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What do You Eat at 5 a.m. by Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson

The sun is not yet up, the people stream by like it’s any random midday hour, and I ponder: what do you eat at 5 am? Specifically, what should or could I dine on before getting on a plane cross-country?

Yesterday was markedly different. Not only was I not at an airport, properly shuttled through a mass of humanity in a hurry to get somewhere else, I was gearing up for the first day of the Oregon Brewers Festival. It’s a biggie. With over 80,000 guests, dozens upon dozens of beers available to taste, food vendors hawking their wares and a few “other” vendors (like us) awaiting a full day ahead.

Yesterday for breakfast it was a humble English muffin with a spot of butter and jam and a cup of OJ. In all fairness it was the continental breakfast set out by the hotel in which I was staying. Not my first choice, though not all bad either.

This morning in the hubbub that is international travel, I’ll seek something else. Beer isn’t on my mind for the meal (though there are some perfectly delightful beers to sip with breakfast). Baked goods are.

Why is that? I found myself hankering for the flaky croissants to be found in the Seattle airport. The ones I tried on my way home from another trip months back. One plain and simple, one with a bit of chocolate. Mmmmmm. I’d take that right now.

Eating at various times of day spur various desires.  It’s like when I’m asked, “What’s your favorite beer?” The reply is completely dependent on the circumstances, what/s available, what I may be in the mood for, and what I want to spend money on.

What do you eat at 5 am? Let me know. I’m curious to hear it.

Til the next glass ~

TFOB_LOGO_BET365Go Here: If you happen to be on the East coast of North America, the Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a good one to take in. It’s a great big city to explore and taste too.

Try This: Beer for breakfast. It’s a statement, not a question. Moderation in all things, alcohol included, can yield some flavorful and surprising enjoyments. Sip a Belgian with crispy waffles, a rich stout with chocolate doughnuts.

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at WomenEnjoyingBeer.com or Ginger@WomenEnjoyingBeer.com

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Fresh Air & Root Beer on the Rogue River by Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson Fresh air, tasty beer, sun kissed faces and open minds. That’s what we had last weekend on the annual Raft & Craft trip WEB coordinated with ROW Adventures. The 4th annual trip was flavorfully altered this year to include root beer in the line up. Here’s what unfolded:

As a lodge stay trip (they offer great camping trips too), we enjoy the hospitality of two lodges on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River – Marial and Black Bar. Each night when we land for the day, I prep a tasting to happen for the guests and guides prior to dinner. This year we added Root Beer so I lead the group through a 4-course root beer, beer and food tasting.

Ginger JohnsonIt’s a lot of carbonated fun to pour samples of a beverage and offer complementary foods to enhance the experience and see the discoveries on peoples’ faces. You can see it as they smell, sip and chew. It’s visible education – and enjoyment for all.

Root beer, beer and food are all full flavored options to enhance your out of doors activities. It’s an honor and pleasure to work with ROW, to meet and get to know the guests who take the trip and refresh my awe of Mother Nature via raft.

Cheers to white water, flavor and fun people –

Ginger JohnsonTry This: To make root beer and sodas at home is easy; get a good book on the topic and give it a whirl. You can shortcut it too (like we did on the rafting trip) with Root Beer syrup and sparkling water.

Events: Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland OR 7/24 – 28. WEB is there in full orange tent glory. Come say hello to me and the crew.

Toronto’s Festival Of Beer – Toronto, Ontario, Canada 7/26 – 28. Celebrate Canadian beer, come to our Grilling Tent session 7/28, 530 pm & experience another Beerlicious event!

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at WomenEnjoyingBeer.com or Ginger@WomenEnjoyingBeer.com