There’s a beluga in my beer!
I hope everyone had a fun, safe and boozy Fourth. I know I did. I went to Red, White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium, thanks to thebeerbelly and Beer Connoisseur magazine. I sampled beers, cider and craft beer ice cream, all amongst the company of whale sharks, manta rays and, my favorite, the beluga whales. It all ended up with the perfect view of the downtown Atlanta fireworks from the Aquarium’s rooftop. I can’t wait to do it again next year!
I visited the Terrapin Brewery in Athens, GA this weekend and had a blast. Beer can’t be sold legally at a brewery, so they sell you a glass for $10 with tickets that you use for pours. It’s a dang good deal! I tried Side Project, Hopsecutioner, Golden Ale, Monk’s Revenge, and ended with the Easy Rider. I’d say the favorite amongst my peeps was the Monk’s Revenge - at 9.8% ABV it is a combination of a Belgian Style Tripel and a new age American Double IPA. Holy Turtle, it hit the spot.
I’m not sure which I liked better, the table or the New Belgium La Folie Sour Brown beer. Uh.. the beer! If you’re a beer geek you need to go to the Brick Store pub in Decatur, GA. They are one of two Atlanta bars that made it into Draft Magazine’s America’s 100 Best Beer Bars (the other being The Porter, of course). These guys are serious. Watch the Beer Manager give you a tour of their beer/keg cellar here.
There’s been a recipe going around for Blue Moon cupcakes that has been tempting me. Maybe you’ve even seen it on Pinterest. I believe the recipe originated from the popular blogger Miss Make, but after some research I found it had been adapted by others. After much indecision and food-blog-surfing, I finally chose to go with the recipe by Sweet Tooth because of her accompanying orange cream cheese frosting (she also features a Corona version!). I baked these for my family on Easter, and while they said they could taste the beer, sadly I could not. Next time I might brush on some extra beer on the tops to give them more of a beer punch. Then again, I’m the Lush Lady, I always want more alcohol.
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale : Kentucky ale aged for 6 weeks in bourbon barrels. My two favorite things in one!
Margarita + Corona = Margarona
I’m on a roll with the boozey baked goods, but why stop now! These Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes were brought into my work and were beery good (Thanks Ellen!). You can find the recipe on the New York Times website.
*Tip: The original recipe is for a cake, but decreasing the baking time to 15 minutes works for cupcakes.
Photo credit: Lush Lady