Tag Archives: Beer

Beer Tourism – Northern California and Oregon

I’ve been sitting on this post for way too long so I’m just going to give you the short version of our road trip from Malibu to Portland. There were beautiful sights and beer – lots of both.

Rich and I attended a wedding in Malibu last fall so thought it would be fun to make it a big trip. We had never been north of San Francisco and had always wanted to drive the coast so it was a no-brainer to take some time and road trip. And let’s not forget about the beer. Did you know there’s good beer up in them parts? I had a lot of fun taking these photos and like to look at my Instagram feed just to relive the moments. I thought you might like to check them out too. Have any questions on the places we visited? Ask away and I’ll figure out where we were.

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Happy Hour Nibble – The Bulldog Northeast

Ah The Bulldog Northeast, one of my favorite places to get a drink and nachos. Known for their array of beers, especially of the Belgian variety, this is a great place to eat, drink, and watch a game. There are four Bulldogs in the Twin Cities, but this one is the best in my opinion because of the ambiance and food menu. The stainless bar is the center of the bright space with over 20 taps that rotate frequently.

Victory DirtWolf Imperial IPA

Victory DirtWolf Imperial IPA

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Schell’s 30th Anniversary Pilsner Series

I was able to try the Schell’s Pils series ahead of its release and write about it for Minnesota Beer Activists. Read the post.

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Beer Dinner – A Night in Belgium

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Rich and I finally traveled to Belgium last year after dreaming about it for about a decade. Craft beer has been my drink of choice since college, but Belgian beers have always held a special place in my heart above others. So after talking about traveling to Belgium every time we drank a Le Chouffe or Chimay, Rich and I finally bought two tickets to beer paradise (cheesy, I know, but it’s true). We were on the pursuit of beer, the rest would fall into place.

I have a couple of friends who spent some time in Belgium and graciously shared maps and stories prior to our trip so thought it would be fun to have a Belgian beer dinner to celebrate Belgium? Or Beer? Either way, it is so cold in Minnesota right now that some rich Belgian food alongside some delicious beers would do the trick to warm us up.

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Happy Hour Nibble – Moto-I

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I think it is a fair assessment to say that Moto-I has become our favorite happy hour spot, at least on Fridays. Over the last six months we’ve dubbed Friday #ramenfriday because a bowl of ramen is just essential after a long week. But that didn’t happen last night so I’ll save that joy for a future post.

We showed up a little after 5 and the bar was full, luckily two gentlemen were just leaving so that worked in our favor. I was a little surprised at the lack of seats so early, but Dara did just write about the best ramen in the TC and Moto-I topped the list. I was glad to see that they got such high honors, but then again she blew the lid on my secret spot where I can always get a seat. If you haven’t been, it is a large building with very minimal signage so I am sure it is hard to find. Once inside you’ll find a good size bar with Minnesota craft beers on tap and house-made sake. The happy hour is one of the best.

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A Celebratory Snowstorm

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The title may seem like an oxymoron, but in this household, we love snowstorms – when we can actually get out to enjoy them. This winter has been rough, we’ve been trapped in the neverending polar vortex throwing -40 degree wind chills and every snowfall seems to happen overnight so we haven’t gone out, until today. Jaunts generally entail bundling up in our winter walking gear and heading to a pub, restaurant, or both. Enter Blackbird, our favorite neighborhood spot.

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