Beer Lovers Unite

Hops & Props 2017
Hops & Props 2017
Published On: February 26, 2017
Hops & Props is a beer fest where craft beer geek meets aviation enthusiast. If either of those describes you, this is your event. The ticket price is steep, at $95 per general admission ticket for a 3-hour event. However, once inside it’s all you can eat and drink (3 oz. tasters) and it’s a fundraiser for the Museum of ...continue reading
Beer and Bites - Bacon Wrapped Dates with IPA Pine Nut Butter
Beer and Bites – Bacon Wrapped Dates with IPA Pine Nut Butter
Published On: January 22, 2017
I love food and beer pairings, especially cooking with beer. A few Christmas’s ago, I received a book called The Foodie’s Beer Book - The Art of Pairing and Cooking with Beer for Any Occasion by Brooke & Luther Fedora. Recipes in this book are first broken out by season then further divided into regions and holidays, making it easy ...continue reading

Take The Beer Tour

Propolis Brewing
Propolis Brewing
Published On: January 28, 2017
Sometimes a place makes you fall in love with a beer style all over again. Propolis Brewing was the 94th visit on my bucket list of Washington breweries. Known for their saison /farmhouse ales, Propolis uses local herbs and botanicals to produce their seasonally based, wild-crafted ales. I arrived at the brewery with low expectation and walked out of there ...continue reading
Shrub Steppe Smokehouse Brewery
Shrub Steppe Smokehouse Brewery
Published On: July 20, 2016
Shrub Steppe Smokehouse Brewery was the 80th visit on my bucket list of Washington breweries and the fifth stop on my five-day Washington beer-cation road trip. This brewery was recommended after my stop at Chief Spring’s Fire & Irons Brewpub. Shrub Steppe, founded in 2012, is a brewery and family-friendly venue specializing in southern- style smoked BBQ. The name is ...continue reading
Chief Spring
Chief Spring’s Fire & Irons Brewpub
Published On: July 19, 2016
Chances are you’re not from Dayton, WA, rather passing through on the way to some outdoor recreational activity of fishing, hiking, biking or even headed to the nearby ski resort. Dayton itself is a small town of 2500 people situated in middle of agriculture country about 30 miles NE of Walla Walla. Chief Spring’s Fire and Irons Brewpub was the ...continue reading

Bling Me

Serpent Jewelry
Serpent Jewelry
Published On: February 13, 2017
What is our fascination with the slithery snake? You may love serpents or hate them and find them downright scary but decorated forms of this creature were commonplace in antiquity and continue to play a reoccurring role in art today. Serpents (or snakes) are one of the oldest celebrated symbols, widely seen in sculptures, architectural features and my personal favorite, ...continue reading
Montana Sapphires Part Two
Montana Sapphires Part Two
Published On: October 18, 2016
After six months of anticipation, I am now the proud of owner of 11 stunning Montana Sapphires. You may have read the first part of this story back in April. Since it’s been many months, let me catch you up. At the end of March I ordered a “Mega Jug” of sapphire gravel from Gem Mountain in Montana. I sifted ...continue reading
Women’s Jewelry Association
Published On: August 27, 2016
Born from a small group of women with the idea that women networking with each other could change the world. How amazing does this sound? I have been a member of the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA), off and on during my tenure in the jewelry industry. Previously as a member of the WJA - Los Angeles chapter while living in southern California ...continue reading

Hijinks & Shenanigans

Random Seattle with Magic Mouse Toys
Random Seattle with Magic Mouse Toys
Published On: January 14, 2017
Rain or shine and recently snow, I walk by Magic Mouse Toys on my commute to and from work. Each morning I am greeted by a new temporary art installation of assorted stuffed animals or other toys sitting by their glass-paneled front door. The first few times I noticed the display I found myself stopping briefly and on occasion laughing. Eventually, I caught ...continue reading
The Middle Class Male Struggle: Grad School Vs. Opening A Brewery
The Middle Class Male Struggle: Grad School Vs. Opening A Brewery
Published On: August 14, 2016
Do you often think back to your college days and get a little nostalgic over certain details? Do your fondest memories involve the social scene? Do you miss the intellectual stimulation of flip cup or quarters? Beer School is real and it’s never too late. If the struggle to open a craft brewery or go to Grad School is real ...continue reading
Funny Friday E-mail
Funny Friday E-mail
Published On: May 9, 2016
We have all worked with that one person. The one that speaks loudly, overuses annoying catch phrases “Literally…” (for everything) or “I, personally…” and “Just saying”, flosses their teeth at their desk, or sends an e-mail only to walk over to your desk to discuss the very e-mail that is sitting in your inbox which doesn’t actually require any dialogue ...continue reading

Featured Interviews

Hop Topic #1 - I
Hop Topic #1 – I’m a hefe drinker… what’s next?
Published On: July 9, 2016
Some may argue that there are more important things in life than beer. Those people would be wrong. Life's purpose is to be happy and with that, enjoying quality craft beer is a must. This leads us to our most recent interview assignment, the first of many video editions called "Hop Topic" where we introduce craft beer to newbies. Meet Brandon. ...continue reading
Happy Hour with Hot Mojo
Happy Hour with Hot Mojo
Published On: May 22, 2016
If you've read the previous interviews, you can probably see, I have a type. I have no excuse other than to say, IT guys like to drink. They work hard and play hard. Meet my friend, Admal. He is no different. To all the ladies out there looking for love, Admal is single and a total catch. Read on to find out more. ...continue reading
"Get Rowdy and Live Dumb"
“Get Rowdy and Live Dumb”
Published On: March 11, 2016
You've got to love a guy who goes to a salon requesting a "blow-out" for his Jersey Shore themed Halloween costume. Everyone needs that outspoken, outgoing friend. I think his photo says it all. Meet Cody. He's currently rocking the Seattle-tan and playing rec soccer, all while earning his living as a member of the IT crowd. From happy hours to hitting ...continue reading