Pints & Purls Edition 35: Hopothermia – back at long last!

This is the thirty-fifth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Hopothermia

Brewer: Alaskan Brewing Co

Malts:

Hops: Nugget, Apollo, Amarillo, Citra, Centennial

IBU:

ABV: 8.5%IMG_5647

Flavors: Full-flavored, hoppy but with a touch of cream. Citrus undertones without being fruity.

Knit Pairings: This beer stands on it’s own but it isn’t going to distract from your knitting which means that you should feel free to tackle a project with textural interest – knits and purls based would be my recommendation, I think cables might be too much for the beer!

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

New Patterns: Beer Swagger

The latest issue of Interweave Knits Gifts is full of really great patterns for, well, Gift knitting!  You know how many things gift knitting is good for?

  • stash busting
  • trying out new techniques on small projects
  • showing how much you love the recipient (even if you’re the recipient – we all need more self-love, don’t you think?)
  • instant gratification

    (c) Interweave Knits

We all know that I do enjoy a delicious, boozey beverage and for years I’ve been dressing up these treats in their own little wardrobes.  Knits Gifts now has patterns for two different sweater sizes – for all the beer, soda and wine drinkers out there, along with hats that will fit all of the above and a coozie pattern for bottled beverages.  All of those patterns can be found bundled together.

(c) Interweave Knits

You can crank out all of these projects with just 1 skein of yarn from each color!  Knit Picks Swish DK comes in a wide range of pretty colors and the yarn itself is very soft, non-splitty and great for colorwork.

Pints & Purls Edition 34: Castaway

This is the thirty-fourth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Castaway IPA

Brewer: Kona Brewing

Malts: Pale (Premium 2-row)

Hops: Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, Milenium

IBU: 50

ABV: 6%IMG_3904

Flavors: Citrusy and floral, this is a great IPA for the summa’ time!  Crisp and easy to drink with enough hop/malt balance to keep it from being too heavy and filling.

Knit Pairings: This beer would be a great addition to some “afternoon in the hammock” knitting – I’m talking linen, hemp, cotton, silk and all the blends.  Whip up a cute little market bag or light summer cardigan and sip on the beer through the process, they’re a match made in heaven.

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 33: Abbey

This is the thirty-third in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Abbey

Brewer: New Belgium

Malts: Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-80, Munich

Hops: Willamette, Target, Liberty

IBU: 20

ABV: 7%IMG_3451

Flavors: Sweet and malty, this beer is well-rounded from the beginning and leaves you with a slightly warming feel at the finish.

Knit Pairings: This beer is one of those that can stand alone but would also be great paired with something rich for dessert.  It’d pair well with a smooshy worsted merino beanie or a chunky, simple to knit cowl.

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 31: Belgian-Style Apricot Ale

This is the thirty-first in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Belgian-Style Apricot Ale

Brewer: Lakefront Brewery

Malts:

Hops: Saaz

IBU:

ABV: 6%IMG_3176

Flavors: Fruity and malty with a leeetle bit of hoppy bitter to keep the finish crisp.  A warming spice with a sweet beginning keep this beer interesting.

Knit Pairings:  this beer is a good staple with a bit of pizazz and would pair well with a project that’s similar.  The crispy, spicy notes make me think of that really interesting yarns from Habu with bits of metal in it, wouldn’t that be fabulous?  Something fun and funky but in earthy, neutral colors.

Notes: It’s not an IPA!  Woo!  I’m going to be better about non-IPAs getting featured….promise….sorta.

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 30: Hop Ranch

This is the thirtieth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Hop Ranch

Brewer: Victory

Malts: Pilsner

Hops: Mosaic, Azacca

IBU:

ABV: 9%IMG_3005

Flavors: Full-flavored with lots of sweet, citrus-y notes and plenty of floral character, this beer has bitter on the undertone but the aftertaste is smooth and fruity.

Knit Pairings: This beer would be best paired with a knit that is indulgent but not out-of-reach.  Something that you treat yourself to every couple of projects, something rich and full of character but if you had too much of this project/technique/yarn you might lose interest, a little at a time is best.

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Fort Collins/Northern Colorado Knitting Brew Crew

My friend Hannah and I decided that we wanted to start our own version of the Pints & Purls group I started when I lived in Albuquerque (that links the the thread on Rav that keeps the group up to date, if you happen to live there and are looking to join up!).  The group started because I didn’t know anyone and I wanted to make friends.  I figured that if I could find people who like to do the same things I like to do, we’d have a greater chance of being buddies – knitting and beer-drinking is a perfect combo.IMG_0543

We’re calling our new group The Knitting Brew Crew and we’ve started a Ravelry group to keep everyone updated on the whens and wheres (please come join us!).IMG_2846

This Sunday, February 9th, will be our first meet-up.  We’re going to go to Equinox Brewing around 2pm.  Bring your crafty things and join us for a crafty beer!

Pints & Purls Edition 29:

This is the twenty-ninth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Day Time Ale

Brewer: Lagunitas

Malts:

Hops: The latest, cutting-edge experimental yet-to-be-named varieties

IBU: 54.2

ABV: 4.65%IMG_2844

Flavors:  Clean, slightly juicy, crisp with a light bitter finish that doesn’t last very long.  Have you ever eaten pansies?  Yes, the flower. It tastes like you think a flower would taste but so light that if you aren’t paying attention to the fact that you are eating foliage, you may not even notice.  That’s what this beer is like, but it’s not for pansies, it’s for adults who still need to do work after they finish having a midday brew.

Knit Pairings: Because this beer is so easy to drink while you keep on gettin’ shit done, it’s easy to pair with a highly complex, attention-needing project. Maybe a beaded lace shawl? (Totally shameless, I know, I need help deciding on a project though!)

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 28:

This is the twenty-eigth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Rocky Mountain IPA

Brewer: Fort Collins Brewery

Malts:

Hops:

IBU: 81

ABV: 6.2%IMG_2789

Flavors: Whew! This beer has some awesome spicy flavor and bitterness with a sweet undertone that hop-fanatics (like myself) appreciate.  This is a dry hopped beer and the citrus notes are very apparent in the scent and initial flavor.  With a bittery finish, the mouthfeel lingers and you can’t just have one sip.

Knit Pairings: I recommend knitting something with tang while drinking this beer.  Because the taste is so abundant but keeps you going back for more, I think a great lace pattern with shorter repeats would be perfect!  You can work out a fiddley repeat while soaking up the taste of the sip you just had and by the end of it (and hypothetically during a moment of “down time” while you prepare for the next repeat), you can sip the beer and basically double-fist one awesome, complex project for another.

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 27: Lasso

This is the twenty-seventh in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Lasso

Brewer: Great Divide

Malts:

Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade

IBU: 50

ABV: 5%IMG_2761

Flavors: Lots of flavor in this bottle, a sweet bitterness that starts out floral and ends citrus-y.  Heavier than the light IPAs and lighter than the heavy IPAs, it’s got a lengthy finish of hoppy bitter.

Knit Pairings:  This isn’t a mild beer and you shouldn’t be knitting a mild project!  No garter stitch scarves here, I recommend pairing this brew with something more complex and in the “Wild West” spirit this brew boasts – a bandana-shaped shawlette or even a cowboy hat (seriously, you can totally do that).

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!