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UPDATED: Beer for Boobs Brunch Attendee List

Beer for Boobs Brunch

Join the Ladies of Craft Beer for this mix and mingle event open to all people who support the growing population of amazing women that love craft beer.  This group is about creating a comfortable forum where people are encouraged to bring women into the craft beer world.

Freshcraft is a brand new restaurant in Denver focusing on amazing craft beer and thoughtfully prepared food.  They have graciously agreed to host our event and we are so excited!
Price includes food and several selections of discounted pints.  Over 50% of the proceeds will benefit a major breast cancer awarness charity in Denver.
This event is being held four blocks away from the Great American Beer Festival, as well as four blocks away from the Pints for Prostates Rare Beer Tasting.

Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

Current list of attendees:

Stevie Caldarola, founder of Ladies of Craft Beer

Taylor Shaw

Suzanne Schalow & Kate Baker

Maureen Basenburg & Hunter Basenburg

Sebbie Buhler of Rogue Ales

Laurie Delk

Angela ArpKim Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company

Elizabeth Dougherty

Carol Farrar

Meredith Klinger

Rochelle Mills

Jennifer O’Connell

Micki Sievwright

Melanie Strachan

Lee Norman Williams

Stephen Johnson, John Holzer & Brad Kohlenberg of New Brew Thursday

Dr. Bill Sysak of Master Pairings

Tyson Arp & Paul Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company

Ed Cox

John Chetbundit

Eric Farrar

Robert French

John Gideon

Update: New Attendees!  We’re 70% sold, don’t miss your chance to get a ticket!

Jennie Chen

Ashley Johnston

Jeremy Banas

Jen Buck

Craig Hendry

Sara Ivey

Devon King & Todd Neece

Carla & Ray Knott

Robert Kosman

Jeff Kupko

Randi Mauro

Joey McDaniel

Amie Mizell

Craige Moore

John Romero

Ken Roland

Rick Gideon

Renee Rounds & Jordan Rounds

Geoff Sawtell

Chris Spradley of Breweries, Bars, Beer & Food

Richard Stoner

Billy Broas

Brian Venus

Steven Barragan

Emily Wilson

Donna Yandle

Mel Ward & Ray Merkler

And…

You?

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Beer for Boobs Brunch

Beer for Boobs Brunch

Join the Ladies of Craft Beer for this mix and mingle event open to all people who support the growing population of amazing women that love craft beer.  This group is about creating a comfortable forum where people are encouraged to bring women into the craft beer world.

Freshcraft is a brand new restaurant in Denver focusing on amazing craft beer and thoughtfully prepared food.  They have graciously agreed to host our event and we are so excited!
Price includes food and several selections of discounted pints.  Over 50% of the proceeds will benefit a major breast cancer awarness charity in Denver.
This event is being held four blocks away from the Great American Beer Festival, as well as four blocks away from the Pints for Prostates Rare Beer Tasting.

Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

Current list of attendees:

Stevie Caldarola, founder of Ladies of Craft Beer

Taylor Shaw

Suzanne Schalow & Kate Baker

Maureen Basenburg

Sebbie Buhler of Rogue Ales

Laurie Delk

Angela ArpKim Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company

Elizabeth Dougherty

Carol Farrar

Meredith Klinger

Rochelle Mills

Jennifer O’Connell

Michelle Sievwright

Melanie Strachan

And the boys…

Lee Norman Williams

Stephen Johnson & John Holzer of New Brew Thursday

Dr. Bill Sysak of Master Pairings

Tyson Arp & Paul Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company

Ed Cox

John Chetbundit

Eric Farrar

Robert French

John Gideon

And…

You?

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Brooklyn Style Shenanigans, or the Best Date Ever

Recently, I moved from uptown Manhattan (Hah-LEM!) to the big B-K.  What better way to celebrate such a move than to explore the wonderful beer scene available in the area with my boyfriend and fellow beer guru as my tour guide?

There isn’t one.

So, without further ado, I present to you our Brooklyn Style Shenanigans in photo form.

Bierkraft Menu

First stop... Bierkraft!

Wall o Beer

The Wall o' Beer Signs at Bierkraft

Food and Bierkraft

Our lunch consisted of (for me) Black Albert Imperial Stout; Honey turkey, caramelized onions and ginger apple chutney on a baguette; and BBQ chips, and (for Lee), Stone Brewing Co Emperial IPA; Bratwurst; and Voodoo Chips- YUM!

Beerelationship

Black Albert and I had a very nice beerelationship going...

Round 2

Round 2- Emelisse Rauch Bier (for me) and Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! 'Péché Mortal' Imperial Coffee Stout (for Lee)

Lee and I

Cheers for Bierkraft!

Mission Dolores

While hard to find, this new bar (in a converted garage space) is charming and a great indoor/outdoor space

El Barro

El Barro- check out the taps!

Indoor/Outdoor

The skylit roof over the bar created an enclosed space with an open doorway to a courtyard area

Sam, the Wonder Pup

This little guy's name was Sam (yep, after Sam Adams) and not only did we find him here at Mission Dolores (don't let the sad face fool you, he was getting LOTS of love) but he followed us to our next drinking hole as well! Pub crawl puppy? Yes, please!

Yum

Drinking a Stoudt's Imperial IPA Sam-style...

Cervezas

Cervezas- My Stoudt's Imperial IPA again along with Lee's Sierra Nevada's Charlie, Fritz and Ken's Imperial Helle's

PINBALL!

Yes, I am playing Lord of the Rings Pinball. And, yes, I did get a high score. And no, I am NOT a nerd!... Jerk...

Intensity

Ok... so I got a little intense... not gonna lie...

The Gate

Welcome to The Gate!

Tap List

The tap list at The Gate

Gate Beers

My Speakeasy Double Daddy meets Lee's Lagunita's Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF?)... Hilarity ensues...

Psychedelic

Apparently, this is what things start to look like once you've had five high ABV beers... #justsayin.

PBR

No thanks- I'll take a pint of deliciousness, please!

The Gate

The bar at the Gate

Beer Table

The draft list at Beer Table

Beer Table Brews

The Bruery Tradewinds Tripel and Avery Maharaja IPA

Lost in my Tradewinds Tripel

Lost in my Tradewinds Tripel by candlelight...

Lee

Lee's cranky 'cause his glass is empty...

Artsy Fartsy

Beer Table is a classy establishment- it made me feel all "artsy fartsy"...

FOOD

The food at Beer Table is mouthwatering- Ricotta Bread and Carmelized Bacon with Roasted Red Potatoes...

BFM

We finished off the night with BFM's new offering called "Douze", a salty, fruity American Pale Ale

Lee and I

I think we may be the cutest beer couple ever...

To see the rest of our shenanigans, check out my “Park Slope Pub Crawl” photo album here. Cheers!

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My Epic Beer Weekend – BrewYork #4, NY Brewfest 2010, & Rattle N Hum/ Toast meet Dogfish Head

BrewYork #4 Bottles

...and we weren't even finished yet!

Well, the good news is that I survived through the awesomeness that was this weekend.  The bad news is- you (probably) weren’t there to experience it with me.  Hence- my want to share it with all of you in my finest blog posting form!  Cheers and enjoy, frienditos!

Friday night began the journey into a craft beer laden weekend with Brew York Meetup #4.  All in all, about 30 to 40 Brew York members showed up throughout the night; amassing over 60 bottles of brew on top of fellow Brew York-er Matt Steinberg’s stunning New Jersey Beer Co contributions- newly kegged from the brewery.  Brew York was also lucky enough to have Paul and Kim Kavulak of Nebraska Brewing Company join us for this fun endeavor.  Paul and Kim are craft beer advocates and overall fun and kind people.  The night was a social gathering full of good craft beer, good food (Andy Z made wicked brownies!), and good company.  What else could you ask for?

NJBeerCo

Awesome NJBeerCo swag available at the brewery- the hat even has a bottle opener built into it!

Clowning Around

Andy Z, Chris, Adam and I hamming it up.

Yum!

A closer view of the BrewYork graveyard... yum!

Ladies of Brew York

The ladies of Brew York- Clare, Genevieve, Melissa, Kim, Me and Charlotte

The Boys

The boys top to bottom- Andy Z, John, Matt, Greg, Paul, Andrew, Craig, Lee, David, Adam

Aftermath

The aftermath of Brew York!

The highlight brews of the night were Dark Lord 2010 (Iiiii Know- ’nuff said!), Hair of the Dog Blue Dot IPA, David from Grapes and Grain’s Green Chili Saison Homebrew (tasted like a professional brew, not even kidding you), New Jersey Beer Co’s Spiced Abbey on cask (with just the right amount of spice), Mikkeller Chipotle Porter (so smoky which is just my style), Russian River Consecration (deliciously sour) and Cigar City Bolita Brown Double Nut Brown Ale.  Disappointment for the night was the Dogfish Head Bitches Brew- it was good, but not great, and definitely did not stand out in the crowd.  The coolest entry of the night was the Reutberger Kolster Export Dunkel- brewed by Nuns in Germany.  Also standout- the spicy dry rub pork that Matt grilled for us- so juicy and with the right amount of spice to enhance every brew!

NY BrewFest 2010

David, Andrew, Charlotte and Lee enjoy samples of the Nebraska Brewing Co Melange a Trois

As if Friday night wasn’t enough to smash us up, Saturday morning arrived, bringing with it (dunh dunh dunh!) NY BREWFEST 2010! We hopped on a ferry and hightailed it over to Governor’s Island for what we were hoping to be another crazy event.  Luckily, we had sprung for the “Beer Connoisseur” pass, which allowed us entry to the festival one hour before the rest of the attendees.  This not only allowed us to sample what beer we really wanted before lines got super long (towards  the end, they were up to about 30 minutes for anything worth while), but also allowed us to hit up the Nebraska Brewing Company booth for the only real special “Beer Connnoisseur” pour- the Melange a Trois. Let me tell you- this Belgian Strong Ale was the only brew that actually even made the event worth it (besides, again, the good company we kept).   Other highlights included Nebraska’s Cardinal Pale Ale, Captain Lawrence Kolsh, Greenport Harbor Ale, and Doc’s Draft Hard Raspberry Cider.  While Heartland Brewery did a great job of organizing breweries to show at this event- the booths were shared and the lines were insanity.  Also- I waited online for the one single food booth for about an hour, just to find out that the two food items that I wanted were sold out.  I enjoyed more the fact of being outside on a gorgeous (albiet hot) summer day partaking in samples of some delicious craft beer while chatting with good people.

Lee (Hoptopia) and I on the Ferry

Lee (Hoptopia) and I on the ferry ride back (check out my super cool bottle opener hat!)

Crowds

The crowds online for food at NY Brewfest 2010 were insanity

Nebraska Brewing Co

Kim and Paul Kavulak pouring Melange a Trois at their Nebraska Brewing Co Booth

Sunday brought about a much needed day of liver-rest.  We had scheduled a podcast with Peter Kennedy of Simply Beer, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, the podcast was pushed off for a later date (hint, hint, nudge, nudge, stay tuned!)

Now, to the culmination of this epic weekend- we arrive at Monday, in which I worked my tail off and then hopped on a train to Rattle N Hum Bar.  See, this wasn’t just ANY night at RNH- this was “meet Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head” night.  The event started at 5, and I didn’t get their until about 6:15ish (curses upon you, capitalist society!)  This basically meant that the place was a mob scene and there was no way I was even getting close to Sam Calagione.  I did, however, get to feast my eyes upon my fearless Brew York crew yet once again, where we partook in many DFH brews and even a flight or three.  My flight consisted of Midas Touch, a Turkish strong ale and the oldest known fermented beverage; Burton Baton, a blend of English Old Ale and the 120 Minute IPA (my fav from the flight); Fort, an ale brewed with a ridiculous (their words!) amount of raspberries; and Pangaea, a spicy ale made with ingredients from each of the continents.  I also got to try the Palo Santo Marron, a deep, wooden brown ale.

Hams

Lee (the ham!) and I

The Brew Crew!

The Brew York Crew- Me, Jonathan, Chris, Genevieve, Clare and Adam

My Flight in all its Glory!

My flight in all its glory!

Sadly, due to the high volume of people- catching a glimpse of Sam was like trying to catch Bigfoot.  Lucky for us ladies, there was another DFH event going on at the Uptown Toast- a craft beer bar set in Harlem that also offers some delicious burgers.

We arrived at Toast, and, needless to say- after that flight, it was time for a restroom break.  Why am I privileging with this TMI information?  Because, to my surprise, who should I encounter on my way out of the bathroom, but the man himself, Mr. Sam Calagione.  He turned to me on his way into my restroom and said, “Hi!  How are you?”  I’ll never wash that part of my Hippocampus again!  Sam turned out to be a fun, sweet, and easygoing guy who chatted with anyone and everyone, gladly stopped to take photographs with fans whenever asked, and spent most of the rest of his night serving beers from behind the bar.  Genevieve, Clare and I got a brief moment to chat with Sam, in which I did not even mention beer once, but instead chatted about Queens and Brooklyn.  Sadly, I did not get a picture of Sam with us ladies, however, Clare did, and once I hunt her down, it will be posted here.  As for the rest of the night- we finished up with some more Dogfish brews (My Antonia had already kicked the bucket once we arrived, but there were plenty of other goodies around) and had ourselves some burgers and fries.

Jonathan and Lee enjoy a burger

Jonathan and Lee enjoy a burger (and a moment...)

Kenny and Kaitlin

Kenny and Kaitlin enjoying what I believe to be Palo Santo

Classy Ladies

Classy Ladies- Melissa, Genevieve, and I

That picture of Jonathan and Lee gets my vote for best picture of the weekend- classic!  All in all- what a great way to end out an epic drinking weekend.  That being said- none of us ladies are talking to Genevieve- she left just in time to be the luckiest lady of the night- to grab a cab with Sam Calagione.

So, that’s what a weekend is like in the life of a Brew York-er.  Epic, fun, exciting, tasty, and full of great people who are genuinely interested in craft beer and the people who love it.  I couldn’t have asked for a better group to spend my epic weekend with, and my memories will last me a lifetime.  As Lee says, BeerPeopleRGoodPeople- it’s a motto I will live until I die…

…hopefully my liver will, too.  Cheers!

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