Bikes & Beers & Brewloops

October has been a busy month so far!

The first big event (which I guess was actually the last day of September) was Brewloops! This event was, from their website, a beer, bike and live music festival and I can attest to all three.

A group of us signed up for the bike pub crawl, which included tickets to the main festival. Since it only involved going to two pubs, us overachievers decided to start a little early and headed to three other local pubs on our way to the downtown meeting point.

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Considering there were 180 people involved, I think the organizers did a fantastic job. I can’t imagine trying to round up that many people, especially on bikes through downtown. We were divided into two groups and each group did a different starting pub. Ours was The Noble Pig, were we spent about half an hour with our included beer (and maybe an extra pitcher or two).

Brewloops

Safety first for these two

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After Noble Pig it was back down to the park where Iron Road Brewing (you can read my post about checking them out here) had a tent set up. The organizers did a fantastic job timing the event. We were at a lookout on the river just around sunset and lucked out with a double rainbow sighting!

Brewloops

Photo by @staceykrolow

Brewloops

Photo by @staceykrolow

We finally finished the ride at our last stop, the Brewloops festival! There were tonnes of different breweries to check out and everyone’s fav band, Echo Beach was playing! It was such a fun event and I’ll definitely go again next year. So many beers to try…so little time!

My only real complaint was that it was so busy it was hard to walk around and chat with the different breweries to see where they were from. But a sold out event in Kamloops is always a positive thing so no real complaining from me!

Brewloops

Iron Road Brewing & Shuswap Saturdays

This past weekend was fantastic! I can’t believe it was already the last weekend of August…where has this summer gone?!

Thankfully Kamloops is back to hot weather and clear skies, just like summer should be.

Friday evening I met up with some friends at a new brew pub in town, Iron Road Brewing. We got there at about 7pm and the place was packed. We took a seat at the bar, got some drinks and waited for a table to free up. We didn’t have to wait long and soon we all had drinks and dinner was en route.

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Iron Road has a small menu of mostly tacos, quesadillas and nachos! I went with 1 shrimp taco and 1 veggie taco. They were cheap, but quite small. I wouldn’t say I’d go out of my way to go there for food but the beer was good and they have a great ambiance.  We all tried different kinds of beer and Denise and I went with the tasting flight to get a little bit of everything. My vote for favourite was the Locomotive Lager.

Iron Road Brewing

I will definitely head back there, it’s nice to have a new place to check out – Kamloops could certainly use more pubs and lounges!

Saturday morning it was time to head to the lake! Between the not great weather and severe smoke, it had been waaaay too long since I got to spend the day out at the Shuswap and I was seriously missing it. We spent the day floating at Copper Island, swimming and playing a super fun drinking game, Picolo. It’s an app and so much fun!

Shuswap

After a yummy dinner at Finz Bar and packing up the boat it was time to head home. Between the sun, fresh air and a few drinks I think everyone was tuckered out and we all just went home.

Shuswap

Sunday was a super productive day for me. I managed to clean my entire house, even handwashing the floors. This may sound like the most boring thing ever, but it was so satisfying. Between the dog and cat and me, it can get dirty real quick!

Shuswap

Photo by Allan McVicar

All in all it was a really great weekend, and now we’re heading into a long weekend!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic last week of August. Any exciting plans for the long weekend?

 

Monte Creek Ranch Winery

Birthday celebrations at Monte Creek Ranch!

Last week was my birthday…and it was awesome! I am totally one of those birthday loving people, bring on the attention, cake and presents.

I was planning on just going out for dinner with family and friends – but my mom saw that a local winery was hosting a music event on my birthday so we decided to head out there.

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My birthday day was fantastic from the beginning, from coffee and breakfast with Ash, lunch with another friend and then heading out to Monte Creek Ranch Winery.

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The tickets for the event were only $10 and included a wine tasting (my fav activity, if you didn’t know that by now). My mom and Erica really went above and beyond and brought a whole table full of food and 3 (yes THREE) cakes!

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I think everyone had a fantastic time, the band was great and the wine was even better. It was so nice to be able to lounge on the lawn, play some games and relax while visiting with everyone. Of course, it didn’t hurt that I also got presents and had all my favourite people with me.

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The music finished around 9 and we stuck around until the employees kicked us out…apparently, they wanted to head home. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate turning 28!