It’s too early for Christmas music!

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  We are getting prepped to see my parents and (fingers crossed) my sister and her husband and adorable baby next week!  Every month, I have been saving some of my favorite tunes.  I want to be clear about one thing.  There is no Christmas music on my November playlist!  It is too soon.  I have been hearing it at the store, from co-worker’s cubes, and at the coffee shop in the morning.  I am a firm believer that you cannot play any kind of Christmas music until all of the dishes have been cleared off of the Thanksgiving table.  I don’t care if you listen to a little Mariah Carey Christmas while you eat your turkey and cranberry leftover sandwich but not a second sooner.  Next month, there will be plenty of time for Michael Buble, Bing Crosby, and the new Idina Menzel holiday album I have been eyeing.

For now, you’ll have to deal with my holiday free list!

 

Weekday Suds: Welcome to Nitro Fest!

One of the perks of being a friend of the brewery is working the great events!  While there isn’t much beer to this post, there is plenty of fun.  I had the chance to work and attend the inaugral Left Hand Nitro Fest on Saturday.  There were incredible circus acts, great costumes for the contest, and great NITRO beer from around the country.  Just sharing a few pictures from the night!

 

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Weekday Suds: Don’t Take yourself so seriously! Finkel &Garf

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!).

 

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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!

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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.

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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!    IMG_5334

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