For an early Valentines Day present, since I usually work late and Elliot has a class on Monday nights, he set up a surprise for me. What a guy! I had no idea what we were going to do until we pulled in to the parking lot after a 3 hour ride. He took me to the Sam Adam Brewery! We have been talking about doing this for about 2 years now and it was an amazing surprise from an amazing guy.
When you walk in to the brewery they give you a label to define which tour you are in. We got the noon Boston Lager tour. Our tour guide, Dan, was hysterical and extremely knowledgable.
They first take you to the ingredient room. Dan explained to us how each ingredient is used in the beer and why it is used. My favorite part was when they passed around each ingredient. First, the barley. There were three different kinds that he passed around and we got to taste all of them. Then the hops. Don’t eat the hops! But do crush them in your hands and take a good whiff. Ohhh now that’s the smell of beer that I love. Next they take you in to the brewing area. Now, the brewery in Boston is not their main plant, they mostly do their experimenting and tasting there. But Dan did explain how each beer is brewed and how most beers take up to 5 weeks to make from the hop vine to your bottle.
After the ingredient room and the brew room they bring you to the best spot, the tasting room! They hand out pitchers of beer and explain to you what kind you are drinking, and how to tell if it is a good beer. We tried Boston Lager, Noble Pills, and their Chocolate Stout. The Chocolate Stout was obviously my favorite. We got to keep our little tasting glasses too! It was an amazing trip and I would suggest everyone to take a trip up to Boston for the tour. I mean, come on, it’s a free tour with free beer! What’s better than that?
What are you favorite beers and breweries?
After a long day like we had on Saturday, I wanted to do absolutely nothing today. Sundays are the perfect day to relax, clean, cook, eat, and do crafts. And that is exactly what I did all day. This recipe is so quick and easy and good! My mom got the recipe from (I think?) Weight Watchers years ago. When I was living at home for a few months, this quick slaw dish was always in the refrigerator. It’s quick to throw together and one batch will last you a full week (If you don’t eat it all in one sitting!)
Mandarin Chicken Broccoli Slaw
1 pound of cooked chicken
1 bag of broccoli slaw
1 small can of mandarin oranges
1 small can of water chesnuts
1 cup of Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger Dressing
Boil your chicken in a pot of water for about 20 minutes. When it is done, let it cool for about 10 minutes before shredding it. I like to do this part with my hands, but it works just as easily with two forks. Take your chicken, broccoli slaw, mandarin oranges, water chesnuts, and dressing and mix them all together in a large bowl. This recipe is best if you let it sit and marinate overnight.