Let It Snow!

p1030947Ahhhh…I’ll digress today to one of my favorite things. Snow.

Here are some lovely pictures my friend and beer colleague Jonathon Lunardi took in DC – wow!

Enjoy the weather wherever you are and I’ll make a snow person in your honor.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

ginger

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Beer And Dessert

Larry with 3 desserts and a few beers

Larry with 3 desserts and a few beers

So, we were at a Rehoboth, Delaware place this past week. Thought we’d drop by to enjoy some beers and eats.

And enjoy we did.

Chilly day, not a whole lot going on, random Sunday Funday.

To some this is a holy grail of sorts. the great thing is that everyone is just that. Everyone. Common folks making an uncommon (and off centered) difference in the beer landscape.

Laura, our very competent and fun server, didn’t even balk or smirk when we ordered 3 desserts. Heck! With a whole line up of beers to try, why only have one dessert. They were all different as were the beers. All the better to pair and taste, my dear.

Be sure to remember that beer and dessert pair very well together. Sometimes obviously so, sometimes subversively so.

The key is in the trying. Try, try again…

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AUKross The Pond

One 'pond'

One 'pond'

Cheers to these writers for being recognized for their contribution to the brewing community.

This excerpt seems to sum it up well:

“…exceptional talent writer and his depth of knowledge and passion for beer…”

Passion combined with knowledge is a powerful, purposeful, action provoking and exciting thing for us all.

(W)right on!

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Fast

p1030826Check this out.

Fast Company has long been a favorite magazine of mine. It’s engaging, educational, inspirational, and fun to read.

So having my letter to the editor be published on a national level is a bit of a thrill. More importantly, it’s sweet to get a bit of exposure in this professional arena. Here’s one contact because of it.

“Thank you Ginger for such a penetrating truth in your feedback in the recent Fast Company.”

– Tim Brolus of intulife.com

The most important thing about this experience is the reinforcement in that you have to speak up to be heard.

Keep talking and speaking up.

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Thanksgiving Beer Suggestions

If you are in the population that celebrates Thanksgiving, here are a few of my favorite suggestions to go with some after traditional flavors of the holiday.

Sausage, walnut, cranberry & celery stuffed acorn squash

Sausage, walnut, cranberry & celery stuffed acorn squash

1. Bell’s Lager and Edison. These are 2 of my favorite lagers around. Crisp, nicely and lightly hoppy, very refreshing. Good for any energetic projects the holiday may bring.

2. Russian River’s Belgians. These lush, full bodied beers pair nicely with flavors such as savory squash dishes, roasted poultry.

3. Chili beers. Day after turkey chili? Perfect. Add some zing to the meal with a well balanced chili beer. They also help you make a great Bloody Mary.

4. Lambics. They’ll pair very well with your desserts of the holiday, particularly pies, tarts and chocolate.

Bon Appetit and Happy Thanksgiving All.

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Houston & Ronnie

Ronnie & I

Ronnie & I

Ronnie Crocker’s a beer lover.

He’s also an editor at the Houston Chronicle, a blogger and a really good man. We met at this years GABF at the media luncheon and have kept the conversation going.

We were in Houston this past week ala our trip and he was terrific in setting up a fun beer gathering at the Flying Saucer, as well as giving us a tour of his fine paper. We even got to meet his boss (who we’re fans of) and some others who apparently could not make one event and who wanted to meet when we came though (very cool Anita and Nikki!).

He’s indicative of people who are intelligently engaged in beer. Smart, fun, responsible, thoughtful, forward thinking.

Cathy telling me her 10 Answers in Houston

Cathy telling me her 10 Answers in Houston

Already looking forward to the next time as Houston clearly has a lot of beer enthusiasts – many of who I did not get to meet this one time (Donna, Iris, TallyK, etc.).

Thanks also to Jake the FS’s GM. Will take you up on your offer sooner than later, Jake.

Cheers to Houston!

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Veterans Day

p1030037Be sure to thank and celebrate our veterans and current military personnel today. Shake a hand, thank them for their service, buy them a beer.

No matter where you stand on politics, veterans have supported this incredible country of ours – made it great, kept it free.

And I doubt many can argue with wanting freedom.

My humblest thanks (my Dad included).

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CAN – Do

Paul Gatza and Larry Chase at CANFEST

Paul Gatza and Larry Chase at CANFEST

The First International Canned Beer Festival took place over the weekend. CANFEST went off with lots of revelers in Reno on Friday night.

Beers up to Dan, Doug, the breweries present, the food vendors who came (yummm!) and all the attendees for supporting the whole event.

Buckbean was kind enough to invite me to present – so present I did.

24 Can-Do Reasons Women Drink Beer.

It turned into performance art really as the crowd was really enjoying the festival atmosphere and great beer offerings.

It was a good time had by all. Thanks!

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Cheese & Beer

Good looking crew

Good looking crew

What a great combination!

I had the distinct honor to be a part of a special fun ceremony in Ashland with Standing Stone and Rogue Creamery in the last week or so.

As the one with a camera I was, by default, the official photographer. Call Standing Stone to inquire about their forward thinking bike program.

Thanks to Rogue – the whole smashing crew – and Standing Stone.

Roll on!!

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Stunning

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

We are ever so fortunate in the USA to have an incredible parks system.

After we left a great stay in Jackson, Wyoming, we headed north into Montana via Grand Tetons National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Wow.

For a very reasonable $80 you can buy an annual National Parks pass. Seriously – that’s all.

Think about everything that buys and supports. Pretty cheap.

We’re excited now to use it to the hilt. Enjoy some pictures from our leisurely drive through the park.

Fire damage

Fire damage

Snow lingers in the shadows

Snow lingers in the shadows

Gorge-eous

Gorge-eous

Reflecting

Reflecting

Yellowstone Hotel

Yellowstone Hotel

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GABF: Worth Examining

p1020795Had the distinct pleasure of being filmed at the GABF this past week. A HUGE shout out of thanks to Jake, Nikki, Justin and the entire crew. It was a ball and a great place to spread the gospel of beer to women.

Take a look and listen here.

Good reading as well – per the winners list. I would venture a strong opinion that most every brewery who was there won. As did the festival goers.

Cheers!

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Bear With Me…

The house is a jumble, although a somewhat empty one (it’s sold though!), plans are laid and we’ll be underway for our Home Free Tour starting Sunday.

Bear with me as my posts will be thin until next week.

Belle & Larry prepping the van for the tour

Belle & Larry prepping the van for the tour

I can tell you I’ll be at the Great American Beer Festival which kicks off next Thursday as well – will you be headed to Denver?? It’s a fantastic time, educational opportunity and terrific place to meet and catch up with a great genre of people.

Thanks for your patience. Hope to see you along the way –

Ginger

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GABF

Larry & Chris at GABF 2008

Larry & Chris at GABF 2008

Will you be there?

If so and you want to share a pint, get in touch. We can connect for a pint. I’ll be there through the whole thing.

Cheers~

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Good Example

Here’s a good story on how beer and food go together. Be informed and plugged into where our drink and food come from.

Annual Soulstice Party at my homeGetting people together is a perfect format for conversation, as well as good beer, to flow.

I grew up in a family that threw dinner parties – from the arrival cocktail and pupu’s (as my mom called them) to dinner to dessert cordials. I learned how to drink (responsibly), entertain (diplomacy) and take care of guests (customer service). Ever grateful for that early experience, it’s a passion that I have continued.

Farms, homes, apartment, backyards. It doesn’t matter where you get together. People don’t come over to judge your home, they come over to see you. What matters is you. (Do your pub guests feel this way?)

So call a few folks today, make it a late summer potluck if you like. The vegetables available right now, in season, are an even bigger reason to dine with others.

Just do it. You’ll be very glad you did.

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Red, White & Beer

p1020497Here’s to America’s Independence Day Celebrations. Truly an American Beer Holiday.

I’m thankful for living in a free country, being able to drink  tasty well crafted beers of a virtually unlimited variety, of the great people I live with everyday in all communities across the country.

Here’s to freedom, free speech, freedom of expression, freedom to drink what I want.

A sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who makes our country tick, helps it stay safe, contributes to its success and future.

So raise your glass, raise a flag, wave it proudly. For all its faults, America is still an incredible country. Celebrate the good stuff, let the trivial stuff melt away. Focus on what matters.

Happy Birthday America!!

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Great Day, Eh?!

Today is a great day…

1. It’s Canada Day – So I lift a tasty beer in a Northerly direction – cheers to Rebecca & Brian, and all the brewers and beer folk in Canada. I’ve spent one Canada Day at least in Canada – it’s all good, eh!

p10204012. It’s my anniversary to my Fine Husband, Larry Chase. Cheers, baby – thanks for eloping with me 6 years ago.

So toast to whatever makes you happy today – good beer, good people, a good life. I’m grateful. And now I’m thirsty.

Cheers ~

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And the Winner IS…

(Steve is on the right side)

(Steve is on the right side)

Humbling company, that’s one way to describe it.

Last week at the Craft Brewers Conference, some incredible people were recognized amongst their peers for their contributions in different ways. Hats off to them – pints up!

The great thing about many in the industry is that they’re making a daily difference. Plus they’re making great beer. Mmmmmmmm…

How are you making a difference?

Photo courtesy of Flickr by elwynor

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You're A Doll

Thanks to Mark Doll for the invite of last week’s World Of Beverages event. It was a seemingly well attended event. (I’ll post pictures when I get resizing photos figured

Tina & Carla from Ge-Angelo's

Tina & Carla from Ge-Angelo's

out in WordPress.)

Why did I go to a primarily industrial beer event?

To hopefully taste new beers (to me). I did find a few – mostly they served what they’re mainstreaming though. I was interested in beers that are out of the norm. Hopeful that using the title “World of Beverages” meant that they were going to offer plenty of non mainstream beers. Not so much.

After all, the fortune cookie I chomped into at the Kiren beer table tells me
“You are about to make a most valuable discovery.

Mark and Julia were on hand so I made sure to greet and meet them both. I had met Mark at fundraiser in the Des Moines area a month + ago. So was pleased to see the invite in my email. Thanks.

Paul was there too – working hard.

Where are the women working for distributors? Why aren’t there more?

Women – step up, get in the game if you want to be heard. You have to speak up first.

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