission to the estate was $50 even if you just wanted to drive around! We really didn't have enough time to explore the whole estate so we turned to leave.
I walked out through the door first and my buddy followed. I keep walking and sensed he was walking right behind me. I started rambling out loud how I paid less to get into the Colosseum, Vatican, Acropolis, Hagia Sophia, Park Güell, Prague Castle, and so on. When I thought I had made my point, I stopped and turned around. A woman was looking at me with a big smile on her face. Right behind her was her husband, also grinning. I smiled back and started walking towards the entrance. Outside, by the door, my buddy was looking at something and laughing. He watched the whole thing go down. Oh well, sometimes they laugh with you and sometimes they laugh at you 😃.
Next stop was the Sierra Nevada brewery. I liked everything about it. We had a few beers and toured the place. Here are a few photos.
My brother suggested that we stop by and check out the Grove Park Inn resort. Very interesting place. Parked in front of the entrance was a functioning 1917 Cadillac. The story goes that in 1902 Henry Ford left the Ford Motor Company and Henry Leland purchased all the assets and founded Cadillac. And in 1917 the company came out with a V-8 seven passenger touring car, pictured below.
Next, we drove to the New Belgium brewery. You might know them from their Fat Tire beer brand. We didn't have time for a tour. Last place we stopped by was unique. I had never been to a ginger beer brewery. But now I can say that I have. Hidden in what seemed like a back dock of a warehouse, we found the entrance.
We tried several different ginger beers. They were all refreshing but I'll stick to regular beer. The bartender said that most of the ginger they use for brewing comes from Hawaii.
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