The Ultimate Man Cave: Build a NFL-themed Sports Bar in Your Home

Sep 24

The Ultimate Man Cave: Build a NFL-themed Sports Bar in Your Home

The concept of the “man cave” has been revived to refer to a sanctuary where the man of the house could retreat and rejuvenate. Of course, the original man cave was an actual cave. Always got horrible satellite dish reception, though. Things have evolved quite a bit since then. Modern man caves now come equipped with pool tables, shag carpet, pinball machines, full bars — or at the very least, a decent TV and a couch. And a bathroom! Don’t forget access to a bathroom. While having your own man cave is sanctuary enough for most men, why settle for ordinary? You can take things to the next level by building a full-on sports bar in your own home. Getting Started on the Ultimate Man Cave First, decide where you want the bar. The best location will likely be the basement, but the den, garage or a spare room are possible choices. Consider an accessible spot so that visitors can enter and leave easily. Choose the place most conducive to entertaining company as well as a good spot for a personal retreat if needed. Next, measure the area thoroughly and precisely so that you’ll be able to outfit it properly. Bars come in straight, free standing and L-shaped designs. Buy or create your own plan for the bar — you’ll need at least a basic blueprint to follow. Check out barplan.com and bar-gear.com for ideas, plan options and accessories. If You Build It, They Will Come Choose a design and wood tone for the bar that you will love looking at for years to come. Select a style that suits your tastes and will also withstand the level of partying you and your friends plan to enjoy. Browse sites like Houzz and HomeBars.com for ideas and inspiration. Choose bar stools that will keep you and your guests comfortable throughout the entire Sunday football lineup (and into overtime, if needed). Now comes the really fun part — decorate and stock your home sports bar to your own tastes and preferences. Browse sites like Pinterest and Pottery Barn for ideas. Buy barware and accents that fit your personal style. This is your sports bar — make it the environment of your...

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A Fantasy Football Beer Lineup

Jun 14

A Fantasy Football Beer Lineup

I’m Bryan. I like beer. Will you like beer with me? I write a little blog over at This Is Why I’m Drunk where I review craft beers and document my start as a homebrewer. Come on over and let’s knock a few back. Cheers! While fans aren’t yet flocking to parking lots and stadiums to catch their favorite football teams, draft rooms – both virtual and real life – will soon be filled with friends-turned-vicious competitors for the upcoming Fantasy Football season. As you’re preparing your Draft Day cheat sheets, here’s a little help to get the creative juices flowing for all that trash talk you’ll be doing this season. Your Fantasy Football beer starting lineup… QB Aaron Rodgers: The cream (cheese?) of the crop from Wisconsin Rodgers may be as good as it gets at the QB position these days, but dairy puns aside, Wisconsin is known for things other than football and cows. It’s also actually home to one the the country’s top craft beer scenes, including highly-regarded New Glarus Brewing. While I’ve only had a selection of their beers once at a festival – New Glarus doesn’t ship outside of Wisconsin – I can vouch for the incredible flavor of what they brought. Namely, a java creme brulee stout and Simcoe hop-based IPA (read: super hoppy beer). You’d be hard-pressed to find a brew from New Glarus that turns people off, including their Spotted Cow cream ale, complete with Wisconsin pun.   RB Trent Richardson: Hyped-up new kid on the block He’s just a rookie, but he’s the “most anticipated rookie running back in Fantasy Football since Darren McFadden.” He’ll be a top pick in your league despite his age and experience because you know what he’s capable of – 1,200+ yards, according to ESPN.com projections. The same can be said for Green Flash Palate Wrecker, which can finally be found across the country thanks to distribution in bottles for the first time in 2012. Brewed by San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing, you can count on this beer to knock you off your feet between the amount of hops they pack into a bottle and its 9.5 percent ABV. Expect citrus notes, pine and a big...

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Beer Reviews: Ryedentity Crisis and Stone IPA (ThisIsWhyImDrunk)

Jun 11

Beer Reviews: Ryedentity Crisis and Stone IPA (ThisIsWhyImDrunk)

I recently took up the challenge to become a better beer drinker. I know, it’s not like I devoted myself to helping a leper colony or anything, but still. So after connecting with another blog, we decided to post guest posts on each other’s sites. Bryan Roth wrote 12 Great Craft Beers For 12 Great Days, and I posted my first beer reviews of my career. Take a look and drop some comments over there! I reviewed Knee Deep Brewing Company’s Ryedentity Crisis and Stone Brewing Company’s Stone IPA. Good stuff!...

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Beer Experts Tips To Drinking Beers

Jun 11

Beer Experts Tips To Drinking Beers

You know how playing softball once a week doesn’t make you a Major League Baseball player? Well, I’ve been drinking beer for, well, at least 39 years now. (I have pics of tasting a beer as a 2-year-old, which explains a lot!) But despite drinking beer for my entire life, I’m not one of the many beer experts that I’ve grown to respect. Although, recently, I’ve decided it’s something I’d like to become better at. As a matter of fact, I’m probably the guy that amateur beer experts hate! After softball, I like Miller Lite at our local pub, Maguires, but to be fair, it’s refreshing because it is so close to water. I hang out with a group of jackasses that do beer funnels, play beer pong and flip cup, and we get into beer-guzzling matches. We’re at least bright enough not to do those things with good, craft beers, so we use crap beer. It’s kinda like saying, “I know I’m a horrible driver, that’s why I drive an old beat up station wagon with a bad muffler.” Bryan Roth, an amateur beer expert I’ve become blog-friends with recently, agreed to write a guest blog on my site and I’d write a guest blog on his. So I asked him to name 12 Great Craft Beers for 12 Great Days, give some tips on why they are good, and he hit it right out of the park. What a great blog! He did an excellent job of explaining to dopes like me what I’d like on days like my Fantasy Football draft, on a picnic with my lady or to bring as a gift to someone’s house — and why I’d like it.   Beer experts: My assignment The blog Bryan requested of me was a good one – write about 10 different craft beers that he assigned me. My problem is – I don’t have a great palate, and I don’t know what exactly I’m looking for when I sip a beer. I noticed that on Bryan’s blog, ThisIsWhyImDrunk, he cites BeerAdvocate.com an awful lot. That’s good enough to tell me that this site is quite the authority. So I used this website to research a little...

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Becoming an Amateur Beer Expert

May 25

Becoming an Amateur Beer Expert

When you decide to become an amateur beer expert, I’ve realized it’s kinda like saying, “I’m gonna become an off-screen porno actor,” or “I’ve decided to become a critic of sportscasters.” In other words, DUH! Everyone already wants to do that and are living their lives as such. A couple weeks ago, I struck up a conversation with Bryan Roth, a beer blogger over at This is Why I’m Drunk. We decided to exchange guest blogs, which he has already written for this site: 12 Great Craft Beers for 12 Great Days. But for my guest blog on his site, I asked him to send over a list of 10 craft beers for me to try, and I would give an amateur beer drinker’s opinion on each one. My expectations would be that I’d drink the beers all in one night, you know, before driving a schoolbus full of kids on a field trip. But then I realized the cost would be prohibitive, making it a very expensive night, and around beer No. 7, I would no longer have a critical palate. Instead, I would be saying stuff like, “These Doritos are stale! … Oh, well … Why is there an open bag of mulch in the kitchen? … Oh, I mean, why is there an open bag of mulch in the neighbor’s garage?”   First Steps to Becoming an Amateur Beer Expert So I went to Total Wine to buy my first few beers from his list. That place is like the Wal-Mart of liquor. It’s like the Toys R Us for adults. It’s like the Disney World for alcoholics. When I walked down the aisles and saw how many different craft beers there are, I realized, this is a much bigger deal than I had given it credit for. I mean, I guess I knew there were a ton of different beers out there (at Taco Mac in Atlanta, they have a small newsletter for a menu, allowing to choose from hundreds of bottled and draft beers). But it never struck me that this would be a great hobby to look into. But after pouring that first beer, a bottle of Knee Deep Brewing Company’s Ryedentity Crisis,...

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Beer Stats and Alcohol Taxes (Infographic)

May 20

Beer Stats and Alcohol Taxes (Infographic)

Earlier this week, Bryan Roth, a new friend of mine, posted a guest blog on my site, courtesy of his blog, This is Why I’m Drunk. It detailed 12 great craft beers for 12 great days. I agreed to post an amateur beer taster blog on his site, and he assigned me 10 beers to go drink. He did not, from what I eventually found out, mean for me to drink them all at once. Needless to say, I am pretty responsible when I drink, so my consumption did directly contribute to the head count at La Paloma Treatment center. However, I will say I had a fantastic time! But in getting ready for writing that blog, I thought I’d take a look at this “craft beer hobby,” and see what’s on the interwebs. I came across this great infographic on beer stats and alcohol taxes that I thought I’d share with you. It created by H&R Block, but I just thought it had some great information on here. I’m shocked that the Kentucky Derby was that much higher than the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras in alcohol consumption. Twenty states don’t pay as much alcohol taxes combined as Texas!?! And how is Garth Brooks’ song FIFTH among country drinking songs? That’s like saying “Sweet Home Alabama” is fifth among people from Alabama. No way.   Browse more infographics.   I hope you found this beer stats infographic as interesting to read as I did to post!  ...

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2012 MLB Stadium Beer Prices Report (Infographic)

May 18

2012 MLB Stadium Beer Prices Report (Infographic)

This weekend, a group of friends are joining me for yet another baseball trip. We’re flying up from Fort Lauderdale to the Washington, D.C., area, where we’re going to catch a Beltway Series game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals Friday night. My buddies and I … we like the beer. So I found this infographic a few days ago, showing what the average stadium beer prices are at each of the 30 Major League parks. As you know, stadium beer prices are never cheap. In Miami, at the new Marlins Park, we have to pay for our beers in three monthly installments. The Marlins have the fifth-most expensive beer in the majors, at 50 cents per ounce, tying the New York Yankees (A-Rod gets four pennies for every beer you buy in the Bronx!) While our Friday night brews will cost us an above-average 41 cents per ounce, at least we’ll catch a break Monday night in Camden Yards (Boston at Baltimore). Oriole Park charges a meager 35 cents per ounce — fifth-cheapest in the majors! More money for crabs! … and crabs ointment! So enjoy this infographic on the MLB stadium beer prices for 2012, and be happy that your 12-pack cost you less than two of our beers!...

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