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!

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 23: Hop Ottin’ IPA

This is the twenty-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: Hop Ottin’ IPA

Brewer: Anderson Valley

Malts: Pale two-row, Munich, Crystal

Hops: Columbus, CascadeIMG_2165

Flavors: Pine-y and assertive, plenty of hoppy bitter and a crisp climax and finish.

Knit Pairings: Statement knitting.  Pick a statement color or a bold design, or both!  This isn’t a wall-flower beer and your knitting shouldn’t blend into the background either.

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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 22: Falco

This is the twenty-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: Falco

Brewer: Evil Twin Brewing

Malts:

Hops:

Flavors:This is a bitter IPA with very little of the creamy undertones other IPAs come with.  It tastes pine-y and floral and has a crisp aftertaste.  It also seems to hold the chill longer (although there’s no scientific proof of that).

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Knit Pairings:  I’d pair this beer with something modern to knit – not your stand-by wool hat or sweater, something with pop and color, possibly graphic designs, neon and a unique blend of fibers!  Have fun with it, try something new!

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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 21: The Great Pumpkin Ale

This is the twenty-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:  The Great Pumpkin Ale

Brewer: McAuslan Brewing

Malts:

Hops: Cascade, Willamette

Flavors:  True to its name, this beer tastes like pumpkin fo’ sho’ but it also tastes like beer, which is convenient because it is marketed as such.  The sweet, creamy pumpkin-y goodness is enhances with some pie-type spices such as ginger, cinnamon and clove which makes this brew perfect to feature today – Thanksgiving in the United States!IMG_2051

Knit Pairings:  This beer would pair well with something rich and fun, not your normal everyday knitting.  Because it emulates fall so well, I recommend taking that notion all the way – burnt orange, rustic browns, deep reds like the colors you see around you.  Perhaps even some squooshy cable motifs in a luxurious yarn for a project just for you and no one else (unless you love them very very much).

Notes:  Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, and if you don’t, Happy Thursday!

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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 19: Jubelale

This is the nineteenth 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: Jubelale

Brewer: Deschutes Brewery

Malts: Pale, Crystal, Extra Special, Carapils, Roasted Barley

Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, Styrian, Tettnang, East Kent GoldingsIMG_1793

Flavors: This beer is darker but not so dark that you’ll need an empty stomach to drink it.  The spicy, fruity flavors come through in winds and never bog down the taste buds.  Balanced creamy, carmel-y flavors with crisp hops – like sipping a hot, milky beverage while sitting outside watching the snow fall around you.

Knit Pairings: This beer can stand up to a hearty knit and would complement a classic winter piece – aran cabled pullover anyone?  I suggest using at least a worsted weight yarn, a finer gauge would be totally overpowered by this balanced but deep brew.

Notes:  I love the artwork featured on Deschutes’ bottles, don’t you?!

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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 18: Wassail Winter Ale

This is the eighteenth 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: Winter Ale

Brewer: Full Sail

Malts: All the good ones

Hops: A fabulous blend

Flavors:  This beer showed some of it’s best elements right off the bat – immediately after popping the cap a sweet, thick beer-y aroma filled my nose.  The flavor did not disappoint – full flavor and lots of it!  Malty with a slight coffee side taste, as a darker beer should be but with a nice hoppy, crisp finish.  The taste of this beer is like the feeling you get when you put on your winter coat in a warm house then walk out into single-digit weather.IMG_1618

Knit Pairings:  With the coming of the winter season, not only are we seeing changing landscapes and dropping temperatures but more wool sweaters, socks, hats and winter-themed beers as well!  Because of the full, warming but crisp flavor I recommend knitting a sweater with the same elements.  Warm and cozy, possibly ove-rsized with cushy but crisply knitted cables.  It sounds perfect to me!

Notes:  See?  I told you it wasn’t all IPA’s all the time. Pfft.

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 16: Henry Weinhard’s Woodland Pass IPA

This is the sixteenth 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: Woodland Pass IPA

Brewer: Henry Weinhard’s

Malts:

Hops:

Flavors:  Very floral, clean, crisp – all the wonderful things people love about IPA’s, with sweet carmally notes.  Bold start, quick and simple finish.IMG_1374

Knit Pairings:  Big flavor with this beer calls for big knits!  And I’m not talking about a big, cumbersome project like a lace shawl that doubles as a bedspread, I’m talking about a super chunky weight cowl or hat that you can whip up in the span of a beer or two (or 6, some people drink fast!).  Make it even more bold with a doublt-take worthy neon yarn like the new Fluo and Very Berry colorways from Malabrigo.

Notes:  I *PROMISE* that I won’t keep featuring IPA’s haha, they’re typically my favorite but I know they’re not everyone’s cuppa tea (pint’a beer is more like it).  Do you have any favorites that I haven’t featured yet that you’d like to see?

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 15: Inversion IPA

This is the fifteenth 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: Inversion IPA

Brewer: Deschutes Brewery

Malts: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramel

Hops: Millennium, Horizon, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Citra

Flavors:  Smells creamier than it tastes – it’s a little maltier than most IPA’s but still crisp.  It’s darker than most, but bitter with a strong initial flavor.IMG_0121

Knit Pairings:  The beer doesn’t have brand new flavors that you’ve never tasted before, but it has  the tried and true in a novel collection and presentation – your knitting should reflect that!  My Vagabond’s Dream Collection is a similar set up – different yarn weights that come standard in any yarn store and a unique compilation of colors and projects to use them with all to create a wardrobe that’s as colorful and flexible as you are.

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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!