All Good Things Must End. Thankfully.
This weeks’ VHT is a special one for me, as I eluded to last week. I’m in a good mood and feel like giving back to you.
We’ll get to that, but first…
This is my 200th beer!
Let me explain.
I told you Flying Saucer is my bar. That’s where I am currently. All of the walls on the inside are filled with saucer plates. Floral patterns, movie stars, Star Trek, whatever. They also have about 300 plus beers to choose from and that’s what keeps me coming back.
They have a pretty cool gimmick as well.
You can sign up and be a member of the U.F.O. Club. You get a card and use the card at a kiosk to pick up to 3 different beers a night. You print a ticket, drink the beer, get credit for it, and after countless drunken nights and violent hangover mornings, when you have drank 200 different beers, you get your own plate.
Doesn’t sound that exciting now that I type that.
The plate has your name, date and says whatever you want it to say, then they hang it up on the wall. Also, you get a $100 bar tab, which after you’ve probably spent a grand is the least they can do.
It’s a great gimmick for a drinker. I’m going to drink anyway so why not try to be somewhat competitive about it. Like I said, they limit your ticket beers to 3 a day because they don’t want to encourage binge drinking with 10% alcohol beers.
That rule has probably kept me alive.
The first time I went to the Saucer was August 20th, 2011. I know that because it says so on my account. It is now August 8th, 2012 and I have finally drank over 200 different beers in less than a year.
Yes, I have a drinking problem. It’s awesome.
So, here’s to 200 more. 200 that I’ll report to you about.
Avery Brewing Company Salvation
My 200th beer, but a mere third for VHT, is Avery Brewing Company Salvation. It’s the final installment in what they call “The Holy Trinity of Ales” series.
I imagine we’ll cover the other two at some point.
Salvation is a light Belgian Golden Ale. Belgian ales are pretty damn strong; some of the strongest beers you’ll drink. Salvation comes in a 22 oz. bottle and is 9.0% alcohol.
I’m more of a stout, porter, dark beer guy, but the key words are beer guy, so I dig it. It’s a good change of pace for me and a good one to end my quest for 200 on.
I have to say though, I’m glad this plate thing is over. It’s been fun, but sometimes when I get to the Saucer I want a stout, but I’ve drank all the stouts already so I have to drink something else.
Sounds rough, huh?
I now have free reign again to drink whatever I want and for an independent, stubborn only child, it feels good to be back.
Just respect it. No one likes the guy or girl that pisses themselves at a party. Seriously.
So, on to the giving back thing.
Here’s the deal. I have a ton of pint glasses from different breweries all over the world. I don’t need them all. I’m going to try something this week and see how it goes. But it’s going to require some participation on your part. Easy stuff.
I have an e-mail account for this blog. The first person that e-mails me a picture of what you’re drinking right now, well, maybe not right this second but when you do start, I’ll send you a glass. For free.
Even if it’s domestic, hell, even if it’s liquor or a glass of wine, if there’s alcohol in there, you’re in the running.
The first e-mail I receive I’ll e-mail you back and let you know. We’ll correspond and I’ll send it to you. And know this, your address is safe with me. I’m not an idiot that would give it out.
Here’s the only catch; you have to then take a picture of the glass once you use it and send it back to me. Then I’ll put it up on the site.
I’m trying to get a little interactive thing going here. You know, just spreading love one pint glass at a time.
The e-mail address? It’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
The glass is for a brewery called Rahr & Sons here in Texas for their beer Gravel Road. Even if you’ve never heard of the brewery, dude, it’s a free pint glass. Just send me a pic of what you’re drinking and it’s yours. You sending the pic back to me using it is a good faith thing.
But if you don’t, I’ll bug you via e-mail until you do!
Like I said in a previous post, what I’m into I like to share with others, and I want this site to be fun, so let’s try this and see how it goes.
Might become a somewhat regular thing.
The plate party at the Flying Saucer will be coming soon.
I imagine that will be post worthy.
Cheers people. Good times are ahead of us.