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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!
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Happy Friday!

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Monday Suds: Oskar Blues and the Tasty Weasel and a Giveaway Winner

This weekend, the husband and I decided to try and expand our beer views and give Oskar Blues another try.  Oskar Blues is another brewery in Longmont (that will soon be in North Carolina as well) that has taken the craft beer industry by storm.  They currently have three locations, two of which are within 15 minutes of my house.  The place where all the magic happens is at the Tasty Weasel.

The Tasty Weasel is their Tap Room and also the brewing/canning facility.  They also have two brew-pub type places.  The Husband and I frequent Liquids and Solids (one of the brew-pubs) as they feature both OB beers as well as other great breweries that we normally can’t get our hands on at the store.

Back to the OB Beer…

The Selection

As you can see, the collection is quite large… There is of course Dale’s Pale Ale, Ten Fidy, G’Knight, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and many others.  Generally, if I’m picking an OB beer, I’m going with Mama’s.  It’s tall and refreshing with just a little bit of hoppiness.  If I’m in the mood for something that screams “OSKAR” then I’m going with Dale’s.  Super hoppy and very balanced.   As you can see, I have qualms finishing a taster tray…

While we don’t frequent Oskar Blue’s as much as we should, I defnitely know that there are new fun things to try there.  They do Firkin Friday which is a great way to try a familiar favorite in a new way.  You don’t know what a firkin is?  Read all about it here.  Firkin’s at any brewery are worth a taste because you might not see that variation on the beer ever again.  You may miss out on a really good thing.

Overall, Oskar Blue’s in Longmont or in Lyons is definitely worth a tour and hopefully a Firkin if you swing in on the right day!

NOW TO THE GIVEAWAY WINNER:

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An awful brew and an amazing musician.

This weekend, the husband and I decided to try and expand our beer views and give Oskar Blues another try. 

We arrived at the Tasty Weasel. 

Here we were greeted by a tasting room that was actually in the brew house.  This would’ve been cool but it was indeed very warm and loud.  Not my ideal Sunday hangout. 

The Selection

We decided to do a taster set before deciding on what pints we wanted.  This was when trouble began.  The Dale’s Pale Ale and their red were not that bad.  However, we then got the Gubna.  HOLY YUCK!!!  I don’t know if it was the batch or the beer but it was flat up front and then I couldn’t get the aftertaste out of my mouth, the taste of ROTTEN MEAT!!!  It was disgusting and no amount of water from the employee cooler (no bar glasses for water) could make the taste go away.  We quickly settled up and headed out!

This was what was left. Notice the Gubna at the top of the tray.

The only thing that I could get that taste out of my mouth was going to be a Jackman’s from Lefthand!

Heaven in a glass

When we arrived we were greeted by the musical stylings of Scott Von.  He was amazing!  I highly recommend taking a listen on his website (scottvon.com) and then purchasing a CD or two.  How amazing!!  The folky, upbeat sound was not entirely one style and therefore everyone in the tasting room was quiet and enjoying the music. 

He was so very aware of me snapping all kinds of photos!

What a wonderful way to end one of the first fall weekends!

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Another great weekend!

We got the mandatory relaxing, binge eating, and cleaning out of the way this weekend.

 

We also did a great bike ride over to Left Hand this weekend where we met Michelle Blay of No Dough Colorado (http://nodoughcolorado.intuitwebsites.com/).  We had a great time taking the actual tour of the brewery and chatting about all of the great things to do in Colorado.  I can’t wait to get her book and start planning my weekends!

Shawn and I also had the chance to try the local wing place in Longmont to cure whatever effects we were having from Left Hand.  While the wings would not be my first choice for eating out, they were good for sloppy, messy wings!

This week will be a few more recipes and some awesome dog sitting!  Can’t wait.

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