Decatur Beerfest Glass

Celebrate Autumn with Ale and Mead

Chalkboard sign of beers

It’s nearly November and that means that choices of fall ales is in full effect. A few weeks ago I had the joy of attending the Decatur Beerfest and was able to sample some great new beers and get reacquainted with some old ones. Here is my list of some of my favorites that I have had recently. They are a collection of beers from around the country and I think it includes something for everyone…

Creature Comforts Tropicalia, Georgia Brewery

Creature Comforts Tritonia with Cucumber and Lime, Georgia Brewery

Wild Heaven Civilization, Georgia Brewery

Southern Tier Pumpking, New York Brewery

Left Hand Oktoberfest Marzen Lager, Colorado Brewery

B. Nektar Necromangocon, Michigan Meadery (Yes MEAD!)

Second Self Thai Wheat, Georgia Brewery

Good luck and Godspeed finding them in your neck of the woods.




World in a Scramble

There are times when I feel like everything is a wee bit out of control. Then you throw into the mix the season premiere of The Walking Dead and I am extra wonky! The image of zombies falling through the ceiling on Sunday night is still with me and it is Wednesday.

I have been very slack in keeping up with my blogging. My website got hacked and I was unable to get email at my website address, blah, blah, blah. While I have been away from my blog many things have happened. Framing photos, spending time with old friends, work, the kid, the husband and GRE study cards. Hootsuite has helped me immensely with my professional Twitter feed; but only my hard work can keep me on top of my blogworld!

So I will quickly take the easy way out and share with you where I am now on this planet and in this life:

GRE flash card studying, boot wearing, praising the weather, coffee drinking, History of Internet Coursera class taking, HopMan shirt designing fool.

This weekend I am looking forward to my mother-in-law coming to town so that the hubs and I can attend the Bells Beer Brunch at the Square Pub and then off to the Decatur Beer Festival.

Remember to breathe people.

Ahhh Leon’s/30030

For my wonderful 40th birthday Joe took me to Leon’s Full Service. Now for many this may seem really weak. I mean, this place is reasonably priced, does not take reservations, and has a kid at just about every table. However, I can honestly say it was the perfect place to celebrate this occasion. Joe and I pride ourselves on being parents who have not forgot the things we loved before we had little Aaron. We have not stopped loving beerfests, hanging at the park and walking to shops and restaurants. You CAN do that with a kid in-tow. It takes a bit of planning and about 15 more minutes but it can be done. Walking into Leon’s was like finding a patch of people like us. The food was amazing(hello chicken liver croquettes), the beer top notch, and the vibe….well behaved cute kid/smart parent nirvana.

Midway through our meal we both agreed that the 30030 zip code would go on our lists of neighborhoods of choice for our real estate agent. We already love Brickstore Pub, Taqueria del Sol and the other tiny shops in the area. The MARTA station (for Joe’s airport commute) and walkability to the library, Publix and short drive to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market are just the cherry on top. And Leon’s….well that was as if a photo of our family was sitting there waiting on us. Just where I wanted to be where I turned 40. Married, with great kid and life.