12 Great Craft Beers for 12 Great Days

May 16

12 Great Craft Beers for 12 Great Days

Whether it’s a night out with friends or a sporting event or just that lost afternoon, there are plenty of reasons to sit back and crack open a cold one. But what about those “special” occasions? That’s where I’m here to help. Here are 12 worthy reasons to enjoy 12 worthy craft beers (with a few bonuses, too). Then head over to This Is Why I’m Drunk for even more beers that are sure to please.   The 12 Days of Craft Beers Best Craft Beer for NFL Sundays Depending on your mood, you’ve got options. Tasting the sweet nectar of victory? Pour yourself a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout – the easy-drinking flavor will widen your smile. Suffering from defeat? Curse your rival with a bitter IPA like Dogfish Head’s 90-Minute IPA.   Best Craft Beer for Tailgating in the Fall Breweries typically start releasing some winter beers in the mid-to-late fall, so pick up something for you and your buddies with a Sam Adams Winter Classics pack. The 12-pack includes “winter warmer” Old Fezziwig, which you can share around the grill. Sam Adams’ variety packs have something for...

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Get Warm Beer Cold Quickly

Apr 24

Get Warm Beer Cold Quickly

On the show, “Mythbusters,” the strange nerds do stuff to try to prove, or disprove, common myths. Stuff like, can a bunch of balloons bought at a carnival really carry off a small child? (It took 3,500 balloons to carry off a 6-year-old. So the myth was basically disproved – and that child is VERY upset right now.) One myth that I found very intriguing was how people in the military sometimes try to cool off a six-pack of beer by burying it in sand, pouring gasoline on top of the sand, then lighting it. The theory being that the gas would remove all heat from the sand, and the beer would suddenly cool. What happened? The beer ended up a few degrees HOTTER and the can had gasoline and sand all over it. Myth: Busted. However, the added fuel made for a great cocktail! So then they tried to figure out the best way to get warm beer cold. The best drinking temperature for beer was set at 37 degrees F. So they tried a few different things, but they came up with one particular plan that I’ll be using next time I’m in need of emergency beer. Put ice AND water into a cooler, then pour A LOT of salt (didn’t say how much, but it looked like about a pound) into the ice-water. Mix it around, and then drop your six-pack in. Basically, the water has a lower freezing temperature because of the added salt (just like when you add salt to boiling water, it has a higher boiling point). So the water gets much colder, fully engulfing the six-pack, unlike ice which has corners and edges. So how fast can you cool a six-pack this way? It took just FIVE MINUTES to cool off a six-pack of beer down to 37 degrees. That’s pretty awesome! It’s like a reverse-microwave oven! And now you know how to get warm beer cold quickly! Just plan on doing shots during those thirsty five minutes. On a related note — here are 12 Great Craft Beers for 12 Great Days! Now you know how to get them cold quickly!...

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Scrambled Brains: Concussions, Golf and Beer

Feb 24

Scrambled Brains: Concussions, Golf and Beer

“May I mow my dog in the banana patch?” Around 11am Saturday, April 10, 2007, that sentence would have made perfect sense to me. But let me back up a little bit and explain. That day marked the 13th Annual CBS SportsLine Golf Scramble. There’s really only about six to eight real golfers in that company, so imagine that it was like Caddy Day like in Caddyshack — only it was Dobish playing Bill Murray’s role. A pond was good for him. Since we aren’t great golfers, this was pretty much just an excuse for a get-together for free food, drinks and fun — with heavy emphasis on the last two. I was all set to start the tourney with what I hoped to be one fun foursome. But I went with Jamey Eisenberg, Corey Guerrera and Ashley Frisch instead. We were Team Gator (three alums and me, a USF guy). Frisch is all sorts of fun. She’s getting married in a few months to Corey. I hear they’ve registered at ABC Liquors, if you wanna buy ’em something. I’ve got dibs on the his/hers keggerators. Corey’s a good man as well. He reminds me a little of Fred Savage — if Fred Savage were stung by a thousand bees. I think Corey starred in “The Wonder Bread Years.” And Eisenberg? He’s kinda like that guy at your work that’s always smiling — but you’re pretty sure he has a couple of dead bodies in a freezer at home. We showed up at the course at 7am, which is usually around the time Dobish just gets the party started. He’s a nighttime guy at SportsLine, which means the sun is really just a rumor to him. So he came prepared with two pitchers of punch — one with what tasted like tequila, grapefruit juice and Pine Sol, and the other I believe was vodka mixed with the runoff of a downtown sewer … Yet I kept coming back for more, strangely enough. I had a couple good shots of it before the first tee. Along with lots of beer. That should give you an idea of how the day started. I am the Kyle Petty of golf. I am...

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CBS Fantasy Staff’s Hooters Wings Lunch (circa 2005)

Feb 12

CBS Fantasy Staff’s Hooters Wings Lunch (circa 2005)

If there ever was a lunch that begged for a blog, today’s was it. Over the past few months, it seems the blog lunch has certainly outgrown itself, with people always requesting reports on them weekly. Let me set this one up first with some background info. Dave Richard made a connection with one of our users (at CBSSports.com), Jay, who happened to be one of the regional managers for Hooters. After some personalized Fantasy Football advice, the wonderful gentleman offered to throw us a free Hooters wings party at our local store. You have to understand that for this group of guys, that was like the greatest gift of all. You know how they say, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”? Well, it’s not a great stretch to say that, “Hooters is a guy’s best friend.” Hooters is to Fantasy guys, what Dobish is to gay, pirate-themed karaoke bars. (When picturing Dobish, imagine Gallagher — but not so normal looking. He’s got a Category-5 hurricane going for a bald spot, so he’s rarely seen without a hat. Back to Hooters: When I was about 15 years old, my father took me to Lakeland, Fla.,  on a business trip and he was going on and on about the wings at this new place called Hooters. Central Florida is the birthplace of this fine establishment. The original was actually in Brandon (near Tampa), and rarely has a month gone by in my life that I haven’t frequented this place. Needless to say, I’m old school Hooters. Even my wife loves Hooters! (I proposed to her minutes after the first time she said to me, “Hey, let’s go to Hooters!”) Hooters wings get a bad rap. You often hear people complain about them and say, “Awww man, those wings aren’t buffalo wings!” And they’re right. They’re Hooters wings. They are absolutely awesome and they have a category all their own. It’s like saying the Final Four isn’t basketball because it’s not the NBA. Dave Richard invited all the Fantasy writers, as well as a number of co-workers that have helped the content group throughout the football season. Unfortunately, and understandably, he was only allowed to take a few guys, so there’s...

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Tout Wars: Drunk in New York

Jan 03

Tout Wars: Drunk in New York

As some of you might know, I’m a Fantasy sports writer. You can tell because I capitalize Fantasy — who else does that? Well, this past weekend, I took a trip to New York City for the Tout Wars, which happens to be a famous Fantasy Baseball league. To say it’s famous though, is like saying that Sonny Shroyer is famous (only Dukes of Hazzard-ites would know that he played Enos). The Tout Wars was relatively famous within the Fantasy community since its inception in 1998. But when the top-selling book FantasyLand came out a couple years ago, chronicling a Fantasy rookie’s season in one of the toughest leagues in the land, the Tout Wars tripled in fame. Now, tens upon tens of people have heard of it.  For those that are unclear on what Fantasy Baseball is, imagine a group of sportsfans/dorks/used-to-be-athletes/never-were-athletes-because-they-were-allergic-to-dirt that get together to draft baseball players to build a team that statistically is measured up against other teams. It’s like Dungeons and Dragons, with baseball players instead of half-elves. It’s just one more way for men to not grow up … It’s AWESOME! Nando, one of the main characters in the FantasyLand book, has become a pretty good friend of mine throughout the past few seasons, so my trip to NYC is based around the drafts and going out on the town with him and his friends. His real name is Ferdinando Difino, but it’s hard to say that without wanting to tell him he looks Mahhhhvelous, or asking where Tattoo is.   So I call him Nando. And if you are like me, you call him, NANdo, which is the incorrect pronunciation (or as Emack ironically says, “ProNOUNciation.” It should be NONdo. But since he calls me GOnos (like Stop and GO-nose) and my name is closer to GON(-or-off)-iss, we’ll call it a draw. Either way, you don’t care.   I left for Manhattan early Friday morning from Fort Lauderdale, just one night after doing an auction draft for Tresky with a bunch of guys from SportsLine. (Yeah, I said it. SportsLine. From what the execs tell me, every time someone says “SportsLine” instead of “CBSSports,” a puppy dies. Sorry, Mr. Floppington.)  I didn’t get to...

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