Monday, March 7th, 2011

Beer Games with Bummy: Mexican Dice

My friend Bummy sat down with me to help explain a fun drinking game called “Mexican Dice” Here is a slide show explaining how to play. (I’ve never made one of these before, and I know the slides go pretty fast, so until I figure out to fix it, you should probably manually go through the slides.

Mexican Dice is just another fun game to play if you and your friends don’t feel like going out for the night.  And remember, don’t forget to comment. CHEERS!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Places to Drink: Brathaus

The facade of Brathaus in Bowling GreenNothing against night clubs, but I’m more of a hole in the wall kind of guy. And by all means, Brathaus is the perfect hole in the wall (in a good way of course). Located on 115 E Court Street, near Cookie Jar and Corner Grill, Brathaus is a great place to just relax and have a few drinks.  You could almost call the Brathaus a sports bar, you can tell they love their Falcon Hockey there.  A couple of tvs over the bar, and big screen at one end of the building, offers a pretty good environment to watch a game.  Unlike some other bars in town, Brathaus doesn’t have the wide variety, but that’s not what the place goes for.  Each night they have fantastic deals on Natty, Bud light, and Molsen.  Their happy hour deals on Fridays are a can’t miss.  Almost everything is served in a plastic cup, so it may look cheap, but its all part of the environment. No one wants to clean up broken glass.The drink, "Legal Joint"

The one drink brathaus is know for is the “Legal Joint.” The mixed drink contains 1oz amaretto, 1 oz rum, 1 oz vodka and the rest of the cup is topped off with orange juice.  The legal joint is a perfect blend of sweetness and sting.  For three bucks you get you get a great mixed drink that no place in town sells.


For all the bars I visit, I like to rate them on 5 areas; selection of beer/drink, price of drinks, atmosphere (music, crowd size, etc), cover charge, and things to do (Pool, Darts, Karaoke, etc). All of these areas will be ranked on a scale of 1 to 10, one being bad, ten being good.

Selection: 5
Price: 8
Atmosphere: 6
Cover: 10  (21 and up only)(free)
Things to do: 6 (one pool table and a golden tee, but this is a reminiscing bar)
Overall: 7 (out of 10)


Remember, don’t forget to comment, and Cheers!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Places to Drink: Grumpy Dave’s Pub

Logo for Grumpy Dave's Pub

The official logo of Grumpy Dave's Pub

For anyone of you who know me, or will soon get to know me, you know that I love beer. Not in the way Homer Simpson loves beer, but it the way that lets a poor college kid like me travel the world through tasting beer. I did a fair amount of traveling growing up thanks to my Nana and Grandpa, and I’ve been to Europe twice when I was in high school. But now that I’m getting ready to graduate college, I need to find a real job and I wont be able to have the time to travel as much as I always wanted to. So i use beer to travel now. There’s a lot you can learn about a country by the beer they have. What kind of ingredients are available to the people, does the country have a vast history of beer, do other countries influence other countries beers? There are so many questions to be answered.

So I allow the tasting to tell the story. And there is no better place in town to do that than at Grumpy Dave’s Pub. Located just above Easy Street Cafe, near the corner of Main St and Wooster, Grumpy Dave’s Pub has a huge variety of bottled beers. With well over 105 different beers from over 19 countries and the United States, Grumpy Dave’s has a ton of taste for a pretty good price. Some of my favorite beers I’ve tried here are Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, Murphys Irish Stout, and Harp. Now I’m not saying i would never have tried these beers, but Grumpy Dave’s was a convenient place to try them all.

For all the bars I visit, I like to rate them on 5 areas; selection of beer, price of beer, atmosphere (music, crowd size, etc), cover charge, and things to do (Pool, Darts, Karaoke, etc). All of these areas will be ranked on a scale of 1 to 10, one being bad, ten being good.

Grumpy Dave’s Pub
Selection: 10
Price: 7
Atmosphere: 6
Cover: 7 (usually free, cover on Fridays for bands, $2-3 and for Comedians on Tuesdays, prices vary)
Things to do: 7 (three pool tables and Saturday Karaoke Night is a great time.)
Overall: 7.4

Here’s a video interview I did with Grumpy Dave himself last December, and remember don’t forget to comment! Cheers!

Grumpy Daves Pub from Brendan Packert on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Even during tough times, wine can be affordable

Piggybacking on my last post, I know that wine isn’t immune to the trouble of this recession.  I was watching WTOL 11 on Tuesday evening at 6, and I saw this video from the Independent News Network (based out of Davenport, Iowa).  This was an interesting news story on how some people are buying wine during the recession. I just found it interesting since I know a lot of people out there drink wine.

Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Best Beer for your Buck

(Beer cave at the Frontier Travel Center in Bowman, North Dakota) 

So I’m pretty sure every broke college student at one point in time has been in a beer cave. These “caves” are in nearly every store that sells beer in Bowling Green, Ohio.  Whether its a gas station, grocery store, or the many carry-outs around town, beer drinkers alike always want to get the most for their money. Some people know exactly what they want to get when they walk in these caves, but sometimes people can spend minutes looking at the selection trying to figure out whats the best deal. Because I never settle for the same beer twice, I went out to 10 stores that sell beer in BG and did a little investigating to see who sells the cheapest beer. Now these prices are not sale prices, they’re their normal retail prices for Bud Light, Busch Light, and Miller Lite. I chose these three beers because i know they are fairly popular in town and that every store usually carries these three brands.  Its also the journalist in me that feels like revealing the truth, and I hope you haven’t been over-paying for beer all these times.

The stores I looked at were:
BP Gas Station 1059 North Main St (across from Little Caesars)
BP Gas Station 1602 East Wooster (across from Burger King)
Circle K on the corner of Wooster and Prospect (across from Buffalo Wild Wings)
BG Carry Out on Wooster (next to Domino’s pizza)
Campus Quarters Sports Bar and Carryout (corner of Wooster and State St.)
South Side 6 (Corner of South Main St and Napoleon Road)
Legends Wine & Spirits Liqueur Store (located in the same plaza as Jimmy Johns)
Walgreen Drug Store 1013 N Main St (across from Al-Mar Bowling Alley).

When i went to look at pricing, I only looked at five different sizes. There is a code that will follow the size)*
(not every store carries all of these sizes, but I’m going to tell you who has the cheapest of each size)
– 6 pack of cans (6c)
– 6 pack of bottles (6b)
– 12 pack of cans (12c)
– 12 pack of bottles (12b)
– Largest size either 24 or 30 pack (24c/24b or 30c)

(Not every store carries each of the sizes, but I’m going to tell you who has the best prices for each of the beers and sizes.)

Best Prices:

Bud Light

6c – Wine and Spirits Liqueur store.  $4.99

6b – BP gas Station 1059 North Main St.  $5.49

12c – South Side 6.  $9.99

12b –  Wine and Spirits Liqueur store. $10.99

24c – BP on N. Main Street, Circle K and Wine and Spirits Liqueur Store all sell 24 packs cans at $17.99

24b – BG Carryout.  $19.47

Busch/Busch Light

6c – Kroger, BP on N. Main St, BP on Wooster, and Circle K all sold at $5.49

6b – BP on Wooster (only seller) $4.99

12c – BP on N. Main Street, Kroger, Meijer, BP on Wooster and Circle K all sold at $7.99

12b – Kroger, BP on N. Main, BP on Wooster, Campus Quarters, Circle K all sold at $7.99

30c – Wine and Spirits Liqueur Store and South Side 6 both sold at $14.99

Miller Lite

6c – BP on N. Main St, BP on Wooster, Circle K all sold at $6.59

6b – BP on N. Main St and Circle K both sold at $5.49

12c – BP on N. Main St, Wine and Spirits Liqueur Store, Circle K, BG Carry Out, and South Side 6 all sold at $8.99

12b – Campus Quarters  $7.99

24c – BP on N. Main St, BP on Wooster, Wine and Spirits Liqueur Store, Circle K, BG Carry Out, and South side 6 all sold at $17.49

24b – BP on Wooster, Circle K and Wine and Spirits Liqueur Store all sold at $18.99

As you can tell, There can be a lot of places that competitively sell their beer.  And like I said earlier, these are their regularly priced beer.  I’m not here to post business’s sales or promotions.  But always keep a look out for a good sale, because that’s where the real savings are.  Never settle for going to the same business, because a lot of the time, there will be another store with the same or cheaper price on your favorite beer.

Leave your comments on my findings and let me know what you think.  Cheers BG.

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