Thursday, April 30, 2009

Beer Jokes

Today at how to drink a beer I have couple that I have heard throughout the years and will only take you a couple minutes to read, Enjoy.

Yesterday, government scientists suggested that men should take a look at their beer consumption, considering the results of a recent analysis that revealed the presence of female hormones in beer. The theory is that drinking beer makes men turn into women. To test the finding, 100 men were fed 6 pints of beer each. It was then observed that 100% of the men gained weight, talked excessively without making sense, became overly emotional, couldn't drive, failed to think rationally, argued over nothing, and refused to apologize when wrong. No further testing is planned.


Compliment her, cuddle her, kiss her, caress her, love her, stroke her, comfort her, protect her, hug her, wine and dine her, buy gifts for her, listen to her, respect her, stand by her, support her, go to the ends of the earth for her.


Arrive naked ... with beer.

and for a final gag, this is a poster I have seen around before but if you haven't then check it out, its rather big so i will just post a link poster

Saturday, April 25, 2009

What Type of Beer are You Drinking?

In general with beer there are 2 main categories, Ales and Lagers. Between the two there is one major difference, Ales are made at room temperature (65F-75F) and lagers are made at refrigerated temperatures (45F-55F). The difference between these two main categories are that lagers tend to be smoother and easier to drink, while ales tend to be stronger and have more of a bite. Most commercial cheap beers are lagers, such as Miller, Bud, and Coors. These are brewed as lagers because that way they can be made in massive batches and still be drinkable to an average person.

I will also mention briefly one other type of beer, though you will rarely come across this one which is a Lambic beer. Ales and Lagers are fermented using a commercial, specially designed yeast that is controlled in brewing. Lambics on the other hand use wild yeast which occur naturally which can cause a much different flavor and also makes the beer much harder to make successfully, this is the reason you will rarely see a true lambic outside of Belgium, where the style was invented.

Within each of the styles as you may know though there are many different types and for the scope of this article I will only cover some of the main types and as an illustration to show how many different types exist I will include a chart at the bottom of the page that only shows many of the different types of ales.

For ales the most common types you may encounter are Wheat, Pale, Dark, and Amber. Wheat beers are made with wheat instead of barley which causes a softer and lighter beer with a unique flavor that is great in the summer, my recommendation for this style would be Bell's Oberon. A Pale ale is a beer that is brewed with a high level of Hops, which causes a more bitter and aromatic flavor, very tasty, for this I would recommend Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Dark beers have many different styles such as Stout and Porter, these beers are heavy and are more of sipping beers, an example of this is Guinness, but only Guinness that is in Europe or if elsewhere in the world is draft from a nitrogen capped keg, only then will you actually taste the true beer flavor of it. Amber beers are hopped with a smooth and full body and have a slightly sweet flavor, for this I would recommend Bass Amber Ale.

Common types of lagers are Bock, and Pale. Bocks are complex and malty beers, good for drinking for a while, not a speed beer, good example is Shiner Bock. Pale lagers cover the majority of American domestics such as lagers, a good example is Yuengling.

And there you have it the basic type of beers below is the chart I promised. Click to see it better

Thursday, April 23, 2009

How to Drink a Beer, or a few, FUNLY

Power Hour, It is a good way to drink a lot of beer, and a fun game to do with a group of friends on a night with not much going on except a lot of beer in the fridge. This is a common college drinking game that is fun if done right but can be dangerous, but I still suggest that if you want to then try it.

The game itself is quite simple. For an hour (or some play 100 minutes) you take a shot of beer every minute on the minute. This seems easy at first but once you get to the end you see how hard it really is. The people that win are those that take all of their drinks by the end of the our. It turns out to be between 7 and 8 beers, depending on if you completely fill your shot glass every time (sometimes you just accidentally leave a little head space which adds up after you leave 60 little head spaces) For this I would suggest having a non-player there to help be a time keeper, because it can be pretty easy after 40 minutes or so to forget or just miss the time.

My only tip for this game if you want to win is to eat a little carbs before you start, and don't drink before you start. The most important part really is just being able to put back the beer but that is more an earned ability and not something I can tell you how to do in a short tip. Having starch in you though will help absorb the alcohol so it doesn't hit you as fast or as hard, which will help you near the end of the game when you are close but still thinking about dropping out. This is especially important for playing the game with 100 minutes because it then is not even twice as long but the beer hits you three times as hard.

As always play this game with friends and play responsibly, there is no shame in dropping out if you have to, being too sick or worse will definitely ruin your night more than a few friends rippin' on you for not being able to drink as much. Have fun.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Because this blog is about drinking I feel that I should at least address the topic of drinking too much. I personally feel that there is way too much talk about "alcoholism" in today's society, namely the media. Alcoholism itself is the actual physical dependence on alcohol, which is not common for the majority of people. Most people refereed to as alcoholics suffer from alcohol abuse, they actually have no real addiction to alcohol, it is all mental in their case. This can also be bad but in this case the problems come from the person them self and not the alcohol.

I personally like drinking and for a lot of people I would actually encourage drinking, it is relatively safe (when drinking intelligently), fun, and can be something to actually improve your life in a variety of ways. Now I would not encourage someone to drink in order to "fix" something, that is the root of most people's alcohol abuse. But when you drink to be social, or have fun, or just to get away from normal; that I would consider to be a good idea. Drinking socially can help you to have a fun time which will make you an overall happier person.

Also to go along with the rest of my blog I often talk about binge drinking and ways to drink large quantities in a short period of time. You will notice that when I talk about these things I always mention how they are great WITH FRIENDS, which I feel is a completely good reason to do these things, and in moderation even binge drinking is ok. What is not ok is drinking large quantities by yourself, but to go along with that, you don't see many people that do keg stands alone.

My last sentence there is my real point of what I am trying to say, binge drinking is fun because it is done with friends and in many cases is an alright thing to do. True that sometimes even that becomes a problem, but as long as your life is about other things and drinking is just a social thing you do sometimes then drink on my friends, and drink one to me.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Homebrewing a.k.a. Beer Brewing By Yourself

Today I would like to share a hobby of mine with the reader out there, that is making my own beer. Now for this post I don't want to just explain the process of how you do it (you can find that here, here, or a stupefied version here) . Making your own beer can be quite rewarding and is not very difficult. Actually if you work at it and take your time you can make some $10-six-pack quality beer for about $0.50 a bottle, not a bad deal. The fun thing with homebrewing especially comes though from experimentation and making what you want to drink. I have been brewing since I was 16 (not as actively then because we had to be sneaky) and now make my own beer regularly. All my friends are impressed with how good my beer is and are always interested in trying new batches.

So if you have any interest in this I would highly recommend to try it, if you don't like it that's ok because it really isn't that expensive. Making your own beer can be a way to save some money and make the beer that you want to drink but can never find. Like the 8% abv, pale ale I made a couple months ago. It could get you drunk with only a few bottles and tasted as good or better than Sierra Nevada PA.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Back to the basics..... Keg Stand

Ok well lately I have started to stray from my initial goal of this website, to teach people how to drink beer, and be better drinkers. This brings me to my next drinking tip that almost most college students have at least experienced but few know how to do well.

First of all the keg stand is where you grab the keg and people lift you up while someone else puts the tap in your mouth and turns it on so you just can drink as fast as it comes out of the tap. This can be fun with a lot of people, when nobody else is waiting to fill their cup which brings me to my first rule. IF PEOPLE ARE WAITING, FILL THEM BEFORE YOU DO YOUR KEG STAND. Hopefully after reading this there is a good reason for that, you will just be so good that they will be sober by the time you are done.

Keg stands themselves are easy, you just drink, the main problem that people run into that makes them stop is either coldness, or the need to take a breath.
In order to fight coldness, you need to be feeling pretty good before the keg stand. Doing a sober keg stand isn't that exciting, and you will usually suck so just have a couple cups first and you will be a much better person for the job.

The other problem people have is running out of breath, the way to beat that is to BREATH. Simply said but doing it can be a talent, the way to do it is fast and intelligently. First of all you are upside down so if you stop swallowing for a second to take a breath, you mouth will just fill up with beer so you should be ok, just play catch-up after you inhale/exhale. The other key is to do inhales and exhales at different times, that way you wont drown yourself and have to quit.

And as with most drinking feats, practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to show up the frat boy a few times in order to get especially good at the keg stand.

And to help those who still don't understand a keg stand, here is a good clip. Not too bad but they do count a little fast (count to 45 and the video is only 40 secs long), still a respectable time though.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

OK so my prediction was wrong, Lets drink

To continue on my beer in sports topic. Last post I went on about how UNC would lose in the National Championship game. Well I guess that I was a little wrong about that one but that team is just good. They could beat a few NBA teams when they play good so I don't feel bad to see my team get beaten by them. But as far as beer goes, this is why I love sports. If your team wins, then you celebrate by drinking beers with your friends, if they lose, you drown your sorrows by drinking beer with your friends, and by the time you have a few you no longer care that the team lost. If only Women's basketball was exciting then we would have a good reason to drink every day of the week. Also that was not an insult to women who play basketball, just Women's professional basketball is boring to watch. Most of my female sports fan friends agree with me on that point.

On a side note, I would really like to know what the people reading this feel about sports, what your favorite sports are, and who your favorite athletes are. This may not be quite as beer related as much of my blog is about but to go along with the bonding ability of beer and sports I am curious. And until next time, drink one for me; I will be sure to drink one to you.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Beer's best friend

And by this I of course mean the one thing that takes up much of people's beer drinking time....SPORTS. With this year's NCAA basketball season almost done all I can say is GO GREEN. Having been at the game last night, which was crazy, you can wander through the streets of Detroit and see many a person drinking beer, a sort of glue that holds all fans together. Beer truly is a magical substance. I am almost sure that in the middle east there is not enough beer drinking, or else everyone would probably get along there much better.

As for the game though I will have to put out my predictions for tomorrow night's game. I predict the score to be 72-64 Michigan State winning. My main reason for this is Michigan State has shown throughout the last few rounds that they will not lose. Even though I will also say that UNC is the better team, at least when comparing starters, they only have about 2 good bench players though. MSU's big stat on their side though is intangibles, which i guess by definition can't be a stat. The game is in Detroit, 2 of their main players are natives to Detroit, and a handful of others are from close by cities in Michigan. Also the crowd is completely for the green and white. Of the fans at Saturday night's game, 70% were probably MSU fans, and they were loud. The student section itself was able to overpower all of UConn's fans put together. The atmosphere for MSU will be like it is at home, where for UNC it will be in a hostile environment. If the MSU team that comes out of the tunnel Monday is the same one that has been there the past few games, then that is all that matters UNC will be the runner up to the national champion Spartans.