Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

This post marks an exciting new endeavor for A Blonde & A Brew. Below, you will find our first guest post, making its author our first Girl Stout!  Girl Stouts is a section of the blog that will be dedicated to showcasing women beer enthusiasts, and my dear friend Lindsey, of Have Clothes, Will Travel, is our first member!

Lindsey’s blog is an inspiration and such a fun and interesting read. She leads such a cool life and I’m lucky to count her among my best friends. Please check out her blog and follow her wherever you do your social media-ing. 

Without further delay, Lindsey’s thoughts on Point Brewery’s Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale. 

‘Tis the season for pumpkin flavored everything! However, Point Brewery‘s take on it is unlike any pumpkin ale I’ve sampled before, and it is by far my favorite. It has a stronger pumpkin flavor than the myriad of pumpkin brews out there, but it isn’t too overpowering or too sweet. There are notes of cinnamon, caramel and nutmeg. Oh, and it’s actually handcrafted using real pumpkin! You can also put some sugar & cinnamon on the rim of your glass to really up the ante. Definitely give it a try before it disappears from shelves for good this season (usually by the end of November). 


Point Brewery has also released a limited edition bourbon barrel aged Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale that would be worth a try too!  


Style: Pumpkin Ale


Brewed by: Point Brewery


Alcohol by volume:7.4%


My rating: 5/5



Chocolate Stout Collaboration Celebration!

This is an exciting day for A Blonde & A Brew!  Today marks the first collaboration for me!  I’ve teamed up with my beautiful best friend, Kate, of K Charles Beauty.  She is a brilliant, self-taught makeup who continues to amaze with the creative looks she creates.  A few weeks ago, I suggested that she do a beer look, a chocolate stout theme, and thankfully, she said yes!!  I’m so excited for you all to see the delicious look she created, while I drank an equally delicious chocolate stout.

So, without further ado, the beauty of a chocolate stout, in human & liquid form…

Doesn’t she look gorgeous?!?!  That smoky eye is glorious.  And that highlighter is simply luminous and reminiscent of the head of a tasty stout.  Please go check out her Instagram and follow her to keep up on her beautiful creations!

These two really are the same beer, the filter that I put on my two photos make the foam look whiter than it was.

Now, on to the brew!

This is a chocolate stout by the fine brewers at Samuel Smith in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England.  It is 100% organic and vegan, and also 100% delicious. This stout is everything a chocolate stout should be: deep, smooth, creamy, and, most important, chocolaty!!  Make no mistake, this beer is not sweet.  I would compare it to a bar of really good, dark chocolate, which also think you should enjoy it with.  I highly recommend you check it out, along with any other chocolate stouts that you happen to come upon.

Brewed By: Samuel Smith Brewery

Style: Stout

Alcohol By Volume: 5%

My Rating: 3.5/5

Have you had a chocolate stout before?  What is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments!

Kombucha + Beer = ?

I have an annoying problem for a beer lover. I am mildly gluten intolerant, as is my fiancé. This does not stop us from enjoying beer of course, you have to allow yourself to cheat somewhere, right? However, we do really love finding a good tasting beer that is gluten free once in awhile.

Thankfully, this is becoming easier as more and more breweries are experimenting with gluten free brews. As with all experiments, not everything works out, and there are some absolutely terrible gluten free beers out there. I won’t name names, but if you are looking to try out some of these, I recommend not buying the cheapest option on the shelf.

One that I would definitely recommend is this Triple Goddess kombucha beer by Unity Vibration. It is brewed with kombucha and raspberries, and as a bonus, it is also raw, vegan, organic and gluten free. This is a beer that you can feel really good about drinking.

This beer is very smooth. It drinks a little more like a wine than a beer.  The kombucha gives it a unique effervescence and some beneficial bacteria, and the raspberry gives it a little bit of sweetness. It is all around delicious and refreshing.

Triple Goddess Raspberry is perfect for enjoying on a hot, summer afternoon, or just for dreaming about one.

Brewed By: Unity Vibration

Style: Sour

Alcohol By Volume: 8%

My Rating: 4/5

Peanut Butter Raincloud


A few weeks ago, my fiancé and I were in Bar Harbor, Maine.  In addition being awesome for a number of reasons (lobster and mussels and clams, oh my!), Maine has a pretty vibrant craft beer scene.  There are also a lot of places to enjoy craft beers.

Now, those of you familiar with this particular beer, which is brewed by Foolproof Brewing Company, are probably thinking that this beer isn’t from Maine.  You would be correct.  Foolproof is from just down the coast in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

However, out of all the beers that I had during my 10 days in Maine this year, none could compare to the dark beauty of this porter.  Not even the fantastic local brews, which I will discuss at a later date.

This being my first post on my brand new blog, it needed to be about a dark beer, my favorite.  Why not begin on a high note with the best porter that I think I have ever had?

This beer was simply wonderful.  You guys, you could smell the peanut butter!!  It was a gorgeous, deep, dark color, and was creamy and smooth.  It tasted like a bar of extremely dark chocolate got together with a  jar of peanut butter.  No, not like a peanut butter cup.  Better.  So much better.

About This Beer

Brewed By: Foolproof Brewing Company, Pawtucket, RI

Style: American Porter

Alcohol By Volume (APV): 5.40%

My Rating: 5/5