Happy Monday! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Mine was a little miserable because our AC was still broken. So we spent the weekend trying to find ways to beat the heat.
^ The temp IN our apartment. And humid. It got up to 86° last night. Yikes! I feel really bad for my furbaby because he doesn’t do well in heat and is in dire need of a haircut.
We got creative and found ways to have fun this weekend regardless. Barney spent some time with my friend Molly, who he apparently didn’t remember until he finally decided to come out from under the coffee table after about a half hour of barking at her.
And last night we finally got to the dollar theatre (for some AC and) to see Joss Whedon‘s latest creation, Cabin in the Woods. Holy. Crap. It’s time to watch Buffy over again because I’m seriously jonesin’ after that flick. I won’t go into details, but if you like Joss Whedon, you have to see it. It was the second movie we’d seen this week (Prometheus was the first — two geek-out movies in a row), which is out of the norm for us, but we were looking for a way to cool off.
… and that allows me to cross off one of my items on my bucket list, though I still want to visit an actual winery, but this event allowed us to simultaneously visit several breweries at once (complete list here) and gave me some gluten free options to taste.
I mostly stuck to tasting ciders since they are naturally gluten free, but I tried a couple of beers from Peace Tree Brewing Company because Steph and Nathan told us great things about their beers. I got to try a rare beer of theirs: Templeton Red, which was similar to a sour beer and very delicious. I could definitely taste the whisky in it. I also had a taste of their Double IPA. I didn’t get a full taster glass of any beers not from Peace Tree. I stuck to tiny sips for tasting purposes to keep my gluten ingestion to a minimum, but Peace Tree was worth it.
Surprisingly, I found a cider that I love. I’m a beer girl, but the cider I found tastes pretty similar to a beer, so this might become my drink of choice from now on: Crispin Cider’s Lansdowne. It’s a molasses-flavored cider and it’s not super sugary like some of the ciders (cough, cough, Woodchuck) that I’ve had before.
Also, for anybody thinking of going to a beer tasting festival, you have to make some pretzel necklaces. We saw a bunch of people wearing them and were kicking ourselves for not thinking of that ourselves. Pretzels between beers would help cleanse the palette as well as help you stay sober if you plan to taste a lot of beers.
It started raining after we were there for a couple of hours, so we quickly tasted everything we had left on our beer-tasting-wishlist and went to Steph and Nathan’s to make dinner and play some Pinochle. And for the record, the girls won … by a landslide. We creamed the boys on our last hand!
Have you been to a beer or wine tasting? Or visited a brewery or winery?