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Monday Suds: It’s a party, a Superbowl party!

I would like to open this post with a moment of silence for the city of Denver.  I have a feeling that most of the Colorado Natives we know had their victory parades planned and their party clothes picked out.  Unfortunately, the Broncos were asleep at the wheel.

Growing up I always went to a great Superbowl party.  No matter who was playing, there was great food (I seem to remember a fantastic basket of warm buns that never made it through the first quarter), great friends, and a big screen to play the commercials that happened between plays.

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Last night, our family gathered for good food, good friends, and some great beer for a good cause.  Left Hand Brewing took advantage of a not so great situation and continued to raise beer for Colorado Flood Relief.  It was a great way to celebrate the local team and support the local charity efforts.IMG_4401IMG_4400

Do you see Left Hand owner Wallace there in the orange behind the bar?  He was personally taking care of the football fans!

This was an impromptu event of sorts that went off without a hitch.  I can’t wait to hear from Josh and the team how much money was raised for flood relief.  There will be five more events throughout the year.  The Husband and I are usually attending and volunteering and you get to have a good time by drinking beer for a good cause!

I want to raise a pint to Left Hand and their team for making such a difference in our community and allowing us to take part!  Check out the events below and let me know if I can get you more information!

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A little crabby

We finally got around to celebrating our birthdays last weekend. When you have a few good friends and beer around, what else do you bring to the party? We had a coupon for Maryland Blue Crab and thought this would be the perfect place for it! I had no idea how many crabs were in a half bushel but let me tell you the box was huge!

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We headed out to Left Hand to meet up with everyone. We happened to be the Imbibers of the Month for November so we were treated to 25 ounce mugs of our favorite beers (which we get to enjoy all month) to go with the crab. And since the crabs were whole, it was a messy job! I only snapped a few pictures because I was too covered in lunch to much up my camera. I don’t think I have ever pulled apart my own crab but I was a pro by the end.CAM00419

By the end, we were all covered in Old Bay and Crab meat. Even though it was November, the heaters above us kept us nice and warm and the sun was out so it was a perfect day!  It wasn’t a milestone birthday but it was a great excuse to get together with friends!  Happy belated birthday!

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Monday Suds: Am I hearing your correctly?

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Besides great beer…

the other thing I am always looking for at a brewery is great music!  While I do not profess to be any kind of afficianado or music snob, I definitely know what I like.  With so many great venues in the area, I have seen a few more shows than I normally would.  Also, as a local fanatic, I love searching out the bands that are from the Denver area or at least play here more than a handful of times.

So what have we seen?

This weekend, we had the pleasure of going to an After Hours event at Left Hand.  While there is a cover, it’s definitely worth it when Squid is playing!!  Some originals and some great covers.  Everyone was dancing and having a great time.  Don’t believe me?  Check my Instagram for pictures of a packed house!  I really loved the originals this time around and the guest singer.  What I really like is that both the Husband and I can enjoy the music and maybe even dance a little.

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Another band we listened to a few weeks back was Technicolor Tone Factory.  This is a larger band with 5 guys and a big sound!  What I loved about this band was that they were huge in sound but not overwhelming in the tasting room.  I grabbed a CD and I have loved listening to them on my way in to work.  Just enough sound to get you moving!  They have some great shows coming up so be sure and check out their Facebook page.

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What I love about living in this area is the wide array of music and venues!  You can always stumble across something you love!  What music are you listening to lately?  Any great live shows?

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Monday Suds: Left Hand Brewing or A love letter to a brewery.

So earlier today I posted some info on one of our favorite breweries.  I just wanted a chance to talk about some of the current beers on tap.

One of our favorites is the Oktoberfest which was released yesterday. It should be out in stores in the next few weeks for the rest of the world to enjoy. This was also the beer that was making it’s way through the bottling line today. It is traditional and warm, almost too much for a mid summer drink, but worth the pint in the AC.

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One thing you can say about Left Hand is that there isn’t a bad beer on tap. This seems like an exaggeration but I promise you, it isn’t. When we describe Left Hand to others, we let them know that while every beer on tap may not be your favorite, there isn’t a beer on tap that I wouldn’t drink. Every beer on tap falls in our favorite three for the category.

The man that coordinates the magic in the tap room is Josh. He seems to be a jack of all trades and always a smiley face. It is obvious that he loves what he does and wants everyone who spends time in the Left Hand tap room to feel like family!

There are some beers on tap (or that used to be) that definitely fall in the favorite category. For me, there will always be a place in my heart for my first hoppy beer, Jackmans. While I can’t find it anymore, the Haystack and Good Juju will definitely keep me content.

When I twisted one of our favorite guy’s arm, James said that he had a handful of favorites.

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He listed off some classics and some newer beers. James would put Fade to Black V2, 2012 Oktoberfest, Blackjack, Widdershins, Beer Week Sauce, and Jackmans near the top of his list. As you can see, there are too many great beers to pick your favorite. I couldn’t get him to just name one!

This brewery boasts a hop garden out back. While I am sure many breweries have some kind of hop garden, this one seems to blend in with it’s surroundings. I hope that during the expansion, this is not something that goes by the wayside. It blends in so well with the surroundings and sometimes, if you catch it at the right time, there is a great aroma on the greenway!

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Speaking of the expansion, Left Hand is definitely experiencing some growing pains. They bought the building across the street, they’ve installed some new tanks in the parking lot and some great things are on the horizon. Hopefully, these expansions mean that it will be much easier to acquire Left Hand beer across the country. We fill our trunk with beer when we head back to Iowa to fill the needs of those who can’t get enough!

Here are some tasting notes on my current beer. The Haystack is an unfiltered wheat beer, otherwise known as a Hefeweizen. What makes this beer different is the lovely notes of banana bread. If I were to host a brunch at my house, it would be perfectly acceptable to substitute this beer for mimosas. It is light and refreshing but the slightly spicy notes keep you coming back. This is a great summer beer as you still get the feeling that you are drinking beer without feeling completely weighed down with a heavy, malty beer. Three cheers for Haystack!!!

As I close up my review of Left Hand, I realize that this has been more of a love letter than anything else. The staff at Left Hand has made learning about beer amazing. Between the classes and slow days behind the bar, I have learned more than I ever imagines. I can explain the difference beer styles and pouring mechanisms to someone who has never had a proper cask beer before. Thanks to the knowledge and attention to detail by the Left Hand staff, my entire beer experience began!

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Monday Suds: Left Hand Brewing or The brewery that taught me everything I know about beer

Saturday morning, I took a quick ride over to our “home” brewery.  This is the place that taught me how to appreciate hops, how the brewing process works, and taught me that beer deserves to be paired with food and cheese just like wine.

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As I strolled into Left Hand, Josh and the rest of his staff were finishing up their weekly staff meeting/beer class.  In the 15 minutes that I got to “audit” I learned about the history of Oktoberfest and the many varieties of the ESB.  This kind of gathering is one of the reasons the Husband and I keep coming back.  Everyone behind the bar, even the bar backs, can help you select a great beer and be able to tell you what you should be looking for but not why you should be enjoying it.  They leave that up to you!

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A little history on Left Hand. 

Left Hand Brewing was established in 1993 by two guys in a home brewers club. This brewery is now arguably one of the most successful breweries in Colorado and one of the most recognizable craft beers in the country. Their tap room is right along the St. Vrain Greenway and less than 30 minutes by bike from our house. We love that when you walk in you feel like family and there is always something great on tap.

The first trip we made to Left Hand was actually a pre party for the Husband’s bachelor party about 2.5 years ago. The Husband and his brother had planned a brewery tour and as Left Hand was so close to home, it made the cut. I joined them after work and we were all pleasantly surprised. We did a taster of everything that was available and there wasn’t anything that we didn’t love. We hadn’t been drinking beer that much and we were hesitant to try anything new. After 12 tastes, I was in love and I was ready to open my palate to beer. 2.5 years later, I am willing to embark on a beer tour around the state and try anything! Left Hand taught me that everything is worth at least a taster, and in most cases, at least a pint.

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I’ll be back with some of our favorite beers this afternoon!

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We had one nice day…

Sorry for the delay on the weekday updates but this week has seemed to fly by.  Tuesday was my day off and the thermometer hit 71 degrees at my house.  The Husband went to work early so that he could be home early.  We had some Georgia Boys for a late lunch and then off to the greenway for a bike ride.  All great bike rides begin and end at LeftHand!

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We were able to have beers on the patio and chat it up with our favorite regulars!  The Husband attempted to shoot a video of the methodic pilsner bubbles to display here.  He thought they were soothing!  We couldn’t get 30 seconds without cars going by!

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I enjoyed the sun and sat out in my bike shorts!  What a lovely way to remind yourself that Spring is around the corner!

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Has Spring started to show it’s face at your house?

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A weekend with the family!

So this weekend was a two day weekend.  That means that starting on Friday night, I focused on my family of three!

We started at a beer tasting on Friday night.  This is normally where we go for our wine tasting but they wanted to do something different this week.  We got to try Firestone Walker beer.  It was tasty but nothing remarkable.  Their APA was good.  I will give them that but there are so many other craft beers that I would buy first.  After that, it was home to have dinner and cuddle on the couch.

Saturday, we were off to the Farmer’s Market.  We had some great finds and some wonderful additions to this week’s menu.  We got some great onions from Guerilla Farms (thanks, Timpson!), some peppers, and an eggplant.  The people selling the eggplant had some strategically placed melon.  Had to buy a cantaloupe.  They were so ripe, I had to eat it this weekend!  It was so sweet and so juicy.  No need for a fork, just a very large napkin!

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We spent the afternoon cleaning the house.  Nothing exciting but it means that we could enjoy the rest of the weekend!

This morning, we got to focus on Maggie.  It was off to the LeftHand Dog Wash to support the Longmont Humane Society.  Totally worth it and Maggie had a blast getting tons of attention.  She was the first dog through and everyone wanted to pet her! 

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Maggie got a bully treat for being a good girl (herself).  She definitely enjoyed it!

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We dropped her off at home and grabbed a burger out and then back to LeftHand to get the beers we had purchased through the dog wash.  They have some of our seasonal favorites out so we had a few.  Watched the Indy race this afternoon.  Not a graceful finish by my hero, Will Power, but at least he finished (sort of!). 

The Husband and I have been playing with the format of the blog so hopefully some changes will be in store.  We haven’t had much luck with the basic features available but I don’t know if I ready to start to paying for a blog/website.  We will have to see what we can figure out.

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