Watermelon Mint Beer Popsicles

I just can’t get enough ice pops this summer. The Cherry Lambic and Cream Popsicles I made last month stimulated my desire for adult frozen treats and I want more! LucyLooHoo hit the mark with this sophisticated popsicle recipe; Fresh Watermelon Mint & Beer Popsicles drip summer!

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Photo Courtesy of lucyloohoo.wordpress.com

Materials:

  • Popsicle molds (You can also use a large ice-cube tray or mini plastic cups.)
  • Popsicle sticks

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon cubed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup beer (Recipe uses Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but you can use any lager)
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup (optional depending on how sweet the watermelon is)

Directions:

  1. Blend watermelon with mint and lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Add beer to mixture.
  3. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
  4. Add popsicle sticks after 20 minutes.
  5. Freeze an additional hour or until completely set.

Dobrou Chut’!

Top 5 Beer Beauty Products

Beer is more than just a drink. Women (and men) have used beer for skin and hair health for centuries. Some studies indicate that these traditions are more than just an old wives tale. Here are my Top 5 Beer Beauty Products. Cheers!

Bohemian Lager Perfume

  1. Double IPA Lip Balm ($6.50): This moisturizing lip balm from Atlantic Farms Lip Balms is made with organic hops flower essential oils, beeswax and enriched with vitamin e. Hello luscious lips!Atlantic Farms Double IPA Lip Balm
  2. Stout Shampoo ($10 – $30):  Quench your thirsty locks with this organic, vegan stout shampoo from Cynthia Sylvia loaded with proteins to give you soft, shiny voluminous hair.
  3. Pale Ale or Porter Body Wash ($10): Cleanse your skin with B vitamins, proteins, minerals and natural silicon found in beer with this body wash from BRÖÖ available in Citrus Pale Ale and Oatmeal Porter.Pivni Beer Body Milk
  4. Bohemian Lager Spray or Solid Perfume ($9 – $40): Evoke your senses with these scents infused with rich aged lager blended with nuances of creamy pumpkin, dark patchouli, oak resin and subtle spice. Plus, the packaging is so cute you’ll want to show this off everywhere you go! I like the spray, but the solid perfume is great when you’re on the go.
  5. Pivní Beer Body Lotion ($16): This Czech “body milk” will  moisturize your skin with makadam oil, palmitoleic acid and the compounds, allantoin and panthenol, found in beer. This lotion is only available for purchase from a company  based in Cyprus. They will ship to the U.S., but shipping costs may vary. Double check your order total before purchasing.

Beers of the Week: Nitrous Hopcide + Ragin’ Bull

Nitrous Hopcide + Ragin' Bull

Ellicottville Nitrous Hopcide (5.0% alcohol): This Nitro English IPA from Ellicottville Brewing Company in Ellicottville, NY completely made me rethink IPA’s. I am a fan of some IPA’s, but this is not my favorite style of beer. However, I would order Nitrous Hopcide in a heartbeat. The nitro tap elevated this IPA to a level that I LOVE. I see nitro taps popping up at more and more of my favorite bars, but I didn’t know the science behind them. If you want to know more about nitro taps, click here. Nitrous Hopcide pours a burnt, golden-amber orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. Flowery hops dominate the aroma, but a bit of subtle sweetness comes through toward the end. English Pale Malted Barley defines this brew’s crisp, clean flavor profile. Nitrous Hopcide has a robust hops flavor, but the nitro tap helps mellow it out a bit and creates one of the smoothest IPA’s I’ve had. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and recommend it or any other beers poured from a nitro tap for that matter!

Bolero Snort Ragin’ Bull (5.0% alcohol): This American Amber Lager is brewed in Ridgefield Park, NJ and is one of Bolero Snort’s flagship beers. I had a great experience with the last beer I tried from this brewer, so I had to try another. It pours a clear, dark amber brown – similar to a cup of coffee – with a bright, white head that was gone by the time the server brought it to my table. Ragin’ Bull has a rather mild aroma, but I did detect some floral scents from the hops, a bit of breadiness from the malt and some spiciness. The ingredients come together nicely to create a highly drinkable beer. Unfortunately, nothing stands out. The flavor consists of toasted malts, a bit of earthiness from the hops along with a hint of caramel. This beer is neither bitter nor sweet, though; it’s just kind of plain. Overall, I would say Ragin’ Bull is a decent, well-balanced beer. I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase this brew, but if I had a six-pack, I wouldn’t hesitate drinking them all!

Celebrity of the Week: Alexa Chung

Photo Courtesy of www.firstwefeast.com

Photo Courtesy of http://www.firstwefeast.com

 

A beautiful woman and an ice cold beer- What more could you ask for?Alexa Chung was born on November 5, 1983 in Hampshire, England. She began here career as a model, but has progressed into acting, a TV personality and a presenter at a number of award shows. She is currently the news anchor for the United States’ “Fuse News,” a music news program. Her fashion sense has also gained her notoriety in both the U.S. and the U.K. If you look closely at the photo, it is a bit more risque than it first appears!

In the photo, Alexa is drinking a beer from Camden Town Brewery, a London based craft brewery. The brewery produces a wide variety of beer styles including: lagers, wheat beers, American pale ales, stouts and other seasonal brews. Cheers!

Drink Your Fiber & Enjoy It!

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Photo Courtesy of blogs.extension.iastate.edu

According to WebMD, “How much fiber do you need? Women need 25 grams per day and men should get 38 grams per day, according to an Institute of Medicine formula based on getting 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories.” Unfortunately, most Americans eat less than half of the recommended amout.

There are both soluble and insoluble fibers. Both types are good for your health and have been proven to reduce the risk of various types of cancer, obesity and coronary disease.

A 2009 study published in the  Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, found that beer contains soluble fiber. So put away that fiber powder, bran and leafy greens and drink a beer! Lager contain about 2 grams of soluble fiber per liter, while darker beers contain up to 3.5 grams of soluble fiber per liter.

Beer of the Week: Ramstein Northern Hills

Ramstein Northern Hills

Ramstein Northern Hills Amber Lager (5.5 % alcohol): This Vienna-style lager from High Point Brewing Company in Butler, NJ pours medium amber brown. It has a refreshing aroma full of light floral and malt scents along with subtle hints of citrus. High Point says, “This is a hoppy and sessionable year round version of our Oktoberfest.” I completely agree! The beer is packed full of malt flavor, but light enough for those hot summer days and nights. I had this beer on draft at Tiff’s Casual Bar & Grill in Morris Plains, NJ and I would definitely recommend stopping by to try this beer. I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else-bottle or on draft. Cheers!

5 Ways that PR is like Brewing Beer

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I recently read this great article on PR Breakfast Club. I never compared these two industries,but the more I think about it, the more I realize how similar they really are. According to Jeff Esposito, here are the Top 5 Ways that PR is like Brewing Beer:

  1. It takes time: Most of us enjoy drinking a beer, but do you really think about how long the brewing process takes? Beer takes a few days to several weeks to complete depending on the style. The fermentation process for lagers is longer than for ales because lagers use bottom-fermenting yeast, while ales ferment in shorter periods of time and use top-fermenting yeast. Public relations professionals often spend months or even years developing campaigns before they are launched.
  2. It is more work than the average person would think: To brew a great beer, brewers need to select high-quality ingredients as well as talented brewers. The most successful public relations campaigns involve a lot of planning from developing SMART objectives and developing strategies and tactics that meet those objectives.
  3. Is best in moderation: We all know what a night of drinking too much beer can turn our like. Too much PR can be ineffective-think of the media outlet that receive thousands of emails and calls a day from public relations people pitching their stories.
  4. Little things can derail a batch much like a campaign: Equipment that is not sterilized properly, bad yeast or brewing at the wrong temperature can all negatively affect the quality of the beer. You can still drink it, but it may not be the most appetizing. A campaign can take a wrong turn in an instant. For example, a celebrity spokesperson involved in legal trouble or a company CEO not taking speaking advice from his publicist can attract negative media attention.
  5. Both lead to drinking: How can you not try the product that you just put so much time and effort in to brewing? If you’ve ever worked in public relations, you know that this statement is true!