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Pub Date [19] | Siblings

Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our 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: Siblings

At first I had a hard time thinking of a proper beer to go with a sibling theme. There are so many obvious choices from the book side of it and my thoughts were already swirling with my favorite literary siblings… But as I was thinking about it (honestly for like a week), it suddenly popped into my head, OF COURSE! Two Brothers!

Two Brothers is a local brewery that has only gotten better over the years. You’ve probably seen them in a few of my previous posts because I love highlighting local breweries but what could be more perfect for a siblings theme? Two Brothers has two locations — a brewery and taphouse in Warrenville, IL and a full restaurant including banquet space in Aurora, IL. Their beers have been perfected over the past couple of years and I’ve really come to love their stuff! Today I’m drinking the last Ebel’s Weiss we had in the fridge and it’s one of my favorite beers of theirs! If you ever have the opportunity to pick it up, I highly recommend it!

I have a bunch of favorite siblings in literature but two books immediately come to mind — the first is Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt. I just love the sister relationship between Mallory and her sister and how it’s just such a normal sibling relationship! I don’t actually have a physical copy of that book though so I went with another sister relationship I really enjoy and that is the one between Del and her sister Addison in Erica O’Rourke’s Dissonance series! I really appreciated this relationship because it sort of reminded me of my own relationship with my sister. The two girls don’t always get along perfectly and it takes them a while to really develop that excellent sister bond that extends beyond sisters into best friends. My sister and I have always had a good relationship but it was so special to really develop that friendship even more when I was in college and once I had graduated. We even roomed together for a year in an apartment! I really love that Del and Addison aren’t always on the exact same page but they do always have each other’s backs. Their relationship is touching to watch as it develops and grows into a beautiful friendship as well!


And to be super fancy and tie everything in together, Erica O’Rourke and her books are local also! Erica is from the Chicago area and both Dissonance and Resonance take place in the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. It was another thing that made this series so special to me! I love being able to see places I know and have been in books because it really adds that extra layer of something special!


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Recent Beers 

  • Winter Lager by Sam Adams/Boston Brewing Company. Winter Lager // 5.6% ABV. It must mean winter is HERE when our local bars have Winter Lager as the seasonal Sam Adams on tap! I really enjoy most of the Sam Adams season beers and this one is nice and wintery!
  • Water on Mars by Werk Force Brewing Company. Saison // 5.5% ABV. Water on Mars is a tart cherry saison and it is quite delicious! Werk Force always has amazing beers and they’re SUPER local so sadly I think their beers are only on tap locally… but if you ever come across an opportunity to sample them, do!
  • Punk Rock for Rich Kids by Solem Oath Brewery. Belgian Pale Ale // 5.5% ABV. I’ve really been enjoying pale ales recently and I love this Belgian twist! Solemn Oath is another local brewery that has only gotten better over the years and I’m really starting to like their stuff a lot!

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Pub Date [18] | Music

Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our 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: Music

I had plenty of ideas which book to feature for this month’s Pub Date with a music theme (The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill, The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding) but since Andi the name of the wind pub datefeatured The Trouble With Destiny and I wasn’t the biggest Reece fan, I started thinking of other books where music was if not a main theme, an important part of the character’s life and I immediately landed on THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. THE NAME OF THE WIND is about a boy named Kvothe and his dream to attend the University to become an arcanist (that is, essentially a magician). Having grown up around music, theatrical performances, and the arts his entire life, one of Kvothe’s most prized possessions is his lute and throughout the book, readers really experience how much music really means to Kvothe and how much it impacts his life. I absolutely love seeing his dedication and passion for his craft and Patrick Rothfuss really does a great job at bringing the musical performances of the book to life. (Also, not going to lie — I really want a set of talent pipes.)

“I took a drink from the tall tankard to give myself a chance to collect my wits, and something wonderful happened in my mouth: cool spring honey, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, pressed grape, burnt apple, sweet pear, and clear well water. That is all I have to say of metheglin.”

I wish I could say the drink I was featuring today was metheglin, a mead featured in the book. I’d love to make a bookish drink when homebrewing someday but I’ve never made a mead before. I’d really love to taste something like it because it sounds absolutely amazing! It’s definitely on my list of things I’d love to brew someday and I’ve dreamed about making a drink from a book but since I read a lot of YA, it’s not like there are too many beers out there, ya know? But hey, that’s what adult fantasy is for and that’s what THE NAME OF THE WIND has me craving!

The awesome thing is that Patrick Rothfuss even wrote up a whoooole blog post about the making of this magical mead including ingredients (!!!) but honestly there are a whole ton of them so that’s another reason why I haven’t made a valiant attempt on producing this yet! It is my dream someday though so my future batch of metheglin is today’s brew of choice. (Cheating, I know.) Cheers!


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Recent Beers 

  • Anti-Hero IPA by Revolution Brewing Company. American IPA // 6.5% ABV. IPAs have really been growing on me and Revolution has some pretty amazing beers. Anti-Hero is one of their flagships and it’s always top-notch.
  • Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale by New Belgium Brewing Company. Brown Ale // 6.30% ABV. I will absolutely admit that I bought this sampler back because of this beer. I was super intrigued. At first sip, it just tasted like a brown ale but the more I drank, the more I tasted that chocolate coming through!
  • Lavender Wit by Penrose Brewing Company. Witbier // 6.20% ABV. Penrose is a local brewery and I just love their beer. You could definitely taste the lavender here and it was weird to have such a floral taste (well, for me personally — I’m not too much of a floral person) but it was light and delicious!

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Pub Date [17] | Halloween + Horror


Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our 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: Halloween + Horror

We did a Halloween theme last year but it’s my favorite holiday (or one of them) and I can’t resist posting about it basically all the time! I’m a total chicken when it comes to scary stuff so I THINK we were supposed to do some horror and scary books which… I really don’t do. I’ve tried and ghost books scare the pants off of me and I don’t do much else in the horror department. I DO have a review copy of DEAD INVESTIGATION from Macmillan which involves *gulp* ghosts so I’m hoping it’s a fun and light paranormal mystery and not “scare the pants off Brittany”!

dead investigation

I also love this time of year because I LOVE fall beers. Bring on the pumpkin!!! Summer is also a fantastic beer-drinking season with all of the crisp and fruity flavors but you can’t beat pumpkin beers, Oktoberfests, and apple flavors. Yummmm! I bought this sampler pack of Magic Hat because OBVIOUSLY and I forgot how much I enjoy their beers! I recently had Magic Hat #9 when we were out to dinner and it’s pretty delicious. The other beers in this sampler were also wonderful and naturally I gravitated towards it because of their pumpkin offering which may be close to one of my favorite pumpkin beers!

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Recent Beers 

  • Iowa Pale Ale by Millstream Brewing. American IPA // 5.70% ABV. We headed over the border into Iowa the other weekend and this was one of the beers we had! It was… heavy. Not hop-heavy but super malty. I was hoping for something lighter but it was still all right!
  • Espress-oat Coffee Porter by Galena Brewing Company. Porter // 5.80% ABV. I don’t drink a lot of porters but holy cow this was amazing. I honestly felt like I was drinking coffee. It was so fantastic!
  • Promiscuou’s Apostrophe by Solemn Oath Brewing. Belgian IPA // 4.80% ABV. I feel like I’m liking Solemn Oath’s beers more and more lately! I had this one in a flight while we were out to dinner and it was quite delicious!

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Pub Date [16] | Jobs + Hobbies


Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our 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: Jobs + Hobbies

I’m super excited for this month’s Pub Date theme of jobs and hobbies! I love when a character has a really neat or unusual hobby or witnessing a character find that first job/summer job/unique job. There are some really great opportunities to build a story around a character’s workplace or interesting hobby and these have really shaped some of my favorite books but for this post, I’m focusing more on the working place side because those seem to be more prevalent for me. Let’s take a look!

JOBS + CAREERS

For my post today, I wanted to focus more on THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US  by Kasie West
because I really enjoyed that Caymen had a nice, normal job. She helps her mom out in the doll pub date the distance between usshop that they own and that’s how she meets Xander. I really enjoyed how much her job and responsibilities meant to her and her family and the large role that it played in the book. Kasie West is also master of cute contemporary romances so naturally, the whole book was super enjoyable!
I knew my beer selection as soon as we talked about using jobs & hobbies as a Pub Date theme! I’ve had Third Shift before and knew it was a great beer to fit with the working theme! It’s an amber lager and it’s actually quite tasty and light. I’ve had a lot of experiences with super rich amber ales and I can usually only drinking one or two before I’ve had enough of it. I love that this is an amber lager because it’s a wonderful taste but a whole lot lighter!


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Recent Beers 

  • Two Women Lager by New Glarus Brewing Company. Golden Lager // 5.00% ABV. We’ve made a few trips to Wisconsin recently and I have been stocking up on New Glarus. You can only get New Glarus in WI so I grabbed quite a few cases in our travels. This is in one of their sampler packs and it’s just delicious! Everything you’d expect.
  • Mazzie by Pollyanna Brewing Company. American Pale Ale // 5.40% ABV. Pollyanna Brewing Company just opened in the past year or so in the suburbs of Chicago and I’ve been itching to get my hands on one of their beers! We haven’t made it out to the brewery yet so I grabbed this one from the liquor store. It was a decent American pale ale but it had a slightly weird aftertaste… I threw a lemon in there and it was actually quite delicious after that! (Shane didn’t like it much at all.)
  • Tripel Karmeliet by Brouwerij Bosteels. Belgian Tripel // 8.40% ABV. Shane and I decided to splurge and get a fancy beer one night so we split this bottle of Tripel Karmeliet. It’s a tradition Belgian beer and rather high in alcohol content at 8.4% but it was still light and didn’t feel too alcohol-y! It had a sort of skunky smell which is apparently natural from some Belgian beers but it didn’t taste too off. I enjoyed it but not sure if we’ll splurge on it again! We’re more of American beer people than traditional German and Belgian styles.

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Pub Date [15] | Horoscope


Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our 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: Horoscope

Estelle came up with a really fun idea for this month’s Pub Date — using our Zodiac signs as a theme for each of our posts! I actually THINK we’re all a different sign (right?) so this could get super fun!

Epic Reads actually JUST did a post with this same idea — zodiac + books — shortly after we had selected the topic for this round of Pub Date (rats! They got to it first! Darn you, planning ahead) so you should definitely check out their posts of book recs for each Zodiac sign. The idea is a lot of fun and can really be done so many ways so I’m excited to do this a bit differently than the Epic Reads post!

My astrological sign is Pisces (my birthday is March 11th) and I’m smack in the middle of the Pisces range. For my post, I wanted to focus on a few aspects of the sign. Pisces are emotional, compassionate, and giving. They’re also dreamers and romantics (yes, pretty much all of this is true for me) so I wanted to pick books that represented all of these things — including a few books that represent the fact that Pisces is a water sign!

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Okay, so a little story about today’s post… I thought this one was going be an easy post. I had a lot of ideas, which apparently does not equal a lot of results. I went to the liquor store to get a beer either involving water or fish — seems easy, right? Where were all the water-themed beers???? I should have picked up Big Wave as I passed it but I already had the beer above in my hand which turned out to be a pale ale from Ballast Point. I paid for my beer and found out it cost me SEVENTEEN DOLLARS for a six pack. What?! Was this beer super high in alcohol content? Was there gold in it? Nope. Apparently it’s some sort of special edition and yes, it costs $15.99 which is a little over $17 after tax. I mean, not a huge deal. It’s a few more dollars than I’d spend on a six pack and I guess if you look at it this way, that’s only three pints if I went out to a bar and paid the same amount of money. BUT at least we know the liquor store didn’t rip me off, so that’s good. Long story short, Grunion Pale Ale is GOOD but I don’t know if it’s worth $15.99…

So then I was home, drinking my expensive beer and staring at my books. Where are all my water books??? How do I have no books involving water? I knew I wasn’t going to have any fish books, of course (I thought about my mermaid books but forgot I gave those away…) so I ended up grabbing a few books off my shelves that had water on the cover or took place near a body of water. (I DID have The Scorpio Races with that but since we were doing zodiac… I’m not a Scorpio… I put it back.) This ended up to be kind of a mess of a post or experience but hey, I guess it worked out in end, right?


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Recent Beers 

  • Kolsch by Schlafly. Kolsch // 4.80% ABV. I don’t know a LOT about kolsches but I know that I like how light they are! I’m always looking for something lighter in body and flavor. This wasn’t my favorite one out there but it’ll do! I do like Schlafly’s beers but I do wish they had a nicer backbone.
  • 312 Urban Wheat Ale by Goose Island. American Pale Wheat Ale // 4.20% ABV. Somehow I didn’t know that this was classified as a pale wheat ale? I don’t know… I guess because I was drinking it before I really cared about beer style so I never really paid attention! But it’s still a great beer no matter what it is and I always love the Chicago breweries!
  • Green Line Pale Ale. American Pale Ale // 5.40% ABV. I’ve really been getting into American pale ales lately. IPAs tend to be a BIT too hoppy for me sometimes but I love the more mild flavor of an American Pale Ale. So far, Green Line is my favorite!

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Pub Date [14] | Beaches + BBQs


Pub Date

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: Beaches + BBQs

We’re keeping the summer theme going on Pub Date with some quintessential summery associates: Beaches and barbecues. I’m not a HUGE beach person (I can’t lay out — I just get too hot) but I do enjoy the feel of being at the beach and all of the memories of summers and vacations past! I also love barbecues — both for the food and I just love being able to cook outside — and they also remind me of making things over the fire from many camping vacations past so I guess what I mean to say is, this theme is making me all nostagic!

July has been kind of an insane month and this summer is already flying by (doesn’t it always?) so I won’t lie — I nearly forgot about my Pub Date post this month. Luckily, I had a good stock in my fridge of not beer, but hard cider! I never used to be a cider person at all. Not because I didn’t like it but because I’m such a beer person and I’m always looking to try new beers. Cider seemed like what you drank if you didn’t like beer but who’s to say beer girls can’t enjoy some nice hard apple cider on a hot summer day? No one. So I’ve been drinking some to quench my thirst and keep me cool! I just love how crisp apple ciders are and I’m sure there is zero difference in calorie content (or maybe it’s even more sugary?) but I’m like “Hey, it’s apple. It’s healthier, right?” Anyway. July seems to be the month of ciders so I thought that was perfect to share!

I was trying to come up with some beachy books but I’ve already featured one of my favorite books/series set at the beach on a previous Pub Date (NANTUCKET BLUE and NANTUCKET RED by Leila Howland) so I had to set my brain in motion to find something else to pair with my cider… So what better book that SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson? (Apple picking at night, anyone?) Emily also visits the beach for one of the challenges Sloane left her! SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE was my first Morgan Matson book and while I didn’t seem to  love it as much as everyone else did, I thought it was a really fun summer book and I actually really loved the ending!


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Recent Beers 

  • Dos Equis Special Lager by Cerverceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma S.A. de C.V. American Adjunct Lager // 4.30% ABV. Dos Equis is my go-to Mexican beer of choice and I almost always get it when we go out for Mexican food! I love beers that go well with lime (or I guess I should say, I love when limes complement beers) and Dos Equis tastes much better to me than Corona!
  • Allagash White by Allagash Brewing Company. Witbeer // 5.10% ABV. I get Allagash when I can because although we CAN find it in Illinois, it’s not sold everywhere. I love the flavors of this witbeer and I think it’s one of my favorites!
  • Long Table by New Belgium Brewing Company. Saison/Farmhouse Ale // 6.20% ABV. We’ve tasted most of what New Belgium has to offer (well, locally anyway) and this is a new one for me! I really enjoyed it and since I’ve been really getting into saisons and farmhouse ales lately, it was just what I’ve been craving!

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Pub Date [13] | All-American


Pub Date

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!

pub date two brothers

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.

 

A photo posted by Brittany S. (@bookaddictsguide) on

 


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Recent Beers 

  • 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)!

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Pub Date [12] – Guest Post | Asheley from Into the Hall of Books


Pub Date

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: Hearing from other beer-lovers!

It’s been a year since we started posting our book and beer posts with Pub Date and we’ve been having SO much fun! We were brainstorming about what other themes we could come up with for future posts and we decided to bring in some other people to share in the fun! This month, each of us asked another beer-lover to take part in Pub Date with whatever books & beer they chose to feature! I asked Asheley from Into the Hall of books because she was one of the first bloggers I started to talk to about beer once we both realized how much we loved it and I was so excited to find another book blogger who had that passion as well! She’s also just a lovely person and a very sweet friend (plus, she got me this post super quickly after I told her the wrong date, so thanks again Ash)!


BOOKS AND BEER FROM NORTH CAROLINA
from Asheley (Into the Hall of Books)

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here at The Book Addict’s Guide today talking about books and beer, two of my favorite things! Brittany said that I can talk about what I choose today, so I’m choosing my own theme: the connection I have with my state’s books + beer. It sounds dorky, but I promise, I’M SO LUCKY because North Carolina has exceedingly great taste in brew and in books.

I moved across the state last summer and one of my favorite things about my new place is the two local breweries that we have here! I’m so excited about this because before, at my old place, it took a huge day-trip or maybe a weekend mini-vacation to visit breweries — now I can drive just 10-15 minutes and BOOM! I have fresh beer in my hands right away.

It’s amazing.

Actually, being closer to the middle of North Carolina has placed me much closer to a ton of breweries now, which is great for my visiting and growler-collecting habit.

Today, I’ve chosen to highlight my favorite of the two local-to-me breweries: Huske Hardware House. I love all of their brews, but I just happen to have a growler of the Saison de Huske here at the house and it is so great — such a delicious, fresh, summery-tasting brew. I love this beer — it has this really great citrus-y taste with a little bite on the back end, and it really isn’t that hoppy at all. I think it pairs well with almost anything, which is why I love having it on hand. It tastes so great cold, straight from the growler — small sips, eyes closed.

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I’ve paired the Saison de Huske with my small collection of Sarah Dessen books! Did you guys know that Sarah Dessen is from North Carolina and that she writes great North Carolina settings? OF COURSE you probably do! Her books are are summer-y and lovely, and I love the towns of Colby and Lakeview. I haven’t read all of the titles from my photo, but I’m working on it!

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Outside of my summer-y choice of Sarah Dessen and Saison de Huske, I’ve been stuck on brown ales. In keeping with my NC theme, I’m highlighting two of my favorites: Lonerider Sweet Josie Brown Ale and Natty Greene Old Town Brown Ale. Both have a subtle, smooth almost-but-not-quite chocolate taste that I think goes perfectly with reading. I’ve paired both of these drinks with a few random books from my shelves — authors that live in North Carolina or have North Carolina ties.

Sidenote: I have a thing about matching my pint glasses with my beers. The way Lonerider has recently changed their marketing reminds me of when book covers get redesigned mid-series, and then we sometimes want to buy the new ones so they’ll all match. The can is the new design and my glass is the older design. And I don’t have a glass to go with Natty Greene’s beers yet, which is a shame because their Brown Ale and their Buckshot Amber Ale is almost always in my refrigerator these days. Beer lovers are just as quirky about beer sometimes as bookish people.

I’m not a NC-snob, I promise. The thing is that I’m very proud of my state, of craft brewing in North Carolina, and of the amazing talent we have here in the way of authors and story settings. I will absolutely drink beer from anywhere, but when I look at my Untappd app, it is clear that I love beer from my state. The same thing goes with books — I love books in general, but I have a different kind of love for the authors from my own state and for any author that chooses to use North Carolina as a setting.

What about you, friends? Do you drink beer when you read? Or do you prefer coffee or Diet Coke?
If you’re a beer drinker, do you have a favorite? 


Thank you again, Asheley! I LOVE that you paired up books and beers from your state! I feel like I’m fairly proud of our local brews too! I would love to try some local NC brews sometime! I feel like I haven’t had very many from your state!

If you want to say hello to Asheley, feel free to leave her a comment below (please do!) or find her on Untappd, her blog, or Twitter!


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Pub Date [11] – Destination: Beer


Pub Date

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: Travel and Road Trips

This is SUCH a fun topic for me. One of my favorite things to do when we travel to a new place (or old familiar place… anywhere that’s not here) is to make sure I have a local beer. I love craft beers and I love trying new beverages and there’s just something about vacation that makes them taste that much better, ha! We’ve been to so many cool places in our travels and Shane and I love to visit new bars, breweries, and restaurants with great beers. I haven’t been anywhere recently (you caught me too soon! I’ll be in CT & NYC for visits and BEA in a month!) so I’m going to share some of my favorites from past travels!

MILWAUKEE, WI

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From left to right: Lakefront brewery tour, a beer float at Milwaukee Brew Fest, beers with my sister at the taste of Milwaukee

My sister moved up to Milwaukee a few years ago so this gave me the opportunity to explore a city that I’d been to but hadn’t really gotten to know. Obviously with a baseball team called the Brewers, Milwaukee is damn proud of their beer scene. I’ve only explored a bit of it, but that’s also a good thing because there’s plenty left for me to experience! They’ve got several craft breweries as well as some major facilities like Miller-Coors — and the great news is that all of them offer brewery tours! They also have a beer festival each summer (which I’ve only been to once but it was a lot of fun!) and of course, the Taste of Milwaukee brings in lots of fantastic beers for you to try. There are also tons of bars, brew pubs, and even nanobreweries to try around the city!

BILLINGS, MT

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Clockwise from upper left: Montana Brewing Company, Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company, Red Lodge Brewing Company, drinking Red Lodge beers at our friend’s wedding

I would not have thought of Billings as a beer city, but it really is! We visited three breweries while we were there.. and that was only a few days! They were all SO good too. I’m glad Billings is a decently small city (for being the biggest town in Montana) because we got to traipse around trying all of the breweries we could find! If you’re ever at the Montana Brewing Company and they have the strawberry wheat beer — OMG. You MUST try it. It was like a strawberry dreamsicle in a glass. So delicious.

FORT COLLINS, CO

Fort Collins BeersFrom top to bottom: Fort Collins Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company (which was not open the day we passed through town), Odell Brewing Company

Fort Collins is really starting to boom and they have got QUITE the beer selection too. New Belgium has essentially exploded and now you can get a Fat Tire just about anywhere. A few of their craft breweries around right down the street so we also got to try Fort Collins Brewing Company and Shane got to show me his favorite brewery/beer in the world, Odell Brewing Company (home of 90 Schilling, which is Shane’s favorite). I didn’t actually get to see New Belgium because it was closed on Mondays and that happened to be the day we were there, but hopefully I’ll get to see it next time!

NEW YORK, NY

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From left to right: Beer flight at Draught 55, Brooklyn Brewery at BEA 2014!

Of course a city like New York has a great beer scene. I was only able to sample a few excellent craft beers while I was there but I also want to grab some more when I’m back out there in May! I get jealous when I see NYC resident & fellow Pub Date gal Estelle check in with all of her awesome craft beers on Untappd! It’s also easier to get such great beers in the city because it’s really a great place to set up a craft or microbrewery. There are actually MANY in Chicago as well but I’m not a city person so I’m rarely out that way to do a sampling of Chicago beers (though it is something I want to do soon)!


I had so much fun talking about beers I ALMOST forgot to talk about books! How silly of me! While the beers I love are spread out around the US, the travel books I love seem to mostly take place in Europe! That means I need some more road trip books, right!?

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I’m sure no one is surprised that my favorites include Anna and the French Kiss, Meant to Be, Open Road Summer, and Just One Day. All instant favorites of mine, hands down. Is part of it because of travel? Well… it might be! But I think most of it is just those amazing authors creating wonderful stories and really bringing these places to life. I didn’t really care about Paris at all until I read Anna and Just One Day — honest to goodness — and now I want to go there just because of those books! (And it’d be neat, but you know.) I just love how I’m able to feel like I’m traveling to all of those places that the characters do without ever leaving my couch! Plane tickets to Europe ARE expensive, after all!


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Recent Beers 

  • Farmhouse Vultures by Werk Force Brewing Company. Farmhouse Ale // 7.48% ABV. I SWORE I had this before but somehow I never checked it in on Untappd so I really don’t know! Anyway, this beer was super delicious. I always love the beers that Werk Force puts out. If you’re in the Chicago ‘burbs, check them out in Plainfield or check for their new line of bottles in some stores (and even in some restaurants)! They’re always delicious.
  • Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis by Brewery Ommegang. Dubbel // 8.00% ABV. I recently got back into watching Game of Thrones (I’m SEASONS behind but I read the books so it’s okay ;D) and I decided to finally pop open this beer that I bought when I was at World Market. It’s a dubbel which isn’t usually my style but it was really pretty good. I also loved the name. (And I’m a nerd and saved the bottle to put on my GoT shelf. It happened.)

** Beer styles and alcohol content from Beer Advocate **
** Drink responsibly ** 

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Pub Date [10]: Earth-Conscious

Pub Date

I reallyHi, 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: Earth, Nature, Organic (we’re basically keeping Earth Day in mind!)

It’s in my nature (see what I did there?) to be er… slightly lazy. Lazy? Let’s say I go for what’s convenient! It’s been a crazy-busy a couple of weeks with my husband’s parents moving out of their home and retiring down in North Carolina so I haven’t really had the time to peruse the liquor store for an organic/all-natural/nature-related beer. Instead, I cheat with what I have at home (okay, so you may notice this becoming a trend. Next month I PROMISE I am going to pick up something special!) and upon cleaning out Shane’s parents’ house, we ended up taking possession of cases full of craft beer that his friend had left behind there. We aren’t taking permanent possession (aka, we have to give them back) but a couple of those beers did take residence in my belly and one of those was my selection for today’s post!

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Unfortunately, none of the beers at our house were particularly natured-related (somehow) so I chose the one with the animals on the front (hey, that works, right?) — I present to you Apex Predator from Off-Color Brewing in Chicago. I first had Apex Predator when Shane and I were out to lunch a few months ago and ordered it because I was in my saison phase. It was different from what I was expecting (and really I don’t think “saison” when I think “apex predator”, naturally) but it was quite tasty! (And the glass that I chose was a wedding favor from our Shane’s friend’s wedding in Montana last year! SO cool. And very in-nature.)

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Again, stretching the topic again because I must (I don’t really own many earthy books… Although I guess I could have done The Princess Diaries with Mia’s support of Greenpeace… oops!) so I chose books related to the Earth (or well, things we can see from the Earth? Wow, this one is twisty) with Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun. I really want to re-read The Sky is Everywhere at some point in time! I read it back when I first started blogging and inhaled it in one afternoon, tears and all. I’ve had I’ll Give You the Sun since BEA 2014 (my “omg can’t wait” shelf on Goodreads really means nothing, apparently) and still need to read it! I really need to make this a priority soon!

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Recent Beers 

  • The Mayor by 51st Ward Beer Company. Cream Ale // 5.20% ABV. This was in the case of beers that Shane’s friend left behind. It was pretty good, although whenever I think cream ale, I think of Spotted Cow (only one of the best beers ever). The Mayor was pretty good and definitely drinkable but really nothing can compare to New Glarus. Their beer is just always so FRESH and CRISP so naturally this felt a little lacking but I still really enjoyed it!
  • Punk IPA by BrewDog. American IPA // 5.60% ABV. This was pretty tasty! I’m always hesitant about IPAs because some are just more hoppy than I’m in the mood for (they’re always good in flavor but I’m not always in the mood for a very hoppy beer). This had a great flavor in addition to the hops so they worked really nicely together! I’d definitely be able to have a couple.
  • First Peach Ale by Blue Moon Brewing Company. American Pale Wheat Ale // 5.60% ABV. I admit that I’m having a hard time with Blue Moon’s beers lately. They used to taste a lot fresher (and better) before they really blew up as a company. They have their branding out there and so much more business but I feel like the quality isn’t as good. Anyway… First Peach Ale was good but a little TOO peachy for me. For some reason I also didn’t expect it to be a brown ale (Untappd says brown ale, BeerAdvocate says American Pale Wheat Ale… either way, a little too much)? I was thinking a lighter beer, something that blends a little better with the peach flavor. This was a tiny bit of a kick in the taste buds and it was a little hard to have more than one but my sister really enjoyed them! The overall flavor combination was a bit too much for me though.

** Beer styles and alcohol content from Beer Advocate **
** Drink responsibly ** 

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