Flush It Friday: What Are You Drankin’?

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Hail and kill, SMASH AND FLUSH, cheers and all that. The weekend approacheth, which means it’s time to jam some heavy merol and imbibe your mortal coil with a delicious beer or 69. So crack open a cold one around the bowl, show us what you plan on drankin’ this weekend, it’s Flush It Friday.

About two years ago my pancreas said it’s “had it up to here” with all that alcohol I was drinking, so I stopped. It wasn’t hard to do, but I had to reverse-engineer a few of the habits in me brain and program it differently. The first one was understanding that it IS possible to have fun without booze (take that, advertising campaigns!): there’s not a single event or gathering that has become terrible without the aid of alcohol. Oh wait, there was one live show that grew a little tiresome, in which a group of local musicians decided to play “Smooth” by Santana and Rob Thomas TEN TIMES IN A ROW (and then two more times for the encore). I still had a lot of fun, perhaps a little less fun than those around me downing aluminum bottles of smooth Miller Lite.

What else? Oh, things like being able to approach a pretty girl at a bar. I used to say things like “I’ll go make a fool out of myself to that pretty lady… after doing a few shots.” Turns out, approaching pretty girls (or sexy dudes) is incredibly easy, I just had to get over my fear of doing it. Singing karaoke and dancing at wedding receptions are two more things that used to require a good amount of “liquid courage” for me to partake in, but no more. Knowing what I know now, it should never have been so difficult to do those things (it’s rather silly in retrospect). Anxiety? Gone. Insomnia? Tis but a memory. Beer belly? Don’t miss it. It’s also nice to be able to safely drive a vehicle at any time of day.

Good: Non-alcoholic beer. The kind folks at Anheuser-Busch/InBev/whatever the conglomerate is called these days have given folks like me the best present in the world: Busch N/A. It taste exactly like the Bavarian gold I used to drink by the case, with none of the booze. (Take one look at that header image and tell me it doesn’t make you thirsty.) And since it takes additional work to brew a non-alcoholic beer, I am giving it an additional Toilet ov Flame for its score:

(6/5 = gosh darned delicious)

Bad: Nothing. Life is amazing!

Ugly: Nothing. See above.

Tell us your Good, Bad, and Ugly. Then show us what you’ll be drinking this weekend, be it N/A beer, non-N/A beer, or some fancy wine. Enjoy your weekly wipe:

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Blasphemer.

  • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

    GOOD: SMASH & FLUSH!!!!!!! (&HAIL & KILL)
    GOODER: NOO ICED EARTH & CARACH ANGREN ALBUMS TODAY!!!!!!! ALSO LIEK NOO LEPROUS SONG CUZ LEPROUS RULEZ!!!!!!!!!!!
    DONG EXPANDING: RETURN OF METROID!!!!!!!!!
    DRANKIN: STICKIN WITH KKLASSIKKS
    https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/dortmunder-fixed_1.png?itok=67hwPAVE
    METAL:
    https://youtu.be/FZSlX1zXnfM

    • Joaquin Stick

      New Leprous is pretty ok, don’t mind it’s a little on the light side.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

        NOT AT ALL!!!!! LEPROUS NOT NEED TO BE BROOTAL TO BE GOOD!!!!!

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Frank is extremely disappointed in the new Leprous song 🙁

      • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

        MAYBE IF IT WIND UP BEST SONG ON ALBUM!!!!! BUT SOUND OK HERE!!!!!

    • GL

      I do not consciously remember listening to these guys before…. THIS SONG IS BANGING

  • Howard Dean
    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Spencer! Nice

      • Howard Dean

        Heck yes! Love me a Trappist ale, so it’s pretty sweet that I now have a legit Trappist brewery like two hours from my house.

        • Señor Jefe El Rossover

          Most excellent! Which others have you had?

          • Howard Dean

            The usual suspects that you can find in select beer stores in the northeast: Chimay, Orval, La Trappe, the occasional Rochefort. Big fan of the Chimay Grande Reserve.

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            Chimay is good stuff. La Trappe actually have a really wide variety of beers (odd compared to the rest of the Trappist stuff) but most don’t make it over. I tried a few last year and each was an amazing example of their respective styles.

          • Howard Dean

            The Belgian abbey ale style of beer might be my absolute favorite, and it’s not just limited to Trappist ales (though I really dig the story around them and they are all mostly outstanding beers). I can definitely dig other Belgian abbey ales and even a few American versions. One of the keys seems to be in the bottle conditioning. Many of the imitators put waaay too much spice into their Belgian style ales. Like does it really need to taste like a bottle of coriander? Not good.

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            That’s pretty spot on with my opinion as well! (Though porters are still probably number 1)

          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            PORTERS INDEED ARE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • nbm02ss

      Luuuuurve rye whiskey.

      • nbm02ss

        And trappist ale, too.

      • Howard Dean

        Have you had WhistlePig? In my opinion, they’re making the best rye at the moment.

        • nbm02ss

          I have not, I shall see if I can find some. Templeton Rye is my shizzle at the moment, but always up to try new whiskey.

          • Howard Dean

            WhistlePig is great. It’s also located pretty close to where I live. It’s pricey, but worth it.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Have you ever tried the Crown Royal Northern Harvest rye? I’m not even remotely a fan of Crown Royal (and when it’s offered I drown it in coke), but the Northern Harvest rye is FANTASTIC. One of the best ryes I’ve ever had, and drinks well above its price point.

      • Howard Dean

        No, I haven’t tried it. I did see it in the liquor store the last time I was there and was a bit intrigued, as I had no idea that Crown Royal made rye.

        • Guacamole Jim

          I think it’s a relatively new thing. Not sure how they did it (must have been a fluke) but it’s really good. If you like rye it’s worth picking up.

        • Óðinn

          I think that all Crown Royal contains some rye, which allows it to be marketed as “Rye Whiskey” under Canadian regulations, even if the it’s primarily made from corn mash. The Nothern Harvest Rye may have a larger percentage (or 100 %) of actual rye.

    • This is quality content from a gentleman of clearly discriminating taste.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Heading to Boston tonight, so whichever terrible seasonal Sam Adams the bar has on special, probably.

    Good: Looking like a quiet weekend, maybe I’ll pull my disc golf stuff out of the shed (the trunk of my car) and do that for the first time in like 2 years.
    Bad: If it rains all weekend, I’m going to be hella bored.
    Ugly: The pothole-ridden roads to Boston.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Hm… Maybe I’ll try to hit Tree House on my way home.

    • i want to get back into disc golf. the university i went to had a course on campus, so it’s been over a decade for me!

  • nbm02ss

    Good: White Oak Aged Jai Alai IPA is in season. Gorguts tomorrow night.
    Bad: Paperwork. Filling out and mailing, or traveling to Dr. offices to sign my life away, is a PITA, but necessary, I guess?
    Ugly/Gross/Disgusting: Roomie moved out last weekend, so I go into his room to close off the A/C vent because utilities are expensive in FL., and there is a pile, no hyperbole, a literal pile of nail clippings where his desk used to be. Fucking blergh.

    • Lord of Bork

      Jai Alai IPA is one of the east coast brews I miss the most. Is the White Oak version as good as it sounds?

      • nbm02ss

        It is pretty delicious, imo.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    I haven’t drunk a single drop of alcohol since undergoing surgery, which is more than two months ago. Should I congratulate or condolence myself?

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      GORAK (&PROBABLY MORE BEER TOO) CONDOLENCE!!!!!

  • I’m drinking a Diet Coke. A few weeks ago I drank for the 2nd time in my life (first was earlier this year [I’m 35]) and got absolutely hammered on whiskey and played Final Fantasy II (Japan) by myself while the missus was upstairs on the phone. I made some good progress but getting through some of the mazes was really difficult even with a map. I’m obviously not good at drinking.

    • Howard Dean

      Hahaha, whoa. What prompted you to drink for the second time in your life at age 35 while playing video games by yourself?

      • That’s a good question. I was out in the kitchen getting a snack, spotted said whiskey, and thought that a drink or two or three might give me the kind of pleasant buzz I had during Drinking Episode #1 and would make the sometimes tedious FF2 a bit less grindy. Well, turns out I’m a fucking idiot and need a drinking coach because when it finally hit me I was 10000% trashed.

        • THIS IS HOW IT STARTS

        • Howard Dean

          Haha, that’s what happens when you really get into the whiskey. Everything is fine and dandy until all the alcohol hits. Before you know it you’re dancing, singing, and blacking the fuck out.

          • Wet W’s Whistle

            You’re giving me Black Velvet flashbacks, HD

    • you crack me up, Posi! (i take it you don’t have an addictive personality 😉 )

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Good: bought the Wing Commander series off of GOG.

    Bad: none

    Ugly: told my lady friend how i feel about her.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      ME GOT DRAGON DOGMA!!!!!!!! BUT NO TIME TO PLAY 🙁

    • Howard Dean

      So I’m guessing by its inclusion under ‘ugly’ that things didn’t go well with the lady friend? Did you buy her a Ghost dildo?

      • The Arm(KJM)

        Hahahahaha.
        Ghost Dildoes: When you care enough to send the very best!!!

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I bought her nothing. I haven’t heard back from her yet so I can’t say it went badly yet.

        • Depechemodeisgangsta

          Hang in there buddy, maybe you just caught her by surprise.

    • Count_Breznak

      Went with Dankest Dungeon, W3 GOTY and Dragon’s Dogma.
      Should keep me busy for a while.
      The Surge was awesome, but fell a bit short on the replay value.

      • The Tetrachord of Archytas

        I tried to love dragons dogma but I just couldn’t hang

        • Count_Breznak

          So far it’s ok. Im only about ~20 lvls in, The combat might get stale…but I think it’ll worth the 12 bucks.

          • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

            ONLY FINISH BEGINNING PART!!!!! SEEM LIKE DARK SOULS THAT NOT TRY FUCKING KIILLLLL EVERY 5 SECONDS BWWWWAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ME DIGGIT!!!!!

          • The Tetrachord of Archytas

            Yeah it’s worth it at that price. I felt like overall it does a lot of things but none of them that well

          • Count_Breznak

            What bothers me atm is the consoley menues. My mouse got a mousewheel for a reason, let me use it. And there are enough keys to just map “map” on “m” or “tab”. Anyways, not unfun so far.

          • The Tetrachord of Archytas

            Ah well unfortunately the menus were a little to consoley for me even and I played it on console

      • GoatForest

        Dragon’s Dogma is sooo fucking good!

    • Spear

      Well, even if things don’t go well with the lady friend, you’ve got Wing Commander. That’s basically just as good.

  • JWG

    Good: After a week on antibiotics I’m feeling on balance better than I did last week, though still a little off.

    Maybe Bad, Probably Not: Yesterday and this AM I felt a tiny bit feverish, which the antibiotic label specifically notes I should report to my GP because it might be a sign that I wiped out the good bacteria that was holding off a c. dificile infection. I doubt it will come to that, though. It should just be coincidence.

    Ugly: Antibiotic-induced bowel bombs. Not quite as awful as the green-hued h. pylori shits. But still. I could totally do without either.

    • JWG

      P.S.: I’m not drinking anything, obviously.

      Alcohol and these particular antibiotics don’t mix anyway, but also my tolerance dropped off to virtually nothing shortly after my last surgery and a year later still isn’t what it used to be.

    • I was on antibiotics the last week and a half, too. Bowels were none too happy as well.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Well done:
    For some reason, when you listen to this song coupled with this video, each and every time you end up as a depressed puddle of flesh.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMJNCjxfsPo

  • tigeraid

    GOOD: New Iced Earth album!!!!!! Also, going to Mosport for Vintage F1 cars. I expect to have my ears (figuratively) blown.

    BAD: Because of this stupid dog my wife bought, I can’t spend a nice relaxing weekend CAMPING at Mosport, and must instead do it one afternoon.

    UGLY: Trump re-ruining Cuban relations.

    http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/images/car/164/Ferrari-312-T4-2734.jpg

  • Wet W’s Whistle
    • tigeraid

      WHO’S A GOOD GIRL!?

    • HessianHunter

      Does that mean you’re leaving Middle Of Where-The-Fuck, TX?

      • Wet W’s Whistle

        We actually moved a couple weeks ago. I’m in NC now.

        • How are you liking it so far? I see your Facebook posts but they often involve things like bug wars.

          • Wet W’s Whistle

            Haha, aside from these huge freaking slugs creeping around in my backyard, and all the mosquitoes, and the cockroaches, and the other creepy crawlies, it’s pretty great. My job is pretty rad. I’m learning a lot and working on some cool stuff; it’s pretty challenging work, but the office has a chill vibe. Some of the senior researchers came into my office to drink beer with me this afternoon, haha.

          • Nice!! The bugs/slimy shit does come with the territory, unfortunately. But having chill folks around is really all that matters and if your coworkers are the type to be able to relax and have a beer with one another, that says a lot.

  • The Arm(KJM)

    Alien Goo & Pineapple Kush are the consumables of the day.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Damn, haven’t thought of Pineapple Kush for years. Back when I was blazing big time, it was all about the AK-47 and the common Silver Haze.

      • The Arm(KJM)

        Silver Haze is still a thing, and there’s about a million different AK-47 hybrids at this point.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          I’m definitely not an expert. I just smoked whatever came my way. And to be fair, the main reason we smoked so much AK-47 was because the name had a cool ring to it.

    • more beer

      My dispensary just lowered the price of all bud to 89 bucks an ounce. Fuck yea!

      • The Arm(KJM)

        Nice!

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Bad: after my surgery, my strength in the gym has been diminished. Before ending up in the hospital I was still benching 286 lbs. Now I’ve been back to working out again for about 4 weeks and I’m pushing 242 lbs at most, with zero zilch nada signs of improvement. Incredibly frustrating.

    Ugly: dudes from the neighborhood listening to German hip hop music. I mean, come on.

    Good: the new song isn’t the absolute strongest I’ve heard from Akercocke, but my interest in the new album is still piqued.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DX21xOdQo0

  • Jeff Manteiga

    Good: Finishing up an exhaustive blog post about death metal and Pokemon. Uncharted 3 Remastered and Overwatch await me this weekend.

    Bad: Presentation in less than two weeks in which I’ll have to talk with 8 execs from hospitals from the West Coast and Canada…for around two hours…did I mention I’ll have dat ‘rrhea for about a week beforehand and after due to my cripplin social anxiety?

    Ugly: I saw the movie It Comes At Night. It wasn’t good; I didn’t come that night.

    I’ll be imbibing this tasty beverage 2nite:

    https://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-erpoah/images/stencil/500×500/products/9409/14082/duvel-bottle-750ml__65740.1496013629.jpg?c=2

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Duvel! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • JWG
  • Count_Breznak

    Mailmanbloat brought me this, finally:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBakgOHKI-g

  • sweetooth0

    GOOD: It’s Friday and work is almost done. Gonna hit up the Wonder Woman in AVX 3D DBOX and see what all the hype is about. I have ice cold beer waiting in the fridge! The new Fondlecorpse CD got released so I ordered that sucker direct from the gore gnome himself! Got my pops the Carpenter Brut Trilogy 3CD repress and the new live album CD pre-ordered for a Father’s Day present, although it will be belated I guess by the time it arrives. Ridiculously, it’s cheapest off of amazon.co.uk, we’re talking like a $30 savings here!

    BAD: For now, everything seems pretty OK up in here.

    UGLY: The shits I’ve been dropping today. Leftover indian food mixed with truffle fries and chicken taco for lunch. Oof!

    • Depechemodeisgangsta

      I saw Wonder Woman 3D, i really enjoyed it because they kept it simple, best DC movie so far, enjoy.

    • Leftover Indian food >>>. The spice must flow! And in more ways than one, it would seem.

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    As always for me everything is good, i got a sweet deal on Amazon for HBO show THE NIGHT OF at $12.99 very good show.
    Just going to try to catch up on TV OITNB and House of Cards, all weekend down here rain chances is 60-70% not even going to bother going outside.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    Good: hittin a lot of lifting PR’s this week

    Bad: my e3 predictions were mostly accurate

    Ugly: trying to finish the last 10% of a self produced project when you have the rest of life to deal with also only on week 4 of 8 beerless weeks

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover
  • GOOD: Downloaded ARMS this morning on my Switch, gonna be playing that all dimma-dang weekend, methinks. Also snagged Batman: Arkham Knight on PS4 for $10 on this sweet sale. My girlfriend and I recently replaced a bunch of rotted boards and added/modified the deck on the house. We’re in the home stretch of finishing it off, and got-dang is that a relief.

    BAD: It’s been hot as fuck outside. I haven’t been able to relax at all this week.

    UGLY: Been eating like shit and haven’t run in a couple weeks.

  • oh yeah, i guess Unleash the Archers have a new album that’s pretty good. i’ll take one hype-pill please!

  • Hans

    Beer and Cuba Libres. At a company https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0629ac9df49595ee177a2c188028dc7c55eaa2923fc7ebbdac2bce700639e1d.jpg party right now. Mostly good. Very pished. Won cool glasses. This is me and a coworker.

    • Count_Breznak

      You’ll sleep with the bosse’s spouse and get fired. The end.

  • GL
    • Count_Breznak

      “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””beer”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

    • more beer

      Actually pretty much the worst beer Colorado has to offer.

      • GL

        I work too hard to spend all my monies on expensive beers!

        • more beer

          I work really hard so I can buy good beer. If you lived in Golden they would give you three of those for free everyday at the brewery.

          • GL

            Really? Dang. What a deal!

          • more beer

            Yea I have a friend who lives right down the street from there they go there for that all the time.

          • GL

            5% beer for free>>>>>>

          • more beer

            It’s a good way to get primed for the night.

  • Good: took a 4-day weekend last week, sister flew out, we spent a few days hiking and driving in the mountains and drinking beer and exploring Denver. Family >>>

    Bad: for no excusable reason I’ve been running a huge metal deficit recently, to the tune of 30 minutes’ listening on a good day. That needs to change.

    Ugly: my coworkers convinced me to go to lunch with them today and they picked Chili’s. Fucking Chili’s. Could have been worse … could have been Cheesecake Factory or Del Taco or something, but I have an irrational hatred of Chili’s. Oh well.

    • more beer

      All of the choices of places to eat downtown and that’s what they picked. Either never go to lunch with them again. Or find another new job.

      • GL

        The wife and I have eaten at a number of the “Rock Bottom” Restaurants around the country, including the one in Denver. When we were there, we said to the waiter ” Man we are excited to be a the first Rock Bottom”. They had no idea.

        • Hahaha! I work one block over from that Rock Bottom.

          • GL

            Siiiiiiiqqqqqqqqqqq

            I remember being ripped outta my mind after one IPA there. It was our first day in Denver. Great memories!

            Also, that first day, the altitude gave me the squirts…. lolololol

        • more beer

          I have eaten there as well.

          • GL

            We all have good taste, apparently.

          • more beer

            Apparently!

          • GL

            We went to Wynkoop Brewery, too. Good stuffs.

            Being from the flat lands, just thinking about Denver gives me butterflies. Shit was sooooo neat out there.

          • more beer

            I love it here. I have been to Wynkoop as well. You should come visit again. There are even more breweries now.

          • So. Many. Breweries. I’ve heard Spangalang down in RiNo is good, we should check it out sometime.

          • more beer

            I have been there, the beer is good. But they play all Grateful Dead in there. Which for me is a huge turnoff. That is not RiNo it is 5 points which is the historical name of that neighborhood. What are you doing? Do you want to meet me at Vine St in about an hour I will buy you a few beers. I want to throw a few back just not alone.

          • Latter decision is made, so see you soon! And now that I know that Spangalang plays the Dead I’m out on that place; not a Dead fan at all.

          • GL

            Maybe someday. We are working on our growing fleet of children at the moment, lol

          • more beer

            Yea I know.

          • GL

            Might end up getting to go out there on business sometime… That does not happen a whole lot, but, I will surely not be passing it up. Shit is usually in CA though.

          • more beer

            Good beer in Cali as well. I go out there once a year.

          • GL

            Shit is expensive out there!

          • more beer

            Yes it is. But I go to CDF then hang out with my brtoher for a few days.

          • more beer

            You have a good night GL I am gonna go meet Vlad Putin for a couple of beers.

          • GL
          • more beer

            That’s the one.

      • Fucked up, right? Maybe I’ll see if I can make friends with folks in another department, they might have better taste. At least I know that the guys in IT like tacos and beer.

        • more beer

          That place I went last week on Colfax and Cherry is an outstanding Mexican restaurant. 7 Luegunos or something like that.

          • Ooh. I’ll have to see how it stacks up against Garibaldi’s in Englewood; that place is right next to the gas station across from The Gothic. Really really good, dirt cheap Mexican fare.

          • more beer

            Well the Mexican American girl I was at Cryptosy with was impressed as well. Also Senor Burrito on 1st and Broadway is good and inexpensive.

          • Now we’re talking. She seemed cool, too! That was a fun night, although sadly the Metallica show did not get cut short because of the lightning. Somehow they got special clearance from the city to break curfew and play an extra hour.

          • more beer

            She is a cool chick more metal than a lot of the guys I know in the scene here. Not the native chick you have me ta bunch of times, The one in the shorts and the baseball hat.I could have cared less about Metallica. Cryptosy killed it that night. Plus we weren’t soaking wet.

    • GL

      I FUCKING LOVE CHILI’S!

      /gojirawienercousinsunite

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Poutine plz! Cheesecake Factory is good!

      • more beer

        Chain restaurants tend to suck. That is fact.

      • GL

        I have never eaten at Cheesecake Factory #toiletconfessions

        I do not even feel bad about it.

  • The Mighty Thorange

    Good: It’s me and my dad’s birthdays tomorrow so we will be drinking everything and anything available. Mostly nice ales and beers, then very likely going to move onto the single malt whisky’s at night. Also, my friends have organised a Sunday night lock-in at my old local pub. So more beer!
    Bad: Can’t think of anything actively bad personally right now.
    Ugly: The state of British politics is in the shutter after this omnishambles of an election.

  • atchdav