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Look Who’s Back, Back Again…

3 Aug

So, as you may have noticed, I’ve been off the grid a bit. Between changing jobs, life, being in weddings and… oh, planning my own wedding (ugh!) I’ve slacked. If you care, I’m sorry! And, for what it’s worth, I promise to make a better effort to keep this blog intact.

Let’s start with the most exciting news….EVER! We got tickets to the Great American Beer Festival!

Over the years we have discussed going a lot. It’s always been on our bucket list, but it never worked out. This year though, we were all over it — which started with Paul joining the American Homebrewers Association. Let me tell you that $38 subscription charge is the ONLY reason we are now able to go to the GABF this year. It allowed us early access to buy tickets. So we bought tickets on Tuesday. Tickets were open to the public yesterday and they sold out in ONE hour. Yes, you read that right. 44,000 tickets…. ONE hour.

Crazy, right?!

I guess it was a lot of scalpers, who are now selling tickets for WAY more than the ticket price. In my opinion, that’s bullshit. That’s like taking candy away from a baby, but whatever, what’s done is done… I guess.

Anyways, I digress. If you have never heard of the Great American Beer Festival, please look it up! It’s essentially Disneyworld for beer lovers. With 400+ breweries and around 1,900 beers, it ought to be the greatest festival around. And, by around, I mean in the U.S — and I can not wait!

Hotel, flights and tickets are already locked and loaded.

If you’ve ever been to the GABF, do you have any tips or tricks for travelling there, preparing myself, or navigating the venue?


P.S. – Did you miss me? 😉



Feeling Sinful? Original Sin’s Pear Cider

3 Aug

I like cider, I might not always order it, but I do enjoy a good cider every now and again.

While at the Friendly Toast, a very eccentric restaurant with a fairly extensive beer menu in Cambridge, MA (& Portsmouth, NH) had Original Sin’s Premium Pear Cider. I’ve had Magners and Woodchuck in the past, but I’ve never tried anything from Original Sin in the past, so I figured why not!

Original Sin has a very cool logo, the ‘O’ and the ‘S’ are almost in a script form that includes horns coming out of each letter — playing into the Sin brand.

Its Pear Cider had a very strong pear scent, very sweet. The aroma was accompanied by a sweet pear taste, which was a nice compliment to its light, bitter cider aftertaste. Essentially it’s like biting into a fresh pear, that has just a hint of bitterness.

Would I recommend drinking this after a strong hoppy beer? Probably not. (That was my fiance’s experience, as he sipped mine after drinking a very different beverage.) The two polar-opposite flavors will likely not put a very good taste in your mouth. It would be more  like drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth — and no one likes that.

However, if your sweet tooth is aching to get a fix, Original Sin’s Premium Pear Cider was a very refreshing cider. A little too sweet to drink more than a couple, but definitely delicious.

Original Sin Pear Cider is 4.5% ABV. It’s also gluten-free.

Who do you think makes the best cider?