Behind The Butter

beer in heaven, part II

I thought I found Heaven…but it was just lagunitas brewing company.

And let me tell you, Heaven tasted especially delicious after hiking six miles through Point Reyes on Saturday!

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments (and emails!) yesterday—they really meant a lot. Adam and I celebrated my brother’s 21st in style by going wine tasting followed by stuffing ourselves with barbecue that was so good I cried.

We also finished Season 5 of Grey’s and last night I had a dream that the Chief was replacing Bailey with me.


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  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    April 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Peanuts + Pretzels + Beer = the perfect combination!

    What a cool place πŸ™‚

  • Harriet
    April 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    You are in for a treat come Grey’s season 7 episode 17 or so… I will not give the game away, save for one word: musical….

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Aww sounds like a lovely tribute to your brother. Glad you had a good day Jenna!

  • Heather at Heather's Dish
    April 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    So glad y’all had fun in celebration of your brother! That’s a life well lived πŸ™‚

  • Ruth
    April 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Your hike looks awesome – and I love the top picture of the tasting glasses and nibbles.

    I remember reading your posts about your brother – and crying like a baby. I’m glad you celebrated his birthday in good style.

  • kristin
    April 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    i just laughed out loud at your comment about greys!! ha!

    Sounds like you did your brother proud with your celebration! Thinking of you and your family!

  • Julie B.
    April 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Grey’s Anatomy is the best thing in the world! BBQ is a close second. Joy is the best remembrance for loved ones.

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    April 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I’m sure your brother appreciated your barbecue and wine celebrations in his honor πŸ™‚ You’re making me want to rent Grey’s but I’m not letting myself do so until I graduate…or else I’m afraid I’ll never make it through (school..not Grey’s!)

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    April 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    haha, I love when you dream about shows you’re watching!!

  • Erin
    April 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I can’t even begin to tell you how jealous I am that you live so close to Lagunitas and that gorgeous view! Wonderful way to celebrate your brother’s memory πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    April 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Perfect celebration! I’m am certain your brother would have approved! πŸ™‚

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    April 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Lagunitas is so good! I order it all the time.

  • MMiller
    April 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Glad you celebrated your brother’s 21st birthday in style! I’m sure he was smiling down at you!

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    April 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    When I **shamefully** read Twilight this summer, I had so. many. Twilight dreams. It was getting creepy.

  • Molly
    April 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    A flight after a hike? Good call!!
    After my own hike this weekend I proceeded to buy $31 dollars of beer. It’s all about the hydration!

  • eatmovelove
    April 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Stuffed after the BBQ – it’s not a proper one if it doesn’t end that way πŸ˜‰ I hope Adam did the standard un-buckling of the belt πŸ™‚

    Oh, I want to be near nature to hike! A simple(r) life.

    What made you start watching Grey’s now all of a sudden anyways? I always wonder what gets someone started on a series…especially since it’s been on for a while. What shows do you usually watch?

    • Baking 'n' Books
      April 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      Sorry! Can you delete this comment? It goes to the old name automatically sometimes.

  • Baking N Books
    April 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Stuffed after the BBQ – it’s not a proper one if it doesn’t end that way πŸ˜‰ I hope Adam did the standard un-buckling of the belt πŸ™‚

    Oh, I want to be near nature to hike! A simple(r) life.

    What made you start watching Grey’s now all of a sudden anyways? I always wonder what gets someone started on a series…especially since it’s been on for a while. What shows do you usually watch?

  • Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL
    April 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hiking and beer – marvelous! I’m all for samplers…I get sick of the taste of beer a little too quickly, so mini glasses are perfect.

  • Jamie@everydaydolce
    April 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    That’s a great photo of you and Adam! Glad he was there to celebrate your brother’s day with you. That hike sounds incredible! πŸ™‚

  • French Heart
    April 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Nice photos! Looks so fresh & clean. Love Point Reyes & Tomales Bay.

    Have only had two dreams remember in entire life. One was in a Montecito market in the pasta aisle trying to decide bet angel hair and linguini when Jesus appeared with a beatific kind smile and face–and long super clean hair. He was wearing a flowing Mediterranean-blue robe tied at the waist over-draped with saffron-yellow satin that flowed from over his shoulder. He gave me the namaste sign and left.

  • Jen @ What's on Jen's Plate?
    April 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    The view of the coast looks absolutely spectacular and beautiful. I wish I was there right now instead of the long streak of rain and gloom that Portland is having right now. Can’t wait for summer! And Grey’s can be quite addicting! I know it was and is for me!

  • Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan)
    April 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Hehe πŸ™‚ When I watch a show over a long period of time, I start to have dreams about it too! I bet that hike (and more importantly, the beer!) was amazing. Looks like the weather was great for a hike too. I bet your brother would’ve been very, very pleased πŸ˜‰

  • Kath
    April 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Looooooove our visit to Lagunitas! And those pretzels and peanuts!

  • Karen
    April 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    So glad you managed to enjoy yourself on an otherwise difficult day, Jenna.

    FYI, your site seems to be updating normally for me…hooray! (I use Google Chrome.)

    I loved Grey’s for the longest time, but it started getting goofy (in a bad way) a couple of seasons ago. I checked in again recently and was glad to see that the writing returned to its original form. And, I’ve become re-addicted.

    In other news, did you know that Mad Men(season four/last season) just came out in DVD? After a few marathon sessions this past weekend, I’m almost finished. I believe the new season starts on AMC this summer. Such a brilliant series! (I’d be happy to send it to you if you haven’t seen it…just holler!)

  • Natalie @ will jog for food
    April 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I love beer tastings, and wine tastings…I even went to a margarita tasting! oh yeah πŸ™‚

  • Nancy in Naples
    April 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Totally agree with Karen . . .Grey’s got really boring a few seasons ago and I took a break. This year it’s MUCH better and more like the old Grey’s that we so enjoyed.

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    April 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Sounds like a perfect way to spend your brother’s birthday; he definitely would have loved it.

  • foodandfarm
    April 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    What type of wine, cheese, fruit pairings would you recommend for a summer picnic/ romantic outing? πŸ™‚

  • Kelli H
    April 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I haven’t been to Lagunitas yet which is strange since it’s my boyfriends favorite beer. I finished season 6 of greys a little over a week ago and I’m so sad that I can’t watch season 7 now. it’s killing me! I’m glad you were able to celebrate your brothers 21st. Sounds like it was a lovely weekend. πŸ™‚

  • nora e
    April 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Point Reyes IS heaven on earth. Your brother was with you.

  • Lauren
    April 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    That is one of my favorite hikes!!! Did you get to see Alamere Falls? If not, you should definitely make a point to at some point…it’s absolutely gorgeous πŸ™‚

  • Dee
    April 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely day celebrating the memory of your brother. Lagunitas looked amazing and the hike sounds like it was exactly what the doctor ordered. πŸ™‚

  • Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple
    April 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    That looks like a totally awesome hike!

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    April 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Amazing! and you and Adam look great!!

  • Anna (Munching Mamacita)
    April 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I think your brother would be proud and is up there celebrating with you! Lovely post.

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    April 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    so glad you were able to get out and do such fun things in a beautiful setting πŸ™‚

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    April 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    The perfect way to celebrate πŸ™‚

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    April 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    “Adam and I celebrated my brother’s 21st in style by going wine tasting followed by stuffing ourselves with barbecue that was so good I cried.”–

    Ok that is music to my ears!!!

    The pics of you two are beautiful, the scenery is breathtaking and so glad the wine tasting was a big success πŸ™‚

  • Kamaile
    April 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    You got me hooked on Greys. I’m on season 3!
    I love to be out in nature to honor the day my parents left this earth, makes me feel so close so their spirit & mine.

  • Allie
    April 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do a beer flight, especially when you can pick your own! I love that you celebrated in a happy way.

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    April 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Beer in Heaven Part I made me really teary; Beer in Heaven Part II made me smile!

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    April 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I love Lagunitas. I am so jealous.

  • xandra
    April 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Love that u show pics of my beloved hometown of PRS (pt reyes station)

  • AshleyH
    April 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    okay seriously Jenna! You don’t do cardio, and you bake cookies, chocolate cake and stuff yourself with BBQ , and you look amazing!!! what am I doing wrong!

  • AshleyH
    April 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Share your secrets please?!?!

  • Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life
    April 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Lagunitas! Yum. Have you been to the Russian River Brew Pub in Santa Rosa? That’s my favorite. I LOVE Pliny the Elder. What a beautiful day you had celebrating and honoring your brother!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Great picture of you and Adam πŸ˜‰ Sounds like a really meaningful celebration and remembrance of your brother’s life. Thinking of you.

  • Em (The Lady Pastor)
    April 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Hey beautiful gal! Looks like a truly wonderful day. πŸ™‚

  • kristina@beancakes
    April 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    i’ve been there before, when i used to live in CA, it’s awesome!! that’s a cute photo of you two πŸ˜‰

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    April 12, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I LOVE Lagunitas Brew! Microbrews are just so yummy, especially after such long hikes!! Point Reyes is a beautiful area.

    Such a great way to honor the memory of a loved one. Celebrating and enjoying life as they would want πŸ™‚

  • Anne
    April 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

    My husband and I were going to take a day off work to go to Muir Woods. I wonder if I could convince him (or bribe him with a microbrew) to head north for a bit to go hiking in Point Reyes…it looks beautiful! And certainly a beautiful way to celebrate a life of a loved one!

  • Sara
    April 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I’m with some of the commentators on here!! You look absolutely amazing Jenna and you look half your size from last year – you’ve lost so much weight!! How do you do it?! I know you don’t blog on this anymore but we gotta know your secrets! πŸ™‚

    • AshleyH
      April 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      Jenna dont hold out on us!!

    • jenna
      April 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      There’s really no secret—I promise you! I just stay active with yoga and listen to my body (eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full). I wish there WAS some miraculous secret but I promise…there is not.

      • Sara
        April 13, 2011 at 5:15 am

        Thanks for your response Jenna!! Maybe I should get on the yoga bandwagon??!! I run and take spin classes and I’m so ravenous all day so maybe I’m eating more than I need to…..sounds like yoga really helps make you pay attention to your hunger cues and I’ve heard a lot people lose weight this way. Thanks again Jenna! πŸ™‚

        • AshleyH
          April 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

          Thats what I thought you did Jenna but I just wanted to make sure. Do you do yoga at a studio (I know you used to) or are you just doing it from a podcast?