Links to Unseen Bean & Twisted Pine Brewing Co in images above!
Tuesday night, Twisted Pine Brewery put on an event with Gerry Leary from Unseen Bean to try out paired beers and bites--blindfolded! It was such a fun event and I really think it changed the perspectives of food-beer pairing to those that attended. Gerry roasts coffee in Lafayette and runs the local coffee shop off Pearl Street in Boulder. Twisted Pine uses his coffee for their gold medal winning Big Shot Espresso Stout. It's a delicious beer.
Born blind, Gerry relies on his sense of smell, feeling, and taste to brew his coffee. At the event he expertly guided the blindfolded participants to thinking and talking about what they were tasting; describing the texture, flavors, and smells of the cheeses selected from The Cheese Course. Kay Witkiewicz and Justin Tilotta, of Twisted Pine Brewery, gave more insight about the Twisted Pine brews and why the unique cheeses were chosen for the pairs. They went into the brewing process and why some flavors stand out in their beers when paired with the cheeses. As the last (and my favorite) course, Twisted Pine's Twisted Tiger Weizenbock was paired with Unseen Bean's coffee chocolate bars. A shockingly awesome combination. To the locals, I highly recommend going out and buying both to try for yourself. YUM.
Everyone had the chance to speak freely about what they were experiencing as a group and what their guesses were on what they were tasting. Some had some very lucky guesses on the cheeses, while other times it was really hard to put a finger on what kind of beers they were drinking. Gerry thanked everyone for giving up there one most-relied-on-sense for the night and for experiencing pairing in a new way. I really enjoyed this event and I hope to participate in something like this again!
Boulder, CO Event Photography
I have to start by saying that Mud Whimsy was my favorite booth. I had to buy myself a hanging air plant!
She's got retro design and whimsical animal critters. What cute little ceramics!
I wanted everything from her booth!! Including her Puggle…
Her ceramics are available (Puggle not for sale) at www.mudwhimsy.etsy.com
MORE air plants, JELLY FISH air plants.
THIS SATURDAY, May 9th:
Find me with my camera trying to pick up tips on how to cure my black thumb
at The Boulder Home & Garden Fair
Images from a visit to the NICU to meet Heidi and Jim's newest additions. Both under 4 lbs, they were the tiniest babies I have ever held. So happy that I got to meet them and take some of their first photographs!
Sweet Xander had to have an IV in his head, poor guy!
Zach saying hello :)
Denver Flea Season is here.
Ultimate hipster flea market full of local artists, food trucks, letter balloons, New Belgium booze, vintage finds, and crafty people. My kind of place!
Portraits and Pies! Such a clever idea!
I had to get one for DWC Photography! And a delicious BoyScout mini Pie (blueberry and lemon)
Follow these lovely ladies on Instagram @thelongipie @annieherzig or visit www.thelongipie.com/goods
I'm really looking forward to the next Denver Flea!
Firefly Handmade Market coming up in May in Boulder!
Let me know if you'll be there!
I recently got some new gear along with upgrading my camera body (very excited photographer!) and this pretty baby was my very first model with the Nikon D7100.
Perks of having friends with babies --the most adorable models of course. At 10 months old, Baby's favorite time is in the bathtub!
I would love to do more photography of everyday life. It is probably one of my most favorite things about being a photographer. Capturing moments that truly have value and meaning to my clients. These are the memories that this little one's mommy is going to want to hold on to forever, sweet moments she gets to spend with her daughter who loves splashing in the tub.
Endless silly faces
So this will be the second year I have made it up to Nederland for this fun event called Frozen Dead Guy Days. An event that includes a Hearse parade, coffin races, a costume polar plunge, live music, and craft beer does not leave room to disappoint. This quirky little town can get down celebrating a guy preserved on ice!
If you're wondering why the heck there would be an event that almost sounds like it should be on Halloween in the middle of March, I'll give you the short run down (and let me know if I have this wrong. It seems like it's too crazy to be true). 1989, a Norwegian man brought his recently deceased grandfather, Bredo Morstølto, to the US to store him on dry ice in a California cryonics facility. 1993, he and his mother brought Bredo to Nederland, CO to keep him in their backyard shed on dry ice (where he still currently remains!?). And since 2002, the tiny town (population of 1,446 teeny tiny) becomes a huge weekend long celebration to pay homage to their unique resident.
For more info the on FDGD event, visit their official website here or for more on the frozen Bredo Morstøl, Wikipedia
This year, Kay brewed a collaboration beer with Jeff Green of Very Nice Brewing Company and they tapped the beer during FDGD. A Cherry Saison! It was delicious. They got to talk about on the radio with the guys from Colorado Craft Beer Show AM 760, so that was pretty cool! Hopefully we will hear the whole interview on their website soon.
Twisted Pine Brewing Company also participated in the coffin race for the first time this year, but were paired up with the 5 year reigning champions for the first heat so they didn't make it too far in the competition. My favorite team theme was The Cereal Killers, all dressed as cereal mascots (Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, Trix Rabbit, Captain Crunch, etc)!
Here are just a few more photos from FDGD, and some friends we ran into.
These last 2 images are candids I took of some free spirited ladies that were sitting next to us. That would be cool if anyone in Boulder/Nederland recognizes them so I could give them a print! It's always a bummer when you don't bring business cards…
It's easy to miss the beach and the always-warm-weather of Florida in these recent snow storms. It's also to easy to miss seafood in a land locked state during, well, all times of the year...
Kay and I got to take a break from our mild* winter and put on our flip flops! At the end of February we traveled to FL for our friend Amber and Jared's gorgeous beach wedding. The wedding was located in my hometown, so it was a perfect excuse for a much needed vacation.
I took advantage of the eating all the Cuban, seafood, and Italian Publix subs I could get my hands on. Frolicked on the beach. Relaxed outside in the sunshine. Danced our butts off at wedding! Caught up with old friends. Drank FL beer (Cigar City, I miss you!). And spent quality time with my family and pup.
It was wonderful and I wish I could have stayed longer to see more of my friends (and eat more fish, dang it!)
*everyone keeps saying that this has been a "mild winter" ...I wish they'd stop saying that. It's enough wintery for me.
On January 1st, while having friends in town for the New Year, we went on our first obligatory hike in Chautauqua and little did I know we were there to scout out a place for Kay to propose the next day!
So happy that our friends were surrounding us and snapped some pictures of the moment.
I had such a fun New Years with new friends and old. We rung in 2015 by wandering Pearl Street, dancing at Shine, and singing along to John Denver's Take Me Home, Country Road with a pretty talented street performer.
January 1st has been beautiful. Today we went on a short hike to the Flat Irons with friends and the view was absolutely breathtaking. I think I really love photographing the snow… and I think I really don't love driving in it! ;)
It's the most wonderful time of the year…for bokeh!
I had so much fun on Christmas frolicking around in the snow & playing with some homemade bokeh filters for my camera.
Here are a few of my favorite experimental light photos around the neighborhood
Oh my goodness, and THE HAMS!