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I'm still not used to being a person with allergies. It takes me quite a while to remember that even though I am undoubtedly short on sleep lately, that particular heavy feeling in my eyes is very likely allergies. Work productivity picked up markedly this afternoon once I figured that out and took an antihistamine.

Started the holiday weekend with a gathering at the new local brewpub (excellent beer) but spent most of it lounging about at home, staying up far too late reading (so late that it became early again) and sipping sangria in the pool, where the water temperature is a balmy 91 degrees.

(To my surprise, the spellchecker groks 'brewpub'. And, even more surprisingly, 'grok'!)
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Chapeau Banana Lambic? Is very yummy. It tastes more like a cider than a beer.

Up to 43 beers out of 200 on my drinking club quest. Those 43 were over a period of approximately 2 years, so at this rate it'll only take me a decade to finish.

Beer

Oct. 29th, 2006 12:15 pm
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It's been a while since I logged any of my outings in the quest to complete the '200 different beers' challenge. There have been only a few in the last few months, one of them last night.

New beer last night: In recognition of the fact that there's still a bit of October left, I tried the Live Oak Oaktoberfest. It was nice, fairly light with just a little bit of caramel to it.

Total beers so far: 36

Percentage of goal: 18%

Estimated completion date at current pace: Sometime in 2012

Beer

May. 13th, 2006 11:44 am
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New beers last night: I was in the mood for fruity so I had the Lindeman's Peche and Hummingbird Water (a mix of pear cider and Lindeman's Framboise, not bad)

Total beers so far: 29

Percentage of goal: 14.5%

Estimated completion date at current pace: May, 2011

The Lindeman's Peche was really yummy. It's definitely in my top 5 favorites of the beers I've tried so far. I liked it better than other lambics I've had; it was sweeter and less bitter. I wonder whether the fact that it was draft rather than bottled might be a factor.

(The LJ spellchecker does not recognize 'lambics' and suggests 'iambics' as its first guess for what I might want. Both jargon terms, I guess, but very different kinds of geekery. I am amused.)
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New 'beers' on Friday: Lava Lamp (a mix with Harp, Guinness, and Lindeman's Framboise, better in concept than in reality), Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider. It was hot on Friday, in the 90s, so I went for lighter picks.

Total beers so far: 26

Percentage of goal: 13%

Estimated completion date at current pace: February, 2011

I've slowed my pace considerably. After keeping up weekly visits for a while, I seem to be on more of a monthly schedule lately. As long as they don't go out of business I know I'll eventually get to 200 beers, but a six year long beer project seems a little silly. Tenacious, but silly.

(Trivia: the LJ spellchecker knows 'Guinness' but not 'Framboise'.)

Beer report

Nov. 6th, 2005 09:43 pm
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I'm up to 21 beers total, 10.5% of the UFO goal. I'm falling behind my 2 beers/week schedule with all the traveling I did last month. Last Friday's beers: Peroni, an Italian lager, and Weihenstephan Original, which claims to be the only lager made by the oldest brewery in the world. From the label, it appears that Weihenstephan is Bavarian and has been in operation since 1040. It's your standard pale lager, but pretty tasty. The Peroni was ok too, but had a little less character.

Beer

Sep. 24th, 2005 10:35 pm
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I skipped my usual beer outing last night. It had just been too tiring a week. Instead I sat on the sofa and read the paper and did some dishes and laundry.

But due to the evil travel snafus mentioned previously, I was in town two Fridays ago when I had expected to be in a plane on my way north. I had a veggie burger and one beer with the gang to try to vent some of my stress and anger over the missed planes and delayed travel plans.

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New beers: 1 (Orval)

Total beers so far: 17

Percentage of goal: 8.5%

*Estimated completion date: July, 2007

Favorite beer so far: Still Abbey de Leffe
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*Assumes one beer outing per week with two beers per outing.
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Went to the Saucer for Trivia Night last night. We had a table of 7 Ph.D.s or soon-to-be Ph.D.s. We won, but only by a few points. Out of 20 questions in the regular rounds, we got two frankly wrong and we got one part of a three-parter wrong. One of those we might have gotten right if we'd thought about it longer but the other two we just didn't know. The final question was one were you got to bet between 0 and 20 points after you heard the question. We had the lead at that point and after hearing the question we decided to bet zero, which turned out to be a good move. It sounded like no one got the last question right.

The question: Put these countries in order from most to least bottled water consumed per capita in 2002: France, Italy, Mexico, Spain.

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New beers last night: 3 (Dos Equis Special Lager, Rogue Dead Guy, Live Oak Amber)

Total beers so far: 16

Percentage of goal: 8%

*Estimated completion date: July, 2007

Favorite beer so far: Still Abbey de Leffe
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*Assumes one beer outing per week with two beers per outing.
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The Saxo I tried on last Friday's Saucer outing was a Belgian beer that came in 750 ml bottles! And was 8% alcohol! Talk about bang for the buck.
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New beers this week: 2 (Saxo and Shiner Blonde)

Total beers so far: 13

Percentage of goal: 6.5%

*Estimated completion date: July, 2007

Favorite beer so far: The Saxo was pretty good, but still Abbey de Leffe
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*Assumes one beer outing per week with two beers per outing.

I'll be out of town next Friday. Not sure how I'll catch up. I might have to go twice next week. Or maybe we'll go for trivia night some week.

UFO

Sep. 4th, 2005 01:32 pm
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It was hot on Friday, so I went with lighter beers this week.
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New beers last night: 2 (Spaten Light, Pilsner Urquell)

Total beers so far: 11

Percentage of goal: 5.5%

*Estimated completion date: July, 2007

Favorite beer so far: Abbey de Leffe
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*Assumes one beer outing per week with two beers per outing.

Huh, the LJ spell checker doesn't know pilsner. That seems odd. I would've classified pilsner as a standard descriptive noun like lager or ale.

UFO Update

Aug. 27th, 2005 04:13 pm
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New beers last night: 2 (Chimay Triple on draft and Anchor Old Foghorn barley wine)

Total beers so far: 9

Percentage of goal: 4.5%

*Estimated completion date: July, 2007

Favorite beer so far: The Chimay Triple was pretty good, but still Abbey de Leffe

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*Assumes one beer outing per week with two beers per outing.

UFO update

Aug. 20th, 2005 09:08 pm
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New beers last night: 3 (Stella Artois, Don de Dieu, Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre)

Total beers so far: 7

Percentage of goal: 3.5%

*Estimated completion date: July, 2007

Favorite beer so far: Abbey de Leffe

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*Assumes one beer outing per week with two beers per outing.

UFO Quest

Aug. 13th, 2005 03:26 pm
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Went to the Flying Saucer last night after work.

The UFO card system is pretty neat. There's a computer in the corner of the bar where I swipe my card and it'll show me lists of beers I've tried or beers I haven't tried and let me search by style of beer and country to select new beers. Then I print out a slip of paper with my selected new beer and give it to the waitress to both order and log the new beer in my UFO record. Oh, and on the welcome screen, after you swipe your card, there's a graphic of a beer glass that drains as you add beers to your list to show how far along you are to the 200 beer goal.

This week's beer and beer mix were ok, but I liked the ones I had last time better.

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New beers last night: 2 (Warsteiner and Preacher's Collar, which is a mix of Maredsous and Woodchuck Amber)

Total beers so far: 4

Percentage of goal: 2%

*Estimated completion date: July, 2007

Favorite beer so far: Abbey de Leffe

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*Assumes one beer outing per week with two beers per outing.

Beer

Jul. 30th, 2005 01:30 am
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The Flying Saucer is a local bar that is popular with a subset of my co-workers. Actually, it's not quite local. They're a national chain with locations around the south. I like it. You can sit outside and they have a huge selection of beers and ciders and they have veggie burgers. They also have a UFO club (no idea why it's called that). You pay $14 for the membership and you get a t-shirt and a membership card up front. Then, you use the card to keep track of what beers you drink on each visit. They have an enormous selection of beers, literally hundreds, many on tap. Through the card, they keep track of which of the beers you've tried. Once you hit 200 different beers, you get your name on a plaque in the "Ring of Honor" on the wall and you get a $100 bar credit. The only hitch seems to be that you can't score more than 3 new beers on your list on a given night, which seems reasonable. I like trying new things. I think I've had a different beer every time I've been to the Saucer. So tonight I signed up for the UFO club.

UFO stats:
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New beers tonight: 2 (Abbey de Leffe blonde and Bumblebee, which is a mix of Honey Brown and Pear Cider)

Total beers so far: 2

Percentage of goal: 1%

*Estimated completion date: July, 2007
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*Assumes one beer outing per week with two beers per outing.

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