What’s Your Drinking Schedule?

Now that's what I call a to-do list!

When I first discovered the world of craft beers, I wanted to try everything all at once.  I started with Belgians, and I’d uncork a big bottle just about every night to experience the uncharted (for me) wonders contained within.  After a few weeks, I realized I probably need to pace myself, and started spacing things out a bit…  

Fast forward to today, and the pattern is pretty well established.  It’s something that William’s comments on our last “What’s Yer Pleasure This Weekend” post got me thinking about.

It’s taken a little discipline, but I typically don’t drink at all during the week, and then try to be responsible on the weekends, with the goal of being able to wake up the next morning without regret.  I also like to try a couple of new beers each weekend so my horizons continue to expand.  With the exception of the occasional after work beer, this has become the norm.

So what about you?  Have you found you need to create some structure or else your wallet gets too thin and your belly too big, or do you just go with the flow?  I’m interested to see if what I do is normal, or if I’m thinking too much (which is very possible).  Please chime in below.


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14 Comments on “What’s Your Drinking Schedule?”

  1. Rob Crozier
    January 11, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Like you, I’m good during the week and usually partake on the weekends. Choosing what type or style of beer I’m going to have is a entirely different process and probably something that would a lot more than this space to write about!

    • Don
      January 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

      Well you can’t through that out there without sharing with the group Rob!… What does your beer selection process entail? Stumpwater and a dead cat perhaps? Or is that a bit too elaborate? C’mon share with the group…

    • Jim
      January 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

      I hear you about selection, Rob. I might not ge a binge drinker, but I am a binge beer buyer. Last time I stopped at the Liquor Outlet in Boonton, I bought 12 big bottles of beer (for the 10% discount) and three 12 packs. That’s a lot of beer!

      Most of the bottles were coffee or chocolate stouts and porters. I think Scott over at brewclub.com got me in the mood with all his coffee-talk. I hope the mood lasts, cause my cup overflowith with coffee beers!

  2. Don
    January 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Any time, any place! Actually there are a few rules I need to follow. First no drinking in Boise then driving the 40 miles home. You’d be surprised how inconvenient that is some times! Next no drinking on the weekends before noon. I once opened a beer at 11:30 and was mercilessly chastised by my wife for drinking in the MORNING!

    Finally, I need to use my head. If I need to pick up or drop off a kid that pretty much means no drinking until it is completed, or untilsometime the following day. It is surprising how many times I need to run a kid somewhere between 8:30 and 9:00pm. Can’t wait until Jason gets his license. So given these parameters my drinking windows are actually a little tight. I don’t ever drink to excess, so I’m not worried about drinking during the week. Sometimes it is nice to have a dram of whiskey at the end of a long day.

  3. Rob Crozier
    January 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    No scientific process in my selecting what to drink – I was only joking. With the weather as cold as it is, my garage is a perfect storage place for my stash. Every time I go in there I’m staring at what I have and think about what I’m going to drink on the weekend. I was staring at a Nogne O Imperial Stout all week and guess what I had yesterday while watching football? You guessed it!

    I prefer quantity over quality and limit my drinking and also my spending; Jim, you definitely got me beat in the buying department. I usually have to limit myself, for budgetary reasons, when beer shopping so I make a priority list and limit my spending to $30. I can still take home a good amount of at that cost: yesterday I was at Boonton Liquors and took home Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, Avery’s The Reverend, Rock Art Infusco and Westmalle Tripel all for under $25!

    • Don
      January 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

      Yhat is interesting Rob, the question has come up how much are you willing to spend on a beer? I usually cut off around $15 for a 22 oz, and those are relatively infrequent purchases. What I typically do is buy 1 or 2 big cost beers and then fill in a six pack with smaller much cheeaper bottles. surprising what good stuff is out there for under $2 a bottle. Last trip my indulgence was an Avery Mephistopheles Stout. I’m looking forward to it, but at $10 for a 12 oz bottle it will be an infrequent purchase.

    • Jim
      January 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

      Nice haul, Rob. Lots of deliciousness for your dollar.

      I like saving the 10%, so I’ll buy 12 at once, but that’ll keep me stocked for a few weeks or more. Also, my wife likes good beer, too, so I’m buying for more than myself, which pushes the budget up a bit (and makes so no one complains when I buy beer!).

  4. Rob Crozier
    January 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    Boonton is a 10 minute drive from my house so frequent trips there are OK.

    If Angela drank beer I would definitely have to keep more in stock and your logic would apply.

    Don – I definitely have a limit with spending per bottle. For example, I picked up a bottle of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (aged in Lagavulin cask) and it was $14.95 for a 11.9 oz bottle. I had to put that on my “wish list” as I couldn’t justify spending that much on such a little bottle. I did spend $5 on a 11.9 oz bottle of Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel – it was definitely worth it!

    • Jim
      January 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

      Dori di Ciel beers are worth it for sure. Those ladies make some inspired beers. I don’t recall J.W. Lees being so pricey – $15 for a 11.2 oz bottle is nuts!

  5. January 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Jim, hope to hear about your coffee stouts soon! I have to get to this place in Boonton someday.

    If you remember, we did a little post about how much people are willing to spend on one beer, and why, and the answers were pretty interesting. (Thinks I)

    http://thebrewclub.com/2009/11/25/how-much-is-too-much-to-spend-on-beer/ (shameless plug)

    Anyway, my schedule is really not set. When I have some time to relax and enjoy one I will. One of the hings about reviewing beers is I find it takes a little away from the pure enjoyment of it because I’m trying to think about the beer as I’m drinking it. Normal people don’t do this. So, I guess it depends on if I’m drinking for enjoyment only, of if I’m drinking to review at the cost of some enjoyment.

    The answer, however is the same. No schedule. (Not sure this comment added anything really – sorry)

    • Jim
      January 12, 2010 at 12:33 am #

      I know how you feel about drinking like a “normal” person instead of a blogger.

      I sometimes avoid the beers in my fridge i haven’t tried before because I feel that I have to review them and I’m not in the mood to take a pic, make notes, etc. I feel guilty if I just drink ’em and don’t do the full production.

      • Don
        January 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

        Yeah me too. It is actually easier with Whiskey, because I can have more than one. Typically for a whiskey I like to drink one, think about it, drink another the next night see if my thoughts have changed, and then do a write up, so I have two or three opportunities to try and taste it before I am having to write it up. On the beer side, I know exactly what you are talking about.

  6. January 13, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    Well, I’ve never been a man of structure. I procrastinated papers in college and my filing system is a dump in my drawer. Oddly enough, I am anal about organization at work. weird.

    Anyway, even a loose schedule would be good. I tend to OD on my style of beer at the moment to the point that I can no longer touch whatever style that may be at the time for months on end. I’m getting better though. I tend to stick to session beers during the week and go for big brews on the weekend. That’s about it though.

    • Jim
      January 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

      Speaking of not keeping a schedule, I’ve had a beer or two every night this week, which sorta blows holes in mu “dry during the week” approach. Unless the exception proves the rule…

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