I had one of those days today. The I’m-frustrated-so-I’m-crying-at-my-desk kind of day. Mostly frustrated with my work load and my ability to handle it. And probably that pairs with PMS. But oh well, that’s what alcohol is for.
I stopped on the way home to pick up Bell’s Hopslam at our favorite crazy-awesome alcohol super-store, Kahn’s Fine Wines. (Website is currently under construction. They’re just up the street from us and have everything, and know everything.) I hadn’t tried Hopslam before but I hear it is very limited, and Kahn’s tweeted that they got it in today and that it probably wouldn’t even last until tomorrow. Literally they sell it for like $18 a 6-pack and Kahn’s had a one-case limit! I promised B that I’d pick some up. I also got myself a bottle of wine (it was necessary.)
I had the best check-out experience ever. As I walked by the line to find my wine, this girl’s eyes went HUGE and she said quietly “I didn’t see that!” I went back and told her that if she was talking about the Hopslam, she’d have to ask for it special and they’d get it from the back. She told me that her and her husband had toasted with it at their wedding and excitedly went off to get some. Then the checkout lady and I got to talking about pugs (she has one) which was really the icing on the cake. Perfect ending to a previously shitty day.
The wine ended up being a disappointment, but not for the wine’s sake. I was really excited to get a Vertical Houdini wine opener last month for us for Christmas. B’s moms have the Rabbit Houdini one and we’ve LOVED using it every time we’re over. I thought the vertical one would be an improvement. It ended up being jerky, awkward, the opposite of smooth, and less effective. It was just bothersome before but today it did this:
I drink Oliver wine probably more than any other type of wine. And have never had a cork go IN instead of OUT before. Not sure what to do about this. I definitely don’t have the receipt anymore. Wah.
After some wine with dinner I watched trashy wedding shows and then decided to try a Hopslam!
The aromas were awesome!!! There was a hint of grapefruit which I adore on top of the intense hop flavor. It was totally drinkable and refreshing without being light or boring. It’s an awesomely intense beer. You all know I love my IPAs!
I also love the (dare I say cute?) hop-slamming graphic too!
Now I’m trying not to fall asleep until B gets home after work. In the meantime, I urge you all to attempt to locate some Bell’s Hopslam near you!