Boston!!!! Pt.1 The Brew

The weekend has come and gone and so has my trip to Boston. I was so happy that when I landed on Thursday morning the weather was so nice, cool, beautiful New England fall weather! It was a very nice break from Florida’s humidity.

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The only thing my friend Jackie and I had pre planned for the weekend was King Richard’s Renaissance Faire, but we quickly found other adventures! From the airport we grabbed lunch and then headed straight for the Sam Adams Brewery to take the tour.

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The tour was completely free! While waiting for the tour to start we explored the lobby which had a lot of cool Sam Adams memorabilia and awards, as well as some information on the different spices, herbs, and hops they put into their beer!

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Once it was time to start the tour, we all followed the tour director through a big barrel tunnel and into the brew room.

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The brew room was actually our second stop on the tour but we passed through it to get to the first room. For the first part of the tour we learned what goes into beer. All about the hops, grain, water, and yeast.

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We got to try the different ingredients except for the hops, that’d be weird! But we did play with it in our hands! We rubbed the hops in between our hands to bring out the smell, it smelled nice and floral (which I’m surprised I liked the smell of because I don’t actually like hoppy beers). Unfortunately it left my hands with a yellow sticky dust.

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After we learned about what goes into the beer, we went back through to the brew room where we learned HOW it was made! Once we had learned all about making the beer we went into the beer tasting room!

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We received this specialty beer tasting glass which we got to keep! (Free tour, free glass, good deal!)

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We got to taste and analyze Boston Lager, Oktoberfest, and their IPA. I didn’t care for the IPA too much but I love Boston Lager and Oktoberfest!

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The fun didn’t stop there! One of the people in our tour group worked at a local pub named Doyle’s, which has the most Sam Adams selections on draft and she told us if we went to Doyle’s, and bought a Sam Adams beer we could keep the Sam Adams specialty glass! We just had to give them our brewery tour ticket and they would gave us a clean glass!

At the brewery there is a “party bus” that will take you back and forth to Doyle’s so Jackie and I figured why not, enjoy some beer, get a free glass! The trolley “party bus” was so fun! The driver was telling us which of the tv shows, movies, and commercials have been filmed at Doyle’s but any time the word Doyle’s was said it was enthusiastically shouted with a victory fist grab!

I have to say the trolley was more fun than Doyle’s, Doyle’s was a bit overrated by all the hype but we enjoyed our beers none the less! Once there, Jackie ordered the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat which was very good and I ordered Sam Adams Oktoberfest!

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Over all the brewery tour was a great idea! It was free, it was fun, and you get a free glass, maybe two if you decide to go to Doyle’s! The trolley ride was a lot of fun and I recommend going to Doyle’s if only for the trolley ride and a free glass!

It was delicious, and a very fun adventure!

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What’s your favourite Sam Adams beer?

– K

The Rent, The Hunt & The Wardrobe

There has been a lot going on lately! Our landlord put our house up for sale and while we have 30 days after it sells to move out, Maria and I decided it would be best for us to start looking for a new house to be prepared. Once we started looking, we quickly realized that rental properties in College Park go quickly! We had a conversation with our landlords and decided we would move out as soon as we found a place instead of waiting for the current house to sell.

So still on the hunt for rental properties we looked at a good number of houses. One right around the corner from our current house was a good size and price but the wall colours were a little obnoxious, one room was light pink, the others were bright red, brown, and orange.

The biggest issues we came across were space, because we have a lot of furniture, and price. another house we looked at was really cute and in our price range with water, pest, and lawn included. It had a lot of pros and one considerable con……….one bedroom didn’t have a closet!!!

We walked through the house on Friday and Maria had to go straight to work so we didn’t have time to talk about it until Sunday, at which point we decided the closet wasn’t an issue, we would substitute a wardrobe. Like I said houses rent fast in College Park and by the time I called on Sunday, someone had already put in an application and paid the deposit. 😦 The landlord Marie said she would let us know if anything fell through. I figured that chances of this happening were slim, so I was bummed but we kept looking.

Wednesday I got a call from Marie saying something happened and that the house had become available! Maria and I asked to walk through it again to refresh our memories and set up a walk though the next day. After walking through the house again and talking things over, Maria and I decided to put in an application that same day and it got approved! So we are officially moving on the 1st (since I’ll be in Boston next weekend)!

And now for the fun part pictures of the new place!

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Stay tuned for a post move in post to see how we make this house our own!

-K