And….my actual birthday!! I like even birthday years more than odd, so I’m happy to be 32 : )
My day started with another soccer game, so I had coffee (thanks for the cute mug Rachel!) and cinnamon chip toast with almond butter.
I was a little stiff on the field, but I had a great time playing in game #2 of the weekend.
Back at home I joined the family for lunch! We made plates of leftovers. Lentils with parmesan, grapes, carrots, squash, cornbread and CHEESE!
The afternoon was filled with…more beer! We went to Homebrew for Hunger, which is an awesome event featuring beer from around 40 homebrewers and the craft breweries in the area. And all of the proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank! Last year it was held in November, inside, after dark, but this year’s event was outdoors and so much fun!
Here were Matt’s two submissions! He drew the artwork himself.
I tasted lots of beer, and these were the highlights –
Seamane and Rob made a Chocolate Toasted Coconut Porter that was amazing! They toasted the coconut themselves, and the flavor really came through.
The McElroys’ Keagan Imperial Stout was pretty sweet!
Patrick and Laura’s Chococabra was a milk stout aged with cacao nibs and chipotle peppers!
Jeff chose this expression for his headshot
Loved his beer names – and the beer too!
This Naked Mole Rat Mole Porter was pretty awesome by name and flavor. It was brewed with serrano, cayenne cacao nibs, cinnamon and roasted bell peppers.
Loved these Mad Scientists! And one’s wife is a blog reader! HI!
Their set up was really cute, and their beer, delicious!
I played soccer with Loren and loved his raspberry beers!
This Pumpernickel Porter was pretty cool – lots of caraway flavor.
And a nice woman brewer (the minority present for sure) made these delicious selections. Loved her names and flavor combos!
Ellen and I had lots of fun together : )
We ate sweet potato fritters as a snack.
Hung out with friends
Notice the dog’s timing on the lick!!
Guess who won the whole event!? ROB + SEAMANE! The Chocolate Toasted Coconut ruled. They now get to brew with Three Notch’d!
We had a great time….but I don’t want to drink beer again for a while!! : ) : )
Dad, Matt and I walked home, and then we wrapped up the big day with a family dinner at Commonwealth. Empanadas to start – yum!
I had the scallops over pork belly and sweet potato.
And finally – a birthday sticky toffee pudding!
The next morning we said goodbye to Grammie and Pea and took these sweet photos before they left. We really appreciate all the playing that Grammie and Mazen did while we lived up the weekend! I hear they had as much fun as we did : )