It’s one of those days when you know you’ll be bad later in the day, but you’re just not sure HOW bad. How do you budget calories for a questionable evening, not knowing how questionable to will get?

I think the answer lies … again … in moderation and limitations. I have to be good at monitoring (and cataloguing) calories throughout the day. Knowing where I stand and what I have left in the budget for the day allows me to make informed decisions. If I look back after the fact and forget about the two cookies I snuck in at lunch, I’ll be over budget. Strict adherence to the calculation is THE ONLY WAY to succeed in this game. At least for me.

My kid is apparently 75% Italian. He had a meatball sub last night; asked for lasagna tonight, while knowing that he requested his favorite Italian joint for tomorrow night … so that we can have lasagna. So, I’m eating lasagna tonight. Ugh. I do like cheese. Lots of it. The gooier the better. I NEED to budget properly.

At least I was able to suck at tennis for a few hours in the middle of the day to get the blood flowing. 🎾

Breakfast – 🚨 NEWS ALERT 🚨 I did NOT have a Fiber One bar this morning. I had a cinnamon roll (as birthday treats continue for lots of days in our house, apparently.) And I avoided the doughnut. Small victories.
Lunch – tennis courts. I don’t eat much when I play. I had two miniature chicken-salad-on-croissants and a turkey-provolone slider. That’s it. Oh yeah … and a few Peronis.
Dinner – lasagna. But I ate the version made with zucchini noodles instead of normal delicious noodles. So, maybe it was less bad for me? I even avoided having any of the Texas toast. Again, small victories. (And FYI, according to Fitbit, I added 1400 calories to my allowance for the day by playing tennis. Not that I think I should use all of those. Just sayin’.)

And now for the beer …

– Yup. Continuing with the Italian theme, our opponents brought Peroni as part of the spread. Since I was so miserably terrible on the courts today, I thought I should take two beers of theirs.
– As my pre-dinner ritual, I had a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. Uhhhh, yes. Delicious
– And with dinner, there’s a chance that I had a giant bottle of a very cool VariantPontoonGate CitySprayberry Bottle Shop collaboration. It’s called the Wolf Pack. Sharing from the official description, this Imperial Sweet Stout was aged in Vanilla Bourbon Barrels for six months on rich chocolate, toasted coconut and Tongan vanilla beans.” Yes. All of the yes on this one. The birthday finally arrives tomorrow. More Italian food for us … and this time with unlimited salad and bread-swimming-in-butter.

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Not much for you today.  I just want you to sit back with friends, family or self and enjoy a cold American beer.  October 27 is National American Beer Day!

Comment below with your beer of choice on this fine Friday afternoon.  I’ll soon pop open a fantastic Dogfish Head seasonal choice … Punkin.  I won’t go into details just yet because of a future post on seasonally, specifically Oktoberfest and pumpkin-related offerings.  But this is probably my favorite pumpkin beer.  Great flavor you expect from Dogfish Head without an overpowering amount of pumpkin.

For a fun view of the history of pumpkins and pumpkin beer in America, head on over to Many Eats to see the tremendous research they’ve put together.

Enjoy National American Beer Day.  What a YOU having tonight?

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Each week, I will highlight a beer I have had recently that struck me as particularly good.  And worth visiting your local pub or package store to find.

For our first installment, I’ll go with something super-extra fun and unique.  As a major fan of Dogfish Head 60 and 90-minute IPAs, I was intrigued when the bartender suggested I try “Dogfish Head 61-minute IPA.”  I had not heard of it before, but was obviously intrigued.  The 61 is basically the same as the 60, but with ONE added ingredient – syrah grape must.  (A quick Google search tells me that ‘must’ is fresh grape juice, plus all the other stuff – skin, seeds and stems.)  And that fantastically yummy deliciousness mixed in with the equally phenomenal 60-minute elixir combine to form a truly unique and wonderful flavor.

I am not usually a huge proponent of fruit-based beers.  They’re okay, but not something I go out of my way to order.  The 61-minute though was different.  This had the slightest hint of grape/wine flavor without crossing the line into becoming a sweet, syrupy fruit beer.  This was an instance of a beer that grew on me over time.  “Time”, in this case, was about 30 seconds – enough time to get through my second sip.  It has a very smooth texture with great flavor.  Imagine a sip of your favorite red wine poured into your favorite beer.  (And according to Dogfish Head, that’s where the idea came from.)

Do yourself a flavor and find this one – it is worth a try.

As always, thanks for reading and make sure to enter your email address to the right so that you can follow my weekly beer ramblings.

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