Leena is hiding the bump, but it’s there!
So the news has broken… I’m pregnant! With twins! I think the first thing I really thought about when planning to get pregnant was, “How in the world am I going to go a whole 9 months without craft beer?” Well, after lots of research and planning… I don’t have to.
That’s right. You can still love craft beer and be pregnant. You just have to be smart about it.
Alcohol is one of those things that everyone has a different opinion about when it comes to pregnancy. Some swear even one drop will hurt your baby. Some say you can freely enjoy a drink a day and not worry. I’ve decided to take an approach somewhere in the middle. I feel safe enjoying a low ABV beverage now and again, but I’m definitely not drinking more than one and definitely not doing it everyday.
So here are some things I have already enjoyed…
- Founder’s Rubaeus – It’s 5.7% ABV and 10oz pour made it the perfect selection for an afternoon at Barcade.
- Pizza Boy’s Together Weather – At a mere 2.8% ABV I was able to enjoy a whole glass of it!
I haven’t stopped trying beer either really. I just only have a sip of something. If the restaurant or brewery we’re at has something particularly awesome on, my husband will order it, and I’ll try a sip. It’s not the same as enjoying an entire pint, but it’s better than nothing!
Even over the weekend, we were at a family gathering and someone had brought over a case of Dale’s Pale Ale (which has been my go-to pool beer for several years). I knew I shouldn’t indulge in an entire can, but just a sip of my hubby’s was all I needed to make me feel like it really was the middle of summer.
And really, craft beer isn’t about getting drunk or drinking lots anyway. It’s all about flavor! So for the next several months, I am content with tastes of delicious beer here and there.
There are two things that we definitely love: craft beer and cheese. Pairing cheese was once reserved for the wine world but with a little guidance it’s easier than ever to put together some mouthgasms. Check out this helpful video from CraftBeer.com to get you started.
IPA day is upon us and we’re gearing up to celebrate with an epic party at The Sturges Speakeasy! We’re planning on having lots of IPAs on tap, half price drafts from 5-7 and more. Be sure to RSVP to our Facebook event for the latest updates.
This weekend we recommend you check out the craft beer pairing dinner at The Black Gryphon in Elizabethtown PA. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and feature our friends at Pierce Brewing Co. Check out the menu below:
Here’s the rundown:
While it may be the middle of summer and a boozy, heavier beer may not be at the forefront of your mind, there’s no reason for us not to explore barleywines.
Believe it or not, barleywines aren’t wine, and the majority of them that you’ll come across neither look, smell or taste like wine. The only similarity to its namesake is that they can be aged in a cellar much like a fine wine. In this edition of my Craft Beer 101 series we’ll dive into a brief history of where they came from, what they even are and a few tasting recommendations.
The barleywine, also labeled as barley wine, old ale, stock ale, or even strong ale originated in England, but its name can be traced back further to the ancient Greeks who called their fermented grain beverage krithinos oinos, translating to barley wine. (more…)
It was my fourth and last day to hunt hard to acquire beers during my Vermont Beer Trail Vacation. So far, I was quite fortunate to find The Alchemist’s Heady Topper. I braved the lines at Hill Farmstead for some world class IPAs. I discovered Stowe Cider. What more could a craft beer loving gal ask for? “The Holy Grail of Beer” as my husband, Derek, likes to call it: Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Finding just one bottle of the small batch artisanal beer was the goal of Day 4.
LAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDS
(Waitsfield Farmer’s Market, Vermont)
The day started at 5:00am as the alarm blared signalling a mad dash to get ready, out the door and jump in line at Mad Taco in Waitsfield, Vermont for a chance to get the highly acclaimed and hard to get Lawson’s brews.
I was in luck! Once there, only 100 people were in line before me. Some had camped out. Others arrived much earlier and were lounging in camping chairs. This was serious business. (more…)
After the whirlwind that was Day 2 of my travels, it was time to use Day 3 to revisit my most favorite places from my trip in December.
BRASS LANTERN INN
With Stowe, Vermont being so central to the various towns I wanted to stop at in the next 2 days, I stayed at the Brass Lantern Inn. The circa 1810 brick B&B has comfortable, cozy rooms and common areas making you feel right at home. You get a great view of the mountains and ski slopes from the back porch and patio area as well as while you’re eating breakfast in the dining room each morning. A simply breathtaking view.
The innkeepers George and Mary Anne are so friendly and accommodating. I was very thankful for the many suggestions they provided on what to checkout in the town of Stowe from quaint little shops to fabulous restaurants. Site seeing recommendations. You name it. They know about it. They’re awesome.
AND… The Alchemist is planning on building their new brewery in Stowe if the plans get approved and they’re able to move forward with construction. Even more reason to stay at the Brass Lantern Inn! (more…)
After breakfast on the second day of the Vermont Beer Trail trip, there was no question where the next stop would be on the way to Burlington. Beverage Warehouse in Winooski was about to get a delivery by The Alchemist of fresh Heady Topper according to their Facebook page. In fact, my husband had been monitoring their page for several weeks to see if there were any patterns to the deliveries. What he learned was they put half the shipment out in the morning and half around 5pm.
To track your own Heady, checkout Heady Spotter: http://www.headyspotter.com or @HeadySpotter on Twitter.
TIP: Keep your Heady Topper chilled. It’s pretty much a must. Mine went straight into a cooler filled with ice. It stayed that way the entire trip. Lots of ice refills due to the summer heat. (more…)
After traveling the Vermont Beer Trail in December during that brutal winter we all endured throughout the Northeast side of the US, I decided to make another trek back to experience what Vermont had to offer in the warmth of the summer. Cue DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s ‘Summertime’ jam.
> Read about my first trip
SO MANY BREWERIES
I didn’t get a chance to hit up the breweries on the western side of the state the last time around. That, in fact, drove my game plan for Vermont Trip Part 2. I had so many craft breweries yet to explore: Foley Brothers, Otter Creek, Wolavers, The Shed, Drop-In, Magic Hat, FiddleHead, Switchback, Zero Gravity, Burlington Beer Co., etc. Of course, there were also favorites from the last trip that I wanted to revisit: Hill Farmstead and Lost Nation.
My first of four days started around the town of Middlebury. I wanted to keep the day low key since I had been confined in a car for 7.5 hours to get there and had gotten up early to get to our destination before the breweries closed.
TIP: Check the hours of each brewery while planning your Vermont Beer Trail trip. Some close their tasting rooms as early as 6pm. Others aren’t open 7 days a week.
FOLEY BROTHERS BREWING
I’ve heard great things about the small family-owned brewery. Especially the rave reviews of Fair Maiden 2X IPA which has a 95 rating on BeerAdvocate. I just had to try it for myself. After all, I am a fiend for doubles, and with this one, I was not disappointed. It was so good I brought a 22 oz bottle of Fair Maiden home with me along with the tasting glass that you get to keep if you do a flight. (more…)
As someone just on the awkward cusp of being half gen x half millennial I have to say I’m proud of the millennial side of me. Our supposed overshare gene comes in handy when it comes to be as we’re 5x more likely to be influenced by word-of-mouth, loving telling everyone about what we’re doing/drinking, and like making/receiving recommendations with friends. We’re adventurous as 94% of us try a new beer monthly and 54% of us try a new beer weekly. This has a HUGE impact on the craft industry – one that relies heavily on a grassroots-type effort to succeed. This is one of the few times I can identify with that lump I’m supposed to be in age-wise. Love us or hate us, at least we’re doing beer right.