On the Road to Hoppiness | Pub Date

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Timing couldn’t be more impeccable for this Pub Date focused on CAREERS and HOBBIES. I just celebrated one year at my job working in publicity at an academic press. It probably goes without saying that book blogging inspired my career change in ways. It’s been challenging year full of new experiences and it’s nice and refreshing and all sorts of wonderful to feel proud of the work I’m churning out. (Though, if we could get more hours in the day, I’d be thrilled.)

Today’s beer pick is especially fitting: Two Roads Honeyspot Road IPA. The name is all about journey and it’s a smooth beer you can’t help but enjoy after a busy day at the office. For someone who never used to like IPAs, I’m quite a fan these days but this particular brew is great for someone just easing into hoppier beers. It’s not overwhelming at all.

And the book? Such a tough one but I’m going to go with Girl Before a Mirror by the incredible Liza Palmer. I read it in the early spring, and still believe everyone (especially the ladies) need to get their hands on this book. What do you do when you are feeling powerless and unhappy? When do you get to a point where you trust your gut and move forward to better yourself? When do your own needs and desires take centerstage over others because you realize there’s no way you can be of help to them without helping yourself first? Career, friendship, romance, family — all of life’s fun complications are thrown into this thoughtful, amazing book that truly feels like it could be an Estelle bible.

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Here’s to a fantastic weekend, silly IT blog issues disappearing, and going after what we want.

xoxo

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Sorta Like a Love Story | Pub Date

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I’m glad I’m not alone. Like Brittany, I am a happily married person who also thinks Valentine’s Day is the worst. I always felt like many of the boys I knew (not my husband) thought of it as some obligation and never much thought into it. Why did they have to? They could easily pick up a new plush animal or a card from the drugstore. Or my fav — roses. (Who am I? I really don’t like roses, friends. Again. Super generic.) ANYWAY. I love my husband and my pals and my beer and I can express that feeling anytime of the year. (And we should be!)

In the spirit of the upcoming “holiday” and because I love books and love you (!!), I’m chatting about Coney Island Brewing Company and their 1609 Amber Ale. This company has the best label art (vintage-y cool) and my grocery store has recently started selling their six packs. Bonus: they are semi-local. Named for the legendary destination in Brooklyn, their beer is actually brewed upstate.

The 1609 is dedicated to the year the land that would become Coney was discovered. It’s a light, refreshing taste (a little citrus, a little caramel) and nicely bubbly. When I was thinking it, my first thought was how it would be a nice first beer for those who are still discovering their tastes.

On to the book…

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Sorta Like a Rock Star feels like a natural pick for Valentine’s Day, even if (ready for it) there is no romance in this book at all. It’s about a girl named Amber (get it?) who is always putting herself out there for other people from the cute ladies at the church choir to the folks at the nursing home, but is certainly not getting that kind of attention and affection from the person closest to her. It’s a truly wonderful book (with a side of tissues) about friendship and being kind to be kind, not because you are fulfilling a school assignment. Love is reciprocal and I never saw that better described in a book than it is in this one.

Amber’s heart is SO SO SO big. This is why she is my book valentine. (If you need more convincing, I wrote a little bit about the book last year.)


What’s your favorite book about love? Let me know in the comments!

Have a super weekend, and enjoy. Whether it’s with a brew, or not. (But if you do have brew suggestions, tell meee!)

Thanks for checking out this round of PUB DATE!

Pump-KING for Halloween | Pub Date

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Hello there! It’s Friday!! Hooray! We are also more than halfway to Halloween, which I will admit is not a favorite holiday of mine. I’m more into autumn decor than ghosts and goblins but I understand that some love it more than Christmas and Santa. Gasp! (Just kidding.)

In the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve, I’m chatting about pumpkin beer. What a shocker; I know. I’m pretty particular about my pumpkin brews. Not too spicy, not too heavy (imperial pumpkins are not my favorite; they are darker and taste more like liquor). So I was really thrilled to see Southampton Publick House Pumpkin Ale at my supermarket this week.  This is the brewery right near my first college (I’ve mentioned this before) and their pumpkin has the subtle flavors I enjoy so much: spice, pumpkin and vanilla extract. This beer is just like a liquid dessert.

(Tip: Before pouring your beer, line the rim of your glass with cinnamon. So so good.)

Now what about a good read to go along with that? Well, it’s getting cooler. How about 11/22/1963 by Stephen King? 849 pages of goodness to keep you totally addicted and wrapped up in your cuddliest blanket. This isn’t a typical “scary” King book; there is time travel, a man on the run, and what happens when one person gets so caught up in an alternate life. Main character Jake has to pretend in order to survive, and also fulfill his task of stopping the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Isn’t Halloween all about pretending?

Pub Date Halloween Edition with Stephen King and Southampton Pumpkin Beer

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Other things on my list as Halloween gets closer?

  • Cooking Beer & Cheddar Soup (it’s so so good)
  • Watching Hocus Pocus at least once
  • Buying a little pumpkin for my desk at work
  • Waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive…

Another recent beer winner: Shiner Oktoberfest and one I’m looking to try: Red Hook Pumpkin Porter.

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Pub Date: Fruit Beer 101

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Welcome to another spirited spin of Pub Date here at Rather Be Reading Blog!

So “back to school” might not mean what it used to back in the day, but I still have a soft spot for the season of new clothes, new pencils, and, hooray, the return of a crisp fall. Thanks to an idea from Maggie I originally wanted to pay homage to my first college in Long Island with some lovely local Southampton brews. But, go figure. I could not find any in the three stores near my apartment. So before I launch into my pick for today, let me recommend The Publick House in Southampton as an excellent place to stop by if you find yourself out east.

Instead, join me on a trip to the West Coast. Today’s beer comes from a 3-year old brewery in Southern California called Brouwerij West. What’s the brew? Dog Ate My Homework: a saison brewed with blackberries. (Isn’t that the best name? I couldn’t pass it up when I was looking for a Plan B.) The alcohol content is a little high at 7% so it is sold in a 1 pint/9.4 ounce bottle. I had enough for two glasses basically.

Let’s talk about fruity beers for a quick second.

A few weeks ago, Alexa and Elena came over for a craft night. It’s hard to pick a beer that delights all tastes, especially when not everyone is a seasoned beer drinker. In these situations, I tend to go for the fruit beers. The flavors taste more like juice or a cocktail, and I think the possibility of people liking it is that much higher. Before I started drinking beer, I didn’t know there were such familiar flavors available. It was a similar beer that made me braver to try more way back when.

Dog Ate My Homework was like a stronger juice, almost wine-like. Purple in color, a little foamy — it went down smoothly and I really enjoyed it. You could clearly taste the blackberries while the aroma was very grape juice-like. I liked that it was bubbly, felt all kinds of fancy.

And now a book…  The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker!

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I wanted a read that I loved (this one is underrated, IMO) and also:

  • spent a lot of time in high school (a.k.a. no summer stories)
  • had a very important dog character (the beer name!)

The Queen of Kentucky is the story of Ricki Jo, a 14-year old living in the south who is dedicated to breaking away from her old self and transforming into the new, improved, and popular Erika. If you ever struggled with insecurity and fitting in (that’s a joke; I have to believe all of us did), Alecia Whitaker hits all the excruciating, embarrassing circumstances you never wanted to relive. Ricki Jo learns a lot about loyalty, friendship, parents, and family in this book and I found it completely charming.

Those of you returning to school this year, good luck! Most importantly, don’t forget to take the time to destress! It’s imperative to your success. Really!

So until next time… cheers and happy reading!

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