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.
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.
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!
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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!).
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!
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.
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!
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.
Powder 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.
When 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…
and 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.
I 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!).
You can check out their beer list here and the Powder Keg Facebook page here.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
This week the tasting I went to looked a little like this…
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.
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!
Overall, it was great to hear about another local women’s group and a way to get involved in the beer community.