If you’ve been following Mom’s Bistro for a while, you’ll know that yesterday, February 25th was our FIRST ANNIVERSARY!! Although we’ve been together for six years, last year we tied the know and when we got married, we celebrated with pizza and beer! And this year is no different. Anthony came with us last night for pizza, and tonight, since we went for pizza and beer last night, we’re changing it up a little and D.J. is taking me to The Melting Pot for dinner!
Since your first anniversary is your paper anniversary, I wanted to make D.J. something special out of paper – of course. After endless searches on Pinterest, I was coming up dry. I debated getting him a Soprano’s painting, but it just didn’t seem right – even though the Soprano’s is our favorite show.
After thinking for a while, my mind drifted to what we like to do for our date nights. D.J. and I like to try beer at all of the different breweries here in Colorado, and try a new one every time we go out. Thus, a Colorado Brewery Tour. When we lived in North Carolina, I made him a “food passport” with a few of the restaurants we wanted to try, so I figured, why not a beer passport?!
In Colorado there is around 304 different breweries. Some bigger than others, but they are spread out across the state, with many of the breweries right here in Denver. After a few google searches, I found a list of all of the different breweries (at least I hope), and got to work. I like things to be organized, so I organized the breweries in a spreadsheet in alphabetical order.
The passport has a cover page and a map. Like a real passport, I included a picture of the passport holder, in this case, the two of us, and issued the passport to both of us, on our Anniversary date. I wanted the feel of a real travel with this gift, where we can visit the different breweries, like visiting different countries, and instead of a stamp in the passport, I left room for a picture.
As I worked on the passport, I wrote the name of the brewery, the city that it was in, room for a picture of us at the brewery, and a place for the date we visited and the beers we tried. I figured that the passport would turn more into a photo album of us enjoying one of the things we like to do most – eat good food, drink good beer and enjoy time together.
To make the passport, I used a sketchbook. I got mine off of Amazon, but ran out of space in the book – I underestimated the amount of pages to breweries! Oops. So, I bought a second book, this time a moleskin note book with plain paper. It still had a hard cover and thick enough pages that the pen didn’t bleed through, and the photos would stick on well.
I wrote everything in the passport by hand – all 300+ breweries! I felt that writing it by hand meant a lot more than typing something on the computer, and having it printed. If I ever made this for someone else, they would definitely get a typed and bound version of the brewery tour, but for my anniversary, the hand written passport was the way to go.
Since I was making a passport, I figured that we needed some tickets too. I mean if you’re traveling, you need plane tickets, so I made brewery tickets. I made 12 different tickets for “entry” to each brewery – like a plane ticket.
I made 12 tickets to guarantee one date night a month until our next anniversary. Each ticket has the name of the brewery, the brewery address, a redemption date, and a ticket number. To make the tickets sturdier, I glued them onto some more scrapbook paper.
I made an envelope out of scrapbook paper that had a pocket for the tickets. And again, since it’s our paper anniversary, I made the pocket, and everything on the front our of paper – like arts and crafts time. I cut out the shapes of the Colorado flag, and everything and glued it on.
I wrapped it up by placing the tickets on top of the two passport books, and tied it all together. I am very excited to spend our forever together, and fill up this passport, one Colorado brewery at a time!
Love local beers? I have included templates of the tickets, and the brewery passport cover page for you. They are in .docx format so that you edit it to change it to the state or breweries that you want to visit.