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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!


Thanks for joining us for another edition of Pub Date! Missed any posts? You can catch up at any time on my blog page for the Pub Date Feature!

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 [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!

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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.

 

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Thanks for joining us for another edition of Pub Date! Missed any posts? You can catch up at any time on my blog page for the Pub Date Feature!

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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