A much brighter BvB dinner!

So another Beer vs Beer Dinner has come and gone!  Wibby wins again against strong competitor Upslope!  Our group of 6 was strongly leaning towards the Upslope side this time around!  Menu and beer pairings are below.

Time for a crowd source question!  Where do you go for beer dinners?  Our dinner group is ready to expand and try out a new chef.  Any suggestions?

Wibby Radler, Upslope Craft Lager

C1. Cuban Muffuletta Slider- Braised Mojo pork, Thin shaved Black Forrest ham, stone ground mustard tapenade, melted gruyere cheese, and house made pickles on french baguette. Fusion of 2 classic sandwiches from Cuban and Southern Comfort cuisines made into a fun appetizer.

Upsloope Sticke Alt, Wibby Schwarzbier

C2. Picadillo con Rice and Beans- Chopped braised short rib sauteed with seasonal vegetables and kidney beans in a light tomato sauces serverd over cilantro lime rice. fusion between picadillo which is classic Cuban comfort food and the Souths love of Dirty Rice and beans.

Wibby helles, Upslope Citra Pale Ale

C3. Crab and Grits- Blue Crab claw meat sauteed with onions garlic peppers and braised greens in creole spices over a bed cheesey grits. The south has shimp and grits, cubans have Crab and polenta, this is my take on fusing the 2.

Wibby Equal Hops, Upslope Pils

C4. Sweet Biscuit and Peach. Grilled peach “cobbler” over the top of a warm sweet biscuit topped with Chantilly Cream.

Upslope Barrel Aged English Porter, Wibby Scotch Ale Style Lager

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 historic event returns to the town of Berthoud

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FlapJack Flight

The flight for the 2015 Flap Jack Day included:

  • Up All Night Watchman Coffee Stout
  • Peach Belgian Pale Ale
  • Vanilla Bandit Vanilla Brown Ale
  • Cask Conditioned Maple Brown Ale
  • Strawberry Golden Ale

We are spoiled for Palisade Peaches this time of year so I will take Peach anything all day!  My favorite brew of the day for sure.  Can we just skip over Pumpkin and keep the peaches flowing?

The line for Flap Jacks, sausage, and coffee was down the block the whole time we were there.  Pretty sure the town of Berthoud was happy to see this tradition (and the free Flap Jacks) return!

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A little history from City Star and the Berthoud Historical Society (Get all the details at http://berthoudflapjackday.com/)

From 1948 to 1958 the local Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce hosted a Flapjack Day in Berthoud Town Park that drew hordes of people to “The Garden Spot.” On the first Flapjack Day (1948) an estimated 1,000 persons descended on Berthoud to devour 5,000 free pancakes. By 1949, The Berthoud Bulletin announced that 3,700 visitors from 21 states downed a whopping 7,400 apjacks. Over its eleven-year span, Flapjack Day grew to include the crowning of a Flapjack Queen. spike-driving, swimming and diving contests, a baton twirling competition, pet-and-doll parades, a pig catching scramble, a tractor driving challenge. The last Flapjack Day was held in 1959 when the Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel; the event due to the high cost of hosting such a spectacle.

Congrats to this year’s Flap Jack Queen!  Already have this event marked on my calendar for 2016!  Who needs a Labor Day picnic when you can have pancakes for lunch instead?