Life and Limb

October 15, 2011

What type of feelings do the words Life and Limb invoke for you?

Life maybe gives you a happy, energetic feeling.

Limb, perhaps a feeling of reaching out for better things or better ways?

Those are my optimistic views of the words. But maybe they just mean outstanding beer…

I think I’ve been drinking a lot of beer lately. It’s great tasting new flavors of beer that are deemed microbrews. I’m loving a few different types lately, especially with baking with the beers (*ahem* Banana Bread Beer Cupcakes *ahem*). But still, I’ve been drinking a lot of beer lately. (It’s already time for another cleanse!)

Oddly enough, after I started writing this post, I realized that today, Saturday, I’m helping out at the local California Beer & Wine Festival, giving people their Beer Belly Workout of the day.

Yes, I’ll be out there making people workout… while they’re drinking.

So, while I’m rubbing elbows with some incredible breweries, I’ll be making people sweat. And might I add, the festival hosts some pretty popular California breweries such as Anderson Valley Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Bear Republic, Boulder Beer Company, Gordon Biersch, and more. If you’re not from California, you may not have heard of some of these companies, but they’re huge in this area and make some of the best beers around.

Speaking of beer, the other weekend I had the opportunity to try Life and Limb collaborative beer. It’s a mesh of creative genius from Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada Brewery (out of my college town, Chico).

Released in 2009, only to be sold out within a matter of weeks, Life and Limb is a no-joke and rare one of a kind beers. A 2011 summer re-release will hopefully keep this ale beer in stores permanently.

So why is it just so good? I think it’s all the life and limb they put into it.

Life and Limb as a dark beer is brewed with pure maple syrup grown in Chico and birch syrup from Alaska. It has a delightfully smooth chocolate taste, earthy and fruit tones, along with a malty smokiness… and it’s worth an A+ in beer grades.

I love the name. It sounds alive and natural in it’s ingredients. Taken from the Life and Limb website gives the reasons behind the name:

LIFE – This beer is naturally carbonated to enhance complexity  refinement, and shelf-life; the family of yeast cells in every bottle working in vibrant unison.

LIMB – The two syrups used in making this beer, (Maple and  Birch) contribute to its unique and earthy flavor and symbolize the collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head.


Have you been enjoying beer too much lately, too?

Does your area host any great beer, wine, or “locally famous” festivals?

Do you have a favorite beer?

Is it already time for another cleanse? I think so…

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Todd October 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM

That description for that beer makes me want some, even after my day long beer workout at the festival yesterday! Gonna have to get on that once I recover! Thanks for the tip


Lori October 17, 2011 at 7:34 AM

It’s a great beer… although I think I need a major drinking break. lol


Ela October 15, 2011 at 7:16 PM

I’m not really a beer lover, but the Alaska birch syrup is sure a cool touch. Making people work out while drinking sounds hilarious–I can’t wait to hear your experience!


pure2raw twins October 15, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Gary would love that beer, I just to be a beer drinker until I realized gluten and wheat do not agree with me 🙁
even though I love my wine, I must admit I sometimes miss my beer, LOL


Lori October 17, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Yeah, sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do… and I don’t believe in gluten but beer, I do believe in (on ocassion). 😉


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