Thursday, July 16, 2009

Came upon this, deserves to be shared

Looking online I found a great professor written article about what my last post was, this person also believes the age should be 19 (or 18)

Article Here

Monday, July 13, 2009

Drinking Age?

As a legal drinker in the USA I would like to share my opinions on the american drinking age and the idea of a drinking age in general.

For starters I believe that the American drinking age is too high. College towns in the country have too many cops looking for underage drinkers when they should be more concerned with things like theft and drunk driving. For this reason I believe that if the USA should have a drinking age it should be changed to 19. This age is the same as canada, and would allow almost all people out of high school to drink. After high school is the time when the majority of people start drinking the most (many also drink in high school, as did I. But after HS drinking tends to increase, not in a bad way though). They say college is a time for experimenting, not learning about how to avoid cops for something that is non-violent and not dangerous (if done intelligently, like everything) am I right?

My true opinion though is that drinking ages should not exist. True aboloshing the drinking age abruptly would lead to a lot of young people drinking that should not but that would subside quickly. Insted people would learn about drinking from their parents and most would learn how to drink responsibly at an early age. They would learn what "drunk" is and would KNOW that driving in that condition is a poor choice...before they learn to drive and find out the hard way. Early learning is when things 'stick' best, that has been proven, so why not apply that to alcohol as well?

Underage drinking will happen, and cannot be stopped. To a point it is bad and should not happen but most of the time it is completely fine. In many european countries there is no drinking age and children are allowed to drink wine from when they are very young. Consumption of alcohol is not damaging to the body if done in moderation and thus when people learn what moderation is early in life they become much smarter drinkers. This is why I find the system flawed and plea for change to save the future from having my tax dollers go to prevent something that does no harm to anyone. Why can someone die because of a country and not have a beer before they do it?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

All Time Greatest Beer Movies

Because I like 2 things, beer and movies(that is not all but for this it is all that matters), I have compiled a list of the Top 5 Beer Movies. There is no strict definition of what makes a movie a beer movie, you just know it when you watch it.

5) Beer Fest IMDB -- This one is cliche to be mentioned first and really not a good movie at all, but it does make you want to drink beer, and the main topic of it is beer, this makes it good enough to go on the list.

4) American Beer IMDB -- Well this is actually a documentary about friends going around and visiting American breweries, and it is very well done. This movie taught me a lot about micro-breweries and I would suggest that any beer fan watches it as well.

3) Old School IMDB - More of an Animal House for the newer generation but still comes off as great. Frank the Tank will forever be in the Hollywood beer drinking hall of fame.

2)Strange Brew IMDB - If you haven't seen this, then go watch it however you prefer to watch movies. It is maybe the ultimate movie with beer as the topic, though somehow it still doesn't take the #1 position on this list.

1) Animal House IMDB - Classic movie about partying and drinking, and though beer may not be explicitly the topic of this movie, any movie about college partying counts a great beer movie to me. This movie almost makes me like frats. This movie is also more memorable and quotable than any other movie on this list, its just a good movie.

Please feel free to comment on my list and share your favorites as well

Monday, July 6, 2009

How to do a Good Keg Stand

It has been a while since my last post so I will just put this easy informative piece in here for your educative needs, I wish everyone didn't need this but sadly most people have no clue when it comes to the keg stand.

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.