Beer Gods

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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The beer gods were looking down on me last week!


My good friends, Blain and Jaime, are getting married in a couple of weeks in Ballston Spa, New York. Of course, Mal and I will be there will bells on to celebrate their big day. The wedding isn’t scheduled to start until the early evening on Saturday, so Mal and I planned to visit a couple of breweries in Western Massachusetts on our drive out to the wedding.

Well, our plans changed last week when Blain sent me a very important tweet:


Saratoga Brewfest?! It sounded like the perfect way to spend our Saturday afternoon. Thirty seconds later, I was clicking around the website looking for more information about the event.


While searching around the Saratoga Brewfest website, I stumbled upon a familiar name: A.J. Bodden. A.J. is one of the co-owners of Saratoga Festivals, and he handles the registration, marketing, and other beer-related questions for the Brewfest. He also went to college with me, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to inquire about Press Passes to the event. I mean, it’s my job to cover events like this, especially beer festivals!

A.J. was more than happy to give me a couple of Press Passes. I’m so glad that I asked! In return, I’m going to write a couple of posts on CNC about the Saratoga Brewfest. It’s a win-win in my book.

Here’s a photo of A.J. (left) and Garth, the other co-owner. They asked me to share their contact info ( and, so feel free to reach out to them if you have any questions about the event. They also host an Octobeerfest in the fall!


Ok, so now that you know my whole beer gods story, let me tell you what the Saratago Brewfest is all about!

What: Saratoga Brewfest 2011
When: Saturday, June 18, 2011
Location: Ellms Family Farm, 448 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY

An opportunity to enjoy over 100 different beers from 40 plus breweries, a Belgian Style beer tent, live music by The Rodeo Barons and Tribal Revival, delicious food from local eateries and a wide variety of vendors all in a beautiful setting on one of Saratoga County’s most picturesque family farms.

Obviously, I am super excited about this event. If you’re in the area and plan to go, please drop me an email. I’d love to meet up!



  1. I went to the 1st brewfest last year in Saratoga and it was amazing! what luck you have heading there the same weekend. you will have such a great time!

  2. So cool! I grew up about 15 min. away from Ballston Spa! Saratoga is awesome – you will LOVE it. Make sure you walk around the downtown and check out the race track while you’re there if you get a chance. It’s such a cute little city.

  3. Sounds like just the place for you Tina!! I’m not a big beer drinker, but i know my beer drinking friends would love this. I can’t wait to hear how it goes! 🙂

  4. I went to Skidmore in Saratoga Springs and still crave Putnam Street Deli sandwiches. If you have a chance to get one, definitely take it! Also Bailey’s Cafe – fondu. Yum.

  5. Hooray for brewfests! They are about to start Philly Beer Week (Jun 3-12) and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll have to add the Saratoga Brewfest on the list of places/events in NY to go to. Looks awesome!

  6. I considered going, but there are a million things going on that same day around here! How long are you going to be in Saratoga? I’m about 40 minutes from there…could possibly meet up at some point? 🙂

  7. I’m so jealous! That looks like sun a fun event. I miss summers in the ADKS. We used to go to Saratoga all the time for concerts. Have so much fun!!

  8. What a great idea to ask for press passes! I’m totally going to do that at the next Octoberfest in Charlotte. If you find youself in NC the last weekend in September, you should definitely come. It will be my fourth year attending and it’s so much fun!

  9. Beer fests are a blast! You should get one of those pretzels necklaces so you can snack on something while you sample the beers. LOL, I learned that the hard way, first beer fest I ever went to I was throwing stuff and giggling and my boyfriend had to go chase everything down. Then I fell on my butt and a lot of people laughed. Hot damn if it wasn’t a great time though!

  10. I wish I would be home for this event. I am from Saratoga Springs, so I highly recommend you check out downtown ‘toga. It’s really pretty in the summer and there are lots of great restaurants and bars! Let me know if you need any recommendations! Saratoga State Park would be a great place to run!

  11. I have a very, very good friend from college who is from Ballston Spa. I’ve been there once. 🙂 I wouldn’t be surprised if my friend Matt was there; I think he writes for a paper in Saratoga. 🙂

    Have a great time!!

  12. oh my gosh – i wish we still lived in that area because my boyfriend would FLIP over that event! have so much fun – can’t wait to read the recap!!

  13. One of my best friends from college lives in Saratoga. I’ll be letting her know I’m planning a visit that weekend!!! Beer Gods abound!

  14. I live very close to Saratoga Springs, I will be there that day for a friend’s party. I would love to meet up!

  15. If Ommegang is there make sure you try the Gnomegang. My BF and I just went to the brewery today, which is in Cooperstown, NY. Quite possibly the best beer I’ve ever had. I think you would really enjoy it!

  16. I live about 20 minutes from saratoga and my friends have talked about going to the saratoga brew fest! Saratoga is the summer time place to be!! how exciting!!! My husband i may or may not go!!

  17. I’m from half an hour away from Saratoga – such a great downtown! Definitely have to check out Putnam Market, and Ravenous is a cute little crepe place (and has gotten renowned reviews, although it’s a bit pricey). There are also great bakeries, frozen yogurt places (the only ones in upstate NY pretty much), and, I don’t know the name, but a great Italian bakery with gelato! Irish Times is a GREAT Irish pub. Enjoy – shouldn’t be too hectic since the racetrack isn’t open – come back in August and it’s the land of no-parking-spots-because-of-all-the-Ferrari’s-and-Rolls-Royce’s!

    1. @MB: Ravenous is awesome. I went there for my birthday several years ago (in the middle of a snow storm). The fries are to die for.

  18. If I wasn’t headed to the Vineyard that day I bet I would have NO trouble convincing Brian to go!! Maybe we’ll have to look into that Oktoberfest?? 😉

  19. Eeee! I got so excited when I read this! I grew up in Saratoga County, NY and still have good friends living in Ballston Spa (or B Spa, as we oh-so-cool kids called it). I wish I could be home for Brewfest, alas I am marooned in Tulsa, Oklahoma (which is a lovely place). Have fun, though! I miss the mild summers and all around gorgeousness of home. Have you ever been to the race track at Saratoga? The summer races don’t start until mid July, but it’s definitely worth the trip!

  20. I live just north of Saratoga in Glens Falls. There are a few great breweries here too if you get the time. Check out Davidson Brothers and Cooper’s Cave 🙂

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