Pumpkin and Stout Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels, pumpkin spice, oatmeal stout

We know, we know…everyone is overdosing on pumpkin spice, it’s a fall cliche, it’s just too hip. But . . . so? We’re not ashamed to admit we love pumpkin spice! In fact, we’re downright happy to ride the pumpkin-spice tidal wave until it crests sometime next week, following the palate-resetting mini-candy-bar blowout that is Halloween.

Stout is very complementary to pumpkin; the flavors work really well together, especially with the addition of warm fall spices, yeast, and a touch of brown sugar.

You can use whatever stout makes your heart sing. (I used our own homebrewed oatmeal stout, which is a damn fine specimen, if I do say so myself.) Canned pumpkin works a treat–but be sure to use plain pureed pumpkin and not pie filling.

Don’t skip the boiling process–it takes only a few seconds and is super simple to accomplish. Make sure to let the pretzels cool before buttering and sugaring them. And this is one case where less is more, as far as the butter basting goes. Too much butter (hard to believe there is such a thing), and your spiced sugar will just clump up and fall off. Restrain yourself.

Click HERE to visit Growlers and Lace for the recipe for these fun-to-make-and-eat soft pretzels.

George Washington: Beer Guy

5 Boozy Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Our First President

George Washington, beer, home brewer, Founding Father, Famous beer drinkers

There’s no shortage of anecdotes about our first president’s honesty, courage, and general uprightness. Lesser known, but no less endearing, is his reputation as a home brewer and enthusiast of quality beer. He frowned on drunkenness (we get it–who has time for a hangover when you’re running a brand-new country AND one of the most profitable whiskey distilleries in the nation?), but he could bend an elbow with the best of them.

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LDW 2015: SoCal Beer Tour

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What did you guys do for Labor Day? We drank beer. All weekend long. It’s not as profligate as it sounds; we paced ourselves.

We were in Oceanside for a soccer tournament, so during our time off, we took side trips to as many breweries and brew pubs as we could.Note: if you’re looking for a place to vacation and craft beer is your jam, I highly recommend a trip to the San Diego area. According to the West Coaster, there are 115 operational brew houses in the San Diego area (as of September 2015).

The breweries/brew pubs we hit in our 3-day stay:

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