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!
"Owlsome" Mani w/ Hitachino Nest White Ale
Nails: This beer has been hanging out in my fridge for months now so I’ve had plenty of time to think about this one. Of course you’d look at the label and automatically want to paint the owl but that was intimidating to me and it seemed like it would be a lot of work and, let’s face it, sometimes I can be a lazy asshole. So there the beer sat until this week when I realized it was the only beer left in my fridge (I haven’t gone to the store in…a while), so Hitachino Nest it was! 
I love the blue colors that make up the background of this label, so I started with 2 coats of Dashing Diva’s Water Taxi as the base for 4 nails on each hand and Sally Hansen’s  White On on one nail per hand for the owl:

To mock the brick-like design, I used Sally Hansen’s Bluetylicious. I started out trying to simply use the bottle brush to make the small rectangles, but quickly learned that a dotting tool made this task much easier by giving me more control. The design is a bit messy itself, so there’s no need to make perfect rectangles here: 

After the easy step, I moved onto the owl accent nails. I applied red acrylic paint with a very tiny dotting tool to draw up the eyes and wings of the owl and then went back over those parts with a bit of white to add the details. Here’s a pic of the final owls (pointer finger on my left hand and the pinky on my right hand): 

It didn’t turn out to be too difficult to paint and, again, using a dotting tool instead of a brush made things much easier. I also have an extremely tiny dotting tool, which was a blessing. I thought that these owls on my nails would be too kitschy for me, as I like prefer to use more designs/patterns on my nails instead of literal interpretations of labels, but these owls are too adorable to hate! 

Ale: I have used a Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale beer for Nails and Ales in the past (which you can see here) and I loved it. The White Ale was a different story. I’m not sure if it was the witbier qualities of this beer (my tastebuds gravitate away from that genre…) or if sitting in my fridge for 4 months altered it, but the flavor was not up my alley. This beer pours a very hazy, dull yellow with barely any head: 

The nose was sweet and herbal. The mouthfeel was intense and almost had a stinging quality to it. Coriander and nutmeg were pretty prominent to me at the beginning of the sip but then the taste trailed off with citrus notes that seemed watered down. I’ll admit that it was interesting to drink this beer, although the flavors aren’t my jam. I would think that a person who likes Belgian beers would be pretty intrigued by this Japanese take on the style. I give this one 5 out of 10 nails. Hoot!

"Owlsome" Mani w/ Hitachino Nest White Ale

Nails: This beer has been hanging out in my fridge for months now so I’ve had plenty of time to think about this one. Of course you’d look at the label and automatically want to paint the owl but that was intimidating to me and it seemed like it would be a lot of work and, let’s face it, sometimes I can be a lazy asshole. So there the beer sat until this week when I realized it was the only beer left in my fridge (I haven’t gone to the store in…a while), so Hitachino Nest it was! 

I love the blue colors that make up the background of this label, so I started with 2 coats of Dashing Diva’s Water Taxi as the base for 4 nails on each hand and Sally Hansen’s  White On on one nail per hand for the owl:

To mock the brick-like design, I used Sally Hansen’s Bluetylicious. I started out trying to simply use the bottle brush to make the small rectangles, but quickly learned that a dotting tool made this task much easier by giving me more control. The design is a bit messy itself, so there’s no need to make perfect rectangles here: 

After the easy step, I moved onto the owl accent nails. I applied red acrylic paint with a very tiny dotting tool to draw up the eyes and wings of the owl and then went back over those parts with a bit of white to add the details. Here’s a pic of the final owls (pointer finger on my left hand and the pinky on my right hand): 

It didn’t turn out to be too difficult to paint and, again, using a dotting tool instead of a brush made things much easier. I also have an extremely tiny dotting tool, which was a blessing. I thought that these owls on my nails would be too kitschy for me, as I like prefer to use more designs/patterns on my nails instead of literal interpretations of labels, but these owls are too adorable to hate! 

Ale: I have used a Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale beer for Nails and Ales in the past (which you can see here) and I loved it. The White Ale was a different story. I’m not sure if it was the witbier qualities of this beer (my tastebuds gravitate away from that genre…) or if sitting in my fridge for 4 months altered it, but the flavor was not up my alley. This beer pours a very hazy, dull yellow with barely any head: 

The nose was sweet and herbal. The mouthfeel was intense and almost had a stinging quality to it. Coriander and nutmeg were pretty prominent to me at the beginning of the sip but then the taste trailed off with citrus notes that seemed watered down. I’ll admit that it was interesting to drink this beer, although the flavors aren’t my jam. I would think that a person who likes Belgian beers would be pretty intrigued by this Japanese take on the style. I give this one 5 out of 10 nails. Hoot!

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