Nails and Ales

I love beer and I love nail art. This is where I combine them for a pleasurable experience. Sometimes the beer inspires the nail art, sometimes the nail art inspires the beer.

Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert On either of these subjects. This is strictly for fun so take a deep breath and enjoy!

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               Maze Mani feat. Uinta’s Crooked Line Labyrinth

I bought this beer a while back when I was obviously feeling like a go-getter. Once I got home I realized how intimidating this label is and I proceeded to let it sit in my kitchen for months while I summoned up the courage to tackle it. This mani definitely goes on my “back-breaking” list. 

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Nails: Starting with a base of white, I used the thinnest-lined brush I have to dab in the lines with black acrylic paint. Here’s the brush so you have a better idea:

                       Side view                                                           Front View

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Instead of tracing the lines in one continuous motion I dabbed the brush, which may give the lines a choppier look, but I feel it’s easier to get a straight line this way. It was pretty tedious and this design definitely was a challenge for my left hand.

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 Ale: Labyrinth is brewed at Crooked Line Brewery, which is owned by Uinta Brewing Company and was built specifically to brew the 5 beers in their Crooked Line series of unique, high alcohol beer. The brewery is also 100% wind powered. Kudos!

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I was wary of this beer right off the bat, not because of it’s 13.2% ABV, but because it is brewed with licorice sticks. I HATE licorice…but I was quickly surprised. The beer poured a very dark black. Darkest beer I’ve ever seen maybe. The head was a nice caramel color (a flavor you could taste a bit in the beer) and was pretty dense. It smelled of licorice right off the bat. I was sad. Once I took a sip though, all of the sadness went away. There is barely any licorice flavor to this beer. It is overwhelmingly dark chocolate and toasted coffee. Happiness ensued. I’m buying another bottle for a super cold day this Winter. 

Uinta brewed this series in larger, 750 ml corked bottles to encourage imbibers to share with their friends. Not only is that the funnest way to drink but, at 13.2% ABV, it’s a smart choice too. ;) 

The label was designed by Salt Lake City artist Trent Call. Check out some of his other awesome work here: http://www.swinj.com

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It may be the 1st day of Autumn, but I’m still thinkin’ Summer thoughts. Here’s @perennialbeer ‘a Saison De Lis, brewed w/ Chamomile! #craftbeer #nailart #saison #chamomile #Autumn #dontleavemeSummer

It may be the 1st day of Autumn, but I’m still thinkin’ Summer thoughts. Here’s @perennialbeer ‘a Saison De Lis, brewed w/ Chamomile! #craftbeer #nailart #saison #chamomile #Autumn #dontleavemeSummer

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                               Blue Point Brewery’s White IPA
Took a trip to @bluepointbrewing last weekend and painted the White IPA on my nails for the occasion (it’s one of my all-time fave beers). The ladies behind the bar were super nice and let me take over the tap for a few minutes to grab a shot. You guys rock! Can’t wait to visit again! 

                               Blue Point Brewery’s White IPA

Took a trip to @bluepointbrewing last weekend and painted the White IPA on my nails for the occasion (it’s one of my all-time fave beers). The ladies behind the bar were super nice and let me take over the tap for a few minutes to grab a shot. You guys rock! Can’t wait to visit again! 

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Nails and Ales’ Guest Blog for Birchbox!

I recently teamed up with the crew at Birchbox to put together a guest blog post with 4 fun label designs that are easy enough to do at home! Check out these 4 manis and their how-tos here. 

I’ve been a Birchboxer for about 3 years now and love what they do. If you haven’t joined yet, do it! 1.) Everyone that works there is amazing and 2.) who doesn’t love getting a box full of awesome beauty supplies every month? I mean, it’s a no-brainer. 

Enjoy these manis and let me know what you think in the comments!

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allleft asked: You really do a great job.... Amazing!!

Thanks for the love!

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Waterworks Mani feat. Brouwerij West’s Dog Ate My Homework Blackberry Saison

NAILS: Ya know, this label looks deceptively easy to reproduce. Don’t let those adorable elephants fool you, it is not. After an epic fail my first time around, I was thankfully able to figure out how I could make this mani happen without going insane. I painted all my nails white at the base and then mixed the blue and purple colors together with acrylic paint. The only tool I used was my tiniest dotting tool (tip the size of a ballpoint pen) and the rest is history:

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You have to check out the label artist’s website, btw. He has some awesomely adorable stuff going on there: http://www.thefloatingworld.net/  (Note: DO NOT make the mistake of going to thefloatingworld.com, especially if you’re at work…) 

As you may have noticed, I’ve stopped including step-by-step instructions for manis, but if anyone ever wants to know anything about a mani I do, feel free to message me and I’d be glad to chat!

ALE: I stopped by Bierkraft in Park Slope on my way home from work and while I was ordering one of their delicious sandwiches, I saw an empty bottle of Dog Ate My Homework on the counter and it was love at first site. 

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LOOK AT THAT COLOR. It’s so pretty. Rarely do I have a beautiful label AND a beautiful beer. The photo doesn’t do it justice. The head is a really lovely pink-purple color. I’m not a fan of sweet, fruity beers and my first sip made me wonder if I’d be able to finish the bottle but after it warmed a bit I really got into it. The sweet blackberries are evened out by the crisp sourness of the saison style. I’d definitely have this beer again after a Spring or Summer meal. 

Have you seen a sweet label lately? Give me suggestions for my next mani in the comments! 

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I’m finally getting around to posting these videos I shot with Howcast a little while back! The video above shows you how to make the owl from my Hitachino Nest post but check out the full playlist to see some other fun nail art tricks and tips! The playlist also features designs from the following posts:

Coney Island Lager Tat Mani

Brugse Zot Belgian Ale Jester Mani

And one of my very first posts (!): Lightning Brewery Electrostatic Ale Lightning Bolt Mani

Enjoy!

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Ace Mani feat. Four in Hand IPA
Nails: This one was a bit tough as I’m a bit rusty due to my extreme slacking lately. For a second there I thought about just not finishing this bad boy but my friend Chenz turned on Starship Troopers and I decided I’d rather work on this mani than watch that movie. Thanks Chenz!

All I used here was a very fine-tipped dotting tool to draw the details with acrylic paint. Definitely not for the faint of heart!
Ale: My roommate saw this beer in Whole Foods and wanted to see it on my nails, so thanks to her for buying it! Only problem is that I let it sit in our fridge for 6 months or more (oops) and I’m pretty sure this beer did not age well…


I found that Four in Hand is a bit of a mystery beer. After digging around I learned that World Brews Winery Exchange Inc. “makes” the beer. By “makes”, I mean contracts Genesee  Brewing Company (of Genny Cream Ale fame) to brew the beers and World Brews just manages everything and then distributes to large grocery chains. No one actually claims this beer as their own and I can see why. It wasn’t good at all. This could be because of the extended time it spent in my fridge or, according to online reviews, it could just be the beer. 


It poured a dark amber color with a nice finger-width head, but was EXTREMELY cloudy. Particles hung out in the beer for quite some time. They weren’t settling or moving at all which I had never seen before. I mean I’ve seen some yeasties at the bottom of a beer but I’ve never seen particles just chillin’ everywhere and not settling. If someone knows what’s going on here, please educate me as I couldn’t find anyone else talking about this in the reviews. Again, this could be the result of an old beer. The nose was a really strong rose smell. Taste was all over the place. Tangy and tart with bitterness at the end. I didn’t enjoy it all. I think I’ll need to drink a fresh one to compare! 
This post is dedicated yo my poker-loving brother, Kevin. Here we are bartending at a totally normal age:

Ace Mani feat. Four in Hand IPA

Nails: This one was a bit tough as I’m a bit rusty due to my extreme slacking lately. For a second there I thought about just not finishing this bad boy but my friend Chenz turned on Starship Troopers and I decided I’d rather work on this mani than watch that movie. Thanks Chenz!

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All I used here was a very fine-tipped dotting tool to draw the details with acrylic paint. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Ale: My roommate saw this beer in Whole Foods and wanted to see it on my nails, so thanks to her for buying it! Only problem is that I let it sit in our fridge for 6 months or more (oops) and I’m pretty sure this beer did not age well…

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I found that Four in Hand is a bit of a mystery beer. After digging around I learned that World Brews Winery Exchange Inc. “makes” the beer. By “makes”, I mean contracts Genesee  Brewing Company (of Genny Cream Ale fame) to brew the beers and World Brews just manages everything and then distributes to large grocery chains. No one actually claims this beer as their own and I can see why. It wasn’t good at all. This could be because of the extended time it spent in my fridge or, according to online reviews, it could just be the beer. 

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It poured a dark amber color with a nice finger-width head, but was EXTREMELY cloudy. Particles hung out in the beer for quite some time. They weren’t settling or moving at all which I had never seen before. I mean I’ve seen some yeasties at the bottom of a beer but I’ve never seen particles just chillin’ everywhere and not settling. If someone knows what’s going on here, please educate me as I couldn’t find anyone else talking about this in the reviews. Again, this could be the result of an old beer. The nose was a really strong rose smell. Taste was all over the place. Tangy and tart with bitterness at the end. I didn’t enjoy it all. I think I’ll need to drink a fresh one to compare! 

This post is dedicated yo my poker-loving brother, Kevin. Here we are bartending at a totally normal age:

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4th of July Mani w/ Southern Tier’s Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale
I haven’t been able to do some nail art in a while people and I have to say, it feels good to be back! Lots of things have been going on lately: I starting working full-time again a couple months ago (I produce web videos) and work has been cray-cray. Yeah, I just said cray-cray, shut up. Anywho… that’s been keeping me from posting as well as the fact that my iPhone was stolen a while back and that was my camera for these posts. Well, the iPhone is back and I plan on rollin’ with this again! 
In nail news, I shot about 13 nail art videos with Howcast a while back and I will be doing a post about those shortly. 
Onto these Independence Day nails! I’ve been wanting to use Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale for a while. I saw it last year around this time and thought the label would be PERFECT, but then they went and changed it on me. Here’s the old:

 

And here’s the new:


While I like both of them (Southern Tier never disappoints when it comes to their labels), I thought the old one was a bit more fun for the 4th, albeit a cheesier design. 
I’ve decided to not do a step-by-step walkthrough of the nail art anymore and to just focus more on pics and the beer review, as some of the designs are a bit much to explain. Enjoy!

Ale: Made with 3 different hops and 3 different malts, this America-style ale is quite refreshing and packs a nice flavor. It pours a translucent gold with a minimal, quickly dissipating head:

The first thing that struck me was the carbonation. There’s a ton of it and it gives the beer a nice crisp, clean mouthfeel. Loved that. The flavor is almost sweet, but you definitely get the hops in there as well. It’s super refreshing and I’m glad I bought a sixer so I can enjoy the rest of the on the 4th. Have fun tomorrow everyone!

4th of July Mani w/ Southern Tier’s Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale

I haven’t been able to do some nail art in a while people and I have to say, it feels good to be back! Lots of things have been going on lately: I starting working full-time again a couple months ago (I produce web videos) and work has been cray-cray. Yeah, I just said cray-cray, shut up. Anywho… that’s been keeping me from posting as well as the fact that my iPhone was stolen a while back and that was my camera for these posts. Well, the iPhone is back and I plan on rollin’ with this again! 

In nail news, I shot about 13 nail art videos with Howcast a while back and I will be doing a post about those shortly. 

Onto these Independence Day nails! I’ve been wanting to use Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale for a while. I saw it last year around this time and thought the label would be PERFECT, but then they went and changed it on me. Here’s the old:

 

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And here’s the new:

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While I like both of them (Southern Tier never disappoints when it comes to their labels), I thought the old one was a bit more fun for the 4th, albeit a cheesier design. 

I’ve decided to not do a step-by-step walkthrough of the nail art anymore and to just focus more on pics and the beer review, as some of the designs are a bit much to explain. Enjoy!

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Image and video hosting by TinyPicAle: Made with 3 different hops and 3 different malts, this America-style ale is quite refreshing and packs a nice flavor. It pours a translucent gold with a minimal, quickly dissipating head:

Image and video hosting by TinyPicThe first thing that struck me was the carbonation. There’s a ton of it and it gives the beer a nice crisp, clean mouthfeel. Loved that. The flavor is almost sweet, but you definitely get the hops in there as well. It’s super refreshing and I’m glad I bought a sixer so I can enjoy the rest of the on the 4th. Have fun tomorrow everyone!

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Uinta Brewing Co’s Dubhe Imperial Black IPA: Beer Fest Edition!
Job searching and Winter hibernation have taken over my life lately but now that Spring is just around the corner, the beer and polish will flow! Last weekend I went to the NYC Craft Beer Fest and, as usual, had a flippin’ blast. I decided on Uinta’s Dubhe (pronounced “doo-be”) as my muse because 1.) the label is sweet and 2.) I just happened to have a bottle in my fridge that I bought a few months ago to use for the blog. It was meant to be! BUT, when I walked over to the Uinta table, I was saddened to see that the Dubhe tap did not have the label on it so I couldn’t annoy the servers and takeover their tap for photos. SAD FACE.
Nails:  Not going to do my usual step-by-step here because the coloring just wasn’t coming out right in the photos and it also would have been about 10 boring steps for you guys to read through. Instead, I’ll give the basics:
I started with 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s Black Out and waited until it was completely dry. All of the next steps are simply layering acrylic paint. I painted the outline of the canyon first and once that dried, I added the black shadowing. Next, I added the orange sky streaks and once that dried, I painted the yellow accents. Last step was painting the stars with a very tiny dotting tool. I didn’t notice this until I read the beer description on Uinta’s website, but the stars are the big dipper! I love how all of these colors go together. I usually don’t like using flash when I take these photos, but it really made the colors pop! Here’s a daylight pic so you can see the difference:


Ale: Everything about this beer suggests that it would be extremely (almost too) heavy, but it is just the right amount of heavy, especially for 9.2%. It pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a medium head:
 Smells like a sweet coffee stout and those scents linger in the flavor as well. The taste is just a perfect balance of sweet, chocolate, coffee, citrus and hops. I really don’t think I could get enough of this beer. They were pouring this at the Spring seasonals beer fest and I think that’s a testament to the drinkability of this brew. I would definitely enjoy this in the dead of Winter or on a warm Spring day. 
Who am I kidding? I would enjoy this beer every day if I could. Psssh.
Thanks to JGo for offering up her phone for pictures and sitting in my living room for a few hours while I ignored her and painted my nails instead. :) 
Another thanks to all these jerks for coming to the beer fest and making it such a great time (and wearing my signature pretzel necklaces). And another thanks to JGo and Jenni for helping me make all of them! 

Uinta Brewing Co’s Dubhe Imperial Black IPA: Beer Fest Edition!

Job searching and Winter hibernation have taken over my life lately but now that Spring is just around the corner, the beer and polish will flow! Last weekend I went to the NYC Craft Beer Fest and, as usual, had a flippin’ blast. I decided on Uinta’s Dubhe (pronounced “doo-be”) as my muse because 1.) the label is sweet and 2.) I just happened to have a bottle in my fridge that I bought a few months ago to use for the blog. It was meant to be! BUT, when I walked over to the Uinta table, I was saddened to see that the Dubhe tap did not have the label on it so I couldn’t annoy the servers and takeover their tap for photos. SAD FACE.

Nails:  Not going to do my usual step-by-step here because the coloring just wasn’t coming out right in the photos and it also would have been about 10 boring steps for you guys to read through. Instead, I’ll give the basics:

Image and video hosting by TinyPicI started with 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s Black Out and waited until it was completely dry. All of the next steps are simply layering acrylic paint. I painted the outline of the canyon first and once that dried, I added the black shadowing. Next, I added the orange sky streaks and once that dried, I painted the yellow accents. Last step was painting the stars with a very tiny dotting tool. I didn’t notice this until I read the beer description on Uinta’s website, but the stars are the big dipper! I love how all of these colors go together. I usually don’t like using flash when I take these photos, but it really made the colors pop! Here’s a daylight pic so you can see the difference:

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Ale: Everything about this beer suggests that it would be extremely (almost too) heavy, but it is just the right amount of heavy, especially for 9.2%. It pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a medium head:

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Smells like a sweet coffee stout and those scents linger in the flavor as well. The taste is just a perfect balance of sweet, chocolate, coffee, citrus and hops. I really don’t think I could get enough of this beer. They were pouring this at the Spring seasonals beer fest and I think that’s a testament to the drinkability of this brew. I would definitely enjoy this in the dead of Winter or on a warm Spring day. 

Who am I kidding? I would enjoy this beer every day if I could. Psssh.

Thanks to JGo for offering up her phone for pictures and sitting in my living room for a few hours while I ignored her and painted my nails instead. :) 

Another thanks to all these jerks for coming to the beer fest and making it such a great time (and wearing my signature pretzel necklaces). And another thanks to JGo and Jenni for helping me make all of them! 

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