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Off to Europe!

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Short post today, as the wife and I are off to Europe for the next couple weeks. We’re going to Amsterdam, Brussels, Ghent, Brugges, Cologne, and Dusseldorf, and would love to see if any of you guys have any beer-related advice (breweries, bars, or beers to try).

 

We’ve already checked out the European Beer Guide (great reference), as well as looked into going to Westvleteren (too far), but I was wondering if anyone had personal recommendations from their experiences.

 

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll have some pictures and stories in a couple weeks when we get home.

Beer Cake, T-Shirts, and a wedding brunch at stone

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Alright, one more non-beer related post before we get back to the regularly scheduled programming. I know it’s been a month since our Wedding weekend, but there were a few more cool things worth sharing from it.


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Wedding Beers and the Big Day

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Well, the big day has finally come and gone, and we’re officially married. It’s sort of funny how months and months of hard work culminate into one night that goes by in what seems like a flash. Nevertheless, we had an absolutely amazing weekend that we’ll never forget. Vows were said, beers were drank, and laughs were had. Seeing as this is a homebrewing blog, we should probably talk about the beer. I won’t get into too many details about each recipe, as each will have a dedicated post, but let’s cover some of the fun of brewing for a wedding.


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Sierra Nevada, Russian River, and Pliny the Younger

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My Fiance and I had been planning a trip up to Northern California to tour Sierra Nevada, Russian River, and any other breweries we had time for (Lagunitas, Bear Republic, etc). It just so happened that US Airways had some disgustingly cheap flights ($80 round trip from PHX) during the second week Younger was to be released. Seemed sort of like destiny.


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A Very Happy Birthday!

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I have some great friends. Thank you guys for some great gifts, and a fun night!

Back from Austria

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My Girlfriend (now fiance) and I just got back from an 11 day trip to Austria. We had an absolute blast. Saw some beautiful places, ate some great food, drank some great beer, and I suppose most importantly, got engaged!


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IPA Tasting Night

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Beer reviews aren’t something I ever intend to post, as there are a million blogs that do just that. But this isn’t exactly a review, and it’s worth sharing. Two weekends ago, my friends and I, had an IPA and chicken-and-waffles night. One of my friends makes knock-out chicken and waffles from scratch, and I happened to have a fridge full of awesome IPAs.


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Iron Fest 2

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The East Valley Crossfit Iron Fest 2 was a blast! The keg of Blonde Ale I brewed was kicked in about 90 minutes. It was a beautiful day to be outside, and everyone had a great time! Props to everyone who competed yesterday, and congrats to the winners.


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