Day 18… we still haven’t found any coffee

So it’s been 18 days on the cleanse.  There have been a few stumbles but I have held strong against coffee.  Today has been particularly tough.  I woke up wanting a doughnut from Tee and Cakes and a latte!  I don’t feel well and I just want some comfort food and a nap!

Since today is tough, let’s focus on the good stuff!

Of course, this makes me smile

 

And this!  (I don’t even mind the rain, just look at the numbers!)

 

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And finally, this.

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That’s right! Brunch! I am throwing all food rules and cleanse restrictions (except coffee, because I don’t to do that detox again anytime soon!) and enjoying everything the Colterra Brunch menu has to offer!  And then, we are having Easter dinner too.  I can’t wait for Sunday!

 

If you celebrate Easter, I give you my early “He is Risen” and if you don’t, enjoy your chocolate bunnies and jelly beans!

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Monday Suds: Craft Beer Conference Denver

So last week, the Craft Brewer’s Conference hit Denver and the Colorado beer crowd was ready! With the number of beer releases, pairing dinners, and tap takeovers there was something to do every night.

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I was lucky enough to be able to volunteer at the Pink Boots Society Annual meeting and meet some of the amazing women behind craft beer. With 185 women in the room, there was so much talent and energy! Hopefully someday, I will be able to be part of this group.

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On Saturday night, the World Beer Cup Awards gala took place. I wasn’t lucky enough to attend but I was able to follow along on the live twitter feed. #CBC14 was trending on Facebook Saturday night! This is a much bigger deal than GABF with 58 countries and over 4700 beers involved. Out of the 94 categories, 24 Colorado breweries took home some hardware. Even our beloved Left Hand took an award for Sawtooth.

Check out the list of Colorado Winners:

Fruit Beer
Gold: Cherry Kriek, Strange Brewing Co., Denver
Silver: Apricot Blonde, Dry Dock Brewing Co. – North Dock, Aurora

Herb and Spice Beer
Bronze: Señorita, Elevation Beer Co., Poncha Springs

Chocolate Beer
Gold: Shake Chocolate Porter, Boulder Beer Co., Boulder

Coffee Beer
Gold: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co., Boulder

Indigenous Beer
Gold: Wild and Crazy Rye, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder
Bronze: Got Beer, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder

Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Bronze: Bourbon Barrel Aged Mountain Man, Verboten Brewing, Loveland

American-Style Lager or Light Lager or Pilsener
Gold: Coors Light, Coors Brewing Co., Golden
Bronze: Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Co., Golden

American-Style Amber Lager
Gold: Winterfest, AC Golden Brewing Co., Golden

Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale
Silver: River Runners Pale Ale, Eddyline Brewing, Buena Vista

French- and Belgian-Style Saison
Gold: Saison, Aspen Brewing Co., Aspen

Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale
Bronze: Jean-Claude Van Blond, Wit’s End Brewing Co., Denver

Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
Silver: Deceit, Funkwerks, Fort Collins

Baltic-Style Porter
Silver: The Baltic Gnome, Rock Bottom – Denver, Denver

Ordinary or Special Bitter
Gold: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont

English-Style Brown Ale
Bronze: No Name, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs

Oatmeal Stout
Silver: Pure Imagination, Verboten Brewing, Loveland

British-Style Imperial Stout
Bronze: Weapon of Self Destruction Imperial Stout, Riff Raff Brewing Co., Pagosa Springs

Irish-Style Red Ale
Gold: George Killian’s Irish Red, Coors Brewing Co., Golden

Foreign-Style Stout
Bronze: Devil Dog Stout, Red Leg Brewing Co., Colorado Springs

American-Style Pale Ale
Bronze: Featherweight Pale, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden

American-Style Amber/Red Ale
Gold: Runoff, Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins

World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Large Brewing Company
Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO
Dr. David Ryder

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I’ve got the (Spotify) music in me

Thought this kind of dreary Wednesday would be a good excuse to share the music that keeps me upbeat while I stare at a computer screen for 8 hours a day.  The first playlist is one that I curated myself and the second and third lists were created for me by the Filtr app on Spotify.  It’s great to have a bit of music to put me in the creative side of my brain!

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Monday Suds: Sanitas Brewing

 

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After we had missed the Prairie Scholars at Sanitas Brewing Company, I had to put it on my list of new Boulder Country Breweries to visit!  When we walked in, I was in love with the space!  It looked like a place straight out of a Food and Wine magazine and the flavors of the six beers on tap did not disappoint!

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We walked in and grabbed a few seats at the bar.  On a Friday afternoon at 4:15, the brewery was hosting a food cart, happy hour, and a first time poker game!  I could not believe the number of people in the brewery.  There was a great mix of people and everyone seemed to be a regular.  This brewery has been open for six months and the following is already huge.  If you can’t make it to the brewery, you can find them in your Boulder County beer sellers craft can case.  When we were there, the team was canning a surprise!  (BTW, since leaving, the brewer has posted his secret here!)

After I had a chance to take all six beers, I noticed a pattern.  All of the beers presentated a different flavor than what I was expecting.  And I loved every one!  Some of the beers, like the saison, will be great summer porch drinking beers.  This was far and away my favorite.  It was light and there was a hint of sweet.  This saison didn’t have the sour notes that usually turn me away.  The dark beer that I really enjoyed was the Dark Dream Imperial Cherry Stout.  This beer hit me in a different way.  This was a beer that I wanted to sip and think about.  There were so many layers to uncover with every sip and I wanted to take my time and enjoy each one!  This beer only has Winter availability so I would rush in now to hopefully catch it before it’s gone!

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An interesting note about the beer menu.  The Barley and other grains are organic.  This is definitely a food trend that is catching on in the beer industry.  We have visited another organic brewery in Boulder County and we weren’t impressed.  If Sanitas Brewing Company can get organic label, I think they will have a beer that will catch the favor of the Colorado crowd.

To find out what great events are going on in this space, check out their site.

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My end of week thoughts on Arbonne

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Why you won’t be seeing a lot of food (or beer) in my Instagram feed this month.

For a long time, I said I wouldn’t buy into the gimmicks.  I wasn’t going to pick a diet trend that wasn’t going to be a long term solution.  But then after exercise and watching what I eat, I wasn’t see any changes.  And then there were several months of over indulging and now, honestly, my pants aren’t that comfortable.  So a lady I know from Left Hand told me about Arbonne.  It’s a comprehensive program for 30 days.  It’s a smoothie with their protein powder for breakfast and lunch, B Vitamin and Guarana Fizzy Sticks to add to water, candy like chews for the sweet tooth, and a full complement of fiber, digestion aids, and chromium.  Seems like a lot of powders and not a lot of real food.  I can stil have healthy snacks and dinner is on me!

 

How am I feeling?

Four days in and the caffeine headaches are slowing (no coffee or alcohol  on this plan) and I am surprisingly not hungry all the time.  The hardest part for me is waiting long enough to have dinner so that I am not starving at 7:00 PM with no options.  I have been creative with the smoothies this week and I think I will settle into a routine of a handful of combos that I like.  For now, the satiety part is working.  What am I missing?  The social glass of wine at happy hour and the tasty cheese and crackers with the in laws before dinner at their house.  These are the things that got me here and by dropping them cold turkey, I have really been dancing on my own last nerve.  What I do know is that it will be better for me in the long run to re-introduce them in moderation and in the right way.

4 days down and 26 to go…

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Monday Suds: Hops and Handrails 2014

Hops and Handrails 2014 was definitely a different experience than 2013.  This year, I was in short sleeves and I ended up with a sunburn!  The beers were great, the competition was good, and the weather was perfect.  Take a look at the pictures!

 

 

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Weekday Suds: Welcome to The Post!

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So the first time in a long time, I headed out to a brewery solo this weekend!  The Husband needed a beer break and I needed to get out and explore!  I hopped in the car and headed to Lafayette to visit one of Boulder County’s newest brewing operations!  And of course, when I sat down at the end of the bar, I definitely wasn’t alone.  There was quite a crowd waiting for 4:00 to happen!  The beer is popular but the food at this place keeps it packed!  Sadly, no food for me this time but I will definitely be back in to sample the brunch menu!

Now the beers!  I sampled a 5 beer flight of the most popular beers on tap.

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Out of the 5, 4 I would order again.  And the 4 I did like hit it out of the park!  the Lovey dovey Belgian had to be my favorite.  What my tastebuds love has a lot to do with my mood and on Sunday, I was craving Spring and sunshine!  This beer was a full bodied delicious treat with enough sweet and layered notes to make to order a pint (and wish I had time for another!).

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Overall, the feel of this place was great!  Funky decorations, a potentially huge outdoor seating area, and a great bar smack dab in the middle!It was rustic and comfortable while still having enough seats to accommodate large groups and big tables.  I will definitely be back during Happy Hour to see the wheel at work.  It’s labeled with all the seat numbers at the bar and if your sitting in the lucky seat when your number comes up on the wheel, you get a treat (like a happy hour special)!

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And I also want to say hi to the lovely couples I met while sitting at the bar on Sunday!  It’s good to know that when you head out on your own, there are always nice people to chat beer with!

Make sure you check out the Post Brewing Company’s social media!  And to get their location, find them on my beer map!

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