LA Manis w/ Eagle Rock Brewery’s Revolution XPA and Populist IPA
Ahhhh, LA. Land of beautiful people, beautiful landscapes and beautifully fresh air:
(Let’s just say it was foggy that day, ok?) This was my first time spending a decent amount of time in LA and it was quite a blast. I chose Eagle Rock Brewery as my muse this week and I am so happy I did, for so many reasons (more on that later). I was staying with my friend Danielle this week and she was gracious enough to let me paint her digits for this post (THANK YOU D!).
Populist IPA Nails:
We started out with Dashing Diva’s Grand Central Station on every nail except the ring, which we painted with Essie’s Sand Tropez (2 coats each):
Next, I painted every nail diagonally with the opposite color using the polish brush (again, 2 coats):
Third and final step was using a very tiny dotting tool to paint the wheat design on the ring and pinky fingers (again, using the opposite colors). I just followed the pattern on the bottle as much as I could:
Revolution XPA Nails:
I went a little crazy with this one. Took me 3 hours to complete and it was the night before my flight…not the greatest time management ever. I actually ended up doing this manicure TWICE; once before my trip and once right after because I didn’t get any good pics of it while I was in LA and by the time I got home, the mani was a mess. Oy. My back hurts.
I painted every nail with 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s Cherry Red and the pinkies got 2 coats of Essie’s Sand Tropez. Then the fun began. I started with one shade of red acrylic paint and used a small, flat brush to paint 3 small triangles on each red finger. Then I mixed another color into that batch (white, peach or a different shade of red) and paint 3 more triangles on each nail. Each shade of triangles should be sporadically placed, but placed within a patterned grid. As long as you have slightly different shades of red each time, you’re good. I only mixed one batch of color and painted every nail before changing the shade because I didn’t want to risk the paint drying out while I worked. I used about 5 different shades of red. Here they are from the first step to the last (sorry, not the best lighting here…):
Of course, once all is said and done, I clean up around the nail with an orange stick dipped in remover. Then I used a very tiny dotting tool to paint the wheat graphic on each pinky. 3 hours later!:
And just for reference, here are all the supplies I used for these manis:
Ales: Eagle Rock Brewery was established in ‘09, but you wouldn’t know it by the taste. The brewery is nestled in the bowels of LA (am I allowed to say that? I don’t even live there…it felt tucked away though. Don’t be mad, almost all of Brooklyn can be considered “bowels”). Aw shit, I just offended 2 majors cities. This post really is full of multiples!
Anywho, website said the brewery opened at 4pm and as my friend Ed (THANKS ED!) and I pulled up at 4:05, we wondered if we’d be those weirdos waiting for the doors to be unlocked so we can get our fix. Nope. The place was almost full! I soon realized why. Almost all beers on tap were $5 and you can get a nice flight for $2 per beer. Also, they were all amazing. Here are some pics:
Above is the flight. I chose (from left to right) Solidarity Black Mild Ale/Manifesto Wit Bier/Revolution XPA/Populist IPA/Nitro (I think was Double IPA)/Unity 2012 Berliner Rye w/ Prickly Pear
Not going to review them because that would be a lot, but they are all worth trying, no matter what your style preferences may be.
The more I look at these labels, the more I love them. I’m big on clean lines and geometric shapes. These labels simply have a nice, clean design. We bought the pint glass because it was so pretty. Multiple people have said they like it!
The Populist IPA: Since this was the beer I used on Danielle’s nails, I asked for her input (keep in mind, her fave beer is Bud Light.) She said the color looks like “my pee after a good night.” Her beer reviewing career is off to a running start, folks! Needless to say, I stopped asking questions after that one. Love you, D.
Being in NYC, I don’t drink west coast IPAs very often, so it’s a somewhat new experience for me. This brew has a hazy golden color and a small head that dissipates quickly. Medium carbonation and a sweet, fruity, hoppy nose. Even with the fruity notes, the taste was still rather bitter and full of hops (which most of their beers carried…and I don’t mind at all). Overall, it was a well-balanced (west coast) IPA. 7 out of 10 nails!
The Revolution XPA:
Due to the focus of malt in typical pale ales, I don’t usually gravitate to them. Revolution is different though. It is very bitter and hops are definitely present. The nose seemed to be non-existant. Color was golden and very translucent. At first taste, the hops are in the forefront and there is not much else, but as it warmed I picked up a sweeter, honey-like flavor. It was delicious and surprising for a pale ale so I’m giving this one 8 out of 10 nails.
A note about Eagle Rock Brewery: Eagle Rock has a female co-founder, Ting Su, and she does a lot to help educate women about beer, which I love. I came across a lil’ documentary on her in which she and her husband (another co-founder, along with his father) talk about how the brewery was founded and about the rarities of female brewery owners. Check it out here: Ting: A Documentary
While at the brewery I met Jerry and Andrew manning the taps (forgive me if I got your names wrong!) and I want to thank them for their enthusiasm about this blog! You guys rock and I hope to visit again soon. Cheers!