Pint & Polish

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DarlingDivaPolish’s Slutty Pumpkin and Southern Tier’s Pumpking

It’s mid October ladies and gentlemen! That means *pumpkin.* And today I have two lovely pumpkin-themed items to show you all today. The first is DarlingDivaPolish’s beautiful polish “Slutty Pumpkin,” which is a “How I Met Your Mother” reference! According to DarlingDiva, this is a “metallic orange linear holographic with varying sized black hexes.” It’s gorgeous in the bottle, and is more subtle on the nail. The picture shown here is slightly blurry to show the linear holo!

It’s an amazing polish and a little more subtle than last post’s “Pumpkinlicious,” and definitely a bit more grown-up. I’m definitely impressed with it, and with its formula, which was clean and not too thick-not too thin. My only complaint is that the black hex glitters curl a little bit so definitely make sure you’ve got a good thick topcoat on like Seche Vite. I’d like to try this with a coat of Gelous too, which I’ll have to try and pick up sometime soon.

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The second is Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Imperial Pumking, an ale brewed with pumpkins. (Disclaimer: this beer was provided to me by Odem Corp. for honest review.) It’s a hearty ale, with 8.6% alcohol by volume, pureed pumpkin, and magnum and sterling hops. According to the bottle, it’s best served chilled to 40F in a goblet! I didn’t have a goblet (sad day, right?) and so served it in my usual dandelion pint glass. Maybe sometime soon I’ll pick up some beer tasting glasses…

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Anywho! Pumking is supposedly an “ode to Puca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it.” The Puca, according to Wikipedia:

“According to legend, the púca is a deft shapeshifter, capable of assuming a variety of terrifying or pleasing forms, and may appear as a horse, rabbit, goat,goblin, or dog. No matter what shape the púca takes, its fur is almost always dark. It most commonly takes the form of a sleek black horse with a flowing mane and luminescent golden eyes.[9] (The Manx glashtyn also takes on human form, but he usually betrays his horse’s ears and is analogous to the each uisce)

If a human is enticed onto a púca’s back, it has been known to give them a wild ride; however, unlike a kelpie, which will take its rider and dive into the nearest stream or lake to drown and devour him/her, the púca will do its rider no real harm. However according to some folklorists the only man ever to ride the púca was Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, by using a special bridle incorporating three hairs of the púca’s tail. The púca has the power of human speech, and has been known to give advice and lead people away from harm. Though the púca enjoys confusing and often terrifying humans, it is considered to be benevolent.”

Pumking is a very thick ale, which was a surprise with its color, but maybe shouldn’t have been considering it’s an Imperial ale. It’s very pumpkin-y, which I also did not expect, as other pumpkin spice beers I’ve tried were spiced tasting but not pumpkin tasting. A slightly hoppy initial taste strong pumpkin aftertaste, and I’ve had half a glass and am already feeling it. It’s definitely palatable and if you’re in the mood for a strong beer (and like pumpkin!) this is the beer for you!

That’s it for this post-I have a few polishes in the mail, so stay tuned! And Odem Corp. has generously offered to send me upcoming brews before they hit the shelves here in Fairbanks. Keep an eye out.

Ta!

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