balance and brews pairs hour-long yoga session with a beer tasting (yes, this is a thing)

There it was, nestled in between the press releases about "how to de-ice your car in winter" and "quick breakfast recipes." Hell, we almost deleted it.

The best story pitch that we received all week.

An eager entrepreneur named Melissa Klimo Major is launching a series called Balance & Brews that "introduces yoga and beer events at local Cleveland breweries."

Yes, this is really a thing. We googled it, and apparently it happens in other cities as well. And this is Cleveland, after all, where our post-industrial economy is entirely fueled by beer. Beer will save us. And if it doesn't, the t-shirt and cupcake shops will.

Getting sweaty among the stainless steel barrelsNever mind that the pace of job growth in Northeast Ohio continues to lag behind the nation. Toast Cleveland's renaissance with another $6 pint of ale!

(If you haven't noticed the sarcasm here, then we'll try harder. We actually think this could be a cool idea -- though we only plan to show up for the drinking part.)

(Seriously, folks, this is actually a thing -- we checked out the bios of the instructors, and they're legit. They even have a mission statement: "To create balance by joining two inspired worlds: we see unity and yoga, and beauty in a great beer." A Hindu yoga guru said that, surely.)

From the press release:

"Events consist of an hour long, all-­levels yoga practice, followed by beer and a brewery tour. First hosted by Butcher and the Brewer, with onsite Cleveland Brewing Co, Balance & Brews has five remaining events scheduled in 2014:

Namaste, yeah. Now, let's go have a pint! Saturday, November 22 at 3:00pm: Butcher and the Brewer
Tuesday, November 25 at 6:00pm: Market Garden Brewery
Saturday, December 6 at 3:00pm: Butcher and the Brewer
Saturday, December 27 at 3:00pm: Butcher and the Brewer
Tuesday, December 30 at 6:00pm: Market Garden Brewery

Balance & Brews was founded by local yoga instructor and craft beer enthusiast Melissa Klimo­ Major as a way to present both the yoga and craft beer worlds in a more accessible way, and to inspire a balanced lifestyle."


Cheers, Melissa! Thanks for making our week with this news. Now, go and do a downward dog or something, and then chase it with a pint of Thirsty Dog ale ...
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