Pints & Purls Edition 37: Slope Style

This is the thirty-sixth 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: Slope Style Winter IPA

Brewer: Boulder Beer

Malts:

Hops: Horizon

IBU:

ABV: 6.4%IMG_6242

Flavors: Full-bodied with a malty intro and a hoppy outro, this beer combines elements from a good red ale and your IPA needs into one brew.

Knit Pairings:  This beer is perfect for winter drinking after a day at the slopes – cozy and filling.  I suggest pairing it with a good wooly chunky knit with possibly some cables to add some cushy-ness or maybe you’re into stranded colorwork and want to make a classic ski cap with some seasonal motifs!

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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 32: Mission IPA

This is the thirty-second 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: IPA

Brewer: Mission Brewery

Malts:

Hops: Cascade, Centennial

IBU: 66

ABV: 6.8%IMG_3340

Flavors: Complex, bitter and crisp with just enough malt to keep the beer balanced and easy to drink.

Knit Pairings:  This beer is kind of like lace that is only worked on one side of the project and you’ve got a wrong-side row or even-knit round to chill out, let your shoulders retreat from your earlobes (is that just me?) and come back around to being able to handle another row of focus-worthy lace.

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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 26: Hazed & Infused

This is the twenty-sixth 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: Hazed & Infused

Brewer: Boulder Beer Company

Malts:

Hops: Crystal, Centennial

IBU: 38

ABV: 4.85%IMG_0679

Flavors: This brew has a unique, citrus-y, floral flavor – almost like a tree…kind of. It’s got a great, strong foundation but an easy, smooth feel and is easy to drink

Knit Pairings:  This isn’t the hoppiest or spiciest of brews and so I would recommend pairing it with a project that has a tiny bit of interest but not too much – no all-over cables, no two-sided lace, maybe a tiny cable turn swathed in a simple textural background.

Notes: This is another one of those summer beers that I felt the need to interject into our cold and windy winter.

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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 25: Sunshine Wheat

 

This is the twenty-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: Sunshine Wheat

Brewer: New Belgium

Malts: Pale, Carapils, Wheat

Hops: Target

IBU: 14

ABV: 4.8%IMG_9953

Flavors: This is light, citrus-y spiced beer with a crisp feel.  It’s not a watered-down wheat, it’s got plenty of flavor and a tiny bit of hoppiness.

Knit Pairings: My biased opinion thinks that you should be knitting the Sweet Summer Rays since I was knitting it the last time I was drinking this brew and it’s a perfect bring-along project since it’s light and portable – like the beer.

Notes:  I thought we needed a bit of warm sunshine this week, winter is great but I’m glad it’s not all year long!  Also, starting with this post I’m going to start including the IBU and ABV information on the beers, what do you think?

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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 10: Something Else a Little Different

This is the tenth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!

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This past weekend, while hanging out with my awesome friend Freshy (who’s blog you should totally go read, she’s had some amazing adventures), I had an epiphany of sorts.  An epiphany that circles around this here series and how I should include other types of posts within it.  Today is my first attempt at said epiphan-ic idea.  Instead of focusing on a specific beer by a specific brewer with lots of very specific qualities, I’m going to go more general (sometimes)!  I’m going to attack a style of brew – one of siblings in the family of beers.  Today? It’s the most beginner-friendly beer I know.IMG_0540

Brew: Hefeweizen

Brewer: Many

Malts:

Hops:

Flavors:  Hefeweisens usually have no hop bitterness, plenty of fruit and clove flavors with a tart finish.  “Hefe” means “with wheat” and this accounts for the beer’s typical cloudy look.  If you’ve enjoyed Hefeweisen’s before, you may have noticed that many of the bottles will request that you gently swirl the last inch or so liquid in the bottle before you finish pouring it into a glass (or your mouth) to really kick up the rest of the “cloud” that may have fallen in storage.

Knit Pairings:  The first thing I want to address, is the color of this yarn so perfectly matching the color of the brew.  The yarn is Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the Candlewick color.

Second, wheat beers like the Hefeweisen, are very good beginner beers – they’re not aggressive in flavor or scent.  Unlike the cheap-0 beers, Hefeweisens actually have flavor – complex flavor at that!  Add an orange or lemon slice, and it’s the perfect intro-beer for newbies.  Cascade 200 is a good beginner yarn – it’s not expensive, it comes in a range of colors, can be found at most LYS’s, it doesn’t have any extra fluff or novelty bits and it doesn’t squeak or ruin your wrists on the first row.

What can I say? We were both excited to see how our beers and knits matched!
What can I say? We were both excited to see how our beers and knits matched!

Notes:  Hefeweisens are really great any-time beers – day drinking, night drinking, summer, winter, with friends, family, strangers – it’s all good!  Bring along some good any-time knitting and you’re all set for an awesome, easy time!

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!