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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Ladies and Gentlemen, I like to drink by myself.

Now, before you call rehab for me, let me explain. First off, I have had maybe ten beers since Memorial Day, and even before that, I got truly drunk maybe three, four times a year. But I find the best alcohol-related experiences, for me, are spur of the moment benders in which I drink seven or eight beers, sit in the dark, and listen to classical music. I'm not kidding. I love it. No, I don't do it every day. Last night I had a beer and a half and listened to classical music...that's the closest I've been to the experience in a long time. Beautiful mistress, beer, but full of calories.

I suppose I don't mind getting drunk with people, either, but I don't do it as much. People in my neighborhood are big on the "get drunk in the backyard on summer nights" thing, which is ok but starts to bore me but, oh, June 10th. I don't like "going drinking" with the people around here because the nights out feel like a sad and pathetic attempt to reclaim lost youth.

By the way, I'm primarily a beer person. Like I think I said in the decaf thread, I don't drink wine. Bleh. I can sometimes do whiskey shots but not often.

And you? How do you prefer your alcohol, if at all? In what setting, form, etc? What have been your best/worst alcohol related experiences?

Books Ring Mah Bell I love a good, dark beer. Porters and stouts... YUM. One or two is my limit. Ask RA how bad it is when I hit beer #3! I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. (moscato, cabernet, pinot noir...)
I very rarely do shots as I am not a kid anymore and can't tolerate it. Tequila is a huge no-no. (bad BAD experiences) I never drink alone, it's always in a social setting. While I enjoy a nice beer or good glass of wine, if I never had either again I would not miss it.

A best drunk scenario? My 30th b-day last year. Good times.

Worst? Tequila related...

shellyindallas I'm a beer person, too. (As you know, Anthony). And American craft breweries make some of the best beers out there--including lagers. I can drink Full Sail Session Lager like water. I haven't been able to drink Lambic beers since my early 20s, they are just too sweet and tart. And wine gets me too drunk too fast--not to mention the headaches. Plus, wine drinkers typically aren't as fun as beer drinkers to drink with.
Still, I don't drink that often, or that much when I do drink. I had the unpleasant experience of being raised with a drunk, too. That and my bf is a lousy drunk. After so many times of wondering what he'd said to who or where he'd run off to, I stopped being able to just enjoy drinking and really let loose. Now when I do drink, I do it when he's not around. Still, I tend to keep it to just a couple of drinks. The other night my friends called me a teetotaler.
I liked hearing about the way you drink, RA. My bf says I'm too judgmental of his drinking (which I probably am), and lately he's taken to doing the same as you. Rarely drinking but when he does doing it alone, in the dark, with his music on. I started to think it was weird, but hearing you do the same is reassuring.

message 4: by Kelly (last edited Oct 21, 2008 06:58AM) (new)

Kelly I tend to be mostly a wine drinker. My favorites are Pinot Grigios- and I'm very specific about what region they come from, etc, I've had them so much, German Reislings, the occasional Pinot Noir. I also like mixed drinks: generally vodka, rum, or whiskey based. I hate beer- I had one cider I liked once, that's pretty much it. There's pretty much no way in hell you'll get me to drink it.

I tend to only drink with people. Alcohol is calories, so if I'm going to consume all of that, I don't want to just waste it on myself alone. I'm just as happy drinking tea while reading or listening to music, and I can have impromptu dance parties by myself without alcohol- which is what I do if I am ever drunk by myself, usually after an evening out when I haven't sobered up yet.

The SO and I have a Friday ritual of buying a bunch of wine and just bitching about our week and life in general together, sharing fantasies, whatever we feel like talking about. That's usually my getting tipsy for the week. Okay, occasionally very drunk. You caught me. Whatever, I'm 22. It's gonna happen. Also, it happens to be my favorite evening of the week.

The new ritual is trying a new cocktail every week from a home bartender's guide I bought him, to go with the new meal that I make every week (I'm teaching myself to cook now, it's awesome!). Last week we did "the FBI", which was horrible. However, I was introduced to the "baby Guiness," shot which was actually really good. And has no Guinness in it at all.

Shelley: I take exception to the idea that wine drinkers aren't fun! I'm a giggly, energetic, talkative drunk who likes to dance, drunk-dial, sing, and get involved in belligerently fought games of Scrabble. So, bah! At least.. if your idea of "fun," is me making an idiot of myself. :)

shellyindallas Kelley- Yeah, sounds like our definitions of fun aren't the same.
Oh, to be 22 again!

message 6: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Oh dear, have I just labeled myself as the lush of this group now? Oh no!

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RandomAnthony | 14536 comments calls authorities on Kelly

shellyindallas I think the last beer I had, I was 4, it was my dad's, we were on the car port on a hot day, and my Cocker Spaniel had about a third of it.

To be sure, Lambic is beer. Still, this may have something to do with why you don't like beer.

message 9: by Kelly (new)

Kelly sends intervention team to RA

Sherri: Awesome! Sounds like our tolerances are similiar, though I won't go to sleep for awhile unless I'm already tired. I wish I had that sobering up immediately talent! Sigh. I suppose it will come after more years of building tolerance.

Ha! Your dad did the European give your kids alcohol early thing. I've always thought letting kids taste it in their early teens isn't a terrible idea. They're more likely to realize that it tastes bad (especially at that age), and it loses that whole lure of the forbidden thing. I'm not saying hand over a whole glass of the stuff, but quick tastes won't hurt anyone. My parents were very strict about never letting me have any alcohol, and it definitely was a huge acting out thing the first time I got smash drunk.

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RandomAnthony | 14536 comments (BRMB assaults furniture come beer #3, by the way)

message 11: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 21, 2008 08:23AM) (new)

I love stouts and porters, too. I love one with dinner or 4 or so without dinner. Black Butte Porter is my favorite. Or McMenamins Black Rabbit! Yummmmmm. I don't think you should be able to see through your beer, and I'd rather have diet coke than a pale ale or a hefeweizen.

I also love wine, if it's good. Bad wine gives me headaches, but good wine is like a magic elixer.

I also LOVE champagne, but I rarely get the good stuff, as its expensive. I drink champagne WAY too fast and can definitely finish a bottle too quickly. Does anyone know of a cheap but delicious, sorta dry, but not too dry champagne? Thanks.

I also like hard alcohol, but only in drinks from good bars who use delicious ingredients and from bartenders who know what they're doing. A good bloody mary is incredible at the right time.

I don't do shots, anymore, except last Tuesday, which was a bad idea, so I'm back to the "I don't do shots" stance.

I am a social drinker. I rarely drink alone and I rarely drink when depressed. Drinking when depressed and alone sounds horrible. I don't do that.

P.S. I like Lambic, too.

message 12: by shellyindallas (last edited Oct 21, 2008 08:47AM) (new)

shellyindallas Geez, Montambo--you covered it all! I agree with you about cocktails, it can be risky business at some bars. I love Old Fashioneds, but 9 out of 10 bars can't make them worth a shit.

What is your idea of a cheap affordable Champagne? I like Prosecco (not technically Champagne since it's not from the region, but just as bubbly and good), and there are a lot of good $15-$25 options. I also like Sofia Coppola's Sparkling White which you can get for under $25. Some Cavas are decent, but they're a bit trickier.

As for dark beers, have you ever had the chance to try one of my most favoritist dark beers,nay,beers period, in the world-- Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti?? If not, you're missing out!

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I am going to enter all three names into my cell phone notepad to whip out next time I'm at the store. THanks, Shelly!

message 14: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Guinness? (Jacks, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit...:)

When I was little I used to sit in my dad's lap and beg sips of his scotch, or sit in my grandfather's lap and beg sips of his Hamm's beer. In high school I used to chug warm 40s of Olde English or St. Ides, because it had more alcohol content and it was what we could buy at 15 in the Vietnamese Market by school.

As a result I may have destroyed my taste buds prematurely. Much like coffee, I don't like my alcoholic beverages to actually taste like alcohol. It must be masked and fruity like this yummy frozen lemonade thing they do at Outback or taste like melted ice cream (i.e. Bailey's, Kahlua & Milk...that sort of thing.). If I can taste the alcohol, forget it.

message 15: by Chloe (new)

Chloe (countessofblooms) | 347 comments Mmmmmm..... booze. I do so enjoy it. I started my love affair with beer through the dark porters and stouts that have received much love upthread. Lately, though, it's been all about IPAs for me- the hoppier the better. Deschutes has a couple great beers in their Bond St. Series- Hop Trip and Hop Henge- which are like the nectar of god to me. I've been home-brewing for a couple of years now but have yet to make anything near as tasty as those.

Wine is a new like for me. I really used to not be a fan but my tastes are slowly changing to appreciate it more.

I really enjoy hard alcohol. A dry Bombay Sapphire martini, Maker's on the rocks, vodka tonics- they're my go-to drink of choice when out and about. I'm with Sarah- I don't do shots. Until I do one. Then I hate myself the next morning.

I've never really been a fan of drinking alone. Drinking is a social activity, whether you're at home or out at a pub.

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Hey, Logan, we're booze twins.

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Oh wait, except that you have abandoned porters for IPAs.

message 18: by Chloe (new)

Chloe (countessofblooms) | 347 comments Amelia, if you like fruity drinks you should try Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy if you ever see it around. We saw it for the first time when we were in Wisconsin earlier this summer and it was easily the best fruity drink I think I've ever had.

message 19: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Mmmmm, I drink so rarely that it's hard to say, but I think that ideally I prefer RA's way. There's something romantic and thoughtful about it. I'm a pretty introverted girl, so the cat calling, life of the party, rabble rouser isn't really my thing. I'm not that crazy about bars and if I am there I prefer a booth in the corner where I can watch people unobtrusively.

message 20: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Um, Shandy is beer and lemonade...gack! I used to live in England, my ex-mother in law used to drink those. Blech!!!

Ummm, but thanks for thinking of me.

message 21: by Chloe (new)

Chloe (countessofblooms) | 347 comments I still have a deep love of dark beers. We had a Nitro Stout from Pyramid last night that was a meal in itself. I just like the myriad flavors in a good IPA more now.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I don't like beer. Wine is okay when I am out at a good restaurant that has done the finding of good wine for me. Somehow, I never manage to pick out a good bottle at the grocery store. Maybe I should go by something other than how pretty I think the label is?
I have all the ingredients for a great Mai Tai at home, but I rarely make one. I'll have cocktails out with friends, whatever sounds fun. I rarely have more than 2 drinks in a night. I get sentimental and loud, which can be embarrassing. :)

message 23: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
I'm with RA, drinking alone is the only way to go. Well, I'll modify that to drinking at home, where only Sweeter or a select group of friends can witness the inevitable descent into idiocy that is Sally on alcohol. Social drinking has led to many, many BAD behaviors on my part. Many.

My brother in law makes this yummerific concoction of Guinness and Sprite. I'm unable to make it myself when I want to drink Guinness alone, which is rare. So I depend on Joe to concoct. Drinking with Joe is also okay, because he married the sister of Sweeter, which makes our various tolerances quite similar.

message 24: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) I'm a wine snob. I also love to pair wine and food together. Montambo - have you tried Mumm Cuvee? You can get it from Target for under $20 and it's actually pretty good. Another good champagne for about $35 is Veuve Clicquot yellow label (non vintage).

As for beer, I prefer brown and red ales. Newcastle is my current favorite.

The only time I do shots are on people's birthdays (it's kind of a tradition) and then it has to be Patron silver.

I do like mixed drinks and cocktails. I'm with Logan. I like Bombay Sapphire martinis, Maker's Mark Manhattans, Grey Goose l'Orange with soda, and a good margarita on the rocks.

message 25: by Lori (new)

Lori Bwahaha Petra, funny!

I'm like Sherri. I've always been a cheap cheap date, plus I don't really drink because when I did have a drink I'd end up being extremely silly (OK that was fun) but then yawning til my face hurt. Drinking was fun at parties, but other than that I was a pot fiend. I loved getting stoned alone and sitting with nature, listening to music.

Now I don't do that either. No parties, no pot, but lots and lots of GR!

message 26: by Valerie (new)

Valerie | 21 comments I'll drink anything - cheap wine and nice wine. Champagne. Cocktails. I like dark beers and Guinness, but I have been known to drink a Bud when the summer first hits (which is especially enjoyable if you're sitting in a lawn chair that looks like this:

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Vodka, tequila, bourbon, whiskey... bring it on.

I draw the line at Zima, though.

message 27: by Amanda (last edited Oct 21, 2008 10:10PM) (new)

Amanda (randymandy) Ask Nick and Rusty how much I like to drink.

This reminds me: Sunday I was at a restaurant and I asked for an amaretto on the rocks for my dessert. The bartender brought me a rocks glass filled to the brim with amaretto, and he only charged me for a single. I have never been so happy in my life.

message 28: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (randymandy) Val, give up Zima if you must (and you must), but whatever you do, don't give up Bartles & Jaymes.

message 29: by RandomAnthony (last edited Oct 22, 2008 02:37AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Zima is done! You have no choice but to give up Zima!


Don't cry!

message 30: by Kirk (new)

Kirk | 154 comments I thought Zim died about 1996.... I didn't even know it was still around. RIP, fake Sprite!

message 31: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (ingenting) I like vodka.

message 32: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
A teacher friend of mine last summer randomly said one day in mid-May, "I feel a bender coming on, it's called Summer."

message 33: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (randymandy) 36 + 37 = TLA

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Amanda (randymandy) Dudes, today, I asked the internet if I could add a breathalizer to my keyboard (you know, so I could stop drunk posting...) and I was TOTALLY denied! They don't give those things out for free!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fuck the internet! Where is socialism when I need it???

Books Ring Mah Bell I think you mean "Obamaism", Mands.

I enjoy your drunk posts.

message 36: by Meen (new)

Meen (meendee) | 1733 comments This might help, Manders:


message 37: by Hayley (new)

Hayley | 5 comments I like two drinks - malibu and coke and a English cider called Kapperberg Pear Cider and it is delicious and tastes yummy.

I had my big drinking days at University, good I had some fun times getting drunk and causing havoc on campus with the rest of the cheerleading squad. I think one drunk incident of streaking across campus says everything.

These days I don't drink as much and only drink once a month - I can't do the hangovers adnI'm only 24 lol

message 38: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17346 comments Mod
The hangovers only get worse, I've discovered.

I'm back on wine. In the evenings, while grading. It is lovely.

message 39: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I like to do it moderately. Frequently, but moderately. Sometimes when I'm traveling alone, but only with a meal. Never sit in a bar and drink anymore. Hate hangovers with a passion.

message 40: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu | 1009 comments I love cognac...

message 41: by Cosmic Sher (new)

Cosmic Sher (sherart) | 2234 comments Never did the bar thing, just not me. I've only been very drunk 3 times, and it was not pretty! (I don't have a strong stomach)

So, I don't drink very often and only have 1 or 2 at a time. My favorite are margharitas on the rocks with goooood tequila, or the italian marg's at Olive Garden, but they're more like candy anyway. I have a Heff with lemon about once a year, and a glass of wine maybe 3 times that much. I'm a sucker for lemon drops, but could drink about 10 at a time, so I don't. Same with many other candy drinks.

My favorite thing to drink, when I'm cooking dinner & really in the mood, is a bastardized marg that I made up: 1 12 oz can Diet Mt Dew, 2 shots goooood tequila (but Cuervo Gold will do in a pinch), a bit of orange juice, a splash of grenadine or the cherry juice from marichino cherries, and a good squirt of lime juice. Yummy! By the time I'm finished the meal is done cooking and I'm just happy & buzzed. I think I cook better that way... all loosey-goosey.

But I do get hangovers if I'm not careful. (sigh) I just wish other things were legal that don't give hangovers the next morning. ;)

message 42: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I've tried, tried, tried to like wine. But it's bad.

Maybe I'll try the Sherrie thing.

message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

Margharitas on the rocks - Excellent, may have to go home and have one tonight.

Matthew Cognac? - never have acquired the taste.

RA the only wine I care to drink is a Riesling (the sweet one not the dry one), have you tried that?

message 44: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I don't drink a lot these days, but I'm a sucker for a good beer. Or a good wine (current favorite: Malbec). Or a good whiskey. I usually have a shot of whiskey before we play, and a beer during the show. Then afterward, people want to buy me drinks, but by then I'm usually done drinking for the night. I never used to get hangovers, but I've started feeling lousy the day after I drink, even if I haven't had much. One or two drinks, tops. It's probably better for me that way, anyhow.

message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

Beer is a given for me, and with Brew pubs all around and the different seasons, there is always a new one to try.

message 46: by RandomAnthony (last edited Feb 20, 2009 08:19AM) (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Never did, Jim...at least not to my knowledge.

The last time I tried wine was at a great dinner in Rome, but I hated it and had to steal a water carafe from further down the table because the wine made me thirsty.

I usually only do one or two beers too, Sarah. Maybe a couple times a year I get really drunk. But that's it.

message 47: by Croyle (new)

Croyle Smith | 29 comments Last time I had a alcoholic drink was December 31, 1993, Prior to that I drank every night. LOL worked at a club in Miami.On Jan.3,1994 stone cold sober I was in a auto accident. Hit by a 19 year old drunk driver. Never touched the stuff again.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I had a pear cider last night, which was okay if a little too hoppy. Whoo!

message 49: by Jackie "the Librarian" (last edited Feb 20, 2009 06:00PM) (new)

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I need help. I'm about to buy tequila as a birthday present, and I don't want to end up with crappy booze.

I'm also getting Cointreau. See, it's all a ploy to get my friend to make better margaritas than the ones he's made me drink before. :(

Sooo, what kind of tequila should I get? I know I shouldn't get anything TOO fancy, as it is going into a mixed drink. On the other hand, I've heard horror stories of hangovers so bad you want to die caused by cheap tequila...

message 50: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Jose Cuerva Gold. It's golden.

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