New Belgium Brewing Co. – Voodoo Ranger IPA

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Stone Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co. arrived in Oklahoma this week.  It’s really exciting since we are probably, what, the 48th or 49th state to get them?

Voodoo Ranger?  I’m in tropical heaven with this one.  Plus I like the name. 7% ABV.

Currently wearing: Bobeau Side Tie Top from Nordstrom, $42 (My Trunk Club stylist picked it out for me.  Shout out to Lillian!)

Avery Brewing Company – Mephistopheles

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Let’s address the elephant in the room, my entirely different hair.  Nope. Not a wig.  I just dyed it brown and got hair extensions.  I’ll be posting about extensions care & styling tips since I have a lot of experience with them (I had 18-20″ platinum blonde extensions in 2014…that was a trip).

So back to the beer. I’m reviewing the 2016 Mephistopheles and, Jesus, I just didn’t like it.  It had a sharp aftertaste and didn’t drink like a nice smooth stout.  It didn’t even have the same aftertaste as a nice BOOZY stout.  Didn’t finish the bottle, but that’s okay. Avery makes really great beers like Liliko’i Kepolo and The Maharaja.  I just have no idea why this one is so famous. Oh well…

Roughtail Brewing Co. – Everything Rhymes with Orange

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It’s not everyday you can find ERWO in the liquor store.  It pours hazy, smells citrusy, and finishes with a mildly bitter taste.  Well, mild for Roughtail.  They love hops. It’s definitely still tastes like an IPA. And to top it off, I assumed there Mosaic (my favorite hop strain) was used…and, according to their website, I was totally right. It was a small victory for my confidence in beer tasting.

The Roughtail guys are great dudes and are based out of Midwest City, OK.  I think they distribute in Kansas but I’m not sure if they’ve expanded elsewhere yet.

Wearing: Chokes On You Floral Blouse by Nasty Gal (It’s on sale for $28 online TONIGHT!)

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Epic Brewing Company – Lil’ Brainless Raspberries

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Dude, I wanted to like this more than I did.  It was a pretty watery beer with zero head. But you know what? It was “Lil” Brainless Raspberries, not Brainless on Raspberries.  You get what you pay for and this was the “diet” version on all accounts.

The beer had an orange-pink color and a nice little tartness at the front end. I could see myself luring in some of my friends who like rosé with this beer. It just wasn’t what I typically love BUT, it’s a fruit beer and that’s this season’s theme.  I’m glad I tried it once and at 5.2% ABV, it’s great for gardening (which is what I did today and why I’m wearing a 15+ year old t-shirt).

My blog isn’t about all the great beers that I’ve tried, it’s more about passing on my recommendations. If you want my opinion, go for the real Brainless in the bottles.

Drinking: Lil’ Brainless Raspberries by Epic Brewing Company. Salt Lake City, UT.

Wearing: Camo T-Shirt, $8.

Rio Grande Brewery – Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza

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Rio Grande Brewing, owned by Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, made a super cool beer infused with green chiles.  It is refreshing yet smokey with a little bit of heat at the end. I first had this beer at my favorite bar, Powerhouse, in south OKC.  They had used it as a float in a Tomatillo Bloody Mary.

Consider this a novelty beer.  Not for every day but something that could pair well with roasted corn, pulled pork, cheese….oooh…a chicken chili.  If you paired this with a Tex Mex dish at a dinner party, your guests would flip.  Feel free to steal my idea, because I stole it from Powerhouse. Try this beer.

Drinking: Pacho Verde Chile Cerveza by Rio Grande Brewery. Moriarty, NM.

Wearing: Show Me Your Mumu Tank (Similar here).

TO ØL – Sur Amarillo & Kylie Cosmetics Lipkit

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My two favorite things this spring are To Øl’s Sur Amarillo and Kylie Cosmetics Lipkit in “Candy K”.

First off, this dry-hopped sour is legit.  Not too sour, not too hoppy.  It’s foamy and earthy.  It has a good amount of carbonation too.

And this Lipkit, yes, I had to stalk the internet to find out when a restock was about to happen.  Kylie Jenner has built herself a product that literally sells out in seconds.  It’s so hard to snag one, they might as well be Phish tickets. Anyway, I lucked out and grabbed one and a Matte Metal this month (I’ll review it later).  After trying out this lip liner and lipstick, I’m fairly certain I’ll be buying more.  It’s not tested on animals, smells like vanilla, looks very pretty, lasts for several hours, and is comfortable to wear.  It’s worth the price tag and the shame that comes with buying into celebrity-endorsed products. These lipkits are amazing and did I mention that they are cruelty-free?!

Drinking: Sur Amarillo by To Øl.

Wearing: Kylie Cosmetics Lipkit in Candy K, $29 And Show Me Your MuMu Black Crisp Mal Top, On Sale for $80.