October Eve

September 30, 2010

Here begins Octoberfest, the month long celebration of my birthday!

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We joined up with Faith + Tate

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And Alex + Eric

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For a trip to the Blue Mountain Brewery "Steal the Stein" day (if you buy a beer in a stein glass, you get to keep the glass!)

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Totally gorgeous setting. One of the things I love most about Cville is that drive just FIVE MINUTES from the city limits and you’re in the most beautiful countryside you could imagine!

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We started with a taster (of course)

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Mmmmm 6 little beers just for me!

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I liked the Wheat, Octoberfest and Nelson but didn’t care for the rest too much

But they sure went down fast!

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We ordered giant pretzels with mustard for an appetizer

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Little Finn LOVED the beer!! (Kidding….kidding..)

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My six-pack taster went down so fast I ordered an Octoberfest [for the stein!!]

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The brewery is also a restaurant, so we ordered some dinner.

Salads to start

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And pizza to finish!

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The veggie pizza with shrooms, squash, goat cheese and loads of cilantro. Tasted like my cilantro pesto!

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I think I had three of these!?

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We concluded the evening with a blind tasting. The 6 tasters. 3 drinkers. One guess. Faith was the moderator!

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Matt and I thought we were head on, but turns out Tate killed us!! I swear I had them right!!

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‘Twas a fun night. Except for the fact that I had to call for Matt to confiscate my lantern full of Biscoff cookies because I already had 3 packets for dessert!!

Tomorrow starts bright an early with a huge fitness venture. My post might be delayed, but it’s for a fun reason!

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1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm

What a fun night! Someone would have had to carry me out of there after that beer – one glass and I’m done for. Seriously – it’s sad.


2 Jennifer September 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm

How fun!! I would not be able to drink that much, I am such a light weight!


3 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Whoa that’s one good looking pizza!


4 Mads September 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Oktoberfest miiiight be my favorite holiday, but it sure isn’t my liver’s favorite holiday.
That pizza looks incredible and I don’t even like mushrooms! haha

Happy birthday month!


5 Susan Mc September 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

That pizza looks delish! Looking forward to tomorrow’s post!


6 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I’m so jealous of all your fun beer tastings!!!!


7 Erin September 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Oooh… sounds like you have something fun planned for the AM! I wish I didn’t have to drive into work and could exercise in the AM instead. :(


8 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Can’t wait to see what you’re doing tomorrow!


9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Beer and pretzels…my husband would have been in heaven! Looks like so much fun!


10 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I love how you have celebrate your birthday for the entire month :)


11 Kristin September 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm

It is my birthday month too! Hope it is a good one for you.


12 [email protected] September 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Mm that pizza looks so good! Happy Birthday month :-)


13 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

After all that beer you are going on a fitness adventure? Is it a Beer Run? :)

Well, almost Happy Birthday month!


14 Jamie @ Food in Real Life September 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm

This looks like so much fun! And that pizza looks awesome. So does the pretzel! I think every bar should have soft pretzels on the menu. Excited to hear about the fitness venture tomorrow. Have fun!


15 steph @ goeatapeach September 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Oooh Blue Mountain, another of my all-time favorite Cville places! I went on my last weekend in town. Don’t know if you saw, but you can get a tour on Saturdays and talk to the brewer- I bet he and Matt would love talking beer together, he started as a home brewer and is friends with alllll the people at the other Cville microbreweries. He’s a cool guy, and it’s a cool tour- even though it’s just one room.


16 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Looks like fun! That pizza looks sooooooooo GOOD 😮 Want! :)


17 Faith @ lovelyascharged September 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm

What a fun way to kick off the month!


18 Heather September 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Looks like a great way to start off October!

That pretzel looks amazing – I haven’t had a soft pretzel in years!


19 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm

happy start to your birthday and october!


20 Carolyn September 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I love the idea of the taste testing competition!


21 Krystina September 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Sooo jealous! Sounds like my kinda night.


22 Emily September 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm

What perfect way to celebrate October-eve! Gorgeous views from that brewery, both of the scenery and of the food. Excited to hear about your fitness adventure tomorrow!!!


23 Meg September 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm

What a FUN night 😀

Yay October!!!


24 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm

oooh what a fun night indeed!!!


25 stacey-healthylife September 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm

What a fun night and that pizza, wow it looks huge and delicious.


26 emma September 30, 2010 at 8:54 pm

i just wanted to say: your life seems like so much fun!! maybe yall are just fun people!


27 Kath October 1, 2010 at 5:28 am

We are!! :)


28 Samantha September 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I think it’s a cookie craving time of year!
I checked out Alex’s page and it made me wonder if you will involve your baby in your blog? (years from now, of course) I suppose you haven’t given that much thought.
Seems kinda personal to me……


29 Kath October 1, 2010 at 5:28 am

Most definitely!


30 notyet100 September 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

pizza looks so yum..


31 Hannah September 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Happy Birthday Month! I foresee lots of beer and frozen yogurt in upcoming posts 😀


32 Nicole September 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Oh what a fun night! I would love to try the soft pretzel :)


33 yummiee cupcake September 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm

wow you sure drink lots of beer!!

the food looks sooooooooooo delicious! especially that pizza and pretzel!!!!!!!


34 yummiee cupcake September 30, 2010 at 9:20 pm



35 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Oh my goodness that pizza looks good!! Happy beginning of your birthday month!!


36 Megan September 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm

It’s the eve of a month long birthday celebration too. October is definitely the best month ever!


37 Krista (kristastes) September 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Tasters are the best!! I can never pick 1 beer so that’s how I roll when I can :) I must try these biscoff cookies you always rave about…stat! I think you should create a dessert featuring biscoff!


38 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Babies and beer–life is good.


39 Amber K September 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Yum, I love pizza. And I love cilantro. What could be better than having the two together?


40 Marina October 1, 2010 at 12:10 am

I adore giant pretzels like that, they go so well with beer.
And the pizza looks great, so much topping!


41 Heidi - apples under my bed October 1, 2010 at 1:15 am

giant pretzels!!!! :) the pizza looks divine – love the idea of cilatnro (corriander) on top!
Heidi xo


42 Lauren at KeepItSweet October 1, 2010 at 5:21 am

that pizza looks amazing… and i loooove soft pretzels!


43 Tina October 1, 2010 at 5:35 am

I don’t think there’s anything better than a night with friends, a GOOD beer, and some pizza. That stein and pretzel remind me of the Hofbrauhaus in Germany. Best beer I have ever had.


44 Lenka October 1, 2010 at 6:13 am

If you like beer so much, you should definitely visit my home, Czech Republic. Everybody says that we have got the best beer in the world;-)


45 Simply Life October 1, 2010 at 6:18 am

ha, sounds like a fun time!


46 Food & Other Things October 1, 2010 at 6:27 am

I think giant pretzels are the best appetizer I’ve ever heard of! Sounds like a fun night!


47 Rae October 1, 2010 at 6:31 am

Hey! My birthday is in October also! TODAY! Happy birthday to you – enjoy your month long celebration :)


48 Allie October 1, 2010 at 6:49 am

i think so many people don’t realize how beautiful virginia gets west of DC. love those mountains and trees. that pizza is just gorgeous!!! i would have been pretty wasted drinking all that beer though.


49 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life October 1, 2010 at 7:04 am

How fun! My sister and I are going to Oktoberfest in my town (a little german town), I can’t wait!


50 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 1, 2010 at 7:25 am

So fun!

I didn’t realize you were an October baby—so am I! 😀


51 Kasey October 1, 2010 at 7:30 am

That pizza looks so good! I pretty much love anything with goat cheese :)


52 JENNA October 1, 2010 at 7:41 am

what a fun night! Blue MT brewery is so beautiful!! I just love the scenary out there!! amazing.


53 Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life October 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

Hmm beer and pizza … can’t get better than that 😉


54 [email protected] October 1, 2010 at 9:04 am

What a fun night!!! Looks like you had lots of yummy drinks and food!


55 MonsteRawr October 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

I thought everyday was Steal a Stein day. I mean, if you have a big enough purse…


56 tina October 1, 2010 at 9:27 am

omg, i love that your friends bring that cute baby everywhere, even beer tastings!!!

i’m so jealous of all the fun beer tastings you’ve been doing!!!


57 Natalia - a side of simple October 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

Sounds like a great way to start out your birthday month!


58 [email protected] October 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

MM that pizza looks amazing. It’s my birthday month too! Happy month to both of us. :)


59 Allison K October 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

ooh! you have my interest peaked in your morning fitness adventure!


60 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

happy birthday month! i can’t imagine a better way to kick it off than with great beer and that pizza!


61 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday October 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

My husband and I hosted a whole beer tasting party where we had to guess the beer. It was so much fun!


62 lisa October 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

drunky the clown hungover?? lol


63 Kath October 1, 2010 at 10:57 am

No, I’ve been up since 5:45 working out. It wasn’t that much beer! C’mon!


64 Paige @Running Around Normal October 1, 2010 at 10:51 am

What a fun night!!! That pretzel looks so amazing right now:)


65 Sarah @ BikingNBaking October 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

It seems like you find beer tastings at so many places! I wish we had something like that over here in SF!


66 Lisa October 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Great looking food! I love beer tasting. I’d much rather have a small sample of a lot of different kinds. I like variety!


67 Monica October 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm

What a fun night! The food and beer looked awesome!


68 Hands in Namaste October 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

Hey Kath,
I’m going to be doing a blog post later on my wknd trip to the real Oktoberfest in Munich!! You would have loved the beer and the GIANT pretzels :-)



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