February 2019 - Tacos & Beer

Lucky Charms IPA-All your Saturday Morning Memories in a Can

Saturday Morning Memories Now in a Can with New Lucky Charms IPA

Do you ever sit and reminisce about the days of watching Saturday morning cartoons in your ninja turtles pajamas while eating your favorite cereal? Well, Smartmouth brewing company aims to bring back those warm and fuzzies with their new limited release Lucky Charms flavored IPA.

“Saturday Morning” is a 6.6% ABV IPA brewed in house toasted marshmallows and bulk dehydrated-marshmallow bits. It has been hoppped and dry-hopped with Galaxy and Calypso hops. The nose is sweet and citrus, with orange and pear aromas. The result is “magically, ridiculous” says the brewery.

We hate to kill your dreams of spending the weekend sipping lucky charms in liquid form, but this beer will only be available in limited release. And by limited we mean only available in their brewery in Norfolk, VA on Saturday March 2nd.  Then a limited amount of cans will be distributed to local restaurants and bars.

To celebrate the release they are having a full day of Saturday Morning activities including the beer release, pizza truck, tower of games, local heroes comic book stand, cosplay, nerd trivia and live music. Sounds like a pretty epic Saturday to us.

So, what do you think? Would you hop on a flight to VA to get your hands on this new beer filled with all your childhood memories? It may be magically ridiculous or it could be magically delicious.  Since we don’t know anyone who has tried it, the jury is still out. But, if you can get your hands on it you might be the envy of all your beer loving friends.

Some of Smartmouth’s other beers include alter ego saison, murphy’s Law amber,  game on IPA and notch 9 double IPA.



Does ambiance matter? Why some restaurants have a better “vibe”

Does Restaurant Ambiance Matter?

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and felt uncomfortable or rushed? Believe it or not, it happens often. Restaurants that have a good “vibe” attract people who want to sit and hang out, enjoy a beer and share stories. So what makes a place more appealing? Is it the lighting, the decor, or a combination of things? Furthermore, does ambiance matter to you when you are making your decisions?  Here’s why restaurant ambiance matters.

To us, it’s a package deal. Everything has to be just right so that people want to stay and hang out. Good lighting with uncomfortable furniture is a bad combo. So here we will break down the basics of the most important factors of restaurant ambiance.

Color Selection

Do you ever notice that fast food joints always have red and yellow? That’s because those colors make people uncomfortable, and fast food is all about getting people in and getting them OUT. No one ever stays at McDonald’s for more than the time it takes them to scarf down their double cheeseburger. But that’s the point. Proper color selection is the first step to winning the ambiance game.


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Do you ever walk into a Mexican restaurant and notice how cliché the decor can be. It’s like there is some book that everyone reads that says one wall must be orange, one yellow and one red. Cliché is not the way. In fact, most places that stand out do so because they did something different. Not just the same old same old.



Lighting could be the most important ‘vibe’ factor. A lot of it is personal choice, but it also has to blend with the theme of the restaurant and the decor. A modern restaurant might have brighter lighting vs a dim warm light. But again, you don’t want lighting that makes people feel like they’re in a hospital.

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Who doesn’t love art? OK, maybe some people don’t. But clearly we do. That’s why in all of our restaurants we have original hand made art from local artists. Blank walls or Ikea posters just aren’t cutting it in 2019. Cool art can go a long way, especially in the days of people instagramming EVERYTHING.


So what’s the number one thing that attracts you to a restaurant? Maybe it’s one of the things we listed, or something we left off. Let us know in the comments that one thing that makes you keep coming back week after week.

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