Why I’m #GladXavier

March remains one of my favorite months of the year for a few reasons. Winter ends, spring arrives, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, March Madness, and, most importantly, my birthday. Sometimes Easter falls in March, too. This year, I have the opportunity to attend SXSW for work, which I’m sure will be awesome. Busy times! Yet, there’s a sense of hope in the air as the underdog makes it to the Final Four, you make it through drinking Guinness at 8 AM, and flowers begin to bloom.

While all these fabulous things happen in March, I want to focus on one today: March Gladness. If you know one thing about me, it’s probably that I went to Xavier University and am a super fan. I serve as President for the Cincinnati Alumni Chapter and hold season tickets for the Men’s Basketball Team. Full disclosure: I’m engaged and involved. And I want you to join me. 🙂

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March Gladness

With all that said, I want to help spread the word about the upcoming March Gladness campaign that runs from March 1 – March 2, 2017.

March Gladness is “a 48-hour giving campaign focused on donors, NOT dollars. Xavier students, alumni, parents, faculty/staff and friends can make a gift of any size to the fund/program of their choice, and spread the word about what makes them #GladXavier!”

Here are 4 reasons why I support March Gladness:

Reason #1: It’s about donors, not dollars. My empire is not exactly where I’d like it to be so I don’t have plenty of cash to drop and get a building or wing named after me. (side note: Kristy Beagle Hall does have a nice ring to it, though). This bums me out. However, with this campaign, you’d don’t have to drop massive change to feel like you matter. $25, $100, $1,000, $5 – whatever you got, give. It’s about getting the most amount of people to donate what they can without putting a price tag on it. In my opinion, this encourages a broader audience to participate and feel like their gift matters. You don’t have to be a major donor or bequeath your estate to make a difference.

Reason #2: You can specify where you want your money to go. Went on Alternative Break? Donate to them. Were you an RA and love Res Life? Donate to them. Want to keep the lights on? Donate to the Annual Fund. You say where your dollars go and what matters to you.

Reason 3: It’s a social first campaign. You know there has got to be a social media aspect! You can easily publish on social media after you donate to help share to your own networks. Plus, it’s about spreading the word about what makes you #GladXavier. This hashtag represents what makes you happy to be a part of the Xavier fam. It helps create a buzz on social about the campaign and all of the excellent things that make up Xavier.

Reason 4: Swag. Seriously. You get a t-shirt if you donate. Last year, there were some pretty sweet shades that I still rock.

I’ll be volunteering on March 1 at the Marquette game inside Cintas! Stop by and see me to make your gift. Skip one Bud Light and donate the $7.50! You can also donate online or on-campus (in Alter Hall and Fenwick outside of the Hoff Dining Hall).

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The title of this post is why I’m #GladXavier. This blog post would turn into War and Peace if I listed every reason. In a nutshell, I have the life I lead thanks to Xavier. I met my husband in Cincinnati. Wouldn’t have moved here if it weren’t for Xavier. I work for Sociality Squared, which my college roommate founded. So without Xavier, there goes my career in social media. Girls’ night, brunches, and breweries. Wouldn’t go to the events I do if I hadn’t met the best lifetime friends a gal could ask for there. My sense of social justice. Instilled strongly by that Jesuit education and our motto “All for One. One for All.” I know Xavier is not perfect or faultless, but I’m always #GladXavier.

If you see me using #GladXavier over the next few days, you’ll know why.

The goal is to get 1,000 donors in 48 hours. Let’s do it.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, drop me a line! I can direct you to the right place. For my fellow Muskies, why are you #GladXavier? Share in the comments!

 

 

 

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Best Beers and Breweries in Cincinnati

The 10th anniversary of Cincy Beer Fest goes down this weekend. Revelers have the opportunity to discover 150 breweries serving up over 500 craft beers. That’s a lot of beer.

We’ve come a long way in the past few years in terms of beers and breweries in Cincinnati. To put it simply, the craft beer scene has exploded. #DrinkLocal is a hashtag of hometown honor. The state of Ohio ended 2016 with 194 craft breweries (up 40 from 2015) and counting permit applications for breweries yet to open, that number reaches 236.

So in honor of all things beer and Cincinnati. Here’s my high-school superlative breakdown of the best.

Best Spot for Brunch

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Fifty West gets the nod for best brunch (and food really) on the list. Served from 11 AM – 3 PM on Sundays, their menu incorporates seasonal ingredients. BONUS: they serve half-price flights on Sundays! That means only $5 to try delicious beer like Doom Pedal (my Fifty West fave). Pictured above are the Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes and House Salad. When I brunch, I brunch hard. They also put on special Brewmaster Brunches where they pair up with another brewery and serve a prix fixe menu with beers from both breweries. It’s a ticketed event where you RSVP in advance and they shut the restaurant down. So you feel fancy (and full), too.

Favorite Individual Beer

Leopold is a Belgian Ale by Listermann Brewing Company (across from Xavier). This is hands-down my favorite #DrinkLocal beer. Just take my word for it and try it. I just saw it back on tap last week so yayyyyy!

Side-note: Where did you go Brother Clement? Bad Tom used to have this on tap all the time approximately four years ago, and I haven’t seen it since. I still remember the taste.

Best Seasonal Beer

Dad by Rhinegeist gets my #1 vote for best holiday/seasonal beer. When I see it in stores and on-draft, I squeal in delight. Drinking one on draft inside Rhinegeist gets me excited for the holiday season. I actually still have a can in my fridge that I’m saving for a rainy day…

Shady’s Favorite Spots

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Shady is my dog and she’s a real bar fly! Her nods go to Bad Tom Brewery and Listermann. They both offer in-door dog friendliness! Winter weather won’t keep her down. There she is above smiling at during a visit as Listermann’s! In my book, you get 200 bonus points for letting my dog in :).

Best Bang for Your Buck

Bad Tom is a cozy spot on Eastern Avenue (near Terry’s Turf Club). They offer free peanuts (plain and creole) plus popcorn. Free snacks are always a plus. Plus, they have great deals! On Thursdays, they celebrate “Throwback Thursdays” and that means one pint and a 5 oz. beer for $4. On Fridays, they do $5 flights. Plus, they have monthly specials. This month you can get a pint of Breathitt County (my current fave they brew), for only $3. Craft beer can get really expensive. I personally think some places are inflating their prices so it’s nice to see a brewery for those on a budget!

Best Special Events

Hands-down: Listermann! They have big outdoor festivals like Oktoberfest and Volksfest. Half the cups I own are from these events. They also have fun events for the pups. I got Shady’s picture taken with Santa there. Plus they are releasing a “Riveting Rosie” Hibiscus Rose Hipped Saison on March 8 for National Women’s Day and celebrating with music, food, and prizes. Yes, please.

Best Beer When I Can’t Decide or Just Need to Order

Psychopathy from MadTree or Truth from Rhinegeist. Love a good IPA. If I can’t make up my mind, my husband’s ordering for me, or I just need to make a quick decision, these are my go-tos. Most places have them on draft or cans so I know there’s always a stand-by.

Wish it was Closer

Old Firehouse Brewery in Williamstown. It’s about 40 minutes away so definitely a hike to get there and a little too pricey for an Uber. I’d have to Rock, Paper, Scissors my husband on who drives! But their beer, especially the Code 3 and Pin Up Girl, are yummy. Plus, I love the firehouse theme. I’ll have to make a drive soon. At least I can get my fix in places like Growler House and Casual Pint.

Most Anticipated

Tap and Screw in Madisonville. I’m just super pumped to have a brewery in my actual neighborhood! I don’t make it to the West Side often so I’m not too familiar with their beer. However, I’m looking forward to trying it when they open!

Special shout-out

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Here’s to MadTree 2.0! I have to knock a couple points off because it’s no longer 100% dog friendly (I was spoiled). However, the spot is beautiful and still feels like MadTree (albeit bigger). The beers are still yummy, too. Can’t wait for summer (or just a warm day soon) and sit outdoors.

What are your favorite beers and breweries in Cincinnati? 

 

 

5 Cincinnati Valentine’s Day Events

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Blustery. Cold. The dead of winter. February can be a tough time for Cincinnatians. Today, it’s 54 and sunny. Next week, there could be a blizzard.

But love is in the air as Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!

In love? Stuff for you to do. Hopelessly single? Stuff for you to do!  Here are five events that I’ve circled on my calendar.

  1. Valentine’s Day Brewmance at Woodburn Brewery in East Walnut Hills. The local craft beer game is strong in Cincinnati. Wooburn is one of the newer players on the scene. They will be pairing beers with delicious chocolate varieties from Chocolats Latour other sweets from Haven Bakery. Stop by for a drink and dessert after dinner.
  2. Keystone Clifton, Hyde Park, and Covington will be offering half-price wine bottles for your romantic night out! Furthermore, Keystone Covington is offering a dinner special for two that includes an appetizer, two dinner entrees, and a cookie skillet for just $35!
  3. Love Stinks – A Valentine’s Night Comedy Showcase at Myrtle’s will have you laughing about bad dates and pick-up lines. Join them tomorrow night at 8 PM for drink specials and comedy.
  4. Gallery Games: Meet Your Match at the Cincinnati Art Museum will combine an anti-Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt, bar, and art. Best part? It’s free! Check it out on Wednesday, February 15 from 5:30-7:40.
  5. Support Community Shares of Cincinnati and attend their “For the Love of the Community” event on Thursday, February 16 at Hotel Covington from 6-9 PM. Full disclosure: my husband sits on their board. However, I’m a big supporter of their work promoting social, economic and environmental justice! Enjoy food, drinks, and a live auction. Anytime you can combine important non-profit work with a good time, you have my interest.

I love how these events go from Tuesday all the way though Thursday so it’s a full week of fun and love. Next weekend is President’s Day weekend with lots more of events (like Cincinnati Beerfest). It’s a busy month for the shortest month of the year!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Comment below!