Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)

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I lucked into this bottle.  What a world-class gueuze this was. The smell and initial taste made you think, just for a second, that it would have a funky or sour aftertaste but nope. Just a very clean, dry finish.

Gueuze beer is a traditional Belgian beer style.  They are blends of young and old lambic beers which are bottled and aged for a second fermentation. Some are more tart than this one but no gueuzes are hoppy.  This is probably the only type of Belgian beer I enjoy. I can’t handle some Belgian yeast flavors. Blegh.

Currently wearing an Urban Outfitters Crop Top. The velvet version (which I think is cooler) is available here.

Cascade Brewing – Blackcap Raspberry

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SO EXCITED TO OPEN THIS.  I flew this home in my suitcase from their tap room in Portland.  I need to blog about my Hop School experience…I’ll make a note of that.  Expect a post about that soon.

So. Cascade Beers.  They’re expertly crafted with copious amounts of fruit and tartness.  They’re expensive and not available in Oklahoma which makes me even more excited about them.  Blackcap Raspberry is juicy, sour, and the most gorgeous dark pink color.  It has so much berry flavor that it should be considered a healthfood.

I recommend drinking this beer alone so you can taste every drop.  If not, I would pair it with chicken or flakey white fish so you don’t overpower this beer. Stay away from garlic.

PS: You may have noticed that I cut my hair off.  It was just too hot in Oklahoma to blow-dry long hair (it was also dead AF) and I’m glad the 90’s triangle-head, single-layer look is back.  It’s quite easy to achieve in this humidity.

Stone Brewing – Bastard’s Midnight Brunch

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Most, if not all, of Stone Brewing’s beers use the same yeast…a yeast that its not my favorite, but more preferable than certain Belgian yeasts that make me want to gag.  (Sorry to those who love Belgian beer!)  I really enjoy Stone’s IPAs and this special beer I bought from their brewery near San Diego.  Bastard’s Midnight Brunch is aged in both bourbon and maple syrup barrels!  Dark and syrupy.  Pretty delicious.  I shared this one with my coworkers and I hope I still have another bottle laying around in my “beer cellar” (a dusty kitchen cabinet).

Wearing:  Madewell’s Flea Market Flare’s Flea Market Flares.