|October 30, 2013||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
Today, Daily Burn posted an article about 25 ways to love running. Since I apparently have not kept it a secret that I like this sport kind of sort of okay, the author asked me to provide a few tips for the list.
In addition to urging everyone to GO RUN TRAILS, one of the bits of advice I provided was to finish a run with some good beer. SHOCKING that I would say that, right?
It occurred to me that while you all know I love pints of the “good stuff,” I rarely define what the “good stuff” is. And since I assume most of you runners love a good beer once in a while, I thought I should maybe start doing that on my blog.
And since I successfully drew on some HLB inspiration for a work post yesterday
I figured why not do it again. So I’m turning the healthy living blog standard “What I Ate Wednesday” into something even better!
What I Drank Wednesday! featuring the best beverages to hit my pint glass in the last few weeks.
1) He Said/He Said by Elysian and 21st Amendment
CONFESSION: I like pumpkin beer.
I understand plenty of beer geeks and manly men are not so fond of this type of brew, but I am not ashamed that I enjoy an occasional beer that’s got a few hundred pounds of pumpkin lovingly dumped into each batch.
This collaboration is a pair of cans: one, a white Belgian-Style Tripel, and the other a black Baltic-Style porter. I prefer the light beer in a dark can to the dark beer in a light can, but they’re both pretty darn good.
2) Crux Fermentation Project French Connection
(I’ve really sucked at using Untappd since I moved to the beer center of the universe, but I’m trying to get better!)
It’s a little cruel for me to include Crux on this list since you’re not going to be able to find it in most parts of the country, but this Bend-based breweries is one of my favorites so, sorry I’m not sorry that I love to drink this stuff and it’s on my list.
French Connection is an experimental Imperial Pale Ale that combined two “experimental hops” from their cooler into one big beer. While I dig their Imperial Mosaic a little harder (it’s hard to beat those Mosaic hops), I have yet to meet a beer from Crux that I don’t like, and when I saw this one on the menu at one of my favorite beer bars, I had to order it. I was not disappointed.
3) Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
When my housemates extended the challenge to “bring a beer to excite the birthday girl” I threw a little trash talk at some of my friends who love beer as much as I do. Pressure was on to bring something really good.
One of these friends nervously walked into our house sporting a six pack of this beer. As much as I was hoping to be able to give him shit for his contribution, I definitely could not do that as soon as I saw what was in his hand. Lagunitas has been a go-to for me for a while and this “filtered pale wheat ale” is one of my faves.
4) Killer Red/Killer Green by Double Mountain
Killer picture right? Really missed my calling as a food blogger.
This was my first year living in hop farm territory during fresh-hop beer season and holy shit, I never ever want to be anywhere else in the weeks following hop harvest.
Breweries around here are able to get hops from the vine to the brewery in just a few hours, and let me tell you, that makes a world of difference. I tried every single fresh-hopped beer that I could get my paws on and they were ALL GOOD.
Since it would be impossible to pick a favorite, I’m just telling y’all the most recent one I tried, that was a huge hit with the ultra crew last Tuesday.
5) DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon
This is actually a What I WISH I Drank Wednesday since I can’t get it around here, but I felt like I needed to throw the east coast some love since everything else is from Oregon and California.
I still follow all of my favorite beer bars/breweries on every social media platform and I’ve been drooling over every image of this stuff that’s been posted in the last few months. The bastards started canning it right as I was leaving the city. I miss it so hard it hurts and I can’t wait to track it down as soon as I land in November.
6) Ninkasi Sleigh’r
As much as I’m trying to deny it with my daily flip flops, it’s getting cold here in Oregon. Which means it’s time to bundle up and curl up with the winter seasonals. I haven’t had a chance to try many yet (mostly due to the denial and also the aforementioned fresh hop season) but we make a darn good one. And by “we”, I mean the team of very talented brewers at the brewery. Word has spread that when it comes to food and beverage preparation, I can’t be trusted with anything more than a microwave and a toaster.
TELL ME: what have you been drinking and loving lately? I’ll work on sampling some non-Oregon/California beer for the next installment (to add to the list. No chance in hell the OR/CA deliciousness won’t still be there too!)