This past Saturday (May 4th) was National Homebrew Day. John and I went to a local Homebrew Festival for the 2nd year in a row. It's so laid-back and fun. Although how could beer tasting and good music not be fun?
We got to hang out in John's friend's tent and I got to watch John "co-brew" his first batch of beer.
^ My seat was so tiny, it looked like I was floating!
When he wasn't brewing, we'd walk around and fill our glasses with all kinds of beer concoctions. My favorite was a Honey Pale Ale and both of our least favorites was one that tasted like shrimp water. I don't remember the name of it. Now I absolutely LOVE shrimp, but this was weird.
I'm looking forward to trying the two beers they made that day, especially "Kings Highway." Hopefully that will be some time in August!
Yes, it's true. I made cupcakes with Guinness & Bailey's Irish Cream. Can't go wrong with a stout, liqueur, & cake!
Side note: My PhotoShop is down so I had to resort to using my camera phone.
I don't like corned beef (terrible of me, I know), but I absolutely love everything else about St. Patrick's Day. I baked these festive treats last night, woke up today and had an Irish coffee with the family while frosting these "adult cupcakes," and now I'm off to continue celebrating this wonderful holiday.
Happy St. Paddy's Day to all! Now go get your drink on (but be safe!)
This past Saturday, John and I ventured into Philly to buy some art supplies, run a few other errands, and eat/drink.
We both decided to leave our cameras at home, for we had to postpone our trip a few hours and the sun was about to go down. So instead we used our camera phones and got some grainy, low-key (and sometimes out of focus) shots. I then had some fun in Photoshop with them.
Parking was a disaster so we ended up paying to park in a lot.
We had a blast in our toy store (aka Dick Blick) and the only thing that finally got us out of there was the hunger in our bellies and the craving for some good beer.
We walked around the city hoping to find a new place to try, but we ended up at one of our favorite spots in Old City--National Mechanics!
We got to sit in a rather secluded spot by a window with all these awesome plants in glass jars of different shapes and sizes. It gave us inspiration to add to our little greenery collection.
The music was perfect (Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Passion Pit, etc), the food was delicious (we both got our usual "National Burger"), and most importantly- the of beer was excellent. I had Flying Dog's "Raging Bitch" and John had Bell's "Best Brown Ale." And for dessert, apple bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and some sort of spiced sauce. Pretty damn good.
I had a blast with my boyfriend. He's my favorite.