It was just like putting on a familiar pair of jeans; getting back to Backstreet Brewery in Anaheim for game night. It used to be trivia on Wednesday nights. But times change. The game changes. Now it’s bingo.
The Old Man and I arrived at about 7:45 and we were the first group among many that had parked right after we did and walked up right after us. Luckily we knew what we wanted so we just went right up and ordered at the bar. The menu board was the same as Monday’s $3 pint night and our selections changed only slightly.
On our first round, I tried the Los Angeles IPA of Anaheim that had an ABV of 6.4% and a measurement of 55 on the IBU scale. It was a dark IPA in such contrast to the golden color of the Old Man’s Set Sail IPA but not even close to being as dark as their Imperial Red Ale. It had a smoky taste and the slightest of bitter notes. I liked it a lot even though it has a kinda low ABV.
Before “last call” we ordered a last round of Tomahawk Double IPA’s. We both had pints of this on Monday and we were glad to revisit. The color is light but the taste is full.
We played 3 rounds of bingo.
The caller, the man in charge, told us they usually do 4 rounds. They also usually start at 7:00 but on this night, they waited until more people showed up and they didn’t get started until about 7:30. Since we got there a little late, we missed the first round. A mistake we will never make again.
Bingo night is so stress-free at @BackstreetBrew. I have gone to the church bingo nights with the serious old ladies and it is not fun. The old ladies are aiming for complicated bingo patterns that make no sense. At bingo night at Backstreet, we just played regular, not serious, bingo. The kind where you win if you get five in a row. The last game’s goal was to get the 4 corners to win. But these are easy to understand. The old ladies play shapes like the Confederate flag and shit like that. When I went, I had to constantly ask the old lady next to me if I had a bingo yet. As expected, she became annoyed and quit talking to me.
You get one card per round and a dabber.
It’s free to play and the guy provides everything. Prizes are awarded after each successful round. The table next to us was super lucky and the one lady, among four men, won twice. The first time, she got a card valid for a growler. Yeah, I was jealous but I was sure I could win one myself…ha! God laughs at the plans I make. She also won the grand prize at the end which was 2 Angels tickets. I would’ve preferred another growler if I was her, but she was nice and gave her tix to her friend for his birthday. Damn winning bitch. I hope she burns in beer hell for her luck.
Our favorite brewtender, Renee, was serving tonight and we were so glad to see her smiling face. She remembered us from trivia night and helped us right away with great service.
There was a food truck called MexItUp but they were shut down for the night. I don’t know if they sold out of their wares or if they were too into bingo to serve food. But the menu was on the outside and I noticed they had veggie tacos for $8.00.
Don’t veggies cost less than meat? Shouldn’t veggie tacos be cheaper than meat tacos? Just one vegetarian’s opinion. I guess if you are eating off a food truck, you expect to pay a premium for the service and options. I was just excited to know they had veggie tacos in the first place, never mind the price.
The crowd for bingo night was overwhelming. The two tables inside were completely taken up. By the time bingo had started, there were only two empty picnic tables left on the patio.
After bingo, the crowd dispersed somewhat. The twice-winning woman got the heck out of there before we could strong arm her for her growler prize. But we will be back again. Maybe not every week but it is a great break in the middle of the work week. You should try to make it to #Anaheim for bingo night at Backstreet Brewery. It’s fun and drinks flow the whole night.
Get your drunk on and always remember to tip your brewtender!