How things can change quickly…

Reflecting on job loss

I’m generally impatient hence why my hands are on my hips

I graduated high school 16 years ago. You’re probably now thinking to yourself how many years ago was it for yourself?’. As you ponder that I have to admit something. Although it is 16 years later I feel like I just relived graduating high school again. And I didn’t have to go back to school in order to. Instead I lost my job after 17 years. Actually I want to correct that. I didn’t really loose it. The company I worked for went out of business… so technically they lost my job. Continue reading

Milwaukee Wisconsin Trip Round Up

Wisconsin had been on my travel wish list for long time. Primarily because of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green. And Taliesin was for sure the highlight of my trip, which says a lot as Milwaukee is heavily sprinkled with great breweries. Don’t worry I got my brewery tours in too while I was there. Below is a recap of my trip to Milwaukee and Spring Green Wisconsin.

Travel Days: 2.5 days
Times Lost: 1
Things Lost: 1 – a umbrella lost only hours after buying it :-(
Modes of Transportation: 3 (airplane, car and cab)
Itinerary Changes: 2
Alcohol Tours: 3 (1 distillery, 2 breweries)
Frank Lloyd Wright Tours: 2
Photos Taken: 167

Here are some photos from my trip to Milwaukee and Taliesin – enjoy!

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Milwaukee Wisconsin

Milwaukee wisconsin photos

The old Pabst Brewery

Milwaukee wisconsin photos

The old Pabst brewery

Milwaukee wisconsin photos

The Miller Inn at the MillerCoors brewery campus

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The girl in the moon at MillerCoors

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Pabst Mansion

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Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin

The Hillside School near Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin

A windmill near Hillside School

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin

Overlooking the grounds of Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin

Approaching Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin

Exterior grounds of Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin

Exterior grounds of Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin

The church the Wright and his family attended near Taliesin

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Chili Lime Chicken Wings Recipe

Chili Lime Chicken Wings

Chili Lime Chicken Wings

My friends and I have been playing around with chicken wing recipes lately. I of course always try to find the beer inspired recipes whenever we are cooking something up!  My friends are not so focused on beer inspired… not that they aren’t the first in line when I serve up some of my beer recipes however!  They are still talking about the chocolate stout cookies I made awhile back, wishing for more to be made! Continue reading

MillerCoors Brewery Tour, Milwaukee Wisconsin

MillerCoors Brewery Tour, Milwaukee Wisconsin

MillerCoors Brewery Tour, Milwaukee Wisconsin

Want to hear something strange? I didn’t know Miller and Coors had combined forces and became one. Sure they’re still kicking out their own brews respectively… but get this – they merged back in 2008. Are you shocked? Because I still am. Most embarrassingly for me, it’s been 6 years and I consider myself somewhat up on the beer scene. Granted neither of these beers are ones that I rush to the store to buy, but seriously what the hell was I doing back in 2008 that I missed this? We’ll never know what I was doing, I wasn’t blogging then and my memory is somewhat bad… OK it’s not somewhat – it is one of the reasons I started blogging, so I could write down my adventures and then read them later in life. Continue reading

Pabst Mansion Tour, Milwaukee Wisconsin

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The Pabst Mansion

Milwaukee is known for being a town with a rich history of beer with Pabst probably being one of the better known breweries to come out of Milwaukee. Although Pabst has been around since the late 1880′s, Pabst’s history actually started about 40 years earlier. In 1844 a German immigrant named Jacob Best Sr started the Best and Company Brewery with his four sons; Jacob Jr, Charles, Phillip and Lorenz. By 1850 Charles and Lorenz parted ways with the family business and created their own brewery, Plank Road Brewery (later bought by Miller Brewing). By 1853 Jacob Sr retired, leaving Phillip in charge. Phillip changed the name of the brewery to Phillip Best Brewing Company (although I am more fond of just Best Brewing, who wouldn’t want to drink the Best Beer?) Continue reading

Paws Review: Beer Bread Mix from The Beer Bread Company

Beer Bread Mix Review

The two beer bread mixes from The Beer Bread Company

Today at Paws for Beer we are reviewing two beer bread mixes from The Beer Bread Company.

I make beer bread from time to time but I have never ventured out and used a pre-made mix before.  Not that I am a “only make things from scratch” snob, I had just never purchased a mix before.   We can chalk that up to me being lazy.  Which is slightly embarrassing as these bread mixes were quick, easy and delicious!  Continue reading

The Brewhouse Inn and Suites, Milwaukee Wisconsin

The Brewhouse Inn and Suites

The neon sign for the old Pabst Brewery

Probably one of the more interesting spots I saw while in Milwaukee was The Brewery Neighborhood. You can probably guess my appeal to the area. I arrived later in the evening and darkness had already saturated the area, limiting what I could see of my surroundings other than a neon sign that arched over the street with comforting single word “PABST”. Continue reading

Treachery, Deceit and Murder! Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, Spring Green Wisconsin

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Looking at the grounds of Taliesin

There are no secrets about what kind of person Frank Lloyd Wright was. He was demanding, headstrong and always “Wright”. He was also well ahead of his time, innovative and an amazing architect. I consider myself a Wright fan, not to the point that I correct docents while on tours (and if you do this, please stop), but I have toured several of his structures, 21 if you are counting. Continue reading

Beer Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

beer scalloped potatoes recipe

beer scalloped potatoes

I bought a bag of 10 lbs of potatoes. You’re probably thinking what was I thinking? Me too. Money has been tight lately and I was trying to find economical meals and potatoes are pretty inexpensive. Unless you don’t eat them all before they go bad. Which could happen when you are a single person with a 10 pound bag of potatoes. Continue reading

Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee Wisconsin

Lakefront Brewery

walking into Lakefront Brewery

The thing about brewery tours is that sometimes people take themselves WAY to seriously. At Lakefront this is not the case. I walked into the large beer hall and found myself a spot at the bar. To familiarize myself with their beer I ordered a taster plate. Since I was indecisive about which beers I wanted to try the bartender picked them out for me. I could tell he was sizing me up as to what kind of beer he would choose for me. He poured a few beers and after I noticed the light colors of the beers that he was bringing back to me I announced “I like hoppy beer”. No need to beat around the bush, I wasn’t going to be happy if he brought me a bunch of blonde ales. Continue reading