Beer review: Schlafly Tasmanian IPA

October 28th, 2014

*** This post was written last January but we never actually got around to posting it. Fortunately, this beer is a seasonal release and only available October – January, so it works out that we are actually posting this review now. One point for procrastination. Now, to the review ***





Ali and I spent Christmas week down in Jersey celebrating with her family. It was a glorious time, mostly filled with eating ridiculous amounts of good food. I’ll tell you what…her family can cook. I have no doubt that in a couple years I will be 300 pounds simply from spending holidays with them.

Anyways, one of the good parts about visiting and staying with Ali’s parents is that her father enjoys a good beer (not to mention, he homebrews beer as well). And I know every time I visit, there will be a new and delicious beer for me to try. Enter in Schlafly Tasmanian IPA. I had never seen a beer by Schlafly before (based in Missouri), let alone ever heard of the brewery. So I figured, why not give it a try? It says “IPA” on the bottle, and we all know I love IPAs, so it must be fate. And it was delicious. Fortunately I was able to bring a bottle home when we came back to Boston and I specifically saved it for a beer blog. According to The Schlafly Tap Room website, their beer is not available in Massachusetts…hopefully that changes in the future. 


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-appearance: orange/yellow/gold color poured into a glass. Perfectly clear liquid with little signs of carbonation, save for the one finger off-white head on the top of the beer. Foam quickly fizzles out to a small ring, leaving impressive amounts of lacing on the glass.

-smell: fruity and citrusy hops fill the nose – pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, orange, lemon. Certainly smells like an IPA brewed with more citrusy hops than piney/bitter hops. Very minimal malt presence in the aroma.

-taste: the flavor follows the nose, with fruity and juicy flavors up front. Throughout there is some associated bitterness, but it is done in a way to play off of the citrus flavors. Everything is nicely balanced. Much like the smell, there is little malt in the flavor. The taste is a showcase of Australian hops and the citrus/fruity aspects they can bring to a beer.

-overall: I could envision this beer becoming a staple in my drinking rotation if it were available in Boston. It was incredibly smooth and easy to drink and did a nice job of highlighting the various characteristics of hops – how they can be fruity and juicy while at the same time delivering the right amount of bitterness to balance everything out. If you happen to come across it at a liquor store, pick it up and give it a try (and send me some).




{wedding} instagram snapshots

October 27th, 2014

while we wait for the professional wedding pictures to come back, we are lucky to have so many snapshots and candid taken by friends and family. here are a few of our favorite social media posts. #ajkepplewedding







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dessert table


first kiss.


james crying making him my man


married! mr & mrs.


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this photo is a professional photo from our amazing photographers at Ampersand Wedding Photography.


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{new home} living room : update

October 26th, 2014

first.. we are officially married! yay. it’s about time. i feel like we’ve been planning for years. probably because i have been. we are collecting beautiful pictures from family and photographers, and hopefully will post some pictures soon. it was truly the most amazing day. i’m still having wedding dreams… 2 weeks later.




now. you may remember that months and months ago – we wrote this post. all about our new apartment and our future living room. well now that life has settled down since the wedding is over, we’ve taken the last two weekends to really kick butt around here and get settled in. for the living room, we’ve focused mostly on grabbing all the finishing touches like pillows, throws, small details, etc. we definitely still have a few small things missing (i.e. a floor lamp) but we couldn’t be happier with the finished product.




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whiskey bar


living room

(some growlers are missing at the top of the bookshelf – they were used for centerpieces!)


couch & chair: boston interior (similar)
pillows: home goods
throw: wedding gift
coffee table: ikea (DIY)
typewriter: vintage store (similar)
artwork: my own
whiskey bar: vintage collection



the [unrefined] sweet life