Posts tagged ‘pale ale’

August 22, 2011

Picture A Fun Weekend

Kevin and I packed our bags and headed west this weekend. Well, not too west, just out to the Midwest to see my parents. We had a fun weekend of good food, good beers, and great company.

I spent a bit of quality time with the fam (and their two adorable kittens) Friday night. We started the evening with pale ales and India pale ales from Boulevard Brewing Company. Both were great! I thoroughly recommend them.

Later that evening, Kevin got an IPA from 75th Street Brewing that tasted of hops and grapefruit. I had a Tallgrass Brewing Company brown ale. Both were quit tasty and went well with the fig, prosciutto, and caramelized onion pizza.

We shopped alllllll day Saturday. By the way, has anyone seen this sweet product – love it!

After a yummy BBQ dinner, we all had my mom’s awesome blackberry cobbler for dessert. It was my version of birthday cake.

Due to all these indulgences, I tried to make Sunday a little healthier. I cooked salmon for the first time, and it actually turned out pretty well. I served it atop a bed of black beans, spices, and veggies. Delish!

Kevin made the mistake of letting Leia try a mini bite of his salmon, and she quickly jumped in his lap with hopes for more. Can you see her tongue reaching for it??? What a goof!

If you could have any dessert for your birthday, what would it be?

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May 10, 2011

Small Things Make Me Smile

This morning was pretty darn pleasant, and three little things all helped get me in that happy state of mind. 

First, I had a good run on the treadmill.  Normally, treadmill = baaaad, but it helped me manage my speed intervals today. The run looked *something* like 4 minutes at 6.5 mph and 2% incline, followed by 4 minutes at 7.5 mph and 2% incline for 28 minutes.  It didn’t look *exactly* like that because I needed a 2-minute breather of 6 mph after one of my speed intervals, and I dropped the incline to 1.5% during the last 6 minutes.  I still got sweaty, and I’m still proud. 

The other two good things are nude pumps and oatmeal.  I got my Jessica Simpson nude pumps at DSW, which fit so much better than the cruddy ones I ordered from Target.  (Note to self, quit buying crap online!)  Others have had similar epic missions finding nude pumps, such as Julie over at PB Fingers.  Let’s just say this pair was worth the quest; they make me happy.  So does oatmeal… as you can see from my goofy photo.

Oats + Pumps = Smiles

 I’d like to take another minute today to discuss something else that made me happy this weekend – Blowing Rock Ale.  According to this article, Boone Brewing Company labels this beer as an American Pale Ale.  I love those!  Breweries are focusing so heavily on the IPA that I feel the good ole’ PAs are getting the shaft.

Blowing Rock Ale had a hint of bitter, which is typical, but my friends and I did not get “bitter beer face” from it.  It certainly did not taste as bitter as your typical IPA.  It had a great flavor and decent aroma.  There was a great hoppy taste with caramel malt undertones, but the good flavors lacked complexity.  I can’t say much to the color or head since we enjoyed a six-pack of bottles, but I can say that it paired excellently with our grilled summer squash and spicy Trader Joe’s sausages.  Mmmmm!

I would definitely buy this beer again, and if it is under your six-pack price threshold, I recommend it.  (I don’t recall it costing much relative to other craft brews.)  It’s a must for anyone who loves PAs or is just getting into IPAs.  It’s not my favorite pale ale, but it was definitely a keeper!  For those who are interested in further and more detailed reviews, the brew is listed at Beer Advocate, where it currently holds a rating of B-.

  1. 1. What small things made you happy today?
  2. 2. Do you like American pale ales?  If so, do you have a favorite?
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