Fall into Oktober

You know it is officially fall when you start drinking ALL of the fall beers.  Last year we did a Pumpkin Beer tasting and quickly learned that too much pumpkin is a real thing.  To make choosing a fall beer easier for you, we went ahead and tried 13 different kinds.  You are welcome!

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Here's what we tried and some tasting notes on each (left to right):

Breckenridge Autumn Ale: This smokey brown ale paired really well with the smoked gouda.  We would buy this one again!  This one was Andrea's favorite and mine too.

Dinkel Acker Oktoberfest: Not only is this fun to say, but it is a light and mild beer.  Steph quote: "Light Oktoberfest-like a September Fest"  This was Billy's favorite (over the hoppy beer...that says a lot!).  Steph also liked this one.  

Martin City Fallback: Drinkable, but not a fave.

Samuel Adams Harvest Hefe: This smelled really good, but seemed more like a summer beer trying to be a fall beer.  A combination of summer shandy with pumpkin pie.

Deschutes Hopzeit: Those of us who do not love hoppy beers decided that it is not the worst hoppy beer that we've ever had.  Billy of course, liked it!

Great Divide Hoss Oktoberfest: Really good Oktoberfest w/a lumber jack on the can.  Veronica (Steph's alter ego) is a fan!

Not Your Mother's Apple Pie: Not surprising, this tasted a lot like a cider.  Kristi said she would drink one or two, but definitely not 8.  

Free State, Left Hand, and Mother's all have pretty good Oktoberfests.  Left Hand wins coolest label with a snow tiger.  Bobby liked all of the Oktoberfest beers.  Kristi chose Mothers as her favorite.  Steph decided to let price be the guide and determined that she would choose the cheaper of Mothers and Dinkel.  (he, he...still fun to say Dinkel!)

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale reminded us that we had too many pumpkin beers last year.

Lone Tree Brewing Vanilla Caramel Amber was actually pretty good.  Sweet and different-another one or two beer kind of drink.

Last but not least, Boulevard Whiskey Barrel Stout.  My comment was "man...whoa...whiskey...shit!"  It was really intense and strong.  I'm hoping it was just too big of a departure from the other beers because I feel like at least some of us should have liked it!

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Andrea made a delicious Thai Ground Turkey Chili for us to enjoy with egg rolls.  The paired really well with the beers and crisp autumn air.

I think she puts her own spin on it, but here is a link to a similar recipe.  http://www.joybauer.com/healthy-recipes/thai-turkey-chili/

I'm telling you, it hit the spot and is a great addition to your winter soup recipe rotation!  Easy, fast, and who doesn't like something that pairs well with egg rolls?!?!?

After some food and drinks, it was time for football and pumpkin decorating.  The K State Wildcats took on the Texas Longhorns in a great battle.  Overtime victories are the sweetest...when your team comes out on top!  I was pretty happy about it! :)  Oh yeah...pumpkins!  We decorated those too.  A few coats of paint makes them super fancy for fall!

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Pumpkin decorating, football cheering, and beer tasting is exhausting!  Time to relax by the fire.  We obviously were having a terrible time enjoying our favorite beers from the tasting and chatting by the fire.

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We took the pups out to KC Bier Co on Sunday for Barktoberfest.  They had a blast hanging out with each other and we had a blast drinking more bier.  Thank you fall!

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After the game we all headed home to cheer on the Chiefs to another victory.  Fall is off to a great start!  Do you have a favorite fall beer?  Must do fall activity?

Bring on the cooler (but not too cool) weather!  

~Leslie

An Olympic sized weekend!

Friday night UA decided to grab wine after a long, hard week of work! We went to one of our favorite places LaBodega. $5 glasses of wine? Yes please! After airing some grievances/stolen identity (eh Canada) from the day/week we went our own ways to "adult" for the night since we had a big weekend ahead of us. 

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Saturday morning started with the smell of excellence and the promise of a medal. Our friends Justin and Janelle host an annual beer olympics at their place. It started the year they bought their house and has only become more competitive and intense year after year! This was their 6th annual and we prepped with Mexican food and drinks. What happened next was anyone's guess! 

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Brackets are ready!

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Jenna is getting serious! 

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Competitions galore! 

At the end of the day UA came away with 2 of 2 of the 5 medals given out that day. Props to Leslie who earned her very first gold at the worst game - patio tri (roll dice and drink that amount, next bounce a quarter off a hollow table into a cup and finish by flipping a cup on it's bottom). 

After that full day (literally) we decided to get up the next day and go watch the bulk of the 2015 World Champion Royals team play the last game that core group would ever play together. You see we're a small market team and simply won't pay to keep talent after they've hit their prime. So we watched, cried, laughed and applauded the team we've come to love and respect. It couldn't have been a better day with better seats! Thanks Andrea! It's hard to put Sunday into words but I wouldn't trade that game/ experience for anything. Here are some highlights and the official end to summer.

 

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Meh, okay seats. 

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Hos's first at bat and he hits a dinger! 

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Moose showing his thanks for being a Royal. 

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What a crazy summer! Fall is already booked with activities so grab some sweats, a warm beverage and football  & join us for Fall.

Steph

Summer, don't go

Sometimes the stars align and your best friend's husband gets held up at work so you get an impromptu girls night at Louie's Wine Dive. Not only did we get the delicious BLT Deviled Eggs and Shrimp Diablo, but there was a bonus Wine Dabbler Event which meant we were able to blind taste eight 2 ounce pours of wines while judging our favorites from California and France. The Indy Broad Ripple - Wine Dabbler - Judgment of Paris, was formatted to replicate the epic “Judgement of Paris" blind tasting in 1976 where California and French wines faced off to win over world famous sommeliers. During this historic event, California wines took home the trophy - but this time it was up to us to decide which vine scored big!  Once we decided which vendor earned our vote, we were rewarded with a FULL glass of our favorite wine for your decision & loyalty.

We had a blast and tried several fantastic wines. In the end both Leslie and I declared Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon the Winner and enjoyed our celebratory glass of the smooth cab.  Fun fact, winemaker Sean Minor is from Kansas, unknowingly we chose the hometown favorite! 

Impromptu girls night for the Wine Dabbler.  We are practically sommeliers.

Impromptu girls night for the Wine Dabbler.  We are practically sommeliers.

Here are the tasting notes from Mr. Sean Minor himself, "Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep ruby color with aromas of cassis, cherry, blackberry and black currants. Once in your mouth the wine’s flavors of blackberries and plum integrate with a combination of oak and tannin nuances, creating a rich and full bodied wine experience. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish. " Now that your mouth is watering you should head to Louie's Wine Dive, order a bottle and tell them Unfiltered Adventure sent you! 

Saturday we decided to host one last pool party to wrap up Summer 2017. We always hate closing the pool, it makes me as sad as amputating White Swan's wing. RIP little wing. 

What do you get when a swan, a pickle and a baby walk into a pool party???  An Unfiltered Pool Party of course!

What do you get when a swan, a pickle and a baby walk into a pool party???  An Unfiltered Pool Party of course!

Then there were feats of strength compiled into competitions involving a diving board, frisbees and pool floaties, obvi.

Billy and Paul doing all the diving board tricks  

Billy and Paul doing all the diving board tricks  

Later the Kansas City Royals were handling the Chicago White Sox, it was a perfect evening for a night swim, fire pit, and a victory from our boys in Blue.  

Fancy glow balls in the pool

Fancy glow balls in the pool

Sunday we had the privilege of joining Lillyan's League at Arrowhead Stadium for the 22nd Annual Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk and Festival. It was so hot but Lillyan was a good sport!  Did you know that Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition? Approximately, 1 in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome - about 6,000 each year. The DSG welcomes approximately 50 babies each year. The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City (DSG) serves over 1,400 families and partners with 22 hospitals, 45 school districts and countless service providers in Kansas and Missouri. We decided to Step Up and support our friends Lucas, Klarisa, Malachi, and Lillyan and the work of the DSG by participating in this great event. 

The Tischhausers (right??? that is the hardest last name I have ever successfully typed)

The Tischhausers (right??? that is the hardest last name I have ever successfully typed)

Such a fun day representing Lillyan's League  

Such a fun day representing Lillyan's League  

Checkout DSG for more information on how you can get involved! The Step Up event is shy of their goal, there is still time to make a donation!  Click here to help exceed the $500k goal! 

Where's Leslie???  

Where's Leslie???  

To cool off from the inferno that was Arrowhead Stadium's parking lot we headed to Kristi's house to cheer on the KC Chiefs.  There was cold beer and air conditioning, what an awesome Sunday Funday! Basically the best possible place to smack talk our Fantasy Football opponents, i.e. Suck It Bobby!

Big Brown  = Super Fan

Big Brown  = Super Fan

Though Summer and our poolside shenanigans are winding down, we have Fall to look forward to.  S'mores, beer tastings, football and dog park dates are a few of our favorite things.  Lookout Summer, Fall is coming for you!

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Cheers,

Andrea