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    Five things to do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    When many people think of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a vacation destination they likely think about the beaches and casinos.  However, there’s a lot more to do besides relaxing on the beach or trying to hit it big at the casino.  Here’s five activities you can do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast besides beaches and casinos. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530) Known as the “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” George E. Ohr created ceramic works that clashed with the aesthetics of 19th century American ideals.  In 2009, Ohr received recognition for his genius when New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art included some of his pieces…

  • craft beer,  Mississippi

    A pint at Chandeleur Island Brewing in Gulfport, Miss.

    Like many commercial brewers, Cammack and Cain Roberds started as homebrewers before making the jump to professional brewing.  In 2012, after Mississippi changed its law to increase the permissible ABV level from 6.25% to 10.1%, the Roberds decided it was time to open their brewery.  After finding a historic building in downtown Gulfport, Chandeleur Island Brewing Company opened in 2014. Despite the brewery’s location in Gulfport, its name comes from the Chandeleur Islands (pronounced: “shan-duh-leer”), which are a set of barrier islands along the coast of Louisiana (actually the easternmost point in the state).  The Chandeleur Islands are a well-known sport fishing area and part of the Breton National Wildlife…

  • craft beer,  Mississippi

    A pint at Lazy Magnolia Brewing in Kiln, Miss.

    There isn’t a long history of current craft beer in Mississippi, but it all starts with Mark and Leslie Henderson.  After Mark served an apprenticeship at Crescent City Brewhouse in New Orleans, the couple opened Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in rural Kiln in 2005.  The brewery temporarily closed following the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, but the brewery was up and running within a month. Since its opening Lazy Magnolia has fought an uphill battle to brew and distribute craft beer within the state.  However, the changes in Mississippi’s beer laws wouldn’t have happened without Mark and Leslie opening Lazy Magnolia.  Given the brewery’s role in Mississippi…

  • craft beer,  Mississippi

    A pint at Biloxi Brewing in Biloxi, Miss.

    Like many other microbrewery owners, Mark Cowley started as a homebrewer before seeking investors and opening his own brewery.  However, unlike a lot of American homebrewers, Mark got his start in England while serving in the U.S. Air Force during the 1990s when craft breweries were exploding onto the scene across the pond.  Eventually after a transfer to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and following his retirement as a weather forecaster for the Air Force, Mark finally opened Biloxi Brewing Company. The story behind the brewery’s location is also quite compelling, but let’s start with what people see when they arrive at the brewery. Usually a door doesn’t merit a closeup…

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    My night with the Biloxi Shuckers – July 14, 2017

    The newest stadium in the Southern League opened nearly two years ago to much fanfare, as the stadium endured numerous construction delays and the team played its first 25 home games on the road at a number of different ballparks (read more here).  So I was thrilled when I finally got to attend a Biloxi Shuckers home game this summer. However, I did not plan the date to attend the game.  My wife Katie scoured the Shuckers promotional scheduled picked the date because the team was giving away a bobblehead commemorating outfielder Brett Phillips chasing away an opossum (see video here). So after visiting Biloxi Brewing Company, which is just…