So let's be honest...it's never fun working on a Friday, but at least you know the weekend is so close. Today is no exception, considering how much fun we had last night at Blogtoberfest.
Sarah had been to several of them over the past few years, but this was my first time in attendance. Ginger Park certainly was a beautiful location for this years event, with it's gorgeous woodwork and easily accessible urban location. One can never have too much street parking so close to the location, and considering I drive 99% of the time, I was psyched to find an open spot so close to the restaurant.
Thankfully for me too, a DIEHARD Boston Bruins fan (and hockey fan in general), they had a HD TV in our area, so I could still check in on my boys in Black and Gold beating up on the Washington Capitals in their home opener. And while they didn't have any draft beer, they did have plenty of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, which I got my share of.
As Sarah mentioned yesterday, BrewEngland was a co-sponsor of this year's Blogtoberfest, and we were giving away some really kick-ass prizes. We created three baskets of all 22 oz. beers and beer related swag, which would have been great to win (who says I couldn't win my own raffle?)! Our friends Chris and Sarah happened to win two of them - no it wasn't fixed, I swear!
Sarah walked away with the biggest of the three beer baskets, which included: a Harpoon Brewery T-Shirt, a Harpoon keychain and magnet, as well as the following beers: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Jack D'or, Cape Ann Brewing Pumpkin Stout, Berkshire Brewing Co. Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Cisco Brewers Pumple Drumpkin, and Haverhill Brewing Three Graces Tripel-Style Ale.
Chris was lucky enough to win one of the other cool baskets, which included: Berkshire Brewing Co. Coffeehouse Porter, Wachusett Brewing Co. Milk Stout, and Berkshire Brewing Co. Imperial Stout. The other winner (sorry, I wasn't able to catch him before he left) got: Blue Hills Brewery Black Hops, White Birch Brewing Wrigian, and Berkshire Brewing Co. River Ale.
Sarah and Peter G.
We both met a lot of great people last night, including (but not at all limited to) Jen, Jack, Brian, and Carissa. And as always great to catch up with friends like Peter, Rebecca (from Girls Pint Out - local ladies if you want to join Sarah and GPO at their Boston meetup next month give Rebecca a shout!), Sarah and John! I'm sure we're leaving people out, so sorry for that...but suffice it to say it was a great time.
I also got to catch up with my buddy Marcel, who I've known for about 10 years, but haven't seen in at least 2-3 years. He's running a cool and funny blog called Business Blunder, which you should definitely check out. He scours the internet for tales of hysterical business related stories that have been in the news, or on other various media outlets. It's worth a read, and will definitely have you wondering how people can be this stupid. He also has a Facebook Fan Page, which you should check out and "like".
Anyway, we wanted to give a special thanks to Jenny for organizing this year's Blogtoberfest and making it a good time!