Monday, February 28, 2011

The Goat Ate My Homework But I Passed The Cicerone's CBS Exam

It's been on my mind a lot lately, that I need to finish my schooling. Since I was four I have been doing nothing but music. Music was my life 24/7 all the way through my first year of college. Things started to melt between illness and the personalities of professors, staying on top of such a physical art as voice became much maintenance and heart break. So I took a break I am twenty-three now and still don't have my bachelor's degree which is starting to make things rather problematic not career wise but just with myself. You need to have that silly piece of paper or else no one will take you seriously. As much as I would like to tell everyone what a genius I am it just ain't happenin' with no d'gree-- in our society what matters is not what I say, it's what I do. So here it is: I am going to finish my degree with a minor in music and a major in Journalism. There, I said it to you so therefore I must do it or my whole credibility goes down the tube. More importantly though, what does this mean for my blog and my crazy dreams in the beer world? Someone asked me the other day at a beer class that I taught, where and how I learned so much about beer. My only answer was, “I drink a lot of beer” but let's be honest, we all eat but that alone doesn't make us all gourmets, does it? So in the spirit of standardized testing and getting little paper's that deem us “smart” I decided to check out the cicerone's exam and what it took to be considered “smart” in the beer world. There are three levels to being cicerone certified: Beer Server, Certified Cicerone and Master Cicerone.
Today I took and passed the first level as a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and am planning to schedule my exam for the Certified Cicerone promptly. I'm very excited and at least now I have something more than a self proclaimed title of Beer Guru--I have a little piece of paper to start and am working on more to come with the letters B.A. very, very soon.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Goats Do Roam...and Tweet!

Check-in your brew from the shower! Tweet your latest cocktail recipe! Foursquare from the hottest gastropub! I am truly obsessed with social media from almost every angle of my life. We want our information smooth and fast and that's just what I've done with my ultra simple photo stream  called The Roaming Goat. The Roaming Goat is a strictly food related mobile blog updated from where ever I may be but not only that, it's optimized for you to see from where ever you may be. Each photo's description is accompanied by links to websites and the twitter profiles that are related to the place I'm at. Check it out and tell me what you think!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The New Face of Pizza and Beer in Anaheim

In the past couple years I have been overjoyed to watch the gastropub flourish here in Orange County. What, however, is happening with the evolution of our beloved American institution called the sports bar? Well I am extremely excited to post that exciting beer-things are indeed happening! An excellent example of this long overdue trend is open for your craft-beer-geek enjoyment.Out of the Park Pizza in Anaheim is a sublime blend of everything that makes a family oriented sports bar the place you always want to be at, combined with a strict zero-tolerance for mediocre beer and food policy. Out of the Park Pizza is bringing Game Day excitement and Little League Pizza Socials to a new place that everyone will love. With over 30 beers on tap and a diverse bottle list that's growing by the tens, owners Donna and Dan Smith have put a lot of love and culinary know-how into this place. There's a chill outdoor eating area,complete with fire pit and heat lamps, an arcade for the kids that combines 80's classics like Pacman and Galaga along with all the best ultra modern shooters, sports simulators, and ticket games! My favorite space is the VIP all leather "Living Room" for you and your friends to reserve for special Game Day shows and TV Premieres! While the menu is still growing the pizza is "kick you in the face" awesome, especially with amazing Dan-original offerings like the Chuck Norris-- a bomb of wing sauce, avocado, and chicken. This place is honestly a play ground for everyone: For the boys: beer, boobs, blondes, sports on over 30(!) big screens and great food. For the kids: a room full of arcade games, and for us women there's the friendly staff who are more than willing to pair the perfect beer with your sophisticated pallet while you relax by the bonfire in the cool night breeze, and perhaps most important of all: for us beer aficionados--seriously, go check this place out.  Dan and Donna Smith's dedication to offering not only the broadest, but also the deepest possible beer selection is almost unprecedented in a joint like this.
Dan and Donna Smith, Owners

I am really excited about the future of this place simply because with all the great food and the fun activities that the place has to offer, including Karaoke, Dan has stayed true to his love for craft beer. The taps are on continuous rotation so don't be afraid to ask for a splash of something you may have never seen before.  It's new places like this that continue to give me hope that the up and coming generations will usher in a new era of beer-soaked awesome.

Out of the Park Pizza is located at
3635 E. La Palma in Anaheim and you can always call ahead at (714)777-4992 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (714)777-4992      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Oh, and rumor has it that it's the hottest place in Anaheim to spot your favorite Angel, so be sure to bring your favorite ball and a sharpie!
Xo Xo, Anaheim.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Have More Than Just One Beer In The Shower

On occasion I find some neat ways of using beer. Here's to Duffy's Brew! Up there along with beer soap is beer shampoos and conditioners. Some women have already been doing this for a while, conditioning their hair with beer (it makes it shiny!!!). These 100% vegan suds are made from the finest ingredients including Seattle's Elysian Brewing Company's Stout! You can buy them currently on Amazon until their website is up and running and they have their full line online. Now you can have more than just one beer in the shower!
Their website should be up soon!