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Bay City Brewing Company

Last month I was lucky enough to try a new location of a previously-visited brewery, At Ease @ Barrel Harbor, and to experience a whole new brewery, AleSmith Brewing Company, while I was in San Diego for the weekend.  This month, I found myself in San Diego again with a lot of time and a lot of nothing to do.  So you know what I did?  I got drunk.

I started out the day right with a big breakfast and then a visit to the Villainous Lair where Ck picked up a new Munchkin game called MOOPS: Monster Mash-ups.  Then it was time to commence the drinking that I knew was going to happen all day long.

Our first stop was at Bay City Brewing Company.  It is located in an industrial area off the 8 freeway and close to Mission Bay (hence, the “bay” in “Bay City”).  Bay City is also about a two minute drive from Modern Times Beer.

Bay City is spacious and seemed even more so when we got there a little after it opened at noon because of the lack of people.  More folks eventually showed up and I got to meet two dogs during my time there.  Always the highlight!

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A well-behaved Frenchie

 

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The Pug that wandered in from the storm

Their menu isn’t extensive so I was able to pick out right away what I wanted to try.

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I went for the basically-named San Diego Pale Ale and the one with the highest ABV, 7.7%.

Sean tried a Power Play IPA that I told him to get because I wanted to try that one too and I knew he would like it.  It measured in with a 6.9% ABV.

Carie had the Vienna Lager, a mellow 5.0%, and Ck had the Dark Lager that came in at 5.3% ABV.

The Pale Ale & the IPA were very hoppy.  Very resinous tasting and mine killed my taste buds in such a way that I was able to enjoy the rest of my pint.  Otherwise, I would’ve been scowling with every sip.  I tried little sips of Ck’s & Carie’s lagers and they were so light in comparison.  They were delicious and worth a second visit.

We sat around a pallet table that was big enough for 8 people and played a game of Munchkin. It was so much fun because our group has been talking about doing it for about as long as we’ve been playing Munchkin, which is about 3 years.  Finally!  Our wish come true!

We didn’t have a game board but not to fear!  Ck had purchased each of us our own 10-siders that corresponded to our home-game Munchkin colors.  What a thoughtful guy!

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I languished around level 1 for so long as the rest of those munchkins rose up until Carie eventually claimed the win.

The brewtender who came to collect our empty glasses also asked if we wanted refills and the answer of course, was, “Yes, please!”  That was a nice touch of service and I will always remember Bay City as very customer-oriented.

A brew tour bus came through so it got a little crowded for about half an hour but then it cleared out and it was just our gang of four with a Frenchie guy and a couple other humans left over.

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A woman from the tour pissed everywhere around the toilet and nowhere in the toilet.  What, did she think she was in the men’s room?  Sidenote: Bitches please!  At least clean your piss up so I don’t have to if you can’t use a toilet seat the right way.  It’s your own damn piss.  Bitches. The bathrooms were nice and clean other than that little incident.

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Behind the scenes at Bay City Brewing Co.

The brew vats are set up off in the back.  They are lit up with cool blue lighting that goes with the silver of the tanks.  Cool design, owners!

There is a back patio area that I didn’t get to visit because I love sitting on my ass.  Next time I’m at Bay City Brewing, I will check it out.

I liked this brewery a lot.  It is roomy enough to deal with crowds and has some pretty tasty beer.  I would recommend starting with the light end of their spectrum and you won’t be disappointed.

The location is another great thing about Bay City that will definitely bring me back in.  Parking could be better but when I was there, parking wasn’t an issue so I won’t complain.  I’ll just say, I would hate to have to find close parking after 4:30 on most weekdays and all time during weekend nights.

Bay City Brewing Company is a must stop if you are in the Mission Bay area.  I had a great time there and will be back, for sure.

 

 

 

 

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Redemption @BackStreetBrew!

The sweet taste of victory had not been tasted by the #Lagalots for the last two weeks of #PopQuizTrivia and we were hungry like the wolf.

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Yum…dead stuff

We had failed miserably the last time as a team, would tonight be a pathetic repeat?  Heather and Paul are moving out and on and up to another city soon so this was our last time playing with them for a long while.

It was the Minicks and the Leonards on this momentous occasion.  Ck & Carie were probably busy getting it on Leprechaun style in a castle in Ireland…but who is to judge?

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The Great Warwick Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green2Go food truck was there again and Paul and Heather tried their bowls.  #liveg2g offers one with tofu and two more with meat and they start at $10.  The serving sizes are small but I’m just as pleased as a pig in shit that they offer tofu.  One of these day’s I will not eat dinner before trivia and get a tofu bowl to eat.

When we got there, Heather and Paul had already ordered their beers.  Paul went with a Jagged Little Pilsner, a nice light beer to start off with, and Heather had her Holy Shizz Imperial Red Ale that she loves because it is 10.2%.  Now that’s some ABV to write home about!  Sean disappeared inside for two minutes and came back with beers for us, he had the Set Sail IPA and I copied Paul with a delicious Pilsner.

In the first round, we scored 4 with 2 wrong answers. We got the 2010 Most Powerful Woman wrong, it was Michelle Obama and not Angela Merkel.

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FLOTUS is not pleased

 

 

We also got a math question wrong about some old Italian guy who made up some number sequence or something.  But coming in at 3rd place with a score of 4 is not too shabby.  Donkey Punching Kangaroo’s had the lead with a perfect score of 6.

 

 

 

The second round was to name 10 states that the Mississippi River goes through.  Paul is not only the sports expert but the US geography champion so we gave the answer sheet to him and let him go crazy.  When the dust settled, we got 9 correct and had a total score of 13 with DPK’s still in the lead by 2 points.

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Radio stations on the left start with K and radio stations on the right start with W.  There’s some damned trivia for you

 

Round three was a bitch. We knew 2 Terrier breeds that weren’t named after countries but the third one, we missed.  We also knew 2 car models from different makers but didn’t get the third one either.  The last question wanted us to name three of the top listened-to artists on Spotify in 2015.

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We guessed Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and some other singer and we were completely wrong!  We were way off.  We were so way off that I hadn’t even heard of the top 3 artists that were given during the answers.  That’s a young person’s game, my friend.  But we got 5 points added to our score so we didn’t complain. He might have given us credit for one of the questions because our total went to 18.  We were still tied for third place.

Round 4 handed us the task of naming 10 news anchors using their picture.

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The Lovely Diane Sawyer or The One That Sean Knew

 

Luckily, Paul is a freaking super genius and knew 6 or 7 of them right off the bat.  Sean and Heather put in their two cents to get a few more names.  There was one picture we didn’t know and we just wanted to fill in any answer so I thought of Greta Van Susteren but I was sadly wrong.  Otherwise, we would’ve had a perfect round.  Our score at this point was 27 and we were tied for first place with a team named Instinct.

 

 

 

In round five, Paul and I immediately thought the Guess Who was Andy Samberg and we were convinced of it for 3 clues.  Paul wanted to turn it in after the second clue but Sean and I stuck to our guns and said, “Wait until the third clue!”

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Brooklynn 99? Not his best

 

 

It was a good thing we did because in the third clue, we found out the sex of the person in question was a female so Paul and I were totally  wrong with the Lazy Sunday artist.

 

 

 

Heather started thinking really hard and she came up with Amy Schumer based on the clue that she was photographed by Annie Leibowitz at one point.

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Hash Tag That!

 

We knew that was the right answer so we turned in our answer sheet after the third clue and ended up getting six points for that round bringing our total to 33 and still tied with Instinct.

The last round would determine the winner and we were ready.  Round six is just a blur at this point as I switched my beer of choice to a Set Sail IPA and it’s a bit stronger than I am used to on trivia night.

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That and other stuff!

 

We ended up getting 5 questions right.  We knew teriyaki, the word “Gusto,” Genghis Khan, assassins, and Fender but don’t ask me what the questions were…lol!

 

 

 

 

So the final standing score was 38 for team Lagalots and 36 for Instinct.  We would’ve just won right there but Instinct had the luck of getting the bonus question correct so they got to roll the die to see what fate would deal them.

They got the choice to answer a 1 point, 2 point, or 3 point question and they decided to get greedy and go for the 3 pointer which would put them in the lead and snatching the victory from our cold dead hands.

The question was, “Who was Mary Surratt?”

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And for 3 points to take the lead….

 

The anticipation grew and grew until I felt like it was choking me as we waited anxiously to see if they knew the answer.  They obviously didn’t know and were stalling their demise.

And guess what?  They didn’t know!  We won trivia again!  We were back on top!

Mary Surratt, if you’re curious, was the first woman executed by the federal government for being a coconspirator in the plot to assassinate Lincoln.

So both teams took home a growler each and it’s chilling in my fridge right now getting ready for me to enjoy the taste of victory.  I love #winning!

Pub trivia is such a fun thing to get us through the work week.  Check your local breweries and bars to see if they offer it on a certain night at your favorite place.  Thanks to BackStreet Brewery and Pop Quiz Trivia for making it a competitive event in a relaxed environment!

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Game Night Drunk

Queen of Game Night, twice in a row

I don’t brag often.  I think it’s bad form to brag.  But when you win at Munchkin game night twice in a row, it’s really something to brag about.

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You like me cause I won, right?

 

The first night I won was on Sean’s birthday, June 30th, which was a Thursday.

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Happy, happy, joy, joy!

 

It was our usual game night and we played a mish-mashed version with several expansion packs being played.  Sean won the first game.  And it wasn’t just because it was his birthday either, he won fair and square.  Fair is Fair, right, Billie Jean?

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He won because he kicks ass at Munchkin and everyone is constantly fighting him and throwing curses and traps his way.  But he still prevailed and won the first game.  But his victory was not to last long; as we played the second game, a second winner emerged.

I was stuck behind everyone for a little while but then I found myself on level 3.  Not too shabby, eh?  And then I drew a monster worth 2 levels and no one seemed aware of that.  So I wasn’t going to go preaching it around and then I whined my way out of anyone trying to defeat me.

Well, the levels and the treasures paid off in abundance.  I got two “Go up a level” cards so I found myself on level 9 after selling a shit load of items to go up an extra two more levels.  I was reigning supreme!

So needless to say, I won handsomely.  I kicked their mother-fucking asses to the curb!

The second night of #winning came during a Munchkin Marvel edition war.

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I ended up being super powerful and I maintained the winning level throughout most of the game.  I was able to have two ally’s so I had the Hulk for a +5 and a lesser +1 bonus for Falcon.

I mean, I had a +3 Captain America’s Shield, a +4 Mejilnor, and I could carry two extra cards in my hand in addition to the +5 in Powers that I had.  How could I go wrong?

When it came my turn to go from level 9 to the winning level 10, my old man seriously cock-blocked me.

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He played a trap card that enabled him to switch hands with me so I had to give him my all powerful cards in exchange for his shitty cards.

But shitty cards don’t matter when you pull a level 2 villain.  I had him beat by so many points and then I played my duplicate card and I could not be conquered!

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I came, I saw, I conquered…fuck yeah!

No matter what they threw at me, I was the winner.  I could not stop winning!  I won…again!  I didn’t get too excited because, remember, bragging is bad form, but in my blog, which no one reads, I can brag all I fucking want to and you can’t do shit about it.  So fuck off, bitches.  I won at Munchkin and that’s that.

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#Winning @BackStreetBrew #EatThinkDrink

It was just an average Wednesday night at the BackStreet Brewery in #Anaheim.  An ordinary, uneventful night of nail-biting trivia with @PlayPopQuiz.

Who is to say that it wasn’t fate that visited upon the #Lagalots that night?  Whatever it was, we actually won and scored two growlers for our drinking pleasure as well as the week’s title.

Our normal team is a dream team, we have experts in every subject.

But last Wednesday found our team broken up with the only remaining members being myself, Sean, and Carie.  We decided to play just for fun and to represent the Lagalots at trivia night.  We even laughed about how funny and unlikely it would be if we won.  Little did we know…

We got there a little after 7:30.  The #FreewaySeries at the #BigA was attracting lots of traffic on St. College so we got off the main roads and took the backstreets to Backstreet.  The taco truck was there with scrumptious veggie soyrizo & potato tacos.

Water you tacoing about?

 

They also have carne asada and chicken I think.  They are all delicious and go perfectly with a pint of #craftbeer from Backstreet.

I started off with my go-to, Jagged Little Pilsner.  Carie had a Rita Red Ale and the old man had a Set Sail IPA, he likes those strong beers!  The brewery wasn’t crowded at all, especially compared to the week before when the #Angels played the #Cardinals.  It was packed then but only about 5 or 6 teams showed up for trivia on this night.

We started off strong and had the most points in the first round.  We got giddy and started wondering what it would be like to actually win the game.  In the second and third rounds, we were losing by 2 points to the team of 4 that went by Buzz Light Beer.

But at the end of the third round, we won the bonus question.  Sean went up to roll the die and came up with a number that got us a free round of beers for our team.  That was incredible!  We felt like, “Who cares if we win the whole game?  We just got free beers!”

Here’s how the Lagalots get their free beer

In the fourth round, we ended up tied with Buzz Light Beer and the tricky fifth round only got us 6 points out of 10.  Carie knew the answer but we weren’t 100% so we waited for the third clue before we turned in our answer sheet.  That move cost us two points and so once again, we found our team losing by a mere 2 points to the brainiacs in Buzz Light Beer.

 

Then came the final round, the sixth round, and we did horribly.  Or so we thought.  As the quiz master read off the correct answers, our hearts were pounding.  We got 3 or 4 answers right but the clencher came when we got the bonus question a second time.  We sent Sean up again to roll the die and he rolled a 4.  What does a 4 mean, we wondered?  Well, it meant that the Lagalots got to steal a point from any of the teams.  Sean and his strategic thinking knew right away to steal from the Buzz Light Beer team.

Checkmate, bitch

 

So, the quiz master was reading off the final scores.  It turned out that we had tied with the Buzz Light Beer team, both of us with a score of 35.  I thought we were going to have a quiz-off between us.

A Mexican Quiz-Off

 

And then we found out that we were tied before the bonus point-stealing factored in so when the points were stolen, we ended up with the most…securing our place as the Pop Quiz Trivia winning team of the night and all time!  Woo Hoo!

Now I’ve got a growler of Set Sail IPA in my fridge and Carie surprised her man with a growler of Rita Red Ale today.  #Winning rules.  I can’t wait to go back to Trivia night next week.  The whole team will be together so our “B team” will have a chance to gloat about our win.  We’ll see if the Lagalots can keep up the winning streak.  By Odin’s eye, make it so!

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A Royal Death, a Royal Birthday, and a Royal Drunk

Today we lost Prince, and I mourn. RIP 1958-2016.

However, today we also gained a Queen.  Not some ancient bag who presides over the

“God Save The Queen..We Mean It, Man”

islands of the UK who is happening to be celebrating her 90th birthday, but none other than…me!  Tonight I became the Queen Champion of Munchkin for 3 weeks in a row!  #Winning is everything!  Put a crown on me, please!

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Crown me the queen of all that is drunk!

 

 

This particular game night found the four of us playing Munchkin Booty mixed with the Jump The Shark expansion number 2.

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I had decided earlier that my goal for the night would be to use the accent I am given.  In Booty, you have “Accents” instead of “Race.”  So I promised myself that I would use my accent to really get into the game.  I also told Sean on the way over to CK & Carie’s house that I planned on helping him win.  I felt kinda bad that he gets attacked all the time and never wins because of it.  I wanted to Stand By My Man. Thanks, Tammy Wynette for the reminder!

At first, Ck came out fighting with 2 “Go Up A Level” cards while Sean and I only had one

each of those.  So we all ended up out of level 1, except for Carie, by the time we took our first turns.

I ended up being a British Navy guy so the whole night, I tied hard to keep my accent up.  “Ahoy, then matey…”  just goes so far any innumerable amount of times.  I broke my promise and I started talking all regular, you know, with no accent whatsoever.  So I guess I was more of an American Navy guy.  With no discernable accent, that is!

I helped Sean all I could to get ahead of Ck, but then the old man bit back.  He attacked me with a monster I couldn’t beat without help, that I got from Carie, but my days of helping out the old man…over!   I found myself on Level 9 along with Ck, and thanks to pure luck, he didn’t go up a level when it was his turn leaving me wide open to take the lead.

And take the lead I did.  I pulled a Level 15 monster as I was breaking down the door and all three of them came at me with the best they had but I was winning by too much of a margin to make a difference.  I think I ultimately won by 2 after the back-stabbers were done.  And that’s nothing to sneeze at.  Seriously, don’t sneeze right now.

So I won for the third time in a row.  Munchkin winners seem to happen in cycles.

Before I was the reigning champion, Carie was.  Before that, it jumped between all 4 of us.  We all just know the game very well.  When someone wins, every other player comes totally close and by the end of most games, we are all at Levels 8 & 9.  We all need a challenge. Any takers?

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#winning is not everything…what?

Another #GameNight has come and gone.  We had it on a Wednesday this week because Ck has to fly to Fort Lauderdale for work Thursday morning at 6:30.  I hope he enjoys that overcast and humid 80 degree weather they’re having there in Florida.

We started out with Becks for Sean & I and Heinekens for Ck & Carie.  We had dinner, Carie made cheeseburgers with Morningstar Farms Grillers for us with chips on the side.  She spoils us too much.  Ck is a lucky man.

Throughout the night, I just kept drinking more and more Becks.  Actually, everyone kept drinking more and more.  Becks and Heinekens were being had by all.  Pretty soon, we were all 3 sheets and loving it.

                  

So this round, we played the Conan Munchkin set with the Munchkin #4 expansion, Need For Steed, mixed in.  It was a ton of fun.  Except I didn’t win.  I came so damn close.  It’s been months since I’ve gotten a taste of the high life and I could’ve used it last night.

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So much for the adage that #winning isn’t everything.  Whoever said that is a loser.  I said that tonight and I lost.  See what can happen to you?  It is a scientific fact that the more I am losing in Munchkin, the more I will drink in beer.  So i’m actually do the economy a favor.

But, hey, on the brighter side…it’s fun and good to drink beers all the time wherever you go and whatever you do.  Instead of an iced tea, get a Blue Moon on draft.  As long as it’s not flat, it’ll cure whatever ails ya.  Just make sure they put that god damned orange slice on your beer!

 

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