One of the favorite pastimes around CJS is partaking in a drink or several, as it has been well documented. We know we are not alone in this past time, and we are always curious about your drinking habits. And with all the choices of drinks out there these days, we asked: What are you drinking right now? Obviously not at this moment, unless you’re on vacation or have the most awesome job ever; but currently when you do have a drink what you ordering? We’ve got the first round and the following ones are on our readers.
Dagger: Ever since I watched Anthony Bourdain in Prague a few weeks ago, I can’t seem to get enough pilsner, or as they call it in the Czech Republic, pale lager. Something about watching Bourdain chowing down on all that pork, sausage, and other Central European goodness, then chasing it with a nice, crisp, and delicious pilsner just made me all tingly. I haven’t shaken it since.
The best place in Denver to drink pilsner is Sobo 151 where they have both Pilsner Urquell and Czechvar on tap. Czechvar is better known by its original name in its home country – Budweiser. Sound familiar? They founded their brewery in 1871 beating Anheuser Busch by a full five years. But since this is America, and that’s the Czech Republic, we get to drink Czechvar. I still like calling it Budweiser because it’s approximately 150 times better than the swill that comes out of St. Louis. So next time you’re out, ask for a Budweiser (or Budvar, as the case may be) and then when the bartender gets it wrong, demand the original Budweiser. And why should you do this?
Because pilsners are crisp, refreshing, a little bitter, and loaded with flavor. I’ve always liked my liquor to taste like liquor. Y’know, with some KICK. And while I love ales and porters and all the other beers, so many of them are so rich they taste like fucking country breakfast. My ideal beer has some bite, but finishes smooth. That’s the key. It’s a beverage, not a meal. Make it taste like a beverage. That’s why I love me some pilsner.
Hart: After spending a long month and a half of being sick, and not wanting to even think about drinking, I had to slowly ease myself back into it. I found the easiest thing to drink was smooth, dark Guinness.
Now this may seem like an odd choice while sick, what with the heaviness and the robust flavor and all. But I think what was really helpful about it, was the smoothness that comes from the use of nitrogen to make it. It doesn’t have the harsh bubbles of other beers. It’s almost like I’m not drinking a beer at all.
Drinking Guinness because it was the easiest after being sick eventually led me to remember just how tasty of a brew it is. Like dusting of the old NES, I have rediscovered my love for it and now I find myself starting my evenings of drinking with a pint. Sometimes I just like to stare at the glass before I drink it down. It just looks so good with its dark body and almost white head, very similar to Halle Berry in X-Men.
It’s also quite fitting with St. Patrick’s Day later this week.
We have let the European beer flow like wine at the CJS headquarters. Our readers, or least those who have responded, have gone a different route with their latest drinking endeavors.
CassieB: What am I drinking? The better question to ask is what am I NOT drinking? Is it wrong that ever since I had a baby 9 months ago, I drink about as much alcohol as I drank in college? But I know you need a specific answer, so here it is. Edna Valley Chardonnay. Great bottle of wine, great value. As I’ve shared in the past, I live in California, which is lucky enough to sell wine, beer and spirits in the grocery stores. The buying power of the large grocery chains such as Safeway (Vons) and Kroger allows them to list their booze at ridiculously cheap prices. This normally $20 bottle of wine has been on sale for about as many months as I have been without child in belly…for only $9.99! God love that tasty beverage called Edna Valley.
Lady E: My new drink of choice is a Dirty Shirley Temple. Dagger introduced this drink to me and I have hooked ever since. It is grenadine sprite and vodka. It is a drink for all occasions!
Bad day at work? Why not have a modified children’s drink to cheer you up? Hung over but need to rally? The sprite calms the stomach, and you are back in the game! Warm day in the sun? Have a fruity drink that you can get on the beach somewhere that is both alcohol filled and refreshing!
I swear this is the all purpose drink, I have yet to find an occasion where it is inappropriate.
Although, summer is nearing at a quick clip, and soon it will be the season for Hop Skip and Go Naked. The Dirty Shirley might have some competition in a month or two.
To all the fine beverage choices we have been offered in this Confessional we have but one thing to say, “Mmm…mmm, bitch!” All delicious drinks we just read about; and now we cannot wait to have another. There may be a liquid lunch calling our names, unless the bosses of our 9-5 jobs are reading, in which case we’re waiting until the 5 o’clock whistle blows. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
We would use any of these drinks to cheers and toast an important occasion, and luckily we’ve got one coming up. The Cru Jones Society Anniversary is right around the corner. For the past two years we have been bringing (mostly) funny articles to your computer screens and helping you pass the moments that make up a dull day. Now we want to hear from you about said articles. This week we want to know: What is your favorite CJS article we have ever posted? It can be your all-time fave, your favorite from each author, or a handful of ones you thought were most awesome. You have many to choose from and we can’t wait to hear your answers.
We want to know more about all our readers. So don’t hold back. If you haven’t confessed, or it’s been awhile, or even if you did it last week, we want to hear from you. Confession is good for your soul. Don’t be shy and send us your response, along with your posting name to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put them up next week.
Dagger & Hart
15 Mar 2010 CJS Staff