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!

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 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!

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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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 20: 1900

 

This is the twentieth 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:  1900

Brewer: Fort Collins Brewery

Malts: German Melanoiden, Munich

Hops: WillametteIMG_1856

Flavors: Simple, clean beer with a good balance of hops and malts.  Refreshing, not overly floral or creamy this beer would work for just about any scenario!

Knit Pairings:  Because this beer is great for any occasion, it’s also great for any knitting!  I highly recommend pairing this beer with a social knitting project – knit nights, girls nights, boys nights, Wednesday nights – any night!  I don’t drink in the morning, but if you do, this may be a good morning brew too, I hear it pairs well with fruity things.

Notes:  I had to pick a brew from Fort Collins for my first new-life-in-Loveland beer, maybe I can go on a brewery tour sometime, anyone wanna join?  We can scope out the yarn stores too 😉

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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!