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IPAlooza! May Beer Dinner

27 Jun

IPAlooza! Get it!? IPA-looza! iPalooza! An all IPA beer dinner!

It’s taken me awhile but I’ve grown to love IPAs. The hoppy bitterness is amazingly satisfying and I love the way IPAs smell. So…I was super excited for my April postponed to May beer dinner that was all IPAs all the time. I also decided to try and focus on IPAs that were relatively local.


I started with Gold Digger IPA by the Auburn Alehouse Brewery. I’ve been up to the Auburn Alehouse a few times now – it’s a great place to stop after a hike in Auburn. This beer I paired with a great Broccoli, Grape, and Cucumber salad.

Next I paired Track 7′s Panic IPA with the Roasted Potato Galette. Still haven’t made it out to the brewery, but their Daylight Amber is one of my favorites.


We wrapped up with Rubicon’s IPA and delish Caramel Apple Cupcakes!


We got to try a range of different IPAs. My favorites were the Knee Deep Midnight Hoppyness and Samuel Adam’s Rebel IPA. The Midnight Hoppyness is a black IPA. The Sam Adams IPA is pretty mild and very drinkable.


I was also super excited to show off my newest project….my patio! My dad came down in March to help me build it during my Spring Break.

We started with a blank slate – just lots of dirt and some weeds…


…and a lot of gravel and sand.


After lots of digging we found a rouge concrete slab…and then laid out a great foundation.


Next I laid out all the pavers…


…and learned how to use power tools to make planter boxes!


Finally we swept sand over the whole patio to fill in the gaps.


Some furniture and plants make it a wonderful place to hang out! We held the tasting out there this beer dinner and it was wonderful! I think I’ve spent most evenings hanging out on the patio with a cold beer and a good book!