Monday Suds: Ladies in Blindfolds

This week the tasting I went to looked a little like this…

 

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The image did load correctly, you are seeing a black square.  That’s because I attended Barley’s Angels Blind Tasting.  You can check out their site here.  They have meetings all over the front range the one on Wednesday happened to be in my backyard.

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I was intrigued when I got the description.

Bring your blindfolds (we know you have them: men’s dress ties, fabric pieces, cloth ties to dresses) and tune into your palate at this tasting featuring Gerry Leary, owner of Boulder’s the Unseen bean coffee shop. We’ll enjoy three tasters of Left Hand craft beer, first without looking at it, then in full sight. Food pairings are provided by Lori’s Cuisine and include food made with coffee from the Unseen Bean.

So I took off my glasses and donned my blindfold and we were ready to taste.  I will say that I think this event would have been a bit more fun for me if I had done it somewhere besides Left Hand.  I had a bit of an advantage when it came to recognizing the beers and the carbonation choice.  It was fun though to see how each of the beers paired with the dessert menu.  Lori Marcolina did all of the food and it was incredible (sidebar, if you need a caterer, she is tops!  She can even do vegetarian so let me know if you need her info.)  Most of the pictures below were taken with the blindfold on.  I definitely had to go through a lot to find these!

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Overall, it was great to hear about another local women’s group and a way to get involved in the beer community.

TGIF, Kim

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Monday Suds: It’s very nice!

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Yes it was!  After a fll day of driving around the front range of Colorado, I was ready to try out a new brewery.  As luck would have it, we stopped for lunch in Nederland.  This town is great for quick day trips!  We ski here, we visit Grandpa in the shed here, and we usually stop here on our road trips.  And now we have another brewery to try out!

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Once we settled in at Very Nice Brewing Company, we ordered a tray of seven tasters to split.  I really loved the variety of beers on tap.  You can see the whole menu here.

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My favorite beer of the day was the Very Nice Pale Ale.  As the website, it was easy drinking and full of flavor.  The Husband’s family seemed to like the Hefe.  I think if it was warmer when we visited, this would have been the perfect porch drinking beer.

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The only beer I didn’t like was the Gruit.  I don’t think I have tried this style before.  This is a hopless beer and this one was sour.  From Wikipedia:

“Gruit (alternately grut or gruyt) is an old-fashioned herb mixture used for bittering and flavoring beer, popular before the extensive use of hops. Gruit or grut ale may also refer to the beverage produced using gruit.”

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I can defintely plan on stopping here after we ski at Eldora.  There wasn’t any food here but the pizza place is upstairs and the grocery store is next door.  The first time we head up for skiing, I think I will take our apres ski picnic inside!  With so many options and such a great variety, my tastebuds will never be bored!

And be sure to check out their social media!

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A few Friday things + some weekend tunes!

Books to read…

I finished this book in three sittings!  Just took me a weekend and I loved every page!  I’ve already handed the book off to my mother in law because I think it’s a great summer read.  I’m sure one of your friends has already bought this book so go out and find it!

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On my nightstand…

This book came from the summer reading list of my favorite author.  How could I say no?  I’m only a few pages in but I have a feeling I will devour this one out on the patio this weekend.  I think it’s the fact we have comfy patio chairs, great weather, and great wine!  I could stay outside all day and just read!

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And in my shopping cart on Amazon…

If this book is anything like Ms. Semple’s other book above, I think this will be a great read!  Just a hunch.

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Palisade peaches!

We are thinking about making the trek over the mountains this weekend to Palisade.  We can get the peaches here but they aren’t as good as the ones straight off the tree.  Last year we went here and found peaches bigger than softballs!  Now if only I could find the pictures…

And some weekend tunes to play while I (or you) sit out and read!

 

Happy Friday!

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Monday Suds: More tomorrow!

This is happening!  I will have a full review and few pictures tomorrow morning for you all!

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In the meantime, check out the hashtag #leftapalooza to see what I was up to this weekend.  It was an amazing day of bands, beer, and fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  And it was standing room only at the end!

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Five Friday things!

#1 Most important piece of business this week is that I got my GABF tickets!  Don’t know about GABF.  Check it out here! And just in case, here’s my recap from last year.

 

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#2 We are going to see the Prairie Scholars tonight at the Waterfront Grille in Estes Park.  The menu looks great.  My goal is to try something adventurous tonight.  Game anyone?

#3 I think my tiredness from last week’s work trip has finally caught up with me. It’s been so hard to crawl out of bed the last two mornings.  Hoping a weekend of rest and fresh air will cure me!  But the work trip was great!  I mean, who can complain about a trip that involves big boats, golfing, and cocktail parties?

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#4  Have you seen this video?  I shared it with everyone I could.  Melts your heart (and makes me want another puppy!)

#5 We are planning our wine country trip.  Can’t believe it’s already around the corner!

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We were there with family two full years ago and we had an amazing time.  We are going to the Indy Car race and back to some of our favorites.  Any Russian River suggestions?  I will glad take any and all wine, beer, hike, and tourist stops that we must do!  Email me any suggestions at kemerselis (at) gmail dot com!

 

and with that, TGIF!

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Monday Suds: Boulder BRU

How many breweries are there in Colorado now?  I think the latest count I have seen is 207.  207?  Colorado now boasts 207 breweries that are tickling the tastebuds of beers consumers and providing the best product we can enjoy.  I ventured out last weekend on my own and tried BRU in Boulder.  I was delighted from the moment I sat down.  I was able to taste 7 of the 14 beers on tap and I was never sad My favorite taste, pictured below, was the Obitus.  I think the brown category is growing on me.  They are warm and usually a hint of caramel.  Just enough sweet to make me think I’m having dessert.

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Everything in this place was handcrafted, from the beer to the art on the walls.  I also really loved that they started with the beer and added food.  Who doesn’t love a beer centric menu that is created to enjoy the beer on tap?  If they put the mustard spread I had in a bottle, I would buy enough to keep me through the winter!

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There were porch sipping beers like the cream ale and the kolsch but most beers were food beers.  And when I say food beers, I mean beers that are great on their own but even better when paired with the right tasty bite.  Just a hint of bitter or salt sometimes makes a beer the best thing you’ve ever tasted. While the tasting notes on the menu were very simple, the way the flavors in their well done food played off of them made them even better.

I can’t wait to head back for lunch or dinner and test the beers against more food choices.  There are so many choices.  Anyone in?  want to join me for happy hour after work some day?

And because everything at BRU is handcrafted, I wanted to share some of the handcrafted pieces around the restaurant.

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One Word Wednesday

While I have been a little out of touch lately, I thought I would share some of the great snaps I’ve been grabbing with my phone!  Promise I will have a new Monday Suds next week and some other updates!  I just wish I had more time to share all of the thoughts swirling around in my head.  Why is it when I want to write I can’t?

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Relax

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Beautiful

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Bright

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Fresh

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Local

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Homegrown

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Pepper!

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Unwind

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