Beerded Ladies

water + hops + malt + yeast + blog

This website is devoted to craft beer reviews, sudsy events, brewery tourism, stunning beertography, bad puns, offbeat beer pairings, dispatches from behind the bar and general beverage snobbery where we can apply terms like "biscuity" and talk about hop profiles.

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Are you there, beer? It's me, Hayley.

What beer pairs best with cleaning up after Sandy?

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It’s been nearly four months since Hurricane Superstorm Sandy and small specs of hope are begining to emerge for the monstrous piles of rubble and sand. One in particular to note is this collab’ brew between Brewery Ommegang and Barrier Brewing.

Barrier Brewer Craig Frymark says it all,

“That’s exactly the kind of beer I’d like to drink while I’m cleaning up our brewery.” - WBNG-TV

I couldn’t agree more. Light, with just enough hoppyness to balance the strong Belgiany-ness that is Ommegang’s signature. Bonus: you don’t have to be shoveling sand while drinking this beer to help with the relief efforts. All proceeds from this delicious brew go directly towards helping Barrier Brewing get back on their feet. Search here to find where Barrier Relief is pouring near you and grab a pint!

-HK

Be(er) Mine

A Valentine for My Favorite Beer Reviewer

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This Valentine goes out to Greg at Greg's Beer Reviews.

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Why yes, I would like to see what's in your fridge today. 

Happy Valentine's Day! Black hair, white hair, it's all good with me! Your beer reviews and the way you wield that bottle opener (where can I get one?!) have my heart hop-in' and foamy.

Keep the fantastic reviews coming and visit us in NYC sometime!

xoxo

HK

Are you there, beer? It's me, Hayley.

Happy New Beer!

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Balls are dropping, bottles are popping and there are an endless amount of meaningless Bowl games on TV. It’s the start of another calendar year! Hurray! (Who cares?!) Time to grab the perfect craft beer to mark this occasion. If you are currently…

At home in your pajamas

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Grab a six pack of Oskar Blues G’Knight (or any Imperial Brew) and call me on Skype.

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BYOB’ing it to your friend’s/family’s/boss’s party

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Four words: craft beer variety pack. I know it makes you look like you put zero effort into picking out your brews, but not only is that the truth, it's best way to please a handful of people and re-introduce yourself as a craft beer connoisseur. If you have time to order online, Beer On The Wall. If you’re frantically trying to decide what to wear, check out stores that allow you to create your own variety packs from their beer selection (Trader Joes is one) OR, be crafty while buying craft and head to any liquor store for 3 six-packs; one Wheat, an IPA, and a Dark Ale or Amber. You and everyone else will be happy. 

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Working

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Me too. Sucks. (So you can’t actually call me on Skype, sorry.) But you’re going to make money, so spend some cash on some good craft beer to come home to. One 22 oz bottle of something you haven’t tasted, bonus points for a brewery you’re never tried. A new experience for the New Year. 

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Happy. New. Year.

Are you there, beer? It's me, Hayley.

What Beer Pairs Best With Thinking About Quitting Your Job?

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You've had enough and you’ve got to decide right now. Is it worth it? The money, your time? You earn just enough to pay rent and eat, but you know there must be something better than feeling like you want to run every time you get within 10 feet of where you clock in. Don’t walk out just yet - think it over with one of these beers first.

Depending on your emotional exhaustion…

“If my boss says one more shitty thing to me…" - 21st Amendment Bitter American

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A "tribute to unsung, unwitting heroes everywhere" this session ale is light, with mild bitterness, hints of citrus and is much easier to swallow than your current situation. Enjoy while you convince yourself to keep it together. Look, everyone hates being told to work harder when they are already working as hard as they can. Your boss is an AMAZING micro-manager. You are not. That’s why you do what you do and to be fair, you're lucky to have a way to bring money in the door. Life’s not so bad, just finish that beer and buy someone else one (karma). You’re going to be fine.

“I feel like less of a human being every time I go to work and have considered 'accidentally' injuring myself in order to go home early. Being on the street would be more fulfilling at this point. Seriously." - Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

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“A malty robust, jobless recovery ale,” that ”was brewed specifically to honor this dismal period in American history.”  Sit down, take your coat off, and escape for a moment into this beer. Smell it first and really take it in. Floral notes take you to a field far away with a hint of roasted malts that remind you of a simpler time in your life. It’s easy drinking, but rich and you can definitely (but lightly) taste that delicious chocolate. Take another sip. Breathe. Now open your eyes and awake to reality: you’re not actually able to enjoy this beer because it is most likely no longer available to you in bars/stores. You missed it. What else have you missed because you’re been stressing over this awful, awful job? Find another strong ale on tap, drink up and put in your two weeks tomorrow.

“I have to choose between keeping this job and surviving, OR doing something I love and starving." - Left Hand Milk Stout

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It’s thick and chewy but lighter than Guinness. Chocolaty, silky with hints of coffee. A good thinking brew. And you’ve got a thinker on you. What should you do about your job/life? On one hand… but on the other… I don’t know. The above is what I ask myself Every. Damn. Day. And, I'm still ordering Milk Stouts and trying to figure it out... good luck.

-HK

A note for all you potential quitters out there, some places have awesome industry nights. If you’re in Brooklyn, check out Buschenschank Sunday and Monday nights with FREE pizza and amazing drink specials. I’m sure you know some too. Shout it out to your working class brothers and sisters! We need to help each other and we need all the help we can get.