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Subject: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 03:00 PM

I am very fond of beer, especially real ales.
But drinking it, not talking about it.
I feel the same about sex, in that just talking about it is not at all satisfying.

Taste in ale is a very individual thing, so being regaled about someone else's preferences is no guide to your own likely enjoyment.
You just have to try it yourself.

I thought that, if there was a thread dedicated to talking about beer, people who feel like me would not be disappointed by finding it taking over a thread supposedly about something else, pleasing everyone.

Rag, you have instigated a number of such discussions on other threads.
Show us what you can do on an actual beer thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 03:07 PM

Bugger off. There are plenty of threads doing the rounds where discussing beer is far more profitable than whatever nonsense some weirdos want to offer up as intellectual comment.

If you are starting a thread about beer, you obviously miss the po....

Oh. Hi Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST,#
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 03:59 PM

I don't think there is a single beer on the planet that tastes like anything except horse piss. Of course I've tasted fewer than a hundred so I know I am a mere novice compared to the erudite topers who frequent Mudcat. I'll return when people want to discuss third pressing Muscatels. Now there's a drink.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 04:13 PM

There's a magnificent thread ready that is mixing beer with communism. As yanks understand neither, it is turning into a true Brit thread of rare vintage. Naturally, the jealous cousins on the wrong side of the pond might agitate to get it shut down. You know how much they hate us. Probably because we understand beer.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 04:36 PM

But do all the historians agree on beer being a good thing? Last I heard there was a consensus that they preferred cocktails. Or was it cock ups?


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST,#
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 04:56 PM

Shaw is correct about Brits understanding beer. But none of you know shit about third pressing Muscatel. That's why I'm trying to change the subject from a highly-overrated excuse for water to a little-understood niche of the vintners' art.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 05:40 PM

I will admit that I have never tasted horse piss. Nor would I use it in a comparison with the taste of beer, as I respect horses too much.

My comparison would be bilge water, with the UK variation of this vile concoction left out of cooling a bit longer to give it an extra gamey taste. I understand that if you drink enough of it, your taste buds are compromised-encouraging you to actually promote the taste as not being disgusting.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 05:44 PM

A yank on a beer thread. Ignore him, lads.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: gnu
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 07:36 PM

All alcohol is the Devil's work. REPENT and sin no more. Dog has barked. Sit. Stay. Do not stray.

Ya know, fresh green beans and carrots and cabbage and spuds in a boiled ham dinner has just gotta be the best thing about August eh? Ain't no beer or fancy pressure wine gonna make that no better. Jus'sayin eh?

That there be my antidote.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 07:43 PM

Gnu spuds and vegs-much better for you than hopsy-dopsy swill.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 07:48 PM

I had fresh green beans and spuds from my garden tonight to go with some pan fried wild salmon fillets with roasted cherry tomatoes with fresh basil. The humble bottle of Primitivo from Puglia washed it down a treat. Abide with me awhile, Satan.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 07:58 PM

Anyway, I have a shoulder of pork for Thursday, complete with enough crackling to feed the Household Cavalry. There will be beans and spuds from the garden, along with fresh apple sauce for Mrs Steve (apple sauce is an abomination, as we all know, but if she has no taste, so be it). I have a nice Rioja to wash it down, though I'm thinking a Sicilian Nero d'Avola/Frappato would do the trick nicely. And to hell with the begrudgers. You won't find Satan there though. He'll be at dinner with me!


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Greg F.
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 08:05 PM

But do all the historians agree on beer being a good thing?

No, No, Dave - when dealing with The Professor its not all historians,
its all LIVING historians and only those who write for the tabloid press and whose works are available in those bookshops approved by The Professor and then only those whose works that The Professor has not actually read but can quote from internet blog reviews of the works in question.

Do try to keep up, eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Janie
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 08:28 PM

Written by Mudcatter Alaska Mike, and performed by Mudcatter MMario!


Put the Budweiser Back in the Clydesdale


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Ebbie
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 10:26 PM

I had a glass of beer today, an Alaskan Amber. A very good beer, it has taken numerous awards.

However.

I had two friends visiting Juneau, Alaska, via cruiseship from 'down south' and took them into a mostly-touristy establishment called the Red Dog Saloon. It had been years since I was in there. It has changed.

I have never seen so many tables in such a small space in my life. Instead of the more typical half a dozen tables in that amount of room in a more typical bar, there were at least 15, perhaps more. These tables were each at least 2 1/2 feet in diameter and each had four chairs. Strangers' legs were literally pressed against their neighbors' and backs and arms rubbed each other with great familiarity.

And loud? The guy at the honky tonk piano was amped up and the sound assaulted the 200+ ears within reach. There was no talking, although I did hear a lot of shouting.

Among those voices was a good lot of Brits. :)

My point? None. I just thought I'd share it. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Janie
Date: 25 Aug 15 - 11:56 PM

Ebbie. :>) Thank you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: PHJim
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 12:32 AM

In 1968, I got off the plane at Shannon Airport and stuck out my thumb. When the first ride came along and the driver heard my Canuck accent, he said, "How long have you been in Ireland?"
I said, "I just got of the plane."
He said, "Then you haven't had a Guiness, have you?"
He stopped at the first pub we came to and bought me a pint of Guiness. I took my first sip and thought, "Jeez, there's something wrong with this beer. . . It tastes burnt."
By the time I reached Dublin a month and a half later I loved the stuff and couldn't wait to tour the Guiness plant.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: PHJim
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 12:34 AM

I wish there was a way to edit my posts for spelling mistakes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: LadyJean
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 12:40 AM

I was at a house where they had a pet pig. It was New Year's Eve. She got in as the part was winding down, and drank a glass of beer, then ran around grunting because there wasn't any more. I didn't realize how human pigs were.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 03:03 AM

"couldn't wait to tour the Guiness plant"
There's a story told about Guinness workers (and numerous other brewery workers around the world, I suspect)
A plant worker falls into a vat and, when fished out, is found to have drowned.
They immediately contact the widow to tell her the bad news; she asked, "Did he suffer at all, was it immediate?"
"No", they replied, "He climbed out for a piss three times".
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST,Musket
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 03:46 AM

So any road. Do you think the others should deep out to give Yvette Cooper a clear run at Corbyn? Would a two donkey race regardless of outcome prevent claims of vote dilution afterwards?


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST,JHW
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 04:16 AM

Glasses used to have handles but drinkers held the glass by the body, why?
Because if the handle falls off all you'll lose is the handle


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 06:10 AM

What's the weather like today where you are. Lovely sunny day here with a bit of a breeze.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 06:22 AM

And, the bartender said, Sir, that ain't soya sauce, it's guiness.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 07:43 AM

And, the Chinese cook said, we don't have soya sauce, honourable restaurant owner. Just use guiness, was the reply-same difference.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 12:47 PM

"Glasses used to have handles"
My home town of Kirkby, outside Liverpool, was dry for many right up to the 1960s - something to do with a clause written into the sale of the land, which was once owned by somebody opposed to alchohol.
When they finally built pubs there (The Peacock - closely followed by The Johnny Todd), dimpled pint glasses were all the rage, but they only lasted for a year because the handles made them extremely convenient weapons - don't know whether they ever came back into use.
A similar situation existed on Merton Road, in Wandswonth, just around the corner from where we lived in South London
A similar clause went into the sale of the land, so there was only one pub, which owed its existence to the fact that, in Victorian times, when that part of London expanded enormously.
The building labourers were mainly Irish and it became very difficult to recruit labour in an area where there were no pubs, so they knocked two terraced houses into one and turned it into a pub - it is still known as 'The Builders Arms'.
London is a fascinating place for pubs; a friend of ours, Tim Richards, wrote a book in cop-operation with an architect on City of London pubs, Tim did the social history, his mate described the buildings.
Tim used to organise pub tours when I first moved to London in the late sixties - my baptism of fire was his 'Circle Line' tour.
You'd purchase a ticket on the underground which enabled you to get out at every stop, have a half pint in the nearest pub to the station, then move on to the next one - there are twenty two (?) on the line.
I nearly made it once!
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 01:11 PM

I used to love those old-fashioned East End pubs in Whitechapel, Mile End and Bethnal Green which had tiled walls, lots of dark wood and big heavy tables. The gents were often works of art, with massive, sculptured porcelain urinals. The pubs could look forbidding but they were unfailingly friendly and homely (as long as you behaved yourself). We used to sup in one of the Krays' old haunts down Commercial Road (after their time, thankfully!), and on Wednesday nights we'd often be down the Bishop Bonner in Bethnal Green to see Chas and Dave before they got famous! No longer a pub these days, sadly, but still full of old ghosts!


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 02:55 PM

"The gents were often works of art, with massive, sculptured porcelain urinals. "
Most beautiful pub urinal in the world must be 'The Philharmonic', in Liverpool - near to the concert hall.
Haven't been there for many years, but last time we were, the governor used to arrange a little peep down there closing time for all the women who were interested.
Most beautiful pub in the world must be The George on Borough High Street, in Southwark - an Elizabethan 'Shambles', a terrace of shops knocked into one building
Also worth a visit - 'The Gloucester' (can't remember the street, but it backs onto the Wellington Barracks in Hyde Park).
like many London pubs, it is reputed to have a bricked up tunnel - very popular in riverside pubs, where they were dug to transport contraband, from the river into the cellars.
When I was working in The Gloucester, as I went down the cellar, one of the locals shouted after me, "mind the ghost".
Local legend has it that The Duke of Wellington, who was based at the Barracks in the park, was so unpopular with his men that he couldn't venture out for a pint at night for fear of being attacked by one of them, so he had a tunnel dug for his own personal use.
The tunnel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier who was flogged to death for attempting to beat up 'is lordship.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST,Turbodog
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 03:00 PM

Turbodog is a beer that will put hair on your chest.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST,#
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 03:46 PM

That's true. My wife drinks Turbodog.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 03:50 PM

Most beautiful pub urinal in the world must be 'The Philharmonic', in Liverpool - near to the concert hall

I can proudly claim to have peed in those very bogs, Jim, must've been 2012 when we went to see Christy in the Philharmonic Hall (Jaysus, if you can't see Christy in Ireland it has to be in Liverpool!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 04:43 PM

There is a listed gents somewhere in Manchester but for the life of me I cannot spot a mention - Possibly the Reform Club. Wherever it is, it is quite spectacular. There is also an ex-public bogs that is now a bar in itself. Never did take to it.

The three London pubs that stand out in my mind are the Princess Louise, High Holborn for it's wonderful range of beers and Victorian architecture, The pub in Hammersmith where Hammersmith Morris practice upstairs (Can't remember the name) where you wonder if the ceiling is going to cave in or not and the North Pole near Canary Wharf - A gem in an oasis of modern skyscrapers.

Been in loads more but they are the ones that I remember most. I would be happy never to visit London again but if I do, I will be sure to try and find them again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 09:49 PM

Worst one I've ever been in was the public gents near the White House in DC. Dirty? I don't think it had been cleaned since Andy Jackson used it, probably to keep his pigs. But a nice neoclassical building. I think it's closed now.

The two best beers ever brewed were Atlas Praeger by the Warsaw Brewing Company in Warsaw, Illinois and everything by Dick Brothers Brewing in Quincy, Illinois. Dick Brothers was closed by Prohibition and Warsaw Brewing went belly-up in the late 1950s. But there were always Stag, Falstaff, Hamms, Grain Belt, Griesedick, Strohs...not nearly as good as current US beers, but when it's hot and sticky outside and you want a cold one, well, they worked.

Now, you take Guinness -- please. A pint of Murphy's or Smithwick or Crean's will make the G-word pale by comparison.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 09:55 PM

Beer ancedote. Okay, here's one.

We were playing soldier and having war games out in the field back in 1967 or so. We had scored a couple cases of beer, which was of course completely against regulations, and sank them in a cold stream near our bivouac. At the end of a long, hot day playing with guns and explosives a cold beer, or even a stream-cold beer, washed down our rations. Drank it straight from the can, of course, like real men did back then. Then, one fine day, someone when upstream and around the bend in the little stream for find a very dead cow had chosen that stream in which to die.

I switched to the juice of the muscat grape.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Bill D
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 10:50 PM

"...two best beers ever brewed.." Ummmm.... better than Neuweilers Cream Ale? or Canadian Ace (79 cents a six-pack!) or Stegmeyer Porter, which tasted like liquorice? Or better yet (and seriously) the original Thomas Hardy's Ale , of which I still have one unopened bottle that is, I believe, 18 years old now. (drank the 25 year old one for my birthday a couple years ago. (Jeez... an empty bottle is being listed on eBay at $31 !!!!) I hope to live to drink the last bottle when IT is 25.

Anecdotes? Ok... when I was married 34 years ago, we had the reception in my wife's mother's basement, and I put my beer stash (along with some donated stuff) in a laundry tub. One guy, locally renowned for his thirst, wandered over and took me aside and said seriously.. "Bill, I'm disappointed in you.... you only have 3-4 beers that I have never heard of!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Bill D
Date: 26 Aug 15 - 11:14 PM

(Just checked... my unopened bottle is now 23 years old!) What I cherished over the years was 4 bottles of 1986 vintage. (I do still have the empties)


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 Aug 15 - 02:39 AM

I have an unopened bottled of Liverpool Garden Festival beer from 1984! And a bottle of 'Pomagne' so old it shows no ABV. But the less said about that the better...


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Musket
Date: 27 Aug 15 - 03:37 AM

The bog in my local isn't listed but it was certainly listing to starboard last night.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Aug 15 - 03:03 PM

We had a few days in Cornwall last week. All the beer was good (a fair amount of Doom Bar obvs.) but the best by far was a pint of London Pride drawn straight from the barrel in a pub in Truro. Accompanied by a hot salt beef sandwich it was a highlight of the week.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 27 Aug 15 - 03:46 PM

Not the County Arms, I sincerely hope?


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST,Bert.
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 02:32 AM

Talking about beer, you might want to take a look at
this thread


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 06:56 AM

From the first post in the thread that Bert just linked -

Beer drinkers in the US have filed a $5m (£3.3m) lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down its beer.

Errr, how could anyone tell? Maybe it tasted better :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: artbrooks
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 10:15 AM

Herself and I were doing a cycling tour of Western Ireland along back awhile, and went into one of the many pubs in Doolin one evening. After sitting for a bit and enjoying the music, I noticed a strange phenomenon...the tourists were all drinking Guinness (except me. I was drinking Smithwick - I hate that black stuff), but the locals were drinking Bud. Maybe they knew something.

I have an unopened pint can of Olde Frothingslosh, the Pale Stale Ale with the Foam on the Bottom (yes, that's really its name).


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 01:30 PM

It's been a cracking day here at the coast. The sun has been shining all day, it's been warm with a very slight breeze and a shed load of great music.

What more could a man want.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 02:22 PM

Beer?


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Joe_F
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 03:19 PM

Those who drink beer will think beer. (German proverb)


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 04:27 PM

In Boston I could get a beer from Denmark thst was sold only under the table and told to never redeem the empties'

One beer would numb your face.
Two would make you a quivering laughing mass on the floor. It had a white powder that could be seen if swirled around.

While the beer of the same name is made in the US and Canada I is not the same
It was called Giraffe with a long neck bottle and a spotted foil on the neck.


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Newport Boy
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 04:44 PM

Anecdotes (in chronological order):

1. In 1957 I was lodging in East Ham with 3 other students. We were about halfway between Manor Park & Ilford stations and used both. On some Fridays, we used Ilford and by walking round a small loop in the town before the main road, we could pass eight pubs tied to eight different breweries.

Except that we didn't (pass them, that is). We stopped in each for a pint and still arrived at our lodgings for dinner at 7:30.

2. That year, I was chairman of the carnival committee and one of my duties was to select the college beer-drinking team to compete against the other London colleges. Rules were simple - a relay team of 4 in front of the table loaded with 2 pints each. Each drinker downed a pint and the next could lift his glass when the previous one hit the table - up the line and back. Of course, the problem position was the anchor leg - drinking 4th and 5th.

We were conducting trials in the bar and the anchor leg candidates weren't doing very well. The procedure was being watched by Mary, a first year convent-educated girl, who'd popped in for a cheese roll - she had never drunk alcohol.

"Why don't you just pour it down?" she asked. To the scornful: "Think you can do better?" she said "I can do it with milk - I've never drunk beer."

So she had a go - 3.5 secs for the first pint, 4.5 secs for the second. She was in the team, and won us the contest that year.

It's remarkable to see (with anyone doing it). She tipped her head back, opened her throat and poured the pint down without swallowing.

That's all, folks.

Phil


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Aug 15 - 05:12 PM

Well I could drink a pint in three seconds. Not a skill, not a manly thing, just a knack. And your drinking game is one I recognise, but we weren't allowed to just put the empty glass on the table. We had to put it upside-down on our heads! :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Beer anecdotes-any length
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 29 Aug 15 - 04:31 AM

But what about the historians?


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