Well, let’s dive in

So I admit I haven’t been the best at sharing what’s happening in my world of beer here but I can be pretty prolific on Instagram (@cohalfpint).

And as that’s the case, here are some quick snaps of where we have been and what we have been up to!

First up, Outer Range has only been open for one ski season up in Frisco and we were very happy!  We have actually stopped by since our first visit and I still haven’t found a beer I don’t like!  The location is on the beaten path if you know where to look!  The beer menu is changing daily so make sure you stop by and support them during the non-ski season!

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We also hit up some hockey games in Denver this season so we did a bit of Denver exploring.  We tried a few new ones but the husband really enjoyed TRVE Brewing.  Heavy metal music at a comfortable volume and some obscure beer styles.  We stashed some in the fridge at home for later.

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Another beer dinner from Samples and another Wibby win.  While I love Wibby (you rock!) I think it’s time for a new champion.  Join me for the next one?

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Girl Scout cookie season came and went and a lot of breweries hopped on the pairing flights.  The pairing at Left Hand came with some friends playing some tunes.  Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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And Polestar season is back.  I guess Good JuJu season is back too!  Let the patio drinking begin!

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And finally, now that the weather is good we took the convertible for a ride in the mountains and found our way to Rockcut Brewing Company.  This brewery is off the main drag in Estes Park with an empty parking lot in the off season!  If you find yourself being a tourist at home, this is a great stop!  We will be back!

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Cider anyone?

Have I mentioned yet that Longmont is growing like gangbusters?  We have 9 breweries, sounds like a few new ones on the way, a thriving downtown, and now a cidery! In the 7 years since we have moved here, this is the year that Longmont seems to be growing into its own.  There isn’t a night of the week that we aren’t getting an invite to listen to a band, try a new menu, or check out a beer release party!

Sure beer is nice and wine is great for a girl’s night out but what about when you want something different?  Currently St. Vrain Cidery is offering some of the best options from across the state with some carefully curated taster flights for those of us new to cider!  While I know I love cider, I really appreciate some guidance when it comes to the plethora of choices!  I tried a hoppier flight that introduced me to some new to me flavors.  The group also tried some on the swe

eter side as well as a seasonal pumpkin flavored cider (warning: not for everyone!)

And after talking to the team, it sounds like we will have some local Longmont ciders in early 2017.  The shiny equipment is being installed and it is great to look at!  It is so nice to know that there is place to take out of town guests who are tired of the beer tours and those of our friends who abstain from Gluten!

While it may be hard to convince my drinking companions that we should choose cider over beer, I am sold!  The St. Vrain Cidery team has done a great job of renovating a languishing Longmont location and it sounds like they have some new neighbors very soon as well!

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Getting around town with the Passport Program

So back in May I got an email with the subject line “Don’t Miss Out On The 40+ Amazing Spots In The Boulder Passport!”

The email continued on… Two for One drinks all over Boulder! Just $20! I clicked, I bought, and it arrived.

And now that our office is weeks away from moving off Pearl Street, the Husband and I are trying to check off as many of these as we can after work.

So you ask, what is the Boulder Passport?  You can get all of the details at http://www.thepassportprogram.com/boulder/.

Essentially, restaurants and bars in a handful of cities have opted to bring you great drink specials all summer long!  From Memorial Day to Labor Day you can hit your favorite spots or try some new ones and get two for one specials to share with your friends!

Totally worth the $20 in my opinion.  (and it is mine, I paid for my Passport myself and they didn’t ask me to write this!)

It would be worth it even more to me if the burgeoning Longmont scene would take part in 2017.

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An outdoor 4th of July

 

So with the great (but hot) weather we have been having, it was only appropriate to spend the entire fourth of July weekend outside!  We kicked off our weekend with a quick nine holes of golf at a little course in Boulder County.  They were celebrating their 50th so we got $5 golf.  Hard to beat! Just bring your bugspray.

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On Sunday, we ended up parking at Hoosier Pass and heading out on a trail.  I am still not sure what trail we hiked but best I can tell, we were on a jeep road/county road with a bit of snow (you can see that on the right of the photo).  It was a bit windy and cloudy but we managed to avoid any rain until we were tucked back in the car.

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And no hiking day would be complete without a few Colorado beers.  First stop was Breckenridge Brewery for lunch.  I had a tasty Trademark IPA and a brisket sandwich.  What a great way to relax!  After that, we made an unpictured stop at Prost in Frisco for some German beers and to pick up some brats for the grill the next day.

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And finally, the big event!  We brought desserts and some drinks (a little Polestar goes a long way on a hot day!).  The rest of the spread was MIL provided! It was delicious.  Aside from the patriotic strawberries, we made homemade ice cream from a book from the 50’s and S’mores out on the firepit.

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Overall, a pretty successful celebration of America’s birthday and a glorious way to spend a three day weekend!

Cheers to Friday,

Kim, the Half Pint

California Dreaming

A few weeks back, I had the chance to hang out for a few days in California after a solid week of work and conference.  Can’t complain as the location was amazing…

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We moved from Monarch Beach to Long Beach and started a weekend of beachtime, sunburns, and good beer!

First, a quick shot of the ocean.  I go to California twice a year for work and once for fun (usually) and I never get to spend any time at the ocean.  Definitely got my feel of sun (read: cold baths to soothe major sunburns) and salt air.

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Once we settled into our hotel in Long Beach, we hit up Beachwood BBQ and Brewing.  We had some amazing food.  Too good to snap pictures and some great beer.  We wanted to check out the Blendery as well but we ran out of time.  Next time for sure!IMG_20160617_193230

Before we headed towards the airport, we made Sunday the beer tour day.  We started with lunch at the Anaheim Packing House, a favorite from my work trips.  I felt really silly when I realized that Anaheim Brewery was just on the other side of the parking lot.  This will definitely be a spot I will hit up on work trips.  Solid beer, great location, and really friendly staff.  The beer actually reminded me a lot of our trip to Dostal Alley.

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The beertender at Anaheim Brewing sent us on to Noble Ale Works.  This was a busy spot on a soccer Sunday but we were able to get our drinks and sit in the brewhouse.  This menu was a bit more experimental but there were some real standouts.  As it turns out, my favorite beer was the “I love it!”.  Really clean IPA and super refreshing for a 90 degree day.

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There are so many California breweries we didn’t seen on this trip but never fear, we will be back.  What is your favorite California brewery?

So what has the Half Pint been up to?

So while I haven’t been writing as much as I would like (read: at all!) I wanted to do a quick recap of some of the things I have been doing and get this little corner of the internet moving forward again.

We have hit up two different beer dinners at Samples.

Left Hand vs. Great Divide and Left Hand vs. Wibby!  Currently Wibby holds the title and we are looking forward to the next dinner in the series in July.  Want to go?

BvB_GlassWe have done a bit of biking and strolling around Longmont.  That has landed at Wibby quite a few times this year.  What a great patio!

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We also did a quick trip back to Iowa.  The Husband hit up some great breweries while I spent some quality time with my niece.  Luckily, we got some beer back in our suitcase to try out this weekend!

We had some paperwork to take care of while we waited for our flight in Des Moines and tried out two really great stops within 10 minutes of the airport.  If you are in Des Moines, try out Exile (great for food, too!) and Confluence near Sloan’s Lake.

 

Up next is RockMont from Left Hand Brewing.  Will you be there?

A new kid in town

There are lots of great perks about living in Colorado.  The weather is typically nice enough out that you can plan to do something outside, regardless of the time of year.  We even had the top down in the convertible this weekend.  There are also a ton of new restaurants and breweries to try.  In Longmont, we have been especially lucky with a slew of new restaurants to try at Happy Hour and a grand total of NINE local breweries.  Some of these are old staples or extensions of Colorado chains.  But one of the newer players in the game is Wibby Brewing.  Everyone I have talked to is buzzing about this place.  It has been a real crowd pleaser with a modest menu of lagers on tap. If you aren’t sure what the difference is, make sure to check out this really informative article at allaboutbeer.com. 

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Check out the gigantic doors to the outside!  While I didn’t grab any pictures of the inside of this place, take my word for it, it is beautiful!  Bright, open, and super inviting.  Only hard part for me is sitting at the bar.  The stools are crazy high, bring your climbing gear if you are vertically challenged!wpid-20151010_133821.jpg

This place is also currently dog friendly so feel free to bring the pup by!  Maggie might make the trip in the next time we drive.  You can also order up some lunch from Georgia Boys!  What’s better than beer and BBQ?

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The menu has done some rotating since opening but I think our family has settled on a few favorites.  I would recommend the IPL but the Dunkel has also been a great brew as well.  As we make our way around to the new Longmont breweries, I think some new standards are definitely going to pop up.  Can’t wait to spend some real quality time getting to know the team at Wibby!  Good luck guys!

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