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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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Weekday Suds: Dogs, Suds, and Big Dreams!

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Well it’s been a sporadic few weeks but it’s time to come back and share my latest beer adventure!  This time, we didn’t try anything new.  We helped a great brewery and a great organization raise money while drinking beer and petting puppies!  On Sunday, City Star Brewing put on the annual Hops & Harley event to raise money for National Mill Dog Rescue.  If you haven’t seen anything about Harley before, check out his story here.


From the City Star Press Release (read the full one here)

“Harley spent 10 years living in a small cage in a puppy mils, never knowing the touch of a kind hand … until he was rescued and found a loving home.  City Star Brewing, located in Berthoud, Colorado, learned the plight of the puppy mill dogs through Harley.  “Hops and Harley” then became a reality.”


We had a great time drinking some Honey Wheat for Harley, eating from a local food truck, and bidding on the silent auction.  This was a dog friendly event so there was plenty of puppies to play with.  We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend weather wise!  It is so nice to see a community rally together for a great cause and be able to bring the whole family, even the furry ones.

And if you have the inclination, you can still help dogs like Harley find a forever home by donating here!

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Weekday Suds: A family brewery business

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One more discovery from the New Brew Fest!  This time, we hit up Industrial Revolution Brewing Company in Erie.  This family owned and operated spot seemed like a great place to meet up with friends and chill out.  While the inside space was small (lloks like seating is set for a few dozen) and a bit dark, the patio was a great place to find a big table.  IRBC is nestled right in an older part of Erie.  It’s the only watering hole on the block and you can get food from the restaurant down the street.

At the New Brew Fest, the Passionfruit Wheat was definitely my favorite.  What I was surprised about was the Orange Ale this time around.  You can check out the entire beer menu was here.  This is a cream ale infused with orange.  It was great for summer drinking!  The beer menu is still small so as long as you find a style that you like, you are set!

The Erie beer scene is definitely start to come alive.  This space was built with the love of father and son and you can tell that they are proud of the beer that they are serving!  They have created a space that is family friendly and cozy.  There are some great pubs, the Old Mine, and Echo will be open soon!  If you are looking for a laid back afternoon, try Erie!

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I’ll keep this short!

So it’s Friday and it is 75* out!  Who doesn’t love that?

Last night I was able to catch up with some blogging friends at the 34 Degrees event.  More info on this (and a giveaway!) next week.  It was so great to see one of the amazing companies that is part of the Fresca family at work!


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And this weekend!  What am I doing?  I will be at the Echo 2nd Anniversary party.  Want to know what to expect?  Check out the event page here and my post from last year’s crazy party!  And I should be pouring beer for a bit between 1-6 tomorrow so come and find me!



Happy Friday!  Have a glass of wine for me!

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Today I wander…

So about a week ago, I saw a really cool idea on (you can see the post here).  I’ve been visiting new breweries almost every week and I hadn’t thought to map them out.  And once I put them on a Google map, you can definitely tell that I live in a state with plenty of beer! You can also tell where we vacation…image

Next step is to load the breweries on my schedule as well as dream stops (like Kona Brewing!).

Have you mapped out your trips before?  Like vacations or restaurants favorites?

You can interact with my Google Map here!

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Friday Five: More beer!

Tomorrow I am off to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.  After a little fiasco with our member numbers, tickets were ordered and we had to wait.  The day has come and I can’t wait!  I just wanted to share some of the breweries I am excited to see tomorrow.

If you are unfamiliar with the festival, search your social media for #GABF or visit to join in on the fun!


First up on the list is Cigar City!  I had the opportunity to visit this brewery when we were visiting family!  I’ve come a long way in beer drinking since then so I am excited to see how this beer dances on my taste buds this time around!



3 Floyds is one of those breweries that keeps coming up in conversation.  While I am not a stout fan, I want to try the beer so that I can check this unique brewery off my list!



Riff Raff is in Pagosa Springs and we drove by it on our way home from Durango last month.  While I wanted to stop, I had so much beer that weekend that I knew it was time to stop.  if I didn’t stop, I wasn’t sure I would like beer (or myself) anymore…  That means I owe them a pour or two on Saturday with fresher taste buds.



I’ve tried a few bottles from Anchor but I am excited to get a draft taste.  No other reason than trying something that I know won’t disappoint.



And finally, Lagunitas!  This was my favorite stop in California last year and we can only get a limited few in Colorado.  Hopefully they will be pouring some new and interesting beers to try out!

And finally, a little sidebar. While scoping out the list for the festival this year I made a terrifying discovery.  There are no Iowa breweries listed.  I have visited several tasty places and I know that many more have opened since my last visit.  I know that craft beer is popping up all over the country and to not see any Iowa breweries made me a little sad.  No home state pride this weekend…

Is there something I missed?  Let me know where else I should be stopping tomorrow for a 1 ounce taste!

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July 31st?

Where did July go?  We did a bit of traveling and a lot of working but no big victories for July.

While I usually don’t use my blog to vent, sometimes I can’t pretend that my life is just beer and happy things (even though I did get my GABF tickets yesterday!).  Sometimes I’m just frustrated.

And I think it’s my own fault. I’ve gone about a week without putting on my gym shoes.  I’ve gone even longer without rolling out my mat for yoga… I feel unhappy with the way my clothes are fitting and pretty unhappy with the way my mind is feeling at the end of the night.  I’ve been sleeping restlessly and waking up groggy only to start the day in a grumpy mood.  I know I need to spend some time working on me.  That’s been hard for me.  I usually make sure that everyone else is happy with me and my performance before I make sure that I am happy with me.  And usually when I get to the time that it’s time to think about me, it’s time for bed…

As the cursor blinks at me, I think about all of the things that I need to be doing.  I need to get out of the house!  When did I become a hermit??  When I come home from work, the last thing I want to do is think about what I’m going to do after dinner.  We always look for new movies or shows to keep us entertained when we should really get back to reading good books and walking the dog.  I need to nourish my mind with good things and not junk.

I now have a job which allows me to be a little more flexible.  I always said I wanted a job that would allow me to work out in the middle of the day.  Now that I have it, I’m not down in the gym nearly enough.  It would definitely help my attitude if I did a workout mid-day instead of spending 8 straight hours looking at a brightly lit monitor.

If I am going to be happy with things, I need to give myself a chance to succeed.  I don’t think I need to set up a hard plan or make any promises, I just need to make myself happy!  That means making sure that I don’t let the little things get to me and really enjoy the things that are going to get me moving in the right direction.

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