It’s too early for Christmas music!

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  We are getting prepped to see my parents and (fingers crossed) my sister and her husband and adorable baby next week!  Every month, I have been saving some of my favorite tunes.  I want to be clear about one thing.  There is no Christmas music on my November playlist!  It is too soon.  I have been hearing it at the store, from co-worker’s cubes, and at the coffee shop in the morning.  I am a firm believer that you cannot play any kind of Christmas music until all of the dishes have been cleared off of the Thanksgiving table.  I don’t care if you listen to a little Mariah Carey Christmas while you eat your turkey and cranberry leftover sandwich but not a second sooner.  Next month, there will be plenty of time for Michael Buble, Bing Crosby, and the new Idina Menzel holiday album I have been eyeing.

For now, you’ll have to deal with my holiday free list!

 

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Weekday Suds: Welcome to Nitro Fest!

One of the perks of being a friend of the brewery is working the great events!  While there isn’t much beer to this post, there is plenty of fun.  I had the chance to work and attend the inaugral Left Hand Nitro Fest on Saturday.  There were incredible circus acts, great costumes for the contest, and great NITRO beer from around the country.  Just sharing a few pictures from the night!

 

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Weekday Suds: Don’t Take yourself so seriously! Finkel &Garf

Let’s admit it!  Sometimes you just want to have a beer.  You don’t want to think about the notes in the beer, the hops that were used, or which beer you should be pairing with your Thanksgiving Turkey (check out this link if you are concerned about your Turkey).

And now there is brewery in Boulder County that has the answer.  Finkel and Garf in Gunbarrel is providing quality beer and snacks galore!  Nothing too fancy and everything you forgot you loved.  Don’t believe me, check out the menu board (and wall of snacks!).

 

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When we settled in at the bar, my first question was to find out what the snacks were about.  I’ve seen pretzels at a bar but Slim Jims and Spam?  The answer to my question was that too many people take beer too seriously.  The snacks were meant to lighten the mood and make you think differently about beer.  And then we were handed the house pairing!

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Just a few pictures for you to take in all of the snack pairings.  My favorite pairing, you ask?  Well, that would be the Twinkie and the Milk Stout.  I was very skeptical but the bartender said to dip it.  And I did…  I don’t think I would go out of my way for the pairing but it was really pretty good.

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Overall, I think this is going to be a great place to bring family when everyone is in town. They have a couple of sodas on tap for those who aren’t old enough to partake and plenty of snacks for everyone to try.  The beer was good and the concept was unique.  Definitely a home run for a one of a kind brewery in Boulder County!    IMG_5334

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Monday Suds: Powder Keg Brewing

 

 

 

I definitely feel like I have been in hiding the last few weeks.  I guess when life gets busy, you tend to ignore the things you like doing.  To kick off our birthday week, the Husband and I hit a few new breweries in the area.  First up was Powder Keg Brewing.

IMG_5332Powder Keg has been open for a few months (mid summer opening) and as usual, I waited for the kinks of a new business to work themselves out before dropping by.  We parked out front right as they were opening for the weekend grabbed a seat at the bar.

IMG_5324When I think about some of my favorite styles, I usually don’t put saison near the top of my list.  They usually hit me as a little too fruity or too sour.  With the PKB list in front of me, I noticed that there was a farmhouse style ale, a saison, and an infused saison.  To say I was skeptical is an understatement.

And they I sipped…

IMG_5330and I was blown away!  My favorite beer on the list was the Chene Cerise which was the farmhouse all infused with cherry flavor.  It was easy drinking and the cherry was there but it didn’t hit you in the face like a can of cherry pie filling would.  This was real fruit flavor mixed artfully with the sensible beer.

IMG_5327I would definitely recommend a stop at Powder Keg Brewing for a beer and snack if you ever find yourself killing time in Niwot.  There isn’t a full kitchen but a small selection of warm snacks and empanadas.  Solid beer, beautiful building, and a great atmosphere.  We will be back (and soon!).

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You can check out their beer list here and the Powder Keg Facebook page here.     IMG_5331

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The Great American Beer Fest in photos

I just wanted to get these pictures out.  GABF was an amazing event again this year.  Full thoughts on this mind blowing event tomorrow.

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Friday Things

With weather like this, I’m excited to be going on another quick trip this week.

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Speaking of trips, I am finally getting a chance to go through my California pictures.  The ones below were some of my favorite completely un-edited.  At least the hundreds of pictures will give me something to do on my 5 HOUR FLIGHT on Tuesday…

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I’m also prepping a lot of tunes for the 3 flights in the next week and a half.  What do you think of my September list?  Any suggestions?

 

And finally, headed to Natural Products Expo East next week in Baltimore.  I know I will see lovely faces like Lauren there.  Anyone else?  Would love to meet up with you if you are in town.

See you Monday from Vegas (hopefully poolside!)

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Monday Suds: Vacation Suds

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I am starting to edit my pictures from California.  I thought I would grab out the beer ones first!  Once we got into San Francisco, we dropped off the car and our bags and got some recommendations from our bellman at the Hotel Triton!  He mentioned the Thirsty Bear (which I had never heard of) and we were set to go.

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Once we had the name, we googled the address and found out there were cheese and charcuterie plates and pairings.  We got set up and I couldn’t wait to dive in.  Who doesn’t want to do a flight of beer with cheese, meets, and toast!  I was surprised about the Salmon pairing and I would love to have this plate over and over again.  The tomatoes made it so fresh and the salmon was decadent.  The tiny pickles were pretty tasty too.

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After I had a chance to look around this gigantic place (two floors and some great party space) we noticed the Organic brewery sign.  From the Thirsty Bear website:

“ThirstyBear Brewing Company is the first and only brewery in San Francisco to brew certified organic beer. ThirstyBear Brewing Company brews CCOF and FDA certified organic beer, because we care how the agricultural practices that grow your barley and hops affect.”

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Each beer we had was true to style and delicious.  We have tried other organic breweries that seem to have limited flavors due to limited ingredient choices.  What I learned is that Organic beer doesn’t have to be boring!  This beer was amazing.  My favorite was the Polar Bear Pilsner.  After an afternoon of walking around and a week of big Zins, the cool and crisp Pils hit the nail on the head.

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I would certainly recommend Thirsty Bear to anyone stopping in San Fran! I just wish I could get their beer here in Colorado… Can anyone help me with that?  Beer Exchange?  Make sure to check out their social media to find out what they are up to.

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