Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sam – you’ve done it again!

Of course I mean Jim… but you get the gist!
This year’s Winter Sampler Pack from Sam Adams is a pleasant surprise! Not only have they kept the delicious Old Fizziwig, they got rid of that Cranberry Lambic. You know that Lambic… the one that no one ever drinks – and it sits in your fridge for a least a year until you can pawn it off on some unsuspecting house guest.

The new and improved mixed 12-pack has a lot of scrumptious flavors and unlike most mixed seasonal packs, I love them all!

One in particular that I’d like to mention, is the new Holiday Porter. It’s dark and rich with lots of roasted malt and hints of caramel. It’s not overly spiced with extra cinnamon or anything, so you can enjoy the true malty Porter flavor.

I’m planning to drink lots more out of this 12 pack, so I’ll be posting reviews on the Black & Brew (Coffee Stout – yum) and the Old Fizziwig soon!

Cheers and Happy Weekend!


Champagne of Beers


No, this isn’t “real” champagne, but in my opinion is a “champagne of beers”.

Golden Monkey, by Victory Brewing, was one of my first favorite Belgian style Tripels and still remains one of my favorite, many years later!  Not only is it clean and crisp – it really has a lot of body and flavor.  I love the taste that Belgian Yeast gives the beer, almost a slight funkiness – but in a good way!  The hops are perfectly balanced, not over powering the delicateness of this bubble concoction.  A special thanks to my lovely friend, Amy, for this specific bottle.  It was an early Birthday gift that I’m going to enjoy on my Birthday!  I have the best friends!

If you reach for a Golden Monkey, or any Tripel for that matter, make sure to drink it out of the proper glass; it really does matter!


Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Beer


I walked through Trader Joe’s recently, looking for a good Fall beer.  I came across a pumpkin beer by Kennebunkport (or Federal Jack’s), which Trader Joe’s carries.   Kennebunkport makes some great beers, including an IPA and a Vienna Lager which were both tasty – so, I figured it was worth a try (and at only $6, a steal).  This Pumpkin was crisp, fresh and full of bright pumpkin flavor.  It wasn’t as sweet as I expected it to be, but the cinnamon and nutmeg gave it a spicy bite, which was delightful.

If you’re ever in Trader Joe’s – pick up some of this brewery’s beer; it’s very inexpensive and the full flavor will surprise you.


I feel the love…


I was nominated for a Liebster by the awesome guys at It’s just the booze dancing. I’m so honored that someone is actually reading my blog about beer and caps and commenting – thanks!!  🙂



Evidently here’s what a Leibster Award is all about:

The Liebster Blog Award is given to recognize your favorite up-and-coming bloggers who have fewer than 200 subscribers, and that you feel deserve more. It’s a cool way to meet more folks and learn some new things…and generally expand your horizons, in my opinion.

Rules are:

  1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
  2. Reveal your top 5 bloggers and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

There are so many other blogs that I really love.  I appreciate that people take time out of their everyday lives to post about what they love!  The five blogs I’ve choosen are people that are really passionate about what they blog and I always enjoy reading what they post:

1.  A Lego A Day – this guy is a genius and his photos make me laugh!

2. It’s just the booze dancing – No, I didn’t just pick these guys because they nominated me… I LOVE them!  Not only do they know beer, they’re witty about it – which is dangerous!

3. Sweet & Stout – This chick likes good beer, and makes cupcakes out of it!  I think that may be one of my dreams come true.  It’s good stuff, check it out!

4. Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide – Delicious food and divine pictures!  Not only does this married couple provide wonderful recipes, they do it with lots of ingredients from their own garden, and with class!

5.  A Year in Beer – Lots of great beers, so little time!


Thanks again for the cool award – and cheers!


Abita’s Pecan Harvest Ale – I really wanted to like it!


When I heard about Abita’s Pecan Harvest Ale, I was intrigued (even if I didn’t care for their Purple Haze).  I’ve heard this was a pretty solid beer and it sounded like a yummy, malty beer that I’d enjoy.  The first sip wasn’t bad, filled with maltiness and I could taste a bit of pecan flavor, but the aftertaste didn’t sit well.  You know how if you eat a handful of pecans, you have that bitter aftertaste?  That’s exactly how this beer tasted; total pecan, nasty aftertaste and all.  Maybe this beer just isn’t for me, and while I dare say, you should still try it – it wouldn’t be one I’d highly recommend.

Oh Abita!  I have yet to like one of your beers, but I’m not giving up – I see you have a Fall Fest and a Christmas Ale – so I will give them a shot.  Stay tuned!

A Break From Beer…


At least for one night, I’m not making a beer post.  Beer is delicious, but now and then we all need to have a yummy mixed drink recipe up our sleeve!

My standby is super simple – Tanqueray, a splash of Vermouth and lots of olives; I love olives (Queen Olives are best for Martini drinking – and might I suggest experimenting with garlic stuffed olives as well?)!  My husband jokes and says that the liquid is just to keep my olives fresh.

I don’t settle for anything but Tanqueray either – it’s just so rich and flavorful, there’s no real substitute.



This weekend we celebrated Oktoberfest at The Capital Ale House in Richmond. They closed off some streets downtown in front of the restaurant, got some great beer trucks, and had a party. We have attended The Capital Ale House’s Oktoberfest Events for the past 9 years, and this was probably the best organized yet. Having delicious Paulaner and Spaten on tap – as well as Yager and Goldschlager shots, made for a day of celebration!

The pretty lady in this picture is a dear friend of our family. With both Irish and German heritage, she knows good food and good beer! She also embodies what these celebrations are all about – having fun!

If you’re looking for a good Oktoberfest style beer, which it’s the perfect time for right now, try Paulaner – as it’s the original!