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Farewell 2013

2013 was a wonderful, painful, beautiful, heartbreaking and joyous year. I warn you now – this is a picture and link heavy post. It was a busy, busy year.
am Baby Avery at our first Ladies at Ladyface of 2013.
am1 I made my first grown-up purchase – a new Prius C to help me drive those 100 miles per day I averaged with my post-assistant-brewer job. am2 A media access preview night at Chloe’s – Golden Road’s secret pub space. am3 My pops happened to be in town and was able to join me. AM4 Abandoned places. I love them so. AM5 John, Patty and Joe from The Chive came to visit! AM6 For my birthday, the parental unit flew out and surprised me with a beautiful suite on the coast. AM7 Abandoned places. I seriously am obsessed. AM8 So tragically beautiful. AM9 Irish Car Bomb bread pudding. I insist on taking a little credit for the idea of this… I think Phil and Thomas from Custom Melt and Custom Pie might allow that. AM10 Death by chocolate with Jenny. AM11 Samuel Adams Brewery for training. I passed. AM12 I had Utopias. Epic. AM13 Met Ben Franklin. He told me to “Chive On”. AM14 Had my first raw oyster. I didn’t hurl. I actually enjoyed it! AM15 Consumed the most kickass donut that exists in the entire universe. AM16 Traveled to Sierra Nevada Brewing for more training. AM17 I say “training” very loosely. We mostly just drank their amazing beer and ate wonderful food. AM18 We were spoiled by some specialty cellar brews. AM19 I brewed at Miller in Irwindale. I drank Coors Golden got a can of Coors Golden and let my coworkers finish it. am20 This is a big frickin’ brewery. HUGE. am21 Took inappropriate pictures of brewers in short shorts. I’m not sure if the majority found it wonderful/hilarious or frightening/NSFW… am22 Was given a personal tour of The Bruery in Orange by Tyler King himself! AM25 Another personalized tour of Golden Road Brewing for a client I was schmoozing. AM26 Ladies at Ladyface: TWO YEARS! AM27 This little one kept growing! AM28 Banjo and Fiddle Fest with Enegren’s Brew Chief Joe Nascenzi. AM29 Family brew day in Colorado! AM30 I passed the Cicerone test!!!! I had to decide which cellar beer to break open to celebrate with. AM31 Honestly, a good two and a half years of my life studying everything beer for that moment. AM32 My first recipe/picture accepted to FoodGawker! AM33 Did I mention I passed the Cicerone test? I’m still kinda psyched about that… AM34 Hosted a Samuel Adams beer dinner at Roy’s in Woodland Hills. AM35 Hosted a Firestone pairing dinner at Salt in Calabasas. AM36 Got my Chivette shirt and a mustache hat. AM37 The parental unit came to visit again!AM38Went to Boston to see Commander Matt’s family and enjoyed tons of seafood and kayaking. AM39 Got the worst burn I’ve had in my entire life. I still have a tan line to THIS DAY, and it doesn’t look like it’s planning on fading anytime soon… AM40 Stopped by The Chive before they moved out of Venice. I miss them! AM41 Celebrated Avery’s first birthday! AM42 Started going to archery every Saturday. AM43 Angel City Brewery tour for works! AM44 Said farewell to J.J. – a beloved Lady at Ladyface who moved to Oregon. AM45 Watched this movie. Three times. It’s that awfully amazing. AM46 My lovely Janelle cooked me this delicious dinner and became my strongest shoulder. AM47 A great friend invited me down to his neck of the woods for good beers and yet another brewery visit.
AM48 Hosted a Golden Road pairing dinner at Tuning Fork in Studio City. AM49 I was able to dress casual for work for the first time in seven months since I was “repping the brewery”. AM50 Went to the Citrus Classic Hot Air Balloon Festival. AM51 And hosted the beer pairing dinner there. AM52 Visited Figueroa Mountain’s new taproom in Santa Barbara. AM53 Traveled to Colorado for a weekend and decided it was time to get back to where I belong. AM54 Said farewell to my brew boys who kept watch over me in college. Congratulations to Grayson – almost officially old and engaged!!! AM55 Met and said farewell to Wolf Creek Brewery’s replacement for me – Joseph Isaac, assistant brewer extraordinaire who owes me a beanie and beers since the Colorado Avalanche destroyed the LA Kings… Before they destroyed us back… AM56 Another dinner with two of the people I adore the most on this earth. AM57 Had a catch-up/farewell luncheon with Yousef Abu-Taleb – my favorite Beast from back in the day. AM58 A Vertical Epic tasting with my Ladies of Ladyface. Heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. AM60 Drove my little car across California, Arizona and Utah to cross into Colorado! AM61 The view from my current home. AM62 Testing the local breweries – Black Bottle Brewing. AM63 Lunch and tea with my oldest best friend, Michelley. AM64 Traveled to Germany and had a beer in the town center after 30 hours of being awake. AM65 Went to Andechs Monastery and had the best beer of the entire Germany trip. AM66 Had Weiswurst and Weissbier for breakfast at the Glockenspiel. AM67 Went to Salzburg, Austria on a day trip. AM68 Found an amazing wine bar in München and became friends with the owner. AM69 Went to Amsterdam and took the Canal tour. AM70 Visited Anne Frank’s house. Speechless. AM71 Visited Heineken. Delicious. AM72 Went to Scotland and visited Cask and Barrel. AM73 Went to Loch Ness. AM74 Visited the ruins of Dunollie. AM75 Went to BrewDog in Edinburgh! AM78 Flew back home and cuddled with my Barleywhine. AM79 Took a few spins around town on the motorcycle. AM80 Went to City Star Brewing in Berthoud. AM81 Found a great girls’ night spot at Next Door in Loveland. AM82 Went to GABF. AM83 Got together with California friends at GABF. AM84 Met Lauren from Me and the Mountains at GABF! AM85 So many wonderful Californians at GABF. I miss them. AM86 Pink Boots Society meeting. AM87 Brewed on the first official snow day in Colorado. AM88 Went to a Colorado Avalanche game and wore a mustache. AM90 Went to Left Hand for a flight. AM91 Halloween, pumpkins and good beer. AM92 Brewed at Verboten with the Verboten Sisterhood. Pink Saison – turned out delicious! AM93 Broke out my old brew boots for the occasion. AM94 Got hired at Loveland Aleworks! AM95 Found and drank KCCO Black Lager! AM96 Went for a weekend getaway to Fraser. AM98 Made some awesome new recipes – this one featuring Gingerbread Ale by Bison Brewing. AM99 Almost lost my Barleywhine to HGE. He lived and thrived. We’re all so very thankful. AM100 Re-met Curtis and met Liz Chism of Council Brewing when they stopped by for a flight!
christmas Wore a battery-operated, homemade ugly Christmas sweater to serve beer to all those thirsty folk on Christmas Eve.

It’s been a year full of amazing memories, wonderful friend and people and moments I’ll never forget. I don’t regret a single thing, and I am so very blessed. Thank you, 2013, for a beautiful year!

What are your favorite memories from 2013?


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Au Revoir, Malachi!

     Painfully cheesy title. Yes, Malachi is bailing on this country and taking up residence in France for six months. He’s not leaving for another three weeks, but with my travel schedule for work I wasn’t sure if I’d get another chance to see him. Bon Voyage lunch, it was!

We went to Vivian’s Millennium Cafe, a little hole in the wall on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. To get to the patio, you actually have to walk through the kitchen!
The courtyard is ridiculously cute and cozy. It’s tucked between two buildings and surrounded by plants that block out any traffic sounds. You wouldn’t even know that you were in LA – and that impresses me.
One last candid shot of Malachi before he becomes snobby and too uppity and important to eat day old bread. 
(French law prohibits the consumption of bread that is older than two hours.)
I ordered the chicken salad sammich on wheat which was tasty, but the REAL star of the meal was the potato salad! I don’t know what they put in this – smiles, sunshine, shooting stars, warm ocean breeze… but whatever it was, it was INCREDIBLE!!! The most epic potato salad of my life. I’ve been daydreaming about it ever since.
Farewell, Malachi! I look forward to harassing you on the interwebs, and then in person when you return!

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Thanksgiving Recap!

     Good morning!!! Why so good, you ask? I think it’s because I got a full night of sleep after the longest day of my life.

     Yesterday was absolutely INSANE. As a lowly retail worker, I was forced awake after four measly hours of sleep so I could head off to my job and prepare to receive all the Black Friday shoppers at 3:50am. A-M!!! And so, armed with a gigantic to-go mug of coffee (which, by the way, does NOTHING at three in the morning), I stood at my counter to face the onslaught.
     I could not believe how many people actually showed up! The store had lines by 4:10am. If I offend you here, get over it: ALL YOU BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPERS ARE INSANE!!! Why anyone would want to subject themselves to such an ordeal is beyond me. I was barraged by swarms of teenagers chugging Red Bull, adults wearing onesies (seriously), and elderly people who are normally up at this time, but now have an excuse to be at the mall speed-walking even earlier.

     I worked until noon, then went home and crashed for an hour, waking up in order to eat more leftovers and stare in a daze at the television while my mind feebly attempted to comprehend the images that flashed before me. Needless to say, it was a long day.

     THANKSGIVING! Let’s have a recap!

I made the most AMAZING cranberry sauce I’ve ever tasted!
Big thanks to Angela for posting it!
I doubled the recipe. I used 3 and a half cups of fresh cranberries, 1 cup of pure, real maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and  2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. DO NOT SKIP THE BALSAMIC VINEGAR! This makes the sauce EPIC!
     I also made Itty Bitty Herbed Pumpkin Knots. It was a Glow-y kind of day!
Post-kneading, pre-rising.
IT ROSE! That has never happened to my dough before!!!
Punched, spread out and sliced!
Wrapped into cute little packages. Lovely!
     We had to set up the table in a fancy fashion to fully appreciate the feast that was set before us!
Quaint and festive – just the way I like it 🙂
My one (and only) plate. Clockwise from the top: homemade whole wheat stuffing, a pumpkin knot, turkey with the most amazing cranberry sauce in the world, green bean casserole made with fresh green beans and homemade vegan cream of mushroom soup and caramelized onions, and mashed potatoes with gravy. 
     I was left comfortable full after my plate, and retired to the couch with a glass of Brochelle to have some quality time with the parental unit. The things I do for family, eh? 
     I hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful as mine! I also hope that you spent Black Friday at home on the couch in your pajamas like everyone is supposed to. If you were out shopping, be warned that I have a little bit of anger towards you. I’d say it’s not personal, but that would be a complete lie.
Have an amazing weekend! Time for some more recuperation for myself!


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