I'm home, I'm home, I'm hoooommmmeeeeee!!! Yippeeee! Yesterday I awoke to Lucy licking my face and I knew that all was well in the world once again.... Ahhhhh. After unpacking, sorting through the mail, and resisting the urge to get some work done (I'm really trying to NOT work on the weekends if at all possible), we took a 4 mile family walk around Wash Park and then lounged on the patio across the street from our place, sipping an adult beverage and enjoying the downright stunning temperature and sunshine that defined the day yesterday. It. Was. Perfect. I relaxed into the day and found myself pausing to think, "I am grateful," more than once.
We then walked down to Pizza Fusion (an excellent local place known for natural ingredients, earth-friendly practices, and partnering with the Denver Homeless Coalition to provide jobs for those who need one) for dinner before heading to the Ogden Theater for the Mile High Beer Fest. As VIPs (oh-la-la) we were able to get into the festival an hour early, scored some free pretzels, and got a cool tasting mug. Awesome.
We started at the Crispin Cider booth (I looooove me some cider) where we sampled the Fox Barrel Pear (mmmmm), Crispin Original (mmmmm), and Crispin Saint (mmmmmm) while the gal behind the booth shared details on the company and the cider (gluten-free, no artificial ingredients.... and more interesting information that I've already forgotten....). Awesome. Next up? Oskar Blues Brewing (Eric's favorite) where we talked to the guys about IPAs, Scotch Ales, etc., etc., etc. Knowledgeable, friendly, generous on the pours... Loving it. Clearly:
From there we moved on to the other booths and quickly discovered that not all booths sent their own people to do the pouring. Nope. Several places seemed to 'hire' a cute girl who was clearly told, "Just pour the samples," because when we started asking questions, they panicked and told us, "I have no idea." Huh?? How disappointing. Eric and I like to find out interesting facts about the breweries, the beer, the process... and many booths did not provide us this opportunity. Sure, the beer was good, and yes, we sampled A LOT but we started to lose interest when the non-VIP crowd poured in and we had to wait in line to have our mug filled and our questions NOT answered. Booooo.
Did we have a good time? Of course. Will we provide feedback to the organizers as to how to improve their event? You betcha.
Nevertheless, it was a Saturday FULL of awesome. Grateful.