Facing government pressure, the folks at MillerCoors announced today they will stop making a beer-energy drink mix that contains caffeine and other stimulants. Government officials have said the high levels of caffeine in the drinks can actually mask intoxication. See the news report here. The Thirsty Beagle thinks adding caffeine to a beer would ruin the process of sitting down to relax and enjoy a beer, no? As for the drink, called Sparks, here’s what you see when you go to the drink’s Web site:
Maybe it won’t really be “coming soon.”
Who says a life dedicated to beer will get you nowhere? Try telling that to Wisconsinite Allan Hale. The 70-year-old recently became the 11th person inducted into the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame. Hale is a beer man at Lambeau Field, a position he’s held dating back to 1963. This year is his 46th season with the Pack. So what does getting into Green Bay’s Fan Hall of Fame get you? Four club tickets to the Packers home finale on Dec. 28 (against Detroit, of all teams, woo-hoo!), a $500 gift certificate and a road trip for two to a 2009 Packers away game.
The Thirsty Beagle wants to be put the Green Bay Packers into the The Thirsty Beagle Hall of Fame just for having a Fan Hall of Fame. Go Pack Go!
We have a winner in The Thirsty Beagle Beer Championship Series. It was a landslide, folks. Your champion is Flying Dog Tire Bite of Maryland. I will say this much for the FDTB people: They know how to get the vote out. Not so much for the Choc 1919 guys. So there you have it; 64 beers now down to one. Thanks to everyone who voted along the way. Hopefully we all had a little fun watching the bracket play out. Let’s hope the lesson we learned here is that anytime you can have a playoff, it’s a lot better than having some second-rate, subjective ranking criteria decide who gets to play for the championship. And to the Flying Dog guys: congrats, you’ve won the title of Oklahoma’s favorite beer. By all means, don’t be afraid to brag about your new standing, and in the process, spread massive amounts of publicity about The Thirsty Beagle around!
Hello all: Today is the last day to vote in The Thirsty Beagle Beer Championship Series. You can cast your vote in the comments section or by e-mail at email@example.com. It’s Choc 1919 of Oklahoma vs. Flying Dog Tire Bite of Maryland. It’s been fun running the bracket for the past month or so; hope the readers have enjoyed it. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow morning. Cheers!
I wrote officials with both the Choc and Flying Dog breweries last week, offering each a chance to play Mack Brown for a minute and plead for votes in the Beer Championship Series. The Flying Dog people sent me an e-Christmas card. The Choc guys decided to play along. Here is what self-styled “Certified Beer Guru” Joe Prichard had to say in support of Choc 1919:
“Well it all comes down to the big match-up: 1919 up against some tire-biting dog that got run out of
I have it from a good source that the doggie guys will not take it too hard, so go ahead and cast your vote for Choc 1919 and let’s send the pup home with his tail low.”
Thanks, Joe. You’re not just some Joe Six Pack to The Thirsty Beagle.
Just a reminder, you can cast your votes in the comments section or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Voting closes at 9 p.m. central time Wednesday.
The Thirsty Beagle knows there are such things as winter warmer beers, but I can guarantee you, a can of Budweiser is not one of them. A snow plow driver in Montreal was sent home over the weekend after he was seen driving his plow while sipping a can of Bud. Drinking and operating heavy machinery – in public no less – is never a wise choice, but good grief man, if you’re going to be dumb enough to do it, at least choose a more classy beer than that!
Voting is going strong in The Thirsty Beagle Beer Championship Series Finals, featuring the match-up of Choc 1919 vs. Flying Dog Tire Bite. I’ll keep tallying votes today and Wednesday, then I’ll post the winner Thursday morning. Remember, only one vote per person, per day. Thanks. Voting ends at 9 p.m. central time Wednesday.
You gotta love Canadians. A pair of movie theaters in the Toronto area now allow beer and wine sales in the theater. But fear not, some drunkard is not going to be pouring beer on a 6-year-old at the 10:30 a.m. showing of “Madagascar 2.” Much like the Warren Theatre in Moore, beer can only be purchased and consumed by adults in a separate screening area. The Thirsty Beagle thinks this is a nice development. And the best thing about the Toronto theater sales: A $4 glass of beer costs less than the popcorn at the concession stands.
BEER CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES UPDATE: Voting is underway today and will continue through Wednesday in the BCS. See the post below for the specifics and to cast your vote. Just a reminder: Standing up for the state of Oklahoma is Krebs-based Choc 1919, which is trying to fend off a charge from Flying Dog Tire Bite out of Maryland.
Coming up in Tuesday’s blog: A Choc brewer makes a case for his beer.
It all comes down to this in The Thirsty Beagle Beer Championship Series: Oklahoma Region winner Choc 1919 vs. USA Region winner Flying Dog Tire Bite. Your votes will determine Oklahoma’s favorite beer. Voting is open today, Tuesday and Wednesday — that’s right: Three days of voting. (Only one vote per person, per day, please.) You can cast your vote in the comments section, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Voting will close at 9 p.m. central time Wednesday, and I’ll announce the winner Thursday morning.
To see a little bit more about our competitors, check the posts below.
May Oklahoma’s favorite beer win!
“Starting with beer-perfect Krebs water, we blend American malted barley, wheat, and roasted malts with American-grown liberty and cascade hops to create more than just a beer… legendary Choc beer is unfiltered, so all the flavor we create stays where it belongs.”
The beer is 4% ABV and is brewed with American hefeweizen yeast and pale and white wheat.