Greetings, friends. I hope your week is off to a great start and that you’re coming off of a fantastic weekend. I’m going to keep it short and sweet and sweet today because I am utterly exhausted from this weekend’s events. Most of it’s due to this:
KIND bars pair beautifully with beer!
I worked at The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) during the Friday and Saturday sessions (which means I was there for about 17 hours over the two days). While it was definitely fun and there was some great people watching, my feet were definitely throbbing from standing up for so long. I’m pretty sure I handed out about a million KIND bars (and met a lot of interesting people!) over the two days- and I think we gained a lot of new fans!
I had never been to the festival before and it’s something that Greg and I have talked about attending for the last year and a half. It’s held in Denver and KIND was one of the sponsors- so I actually got paid to attend (and work, of course). Luckily I had my partner-in-KIND-crime by my side:
GABF is a beer lover’s paradise but it’s also a little overwhelming. There’s over 600 breweries from around the country in attendance and more than 2,800 different beers! It definitely pays to do a little research (like looking at the festival map) beforehand and go in with a game plan. Attendees got 1 oz. samples for each beer they tried- that definitely makes it a little easier to avoid going too crazy (although you can fill that cup over and over and over again).
Over the two days I got to drink a variety of delicious craft beers from around the country (including my former neighborhood brewery!)
I also saw Becki, who recently moved to Colorado! I’ve been reading her blog ever since I started mine and it was great to finally meet up!
Greg asked me which beer was my favorite that I tasted- which is a pretty tough question. I tried mostly IPAs, Saisons and Red Ales but the beer that I remember the most was something completely different from a Funky Buddha Brewery… in Florida! That’s not a place that I typically associate with craft breweries, but the No Crust beer was insane- it tasted exactly like peanut butter and jelly!
I woke up Sunday feeling super sore, dehydrated and tired but craved nothing more than some fresh air. It worked out pretty well that it happened to be a beautiful, sunny day! Greg and I decided to head to Chautauqua for a quick hike – check out the beautiful fall color on the trees where we parked!
As we walked over towards the trail head who should I run into but Paige and (her husband) Shane! It was pretty crazy because neither of us had talked about going hiking that day (we both figured we’d be too exhausted to do much) but ended up at the same trail head at the exact same time. We hiked along together (surprisingly fast) and enjoyed the beautiful the view from the top for a while.
Hooray for the sun!
I have definitely learned that there is no better cure for feeling beat up than getting out and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. It was a great way to wrap up the weekend!
Enjoy your day!
What did you do this weekend?