Beers I drink, Breweries, road trip

Oceanside Brewing Company

I had a family event looming on my horizon in #Oceanside so I wanted to check out some local breweries while I was there.  I had more than an hour to kill before I had to be somewhere and the closest brewery was also the one that would’ve been my first choice: Oceanside Brewing Company.  I like when the town is in the name.

DSC06293    A little sign above the door and a  “BEER HERE” sandwich chalk board  DSC06288  let you know you have arrived at the Oceanside Brewing Company.  There isn’t much parking but we got a place up front.  TGFHP.  That’s Thank God For Handicap Parking.

DSC06289  A couple with two kids walked in as we were getting out of the car so I knew OBC was kid-friendly right off the bat (you should see the disgusted look on my face as I type that).  I could also see the wagging tail and rear end of a dog so I knew they were dog-friendly as well.  DSC06306

Here’s a pic of the awesome fur baby I got to meet.  I will take dogs over kids any day of the week, lol.

 

@oceansidebrewingco has an extensive menu board with no less than 22 brews on tap.  There is literally something for everyone.

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There were a couple of beers I wanted to try but I was drawn to the New England style Desert Storm IPA which measured 6.7% ABV.  It was delicious with a citrus, grapefruit taste and stuffed with hops.  The Old Man tried a Corps IPA that came in at 6.8%.  It was interesting.  The Corps tasted more like a brown ale when we first sipped it but then the mellow hoppyness came forward and it tasted more like the American IPA it was billed as.

I complemented the brewtender/brewer on the Desert Storm and he told me a funny anecdote.  As regular readers will remember in my review of House of Pendragon, the New England or hazy style IPA is a fairly new type of craft beer to hit the market.  He said that the NE IPA is kind of a little joke among brewers who usually work very hard on getting clear, filtered beer.  And then some guy from Maine comes out with this “hazy,” unfiltered beer and it’s all the rage.  The brewer liked it because it shaved a couple of weeks off the brewing process by not having to filter out all the remnants.  And he said it was a popular choice so the general public seems to approve.

We wanted to go drink al fresco because the breeze was so nice & cooling but both entrances to the back patio were chained off.  As we stood there, contemplating the chain, the brewtender told us beers weren’t allowed out back and hadn’t been for six months as they battled with the ABC about the zoning.  The ABC are a bunch of dicks.  They were on the verge of having it all worked out and he said the back would be open for drinking in just a week.

OBC has a few games to play as well as some brew-crafting reading material.  The large wooden chess set was attractive and looked inviting if you are smart enough to know the game.  I’m not.

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I left the Oceanside Brew Co. wanting more.  It’s a #roadtrip there but not too far from #Anaheim so I am sure I will be back.  There are more brews to sample and some outback patio fresh air & sunshine to soak up.  I love California.

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Beers I drink, Breweries

Fall Brewing Company

Saturday morning, we drove right past Fall Brewing Company and the door was open.  We circled around the block so we could park and check it out.  But when we got back, the door was closed.  We checked the hours and we were about 15 minutes too early.  Not ones to sit around and wait, we went somewhere else to conduct our drinking.  But later that night, in our final stop of a day of brewery-hopping, we ended up right back in front.

This time, there was no question about it being open.  DSC04288 It was packed.  It was after 5:00 so the crowd was not a big surprise.  We found an open table for five and then sent the men over to order.

The beer menu at Fall Brewing is varied.  There is something for everyone.  I’m pretty sure I had the Green Hat IPA because it was a 7.3%er.  I say “pretty sure” because somehow, I failed to collect any notes about this awesome brewery.  So there will be lots of pictures and less words this time.  You’ll love it.

 

Here’s a clear view of the brews that they offer.

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Art by Emily Connell

There was an art exhibit going on at the time I visited Fall Brewing called the #PlushRockArtShow.  I got a bunch of pics of the album cover art that this artist stitched together and the work is extraordinary.

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May I say who is calling?

 

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Where’s the Midol?

I got to observe some cute doggies.  I didn’t engage them because I was too far gone to make sense and I didn’t want to freak anyone out – dog or human.

 

Fall Brewing has some merchandise available too.

 

The best part about Fall Brewing Co. is the punk rock decor.  The boy’s room was covered with old fliers from shows more than 20 years ago.  That’s around the time all the millennials in the place were being born!  I’m old!

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Outside food is welcome at Fall and there was a food truck out in front on that Saturday night.  It was called Anthem and it was a 100% vegan food truck!  I could’ve shit my pants right there when I saw their vegan menu.  Everything looked so delicious but I was in between meals so I didn’t try anything.

 

Fall Brewing Company definitely fills a niche in the San Diego #craftbeer scene.  They are worth a visit to check out the brews as well as the cool wall-art.  Say, “Hi,” to this guy for me!

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Council Brewing Company

If you are going to San Diego, you have many choices when it comes to drinking good #craftbeer.  There are a lot of breweries you can visit and they are each wonderful in their own ways.  But I believe Council Brewing Company is maybe a little more wonderful and definitely worth a stop.

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They are a self-described “nano-brewery” but the menu offers a diverse selection.  By the time I got to Council on that fine Saturday, I was already buzzed.  That may have clouded my vision and led me to order a 7.0% Make IPAs Clear Again.  Whatever it was, I was extremely pleased with my selection.  It had a strong number behind it but it didn’t taste like a typically overly hoppy west coast IPA.  It was a mellow IPA that was very drinkable.

The old man went with the award-winning Bully Pulpit that was a high 7.2% ABV.  DSC04199

I snapped this picture of him behind the cut-out.  The term comes from a speech by Teddy Roosevelt in which he refers to the White House as a “bully pulpit.”  The brew itself is another great IPA from Council.  Not too hoppy at all, very clean finish.  I can see why it was the medal winner.

Carie tried the Farmer’s Gold Belgian Saison and she liked the light 5.7% beer and Ck started off with a 5.2% Pilsner called Diamond In The Grain.

 

Neither of them could resist getting their pictures taken with the Bully Pulpit cut-out either.

 

Here is a nice, readable picture of the menu-board.  It’s surprisingly well-populated list of alcoholic delights.

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Council Brewing is like any other brewery, kid and dog-friendly.  Which is good in one way and bad in another, for me at least.  But I’m not complaining.  The kids in there were quiet and not running all over the place.  The parents had trained them well.  We were probably louder than the kids and we had just as much fun playing with the blocks.  I got to meet this sweetie too!

When it was time for our second round, we all tried something new.  Except Carie, who knows a good thing when she finds it.  She stuck with the Farmer’s Gold.  I got a 100% Maybe IPA that was lighter than my first and measured in at 6.3%.  Again, I was impressed with the flavor of their brews….delicious!

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Sean ordered a Questionable Advice IPA that was a 6.7% and Ck delighted his taste buds with a 3 Berry Beatitude Saison.  Even though it was a light 4.5% ABV, it was so tart & tasty.  We had Charlie join us for our second round and he went for the heaviest right away.  He got an 8% Royal Blood Imperial Red IPA that was dark in color and tasted like coffee.

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They have a special menu of sours that are brewed at another location called The Magic Factory.

 

One of them is called Lickable Staves and I was curious about what a “stave” was so I asked the brewtender.  He informed me that it is a plank of wood in a barrel.  So next time I go back, I definitely want to try the sour Likable Staves.

 

I liked Council Brewing Company a lot.  The only disadvantage is that it is tiny and not meant for crowds.  But the selection is extensive and the brews are good.  They brew truly craft beer and it is obvious once you try your first taste.

Go ahead and do yourself a favor.  Visit and enjoy Council Brew then check it off your list of things to do in #SanDiego.  Your drunk self will thank you.

 

 

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A Noble Redux

We started with Noble Ale Works a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

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It was long before BrewBroadBlog, long before we acquired a taste for the IPA’s.  One time, we were the only ones present in the tasting room, this was before they opened the tasting room up to the warehouse section next door.  They had a bunch of Angles and Ducks memorabilia and a huge map where visitors placed pins to mark where they were from.

Image result for anaheim angles logo parking lot crisisThis Noble Ale Works died long ago.  They died when a shit ton of folks started parking at Noble for Angles games and crowding the very little space Noble has for “schmoozing.”  We stopped going there because we were sick of the crowds.  We might be beer snobs but, fuck you, hipsters, we were there first.

 

Tonight, we were on a hunt for a brewery.

Image result for old orange brewing company We hit up the Old Orange Brewing Company on Batavia in Orange but they were closed.  They should think about turning off their lights and putting the picnic table back inside if they are not serving beer.  Whatever.

So Noble was the next closest brewery to our house.  If they were crowded we were going to try the Legends Brewery on Lewis.  But the Noble crowd was manageable so we ended our night there.  The best taco truck in OC was there, hawking their meat-filled creations but also offering one with grilled veggies.  Smart choice.

The menu was new and familiar to us at the same time.

Image result for noble ale works menuThey featured the Pistol Whip’d which I used to drink all the time.  It comes in at a 4.5% ABV so I left it alone for the night.  I ventured out to try something stronger and I decided on a Big Whig IPA that was a 6.8%, it was Noble’s attempt at a West Coast IPA.  Whatever that means, right?  It was damn tasty.  It was hoppy but the IBU’s were not overwhelming.  I guess a West Coast IPA is kinda light.

They offered more “light-ish” brews like the Swoll Patrol and the Tank Top but neither appealed to me.  Noble presented several “hoppy-ish” choices, like the Big Whig, and the Tongue Tickles that registered a whopping 8% on the ABV.  Some stouts, like the Man’s Milk, which I think is a hilarious name for beer, came in with a 6.1% and the Double Bam Bam that is an Imperial Red Ale and will get you quite fucked up with an ABV of 8.88%.

Noble has some experimental brews on tap like the Life Is Pitless,

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which is a sour beer that features hints of sour cherry balls from the Most Magical Kingdom in all of Anaheim, Disneyland for you tourists.  The Naughty Sauce is a stout with coffee notes on  nitro to give a certain creaminess to the mouthful you will gulp.

It took about 5 minutes from the time we got our beer to the time we were able to commandeer a table from some losers who couldn’t hack drinking for the rest of the night.  As we sat and drank, we talked about how the Noble Ale Works has changed.  They started out sporty and took on a following they couldn’t keep up with.

Luckily, Noble is expanding.

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We saw the very proof of it tonight in the “Expansion Observation Deck.”  It’s a hallway that leads to closed glass doors that you can peek into.  What you will find is just darkness and maybe some vats.  But they are growing and I couldn’t be happier.

 

Our Big Whig IPA’s lasted a little while but soon we needed to medicate.  So out to the parking lot we went and sparked up a completely legal bowl of weed.  Things are changing.  There are new things on the horizon and I like the way the future looks.  If Noble can expand, so can I.

I just have to remember to stay the hell away from Noble during the baseball season.  It’s packed with lowlifes and trouble makers.  Visit Noble in the off-hours for a great time.  Try an experimental IPA or a light American Lager.  Noble’s got the best of them and it’s totally worth it.  You’ll see.

 

 

 

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Temblor Brewing Company

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The Temblor Brewing Company in Bakersfield is less than a year old and they are already making into the BrewBroadBlog!  TBC is a fantastic new brewery that happens to be right off #BuckOwensBlvd.  On the drive there, I saw the famous “Bakersfield” sign.  It was dark of course, so I didn’t see all those oldsters under the sign though!

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The brewery is in a big, modern style warehouse but the décor is inviting and friendly.  Lots of chairs, tables, couches, and stools to choose from.  There is an outside patio but who wants to put up with Bakersfield heat on an August night?  I guess smokers will put up with that, but they’re the only crazy ones.

When you walk in, you get one of two views:

The left is the bar area with the brewing vats in the background and on the right is the seating area.

There are games available to play at your table while you get drunk.

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The foursome of gals at the table next to us was enjoying a lively game of Guess Who?  They thought they were so funny and clever but really, they were drunk and slurry.  Not fair, I wanted to be that way!

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Behind the bar was the merchandise they sold, at least just a few examples of it.  They offer shirts, hoodies, hats, and more.  The old man wanted to buy a shirt but the shitty $5 extra for his size made him say no.  He has his principles.

Temblor was the last part in a two-part pub crawl of Bakersfield, just passing through edition.  We were hungry and needed food.

There are two separate places to order beer and to order food.  We first got in the beer line if that tells you where our priorities are.  A quick once-over of the menu revealed a veggie burger to be had.  In Bakersfield?  Wait, where was I again?

Sean got the veggie burger and I got an order of pretzel bites.  We drank our beers as we waited for our food to be bought out to our table.

I had the Streets of Bakersfield IPA because it was the strongest available and the name is a nod to the late, great Buck Owens.  Sean had a Rhapsody in Red which measured in at 6% ABV.

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The veggie burger and pretzel bites were delicious.  It just might be the best veggie burger in Bakersfield because it could very well be the only!

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Here I am, enjoying my Streets of Bakersfield with the brew vats behind me.  It was pretty packed and we were there on a Saturday night.

Temblor Brewing Co. is a welcome addition to Bakersfield’s growing #craftbeer scene.  The fact that they offer a veggie burger on the menu makes this the best god-damned place to eat and drink in Bakersfield.  Vive el Temblor!

 

 

 

 

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Bakersfield’s Craft Tap House

The 99 freeway is my main evacuation route when I retreat to the serenity of pine trees that is #Oakhurst, California.  I take it through towns like Bakersfield and Delano and Traver all the way to Fresno, where I promptly merge onto the 41 freeway and head north.

But on the way up, I almost always stop in #Bakersfield.  A quick stop to gas up and eat or just to stretch your legs after the Tejon Pass.  Either way, people come and go through here all the time.

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I have been a fan of the Bakersfield #craftbeer scene for a couple of years but I mostly had just heard of Lenghtwise Brewing Co.  I only get to town here about 3 times a year but we always try to check out a brewery.  This time, when I searched, I found a shit ton of newer places that have opened up in the last couple of years or so.  The Craft Tap House was one I had to check out, preferably first.

The Craft Tap House is unique.  I’ve heard of places with similar concepts but this was my first time going to one.  The idea is simple….

When you walk in, you exchange your ID for a swipe card.  You get a chilled glass from the cooler and you get to choose what beer you want and how much to pour.  It took me five or ten minutes to walk around and read all the taps.  If I wasn’t so bedazzled by the sheer amount of taps, I could’ve looked up and read the tap menu that runs on a screen above everyone’s heads.

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You are charged per ounce and the prices are related to the ABV.  Now you’re talking my kind of numbers!  The “cheaper” beers go for around $0.36 and the average ABV is 5%.  The “better” beers will run you about $0.61 an ounce and are in the 7% range and higher.  The highest beer I saw was $0.70 per ounce and it had a 13% ABV.  I like that…a lot!

So I finally decided to have some Tioga Sequoia IPA.  You just put your card on the screen behind the tap and pour.  The card keeps track of how many ounces you pour and how much each ounce costs so you know your total throughout the night.

I started off with half a beer because I wanted to try so many and because  I got over half foam on my pour.

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The foam eventually fizzed down to the 7.8 ounces I paid for.   I get very competitive sometimes and my nature just started coming out at the Craft Tap House.  They have 50 different beers on tap so it’s not an easy job picking your first!

They have some major California breweries represented in the offerings.  Like Stone, Pizza Port,

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Firestone Walker, Bootleggers, Modern Times Beer, and Karl Strauss.  There were also some smaller breweries like Mother Earth and Mad River.  From yellow to black, the beers come in all colors and flavors.

Greasy fried food and meat dishes make up the menu.  Their food is very “California Cuisine.”  The BLT is an ABLT with the A standing for avocado.  They have a pretty extensive menu but didn’t offer a veggie burger so we didn’t get anything to eat.

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The Craft Tap House also sells merchandise.  I only saw that they had Pizza Port from San Clemente in stock but I know the other breweries have shirts that could be sold there too.

There is a “real” bar inside the Craft Tap House that serves mixed drinks.  In case you’re into that sort of thing, there’s a live bartender you can really tip who will pour you your drink.

Sean’s second beer was 4 ounces of foam.  He didn’t expect a comp or anything but he just wanted to tell the supervisor that the keg was tapped out.  So what did the supervisor do?  He gave Sean a free 12 ounce pour of a decent tasting beer to make up for it. We never did get the name of that beer though.  And then, when the keg had been changed, the supervisor bought a 4 ounce pour of the original beer Sean had wanted in the first place to our table.  We were impressed, to say the least.  That kind of customer service brings people back in and you can count on Sean and I going back.

My second beer was this huge, epic thing.  While I was helping the old man down his comped brew, I saw on the menu screen that there was a Stone beer I have only heard about in legend.  It was the Stone Farking Wheaton wOOtstout 2.0

This is a collaboration between Stone Brewery, Wil WheatonAisha Tyler and some Farking guy named Drew Curtis.  I had to try it.  For purely scientific reasons, of course!

Here is a succession of pictures that shows me in the three stages of discovery.  Before, notice the smiling and eager face about to try a new brew.  Then during; drink it up, brewbroad, drink it all up!  And then climaxing with my disgusted face for the after-shot.

It is an Imperial Stout so I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with it.  I don’t generally like Imperial Stouts but I knew what I was getting into.  And it was worse than I expected.  It was thick and sugary sweet.  I couldn’t get any coffee tastes in it and it was a chore to finish it.  All I said was that I had to try it.  I didn’t say I’d have to like it.

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I love the concept of the Craft Tap House.  You pour your own so there is no one to tip at the end of the night.  The selection is outstanding.  All the California brews you can drink, without having to go to the actual brewery.

 

I will be back here next time I’m in Bakersfield for sure!  Pourin my sorrows into a glass!

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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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