Baby Sips aka How To Attend a Beer Festival!
We had big plans for the afternoon.
Well with a baby in our lives, we knew it would not be the wild brewfest of year’s past, but we still wanted to go. But the question was what kind of tickets to buy: Designated driver for me? VIP so we could get there early and leave early? We ended up totally lucking out when our friends at the local radio station where we advertise hooked us up with a pair of VIP tickets!!! Problem solved : )
Waiting in line with coconut water – same plan as 2010!
I, of course, didn’t drink too much beer (neither did Matt). I had baby sips of a handful of worthy brews that I had not tried before. Our rule was we weren’t allowed to taste anything we had already tasted, which eliminated a lot of options.
This Bourbon IPA was a huge winner!
Didn’t care for this pumpkin:
But this one was good!
Maze slept for the first 30 minutes or so, and then we headed up to the VIP area where I was thrilled to find a comfy couch on which to feed him!
I threw on the nursing cover and got to business. I don’t mind nursing in public with a cover at all. It’s kind of liberating to think that you can leave the house with a baby who eats all the time if you just have a place to sit.
We were more into our son than the beer for a good hour : ) Love all his silly faces!
Another perk of VIP: free food! Boylan Heights had a full cookout ready to go. Matt and I shared this burger, potato salad, beans and sausage.
Then we tried the two best beers of the show: both by Heavy Seas! The one on the left was a tripel wit called Letter to Marque – it was fabulous!! Sweet enough for my palate and full bodied. The one on the right was the Plank II – a doppelbock fermented with eucalyptus wood. Also perfect body and alcohol level!
Matt took over Boba duty when we headed home. What’s interesting is that I had Maze on me for the whole first part and got some smiles, but no comments. When Matt started wearing him, all of these people kept commenting: “Is that a baby in there!?” I think seeing a father wearing a sling was a bit more unusual or something. I joked that he just had a mini keg inside : )
AnneP bar for the walk home!
Dinner later that evening was courtesy of Seamane and Rob! When they came over on Friday they brought us some fresh Mona Lisa pasta – spinach flavor – with meat sauce and cheese topping.
Fresh pasta is so chewy good!!
We added some squash and peppers to the sauce for more veggie bulk and dove right in.