30 November 2017

Rivalry #9

I love rivalry weekend.

Even though I started out the first part of the long Thanksgiving / rivalry weekend with a cold, I rallied in time for the Clemson vs Carolina game on Saturday. I was not going to miss this tailgate or this game.

Can you believe that this was our 9th Clemson vs Carolina game? It's hard to believe that we've been through 9 football seasons together... and yes, I definitely measure the length of our relationship by football seasons.

Can you also believe that we took my orange tent to tailgate with this weekend? It made directing friends to our tailgate so much easier since we were the only orange tent in sight in the State Fairgrounds lot.

It's exactly how this girl found our tailgate.

These people are some of my favorite, but we were missing the other two from our group. They'll get a pass for this game though since they were busy welcoming the littlest and newest member to our group :)

The picture below is brought to you by my uncle. He showed up to Thanksgiving with two things for me. The first was the "Don't Panic" FedEx button from sometime in the 1970s. The second was a six pack of River Rat's American Kölsch Story because he read this blog post... and took notes! Thanks, Addy!

And this picture is brought to you by 29 years of friendship. We may never actually plan on seeing each other ever, but we always run into each other anytime we're out and about around Columbia.

I was outnumbered at our tailgate for a majority of the day (things that happen when you tailgate in enemy territory) but these two showed up towards the end to try and help even out the numbers.

Game time!

We spent the first half of the game sitting in my dad's seats. After half, when the home team fans began their mass exodus out of the stadium, we moved down to the lower deck to watch the rest of the game with Patrick's dad in his seats.

Did I thoroughly enjoy our tailgate and the game this year? You bet. When Patrick and I first started dating, Carolina had just started their five-game winning streak. For the first five years that we were together... Carolina won. We're almost tied now.


In the end... Clemson walked away with a 34-10 win (their 4th in a row over Carolina!) and we're moving on to bigger and better things: the ACC Championship. It's an unofficial play-in game for the CFP Playoffs this year as Clemson takes on Miami and I am SO excited that the game is back in Charlotte.

But I might be more excited about the fact that Clemson is back to being the #1 team in the country. Go Tigers!


Hey Charlotte, we're coming for you!

21 November 2017

What's In My 6-Pack {of Craft Beers!}

Truth: I love craft beer.

Y'all know that I think a perfect day involves a stop at a brewery. To me, a brewery hop is the best way to celebrate any occasion from birthdays to bachelorette parties. I love to cross a new brewery off of our list and I'm always, always, always game to stop by one.

I also love to shop for craft beer. Some girls love to go shoe shopping and look at makeup for hours... I love to browse the aisles at my favorite bottle shops. To each their own, right? Well, I was browsing an aisle last week and shared a few of my favorites on my Instagram story and y'all had all of the questions about what other craft beers would make the list.

If I had to put together the perfect make-your-own 6 pack right now, here's what it would look like:

New Belgian Fat Tire Special Release Belgian White Ale

I may actually cry the day I can no longer find this special release. It is hands down my number one craft beer right now. It's delicious, and as a bonus, it comes from an incredible employee-owned brewery up the road in Asheville. There is potentially a small stockpile of it in our house #noshame

Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde

Say what you want about Wicked Weed selling out and no longer being considered "craft beer" but I don't care. Wicked Weed is still one of my favorite breweries and until they sold out, I was never able to find their beer in SC. Now I am able to find Lunatic Blonde every where I go! There is only one blonde beer that I love more {Southern Belle Blonde from Twisted Spur in Columbia} but since they don't distribute, this one wins.

Revelry Gullah Cream Ale

I had this craft beer for the very first time last summer when Patrick and I did a quick brewery hop in Charleston to cross a few off our list / pick up growlers for our wedding reception decoration. It was great, but I was pretty sad that the only chance I'd be able to have this one was in their brewery. You can find it in Columbia now if you know where to look... and it's one that's really hard to not buy when I see it.

Coast 32/50 Kölsch

This is the one craft beer on the list that comes from a brewery that we haven't visited, despite it being just down the road in Charleston. 

OMB Hornet's Nest Hefeweizen

This craft beer started off as a seasonal brew that was only available on tap at their brewery and around Charlotte... which meant that it was always my first choice when visiting Charlotte in late spring/summer. Now, not only can I find it in bottles in Columbia, but it made OMB's year round list!

River Rat American Kölsch Story

The one hometown beer on the list, but the one that I can't leave out. There is always an American Kölsch Story in our house and there is always one in the cooler when we pack one for a tailgate or the beach or wherever. Partly because it comes in a really cool can, but mostly because it's a good beer.

So there you have it: all of the craft beers that you can currently find in my house somewhere and the ones that I am most likely to pick up at the store or choose in the brewery if we're there. If you come across any of these beers and you're a big wheat/wit/blonde/hefeweizen fan like I am, go ahead and pick up a six pack. You won't regret it!

20 November 2017

Weekending in Kiawah

Some people only enjoy spending time at the beach in the summer.

Sure, summertime at the beach is great. Warm weather, plenty of sunshine, vacation days... all of the good things and all things that I like. But spending time on Kiawah in the fall? Y'all, it might be my very favorite time to be at Kiawah.

I started out Saturday morning with a nice, easy run to the tune of Taylor Swift & reputation. I might be slightly hooked on her latest album and it's been playing on my phone on repeat since the day it came out #sorrynotsorry

My mom and I took our bikes out for a spin up to Freshfields to check out the new Cantina 76 that just opened up there, and my dad met us there.

Cantina 76 isn't a new restaurant to me. We have two of them in Columbia and I absolutely adore dining there. They have the best salsa, thanks in part to the copious amounts of cilantro that they add to it.

We made it an early lunch so that we could get back in time to watch Clemson take on The Citadel {& win!} before heading back out for another bike ride before sunset.

For the first time in the history of ever... or at least since they were still in high school and living at home, my dad and his brother not only live in the same state, but they live on the same island. Both of them closed on their original houses houses and moved to the low country the same weekend.

Since all my dad's side of the family currently lives in the Charleston area, I decided it would be a great idea for all of us to go out to dinner Saturday night. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Loophole on Johns Island... which happens to be right next door to Low Tide Brewing. Between The Southern General, The Tattooed Moose, and now The Loophole, there are plenty of good restaurants to check out before or after our next trip to Low Tide.

Sunday was more of the same from Saturday: a lot of biking & exploring around the island, to the tune of 16.5 miles.

It was a great weekend on Kiawah, but now it's time to kick off one of my very favorite week's of the year. We're hosting Thanksgiving at our house again, then we'll be cutting down our Christmas tree and putting up decorations, and of course, it's RIVALRY WEEK!

Happy Monday, y'all.

15 November 2017

Orange Britches Are For Championships

It doesn't get much better than a fall Saturday in Clemson.

I love to tailgate.

I love being surrounded by football, catching up with friends, spending time with my favorite tailgating partners in crime, people watching, and snacking on all of the fun food that comes with a tailgate. Patrick and I throw out the idea sometimes of what our life would look like if we didn't care about college football.

It would be really different. I'm just glad that we both love it as much as we do and it's something that we always enjoy together {with the exception of next weekend's game... Rivalry Week is almost here!}

I'm glad that most of our friends like football and tailgating, too. Even when it's super cold outside.

When it's cold enough to have on multiple layers, but you feel the need to not button or zip up any of said layers.

One of the other things I love about tailgates? You never know who you're going to run into. Running into your sorority little sister that you haven't seen in years? The best.

It was a weird football season for the two of us. We had a lot of girls only tailgates, we missed the game against Georgia Tech, and we decided to sell our tickets to the game this coming weekend. It's not often {ever?} that we miss two games in one season or have so many tailgates without the guys.

Clemson has this tradition to wear their orange pants {orange britches!} whenever they're playing in a championship game. Saturday night's game against FSU was for the ACC Atlantic Division Title, so the orange britches came out!

& this is what I like to call the "guess who isn't happy that we're attending the ACC Championship Game in December" picture.

But you know what?

Clemson is 9-1, ranked #2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, and they're headed to Charlotte in December for the ACC Championship Game! Go Tigers!
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