This weekend marked the 10th consecutive Monthly Beer Tasting among our craft-beer-loving friends. We switched things up a bit and hosted it at our place (ping pong replacing the foosball that is usually played at Russ'). We tasted 18 beers, which is rather tame for us! Our record is 36, I believe, but most people had been participating in Brew Ha-Ha or the Kiwanis Bags Tournament all day. You can see our Master List (prior to this tasting) here.
We were very fortunate to have some friends come in town recently that gifted us with loads of beer! The friend from Colorado's husband works at New Belgium and was stock piling cases and bombers for us for months. Two of the bombers were the Coconut Curry Hefeweizen and the Ale Brewed with Anaheim and Marash Chiles, both from the Lips of Faith Series. I think most people found the Coconut Curry kind of disgusting. I certainly couldn't drink more than a tasting glass of it, but I did think it was interesting. And the one with chiles was really good. The other friend gifting us beer lives in Minnesota and brought us some Surly 'Furious Beer', which was fantastic. Also notable was the Mid-Coast IPA from Boulevard. The rest were beers that most of us have had, but hadn't been officially represented at a tasting.
It was also the first day of fall, marked in our house by the mums getting planted. It definitely feels like a change of seasons, with all the transitions I have going on right now. I've closed the shop in the retail incubator, and am moving into a more dynamic (and private) studio space. I am starting my masters degree classes. And I'm wrapping up some of my current obligations like the park board and hoop dance classes to focus on my larger work/life goals. Feels great to be moving further down this path of entrepreneurship.
I closed out the weekend with a bike ride on the trails at Middle Park in Bettendorf (Iowa) while Jonesy played disc golf, and a night at home with pizza, football, and the Dexter series finale. This weekend might not be as relaxing, since I have a LOT of work to do. But, it will position me for a more sane week come Monday.
Enjoy your weekend!
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.