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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

I've come across an abundance of beer-related sports stories recently, so I've decided to share some with you now.

Happy Hump Day.

1. College football's savior A decade ago, West Virginia was dealing with a binge-drinking problem at football games. Though alcohol wasn't sold in the stadium, its re-entry policy allowed fans to leave at halftime, lubricate themselves and return for the second half.


- The solution: In 2011, West Virginia began selling beer inside the stadium and banned re-entry. The results were so good (revenue was up, alcohol-related incidents were down) that more universities followed suit, warming to the idea of in-stadium beer sales as a form of public safety.

- Meanwhile, average attendance for FBS schools began to decline and has now fallen for five straight years, causing even more schools to embrace beer as a way to get butts in seats.....

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Liquid bread. Makes a person fat.

#1 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-28 01:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I'm wondering how many of those students are legally able to drink?

And what the university's exposure might be for selling beer as a form of public safety to those who may not be able to drink legally? Do the universities check ID?



#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-28 01:46 PM | Reply

I like stouts and porters in the winter, and citrusy IPA's in the summer.

The danker, the better.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-28 01:49 PM | Reply

@#3 ... stouts and porters in the winter ...

Oh yeah.

Around the holidays, this is my go-to brew...

Black Chocolate Stout
brooklynbrewery.com

https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/45/680/

 

(note that there is no chocolate in it of any type or form. One of the malts used has a chocolaty flavor when roasted.)

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-28 02:30 PM | Reply

-Meanwhile, average attendance for FBS schools began to decline and has now fallen for five straight years, causing even more schools to embrace beer as a way to get butts in seats.....

yet athletic budgets continue to rise. TV revenue is a big deal for them.

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2019-08-28 02:33 PM | Reply

@#5 ... TV revenue is a big deal for them. ...

... and cable and satellite TV subscribers tend to be the ones paying for that increasing sports revenue, whether they want to watch sports or not.

ESPN looks to be nearing $10 per month of your cable bill, and that is just one of the sports networks.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-28 03:05 PM | Reply

I actually hope they don't do this in Ann Arbor.

I drink plenty of beer before and after the games. If I had the ability to drink during the game I'd probably end up getting hammered. Also, given that most of the crowd is already well-oiled before the game starts I think this would be a bad idea. Things can get real ugly with an overly drunk crowd especially in a stadium that has more than 100,000 butts in seats every game.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-28 03:06 PM | Reply

Do the universities check ID? #2 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Not sure about other schools, but WVU does. Visited a friend there and even was able to see the traditional set-a-sofa-on-fire-in-the-frontyard event post-game.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-08-28 05:35 PM | Reply

Currently, I'm swillin on a STLIPA.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. St. Louis, Mo.

8.0 ABV

It's like eating a ham sammich.

#9 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-28 07:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Grilling 1.5" loin chops marinated in a garlic lime based infusion with avocado oil and pico. Using the leftover marinade to reduce down into a thick sauce to lather them babies with

Serving with fresh cilantro and a side of beans and Spanish rice.

#10 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-28 07:47 PM | Reply

#10 -- Avocado oil makes a killer mayonaisse. I sometimes mix it with 3:1 or so with olive oil. Don't use too much olive oil or it won't emulsify. Add a little fresh garic to the olive oil version and you have a nice aioli.

#11 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-28 07:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#11

I remember about 10 years ago I was making mayonnaise and I decided I wanted to kick it up by using olive oil instead of veggie oil. After three batches where it broke before the oil was fully emulsified I switched back to veg oil and it turned out great.

Lesson learned.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-28 08:14 PM | Reply

#12 -- you can usually get by with a fraction of olive oil, but not fully as you learned. And the largest fraction depends on the other oil. Canola oil is most forgiving when making a mayo. Still, I'd never use more than a 3:1 ration.

#13 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-28 08:17 PM | Reply

The recipe was something I came up with tonight. Well worth doing again but it really needs a teaspoon of agave nectar when reducing

#14 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-28 09:14 PM | Reply

Currently, I'm swillin on a STLIPA.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. St. Louis, Mo.

8.0 ABV

It's like eating a ham sammich.

#9 | Posted by lfthndthrds

UCBC is great. They throw pretty good events (can't wait for Octoberfest) and they're constantly coming out with new stuff.

I also love buying their bottles for my homebrew. Doubly nice since the bottles come with free beer in them.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-29 12:02 AM | Reply

I also love buying their bottles for my homebrew. Doubly nice since the bottles come with free beer in them.

#15 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2019-08-29 12:02 AM | FLAG:

I like the odd sizes. For around 10 - 11 bucks I can get a 4 pack of the STLIPA and they come in 18.5 oz bottles.

#16 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-29 06:52 AM | Reply

Cant use embossed bottles in competition unfortunately. I keg 90% now.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-29 07:52 AM | Reply

All you candyasses can rah-rah about your school finally selling 3.2 pisswater at games, but there's inly ONE Division 1 school who includes beer drinking in their fight song.

Go Navy!

#18 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-08-29 08:12 AM | Reply

It makes sense. You'd have to be drunk to sign up for the Navy.

Never Again Volunteer Yourself.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-29 09:11 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

I like the odd sizes. For around 10 - 11 bucks I can get a 4 pack of the STLIPA and they come in 18.5 oz bottles.

#16 | Posted by lfthndthrds

Those are the ones I like to use.

They're heavy glass and about a full pint (with proper headspace left at bottling), reducing the number of bottles I have to have lying around by 1/3.

$10-$11 seems a bit steep, though.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-29 01:14 PM | Reply

It was 10 dollars and change but I'm sure that market I stopped was pricey on everything. It was my first STLIPA but I'll be back for more.

#21 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-29 01:18 PM | Reply

If you can get others from UCBC definitely give them a try.

The only thing I haven't liked from them is their summer radler, but that's because I think those are gross no matter who makes them.

#22 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-29 01:32 PM | Reply

includes beer drinking in their fight song.

Go Navy! #18 | POSTED BY MUSTANG

Anchors aweigh?
Canoe club kids are nerds though

#23 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-08-29 01:34 PM | Reply

#23 "Through our last night ashore
Drink to the foam"....

The lyrics have changed over the 100+ years it's been around, and the newest version right and truly sucks. It was originally a football fight song, didn't mention drinking, and smack-talked the Army. It is the second stanza that is most often sung.

#24 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-08-29 02:43 PM | Reply

Until we meet once more.
Here's wishing you a happy voyage home.

;)

#25 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-08-29 04:06 PM | Reply

Worst thing about anything beer in a college town is 30 different types of IPA and nothing else. IPA is alright, but way overrated.

#26 | Posted by horstngraben at 2019-08-30 12:09 AM | Reply

Worst thing about anything beer in a college town is 30 different types of IPA and nothing else. IPA is alright, but way overrated.

#26 | POSTED BY HORSTNGRABEN

For whatever reason I've really developed a taste for it over the past year or so.

I do agree that they are over-prevalent in terms of availability.

I used to love porters and stouts but these days not so much.

#27 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-30 12:22 AM | Reply

I also love buying their bottles for my homebrew. Doubly nice since the bottles come with free beer in them.

#15 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2019-08-29 12:02 AM | FLAG:

I like the odd sizes. For around 10 - 11 bucks I can get a 4 pack of the STLIPA and they come in 18.5 oz bottles.

#28 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-08-30 12:49 AM | Reply

I also love buying their bottles for my homebrew. Doubly nice since the bottles come with free beer in them.

#15 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2019-08-29 12:02 AM | FLAG:

I like the odd sizes. For around 10 - 11 bucks I can get a 4 pack of the STLIPA and they come in 18.5 oz bottles.

#16 | Posted by lfthndthrds

I also love buying their bottles for my homebrew. Doubly nice since the bottles come with free beer in them.

#15 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2019-08-29 12:02 AM | FLAG:

I like the odd sizes. For around 10 - 11 bucks I can get a 4 pack of the STLIPA and they come in 18.5 oz bottles.

#28 | Posted by lfthndthrds

They've changed the matrix...

#29 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-30 01:08 AM | Reply

They've changed the matrix...

#29 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2019-08-30 01:08 AM | FLAG:

Huh??

#30 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-08-30 01:11 AM | Reply

I do agree that they are over-prevalent in terms of availability.

They were the hot beer for years. Every brewery had at least 3-4 different IPAs, most of them containing stupid high levels of hops. (like way past the point of being able to discern the difference level of hops)

However, while they're still really common I feel that they've faded enough such that they've gotten really good because what's left actually has a good malt:hop balance and the beers are hopped for more than just bitterness.

But it's getting into Octoberfest time, which is the beer new year for me. Octoberfest/marzen beers for the next two months, then we slide into winter beers/warmers followed by meal in a bottle holiday brews and spiced ales and capped off with spring bocks, saisons and belgians.

Summer light beers are a short break before starting the cycle all over again.

#31 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-30 01:15 AM | Reply

Huh??

#30 | Posted by LauraMohr

www.youtube.com

#32 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-30 01:17 AM | Reply

They were the hot beer for years. Every brewery had at least 3-4 different IPAs, most of them containing stupid high levels of hops. (like way past the point of being able to discern the difference level of hops)

In Kalamazoo we have a well-established craft-brew brewery called Bell's.

Year-round they produce a hoppy brew called 'Two-Hearted ale'. 7.0% abv

I like it quite a bit but it's a tad overly dry with a slightly astringent finish. These are minor gripes.

Every winter they do a limited edition release of 'Hopslam' $16 for a 6-pack and up until 2 years ago, you had to be in line at the local grocer to rush in when it opened in order to be able to snag a couple of 6-packs before it was all gone. It is 2-hearted on steroids but in a great way. On the front end the hops are more assertive but it's smoother overall and finishes long and really smooth. 2 years ago Bell's drastically increased supply and still rapidly sold it at high prices.

#33 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-30 01:27 AM | Reply

But it's getting into Octoberfest time...

#31 | POSTED BY JPW

We picked up a case of Spaten Octoberfest this week from Costco. It's always been one of my faves but we haven't seen it in these parts in a few years. I had one tonight. It is still excellent.

#34 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-30 01:29 AM | Reply

Sipping a dram of Highland Park 12 year and then I'm going to bed.

#35 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-30 01:41 AM | Reply

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