Brew wife (/bro͞o wīf/) : a sophisticated lady married to a wonderful man who is obsessed with making (beer, ale, etc.) by steeping, boiling, and fermenting malt and hops while turning our small apartment into a chaotic mess and completely taking over the fridge to fill it with beer.

3.17.16 St. Patrick's Day

In the spirit of St. Patty's .... but mostly because we just wanted to take advantage and do something....we went to M.I.A beer company to join in the festivities.
This is the closest brewery to our house right now, so we do frequent it somewhat often. We really enjoy this place, they have an extensive beer selection on tap and they dish out amazingly great food!
And one of the perks ... they do growler fills of ANY growler!! you do not have to buy theirs! just bring whatever you got and get it filled! Awesomeness!!
On St. Patty's we went pretty early and grab seats in their outdoor space which I prefer because    1. I like people watching   2. Outdoor stuff keeps baby entertained    3. Baby falls asleep easily outdoors
The weather was also a big plus, not quite that hot yet with a subtle breeze, and people are extra friendly during festivities so we had a really nice time.


itty bitty road trip

For a while now we decided to bring back a little normalcy and keep our beer excursions alive, the only difference was having to bring the baby along!....Big!! difference with the baby!!
So we are responsible parents, meaning super responsible drinking, meaning a lot less beer to sample, and a lot of more eating to balance things out. But it is all good.... She is indeed an amazing baby, genuinely happy to be out and about, and generally well behaved.
We have tried a bunch of places but never too far from home, but we decided to push or luck a bit and drove to Pompano Beach.

We visited Banging Banjo Brewing and 26º Brewing Company. We had such a great time at both places, and the best part is that they are about 15 min drive from each other.
At Banging Banjo we ordered a sampler and I was really satisfied by their variety and how delicious all the beers I tried tasted. The place is really spacious, no frills, super relaxed environment.
26º is a much bigger operation, very modern and sleek decor with a space that can host possibly hundreds. The beer was also very delicious but we were not able to sample enough, so we are definitely planing to go back.

It feels nice to be able to still do our little beer excursions and take our little one along with us.
Here is a pic from Banging Banjo!


Life lately....

So its been a good long while since I posted anything here. Not that I wanted to abandon the blog or that I was uninspired; my focus was somewhere else.

Our family has been blessed with a beautiful baby girl! We are so happy, happier than I ever imagined possible, but at the same time we are so consumed by her. It is a wonderful time which we are experiencing now as new parents, its full of joy, wonder, trial-and-error, night wakings, and sleeplessness altogether.

Many times I've been tempted to share snippets of our new life; about the baby, her many cute faces, and other baby musings. But I felt that my energy and focus was just not quite here.
But now that many months have passed and we are finally back on a rhythm I have more time to dedicate to this wonderful outlet that it is blogging, and blogging about Beer!

I must be honest!, during my pregnancy I had major beer cravings....especially since Laz was still brewing and buying amazing stuff. But of course, the most important thing was the baby and her health, so no beer for me. But while still pregnant I decided to ask Laz to brew a batch of beer that would aid in milk production. There are many claims out there regarding beer consumption, in particular stouts, and increased breast milk yield. And I am in no way endorsing drinking while breastfeeding, but there is some research based evidence that does prove that barley and yeast do stimulate milk production. Is it true, not sure, do we believe it, its up to you.
Anywho, it was a fun idea, especially since I was able to help and bask in the beer aromas while brewing,... and so we named it "Mother's Milk Stout"
To this day, and I am no longer nursing, I'm still not sure if it helped or not, but it was amazingly tasty and satisfying to finally be able to enjoy a beer. And yes, of  course I was mindful not to drink and nurse right away, and yes I did have "clean" pumped milk as a backup, yadah, yadah, yadah...I am a responsible Mom!

So it begins again....hopefully I have a lot more interesting things to share, but more importantly, I am happy that I am writing and posting stuff again.