Drink of the Month (January): Belgian Beers

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2016 by talking about the books that have inspired us in our writing careers. We’ll talk everything from those early books we read that made us think maybe (just maybe) we could be a writers, to the books that help kick-start our creativity, keep our spirits up, or give us brilliant ideas for the publishing/marketing/selling part of the business. These are the books that inspire us. That we come back to again and again.

For our drink this month, I’m going with the beers that inspired my love of craft beer. The ones I go back to again and again. It wasn’t so much that a Belgian beer was the FIRST craft beer I ever had, as it was the style that made me realize how much I LOVED beer.  Witbiers and saisons/ farmhouse ales are my favorites, but honestly I haven’t met a style that I don’t like. I could elaborate a lot more, but I’m trying to keep this post from becoming dissertation length. However, if you’re super curious Belgian beers this post covers it all very nicely.

Here are just a few of my favorite Belgian style beers from craft breweries in the United States (again, this post would get way too long if I didn’t give myself some constraints): Allagash, White (witbier); Goose Island, Sofie (saison/farmhouse); Brookyln Brewery, Sorachi Ace (saison/farmhouse);  Ommegang, Three Philosophers (quadrupel).

IMG_1468Grab a delicious pint and join us this coming Tuesday, January 5, at 8:30pm EST (RSVP here to get a reminder). We’re beyond thrilled to have Laura Von Holt join us again. In addition to talking about her favorite inspirational books, she’ll also be filling us in on the exciting details about the Creative Insight Journey classes she’s leading this month!

Cheers!

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Drink of the Month (November): Whiskey, All You Want!

If you tuned in to last month’s episode, you’ll remember that my choice for drink of the month was not so popular with Julia and Alexis. Apparently, neither of them are fans of pumpkin beer, and yet they enthusiastically supported my drink of choice in all their pre-show promo without complaining at all.

This month, to thank them for being awesome, I’m going with something I know they both love – whiskey. And to further make amends I even asked them to share their current favorites. So here you have it, What First Draught is Drinking–The Whiskey Edition:

  • Alexis Anne’s go to whiskey is Glenlevit and her absolute all time favorite is Templeton Rye.
  • Julia Kelly lists Glenfiddich or Macallan 12 as her alternating favorites. For bourbon, she’s currently sipping on some Jefferson.
  • There’s currently only bourbon on my bar, and I’m throughly enjoying my locally distilled Reservoir. (Though I am admittedly not the connoisseur that my co-hosts are.)

November’s show is all about finding your support system as a writer. You know, the folks who will encourage you when you’re down, push you forward when you’re stuck, celebrate wins with you, tell you what they love about your writing and what you could do even better. The ones who will share every ounce of knowledge with you and enthusiastically support your choice of pumpkin-flavored things they dislike — those people.

IMG_2168So grab your favorite whiskey and tune in this coming Tuesday, November 3 at 8:30pm EST for Finding Your People. You can RSVP here to get a reminder the day of the show. And of course the broadcast will be available on YouTube, Soundcloud and iTunes later, if you can’t make it.

Cheers!

Show Notes: Size Does Matter – Serials, Series, Novellas, & Novels

It’s always a good time when Lindsay Emory joins us for First Draught, and the June show was no exception. We had a great time talking about all the different shapes and sizes of stories these days while sipping on bourbon and wine. You don’t want to miss this one! If you didn’t have a chance to tune in live, catch us on YouTube:

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Here are some of the books we talked about during the show (just click to buy or pre-order):

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And If you have no idea what Save the Cat is all about, here’s a quick overview.

Last, but certainly not least, here is all of Lindsay’s contact information, so you can stay up to date with the latest from her:

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See you in July to chat about all things RWA 15!