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Pub Date [9] – Luck of the Irish

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: LUCK OF THE IRISH

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! I am not Irish by even a little bit but Shane’s family is so we’re planning one last meal of corned beef on St. Paddy’s Day before they move to retire in North Carolina!

For the “Luck of the Irish”, we’ve decided to be a bit lenient with the theme — either Irish or just the color green! Somehow the book came to me more easily than the beer (I guess I can think of some Irish beers but I drink way too many domestic and craft beers and I also ran out of time to go to the store because I had originally planned to push my post back. Oops)! For the beer, I ended up going with just a green bottle, but it still has an important story! And for the book, I actually tried to stick with the Irish theme since I didn’t with the beer!

Yuengling + Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Yuengling is America’s oldest (operating) brewery, located in Pottsville, PA. It was one of Shane’s favorite beers and I hadn’t had it before we started dating! (Though I could also say that about a lot of beers because that’s when I really started getting into craft beers.) The sad thing about it
is that you can’t get it in IL (this seems to be a trend. Favorite beers = not in IL). I first tried it at my next-door neighbor’s college graduation party, again when Shane’s best friend went to a Blackhawk’s game in Tennessee and brought some back for us, and this beer is from not one but TWO 24-packs that Alyssa and Amy brought in for us when they came in for our wedding. It was part of our wedding present ;D So yes, it’s almost March and we’re still going through this second 24-pack but when you have to travel all the way to Tennessee from IL to get your favorite beer, you try to ration it! ūüôā

Pub Date Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my book choice. Why? It’s the first book I thought of that had not only an Irish theme somewhere in it (that I had actually read) but it also even has leprechauns!! I’m sure you Potterheads already know, but I will explain anyway. The book kicks off with the 1994 Quidditch World Cup: Ireland versus Bulgaria. What I love the most about this is how detailed J.K. Rowling always gets. There are details from the full tournament, player stats, coined moves, and more. If you want to get REALLY into it, you should totally check out the Harry Potter Wiki with a specific mention and incredibly detailed account of the 1994 World Cup (plus other years and GOSH, so much more — I can never get over how deeply these layers go. It’s fantastic).

I recently made a trade with the lovely Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads and she is sending me the Portuguese version of Goblet of Fire! OMG!!! It wasn’t here in time for the post but I WILL be updating once it comes in ūüėÄ

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Recent Beers 

  • Hildegard’s Saison by Werk Force Brewing Company. Saison¬†// 6.83% ABV.¬†Werk Force is actually the local little brewing company that is both brewing company but really primarily a homebrew shop. Shane and I went to go grab the last of the supplies we needed to start our first all-grain homebrew and they have a little tap room there where you can grab a beer. I’ve been weirdly obsessed with saisons lately and this one was really good! They’re only in a few restaurants right now outside of their taproom so this is not a helpful share but they’re aiming to bottle some soon and get into some local liquor stores in the Chicago Suburbs.
  • Kiwi Snow by Lake Effect Brewing. Saison/Farmhouse Ale¬†// 6.50% ABV.¬†This was another one we had at Chicago Brew Werks¬†and it was a collaboration but on Untappd, it’s just listed as Lake Effect Brewing. It was really good! I think it was actually listed as a white IPA when we were there (the app says saison) but either way, it was a delicious beer. I thought it was going to taste VERY sweet, brewed with kiwi juice and all, but it was really only a light aftertaste which was very pleasant!
  • India Pale Lager (IPL) by Leinenkugel Brewing Company.¬†India Pale Lager¬†// 6.00% ABV.¬†Is it just me or have you never heard of an India Pale Lager? Ale, yes, but lager was something new to me! Really it wasn’t too different from a pale ale. It had a bit more of a malty flavor and felt a little… crisper. (Gosh, people who actually know how to talk about beer probably cringe at my descriptions, but whatever. Books are my forte, friends!)

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

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Pub Date [8] – Book & Beer Valentine

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: BOOK & BEER VALENTINE

Let’s be honest for a minute. I’m married and I still think Valentine’s Day sucks! Those who have significant others get stressed out about planning something special. Those who don’t feel crappy (or have an EXCELLENT time with friends), but either way, I’m not a huge fan of the holiday. Actually, I shouldn’t say that — I’m just totally indifferent.¬†I’m spending this Valentine’s Day with books. Anderson’s Bookshop is hosting an event with Cary Elwes who you may know better as Wesley from The Princess Bride. THAT’S RIGHT. So guess where I will be on Valentine’s Dayyyyyy! (I invited my husband and he actually did not want to come. He also hates Valentine’s Day so it’s just anther day for us. We’ll PROBABLY go to a really non-fancy dinner at our favorite dive bar). So all in all, yes, I’m spending Valentine’s Day with my husband (for part of the day) but also with books and beer! [Edit: We actually MAY end up taking a staycation… possibly to New Glarus? … like I talked about in the last Pub Date post!]

pub date book and beer valentineWhile my real-life book and beer valentines are yet to be determined (although clearly AS YOU WISH will be getting lots of love that day), I wanted to share with you some book & beer favorites that always give me the feels! The book one is easy. I took some time assessing my book boyfriends and after my re-read of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS the other month… I think Etienne St. Clair is the clear winner. Anna is my girl and her relationship with St. Clair gives me ALL THE FEELS. I seriously melted the last time I read this book and plan on re-reading it every year now! (This year’s re-read will actually come in March with On the Same Page!)

My beer, as you will see, is Weihenstephaner. Why is this my beer valentine? Well, our very first official date was at a restaurant called The Country House. It was Shane’s “regular” spot and a little bit dive-y which was perfect for the both of us. It was a big deal to him to show me his spot and we ended up going there quite a bit after that first date! Me being me, I tried to weihenstephaner country houseninja the bill from him (how silly on a first date, but I couldn’t just LET him pay) and I ended up knocking his beer over as I reached across the table for the check and SPILLED HIS BEER ALL OVER HIS PANTS. He was a tiny bit upset but mostly amused and we both ended up laughing. If he could handle me knocking his beer over on the first official date, he could handle anything I could throw at him (figuratively. I don’t throw things at him!!) and it’s been a great story ever since. So when we found out that The Country House was closing that location and opening a new restaurant a few streets down, we HAD to go back for one last dinner and set of beers before they shut the doors of our old hangout for good. We both had a fantastic time and it was nice to go back — after over a year — and we even saw the old manager who knew Shane really well. So sad that we’ll never get to go back there again but I’m SO glad we went back one last time, even though it’s so far from where we live. It was a perfect night and we both really had an amazing time. We even took a picture which is not something we hardly EVER do (unless we’re on vacations)!

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Recent Beers 

  • Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbeer by Bayerische Staatsberaueri Weihenstephan. Hefeweizen // 5.40% ABV.¬†This was actually one of the first hefeweizens I’ve had, I think. I wasn’t a huge beer drinker before Shane and I started dating though I did enjoy it. I fell in love with Weihenstephaner and many more hefeweizens after that! Tastes amazing with a lemon or without!
  • Fat Tire by New Belgium Brewing Company. American Amber/Red Ale // 5.20% ABV.¬†Fat Tire is always a favorite! It has a bit heavier flavor BUT you’re also drinking an amber, not a light beer. I love the flavor, though, and it’s always delicious. I’ve been past New Belgium TWICE now on the single day of the week they aren’t open. Sigh. SOMEDAY I will visit this brewery!!!
  • Blue Moon Belgian White by Blue Moon Brewing Company. Witbier¬†// 5.40% ABV.¬†Okay, so Blue Moon isn’t anything new or special either, but I always love it. It’s another always-favorite, easy-drinker, and crowd-pleaser! It’s another always-available craft beer so that’s usually what I get if I’m in a spot where there aren’t a lot of craft beer choices!

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

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Pub Date [7] – Resolutions

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: RESOLUTIONS

image1I’m not usually one for making New Year’s resolutions, but this Pub Date theme was easy for me. Most people would think of trying new beers as their “beer resolution” but I try new beers all the time and as far as trying new styles… I generally know what I like and drink those most of the time. So instead, my “resolution beer” is Spotted Cow from New Glarus. That’s TOTALLY not a new beer for me (in fact, it’s one of my all-time favorites) BUT my resolution this year is to actually visit the brewery! New Glarus, WI is… kind of in the middle of nowhere. You really have to be going there to get there. The closest major city is Madison but it’s still about 30-45 minutes away so if you want to visit New Glarus Brewery (and actually drink a decent amount in town), you’ll probably just need to stay in town… So this year it’s a goal for Shane and me to head on out to New Glarus on a weekend trip (well, extended weekend because if my memory serves me correctly, they actually don’t do tours on the weekends? Which is weird.) and finally visit the brewery!

I made a few bookish New Year’s resolutions that were easy but I still need to work to keep! One was that I wanted to read more fantasy and another was that I wanted to catch up on more of my old ARCs, so I put the two together to come up with The Burning Sky! I’ve just felt like I’ll REALLY enjoy this book and I want to catch up on the series this year. Oh, and it also meets my “catching up on egalleys” too because I accidentally downloaded book two without reading book one. Oopsies. I usually don’t follow resolutions because I just get stressed out with all of the things I like to tell myself I’m going to do, but so far it’s been working out well for January! I made a spreadsheet of books per month and set up different categories so that I can easily see what I’ve read, what I need to read, and what I want to read and it’s been working out great!

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Recent Beers 

  • Shockolate Wheat by Shock Top. Herbed/Spiced Beer // 4.30% ABV.¬†I was totally afraid of this beer because any chocolate flavored beverages that aren’t just plain old hot chocolate are usually too much for me. This one was a LITTLE bit (but I also drank it after dinner so I was already full!) — it’s definitely chocolately and it sits a little heavy but it’s also very delicious!
  • Ebel’s Weiss by¬†Two Brother’s Brewing Company. Hefeweizen // 4.90% ABV.¬†Ebel’s Weiss is one of my favorite beers from Two Brothers. I feel like their beers are definitely getting better with age & experience but this has been a favorite from the start. A light taste but a satisfyingly filling feel!
  • #001 Golden Amber Lager by Wisconsin Brewing Company. Amber Ale // 5.50% ABV. I think the Wisconsin Brewing Company is fairly new? Shane grabbed this one when he was up in WI the other month and we’ve been working our way through this case of beer. I do like ambers but I also have to drink them in moderation because they’re very filling! This one was really good though! I highly recommend it.

** Beer styles and alcohol content from Beer Advocate **
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Pub Date [6] – Christmas!

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: CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS IS COMING, YOU GUYS. Less than a month to go and I’ve already decorated with outside lights (the first since I lived at my parents’ house!) and I think we’re getting our tree this weekend. (Live tree — we go to cut it down. Big stuff!!) For some reason, I’m WAY more excited about Christmas this year than previous years. Maybe because we get to decorate the house a lot more? Maybe because the Christmas spirit is catching on? I’m not totally sure… But I’m totally celebrating already!

A lot of people read some annual Christmas or wintery reads, but truthfully, I don’t really have any (though I will be trying to watch Elf and some good selections on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas!) so I’m going with a book that I’ve already read and comes out NEXT WEEK (December 9th): Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas! I actually didn’t realize when I first started the book that it took place on Christmas Eve (or I did know that and totally forgot by the time I started it) so that was a pleasant surprise. Anyway — this book immediately put me in the Christmas spirit (back in October!) and I think it’s a super fun read for around the holidays. If you want to know more about the book, I reviewed it just a couple weeks ago!

You can also find out more about the book on Goodreads or order it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble! (More places too! Check your local indies!)


bell's christmas aleA Christmas beer. Well. I am not a HUGE fan of holiday beers. Some Christmas-y choices with spices are just too much for me and a lot of winter beers tend to be dark or heavy on the hops for some reason, so I was scared to try a designated Christmas beer, so I went with Bell’s Christmas Ale. I’m fairly confident in the beers that Bell’s makes and I usually enjoy them soI tried this one and I think it’s really quite good! The added flavors are not too strong and honestly, nothing about it really screams Christmas, but I’m totally okay with that because usually those flavors are too over powering. Two Brothers (a local brewery) has a Peppermint Bark Porter that sounds delicious in theory but I hate chocolate mint and I don’t like minty drinks (except for Shamrock Shakes) so I don’t think I would have gotten along with that one, but if you like those flavors, see if you can find that in stores! I’m interested to hear what you think.

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Recent Beers 

  • Powder Hound Winter Ale by Big Sky Brewing.¬†American Amber/Red Ale¬†//¬†7.20% ABV.¬†I haven’t had this beer in a while but it’s been a long time since I’ve had a wintery beer. (Last winter? Ha.) I remember it being a lot more hoppy or maybe my palate has just evolved over the years! Anyway. I thought it was really good! Still a little hoppy for people who aren’t big beer drinkers but that’s common for ambers and reds.
  • Cranberry Ginger Shandy by Leinenkugel’s. Fruit beer¬†// 4.20% ABV.¬†I know I talked about this one last month too, but I think it’s a nice choice for Christmas! Again, I don’t like either ginger OR cranberry but they go great together in this beer. Light, fruity, and nothing too overpowering — I think it makes a nice Christmas shandy! Except I don’t know how to recommend this to you when the other two beers in the sample pack that’s widely available are terrible. Eek.
  • Belgian Freeze by River Horse Brewing Company. Belgian Dark Ale // 8.00% ABV. This was a beer that Alyssa and Amy brought from New Jersey for me! I didn’t see it out of the bottle so I actually didn’t know this was a “dark ale”! Oops! It definitely was a little stronger and had a lot more of a heavy flavor than the lighter Belgians, though. Very delicious but I can really only drink one before it starts to sit heavy in my stomach (and before I start to get tipsy at 8% ABV!) but it’s quite tasty and I love trying beers from new places!

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

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Pub Date [5] – Wedding!

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: WEDDING

I am getting married, TOMORROW, people! THIS IS NOT A DRILL. But no, really, I’m extremely excited! I’m really glad to be done with wedding planning because, WHEW, that’s no joke. (And I totally didn’t believe how much work that would be.) It’s been a lot of fun planning my wedding but it’s had its ups and downs and mostly? I’m just exhausted! I’m ready for the big day and spending time with our closest friends and family. I cannot WAIT to share pictures with you too!

I realized the other day that I don’t think I’ve ever written much about my relationship with Shane on my blog and really that’s because I just haven’t written a lot of personal posts. I love keeping it mostly bookish but now that I’ve been blogging for over two years, I’ve gotten to know a lot of my blogging friends really well, even if I haven’t met most of them in person! So today, on the eve of our wedding day, I wanted to share some fun facts about Brittany and Shane!

thankfully someone took a picture on the night we met!

  • We met at a Halloween party in 2010. We don’t exactly remember the date (although talking about it, we realized it was probably the week before Halloween that year) so we just celebrate our dating anniversary on Halloween… except now we will have a wedding anniversary to celebrate! It’s also part of the reason why we chose November 8th as our wedding date. We thought it would be nice to have that anniversary close to/the same as our dating anniversary ūüôā
  • At said Halloween party, I was dressed up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Shane was dressed as Lenny from Motorhead. We didn’t exactly go together but we clicked right away. (And everyone thought I was dressed up as an Amish person.)
  • On one of our first dates, he took me to his favorite bar/restaurant and I was trying to steal the check from him and accidentally knocked half of a beer into his lap. Thankfully, he laughed!
  • We took our first vacation together when we had only been dating for about seven months. I guess that’s a reasonably long time when you’re in your 20s to go away on a trip together but I was afraid to tell my parents that we were planning a vacation together haha! We went to the mountains of Wyoming (which is a place that’s very special to Shane) and it’s still one of the best vacations we’ve had to date.
  • There were many, many times that I was terrified I scared him away when we first started dating (because I had done this with previous crushes before) but he never left. That was how I knew we would last. He put up with my stupid crap and after he didn’t freak out and never talk to me again — and actually tried to pull me out of those stupid funks — I vowed to quit acting like an idiot and just be cool. It’s one of the ways being with him has changed me for the better, helped me grow up, and really aim to become a better person both for our relationship and for my own well being.
  • We have been on many, many vacations since our first and traveling together really means a lot to us. I can’t wait to see what kind of vacations our future holds!
  • We moved in together in August of 2013 when we bought a house together. I was scared to do this not because I thought something would happen but my parents are very much more traditional. But due to some other things that have happened in our past, my dad was fortunately able to see where we were coming from, why we wanted to move in together, and that we planned on getting engaged in the very near future (at the time when we were buying our house) so he was very supportive and helpful and not at all upset.
  • We got engaged on August 5th, 2013 — the night we moved into our house. I had wanted to get engaged before we moved in together so I was a bit sad that we hadn’t gotten engaged yet, but Shane had it planned out. He popped the question when we were eating pizza and drinking beer on an air mattress on our living room floor (we didn’t have the bed there yet) and it doesn’t sound like anything extravagant or fancy but it was just perfect and very us. I love that it was on the first night we spent in our new house and that it didn’t have to be a crazy, huge gesture to be romantic. It was very romantic in its own way and fit our personalities perfectly since we’ve very low maintenance people!
  • Planning our wedding was probably the most trying part of our relationship so far because we’re just NOT planning people. We like to play things by ear and planning things starts to make things stressful. Despite everything, I think we did a pretty good job! (Although I guess we’ll find out on the wedding day. And I hope to never plan anything of this proportion ever again.) We had a few bumps along the planning road but really only mostly because it’s hard planning things around your family. Those are the places where people are most sensitive so that was to make everyone’s family happy while making ourselves happy too. But just know that no matter what, everything works out in the end!
  • We’re getting married in a very cool antique chapel, full of wooden walls, ceilings, and floors and stained glass windows. It’s the perfect place for us. Our friend (one of Shane’s best friends) is marrying us and I’m so happy to have someone we know and who knows us to perform the ceremony. Our reception hall also has cool wood ceilings and it’s a nice, intimate space. (Well, as intimate as you can get for 200 people!)
  • We’re going to ARUBA on our honeymoon! I’ve never been out of the country except for the Canada side of Niagara Falls so¬†I’m really excited! We’re not HUGE beach people (hey, we needed to go somewhere warm in the middle of November) so we picked Aruba because it seemed like a great place to find things for people like us to do within our budget. I think it’s going to be a great time.

I can’t wait to show you all of the wedding pictures when the honeymoon is over!!! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful love and support throughout the wedding planning process and I can’t thank you enough for all of your warm wedding wishes! <333 I wish I could invite so many blogging friends to the wedding but 200 friends and family was already pushing it ūüėČ But I do thank you for being there for me as a community when I needed to vent or someone to shout out wedding questions to. The blogging community is a big part of my life and even if you don’t realize it, you helped me plan this wedding too!


My wedding-themed book of choice is THE BRIDE WORE SIZE 12 by Meg Cabot. This is a special book for me in many ways… One is that I started reading the Heather Wells series quite a few years ago because they were some of her favorite books and this series is one of the ones that really got me back into reading again. It’s wedding themed because Heather Wells is getting married and I was THRILLED. It’s a bit of a spoiler if you haven’t read the series yet, I suppose, but you can jump to your own conclusions anyway! It’s also special because I was reading it on my Kindle when Shane and I were in downtown Chicago for the Redbull Flugtag event. I mean, the fact that we were there for Flugtag has nothing to do with it but I can remember where and when I was reading it and the fact that Shane was there and letting me be happy reading instead of just standing around haha. So okay, it’s really not significant at all but somehow it is!

The Heather Wells books are just plain fun and if you’re looking for a light and fluffy adult series, I highly recommend this one! I also hope Meg Cabot writes more because I need to find out what happens AFTER this wedding!

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This was wedding central by our front door! Everything that needed to go to the hall + bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts!

I had a bit of a hard time finding a wedding themed beer…? We actually made some beer FOR our wedding but I already featured a homebrew for fall so I didn’t want to bore you with more label-less bottles because what’s the fun in that if you can’t try it? Anyway… I found a beer at Binny’s called Gatecrasher and let’s hope we don’t have any crashers at our wedding! (I actually wouldn’t mind if they were friends who came just for the reception, but no ACTUAL wedding crashers.) Have you ever thought of how hard it is to crash a wedding? That thing would have to be HUGE. I mean, I don’t know ALL of Shane’s family because he has a lot of out-of-town relatives but he knows almost all of mine. I think it’d be very hard to sneak in weddings and go unnoticed!

Anyway. The beer is an IPA and even though I’ve been avoiding the overly hoppy beers, this one actually was not super hoppy. I really enjoyed it! It was a smooth, easy drinker and I actually really enjoyed it! I always like drinking local beers too (this one is from Temperance Beer Co in Evanston, IL) and I also think local beers always taste fresher!

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Recent Beers 

  • Lavender Wheat Beer. Homebrew // ABV ??¬†I was just at one of my best friend’s weddings last weekend and actually one of THEIR friends made a homebrew for the wedding! It was a wheat beer but apparently “dry hopped” (and yes, they had it in quotes too. Why? I don’t know) with lavender, but the lavender taste was SO strong that I was guessing it was more than just dry hopped with it. (Lavender extract, maybe?) It was good but I could only have one because the lavender taste was pretty strong! (And since it was a homebrew and I hadn’t eaten yet, the beer itself was probably a bit high in alcohol content!)
  • Cranberry Ginger Shandy by Leinenkugel’s. Fruit beer¬†// 4.20% ABV.¬†I actually bought this variety pack of shandies because I wanted to try this one. I don’t like cranberries and I don’t like ginger… but somehow this just totally appealed to me. And it was really good! I liked the cranberry because it was a nice fruity flavor without being overly sweet. HOWEVER. The other two beers in this variety pack? NOT GOOD. The Harvest Patch Shandy was was good at first but the spices were so strong that it was hard to finish even one beer. The Old Fashioned Shandy? TERRIBLE. It’s supposed to have oak flavors but it tasted like I was honestly chewing on bark. I ended up pouring it out and I NEVER waste beer.
  • Rapunzel by Arcadia Brewing Company. American Pale Wheat Ale¬†// 6.40% ABV. I bought this one in a make-your-own six pack and I know Arcadia usually had pretty good beers. I really, really enjoyed it! Like I said before, I’ve been kind of avoiding more hoppy beers but I really like American pales versus IPAs because they have a nice hop flavor but aren’t too terribly strong! I’d recommend this one.

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

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Pub Date [4] – Halloween

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: HALLOWEEN

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year! Why? I actually have no idea. I think I just enjoy the spirit of it all. I’m really NOT into scary things at ALL (though I try my hand occasionally and always get too scared) but the Halloween spirit has just always been something that I’ve really enjoyed. I also really like fall so that adds to the occasion and now it’s a special time of the year for me having met Shane at a Halloween party and my wedding a week away from the holiday!

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Obviously for a Halloween-themed Pub Date, I’m featuring a pumpkin beer. The problem I had was WHICH? I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin beer and O’Fallon’s pumpkin beer was the best I had so far! Then I had a brilliant (and also awful) idea. A pumpkin beer taste test! I went to the liquor store and grabbed three more beers to put them to the test with this handy beer flight set that Shane’s friend got us as a wedding shower present! (Woo!) I did NOT think this through, however, because now I’m stuck with three different kinds of pumpkin beers (I had already finished the O’Fallon one that I had actually enjoyed) and my taste test did not go too well. (Guys, why do people like Pumking? Not my thing.) Anyway, I’m putting the “results” of the taste test where I usually share my beer recs so check that out at the bottom of the post!

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As for a good Halloween book… Well, that one’s a tough one. Last year I listened to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman on audio and it was so perfect for Halloween-time and an excellent read (and audio) overall. I wanted to listen to it again, but the timing just didn’t work out this year. I’m not a huge fan of “scary” books but I’ve been picking a few spooky reads for Halloween to feature during A Fortnight of Fright (I really enjoyed The Fall by Bethany Griffin, to be featured)! Ultimately, I have to go with HOUSE OF LEAVES. Alyssa, Amy, and I are reading this together throughout October & November for On the Same Page and I am already terrified. I’ve heard that this book is WEIRD and “unlike anything anyone’s ever read before”. That’s cool… I like unique… but I’m also terrified it will scare the pants off me. I’ve heard it’s more mindf*ckery (pardon my language, but also if you’re looking a beer post, I’m assuming you’re 21 anyway (drink responsibly!)) than actual SCARY but from what I’ve read so far (which is only like 30 pages), I can easily see how it gets into your head. I’m already glancing over my shoulder for things that go bump in the night (or the daytime). I’m mostly just hoping it’s not TOO scary for me because it’s a hefty book and I want to enjoy my time reading it! (I’m such a chicken) It’s also pretty heavy so far in the beginning but I’ve been told to push through and that the story does develop. So, you know… Just be on the lookout for instances where you will have to hold my hand while I read this one! But this is probably the most legit Halloween read I will ever have!!

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Recent Beers
(pumpkin beer taste test results!)

Just a friendly reminder — when you’re trying new beers, always try to have the cleanest palette possible! I tried Pumking first and it really affected how everything else tasted!

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  • Pumking by Southern Tier Brewery.¬†Pumpkin Ale¬†// 8.60% ABV.¬†WHEW. At 8.60% ABV, BOY, CAN I TASTE IT. I love beer and I don’t mind beers that have a higher alcohol content but what I¬†don’t like is when I can really, really taste it. Beer is my favorite (clearly) and I enjoy drinking it for many reasons but obviously the top reason is the many different flavor options and beers that¬†taste too alcoholic totally kill any flavor for me. Pumking is a really big pumpkin beer and I feel like it’s almost a legend in itself, but it is just not for me. It honestly tasted like hard alcohol to me (maybe they ferment it in old whiskey barrels or something?) and I had Shane taste it and the flavor he pin-pointed was vanilla and I shouted “YES!” because it tasted like vanilla vodka with some fall-ish spices which *shudder* actually reminded me of drinking vanilla vodka. I opened this bottle the other day and haven’t drank another drop since this tasting. I may have wasted some money on it but that is not what I was expecting.
  • Pumpkin Ale by Wild Onion Brewing Company. Pumpkin Ale¬†// 5.40% ABV.¬†This one is from a local brewery and I was really interested to try it. With the taste of Pumking still in my mouth, this beer tasted a bit TOO flavorless in my taste-test but lucky for me, I had a whole six pack (well, technically five pack at this point) left so I got to drink it again on a totally clean palette and honestly, it makes a big difference. I bumped up its rating a half star on Untappd and found that it had a bit more flavor than I first tasted. Still not one of my favorites, but it’s not bad. I think it could just use some more spices, a little more flavor…
  • Fall Hornin’ by¬†Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Pumpkin Ale¬†// 6.00% ABV. I’ve tried a couple beers from Anderson Valley and enjoyed them and Fall Hornin’ is no exception. It’s still not my FAVORITE pumpkin beer but it’s a delicious drink. It’s the darkest in color of the four I sampled and it definitely has a more amber taste as well — a bit heavier mouth-feel and a bit heavier on the alcohol content. (Well, compared to the Wild Onion beer… we’re not taking about Pumking here.) I really enjoy this one though! I rated it slightly above Wild Onion’s pumpkin beer, but still not my favorite…
  • Pumpkin Beer by O’Fallon Brewery. Pumpkin Ale¬†// 5.50% ABV.¬†This was kiiiiiiind of cheating because I had already had O’Fallon’s pumpkin beer before this taste test and fell in love BUT it needed to be included in this head-to-head. In search of the best pumpkin beer (after Sam Adams and Blue Moon) apparently I found it pretty quickly. O’Fallon’s pumpkin ale is everything that I want in a pumpkin beer: it has just the right amount of spices but still has a light, crispness to it. I’ve been avoiding IPAs and things like porters lately because I just haven’t been in the mood for super hops and super heavy so this beer totally hit the spot. The best way to describe it is that it ALMOST had a cider-y feel so I think it’s perfect for people who aren’t AS into beer. It just feels so light and almost has a sort of tartness so it’s reminiscent of ciders but it’s not ACTUALLY tart (if I’m making any sense at all). Anyway… this was definitely the top choice for me! I just loved how it had all of the taste and it wasn’t too heavy. Fall is the time to get into some heavier beers but I just loved how much of an easy-drinker this was! O’Fallon wins! (Yet again!)

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

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Pub Date [3] – Fall

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: FALL

Well, fall is ALMOST upon us! Here in Illinois, the leaves are juuuuust starting to change colors and the temperatures literally just dropped yesterday which means my favorite season of the year is coming up! Fall wasn’t always my favorite but now I am in love. No more hot weather. Pumpkin flavored things. Cozy sweaters. All good things, people. All good things.

Fall is also a great time for beer, I think! I love the new flavors that feel just right with the cooler temperatures because summer is a great time to quench your thirst, but it’s hard to drink the heavier flavors and maltier drinks when it’s so warm outside!

I also feel like fall is a big homebrew season for us. I don’t think we ever planned that intentionally but I guess with summer usually involving vacations (or in last year’s case, moving into a house), we usually end up brewing and drinking some new beers in the fall. Homebrewing is something I had never done until I met Shane (who has been homebrewing since before it was legal for him to even drink his own beer) and I love how it’s become something that we do together.¬†Whatever beer we brew¬†is mostly his brain child since he has all of the knowledge and experience, but I’m starting to really understand the process and what exactly is involved to make a good-tasting beer. (Usually I just help out and do what he tells me when, or choose things based on his guidance haha.) I’m really enjoying learning more about it all each time we brew!
We’re pretty small-scale right now but eventually Shane wants to get into some big-time brewing with much nicer equipment (which we can’t splurge on at the moment) and a bigger space to brew (which we just don’t have) so each batch is about five gallons, give or take, but that usually lasts a pretty long time, even with big beer drinkers like us!

Since homebrewing always gives me a fall feeling for whatever reason, I wanted to feature our latest homebrew! We did a “practice run” because we want to brew some beer for our wedding, so this is what we came up with!¬†It’s nothing fancy, really. We’ve tasted a lot of craft beers lately that are amazing and a lot that seem like they go overboard so we TRY to keep our homebrews fairly simple yet delicious to not overcomplicate things (and also don’t want to screw up the whole batch because that’s just a waste of time and money and excitement). This beer is just a “golden hop ale” as Shane calls it which essentially just means a golden ale with a nice hop flavor. I’ve grown a bit tired of IPAs at the moment because the hoppiness can get a bit overwhelming so I love that the taste is there but not overpowering. I’m really enjoying this new beer! It’s a nice, easy drinker and so far I’m neglecting the other beers in our fridge so I can keep drinking the homebrew.

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[The Raven Cycle and a homebrew in an Oktoberfest glass because that seemed appropriate]

For my book selection, I chose The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Even though I read THE RAVEN BOYS in March and THE DREAM THIEVES almost immediately after BEA last year, for some reason these books just remind me of fall. (Maybe because TDT came out in September so that’s when there was more buzz?) I was going to say that the books take place in the fall, but they really don’t… So that doesn’t even make sense. I’m not even sure when BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE starts, but… I guess I’ll find out soon!

I’m planning on reading this gorgeous little ARC of BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE this fall (aka almost immediately) and I just feel like it’s a perfect fit with the change in the weather and the crisp, fall leaves. The feel of the books just carries a sort of fall feel. I always feel like light contemporaries are perfect for summer and there’s just a sort of feeling that makes me want to read The Raven Cycle on a chilly fall day with the wind blowing and leaves tumbling to the ground. (Though Maggie Stiefvater would no doubt be able to twist that phrase much more beautifully than I can!)

Who can really say why I relate these books to fall, but I do! If you haven’t started the series yet, BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE comes out October 21st so you still have time to catch up! For those of you who have read the series so far, do they scream fall to you, or is that just me??

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Recent Beers

Not a big beer¬†drinker? Here’s a list of the other beers I’ve had recently¬†and my current thoughts if you’re looking for a good place to start!¬†

  • Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Blue Moon.¬†Pumpkin Beer¬†// 5.50% ABV. Pumpkin beers are always a favorite in the fall, but I actually have yet to find one that really knocks my socks off. I fell in love with this one from Blue Moon at first, but the more I drink it, I wish there was a bit more flavor. It’s still a solid choice for a pumpkin beer, especially if you’re trying one for the first time, but I’m still in search of the best pumpkin beer out there! (Suggestions?)
  • Octoberfest by Sam Adams. Oktoberfest/M√§rzen // 5.30% ABV. Okay, I had my first Octoberfest a BIT early this year (It was August. Whoops.) and I had to take a break because it was still a bit too warm out for Octoberfest, but the temps just dropped and I’m ready to kick back with one tonight!
  • Cinnamon Horchata Ale by Blue Moon. Herbed/Spiced Beer // 5.50% ABV. I have seen SO many mixed reactions for this one already but honestly, it is exactly what it sounds like — a beer that tastes cinnamon-y and like horchata. Personally, I liked it (maybe tasting a bit more Christmas-y than fall?) but I can also understand why some people hated it! It’s a lot of flavor but I thought it was quite tasty. Tastes like a snickerdoodle but in beer form. Mmmm.
  • Apex Predator by Off Color Brewing. Saison // 6.50% ABV. Saisons aren’t necessarily a fall beer, but I tried this one recently at a local craft beer restaurant and it was SO delish. I’ve been getting really into saisons for whatever reason (must have been having some really good ones because I actually hate the one that Blue Moon has out in their sampler pack) and Apex Predator was quite tasty. Also a really nice, easy drinker but don’t have too many because they’ll catch up with you quickly!

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

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Pub Date [2] – Back to School

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: BACK TO SCHOOL

Last month, everyone else shared how they got into drinking beer. Being the first person up, I somehow didn’t think of this so I’m jumping on the bandwagon with our second go around!

I didn’t start out as a beer drinker. We usually drank vodka when we were going for alcoholic drinks (which, thanks to college, I can no longer stomach (not like that’s a bad thing)) and of course when we went to parties, we just drank whatever beer they had there… So, you know, generally crappy light beer (and we’re talking CRAPPY. And in, Icehouse). For a while, I really couldn’t stomach too much beer. We were a competitive group of friend so we were always playing drinking games at parties (oh, college) and it was hard to drink so much beer but you certainly cannot play those games with mixed drinks because you’ll die. Over time, I started getting used to the taste of beer and actually enjoying some of the nicer ones once I wasn’t drinking beer from a keg anymore. Every once in a while we got a nice beer for the apartment and when I lived with my sister after I graduated, we mostly drank wine. I didn’t really start drinking beer on a regular basis and really getting involved with it I guess until I met Shane!

For those of you who don’t know me as personally, Shane is my fianc√© (we’ll be married in November!!) and he’s been into beer pretty much since he was a teenager. Not really in the sense that most teenagers are (drinking beer to get drunk) but he always liked the taste of it and even before he was 21, he was interested in home brewing. I had some beer knowledge before we met but it really took off once we started dating and drinking, making, and talking about beer became a hobby that both of us really enjoyed doing together. We always have a fridge stocked full of different craft beers and I’m always looking for new ones to try.¬†¬†We’ve made quite a few homebrews by now and even plan on brewing some for our wedding!¬†So that’s my personal story as to how I became a beer drinker!


I struggled a bit at first thinking of what beer I could tie in to a “back-to-school” theme because the first thing that popped into my head were all of the crappy light beers we drank in college. Umm. No thanks. I’m all for drinking a light beer every once in a while, but I’m never going back to the terrible ones we used to drink because they were cheap!

Then I got an idea. New Belgium (one of my favorite breweries) has a series called “Lips of Faith” which are basically small batch runs of some more specialized beers that also feature a variety of more unusual tastes — nothing too crazy, but not something you usually see in typical selection of craft beer six-packs. They come in 22oz bombers so you can grab one and share with a friend and if you don’t like it, you haven’t wasted a whole six-pack worth of beers to try something new.
Anyway… The point that I’m making here is that Shane heard a while back that some of the beers in the Lips of Faith series were concocted and brewed by Colorado State University students! (Ahhh, see the tie-in there?) Well, I tried to do the research to see if that was actually true and I couldn’t find a direct statement that says that… But I did find out that many CSU grads now work for New Belgium and the brewery actually takes on a lot of interns, most of which are from Colorado State as well as working with the microbiology department at the university for research programs (source). They also work closely with CSU regarding environmental studies since New Belgium constantly¬†strives to be an environmentally-friendly facility (source). So I didn’t find anything that said CSU students had come up with the original Lips of Faith recipes, but New Belgium does work closely with the university on many other endeavors and if that’s not back to school, I don’t know what is!

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The Lips of Faith beer that I chose was called Yuzu. I wanted something that was still light and summery since it was still the beginning of August and even though the Lips of Faith beers tend to have a little heavier flavors than the normal flagship collections, Yuzu was still crisp and delicious. It’s a Berliner Weisse which is essentially a Berlin white beer. Berliner Weissbier is usually a more crisp and refreshing beer versus hoppy or heavy and has strong citrus notes, sometimes even tart. Yuzu was definitely all of the above! I didn’t really get too much tartness from it but the citrus notes were definitely apparent and the only heaviness I really felt from it was the higher alcohol content (8.00%) versus the actual flavor or mouth feel. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit so this was the perfect flavor to pair with a Berliner Weisse!

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It was a really hard choice to pick a book to pair with this beer (I honestly stood in front of my bookcase debating) and ultimately, I wanted it to be a book that matched the beer while still dealing with the “back-to-school” theme. Finally, I chose CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST GIRLFRIEND by Louise Rozett. When I first read CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL, the first in this YA contemporary series by Louise Rozett, I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting it to be light and very campy, but it was incredibly realistic, serious, moving, and a book I really connected with in all the right ways.

Book one takes place during Rose’s freshman year of high school and features such a mature voice (but not unnaturally so) for a fourteen-year-old. Book two, CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST GIRLFRIEND, takes place during Rose’s sophomore year where she starts to work on her new “Rose 2.0”, coming back after everything that happened in book one.¬†It was perfect for the “back-to-school” theme for Rose to come back as a sophomore, trying to change how she comes off to her classmates as well as really attempting to change a few things in her life for herself.

I also paired this book & beer because I felt like you could use the same words to describe both: light, bold, unique, sweet and sour. The Confessions series definitely has a serious tone and the books deal with some heavy things (death, war, bullying) but also some really great themes as well (first crush, love, family, friendship, bravery, self-confidence). The books are a great balance of¬†the ups and the downs of not only teenage life but anyone’s life. I feel like not enough people have read these books and I highly recommend them! Definitely check out the first book, CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL if this sounds like something you’re looking for!

My Reviews
Confessions of an Angry Girl // Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend

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This Week’s Beers

Not a big beer¬†drinker? Here’s a list of the other beers I’ve had recently¬†and my current thoughts if you’re looking for a good place to start!¬†

  • BLUEBERRY LAGER from Sam Adams. Fruit Beer¬†// 5.50% ABV.¬†This beer is a part of the Sam Adams summer sampler pack which contains a pretty decent collection! I like the blueberry flavor a lot and it’s not too overpowering but not too subtle that it gets lost. I really enjoy this one and I always think fruit beers are a great place for non-beer drinkers to start!
  • WISCONSINITE from Lakefront Brewery. Hefeweizen // 4.20% ABV. This one was pretty good but a bit heavier than I normally like my Hefeweizens. I enjoy most of Lakefront’s beers but for some reason I can’t quite pinpoint, they’re not my favorite, but they’re all still pretty good brews!
  • GREEN LINE from Goose Island Brewery. American Pale Ale // 5.00% ABV. I’ve been falling out of love with pale ales recently… I think I drank too many pale ales and IPAs all at once when Shane and I started getting into them so I really haven’t been too into them lately… But Green Line is always a favorite with me. It’s an American Pale Ale, not an IPA, and it has a great crispness and always seems really fresh. Definitely a top contender in my book!
  • WHEACH from O’Fallon Brewery. Fruit Beer // 5.10% ABV. Wheach is a peach flavored wheat beer. Upon first taste, I was relieved it wasn’t too peachy because I was expecting peach overload! Then the more I drank it, the peachier it tasted. I’m not sure which way, but I psyched myself out somehow! Anyway, I drank a whole six pack (eventually, people. Not all in one night) and it was pretty good! It didn’t really taste like a “fresh” peach taste (a bit more… “canned”?) but a solid fruit beer and a fun one that reminds you of summer all year round!

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

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Pub Date [1] – Summer

Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to a brand-new feature called PUB DATE! A while back, I was toying with the idea of making a specific feature just to pair up beers with books. In fact, this was how Book and a Beverage was born but I knew if I wanted it to be a regular feature, I couldn’t just limit it to beers so I adapted Book and a Beverage for everyone of all ages and drink preferences… but even over a year later, I still had the desire to make a feature just to feature beers + books! After talking it out with some of my fellow beer lovers, I knew I couldn’t do it myself Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all teamed up to bring you¬†PUB DATE!

Each week, one of us will be featuring a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month! For our first theme, it’s only fitting that we start with SUMMER! Summer is a great time for beer (okay, any season is a great time for beer) so it should be pretty easy to come up with some fantastic pairings!

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I got a little fancy this week. On our way home from work, Shane and I stopped at a liquor store that seemed like it had a lot of good craft beers. WHOA, was that an understatement! They had a LOT of beer selections which was really great! I’m always up for trying new beers and I got a little carried away with picking fancy beers this week and I ended up with Mischief from The Bruery (Placentia, CA). It’s a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and upon first opening the bottle, it smelled super hoppy but doesn’t really have an incredibly strong hop taste like IPAs do. It’s definitely present but I’d say the Belgian taste is a bit more prominent and I’m gonna go ahead and say the strong part for me was the alcohol content. HOO BOY, this beer comes in at 8.50% ABV. It doesn’t have too¬†much of an alcoholic taste (the last fancy beer I tried TASTED like alcohol) and when I first tried it, I actually felt like it was a taste that I hadn’t tasted before! I really enjoyed this combination of flavors and it was a strong beer but very delicious!

The beer was called Mischief so naturally I had to choose a book with a mischievous character and who better to fill that role than Jason Lippencott from Lauren Morrill’s MEANT TO BE. When I read MEANT TO BE back in 2012, I immediately fell in love with it. I really enjoyed Julia’s character and how much I related to her nerdy side but I also really loved her interactions with Jason. Jason is ALL mischief. And I loved it. He’s the class clown and full of slap stick comedy so who better to choose for a mischievous¬†theme?

Tying it all back into summer, I think BOTH of these are wonderful for summer time! The beer is light and crisp despite the higher alcohol content and ultimately refreshing. MEANT TO BE is a great summer read too! I love fun and light contemporary books for summer reads (even though technically MEANT TO BE takes place over spring break and not summer). I think this is a great pairing for a light and refreshing summer!

Review: MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill


Thanks for joining us for the launch of Pub Date! Don’t forget — each week, one of us will be pairing a book with a beer and next week, Estelle will be picking her pairing of book & brew for summer! Hope you enjoy this new feature! We can’t wait to hear what you think!

This Week’s Beers

Not a big beer¬†drinker? Maybe Mischief was a bit ambitious to start with! Here’s a list of the other beers I’ve had this week and my current thoughts if you’re looking for a good summer beer!¬†

  • SKINNY DIP from¬†New Belgium. American Blonde Ale // 4.20% ABV. Skinny Dip is a revival beer which has been incorporated into this year’s Folly Packs for New Belgium’s summer sampler cases. I really enjoy it! It’s light, crisp, and a really nice beer for summer. Great hops flavor but really not overpowering.
  • COORS LIGHT SUMMER BREW from Coors Brewing Company. Fruit Beer // 3.90% ABV. I know Andi hated Coor’s Light Summer Brew but I found it surprisingly not terribly offensive! I really enjoy fruit beers and although I much prefer Leinekugel’s for a shandy or a citrus beer, I though this one was just okay.
  • SNAPSHOT from New Belgium. American Pale Wheat Ale // 5.00% ABV. I generally love everything from New Belgium and Snapshot is a nice, easy drinker if you’re looking for a nice pale ale. It’s not too hoppy but it does have that nice pale ale taste. Nothing too overwhelming.
  • 80-ACRE HOPPY WHEAT BEER from Boulevard Brewing Co. American Pale Wheat Ale // 5.50% ABV. 80-Acre is surprisingly fantastic. We actually picked this one up because we saw a Boulevard truck on our way to work and wanted to try it. We found out in the liquor store that many Boulevard beers have really high ratings and after drinking 80-Acre, I can easily see why! The name says hoppy but it’s the perfect balance of hops and wheat flavors and they blend together really nicely! It’s such an easy drinker and I really, really enjoyed it.

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

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