Border Mani w/ Birra del Borgo’s Rubus Raspberry Ale
Nails: This post took me weeks to complete. That’s sad. A couple weeks ago I sat down to complete this mani and decided to mock up the raspberries on the label (the photo is a negative and in green, so I actually didn’t know they were raspberries for a while…). So I painted my base in Sally Hansen’s The Real Teal and then I dipped a drinking straw into some acrylic paint and made a sort of chain-link design on the nails:
But it just wasn’t right. The paint I used was too red so I kept meaning to add some more pink to it but never got around to it. Also, people kept saying it looked like a turtle shell, which it did. I liked the design, but it just wasn’t working here. Eventually I had to take it off and I just got around to re-doing this one. “Second time’s a charm” is the saying, right?
Take 2: I painted a base of So Laque’s Rose Vamp (just one coat):
(Wait for this to completely dry or else the next step will be shit.) Then I used Sally Hansen’s The Real Teal and (very slowly) painted the inside of the nail, leaving a thin pink border (2 coats here):
After letting this dry, I used the pink again to paint a draped french tip. This was a pain, as this polish is on its last legs and trying to paint a design with sticky polish is the bane of my existence. I added some nail polish remover to the bottle to try and keep it alive for this mani and we barely made it through! Crisis diverted. As with every mani, I slapped some Seche Vite on top and we were off!
Ale: This was a gift given to me for my bday and the labels colors are so fun and perfect for spring/summer. Birra del Borgo is in Italy and after translating their website, here’s what you get:
"The love story all in pink between the Raspberries and the Duchess. Made sweeping adventure of spontaneous and controlled fermentation, passion and time. An extraordinary plot to Enjoy."
haha, I fucking love that. Some things are better when they’re lost in translation.
As I do with most fruit-flavored beers, I expected the beer flavor to be at the front, with the fruit flavor playing a much smaller role. This was the complete opposite, but I love raspberries so I didn’t mind! The color is thick and dark, almost red:
Carbonation is at an extreme minimum, which is probably why this beer bottle comes with a reusable cap(!) as you could probably keep it for a couple days after opening. Rubus has a super authentic raspberry flavor with a tangy bitterness that makes you pucker after every sip (in a good way!) This is definitely more of a dessert beer or something to enjoy one of, very slowly. I really enjoyed this “le bizzarre” ale: 8 out of 10 nails.
PS- They have a beer called “Hoppy Cat”!! OMG. I’ll be looking for this one. In the meantime, here’s a pic of Chuck and my nails: