Wedge Brewing Company – Asheville, NC The first time I visited Wedge Brewing was during an Asheville brewery tour with the Carolina Brewmasters home brew club. I still have dreams about the dopplebock I had that day. It was November 2011 and I had just brewed my first beer – an Irish Red infuse with…… Continue Reading
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Ale Braised Short Ribs Sliders with Beer Caramelized Onion Horseradish Sauce Hello October. I get really excited this time of year. The leaves are starting to turn, the air is crisp enough at night to sit outside with a fire going in the pit, we can escape the sweltering southern heat and…… Continue Reading
It’s been a real crap storm of a year and I needed a break. The kind of break that heals the soul. The kind of healing that can only be accomplished by time.
The kind of time spent spent at the beach for a week with my family. The mixture of sweet and bitter to get to spend the week with one sister, yet missing another and her 7 year old triplets because the universe had other plans for them.
Time spent with my mom having dinner and drinks. Sitting in a quiet corner of Harry’s talking about old friends, life, loss, and heartbreak.
Time spent fishing with my dad all day long from my dock. An experience made even better by my dad’s willingness to bait my hook and release the giant ugly catfish I caught. For this, I’ll forgive him for turning up his nose at my craft bear while drinking The Beast.
Time spent kayaking around the lake, sunset dinners on the deck overlooking the water with Chris, pedicures, life jackets and little kids jumping off the dock into the water, me jumping off the dock into the water, Great Blue Herons and Turkey Vultures, drifting around the lake on a raft with a floating cooler of my favorite summer craft beers, laughter, kids fishing, good trashy books, good friends, meeting new friends, boat rides, water skiing, cook-outs, baked beans, burgers and dogs, popsicles, and of course, plenty of craft beer.
It’s been a summer of healing, friends.
And now I’m back. I can’t think of a better way to return than with a craft beer celebration just in time for Oktoberfest. Milena from Craft Beering has gathered a bunch of friends together to bring you a collection of recipes for an Oktoberfest Bash. I give you a Beer Mustard Crusted Pork Loin. Scroll below the recipe for a complete list of Oktoberfest Bash food and links to the amazing recipes.