Lagunitas Tap Room

It’s been a while since my last visit to a local brewery, so I was pretty excited to receive an invite to the Lagunitas Tap Room for our friend Jeff’s birthday. Children allowed?!? Even better.

So we packed up the diaper bag for some celebrating and had the best time. We got to the Tap Room around 3:30 pm on a Saturday, and the parking lot was pretty full. We entered the warehouse, where we were greeted at the door, and followed on to a psychedelic hallway of blue lights, neon paint, and loud music. I was a little nervous what I’d find at the end of the hall, but quite amused along the way!

We got to the end of the hallway where there was a super long line. Thinking it was for the brewery tour, we headed to the front, let them know where we were going and for a birthday, and headed up the stairs to the Tap Room. (I didn’t realize this WAS the line for the Tap Room. I was very grateful for these men, not making us wait with our little one!)

And after climbing the metal steps, it was clear why there was a line: the place was packed, and everyone was having a good time (=not leaving soon). There were a few rooms with lots of seating for lounging and eating, live entertainment in the form of a band and a magician, and picnic tables overlooking the brewery. Lucky for us, our friends scored a great picnic table with plenty of room to sit and stand around.

First matter of business: order beer! I opted for a sampler, which I think is the best way to try a bunch of options at a super affordable price. I chose:

  • Daytime – IPA
  • Pils – Czech Style Pilsner
  • Copper Fusion 17 – Red Ale
  • Aunt Sally – Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale

I liked all of them, but Aunt Sally was the kind of beer that a few sips is plenty. Although I appreciate how unique it is. I’ve never had a mash before. But Nate stole my Aunt Sally. Haha.

And in my effort to eat better, I ordered the chili (instead of a burger or pretzel or nachos, which I was drooling for!). Now, I’m a whimp, but consider this your warning: it’s spicy. Everyone at our table heard me say it about 15 times (sorry!), but it’s the kind of spicy that makes you keep eating and eating. I just needed something to cool me down. Enter: Glazed and Infused’s Jumbo Doughnut.

I love donuts. Like, I really love donuts. And this donut is one of the most glorious I’ve ever seen. The perfect layer of icing paired with tons of sprinkles. And one would wonder if it would taste any good. I’m here to tell you–it’s amazing. So amazing that I ordered one for my sister-in-law’s birthday the following weekend. 

Please check out the Jumbo Doughnut and Lagunitas Tap Room. Good for day or night drinking with friends and family any age! 

    

 

Fall Activities: What a Difference a Year Makes

I love autumn. Around this time every year, we get together with friends for some seasonal fun. Last year, we were getting our Oktoberfest on at Revolution Brewing and picking apples at County Line Orchard. This year, we opted for chili, spiked hot cider, and pumpkin carving with the kiddos at our friends’ house yesterday. (There was still Oktoberfest beer…)

Here is a photo of our fall fun group from last year and this year, as well as some more photos from the carving session. 

  
   
 
   
 
What a difference a year makes! Last year, on this day, I found out I was pregnant. It changed my life forever. Fall fun will now be baby friendly, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Impromptu Stitch & Bitch Session

Last week when we were knee deep in snow and just before we experienced record low temperatures, our college friends got together to watch football, eat delicious chili and snacks, and catch up at Jeremy and Jill’s place.

Jill suggested crafting while we were there, so I picked a hat pattern online for beginners and started crocheting.

I’ve been crocheting on and off for about five years, after Jill taught me. You can say Jill channels my creative, crafty side, but, unfortunately for her, it usually means a lot of her guidance. I have to say, she’s an excellent teacher! Always patient, that’s for sure. (Remember our jewelry-making class?)

I’ve made basic scarves and infinity scarves, but never a hat! I’m left-handed and often have a hard time understanding the crochet directions, but Jill coached me through while she worked on intricate stockings she’s making for her and her husband. Meanwhile, our friends Jess and Gina experimented with new crochet techniques for their scarves. They were very encouraging with my hat, too!

After one crochet hiccup, the main part of the hat was complete! We added ear flaps, long crocheted strings to secure the hat with a tie, and added a Pom Pom to the top.

I’m pretty proud of this hat, and it was so fun to gossip with the girls while we crafted. We used to have “stitch-and-bitch” nights years ago. I think it’s time for a comeback!

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