winter brews.

in honor of today being national lager day + with christmas only 15 short days away, I felt it was only appropriate to share my favorite wintertime brews.

these six seasonal craft beers are not only scrumptious, but their labels will play into your holiday decorations. bring to your next holiday party. or enjoy at home, in front of the fire.

[or while watching ABC Family, like I did last night. I had to have something that made me feel like an adult, while I was watching pretty little liars. #GuiltyPleasure].

winter brews c/o LLinaBC.com

winter brews c/o LLinaBC.com

shiner holiday cheer • breckenridge christmas ale • deschutes jubelale • samuel adams white christmas • bell’s christmas ale • new belgium accumulation •

winter brews c/o LLinaBC.com

I choose books by their covers and craft beers by their labels.

happy wednesday.

travels // galena, IL.

I have a love affair with the small town of galena, IL. it is a place my parents would take me as a kid. but I’ve only become fonder of as an adult. any chance to stop, I do.

thankfully, [J] & I had to take the “long way home” on sunday [coming back from chicago], and galena was conveniently in our path. I somehow convinced [J] that I was absolutely starving & we needed to stop for dinner just about the time we approaching galena. and I got my wish, we dined at the galena brewing company. and took a brief walk down the main street. [even pulled off the highway for a quick landscape snapshot].

it is literally magical.

if you have not been to galena, IL ..it is time to start planning your trip. there are great restaurants, wineries, breweries, amazing shopping, historical landmarks galore, beautiful scenery. even better, it’s great during all seasons.

[especially in the fall, when the leaves are changing].

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

happy wednesday.

in the kitchen // summer beers.

I’m a beer drinker. but not exclusively. I don’t discriminate against alcoholic beverages. unless it’s a dirty martini. that’s [J]’s cocktail of choice. and I tried a sip on our very first date, 6 years ago, and have refused it since. I’d say it’s taste resembles being swept under a wave in the pacific ocean with your mouth wide open. picture that.

when the temperatures increase, so do my fruity beer cravings.

[*editor’s note: I say fruity, because they are all brewed with fruit. but they are not “sweet fruity”. they’re delicious fruity. in my language,  not “too sweet” that you can’t drink more than one. they’re a ‘lounge poolside & drink three’ kind of beers].

summer beer staples.

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

in the kitchen // summer beers c/o LLinaBC.com

o’fallon wheach peach wheat beer. // brewed in missouri.

abita strawberry harvest lager. // brewed in louisiana.

wasatch apricot hefeweizen. // brewed in utah.

enjoy the warmer weather & enjoy a fruity beer.

happy tuesday.