Avery Brewing Co. – Pump[KY]n

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Happy Halloween!  I saved this beer review all year for today.  Pump[KY]n from Avery is delicious and dense.  It’s a bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter with a 15% ABV.  This is a pumpkin pie dessert in a bottle and the perfect booze to drink for All Hallows Eve.

Confession: I had my mind in the gutter for weeks and thought the “KY” in the name had to do with something other than the abbreviation for Kentucky (because of the bourbon barrels). Blonde moment.

My lipstick is from Stila and is available here.

Santa Fe Brewing Company – Adobe Igloo

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FINALLY.  Some cool weather.  It’s nowhere near “cold” in Oklahoma but I’m stoked that I don’t have to work in a 95 degree tap room.

Adobe Igloo is a Winter Ale brewed with cacao and chile.  It’s not spicy but you do taste the flavor of the chiles. It’s on the malty side and pours a pretty brown color.   This guy will be available soon after Oktoberfest.  Also, how cute is this can?  I want it in quilt-form.

Wearing: An old Free People sweatshirt with a low-back.  Here’s something current and similar. 

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.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – Wookey Jack and Bretta Rose

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These are the first and only beers I’ve tried from the legendary Firestone Walker.  And I am such a huge fan already.

  1. God dang. Bretta Rose slayed. Its a Berliner Weisse-style (their words not mine) aged in French oak barrels.  They added 1000 pounds of raspberries for a second fermentation. It’s tart, bubbly, funky, fruity, and pink.  Bow down to this beer.
  2. Wookey Jack is a black rye IPA so you look at it and think it’s going to be malty and thick like a porter but no, it’s dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo hops.  A dark, hoppy confusing but tasty beer. It’s like an IPA ate a piece of that dark table bread at Outback Steakhouse…if that makes any sense.

Currently wearing a very old blouse I found in TJMaxx.  Sorry I don’t have much info.

New Belgium Brewing – Heavy Melon

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I look way more excited about this beer than I was.  It was super average with a *minuscule* melon note.  I didn’t get much lime flavor (it’s described as a watermelon lime ale), just a slight citrus aftertaste. Bud Light Lime is more limey.  HOWEVER, we don’t want to go there do we?

I feel bad posting a bad review so let me say that New Belgium is a great brewery and I enjoy so many of their beers.  Their graphic design is nice too…

My dress is the Kylie Mini Dress in White Chiffon by Show Me Your Mumu.  It’s a little bit sheer so wear it at night if you’re modest (and definitely with nude undies). It’s $136.

Odell Brewing Company – Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA

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You guys.  This is one is great and made with Colorado peaches.  It’s citrusy and barely sweet but moderately hoppy (48 IBUs) and refreshing like you want your IPA. You can read about the hazy look this beer has here, they call it a “chill haze”. I wish we got these in Oklahoma.

A word on my outfit:  Shorteralls! They are genius for beer festivals (so many pockets), they protect you from splashes, and they are pretty asexual.  A sweet sales rep in the OKC Madewell store talked me into paring them with the crop top and I’ve worn this outfit 3 times now. I’m so happy that overalls are publicly acceptable right now.  I need to get my $115 worth of wear out of them (I didn’t get them when they were on sale dammit).

My overalls are on sale for $80 and are available here.

My crop top is available for $30 here.

 

 

 

My Experience with Blue Apron

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Good beer and good food go hand-in-hand but it murders my finances to go out every week.  I bought a house in October with an adorable kitchen and felt the need to learn how to use it.  Also…mortgages are freaking expensive…I HAVE to cook.  I can’t afford to go out that much.

So in January, I made my New Years Resolution to cook 30 different dinners this year.  After a couple of months of Pinterest recipes, I was getting exhausted buying new ingredients for every dish.  (But dude, I have so much Crock-Pot, hair braiding, and essential oil knowledge now.)  I stumbled upon a review of Blue Apron and fell in love. I love the portions, the produce quality, the variety, and the EXPERIENCE. I felt the need to evangelize this service…

First of all, I am an entry level home cook.  I still don’t know how to chop a tomato properly or what temperature to bake a potato. It’s not uncommon for me to microwave potatoes and put cheese on top and call it dinner. I do that about once a week. But thankfully the steps Blue Apron lays out on the recipe sheets are really easy to follow. Don’t kid yourself though, it will take you 45 minutes to an hour to cook the dish.  My significant other often comes over to help (but most importantly, eat) and it speeds up the process.

The produce has been extremely fresh, so fresh that I had to bake the avocado for the tacos for 15 minutes to soften it (Pinterest trick, hey!).  The fish and chicken have been great too.  No complaints.  You DO need a lot of olive oil and I suggest using half the salt & pepper that the recipes require.  They ask for it at almost every step…

The only thing I feel guilty about is all the packaging.  I recycle almost all of it but it still makes me feel bad for all the plastic compartments…I guess you still buy things in plastic compartments at the grocery store but when I see a giant pile in my recycle bin from ONE dinner, I feel bad. I hope every Blue Apron user recycles. Jesus.

The other downside is the $60 a week price tag.  This is a total steal, don’t get me wrong; I used to spend $40-$60 per meal before I started Blue Apron.  It’s just that I can scrape by on a $50/week grocery bill for myself…but that’s the whole microwaving-a-potato-for-dinner diet thing. For those on a budget, I suggest signing up and only confirming one or two deliveries a month on Blue Apron’s delivery schedule. If you are cooking for yourself, divide the meal in half (or sometimes thirds) have leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Salmon with arugula, potatoes, radish, peas and a pink lemon/olive oil glaze.

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Crispy cod tacos with a chipotle, cabbage slaw.

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Seared chicken with purple potatoes, green apples, and kale in a dijon mustard sauce.

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And a great vegetarian option: Black bean and quinoa enchiladas with roasted tomatillo and poblano pepper salsa.

No Label Brewing Company – Strawberry Blonde Ale

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Another fruit beer!

No Label Brewing Company is based out of Katy, Texas and I know absolutely nothing about it.  Hopefully, after I travel to Texas next month, I’ll be a little more informed.  This was my first strawberry ale in a while (a lot of breweries tend to stick with peaches and raspberries).

This beer didn’t retain a lot of head but it was very smooth.  It was a little orangey, lighter colored than in the photo, but I had to use a filter to bring out the pink in the label. For some reason the lighting in my house washed it (and me) out…that’s what I get for wearing peach on beige…

Anyway, the point is:  I can’t say this beer had a lot of flavor but my BREATH smelled like strawberries, which was pleasant as hell.