Hi, all! Welcome to back to our new feature called PUB DATE where Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all team up to pair books + beers in harmony! Each week, one of us will features a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month!
This month’s theme: American/Patriotic
This month’s theme is a salute to the good old US of A since Independence Day is coming up! We’re sharing some American beers (which, okay, that’s not hard to find) or ones with patriotic themes and grabbing our books that fit the same bill.
My husband and I stopped at Two Brothers the other night for dinner and I figured that was a good time to snap some pictures for this month’s Pub Date! Two Brothers is a local brewery with their main location in Warrenville, IL and a second in Aurora, IL. The main location handles all of the brewing and they also have a bar, restaurant, and small home brew shop (We even picked up some yeast there for our next brew since we have all the grains already!) while the Aurora location boasts a few bars, a restaurant, and even event spaces and a banquet hall (we almost booked our wedding here but decided against the location or guests). Their beer has gotten remarkably better even just over the past couple of years that we’ve been going there and if you’re stopping for food too, both locations have excellent selections!
On our visit to the brewery this time around, I got a Prairie Path which is a golden ale (and gluten-free!) and a Dog Days which is, well, not an American style (it’s a Dortmunder style lager) but hey, it’s still brewed in American by a local brewery. They were both pretty delicious and really easy drinkers if you’re not into beer with a lot of hops or extra flavors. Light, crisp, and quite delicious on a hot day.
As for my book of choice? I’m selecting SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller. This is a book I picked up purely on blogger recommendations and reactions and I’m so glad I did! For some reason I had it in my head that I didn’t like books with a military theme or focus but SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL was the book that caused me to rethink this notion. It’s a beautiful story (with a male POV! You know that’s something I love in YA) and covers so many aspects of life pre, during, and post-tour. Travis is an excellent main character and I loved hearing his story.
I just got to meet Trish on the Boldly Bookish tour the other week and it was such a pleasure to meet her! I had actually read SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL via audiobook so I purchased a physical copy to get signed at the event. I’m so glad I got to meet her and to have gotten to know her books.
Thanks for joining us for another edition of Pub Date! Missed any posts? You can catch up at any time on my blog page for the Pub Date Feature!
- Prairie Path Ale by Two Brothers Brewing Company. Gluten-Free Ale // 5.10% ABV. The Prairie Path was a really nice beer! Easy to drink and I actually didn’t even know it was gluten-free until I looked it up which is great! I’ve had other gluten-free beers before and they just didn’t taste right. It was really nice and crisp too which is something I feel like Two Brothers has improved upon over the years.
- Dog Days by Two Brothers Brewing Company. Dortmunder/Export lager // 5.10% ABV. I was surprised to see that I had tasted Dog Days before when I went to go check it into my Untappd app! I didn’t remember what it had tasted like at all and apparently had rated it kind of harshly. I’m so glad I ordered it again because it was actually quite good! I bumped up its rating and would definitely order it again!
- Smith & Forge Hard Cider by Uncharted Cider Company. Cider // 6.00% ABV. I KNOW, right? A cider??? Shane brought these home because a co-worker didn’t want to take them back to his house after a trip so we kind of inherited them (since we really don’t even buy ciders) and I started drinking them on a whim. I’ve… actually kind of gotten into them! The case is gone now but there’s something really refreshing about a hard apple cider on a hot summer day. It’s also not as heavy as a beer might be sometimes so it’s a lot lighter sitting in my stomach too and sometimes accompanies a meal better (although I’ll say if you pair the right beer with your meal, it makes both better)!
** Beer styles and alcohol content from Beer Advocate **
** Drink responsibly **