Totally had beer + bread for dinner. But that’s OK! I had vegetables for breakfast.
This afternoon I was feeling snacky and dove into some leftover hunks of bread
On second piece, Laurel decided I should have some protein to help fill me up at the exact moment I remembered we had yogurts in the fridge. Perfect.
Yogurt topped with some granola made a wonderful snack that satisfied my appetite. Along with 2 bottles of water!
Then we mopped
And closed down our FIRST MONTH OF SALES!! It was good. Not fabulous. But good!
We got outta there as fast as we could because Seamane and Rob were hosting an IPA blind tasting tonight!
These two take beer even more seriously than Matt and I do. So fun to share the hobby!
I had the beginnings of a headache – due to caffeine withdrawal (likely) or massage toxins (also likely) I do not know. But I started with a big glass of water.
And dove into the Bavarian pretzels!
We tasted seven American IPAs (India Pale Ales) from all across the country. I was really surprised by my choices! I don’t actually love IPAs – I don’t like bitter things! I do love sweet, toffee hops, so I wasn’t surprised to like the one that was least like an IPA. But still, here are my tasting notes:
#1 – Floral, hoppy, perfume, not too bitter, mild = Shalafly
#2 – Butter toffee, peanut brittle, COFFEE, sweet, subtle hops, not bitter = Dogfish 60 Minute
#3 – Sweet toffee, bitterer, no sweetness, a bit flat = Starr Hill Northern Lights
#4 – Very floral, classic IPA, no sweetness, slight toffee, lacking, grassy, higher alcohol = Founders
#5 – Male cat urine (!), dirty, char-grill, earthy = Lagunitas
#6 – Hoppy, very bitter, thin = Green Flash
#7 – All around IPA, slightly bitter, boring = Avery
My favorites totally surprised me! JUST LAST NIGHT Matt had the Dogfish 60 Minute IPA open and I took a sip and said “eww. IPA bitter.” Yet tonight it was my FAVORITE!
Dogfish * Schlafly * Starr Hill * Founders * Green Flash * Avery * Lagunitas
I loved the Lagunitas when we visited – I’m thinking maybe the bottle was tainted tonight!? I do generally like Dogfish and love Schlafly, so those did make sense. Tastings are fun!
Others also took them seriously:
And no so seriously!
The United States of America minus Florida and Alaska!
I meant what I said with IPA for dinner. Plus pretzels and bread. Not my most nutritious night! But very fun.
On the bike ride home, all I could think about was the watermelon in our fridge. I think I was chanting it in my head!!!
It was everything I hoped it would be.
KERF was awarded a 30 under 30 Foodies award!!!