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About- Karen Lai

Karen Lai

Karen Lai

Karen is Tristan's little sister. Her goal is to one day become rich enough to be able to afford gold pants. Perhaps if the site takes off, we can make that happen. She likes beer, cooking and cooking with beer. Also she's not really Tristan's little sister.

Posts By Karen Lai

Chocolate Pretzel Beer Toffee

February 15, 2013 |



We would like to wish our staff writer Karen Lai a very special congratulations on her engagement last night.  Karen started with PorchDrinking when we first formed and is considered Tristan’s faux-sister.  Earlier this year she wrote about cooking Chocolate Pretzel Beer Toffee with Rivertown Brewing’s Hop Bomber Pale Ale.  Here’s that post and once again a very special congratulations to Karen and Sam!

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Favorite Fall Songs Playlist

October 16, 2012 |

One of the reasons I love music is because it has the power to take you back to a specific time or place, just with a few chords and notes. This fall playlist is a collection of songs, new and old, that remind me of fall for some reason or another. For example: Regina Spektor’s “Fidelity” will always remind me of walking to class in the fall of my freshman year at Miami University, listening to her album on my first generation iPod (RIP). Chris Brown’s “Don’t Wake Me Up” on the other hand, is a song that I kind of hate myself for loving, but I still blast it whenever it comes on the radio. Read More

One Minute Review – Anchor Summer Beer

August 31, 2012 |

ABV: 4.5%

Availability: April-October

It’s official: summer is winding down. People are starting to head back to school, pools will close soon, and retailers are putting their summer styles on clearance. It’s time to soak up the last you can of summer—including seasonal beers!

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PorchDrinking Playlist: 90’s Night

August 21, 2012 |

This installment of the PorchDrinking Playlist was inspired by the Olympics closing ceremony—specifically, the Spice Girls’ performance. When they came out, the 90’s child inside me went like this:

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PorchDrinking Tunes: Summer Edition

July 24, 2012 |

Everybody knows a good playlist is key when engaging in some PorchDrinking. Here’s a playlist I’ve been loving this summer—mostly old favorites with a sprinkle of new (to me) tracks. … Read More

21st Amendment Brewery – Brew Free Or Die IPA

July 16, 2012 |

Brew Free! Or Die IPA – 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA

ABV: 7%

IBU: 70

In honor of the recently celebrated Amurrrcuhhh Day, I’ve decided to review the Brew … Read More

Judging A Beer By Its Label

July 5, 2012 |

A few weeks ago, some friends and I were at Whole Foods picking up some of their amazing guacamole (seriously, best grocery store guac EVER), and decided to get some … Read More

Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House | Hop Bomber Pale Ale

June 20, 2012 | 1

ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 60

Okay, here’s the thing: I’m not exactly what you would call a “beer expert.” I couldn’t tell you the difference between an IPA and an APA, and I don’t actually know what IBU’s are—I just googled that number. That being said, I do enjoy beer and I really enjoy my pal Tristan—so when he asked me if I wanted to participate in the PorchDrinking website, of course, I had to say yes (after first checking to make sure he was serious). Read More