This weekend Jordan and I took a little road trip to a new craft brewery called Manantler. Located in Bowmanville, this brewery is owned by a group of friends who started brewing three years ago and then recently opened a brewery/tasting bar/store.
The brewery was pretty easy to find (although we did circle the building a couple times as our GPS said we were on top of the building). Located in the bottom of a warehouse building, you walk through a red industrial door into a cool tasting room with a large bar.
You can buy a sampler for $2, and a flight for $5 (we had the flights, yes, plural). Since opening they've been busy brewing a bunch of different beers. In fact as we ordered one of the owners" James, said he had to leave for a minute because he was at a crucial point in the brewing process.
We sampled Orbit Lollihop while we were there. We liked it so much we got some to take home. I talked to the hubby about the beer because he has a better beer taste buds then I do (I drink what I like, Jordan can describe why we like it). When I asked him to describe it he said: awesome. Looking for a little more detail, I opted to follow his direction and open a bottle to re sample the beer (blogging is so hard).
This easy drinking, full flavoured hoppy beer packs a lot of flavour without being too heavy. I like that it has personality but isn't so heavy you couldn't enjoy a couple. The finish of the beer is great, the flavour lingers in your mouth inviting you to have another sip.
We had a great time at the brewery. We got to go on a bit for a tour (which I will mention in a later blog post) and had a great time chatting with all the different customers who came in, eager to support a local business. While there we learned that they were brewing three different beers this week, so we've already planned to go back next week with some friends to try them all.
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I have exciting news. It is almost warm. Well, to better set expectations, there is almost not windchill, which basically means it is tropical out. To help better set the mood for Spring, I have been filling my home with flowers.
When I purchase plants/flowers I have to categories: 1) pretty ones you may toss out when they get close to dying 2) ones that don't need me and let me leave them alone.
The first sign of spring to me is always when tulips arrive in the market. Those first bright colours give me hope that very shortly, warm weather will be here. Another perk of tulips is that they tend to be cost effective and come in a variety of colours to spice up your home.
My Mom has always said that a penny in your vase will help your tulips stand up - and I'm not sure if it is just because my mom told me it was so that I believe it, but I have to admit that I do find my tulips look perkier with a penny in the water.
Unfortunately, Canada no longer has pennies, so I have scoured every seat cushion looking for pennies to keep my flowers beautiful. So tip: keep your pennies - they're not just for thoughts. Now I have reviewed the internet, and OI have to say, some people do NOT believe the power of the penny. At the end of the day - it doesn't really matter, a long as you enjoy your flowers that what counts.
Another way I keep my flowers fresh is with sugar or flower food. I find that it really helps keep my flowers fresh. That and chaining the water - a little step that goes a long way. Just don't forget, when you change the water - add some more food, those flowers are hungry.
What do you do to brighten your days during Spring? Fresh flowers? Spring Cleaning? I' d love to hear from you!
This Sunday I had the opportunity to go to high tea with my close friend Justin. We went to Angus Glen for High Tea and enjoyed a peaceful and yummy afternoon.
I absolutely love tea and enjoy taking time out with good friends- so high tea seemed like a good idea. When we arrived a table was waiting for us by the window.
Shortly after we arrived we were able to select our teas and by chance we both chose a Vanilla Black Tea - and it was lovely.
Our afternoon was enhanced with finger sandwiches and scones. My favourite was scones with clotted cream (I LOVE clotted cream - want to eat it every day).
Though I thought it was a tad pricey I did leave feeling full and happy. I loved the beautiful room and the way the food was displayed.
But even more I enjoyed catching up with a good friend.
How do you spend your Sunday's?
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.