Gust Mani w/ Birrificio del Ducato’s Sally Brown Caffè Baracco
Nails: It’s Fall and starting to get a tad chillier outside so I chose this coffee ale because the flavor would fit the season…it was an added bonus that the label does the same! The brownish-green background of this label screams Fall and the white/yellow brush strokes remind me of illustrations of gusty wind.
I picked up a bottle of Sally Hansen’s Magnetic Nail Color in Golden Conduct last week and decided that this would make for the perfect base for this design as it helps to add some texture to the background. This polish is pretty great and I even wore it last week on its own because it makes such a cool design. It’s a super easy way to add a little flare to your nails! You basically paint one nail and immediately place a magnet (provided with the bottle) over your nail for 10 seconds. Lift up the magnet and, voila, you have nail art! The only issue I have with this polish is that the magnet should be curved to fit the shape of your nail. Right now it’s flat and that means that sometimes the sides of your nails will not get the design (especially on your larger thumb nails). That’s ok for this mani because I would be painting over the sides a bit anyway:
Next, I mixed together some white and yellow acrylic paint to make a light yellow (the color of the brushstrokes on the bottom of the label) and I used plain white to paint the other strokes. I had practiced this mani with a small brush at first, but I found that by using a very tiny dotting tool I was able to control my design a bit more and I still got a brushstroke look:
You can be a bit loose with this design, as the label doesn’t warrant a very precise look:
Ale: I lurv me some coffee, not just for the caffeine but for the wonderful smell and flavor. When I stumble upon a really great coffee porter or stout, I am in heaven. I was curious about Birrificio del Ducato’s Sally Brown here because it is labeled as an “ale brewed with coffee.” You don’t usually think of this beer style being paired with this kind of flavor (or at least I don’t):
The head is frothy like a Coke and it quickly dissipates. Color is a very deep brown, again like Coke. The nose is coffee and sweet chocolate through and through. At first taste, there is a punch of flavor (again, coffee and chocolate) but that quickly gives way to a very watered down aftertaste. It’s a very thin beer in flavor and consistency (although it does have medium carbonation, which can give it the illusion of being a bit thicker for a second). When I think of coffee flavor in beer, I think of porters and stouts and I think of thickness. While Sally Brown had some flavor, it lacked in body. I’m going to give this brew 4 out of 10 nails.