The great debate: #sayyestopumpkinbeer or #saynotopumpkinbeer

When you think of fall what's the first thing that comes to mind? Everything pumpkin! Friday night was all about pumpkin decorating, pumpkin beer tastings and breaking in the new fire pit. 

Fall Friday! 

Fall Friday! 

Being the adventurers we are Kristi and I couldn't pass up some free firewood on the way to the Daniels' new fire pit! That's a LOT of wood! You're welcome Billy.  Once we got into the decorating spirit (in rounds of course - we get thirsty) it was time to #sayyestopumpkinbeers.

10 pumpkin beers....which would come out on top?? 

10 pumpkin beers....which would come out on top?? 

After many tastings we had each found our favorites!  Andrea, Leslie and myself all loved the O'Fallon Pumpkin Cream Stout. Tasting comments included: It tastes like a pumpkin spice latte and I actually like it!  As for Kristi the O'Fallon Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Beer charmed her. Tasting comments included: Smells amazing and oh my, it's like a warm apple pie - all I need is a scoop of vanilla ice cream! 

Posing with our favorites

Posing with our favorites

As for the boys, hopefully more will join our group soon 😏, Bobby *literally* hated all the beers. However he found solace with the O'Fallon Vanilla Pumpkin Beer. He said it tastes like the whip cream you put on a pumpkin pie and he wasn't wrong! Billy went a completely different route and honed in on the Unita Punk-N Pumpkin Ale. He described it as "me likey". Very informative! Some tasting comments that didn't make the favorite category were: smells like dog, oh holy hell it's peachy and this should be hot and drank in a parking lot. Feel free to reach out to get the names of these losers before you waste your time and money on them.

Boys and their beers

Boys and their beers

Once Saturday rolled around it was time to be charitable and #saynotopumpkinbeer so we ventured over to Grinders Stonewall for: Smashing Pumpkins - A celebration of 90's music and not drinking pumpkin beers for KC Pet project. For a $10 donation we got a pint, glass to keep and a pumpkin to SMASH! Let's set the screen shall we...

Yes that's a girl wearing a pizza costume getting ready to smash a pumpkin. 

Yes that's a girl wearing a pizza costume getting ready to smash a pumpkin. 

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We sat on the patio to enjoy the beautiful fall day and to watch everyone else's smashing techniques. It was glorious!! We were able to drag Mariah out with us for a chance at pumpkin domination and being overall awesome on a Saturday afternoon. All the while Andrea was at home "working" on a flagstone path so we could enjoy the fire pit in style next time around. No more lame grass to tickle our feet as we roast countless mellows. Anyway, our strategy was simple; drink a couple beers, grab that mighty mallet and go Gallagher on that smug orange piece of fruit!

RIP pumpkins

RIP pumpkins

If you've never smashed a pumpkin you're missing out and are probably lame. Get out there America and think before you carve!  

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Let's get ready to YOOOOGAA! I haven't done yoga in years but when Leslie said hey Boulevard is putting on an event in their new tasting hall/visitors center and it's paired with beer and pastries my eyes lit up like a little kid.  We all arrived promptly at mimosa time (9:15) and watched 56 other yoga enthusiasts find their spots on the second floor around the stairwell. The doors were open wide and the fresh air was wafting in like an old friend saying good morning. With the view of downtown in site it was time to wait for beer, ahem, do yoga.

Excited to start the yoga! 

Excited to start the yoga! 

Action shot! 

Action shot! 

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After an hour of deep breathing, stretching and getting our zen on with Yoga Buzz it was time for act 2 of our morning. Yay, delicious treats!  Heirloom Bakery is a from-scratch bakery that uses local and seasonal ingredients. They are located at 63rd and Oak in KCMO. They made us glazed cranberry orange scones, a homemade pop-tart and a chocolate hazelnut & sea salt spread on homemade bread. Oh. My. God. Run don't walk to this bakery!!! In order of said pastries above our beer pairings were Boulevard Wheat, Tank 7 and Milk Stout. Just look how cute it was.

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We felt on top the world! 

Post yoga - waiting for part 2. 

Post yoga - waiting for part 2. 

Yoga makes us hungry for "real" food so Andrea hooked us up. Side note Boulevard doesn't allow tipping, they just want you to enjoy their beers.  

Pretzel bites with beer cheese and the meat and cheese board  

Pretzel bites with beer cheese and the meat and cheese board  

You are awarded a photo booth token when you start a tab so naturally we did 4 rounds in the camper. 

Nailed it! 

Nailed it! 

What a weekend! Just wait for what we have in store next weekend! !!

Stephanie