Stubbies’ 100 Beers in a Year Challenge

The Parental Units Take on Stubbies

So, my undying love for Stubbies is well know by any and all of my friends, family members and even strangers I chat with in the grocery store. And I’d been begging my Mom and Dad to come glory in the wonders of 400+ beers and amazing German Food for quite some time. Mom was game, naturally…she’s usually adventurous if it makes me happy but, Dad. Well, Dad was another story.

See, Dad has been getting pressure not only from me to visit Stubbies, but also Ryan, one of his now graduated students (Dad is a college professor), who I met at Stubbies only to learn we had a very close “mutual friend” if you will.  But Dad is very brand loyal when it comes to beer: He’s a Budweiser man through and through and it’s hard to get him to budge. He usually sips my beer and then makes some rude comment (he thinks it’s funny, but hey, I’m a beer snob….don’t knock my beverage literally or figuratively, thank you very much!)

But finally after 6 months of nagging coercing he finally caved…that and I offered to pick up the tab.

So off we trucked to downtown Gville and after settling into one of my favorite hightops (not the one in the window, aka the hell table!) we ordered round one of the night.

Honestly, I don’t remember what my first draft was (I’m about a month behind on this post!): It was something off the draft board, maybe something by Collins? Anyways, it was “odd” according to Max, but very smokey. I LOVED it…. and I do recall it went down quickly!
[I will check my list next time I’m in and update you! ]

EDITED TO ADD: I was right: Fort Collin’s Scotch Ale

My 2nd brew was a copy of my Mom’s first. She wanted (per my suggestion) the Golden Pheasant, but they were out, so Max brought her his next best guess. We both loved this lovely, crispy yet creamy Burgerbrau Pil. Yum.

Dinner was a lovely sausage platter served up with the cold cucumber salad (so refreshing!) and potato pancakes with dilled mayo of course! Plus ‘kraut and rye bread. I actually ended up eating everything but the sausage. Shrugs. The “I could never go vegetarian because I love sausage” girl didn’t finish her sausage? What is wrong with me!?!

Dessert was a beautiful friend: dear old St. Bernardus knocked my socks off with his Abt 12, even if it was in the bottle (this is one of Stubbies regulars on draft-they just have a bunch of summer seasonal stuff right now.)
So, what was Mom and Dad’s thoughts? Mom loved it and can’t wait to go back! [Side note: I should have taken a picture of her Jaeger Schnitzel-it was devine!] Dad is Dad and nursed a Genesse Cream Ale all night. Le sigh. I told him just to tell Max what he likes (Amberbock) and they would get him something similar, but no…..he drank Genny Cream Ale. Oh well, at least he was a cheap night out, Genny Cream Ale and PBR are the cheapest beers at Stubbies- $2.50!
You just can’t teach an old dog to drink new beer I guess. 
Love to all,
~the glad at least 1/2 of my parent’s like my favorite hangout, Jess
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Stubbies 2 for 1!

Hi loves,

If any of you know anything about craft and good import beers (and I know some of you do, otherwise why would you keep reading my blog, that has been totally taken over by BEER!) you also know that they NEVER come 2 for 1. But I figured since I was 2 Stubbies posts behind, why not make this one a double header! (ummmm, I love head……….on beer you gutter brains!)

Night one:
Or So Close I Can Taste It

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot- so apparently I’m not a barleywine fan. Or at least I wasn’t of this variation-too hoppy and “chewy” for my taste. I’d never had a barleywine before, and didn’t know that was what I was ordering. This will teach me to chose something on the draft list just because I liked the name. (well and I typically like SN beers, but hey you can’t win em all, right?) Anyways, I drank about 1/2 of this and then sat, playing with my glass, trying to suck it up and just suck it down. Luckily Jay noticed my “distress” and swooped in with a rescue brown ale:

Oh my goodness, what a “web-redemption” worthy brown ale! (Tosh.0 anyone? Anyone?) The boys at Stubbies got me once again. What can I say? I think I am officially a “brown ale, gal” Anyways, this Dutch Brown Ale by Tilburg was smooth and malty, such a refreshing change after Bigfoot. Also, I love the label:

In case you can’t tell that is a bird eating a man, who is shitting out a bird. Wonderfully sick.

My last beer was a rare treat:

The Rare Vos the be exact. I enjoyed this Amber Ale by Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY), for it’s lovely lace-y head, and sweet malty flavors that mask prevent any linger hoppiness (perfect in my book!)

What a great night….and it left me 2 shy from the looming number 50!

Night Two:
Or Halfway There, Baby!

I started off this “big night” with a beer I had been circling (literally!) for a few weeks on my list:

My good friend St. Bernadus’ Prior 8 is a Begilum Dubbel packed with cherry aromas. Oh so worth the wait. I loved this beer and KNEW it was going to be a good night. #49-check!

#50 was another beer I had been considering for a while, and had actually ordered the other night, only to be redirected to a new Brown Ale arrival by the charming Mike. (ah, Mike!)

The Corsendonk Brown Ale was a real treat. I’m sure you are all sick of hearing me gush over yet another brown ale, but seriously I’ve found my soulmate (although I will still claim Dutchess as my forever lover). I loved the balance of sweet maltiness with a touch a peppery spice and maybe ginger? So good, soooo worthy of being my Number Fifty! Whoot, whoot!

Vinnie brought me #51 after a little review of the draft list (I love when I can be like, “nope, had that…loved that, did that one too!) we settled on this dark boy:

Rouge’s Chocolate Stout. I have really learned to enjoy darker beers (think Stouts and Porters) this year, so this was another winner in my book. I think I scrawled on my list “Chocolate milk that bites back” yep, it was getting to THAT point in the evening!

So of course I NEEDED a pretzel (or as I have confessed on many occasions, a vehicle for mustard)

Delicious mission accomplished!

Emboldened by my pretzel I decided to round out the night with a cider on the draft board, and finish up with #52!

Kelly’s Raspberry Cider was sweet, dry and went down quickly. Nuff said.

Wow, that was a LONG post, but then again number 50 has been a LONG time coming! Now I have just under 3 months to finish the remaining 48 beers on my list….stay tuned!

Love to all,
~the beer laden gal, Jess

PS. Here is a fun picture Ross snapped one night. I love how serious I am about beer!

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Hi all,

Time for yet another Stubbies update! yay! I knocked off #43-45 (duh, as the post title gave away!) last Saturday night and my-my was it a delicious victory. The halfway point is looming! Whoot.

I started off the night with a pick from the draft list: the Fort Collins Dunkelweisse. It was so tasty I realized I hadn’t taken a picture until one of the bar backs came to bus the table a little….I went for my camera to take a “this was so good I finished it-empty glass” picture only to realize I didn’t have my camera! What? Minor freakout ensued….but luckily Christine had her camera that night, to the rest of these photos are courtesy of her.

Round Two was a beautiful brown ale-recommended by Mike. Love Mike! Nearly as much as I love brown ales….seriously I haven’t had a brown ale I haven’t liked yet!

This variation by Carolus, the Gouden Carolus Classic didn’t disappoint either. Light, slightly sweet and very refreshing with a velvety mouth feel.

To finish off the night I had an organic wheat yeast beer that Christine and Liz had been raving about.

the Schnedier Edel-Weiss was a classic wheat beer, with a few surprises: citrus, cardamom and something peppery and a weird taste of bubblegum? Very tasty and very large…. 1/2 a liter!

See? A Jenna inspired “as big as my head” picture, which I LOVE! I’ve actually changed it to be my sidebar picture….you know, cause my blog is sooooo high tech and worth reading outside of Google Reader! haha.

Here are a few more Stubbies related photos that have been chilling on Christine’s camera.

The Dynamic Duo!

The Beer Case on the German Side

The Creepy Nutcrackers that lurk on top of the beer case….this photo is solely for Christine!

Well, this wraps up yet another beer laden post…hope you enjoyed and are enjoying your weekend!

Love to all,
~the beer LOVER, Jess

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That’s the night…..

…..the lights went out in Georgia…..errrr, Stubbies?

So, I had very high expectations for Friday night at Stubbies. See I hit number 40 on my list during my birthday outing and I’m at that point where I can see finishing this list slipping out of my fingers if I don’t buckle down. How ironic is that? buckling down to drink beers? How crazy am I? Regardless of my sanity levels I really wanted to knock 3, if not 4, beers off my list.

And yes, it was UF’s graduation weekend, and yes, it was chaos driving around town, but once Christine and I arrived at Stubbies, we were able to park ourselves in front of the bar on the new side and “tuck in for the night”….or so we thought.

Beer number one:
Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary Kritz and Ken Imperial Stout. I got this one on a whim, because a- I typically like SN products b- I liked the name and c- it was on the draft list.

the Kritz and Ken was a very tasty IS, with that dark chocolate stout flavor I’m coming to enjoy very much and a touch of maybe raspberry? I would get it again for sure!

And sure it was rain cats, dogs and UF graduates at this point, and maybe the lights flickered a time or two, but hell, it’s Florida and it feels like summer already, so what’s a thunderstorm to a great night out? Nothing, right?

2nd Beer:

Maredosous 10 Triple. To be perfectly honest I chose this beer because we were sitting in front of the Belgium cooler and I was intrigued by the upside down label. Turns out my bottle was just defectively labeled. But I’m still glad I got this Triple (which turned out to be 10% a/v! Yipes) that was very drinkable, if a touch bitter. The creaminess of it totally made up for the bitter though and I would recommend this one to anyone who likes Belgium beers!

So, I was 1/2 through the lovely Triple and contemplating my third beer choice when the lights flickered yet again, and then they went out! Out in that, “no bitches, I’m not coming back kind of way.” Oh so tragic. We waited around for a while and I held flashlights for the bartenders, so they could run tabs before the computer backup died, but Christine convinced me that the lights were NOT coming back on, so we settled up (I felt sooooo bad for the boys- they must have run over 100 tabs on manual credit cards that night) and ran across a very flooded University Ave to the safety of the car, and power on at the townhouse.

It was fun being in the bar in the dark, but I’m bummed that I’m now “behind” on my list. And seeings how I’ve been under the weather all week, and am currently at Relay for Life (I’m auto posting) I am a tiny bit concerned I won’t get to cross anything off my list this week! ahhhh!

Love to all,
~the slightly obsessive about this list thing, Jess

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The "Low Key" Birthday!

So, I turned 24 last week. No big deal, I mean, last year was my “golden birthday” and it felt like I celebrated all month long (I turned 23 on the 23rd of April) and next year will be big because hello, 25 is a quarter of century! But eh, 24 is just another year right? So I didn’t really want to do anything big….well, things got a little bigger than even I expected, and well it was amazing!

Things got kicked off right on Friday with Mom and I hitting up a local spa for manis and pedis. Then Jenna rolled in from Otown and we hit up Akins for some classic country cooking (I didn’t take a picture- just chicken tenders, okra and mashed potatoes with white pepper gravy, tasty but not earth shattering) and then trekked over to Christine’s to have a girls night in (well, the girls and Ross!). My Gville bestie is the Bestie and got me this lovely bottle for my bday.

It is another Flemish Red and has that similar sour note that I adore, as seen before in my beloved Dutchess and new luuuver the Vichtenaar! Does the girl know me or what? Thanks again, Christine! 🙂

The next day after Ashley so bravely made the 4.5hour tek up the Turnpike/I75 from WPB to BFE she gamely hopped out of her car and over to mine, and the 211 girls zipped over the Cedar Key to enjoy an Arts Festival that just so happened to be going on. We were successful at picking up a few things for the upcoming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day holidays, and I satisfied my local seafood craving with this tasty Clam Bake:

A steamed mess of clams, sausage, corn and red potatoes. Oh so messy and delicious…just like the birthday girl herself! haha. With a sweet tea, of course!

Check out this awesome hat! I really wish I would have bought it now….oh non-buyers remorse.

After a long hot day by the bay….I mean gulf, we came home and dipped in the very chilly pool (only 71 degrees!) before getting cleaned up for a night out in Gville.

Oh course we had to photowhore a little before leaving, by the said pool.

Now, where else would this crazy 24 year old want to go for her birthday dinner than La Fiesta? So we did!

Started off with a pitcher of 1800 margaritas- and the homemade chips and salsa of course! So goooood on both accounts!

And I know you all have seen my favorite dish at La Fiesta many times before, BUT it was my birthday dinner and this meal is EPIC- so I present to you, yet again, the Vegetarian Chimchanga.

Now, were else would this particular girl want to spend the rest of her birthday night in the “big city” of Gainesville? You guessed it! Stubbies and Stiens!

I started the night off with the Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale. You know how I love my Brown Ales and this one hit the spot. It had a sweet smell, but more of a bitter, burned nut taste. It was thoroughly enjoyed!

I was craving something more sweet though and after the bitter, dry hopped nature of the Pecan Nut, I changed gears and got Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Lager.

Good lord I wish they brewed this year around. It is sweet smelling, but has a wonderfully crisp and nearly dry finish. It reminds me of cream soda, but no one else got that impression. We also found that if you took a sip of the ridiculous Imperial sludge that the boys were drinking before tasting the Strawberry Harvest it would taste like gram crackers- true story.

I finished the night on another fruity note with the Great Divide’s Wild Raspberry Ale.

I had been eying this beer since I had Big HOSS the other week and it was all I could have hoped for and more. Light, refreshing and not sickly sweet like some fruit beers can be.

Of course things got a little silly….here’s just a taste of the fun times!

And who do I have to thank for my wonderful trio of brews? Well the one legged man in the kilt of course!

Thanks again Ryan for picking up my Bday tab and for sporting the kilt in my honor. You are the best!

Now, that sounds like quite a successful celebration, don’t you think? And I would certainly agree. But did we stop there? oh no….well, I mean, we stopped there for the night, but after drinking off the tequila and barley malt there was brunch to be consumed!

The other 2/3rds of my 211 girls had to jet off to other engagements in there respective cities, but Christine and I enjoyed a street side brunch at the Top and took in the wonders of Gville on a Sleepy Sunday Morning, with a side of refreshing rain.

Oh, we had some good food too:

I had the “mess of grits” which was true to it’s name.

Yellow grits topped with onions, peppers, two fried eggs, cheese and faux chorizo sausage (I wasn’t a fan of the fake sausage so I picked that off) with a biscuit and bacon. I ordered the Applewood bacon and Christine got the Seitan Bacon and we each swapped a slice. I enjoyed them both, and am curious to explore more of the “Wheat Meat” seitan uses.

Christine asked that I photograph her colorful “that brie thing” (I love the Top’s dish names!) which was 3 grit cakes topped with eggs, spinach, tomatoes and brie cheese.

I nearly ordered this myself…so many great options. I am looking forward to going back again for brunch soon!

So, that was my crazy “low key” birthday! When this girl celebrates she does it in style I guess? Thanks again to all my wonderful friends for living it up with me, it wouldn’t be a real party with out you!

Love to all,
~the just can’t keep things simple, Jess

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Surprise! (Hangover……)

Most people either love or hate surprises. I’m one of those weirdos who is in between. I’m a bit of a control freak, so going on “mystery dates” and such aren’t really my thing, because I hate being unprepared for any situation, but on the other hand I think life is one giant surprise, so of course I enjoy a surprise gift, phone call or even full blown party now and again.

I had never been acquainted with the surprise hangover before. But on Friday I had the pleasure (or lack there of) of being introduced. As one can imagine the surprise hangover follows the “surprise I’m drunk and that wasn’t my intention” of the previous evening.

I am writing this post with the intention of preventing you from experiencing your own “surprise hangover.” If you experience any of the following, you should stop the behavior immediately and seek, um, higher grounds?

Starting the night off with an extremely dull meet up at The Top
Consuming Sweetwater Happy Ending (Imperial Stout- 9% a/v) on an empty stomach
Seeking Refuge with two fabulous women at Stubbies
Consuming Old Rasputin (Another Imperial- 9% a/v)
Finally ordering Goulash for dinner
Burning your tongue on said Goulash
Sending inappropriate texts to the guy you are dating
Ordering Old Chub (Scottish Ale, 8% a/v)
Sending more texts to said boy, begging to meet up (classy, I know)
Drinking some water (obvs not enough!)
Meeting sexy, and oh so tolerant of your escapades, boy at park
Commencing with drunken make out session under a tree
Getting leaves stuck in your hair (he will help remove them, of course)
Swearing you are fine to drive, of course
Starting the 45min drive home….realize 15mins in you aren’t fine to drive, of course
Having no other option, as it is a Thursday and you have to go to work tomorrow
Drunk Dialing your NC BFF and begging her to talk to you so you can make it home
Somehow unlocking the door to the house
Crashing into bed
Attempting to send text to boy and bestie that you are home “safe”
Failing at both said texts
Waking up at 3:30am and chugging water
Sleeping through alarm
Waking up by the miracle of the Hangover Gods at 6am
Dragging pissed off body to shower and wash your stupid head
Chugging hot tea
Limping into work
Grimacing some semblance of a smile at your students
Suffering, because you are retarded
Giggling regardless, because DAMN that was a GOOD night!

And in case you are more of a visual person:
Happy Ending

Old Rasputin


Old Chub

(I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination, thank you very much)

Now before you go lecturing me for my antics on a “school” night, well, just save your breath. I know, I know I was a bad girl and frankly I scared myself. Usually I know when I’ve had enough, but this time I was like, “oh no, I only had THREE beers and I ate dinner, I’m fine!” I messed up the equation though, by having all high gravity beers and not eating until the 2nd beer, but I’ve learned my lesson. Trust me, being hungover with a classroom of hyper children (thankfully it was field day, so I just had good kids hanging out with me, finishing the scrapbook for BETA and watching movies…. so really I was off the hook) and then driving to Orlando for a Dashboard Confessional show that night-still hungover! sheesh!- was punishment enough.

Live and Learn!

Love to all,
~the alkie in the making, Jess

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Hi guys!

Sorry for the silly title….I call my dog Chubby-Wubbie (his name is Chubby Checkers!) and well, if the shoe fits, use it as a title! *shrugs*

And let me tell you after my last night out at Stubbies, when I woke up the next morning I was feeling a bit Wubbie, if you will. Not horridly hungover mind you, just that “I hate you bitch feeling” radiating from my wobbly legs and throbbing head. Nothing a spinning classes couldn’t fix….if I had made it to the class. Whoopsie!

So, let’s recap the lovely brews that bruised my liver! (haha, brews-bruised, get it, get it? moving on…)
I’ve finally pinpointed that I’m really into sour beers as of late….so when I was hemming and hawing over what I wanted, I finally just confessed to Vinny (one of the fab bartenders) about the sour streak and of course he recommended the Duchess- which is my FAVORITE beer, and of course I’ve already had on my list and can’t have a repeat. But the Duchess has a “relative” if you will, the Vichtenaar. And wow am I a fan of this Flemish Red as well! It has that same balsamic vinegar sting, but with out the apple sweetness of his lady friend. Crisp and refreshing and a fabulous way to start the night!

In search for more sour Vinny brought me this Japanese beer called Red Rice next. I love the cute owl on the label and the bottle cap, but I wasn’t enamored with this one. I couldn’t even taste the sour, even though the girls I was out with said they could. Oh well, you can’t taste ’em all!
With my sour adventures gone, well, sour I turned to other inspiration and went with Rogue’s American Amber Ale (AAA anyone?). I really enjoyed the seasonal Amber at BJ’s a few weeks ago and heck, who doesn’t love a product by Rouge? Lovely beer, a smidgen hoppy for my personal palette but hell, after 2 beers the third flows right down.

Now usually I like to end my night with something dark and smooth or fruity (and there will be no TWSS jokes here, because neither of those come to my bedroom thank you very much!) but as you can probably tell the above is neither as well and we weren’t even drinking in my bedroom! This beer my lovelies was the Sweetwater IPA….and yes, you are right, I don’t like hops too much, so I typically do not enjoy IPAs either, or at all if we are being honest, and of course I am! But then again, when has Sweetwater ever done anything wrong in my book? Really. This IPA was light, fresh and packed with a tangy grapefruit flavors. In short I loved it.

Sadly, my head the next morning didn’t love my 4th choice of beer so much, nor did my tummy enjoy the microwaved Moe’s Queso either, but that’s another story, best NOT told on a supposed food and fitness blog that has been dominated by beer for the last 7 months or so, but really who’s keeping track of these things?

What better way to fix a Stubbie-Wubbie head and body than with an amazing brunch. Hello 43rd Street Dinner to the rescue!

Veggie Hashbrowns with 2 eggs over easy, dry rye toast I only nibbled on and of course a giant sweet potato pancake that I grudgingly shared with Ross and Christine! Just kidding of course I shared this beast and with good reason, considering the waitress split the bill wrong and put it on their tab. Thanks guys, you rock!

I will be ordering this again, no doubt…all my favorite foods and I can drench it in ketchup and hot sauce too? I just died and went to heaven. And the best news? My hangover died and went to hell after that meal, leaving me feeling oh so fine! (come on, you know that a hangover would only come from such a place as hell, right? haha).

Love to all,
~the surprise IPA drinker, Jess

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Hold on to your Bottlecaps….

…..this is going to be a beer laden post. Not only do I have TWO Stubbies nights to fill you in on, I also did a home tasting too!

First up, a “mini” night at Stubbies. I knew I wanted to crash in my own bed that night (I usually stay with Christine after going out, since I live about an hour away from downtown. Plus no one wants to consider a DUI- much less a teacher, yipes!) but I still wanted to go out and get my brews on.

I was pumped to see Sweetwater’s “Happy Ending” on draft, so I know you will be shocked to hear that this unofficial “Sweetwater Girl” (I actually applied to be the Gville rep this summer, but I didn’t get it, probably for the best….I get away with a lot at school already, but a beer rep teacher might be really pushing the envelope! Le sigh.)

In case you didn’t believe me, here is the tap handle for proof! haha.
This dark, inky baby with a creamy head is a wild spin off on an Imperial Stout, like only Sweetwater could produce. Smooth and chocolately to start with a bitter bite on the back. Not exactly my idea of a “happy ending” but you know I’m not a hops kinda gal. Still a very enjoyable beer and one I would gladly order again. This is one of the “catch and release” series, so be sure to grab it while you can! PS. It’s being released more and more often, due to popularity, fyi.

I ended up staying with my Stubbie Loves for a little longer than expected led me to order a beer than had been eyeing me for a while. (We have claimed a “usual” spot at the little bar that happens to be right in front of the seasonal case, which still holds some “winter stuff”. PS I love that I have a bar with a “usual spot” and that I’m on a first name basis with all the staff including the owner. It’s the little things in life! ahhhh.)

Santa’s Champeau- which just like the other Champeau’s is a lambic with a sour finish. This is loaded with both citrus and date flavors, and while a bit strange upon the first sip, I was totally smitten by the end of the bottle. Strange floating chunks, be darned. (No seriously, I’ve never experience such large debris in a beer before- a little off putting, but still tasty).

A large glass of water and a 7-11 coffee had me home at a somewhat late hour, but safe and happy in my own bed! Mission accomplished.

After a mini night and a few weekends away from Gville I was in NEED of a true Stubbies night. Sit back, relax and drool…..

First up from the draft board:

Einbecker Winter Bock. Tasty, malty, smooth and oh so drinkable. Just like anything “bock” should be!
Second: Fort Collins Brown Bevvie. While Vinnie, one of the bartenders, only gave this draft a so-so review I really enjoyed it. I guess that means I enjoy “average brown ales?” Regardless I enjoyed sipping this sweet, nutty brown ale, whose taste profile got more complex as it warmed. This Bevvie or Bowie (as in David Bowie) as I kept calling it has redeemed Fort Collin in my book after the disappointing “chocolate stout” experience back in February.

After 2 drafts all the pretty labels in the seasonal case were just temping me on their sexy little bottles (yes, we had “our seats” again- this nice guy gave up his stool and then found us another, I didn’t even have to ask! See why Stubbies rocks? I get what I want! hehe).

Who am I to turn down a pretty little Dogfish Head creation? Oh man this Festina Peche was great! Sour yet smooth. Like some sort of peach lemonade on hopy acid. LOVE. I will totally be seeking this out to have poolside all summer. It’s that kind of crazy beer. Makes me happy just typing about it!

So, after that random trio I was in a real pickle. I couldn’t go back dark after that Dogfish, but I didn’t really want something crazy sweet. Steve to the rescue. He listened to me rattle off what I’d had and what I didn’t want and then just like the magical man he is, disappeared only for a moment to return with this HOSS.

Hoss Rye Lager by The Great Divide. Sadly I lost my notes on this one, but I know it went right now. Also, I’ve been eying a Raspberry Ale by the same brewer, so I’m pumped to try it next time after success with the HOSS. (Come on, you know that is just too much fun NOT to say!)

Last but not least, a little Sunday brew-ha-ha. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into with this Holy Grail (bah-hah!) since I put it in my sampler pack based soley on the labeling. (Yes, I choose books based on their covers too. Notice! I said “choose” not judge!)

I needed not worry. This Ale rocked my socks! I mean, who can go wrong after all with a brew “tempered over burning witches”? I’m not sure how that translates to the smooth, amber colored, malt dominate beer that I so gladly consumed, but hey Monty-I’ll go with it!

Ok, ok so it wasn’t a real tasting, I just opened the last bottle of my ABC sampler pack to enjoy with my lunch today and wanted to share my thoughts. And I like to build up to the not-so-climate-release of disapointment. So there. You win some you lose some right? And let down by my post or no, this beer will not leave you hanging.

I think that is enough beer talk for one night. I’m on “fair break” this week (it’s like spring break, instead it revolves around steer showing and Easter, but we get another spring break in April, so it’s all gravy at the GCSD!) and since I don’t show Steer or Hogs or any other living creature I will be meeting up with my other bossy (read: amazing) teaching girlfriends-who are also my beloved college roomies- for some fun in the sun WBP style. Harvey is coming along for the trip (that is my computer, if you are new to the Semi-Abnormal life-HI!, btw) so I may or may not be blogging. If I am it will probably be reruns, so if you want to set your DVR, er….Google Reader instead I’ll understand.

Happy Spring has kinda Sprung!
Love to all,
~A beer tastic, Jess

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Stubbies Recap- Stubbies Recap

No, my pet parrot did not write the title of this post. I sat down to tell all you lovelies about my lovely night at Stubbies on Friday and relalized I had never done a post from the last time I visited my favorite drinking establishment in Gville. Whoops. Although, for you 8 loyal subscribers (who rock my socks off, fyi! Thanks for hanging in through the randomness that is my life!) you know this isn’t truly that shocking.

So, let’s quit bemoaning my obvious consistency issuses and get on to the point, er, post.

Before we hit up Stubbies Christine and Steph joined me on a “spur of the moment” girls night out to see the Groovaloos. (I use quotes, because this spur of the moment thing was definitely planned 6 nights in advance. What can I say? We are busy women!) I love dance, having been a dancer for most of my young years (I danced from 3 until I was 14 and then have taken adult ballet on and off for several years) and it wasn’t too hard to convence C & S too, after all, all three of us are pretty obsessed with SYTYCD and ABDC. The hip-hop dance troop did a one night stop at the Phillips Performing Arts Center in Gville and it was such a great show! It was so awesome to see Steven Stanton (aka Boogieman) actually dancing. He was shot in the spine in LA and was diagnosed to never even walk again! I remember reading about his injury in Dance Magazine, so it was so incredible to see him doing his thing! He even did one number without the assistance of his cane. So inspiring! If you get a chance, do what you have to do to see the Groovaloos show, it will blow your mind.

What better way to rehash the mind blowing amazing-ness than with a few brews? That’s what we thought too (well, Steph had early morning Vet School responsibilities, so she had to decline on the beer drinking).

I was craving something sweet, so I started off with this dark stout that claimed to be double chocolate.

Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout

I keep forgetting that in the beer world “Chocolate” doesn’t necessary mean sweet. To be perfectly honest I didn’t enjoy this beer. It was just too much for me. Too dark, too bitter, too ugh. I think if I had this one at the end of the night I would enjoy it a bit more, but I’m not sure I’ll even consider reordering it.
Luckily my next order up was a hit! Ryan helped me pick it out (that is his finger in the picture), since Stubbies is still carrying a pretty large selection of holiday season beers and I’ve been enjoying all the winter flavas!

St. Feuill Noel Ale

In my opinion this beer was everything a brew named “Noel Ale” should be. Smooth and tasty with pops of wintergreen, citrus and smoke. Such a great follow up to my bummer first choice.

Instead of indulging in the normal bar food I unearthed this bag of sour gummi worms from my purse. (you just never know what you will find hiding in it’s depths!)

The staff got a real kick out of us nooshing on sour worms (ps. sorry for the extraordinarily bad picture, I had to lighten it in iPhoto so you could even identify what we were eating!). One of the barbacks, Mike, helped us eat this bag and I will gladly share with that cutie! Got to love a great bar with cute, sweet help!

Fast forward a couple weeks (or rewind to this past Friday night) and you will once again find me occupying a stool like the Stubbies Fly I am. It was a well deserved night out however, after the ass (whoops, butt! I gave up swearing for Lent, but it’s not going so well, obvs) kicking, and arm kicking and chest kicking and well, you get the picture, I got at Body Pump. So far I am really enjoying that particular class, and there is nothing like a workout to allow you to really enjoy a beer or two!

Gville has a local brewery now, called Swamp Head. I actually was able to sample their products at the Medieval Faire the other weekend (I owe you guys a post….stay tuned!) and really enjoyed them so I was pretty pumped to see that Stubbies is now carrying Swamp Head. It was a no brainer then to make my first beer of the night the Swamp Head Cottonmouth

Here are the stats and a write up from the website:

Cottonmouth is brewed using traditional witbier ingredients, however, we ferment it using a Belgian wheat bier yeast that produces higher levels of esters. The result is a unique Belgian style wheat bier with a hint of the fruity esters found in a German Hefeweizen.

Belgian pilsner malt, wheat and oats

New Zealand organic Hallertauer and Saaz hops
Freshly-ground coriander and Curacao (bitter orange pee

Production Targets:
Original Gravity: 11.5 Brix
IBUs: 10.5

Alcohol By Volume: 5.0%

Swamp Head Cottonmouth

My thoughts? Light, smooth and oh so drinkable. I have to find this by the 6 pack, because this is the perfect summer beer! Hello floating down the river with this darling! (oh, ps. I wasn’t two fisting this beer, nor are you seeing more doubles…Christine got the same draft!)

I was sitting across from the seasonal beer coolers, so all those festive ales were just calling my name all night. I had finally decided on the Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale, when Jay- my current fave bartender (Vinnie is a great guy too!) pointed it it was now on draft! Hells-yeah! After some commotion with the gas lines, this beauty arrived before my eyes (and lips!)

Anderson Valley Winter Solstice

This golden baby really hit the spot with a tart sweetness I can’t quite describe. Christine took a sip and winched, which means it is a “jess beer” for sure! I will hunt this one down to have in my own fridge come holiday time next year. Oh so happy!

After the last sip was, well, sipped we set off in search of substance outside the realm of Stubbies pancakes. I know at one point I said I could never get enough of them….but a girl has to branch out now and again. That and Ross (Christine’s BF) was really hungry since he had met us at the bar after his 11pm shift at the hospital ended.

We walked the whole block (!) over to a little Cuban hole in the wall called Flacos. It is a Gville bar-food staple and was totally worth every slightly greasy/salty bite. Oh and I love their attitude:I feel the same way!

Christine and I split the Media Noche, which is a traditional Cuban on sweet bread (ham, pork swiss, pickles and mustard) with a cream cheese pastry on the side.

Holy Yum! I would go back for that tiny pastry alone. Expect to see Flacos more often!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Now this beer drinking teacher must get back to the grind and the presentation writing!

Love to all,
~a slurpy burpy, Jess

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Stubbies Flashback!

Hello my loves!

I am currently BPOE bound (that is Camp Boggy Creek’s Best Party on Earth Holiday Party if you don’t speak “camp”) this Friday so while I will have no new Stubbies Shenanigans tonight I thought I should take this opportunity to fill you in on last week’s “throw down” at good old Stubs.

We started off the night with some classic carboloading- Chubby Mac n Cheese, baby! (it’s a joke on “Fatty mac n cheese, you see….no? nevermind then!)
With veggies of course….we are responsible broccoli cauliflower luvas, you know.
Oh, I just realized that you probably think I’m some narcissistic freak because I keep saying “we” but the lovely meal I just showed you was made with care by the wonderful Christine for myself- her honorary roomie, and Ross- the boy.

And we really didn’t like it either…..

After a wet and blustry drive towndown and a quick scuttle from the parking lot to the warm cozy embrace of Stubbies bar I could finally settle down with my first brew of the evening.St. Barnabus Christmas Ale was on draft, so I said yes please! this was a very refreshing and tasty ale, but not as strong the cinnamon and cloves as I was hoping for….I hope I haven’t worn my tastebuds out with all the seasonal pumpkin ales in October and November!

Ol’ Barnby went down fast, so up next I had to try the Rouge Hazelnut that some friends of mine had been raving about….It was very tasty, a nice brown ale (which I find myself falling for more and more often!) with an after taste of hazelnut, and I would recommend this to others, and I’ll be getting it again for rizzle. Plus you have to love the fab bottle’s Rouge beers come in….oh and speaking of bottles I split this big boy with ‘Stiner, because it has two servings per bottle!

And what better way to wrap up an evening of somewhat random beer selections than with a Piraat (which is pronouned either Purrrr rat! Like a purring cat followed by a rat. OR Pirate! as in Arg, matey I’m a pirate! This apparently depends on which end of the bar you sit on and I was stuck right in the middle with you….oh stuck in the middle with you…clowns to the left of me, jokers to the….oh ok, I’ll stop.

And with my off key singing I’ll sign off.

Love to all,
~A joker to the right, Jess

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