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Ed's '100 Beers of Solitude' BeerLOG - Mon Aug 12, 2013, 08:01 PM
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Needed a space for discussing the beers I am committed to drink for my latest Shares and Staking Offer.

I know - it sounds like a stroke of genius - however....

If all goes to schedule I have 20 days to play 100 cash buy-in tournaments and drink 100 beers. So average 5 a day of each.

That's a bit more poker than usual for me - but a drastic reduction in the beers.



Anyone wants to discuss their preferred brews or give me any suggestions feel free to post here.



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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:32 AM
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BEER NUMBER 1

McEwans Champion

It has 'No1' on the neck label - so quite apt to kick off my new tournament run. Also I am obviously hoping to be a 'Champion' at these tourneys.

To be honest, what was the largest brewery in Edinburgh, now partly redeveloped, partly still a building site, which was based on a large site to the west of the centre of Edinburgh alongside the canal, and was the main contributor to Edinburgh smelling like a brewery as you came in along the Western Approach Road - produced few beers I was particularly fond of, and this is my favourite of their current range. Its quite dark and rich, and at 7.3% ABV also quite 'efficient' if you know what I mean.

One bottle should last me through an MTT even if I run deep - especially as I shall be sipping it delicately from a small wine glass and concentrating on my game!

MORE BEERS LATER!

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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:53 AM
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BEER NUMBER 1

McEwans Champion

It has 'No1' on the neck label - so quite apt to kick off my new tournament run. Also I am obviously hoping to be a 'Champion' at these tourneys.

To be honest, what was the largest brewery in Edinburgh, now partly redeveloped, partly still a building site, which was based on a large site to the west of the centre of Edinburgh alongside the canal, and was the main contributor to Edinburgh smelling like a brewery as you came in along the Western Approach Road - produced few beers I was particularly fond of, and this is my favourite of their current range. Its quite dark and rich, and at 7.3% ABV also quite 'efficient' if you know what I mean.

One bottle should last me through an MTT even if I run deep - especially as I shall be sipping it delicately from a small wine glass and concentrating on my game!

MORE BEERS LATER!

Ed

Gl 2 us ED.. enjoy the 'beerfest" /.. if we win ..I might just drink a few Castle Lagers on you


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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 11:59 AM
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If you want a brew from my city try the Little Creatures Pale Ale. Nice brew.

gl in the poker too lol
 
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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 12:27 PM
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So average 5 a day of each.

That's a bit more poker than usual for me - but a drastic reduction in the beers.
I lolled. Have fun!


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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:32 PM
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Multitabling the beers with a positive ROI is a solid brag.
Cheers!
 
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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:47 PM
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Multitabling the beers with a positive ROI is a solid brag.
Cheers!
That's definitely the plan!

Unfortunately the first beer lasted longer than the first tournament - don't think I've ever taken over 77 minutes to drink a 500ml bottle of beer before in my life - (well, maybe the first one ever when I was twelve or something).

The time of 77 minutes taken from my tracker software - currently showing ROI minus 100% - not terrible though, just looking at the 69 hands I had dealt me - one AKo, (in the blinds - called a raise oop and missed a co-ordinated medium cards board) one AQs (exit hand) one JJ (gave up on having raised pre and tried one c-bet on Ace high flop) and one 66 (called behind missed and folded flop) did not have too many opportunities.

Thinking that I need to buy 'BeerTracker4' for this thread though.

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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 02:52 PM
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Just been looking at the 'Castle Lager' and 'Little Creatures Pale Ale' websites. Don't think I have ever tried either of those, but the Little Creatures Pale Ale especially looks very much the style of beer I would really like - though a nice lager is always welcome. I will certainly be drinking some of our excellent Scottish Pale Ale - so many good wee breweries up here nowadays. I will check my local specialist beer outlet though as a good chance they would have these South African and Aussie brews as well.

Thanks for the info.

Now better look for a couple of games and drink a couple more, or I will have to drink 9 tomorrow to keep up - which would be a little bit...... still below average....



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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 03:20 PM
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Beer No2 - A bottle of Cairngorm Breweries 'Trade Winds' a beer I have always liked from the barrel of any bar with a well kept cellar, it is also pretty good from the bottle. A hint of elderflower but not too much, very quaffable, though not weak at 4.3%.

This accompanying my second tourney, my first STT - a $1.50 Fifty50 - and then I will carry my glass through to the PSO WCOOP Special training room.

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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 05:27 PM
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BEER NUMBER 1

McEwans Champion

Its quite dark and rich, and at 7.3% ABV also quite 'efficient' if you know what I mean.
Sounds like a very nice beer to sip over an hour, similar to?

 
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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 05:58 PM
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Sounds like a very nice beer to sip over an hour, similar to?

Not really much like Leffe - my memory of it at least - which could be a bit 'hazy'

I tend to go for the blonde Leffe not brown - or more often a large bottle of La Chouffe perfecty for sharing - (with myself).

My third tourney beer was in fact a French 'supermarket stubby' lager - found in the fridge - I shall comment more on those tomorrow - but hopefully have some Belgian brews in the course of this run too.

Off for a good nights sleep - back at the tables tomorrow afternoon.

Cheers all



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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 07:17 PM
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Hey Ed,
I do agree with Birdayy's chose of brew but can be a little pricey.

My favorite brew is Coopers Pale ALe.
http://www.coopers.com.au/?coopers15...-beer/pale-ale

But if you like a bit of punch with your brew try James Boag's Premium at 5% from Tasmania.
http://www.boags.com.au/#/brands/pre...ar/background/

What is your favourite brew ed I might give it a try.

Cheers Chuckkky
 
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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 09:36 PM
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not sure if you can get it in uk

but drank a lot of Tusker larger when in Kenya

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Wed Aug 14, 2013, 09:51 PM
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BEER NUMBER 1

McEwans Champion

... what was the largest brewery in Edinburgh

Gosh, lately I've been soo thirsty

I don't drink a lot, but it's been interesting hearing all about these different beer brands. But it looks like they don't sell this brand in Toronto?


Does everybody have a big selection of imported beers available where you live?

In Ontario, these two multi-national beer corporations (Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Molson Coors Brewing Company) have a monopoly on the sale of beer at this one store called 'The Beer Store', so most of the beer that gets sold in the province is theirs. And I guess they don't keep in supply too much of the competition ... this list here looks like quite a bit, but if they don't offer one of Scotland's most popular brands (and don't offer ant from Australia), then it sounds like maybe we're missing out?

http://www.thebeerstore.ca/beers/sea...size=0&=Submit

We get Guinness from Ireland ... yum And they seem to carry something in stock called 'Crest Super' with a 10% ABV?

This is the selection of 'UK' beers available in Ontario ... are any of them Scottish?:

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Wed Aug 14, 2013, 10:52 PM
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Hi Ed


A similar question to Sam's Ed
Is there much of a Canadian Brew contingency across the pond?
Any chance u may enjoy a pint or two?

One of the prettiest towns in the country to have a Brewery is in Creemore Ontario
They use copper kettle, don't pasteurize and use spring-water from a local fast moving cold source.
The nearby Mad River is gorgeous, and the small community is a real throwback in time.


Many of their unique brews are centuries old German inspired.

Been fun following your Brewgress (brand new word) Ed


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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 05:15 PM
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Hi Beer Lovers!

Thanks for the input - sorry for not keeping this thread up to date.

I have been working on the main 'Shares and Staking' thread for this offer - after a few days I think I have the format almost right - so I can put a bit more in here.

My great idea of 100 beers for tourneys is already showing flaws - but I will work round them. Yesterday's games I was drinking generic French lagers - stubby bottles available in variations in any UK supermarket in multi-packs of 25cl bottles - and you know what? They are fine. I have a whole theory but suffice to say here, I spent some time France in the 70s/80s. Not sure if I particularly like the French lager or just the memories it evokes. Of course at the time I was seen as a peasant because I preferred the lager to the Vin de Table. But trying to be honest - I love beer - I have my own tastes - I like a bit of quality but I am happy with any cold beer on a mild day. I am closer to a peasant than a connossieur.

I am now drinking a very nice beer from Williams Brewery - called 'Good Times' 500cl bottle - 5% - never had this particular brew before but it goes down nice. I know the brewery and their other products (based in Alloa - north of Edinburgh other side of the Firth of Forth) because I used to live in the 'wee county' of Clackmannanshire when I was working at Stirling University - about the time the brewery was set up.

They produce very good beers, available on tap in many pubs - but that also retain their quality in a bottle.

I'm going to have to speed up on my goals a bit - so off for a proper session - funny how poker and drinking terms interrelate like that.

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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 05:31 PM
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If you want a brew from my city try the Little Creatures Pale Ale. Nice brew.

gl in the poker too lol
I was in my specialist local beer shop today and apparently they can source this, and get a batch every so often, but had none in stock. I asked them to let me know when they next have some - which was np so looking forward to trying it in future. There are other specialist shops that might have it in stock as well, so if I go to them soonI will ask. It is on my list as one well worth trying.

Cheers

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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 05:35 PM
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Hey Ed,
I do agree with Birdayy's chose of brew but can be a little pricey.

My favorite brew is Coopers Pale ALe.
http://www.coopers.com.au/?coopers15...-beer/pale-ale

But if you like a bit of punch with your brew try James Boag's Premium at 5% from Tasmania.
http://www.boags.com.au/#/brands/pre...ar/background/

What is your favourite brew ed I might give it a try.

Cheers Chuckkky
These look great - the Coopers sounds familiar - but may be mixing it up as the name/term is not uncommon in the beer world. James Boag is a unique name - I have definitely never heard of it! Thanks for the links.

My favourite beer? Only possible answer I could come up with is - the next one!

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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 05:49 PM
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not sure if you can get it in uk

but drank a lot of Tusker larger when in Kenya

Grade b

Never seen or heard of this myself Grade b - but the way things are - it may well be available.

I have a friend working in Africa - last time I heard from him he was in in Tanzania, but think he had spent time in Kenya at some point - who told me many stories of the available alcohol products and their effects. Didn't really want to try any of them going on his stories.

Tusker is an unfamiliar brand to me. I will check out all these brand names though as you can get so many global brands, big or small producers, these days.

Cheers Grade b



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Thu Aug 15, 2013, 06:05 PM
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Gosh, lately I've been soo thirsty

I don't drink a lot, but it's been interesting hearing all about these different beer brands. But it looks like they don't sell this brand in Toronto?


Does everybody have a big selection of imported beers available where you live?

In Ontario, these two multi-national beer corporations (Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Molson Coors Brewing Company) have a monopoly on the sale of beer at this one store called 'The Beer Store', so most of the beer that gets sold in the province is theirs. And I guess they don't keep in supply too much of the competition ... this list here looks like quite a bit, but if they don't offer one of Scotland's most popular brands (and don't offer ant from Australia), then it sounds like maybe we're missing out?

http://www.thebeerstore.ca/beers/sea...size=0&=Submit

We get Guinness from Ireland ... yum And they seem to carry something in stock called 'Crest Super' with a 10% ABV?

This is the selection of 'UK' beers available in Ontario ... are any of them Scottish?:

Click to show hidden text
I'm surprised Canada hasn't had the boom in smaller quality craft breweries that we have had in Scotland over the last 10 or more years. The USA has had that boom as far as I can see, and produce good bottled beers which are available here. I used to avoid mass produced American beers in favour of better fare, but I begrudgingly thought that their products were acceptable. Nowadays we have many imported American bottled beers that are interesting and some are excellent - (I won't name them until I have one in my hand) but I am struggling to think of any Canadian beer that is easily available.

Here's a plan. Move to Canada - produce the best beer ever - play poker.

Good business plan eh - but funding? Does Negreanu appreciate good ale? If yes - sorted!

Ed


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