ConventionSouth

JUN 2017

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J U N E 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 31 THE SOUTH'S FOODIE TRENDS Coffee Roasters. Tours with brewmaster Vernado "Tito" Simmons-Valenzuela are available for small groups. Norfolk, Va. is serving up some serious fer- mented fun, according to Erin Goldmeier, media relations director at VisitNorfolk. In addition to having the state's first and only urban winery (Mermaid Winery), the city offers several local- ly-owned craft breweries and an impressive lineup of gastropubs and beer bars. A self-guided tour of Norfolk's craft beer scene includes the Smartmouth Brewing Company, which has a cozy tasting room and offers free tours, games and activities. The Birch specializes in artisanal, crazy-hard-to-say beer and cheese and has recently been named a Top 5 beer destination in the country. Bold Mariner Brewing Company offers a selection of traditional yet bold, quality craft ales. Founder Michael Stacks, a former active duty navy service member can be found helping in the tasting room or working in the brewery. Coelacanth Brewing, a family owned and operated brewery in a renovated warehouse, is a gathering place for locals and visitors to grab a drink and a venue for local artists and musi- cians to share their talents. O'Connor Brewing Company, a longtime Norfolk beer hangout, has a huge tasting room with a 24-tap bar, game room for shuffleboard, corn hole, and a VIP mezzanine with a private bar. Old Dominick Distillery, located in the heart of downtown Memphis, offers special event space and tours that show the steps involved in making the whiskey, vodka and Memphis Toddy it produces. n Old Dominick Distillery in Memphis Coelacanth Brewing in Norfolk, Va. Paducah inspires creativity as a UNESCO Creative City. Creative chefs and innovative craft brewers, distillers and vintners have energized Paducah's culinary scene with dining and tasting experiences that reflect the flavor and authentic hospitality that have long been the city's hallmark. Travel to Paducah and find your inspiration! Become one of our coming attractions. Book Paducah today! www.paducah.travel/meetings | 1-800-PADUCAH Inspiring. Creative. Flavorful.

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