Pub Date [7] – Resolutions

Pub Date

Hi, all! Welcome to back to our new feature called PUB DATE where Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all team up to pair books + beers in harmony! Each week, one of us will features a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month!

This month’s theme: RESOLUTIONS

image1I’m not usually one for making New Year’s resolutions, but this Pub Date theme was easy for me. Most people would think of trying new beers as their “beer resolution” but I try new beers all the time and as far as trying new styles… I generally know what I like and drink those most of the time. So instead, my “resolution beer” is Spotted Cow from New Glarus. That’s TOTALLY not a new beer for me (in fact, it’s one of my all-time favorites) BUT my resolution this year is to actually visit the brewery! New Glarus, WI is… kind of in the middle of nowhere. You really have to be going there to get there. The closest major city is Madison but it’s still about 30-45 minutes away so if you want to visit New Glarus Brewery (and actually drink a decent amount in town), you’ll probably just need to stay in town… So this year it’s a goal for Shane and me to head on out to New Glarus on a weekend trip (well, extended weekend because if my memory serves me correctly, they actually don’t do tours on the weekends? Which is weird.) and finally visit the brewery!

I made a few bookish New Year’s resolutions that were easy but I still need to work to keep! One was that I wanted to read more fantasy and another was that I wanted to catch up on more of my old ARCs, so I put the two together to come up with The Burning Sky! I’ve just felt like I’ll REALLY enjoy this book and I want to catch up on the series this year. Oh, and it also meets my “catching up on egalleys” too because I accidentally downloaded book two without reading book one. Oopsies. I usually don’t follow resolutions because I just get stressed out with all of the things I like to tell myself I’m going to do, but so far it’s been working out well for January! I made a spreadsheet of books per month and set up different categories so that I can easily see what I’ve read, what I need to read, and what I want to read and it’s been working out great!

Thanks for joining us for another edition of Pub Date! Missed any posts? You can catch up at any time on my blog page for the Pub Date Feature!

Recent Beers 

  • Shockolate Wheat by Shock Top. Herbed/Spiced Beer // 4.30% ABV. I was totally afraid of this beer because any chocolate flavored beverages that aren’t just plain old hot chocolate are usually too much for me. This one was a LITTLE bit (but I also drank it after dinner so I was already full!) — it’s definitely chocolately and it sits a little heavy but it’s also very delicious!
  • Ebel’s Weiss by Two Brother’s Brewing Company. Hefeweizen // 4.90% ABV. Ebel’s Weiss is one of my favorite beers from Two Brothers. I feel like their beers are definitely getting better with age & experience but this has been a favorite from the start. A light taste but a satisfyingly filling feel!
  • #001 Golden Amber Lager by Wisconsin Brewing Company. Amber Ale // 5.50% ABV. I think the Wisconsin Brewing Company is fairly new? Shane grabbed this one when he was up in WI the other month and we’ve been working our way through this case of beer. I do like ambers but I also have to drink them in moderation because they’re very filling! This one was really good though! I highly recommend it.

** Beer styles and alcohol content from Beer Advocate **
** Drink responsibly ** 

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Hi, I'm Brittany!

I'm an avid reader, candle-maker, and audiobook lover! Here you'll find book reviews, fun blog posts, and my other loves of photography & craft beer!

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5 thoughts on “Pub Date [7] – Resolutions

  1. Alexa S.

    I like your resolution a lot! I hope you get a chance to visit that brewery. Also, The Burning Sky is an EXCELLENT reading choice. I love that series to pieces and can’t believe it’s ending this year 🙁

  2. Amanda

    I love this resolution! I told my husband the same thing the last time we were in WI! We are up there all the time, but never New Glarus. I love Spotted Cow, but actually we’ve become bigger fans of their Moon Man=have you tried that? Actually basically we just get the mixed pack as soon as we arrive and drink all the New Glarus!

  3. Andi

    I wish I had more friends around me that like to try beers and go to breweries. I’m really the only one that is willing to try new ones no matter the outcome.

    And I love that beer passport! Good luck.

  4. Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books

    Spotted Cow is actually my favorite beer! (And one of the very few I enjoy, to be honest.)
    My family and I went on a tour of the brewery two years ago, and it was a lot of fun! We went on a Saturday, so I’m pretty sure they at least do tours that day. We actually went the weekend of Oktoberfest, so there were things in the town of New Glaurus to do as well, but it was definitely pretty small. The drive from Madison to there isn’t bad at all and we just spent the afternoon, but I guess it’s in a further direction for you?
    I hope you do get to go this year, Brittany!
    And out of curiosity, how do you get Spotted Cow? I thought it isn’t sold outside of Wisconsin (which is a shame but makes it more special for us).

    1. Brittany Post author

      Oh good!!! I don’t know why I thought the tours didn’t run on the weekends! Maybe it was that they were all booked up or something when I checked? That’s good to know! 🙂
      My sister lives in Wisconsin so she brought us some Spotted Cow and Moon Man for Christmas 🙂 And my husband was up in WI the other weekend so naturally he brought some back haha! I’m just glad we live close enough to WI to grab some every once in a while! We’re about an a hour or so away from the border and an hour and a half (give or take) from Milwaukee. My sister lives in West Allis so we go up there every once in a while! I think New Glarus is about… 2 1/2 hours away? I’ll have to look again but something like that!

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