Another Day, Another Beer Festival

In my last post I vowed to post something other than a Thirsty Thursday drink or idea. In true Wisconsinite form, this post is not a Thursday Thirsty drink, rather a recap of my day of drinking on Saturday. Shocker!

The real irony in all of these drinking related posts is that I’ve been drinking less than ever these days. I’m working more day shifts, which means less temptation to participate in beer slams or drinks after work. My weekends have been pretty jam packed, which means less time to relax/have a cocktail or two. And quite honestly, my hangovers (especially from beer) have gotten so severe that even having a drink or two is hardly worth it. But every once in awhile, I do imbibe. And apparently when I do, I blog about it.

Back in August, we attended the Great Taste of the Midwest. This past weekend, we attended the Great Taste’s little sister, Beer Fest. Same concept, much smaller venue. Approximately 40 breweries gather together under a giant tent to offer up their finest craft brews.

We had a little Bloody Mary brunch at our house before the festivities, including this Pumpkin Monkey Bread.

My husband turned up his nose at the idea of pumpkin?! in the monkey bread?!
It was a hit. Everyone, including Mr. Picky himself, loved it.

Pumpkin Monkey Bread

1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 cans (16.3 oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp pumpkin puree
3/4 cup butter, melted

1. Heat oven to 350. Lightly grease angel food cake or fluted tube pan with cooking spray.
2. In storage-sized plastic food bag (or big bowl with a lid); mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger.
3. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in prepared pan.
4. In small bowl, mix brown sugar, pumpkin & butter; pour over biscuit pieces.
5. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

Post-monkey bread & bloodies, we made the trek to Beer Fest on foot. It was about two miles. It was warm. I expected more whining from the guys, but apparently when beer is the goal, a 2 mile walk in the hot sun isn’t a big deal. They may or may not have had beers “with wheels” for the trip. We arrived, and beer was had.

Here’s a pic of our group under the tent. And it appears a couple of photo bombers joined us as well. It’s a tad blurry, but that’s actually pretty fitting for this kind of event.

This was our third or fourth trip to Beer Fest & while I like the smaller venue, which is less overwhelming than the Great Taste, I do wish the set-up were more similar to the Great Taste. Does that even make sense?

The Great Taste is huge. No, HUGE. There are at least 5 giants tents like the one at Beer Fest. The big difference though is that at the Great Taste, the beer “stands” face the outside of the tent so the crowds gather on the outside of the tent, thus preventing any major lines or traffic jams. At Beer Fest, the beer stands face the inside, meaning everyone gathers in the middle of the tent & it’s just one giant clusteryouknowwhat. Now, I get it, to a certain extent. In years past there have been snowflakes falling on us a Beer Fest so the shelter, and even the crowds of people, provide some much needed warmth. But overall, I prefer the layout of the Great Taste.

As far as my favorite beer? It’s always the same. Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale. It’s always my favorite.

I avoided my usual horrible hangover by overhydrating when we got home & completely sobering up before bed. A dish of Rocky Road frozen custard helped a little too.

On Sunday, sans hangover, I finally cooked a meal! I basically made Courtney’s Chicken Parmesan Burgers with a few swaps. Ground turkey instead of chicken, I added green pepper, and skipped the parmesan. I also added a little salad of baby spinach, tomatoes & banana peppers as a garnish. The outcome was pretty good, but not my absolute favorite.

Another thing that wasn’t my favorite? These M&Ms. I have no explanation for why I bought them other than I was under the spell of the Halloween section at Target. I don’t even like Candy Corn!

Luckily I also snagged a back-up bag of peanut butter M&Ms. 🙂

My life seems to be quieting down a tiny bit & I’m getting a better grasp on doing both school & my new role at work. I actually bought groceries this week, which seems like a giant step in the right direction. Here’s hoping I can keep it up!

Have you ever been to a beer festival? My answer is obvious. If it says beer in the title, you can guarantee I’ll be buying a ticket. Let’s just ignore the fact that beer makes me feel horrible these days. Major sad face.

Ever fall for a holiday treat that turns out to be more of a trick? And this is quite obvious too, though I wish I could say this is the only time I’ve been tricked. I heard there are Candy Corn Oreos. While I’ve not seen them, and have already determined that I truly do not like candy corn, I’m just not sure I would be able to walk past these without wanting them. I’m such a sucker!! Chocolate & mint is perhaps my favorite combination ever so I’m always good to go when Christmas holiday foods come out!

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