And now it’s time for Christmas Music

Can you believe we are less than a week away from Christmas? We plan on spending today and tomorrow getting ready for guests and finishing up last minute recipes (like these marshmallows and this soup).  Whether you are baking, spending time with family, or spending some time in the car you are going need to get some music!  Check out my December list chock full of Christmas music!

Happy Holidays!

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Last minute gifts for your beer loving friends!

1) Head to your local brew shop and buy a recipe! This is a great project if you want to brew together or give them something to do once the dinner dishes have been cleared.  You can check out my favorite store here, www.baldbrewer.com.

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2) This poster.  I mean who doesn’t want to be the beer know-it-all?

3) A beer at your local brewery!  The dilemma we all seem to run into is not having enough time so if you can take a few minutes out to have a beer with your friend, they will certainly enjoy the beer and the much needed break from the to-do list.

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4) This book.  I love everything about this book!  You can read this book cover to cover or just use it for reference.  There are also some great recipes for inspiration. You know, in case you want to get #1 on the list as well!

5) …And if you are shopping for me and want to splurge, you can go with this!  I mean, who doesn’t want to have a fancy kegerator in their house?  And then next time gift giving comes around, you can get a keg to fill it with!

And remember, if you are enjoying beer activities over the holiday, find a driver!

Happy Holidays!

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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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