What we drank this week (and how we felt about it), in no particular order.
This was a big time Boulevard week for me for a variety of reasons. I had a Pale Ale with some of the country's best bbq at Bryant's, celebrated with a cellared bottle of Long Strange Tripel after co-hosting a benefit in KC, and enjoyed a sample pack with the crew of that benefit during rehersals a few nights earlier. Love that Mid-Coast IPA.
Other great local stops included Bier Station for a tasting of Michigan beers Bell's and New Holland, and a Friday night stop at Underdog Wine Co. for a terrific value wine, a bottle of 2012 Bodegas Castano "Solanera Vinas Viejas" Yecla.
My first day behind the bar at Fort Collins' newest coffee spot, Harbinger Coffee, was preceded by a traditional Kung Fu Cha tea ceremony at the bar. A central bar set up provides to-go service on one side and bar service, complete with comfy bar stools, on the other for one-on-one chats with the barista and a great view of all the shiny new coffee toys. Serving up coffees from Sweet Bloom and taking a simple, quality focused approach to community coffee, my first shift was a dream and I'm thrilled to be a part of such a great team and appetizing concept. - Sadie
An evening spent getting to know another writer and talking shop (read: comparing rates, probing about editorial policies, and crowing over shared word usage... yep, we're a unique breed) was perfectly framed for me at Expatriate, one of Portland's top cocktail bars. This time I chose the "Replica", which used Pueblo Viejo Blanco 100% Agave Tequila, Fresh Lemon, Ginger, Local Honey, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal. Smoky, faintly sweet, with a pleasant viscosity, it was perfectly-made as always. - Emily
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