I love hops. Chewing on them. Pickling them. Forcing beer back through them. Overpowering my palate with them. I love them.
I love drinking liquids. Coffee and tea. Beer wine and booze. Doesn’t matter. I love it. But the past few months I’m trying hard to find alternatives and have dove into everything from Kin Euphorics to CLEAN Cause. Solid. Great. But they didn’t scratch the itch for a complex, floral, fragrant drink without the sugary backlash or alcoholic hangover.
I found a dream come true a few weeks ago. I’m throwing these back 2-3 a day when I have them and they’re magical. Open “The Really Hoppy One” and I ASSURE you the nose will carry you to your favorite session IPA.
Thanks to the Hoplark HopTea squad. This is a new category and I’m heads over ABV in love. I’m buying a house so I can buy a fridge so I can then buy a second fridge and dedicate it to HopTea.
I mean what? This soda is incredible. My daddy would have loved it. In tribute, #iamgrateful and #iamthankful for the soda, the typography, the name and holy heck, the taste. What a combination with citrus, black pepper….wow.
It’s wonderful. You get the bright almost powdered creaminess of the Turmeric right at first sip and then it falls away and you get a light sweetness balanced with citrus (the peel essence is clear and evident, like what you’d get from a good cocktail) and effervescence; right when you finish your sip you get a lingering pepper sensation with a heat that’s truly subtle but enough of a note that you know it’s there. I. Mean. Whoa.Nice work Dona Chai
It’s been 6 months since you’ve left us. I think we honored your today perhaps better than we ever have. We went out for breakfast. We prioritized family (breakfast, after-dinner). We made time for important, wonderful, old friends (Ami Sanghvi Snehal Patel Mital Sheth Hina Patel Sheth Urvashee Patel @samir patel).
And then we found our way home. To make sure we had ice cream. To make sure we were together. And we stayed up late telling powerful, fun, emotional–a wide range of stories and a wider range of emotions. You’d have loved all of it, and been proud of all we achieved and who we did it for. Life is simple. On a moment by moment basis sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.
But in aggregate with the world judging you, you win, when you are supposed to win.
We won today. This bottle. Which I found at a liquor store today.
Long few weeks. But everyone is asleep. And I have a date with GoT (sans my favorite date partner who is still fighting a cold) and a bottle I have been saving for this very specific occasion. Don’t disappoint…show or bottle.