Hoppy Holidays

Happy Holidays!!

It’s another great day and Women Enjoying Beer is revving up for a terrific holiday season. We hope you are indeed well and happy and enjoying beer.

Here’s some stuff we want to share today.

Events:
The next WEB meet up is the Hoppy Holidays Event Thursday December 2nd at Lithia Springs Resort. You can register here – and everyone who comes will get a present (we love giving goodies away!). Register by 11/30 please.
We’ll be there at 4 in the afternoon with full Beer Gear all set up for shopping. The Bonus & Reason? We’re having Beer Gear $pecials that night only (cash & check accepted, thanks).

January 2011 will offer up 2 great WEB opportunities.
1. Our regular WEB meet up is January 20th and it’s a post holiday budget-saver session (see details and register here). We have Summit Distributing to thank for the beers for this meet up (as well as Decembers).
2. WEB and Kaleidoscope Pizzeria are partnering up for a full on 5 course Beer Dinner with custom menu January 11th. Details and registration here. Either of these would make a great holiday gift to give.

February – WEB will be at the lovely Salon Isabella the 10th….details here.

Beer Home Dec

Now for something completely different…We’re looking for you to model the Women Enjoying Beer shirts and gear. If you’re interested in helping us out, send me an email and we’ll get the details set. We want to represent the every woman wearing the WEB Beer Gear.

Lastly for today, we’re on track to launch the WEB Bringing Beer To Life monthly enewsletter December 1st, 2010. To kick start it, we’re going to offer an introductory rate and we want all feedback for those who subscribe.
Every month we’ll include beer & food pairings, recipe/s with beer (from the pairings too), highlight a beer style or brewer, a professional profile, a featured topic, educational information and a few more goodies….

An enewsletter for businesses will be rolled out January 1st 2011. Look for that as well.

Thanks as always for your support. If you like to share, we are grateful for any forwarding you do. And you make us even happier when your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors contact us to sign up too.

Cheers & see you soon!!

Ginger & Kate

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WEB Upcoming Events & Happenings

Here we are into November already – and we’re hoping the fall has been very good to you. Be sure to enjoy some fall beers including Pumpkin beers. They can vary all over the flavor map so get a few friends together to each buy a different kind, then do a tasting comparison some cool evening. A savory root vegetable and/or meat soup with fresh crusty bread can pair nicely with the sweet maltiness a lot of fall beers offer.

Fall into fall beers

We’ve got a great looking line up of Upcoming Eventswow!! Take a look and be sure to sign up sooner than later for the ones you’re interested in. Registrations will be up shortly on the Events Page.

December: Happy Hoppy Holidays!

We’ll meet at the lovely Lithia Springs Resort in Ashland to celebrate the end of the year together Thursday December 2nd, 7 – 830.

Locally based Summit Distributing is graciously partnering with WEB to provide 4 oh-ho-so-tasty beers that we’ll pair with scrumptious holiday eats. Only 20$ per person, $18 each if you register 4 or more people at the same time.
There will be a bonus pre-event shopping time from 4 – 7, and of course afterward as well. See what women who enjoy beer are on your list and come ready to take in some *special event only* prices on Beer Gear. (cash and check accepted)
p.s. Lithia Springs Resort has generously offered you a goodie too – if you want to stay at the Inn the night of this event, you can have half off any room! Call Robin directly at 541.690.6946 to book it.

Plan ahead for these beery events

January collaboration: “This is the One!!”
Come join us for an inaugural women & beer event at Kaleidoscope Pizza. Women Enjoying Beer & Kaleidoscope are partnering to launch their fabulousness to women at this tasty event.
Sign up today for a full 5 course dinner  where select terrific beers will be paired with delicious foods specifically made by the talented Kaleidoscope kitchen for the evening.
Plan to meet at Kaleidoscope Pizza on January 11th from 7 to 9 pm.
WEB followers have first dibs on tickets until 11/15. As of November 16th Kaleidoscope will be letting all their fine patrons know and it’s sure to fill up very fast.
We’ve only have 50 seats (really). All reservations can be made here (they won’t be taking them at the restaurant).
At only $35 per woman for a 5 course, full service evening – it’s a spectacular value.
What a grand way to get into the new year! Hope to see you there 11 January 2011.
p.s. this would make a really cool holiday gift!

January: New Year Budget-Watcher Special

WEB will have the first ‘regular’ meet up in the New Year Thursday the 20th, 7 – 830 pm (location pending). We’ll feature beers from the fantastic locally based Summit Distributing and have a nice tasting and pairing of 4 delicious winter beers with 4 matching foods.

Regular/single tickets are $20 each. If you bring a beer compatriot and you register at the same time it’s only $15/each. Relax post holiday with Women Enjoying Beer!

February: “What’s The Deal With It?!”

Be with us at Salon Isabella to learn all about what Drew’s fabulous crew can do for you. That’s the deal. The Salon Isabella crew will be offering different stations of information to highlight their services and talents.

It’ll be a free ranging fun evening with beer and accompanying nibbles set up throughout this beautiful salon. Thursday February 10th, 7 – 830, $20/each; 4 or more registering at the same time are only $15/each.

As usual, you’ll be savoring some delicious beers paired with some equally yummy roving munchies. Salon Isabella is located at 108 East Hersey Street – Suite 1, Ashland. Come ‘deal with it’ with Women Enjoying Beer and Salon Isabella!
And lastly today – we’re still on track to launch a Women Enjoying Beer Monthly Bringing Beer To Life enewsletter subscription. It’ll offer beer info, brewery info, travel tips , event info, recipes, tasting & pairing suggestions, fun pieces about women & beer and lots more. Watch for it to launch December 1st. It’d make a terrific holiday gift for the female beer enthusiast in your life (you included!).

WEB will also be launching a Beer Business Enewsletter subscription come January 2011. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement.

Thanks as always, for your time, attention, and support. We’re continually on the look out for more women who enjoy beer – wherever they may be. Feel very free to forward this along as you wish. We appreciate the spread very much! And – always – let us know how we can be at your service.

Cheers & take good care –

Ginger

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Congrats to Taylor's Sausage Grand Opening in Bend OR

Taylor's Sausage - photo by Kate Parks

Cheers and kudos to the Taylor’s Sausage crew for a well received and tasty grand opening in Bend Oregon. It’s still going on in Bend for another week so get thee there (if you live close).

They were kind enough to invite me to come join the fun during lunch last Saturday – it was busy busy busy!

To complement the voluminous array and high quality sausages they offer to eat on premise and take home, they have a really nice selection of beer. Specifically 9 different Oregon beers on tap – a nice range of flavors and styles. From Pilsner to Imperial IPA – you are sure to select a fresh beer to enjoy with your food.

Support your local brewer and sausage maker.

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Fabulous Dinner in St. Paul OR

Part of the fantastic host crew

My hearty and heartfelt thanks for the Coleman & Friends Crew for inviting me to help them host a dinner this past Saturday night they had generously donated for an auction at a local charitable organizations fundraiser. What a great way to combine business and community!

All six of the hosts were thoughtful, fun, and dug right into any instructions to ensure the evening was a smashing success for the lucky 10 around the table. They’ve given the dinner before and surely it was terrific too.

Here’s what the menu looked like:

Course 1 - Fresh Hopped IPA & Cheeses

Course 1: Long Brewing Fresh Hopped IPA paired with sharp cheddar cheese on simple crackers, Rogue Creamery Smoked Bleu and Oregon Bleu cheeses on simple crackers with drizzled honey (bleu cheers + honey = amazing flavor experience). The sharp cheddar cheese pairs particularly well with IPA’s – the grapefruit flavors really shine through (adding fresh grapefruit to this combo in season makes it even better!)

Course 2: Standing Stone Oktoberfest (donated by their brewer) paired with fresh chunky tomato soup with spinach and oregano. the maltiness of the Oktoberfest complements the high acidity of the tomatoes very well. Make lots of soups – they get better and better as they age a few days.

Course 3: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale paired with a salad of baby mixed lettuce and spinach with fresh black mission figs stuffed with chevre (Oh my gosh!!), lightly toasted prosciutto (makes it slightly crispy and accentuates the sweet saltiness to it), and chopped walnuts, tossed with a slightly sweet balsamic vinaigrette.

Dessert in progress

Course 4: Golden Valley Red Thistle Red paired with a fork tender spicy braised beef stew and sweet potatoes, tomatoes, apricots and fresh spinach over tiny cous cous. Spices in the stew included cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, and ginger to really complement the Red.

Course 5: Fire Mountain Brewhouse Steam Fired Stout AND Lindeman’s Frambois Lambic – we offered two (great to offer 2 beers per course sometimes) and served them both in stemware with a warm cornmeal shortbread with warm berry port sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Suffice it to say, everyone was sated and satisfied. Keep exploring with beer and food. It’s fun, social and a great reason to get together with others to celebrate darn near anything.

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Come As A Woman – Yes They Did!

Larry, Lorraine & Gary - "women" all! Photo by Kate Parks

Last night for our monthly event, we decided to open it to the men who were lamenting “what about us?” and feeling left out of the regular women’s only events. So, open the doors and our arms we did to the men. They simply had to come as a woman.

HA! We had several men show up to enjoy the fun and good natured (no pun intended) ribbing and camaraderie at the Come As A Woman Oktoberfest meet up. From Larry and Gary’s full-on hose and wigs, to the feminine props of the others, a great time was had by all.

In fact, our host was having a simultaneous event and we got into a sort of ridiculously fun and silly German chant-off. Of course we won some, they won some. And for the rest of the

Great guests - photo by Kate Parks

evening, we got looky-lous who came into the event room we were cozily set up in.

Stien’s up to the game guests, terrific hosts at the newly opened Bavarian theme Frau Kemmling – especially Stacy, Micheal and Tim, and all the good time goers present.

Here is the menu we enjoyed:

Opening toast with Paulaner Pilsner

1st Course – Spaten Oktoberfest with Leberkase, a German style meatloaf, brie, red onions, and mushrooms on a skewer

Larry & Crasher - photo by Kate Parks

2nd Course – HB Hefeweizen with Spatzle mit kase, (unbelievably yummy) German style dumplings with diced ham, onions, 3 cheeses and herbs.

3rd Course – Hacker-Pschorr Dunkle Weisse with Bratwurst

4th Course – Spaten Optimator (said as a group with our best Ahhnold accent) with German Chocolate cake

This will become one of our annual events – can’t wait for next year already. Our own fabulous Kate took lots of great pictures – enjoy the ones included here.

However you enjoy your beer, have fun with it. Prosit!!

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Limestone Women & Beer & Food Event

Limestone's Brewery

A big fat Thanks to the entire Limestone Brewing Crew for a fun and enlightening inaugural woman’s beer event. They already throw terrific events around beer and it was such a pleasure to get to collaborate with Ken (Brewer), Alex (GM), Adam & Christina (Servers), and Juan and Augustine (Kitchen). My many thanks!

More importantly – thanks to the attendees: Melissa, Erika, Wendy, Lori, Leslie, Trisha, Jess, Lindsey, Sylvia, Carol, Amy, Paula, Kirsten, Christina, Laurie, Melissa, Joan and Penny. Woo Hoo!!! The guests make the party and a fun one it was.

FYI – some of the courses were paired with 2 beers – mostly because there was an opportunity to partner two beers with the foods for different flavor experiences. Works out well that way.

A nicely set table to feature craft beer and delicious food

Here’s the special menu made up just for the event:

1st Course – Old Chicago Amber Ale and Professor Darnell’s Berry Ale paired with baked brie with walnuts, mushrooms and shallots.

2nd Course – Wheatlander Hefeweizen with Limestone Beer Cheese soup (classic!!)

3rd Course – Springbrook Honey Ale and Replicale APA with crab puffs, red cabbage and mustard remoulade. (The nose on the Replicale was incredilicious!!!)

4th Course – Pilcher Pale Ale with eggplant penne pasta with ham and peas

5th Course – Dolomite Oatmeal Stout and Flying Pig Imperial IPA with coffee cake and vanilla ice cream.

Ohmygoshyummy. When are you planning your next/first women and beer event?

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GABF Media Luncheon Beers

Wow. Hang on…let me get my napkin.

Beautiful table setting to match the great beers and food

One of my favorite parts of the GABF happened again for me this year: The Media Luncheon.

First off, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be a media member for this spectacular event. With 49,000 attendees, 3400 volunteers, 54,000 hours worked by those 3400, 462 breweries at the festival, 2200 beers at the festival, 3594 beers judged, 82 categories plus a Pro Am category, 150 judges from all over the world, and…well, you can see how the word spectacular is really an understatement.

I digress. So let’s cover what we had at the illustrious and luscious media lunch. Know the beers featured with one exception were 2009 medal winners.

Appetizer course at media luncheon

Appetizer

Duck-Rabbit Brewing Company’s Schwarzbier and Dry Dock Brewing Company’s Bismarck Altbier with Wild forest mushroom strudel with frisee salad

Intermezzo

Twisted Pine Brewing Company’s Le Petit Saison with Lemon-Ginger-Lavender sorbet (oh…my…goodness!!!)

Entree

Alchemist Pub & Brewery’s Ouroboros Double IPA and Cigar City Brewing Company’s Humidor Series IPA with Miso salmon beside double bone in pork chop stuffed with pink peppercorn an dapple relish, served with Cabrales pumpkin mashed potatoes and roasted

dessert at 2010 GABF media luncheon

root vegetables

Dessert

Choc Beer Company’s Signature Dubbel and Oakshire Brewing Company’s O’Dark 30 with milk chocolate cheesecake with dark chocolate ganache and raspberry

Wow. wow. Still thinking – wow.

Thanks to all the brewers for generously sharing, the BA for hosting it, and the Marriott for preparing the fabulous accompanying food AND great service.

Beer with food makes the ordinary, which is already pretty darn tasty, extraordinary.

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Brain of Brewers Competition Winners

This post has some very special meaning to me – my Fine Husband, Larry Chase, is the brewer for Standing Stone, participated in the Brain of Brewers contest this year, and won Gold for his Hefeweizen AND Bronze for his Amber. He’s been a passionate professional brewer for over 13 years now and this was an extra special reward.

Larry Won Gold and Amber in the 2010 Brain Of Brewers Contest

He was very excited to enter this contest, has long used Lallemand yeast and was thrilled to win 2 medals. Of course being biased and also a big craft beer enthusiast, I was also ecstatic for him!

The gold came with a generous $5000 award as well as a lovely red ribboned actual medal and certificate to display. The $5K will all go towards equipment to keep making great beer even better.

Congratulations to all the winners – well done. And a big thank you to Lallemand for instigating this kind of contest for brewers. Larry tells me Lallemand put on a very tasty and generous spread for the event as well (Sorry I wasn’t able to go with him!).

The results of the Brain of Brewers beer contest for beers brewed exclusively with Lallemand dry yeast.

Congratulations to all! Cheers –

STOUT

Gold for Hefeweizen

PALE ALE/BROWN ALE

AMBER ALE

HEFEWEIZEN

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Tasty Trifecta Event Menu

Chelly prepping one of the delicious cheeses

Wow – where to even start… get set for several days worth of information from the 2010 GABF interspersed with other good beer stuff.

The first event last week was one of collaboration with Chelly Vitry, Denver Gourmet, and Oskar Blues Brewery – the fabulous Beth, Chad, Burc, Dale (loved the bike!), Melissa, Luke and entire crew. Lefthand Brewing also generously provided 3 of the beers we featured and our dedicated spot on volunteer Ingrid was a huge help – so a big thanks to everyone involved, including our very engaged and fun loving guests.

The Tasty Trifecta was planned and designed to tap into the female craft beer enthusiast during GABF. We had a terrific group of women who came to taste, enjoy, learn, savor, and be social. It’s a very good combination – all coming together over quality beer.

Dale and 6 Fantastic Beer Loving Women

OBB was a gracious and very helpful host – their taproom was a great setting for the evening’s activity. Chelly is – in a word – incredible and I’m extremely grateful to have gotten the opportunity to partner with her for this lip smacking gig.

Once most everybody was present, we introduced the beers, talked a bit about flavors and matching them, why we choose the beers and the specific cheeses and desserts to go with them, and then lead them through one sampling. After that, we turned them loose!

Noise level of a group usually goes up with enjoyment level – so I’d venture a guess to say that it was a smashing success! (Thanks to Beth for the microphone.)

Tables set and ready for the Tasty Trifecta

The menu:

  • 3 Beautiful Oskar Blues Beers – Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub Scottish Ale, and Ten Fidy Imperial Stout
  • 3 Beautiful Lefthand Beers – Sawtooth, 400 Pound Monkey, and Milk Stout
  • 6 Creamy Cheeses – 5 years vintage Gouda, 4 year Old Quebec White Cheddar, Triple Cream Brie, Bleu D’Auvernge, Horseradish and Dill Havarti, and Young Goat Gouda
  • 5 Sumptuous Desserts – Chocolate Chip cookies, Pecan Caramel Bars, Raspberry Linzer Bars, Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream frosting, and Sour Cream Cheesecake

Is your mouth watering yet??

Proving, once again, that the vast variety and high quality of craft beer everywhere pairs deliciously well with quality well made food.

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Tasty Trifecta Event last night at Oskar Blues

Beth and Luke of OBB - such huge help!

Thanks to the entire Oskar Blues Crew for a fantastic event venue and help last night. Chelly and were able to offer a unique women’s only Beer & Cheese & Dessert tasting event at their taproom. Beth, Luke, Burc, Melissa, Dale and everyone else who makes the place tick – pints up!

Thanks equally to the fantastic group of women beer enthusiasts that came out – judging by the conversation and laughter level, I’d say it was a success! They had the choice of 6 different beers from both Oskar Blues as well as tasty Left Hand Beers. One the food side, Chelly selected delicious cheeses from a favorite cheese monger and sweets from Living the Sweet Life – both in Denver.

Chelly (l) providing helpful information for the event

We lead them through  a simple how to taste exercises to warm them up and get them started – then off they went!

The evening closed with Beth, the taproom manager, leading a tour of the brewery – newly expanded and looking fabulous for our great guests.

Cheers of course goes to Left Hand brewing and their crew for pitching in three uber yummy beers for the event as well.

Hats off to Ingrid, our intrepid and dedicated volunteer assistant for the night – well done!

And my own personal thanks to the incredible Chelly for her partnership. She has excellent judgment.

Now – on to more GABF events….Cheers!

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GABF 2010

GABF 2009

The Great American Beer Festival starts tonight – for brewers, judges, and so forth. It opens to the public tomorrow night and hit a record in selling out 5 weeks out from the festival.

WOW! Impressive considering that there are lots fantastic beer festivals worldwide. This one, started by Charlie Papazian, has come to embody the grandmama of festivals for many.

For several years I worked the festival, with my Fine Husband and professional brewer, Larry Chase, Standing StoneBrewing Company , Ashland, OR. At the time he was with another brewery that was growing. It was really fun to be part of the activities going from a small handful of stores to over 20.

The observations and attitudes from people from all over the world, and in general this incredible group of beer enthusiasts and volunteers, make for a remarkable experience like no other.

When you have a chance, put it on your future late fall schedule. And if you decide to go and want to get together for a beer, give me a shout.

Look for a bunch of GABF centered info coming in these posts and on Twitter.

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Update Today

Good Weekend All –

Thanks to those of you who came to the WEB event this past Thursday – by candle light, we enjoyed gluten free & vegetarian beverages and foods. 2 Beers, 2 Ciders, almond cheese and…well, check out the menu here.

Congrats to the fine women who enjoy beer who won the WEB logoed hats to proudly sport! You can get the hats (100% organic cotton) and more Beer Gear here. The first shirts are just in – more really soon! Including some for the guys “Men Enjoying Women Enjoying Beer”

An extra-good goodie today: I found this video to be encouraging. Speak up for your craft beer!

The Great American Beer Festival starts this Thursday. It’s an extra ordinary event! Plan to attend some time in the future – and get your tickets early as they sell out quickly.

And be sure to put the October WEB event on your – and your males friends’ – calendars. It’s the Come As A Woman event! If you’re a woman, you’re set. If you’re a man, dress as a woman and come enjoy the event too. No more whining – “what about us guys??!!” from the men – here’s their shot! Reservations can be made here until 10/12 – thanks.

See you soon!

Cheers –

Ginger

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Signature GABF & Denver Beer Week Event

Hats off to Chelly of Denver Gourmet for being my partner in crime for hosting these two signature events:

Tasty Trifecta Wednesday September 15th – co-hosted by our friends at Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont Colorado.

POSTPONED Gastravaganza! Saturday September 18th – Hosted at one of the featured breweries Breckenridge Brewery in Denver Colorado.

Be sure to spread the word and get your tickets today – Wednesday night at Oskar Blues is women only and Saturday night is POSTPONED for all.

See you soon in Denver!

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Beer Gear

Women Enjoying Beer's - Beer 101 Kit

Now available from Women Enjoying Beer: Beer Gear!

Use it to stand up for your beer, as a home for all the fantastic beer stickers you get, and to safely carry your taster glass around and to events. You could even get it in time for GABF if you let me know within the next week.

In addition to the striking silver patina of the actual kit box, you get:

  • 3 Women Enjoying Beer weather-sturdy stickers
  • A couple of notepads to record your beer thoughts and shopping list
  • And some great pencils made from recycled materials (forgiveness on a stick I say)

Women Enjoying Beer hats

The shop page of our site will be up soon – in the meantime, contact me directly to get your own kit as well as kits for your other beer loving friends.

At only $20 for the entire really cool and fun/ctional kit (shipping a tiny bit more), they’re a fabulous way to show off your beer pride.

p.s. we’ve got great new Women Enjoying Beer logo econscious hats now too – only $22/each, in Oyster and Black.

Cheers to great beer gear!

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Homage To Beer Fridges Past

Homage to the Beer Fridge

This goes out to my fabulous friend Cozette today – made me laugh and tear up at the same time!

“I have to sadly inform you that the beer frig [they got from us] crossed over to the great tapper in the sky…..  But not before providing enjoyment and pleasure to many! After we brought it home last fall , a great beer drinking friend of ours who lives in Kansas City expressed an interest in acquiring the frig.   He and his wife are childless and live on a cul de sac with a bunch of families so their home is known as the great escape zone for adults seeking a break.   For years he has kept an extra frig in the garage filled with beer and just keeps a “funding” jar nearby for restocking.     Truly the perfect home for the beer frig!   He adopted it and gave it a wonderful home where it served numerous kegs of craft beer before drawing the final cup in June. You will be pleased to know that its vital organs were transplanted into a younger model so it will continue serving indulging adults. The funny thing was the couple was trying to figure out how to make the frig  slightly more self funding…. It seems that consumption in the first 6 months out paced the funding contributions considerably.”

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Birthday Celebration at SOB

Okay, so you know I already like SOB. Local (for me), great engaged beer passionate people with a high quality line up. Does it get better?

Come celebrate with us - tissue paper hats optional!

Only when you add a birthday to it – mine! It’s actually tomorrow yet as any of my friends know (now you, friend!) I LOVE LOVE LOVE my birthday. It’s your own personal holiday and reason to celebrate all the great things this incredible ride of life has to offer.

So – come join us at the SOB tap room today starting at 430 pm to celebrate. Bring a favorite toast to share and enjoy a few beers. We’ll be glad to see you.

As I celebrate, I’m reminded that I’m grateful for great friends and family, quality beer, tasty food, a safe place to reside and live, a free country in which to pursue happiness and opportunity, my Fine Husband and loving dogs.

Cheers!

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Gastravaganza in Denver – Delicious Beer & Tasty Street Food Event

Wow! Who’s up for a Gastravaganza in Denver Colorado September 18th, 7- 9 pm?!

Gastravanganza!

Details and tickets available here – on Chelly’s site.

Chelly’s Denver Gourmet Tours and Women Enjoying Beer is collaborating and partnering with terrific breweries and street food vendors to offer a totally unique and tasty adventure.

Our terrific Featured Beers will come from Avery Brewing, Wynkoop Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Left Hand Brewing, Del Norte Brewing and Odell Brewing.

Fabulous tasty Street Food will be from Steuben’s, Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Gastro Cart, Brava Pizza, and Cake Crumbs Cupcake Truck.

We’ve room for up to 300 – so sign up today. It’s happening the same week as Denver Beer Week and Great American Beer Festival (a don’t miss beer event).

Cheers – see you there!

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Beer & Salsa Event Last Night

Beer and food. Food and beer. Mmmmmmm...raise your hand if you think that’s a great combination??

Beer & Salsa Event

Last night we had a fantastically tasty 5 course Beer & Salsa Event.

YES! Great midsummer theme – met with success by the energetic and fun lovers who joined us. We extended the theme from the lovely room inside Lithia Springs Resort to one of their outside areas where we proceeded to beat the candy out of a custom Pinata.

The grounds also has hops growing on it so Robin and Kathy took extra special care of us by putting some cutting in the floral arrangements on the tables – very nice touch and great for people to see hops up close, cones on the vine.

Here’s the menu and recipe ingredients – Cheers!

Monteith’s Pilsner Style Beer and White Bean & Corn Salsa with Melba Rounds

White beans, corn, green onions, olive oil, salt & pepper

Monteith’s Black Ale and Olive Black Bean Tapenade with fresh French Bread

Black olives, black beans, capers, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper

Russian River Consecration and Fresh Melon Salsa with lemon and orange cookies

Honeydew, cantaloupe, canary melons, sweet yellow onion, mint

Southern Oregon Brewing Pin-up Porter and Heirloom Tomato Balsamic Vinegar Salsa with blue tortilla chips

Heirloom tomatoes, diced canned tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper

Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and Spicy Pineapple Pepper Salsa with baked tortilla corn chips

Fresh pineapple, jalapeno, poblano, Anaheim peppers, cilantro, salt and pepper

Hungry yet??

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Raft & Craft – Day 3

dining room at Marial Lodge

July 20th – Day 3 and the final day of our inaugural Raft & Craft trip.

Dawn came again gently after a full nights sleep at Marial Lodge. We were at breakfast by 8 for a day of about 16 miles, through a canyon and much sunshine. Good bacon at breakfast only enhanced the day!

Off we went to get on the river by 9 am. The day felt chilly to start as we went through some striking narrow canyons for the first while. Completely different and we heard some good stories as we all rode. There are pretty of serious rapids, Blossom and Coffee Pot among them, which has WWW making sure everyone is safely on board the pontoon rafts. No sense taking foolish chances with Mother Nature.

Rogue River

This re-solidified the excellent and wise experience of Bob & Guy for the benefit of their guests. We all felt safe the whole time – which of course only makes the trip that much more enjoyable (and recommendable).

By midday lunch stop, we’d seen lots of turtles, plenty of other traffic including the jet boats on tour, and several other rafting parties. A few areas of still(er) water had Bob and Guy using the oars more to move us along.

Lunch was generous again with BLT’s – mmmmm! – and more fresh fruit and veggies. On the river again after a bite to finish the float.

Landing safely around 145ish (no watch on), Bob & Guy easily navigated us to a ramp, where we all proceeded to unload and unpack. After all the fanfare of that, the rafts were loaded on the trailer,

pontoon rafts safely loaded up

some of the guests said goodbye and headed off, and we climbed into the truck to drive back over the pass to Galice, where cars were parked upon our launching.

The road over the pass is rather dramatic and closed in the winter for good reason – it rises from 90 feet above sea level to over 5000! And I couldn’t help but think – “what a great ride this’d be on a snowmobile!” Anyway, just shy of 2 hours later, we slid into Galice, gathered gear and bid adieu.

What a spectacular trip! Ultra hospitable, safe, fun, refreshing, tasty, energizing and now I can’t wait for next year.

Thanks to Ninkasi & Russian River for great beers

Thanks to Joy & Bob, Guy and guests for allowing me to share those 3 delightful days with them.

Life is good.

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